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OV138 – Steve Jobs, Rick and Morty season 1, Dan Harmon rant, Unexpected, Nashville, Tarantino Boycott, and The Big Short (Guest: Greg Lenz from We Are Libertarians)
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This week Tiny and I welcome our friend Greg Lenz (from We Are Libertarians) to review Steve Jobs, gush over Aaron Sorkin’s work, and draw parallels between this movie and The Social Network! In potpourri, I review Rick and Morty season 1 and indie drama Unexpected; Tiny talks about NBC drama Nashville; and Greg talks about his excitement for The Big Short and the Tarantino police boycott controversy. Continue reading
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OV50 – Religion in Movies, Godzilla Footage, The Raid 2 and Sorkin’s Apology
For our 50th episode we took a look at religion’s role in cinema. We covered God on Trial, The Passion of the Christ, Rosemary’s Baby, Ben-Hur, The Mist and several more movies. Not to mention, we also discussed recent religious releases Noah, God’s Not Dead and Heaven is For Real.
For this week’s Potpourri section, we debated the merit in watching leaked Godzilla footage, analyzed Aaron Sorkin’s apology for The Newsroom and, finally, we discussed the failures of The Raid 2.
Thank you for downloading our 50th episode! We’ve got some great stuff planned for our next 50. And the 50 after that.
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Tagged Aaron Sorkin, Ben-Hur, Bruce Almighty, Danny Boyle, Dogma, God on Trial, Gods Not Dead, Godzilla, Heaven is For Real, Keeping the Faith, Life of Brian, Movies, Noah, Podcast, red State, Religion, Rosemary’s Baby, Steve Jobs, The Believer, The Mist, The Passion of the Christ, The Raid 2
- Total Viewings: 19
- First Viewings: 12
- Theater Viewings: 3
So January in 2014 wasn’t nearly as productive as last year in terms of movies watched. To be fair, however, last January was one of the best months I’ve ever had for movie watching; surpassing many a Shocktober, even.
I’m proud of my numbers this month, though. I had a respectable 3 theater outings and a majority of the movies I watched were first viewings. I started 2014 off well. Not only that, I also added a new category to my stats. Continue reading
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Tagged 12 Years a Slave, 127 Hours, Alex Gibney, AMC, Amy Adams, Best buy, Catholic Church, Danny Boyle, fun size, Her, James Franco, Joaquin Phoenix, jurassic park, Jurassic Park III, Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, mea maxima culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, movie theater, Movies, Navy SEALS, Netflix, passenger 57, Peter Berg, Regal Cinemas, Regal Theater, Scarlett Johansson, Spike Jonze, Sprite, Steve McQueen, The Lost World Jurassic Park 2, Trance, Wesley Snipes
Lone Survivor tells the true account of Operation Red Wings, a failed SEAL Team 10 mission that sent four SEALS into Afghanistan to capture or kill a Taliban leader in June 2005. The movie is based on the book of the same name, which was written by the mission’s only survivor, Marcus Luttrell.
I went into this movie with high hopes that maybe Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom) would bounce back from Battleship with a thrilling and heartfelt military action movie. I expected a story of personal growth in the face of harrowing circumstances. What I got was a somewhat lopsided, jingoistic experience of questionable authenticity.
Posted in Movies
Tagged 127 Hours, Afghanistan, Battleship, Ben Foster, Danny Boyle, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Friday Night Lights, Jingoism, Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, Mark Wahlberg, Military, Movies, Navy SEALS, Netflix, Operation Red Wings, Operation Redwing, Peter Berg, review, SEAL Team 10, Stream on Netflix, Taliban, Taylor Kitsch, The Kingdom, USA
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Written By: Simon Kinberg (screenplay and story), Matthew Vaughn (story) & Jane Goldman (story)
This summer the two studios which own rights to Marvel characters and aren’t named Marvel will duke it out at the box office. Sony will release the hotly anticipated (and lately scrutinized) Amazing Spider-Man 2. Without a major Marvel studios release, the only competition for Amazing 2 will be Bryan Singer’s return to the helm of the X-Men franchise in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Early excitement would indicate DoFP is the more likely to win the superhero box office battle this summer.
Note: Come back Thursday for a special Thursday edition of Trailer Tuesday for the release of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. Continue reading
Posted in Mike White, Movies, Obsessive Friends, Trailer Tuesday
Tagged Anna Paquin, Boliver Trask, Brett Ratner, Bryan singer, Cerebro, Comic Books, Cyclops, Danny Boyle, Gravity, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jane Goldman, Jean Grey, jennifer lawrence, JFK, JFK assassination, John Murphy, Magneto, Marvel, Matthew Vaughn, Michael Fassbender, Mike, movie trailer, Movies, Obsessive Friends, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Richard Nixon, Sentinels, Shawn Ashmore, Simon Kinberg, Sony Pictures, Sunshine, Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor), Teaser, The amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Bent Bullet, trailer, Trailer Tuesday, wolverine, X-Men, X-Men First Class, X-Men origins wolverine, X-Men the last Stand, X-Men Trilogy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X2: X-Men United, Xavier
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This week was huge for The Obsessive Viewer Podcast. For starters, I edited this week’s episode in a new program that is going to be far less problematic than Garageband and, as I type this, I’m expecting some sweet new podcasting equipment to be delivered. But most exciting is the fact that we signed up for IndyPopCon. We’ll have more information down the road but, for now, we’re very excited.
This week is Space Movies Part 1! I hope you like it.
And be sure to check out PodcastLand.com for a very comprehensive collection of podcasts you can listen to. While you’re there, vote for us for Podcast of the Month! It’s simple and would mean a lot to us. Continue reading
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Tagged 2001: A Space Odyssey, 28 Days Later, adorkable, Alex Garland, Alfonso Cuarón, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Apollo 13, Armageddon, Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, Cliff Curtis, Clint Howard, convention, Damon Wayans Jr., Danny Boyle, David Bowie, Days of Future Past, duck dynasty, Duncan Jones, Ed Harris, Elon Musk, Europa Report, filmmaking, Fred Hayes, Gary Sinese, George Clooney, Gravity, Happy Endings, Icarus, Indianapolis, IndyPopCon, International Space Station, James Bond, Jim Lovell, John Glen, Jonás Cuarón, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Spacey, liev schreiber, Liv Tyler, Machete Kills, Machete Kills Again in Space, Magnet, Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures, Michael Bay, Michael Clarke Duncan, Moon, Moonraker, NASA, Nerdist, new girl, Obsessive Viewer, outer space, Peter Stormare, Podcast, pop culture, Roger Moore, Ron Howard, Rose Byrne, Sam Rockwell, Sandra Bullock, Sharlto Copley, Si, Space, space movies, Space X, Star Trek, Star Wars, Steve Buscemi, Steven Tyler, Sunshine, Tanked, The Last Days on Mars, The Right Stuff, Tom Hanks, Trailer music, Virgin Galactic, William Fichtner, Writers Strike, X-Men, Zooey Deschanel
Make sure you check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast’s episode celebrating our love of zombies.
Zombies are by far my favorite movie monster. There’s nothing about zombies that scares me, per se. I would actually go so far as to say that they’re fairly low on the list of scariest movie monsters. But zombie movies, to me, are never really about the monsters. Zombies bring out the monsters that live within us and within the people we encounter every day. Continue reading
Posted in Horror, Movies, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Tagged 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, 4 Days of Blood, Abigail Breslin, Alex Garland, Bargain Buy, Bub, Buy Full Price, Cillian Murphy, Danny Boyle, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, DØD SNØ, Dead Snow, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, Diary of the Dead, Edgar Wright, emma stone, Fast Zombies, George A. Romero, George Romero, IMDb, James Gunn, Jeremy Renner, Jesse Eisenberg, John Dugan, John Murphy, La Horde, Land of the Dead, Mena Suvari, Movies, Nick Cannon, Nick Frost, Night of the Living Dead, Norwegian Alps, Podcast, Prequels, Rose Byrne, Sequels, Shaun of the Dead, Shocktober, Simon Pegg, Slither, Slow Zombies, Star Wars, Sunshine, super, Survival of the Dead, The Horde, The Walking Dead, Theater Worthy, Ving Rhames, Woody Harrelson, Zack Snyder, Zombieland, zombies
Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.
Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading
Posted in Horror, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Tagged 4 Days of Blood, Alfonso Cuarón, Alien, Alien Anthology, Aliens, blu-ray, Buy Digitally, Danny Boyle, Don't Even Bother, Europa Report, Event Horizon, Friday the 13th, George Clooney, God, Gravity, Halloween, Jason Voorhees, Jason X, Laurence Fishburne, Lord Zedd, Magnet, Magnet Releasing, Movies, Ninja Turtles, Nostromo, Pinbacker, Power Rangers, Ridley Scott, Sam Neill, Sandra Bullock, sci-fi, Science, Sharlto Copley, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Shredder, sigourney weaver, Space, space exploration, Sunshine, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Theater Worthy, Uber-Jason, Worth a Trip to Red Box
August was a slow month for me when it comes to my movie watching. Historically speaking, it’s a slow month for me anyways. In years past I had the start of school drastically cutting back my numbers. Not to mention, I also have the beginning of the fall TV season to vie for my attention.
So August is always a slow month. However, this year I managed to squeeze in 17 movies. I would say that the absence of school in my life may have contributed to it, but this was my best August since 2008. I think 2008 may have actually been the last August I was in school. I’m not sure.
In any case, here are the best and worst of my movies watched in August 2013. Continue reading
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Tagged adrianne palicki, Ben Schwartz, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, coffee Town, college humor, Danny Boyle, drive-in, Elijah Wood, Elysium, For Your Eyes Only, Glenn Howerton, James Bond, John Hurt, John Murphy, Josh groban, Matt Damon, Monthly Roundup, Moonraker, Movies, Neill Blomkamp, Patrick Wilson, Roger Moore, Sharlto Copley, Steve little, Sunshine, The Conjuring, The Oxford Murders, Vera Farmiga
Posted in Movies, Trailer Tuesday
Tagged 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 18, Danny Boyle, Embeth Davidtz, Europa Report, Michael Nyqvist, Movies, Philip Gelatt, sci-fi, Sebastián Cordero, Sharlto Copley, Sunshine, Trailer Tuesday
I’m a huge Danny Boyle fan. I saw 28 Days Later… multiple times in the theater. I watched 127 Hours five times in 2011 alone. Between buying gifts for friends and an upgrade to blu-ray, I’ve bought more copies of Sunshine than probably anybody. And I cheered in glee like a maniac when he hopped like Tigger accepting the Best Directing Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.
So you can imagine my delight when I attended a screening of Danny Boyle’s new mind-bending art heist thriller, Trance last night. Continue reading
March 27th (UK) / April 5th (US)
Danny Boyle is one of my favorite filmmakers working today and I’m very excited about Trance.
Posted in Movies, Trailer Tuesday
Tagged Danny Boyle, film, James McAvoy, John Hodge, movie trailer, Movies, Rosario Dawson, trailer, Trance, UK, Vincent Cassel