Adaptations & Remakes is an ongoing feature where I take a movie or a book and compare it to its remake and/or adaptation. Each post follows the same basic format:
- General plot overview/source material
- Original movie/first adaptation
- How I would adapt and/or remake it.
- How they adapted/remade it
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Tagged Adaptations & Remakes, Atticus Ross, Ben Affleck, Buy it Full Price, Carrie Coon, David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, Kim Dickens, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, Trent Reznor, Tyler Perry
“Any pugilist worth his salt knows when someone’s on the ropes, that’s when you throw a combination to the gut and a left hook to the jaw.”
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Things are heating up as I get closer to the halfway point of my unnervingly slow trek through a show that’s by all accounts designed to be binge viewed. But I’m committed to analyzing each episode I watch before moving on to the next stellar marriage of writing, acting and directing. Continue reading
“One heartbeat away from the Presidency and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is so overrated.”
I’m back with my second review of House of Cards season 2. In the second episode of the Netflix series’ sophomore season, Frank dips his feet in the presidential arena of power plays and deceit as he’s officially sworn in as VP. Meanwhile, Claire deals with something from her past resurfacing and Lucas (Sebastian Arcelus) looks into the truth on his own. Continue reading
Posted in House of Cards, Netflix, Television
Tagged Beau Willimon, David Fincher, Doug Stamper, Frank Underwood, Gerald McRaney, House of Cards, Jackie Sharp, Kevin Spacey, Michael Kelly, Molly Parker, Netflix, Netflix Original Series, Raymond Tusk, Robin Wright, Sebastian Arcelus, Washington DC, White House
Last year, in celebration of Netflix’s high-profile jump into original programming, I wrote a review of the first season of House of Cards. I loved it. It quickly became one of my favorite shows on television; a statement I find humorous considering it isn’t on conventional television.
As such, I have been very eagerly awaiting the February 14th premiere of season 2 of this groundbreaking political thriller. As a result of my eagerness, I’ve decided to review each episode of season 2 individually, as I view them. Continue reading
Posted in Netflix, Television
Tagged Andrew Davies, Beau Willimon, Carl Franklin, Chapter 14, Claire Underwood, Constance Zimmer, David Fincher, Doug Stamper, Francis Underwood, Gillian Cole, House of Cards, Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Michael Dobbs, Michael Kelly, Netflix, Rachel Brosnahan, Robin Wright, Sakina Jaffrey, Sandrine Holt, Sebastian Arcelus
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Here’s the latest episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! We return to our Vault to enter 3 movies that we feel deserve a piece of absolute preservation.
There are some important announcements in this episode. First, of course, we refer to the new book site The Obsessive Book Nerd. And Tiny teases a new podcasting endeavor.
As always, 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 would mean a lot to us.
Don’t forget to rate us and review us on iTunes as well! Continue reading
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Tagged 1970s, 1980s, academy Awards, Adam Goldberg, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Andrew Kevin Walker, Atheism, Autumn, Back to the Future, Barry Pepper, Book reviews, Brad Pitt, Bryan Cranston, California, Carrie, Comic Books, cop drama, D-Day, David Fincher, Dean Cundey, Dennis Farina, Donald Pleasance, Ed Burns, Ender's Game, Envy, Evansville, Evil Dead, Fall, flight, Friday the 13th, Giovanni Ribisi, Gluttony, Goosebumps, Greed, Halloween, Horror Genre, horror movies, Hot Rod, I Love You Man, IGN, IMDb, Internet, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeremy Davies, John Carpenter, Kevin Spacey, Leland Orser, Lost, Lust, Matt Damon, Michael Myers, Morgan Freeman, Nathan fillion, Netflix, News Reels, Normandy Invasion, Obsessive Book Nerd, Panoglide camera, Paul Giamatti, Presidential Biographies, Pride, Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Religion, Remakes, rob zombie, robocop, Roger Ebert, Rosemary’s Baby, Saving Private Ryan, Scary Movies, Se7en, Shakespeare in love, Silence of the Lambs, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Sloth, South Pasadena, Space Jam, steven spielberg, Sunshine, Ted Danson, The Dark Tower, The Evil Dead, The Exorcist, The Godfather, The Lego Movie, The Omen, The Secular Perspective, the shape, The Shining, Theology, Thriller, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, trick r Treat, Vault movies, Vin Diesel, War Bonds, War films, World War II, Wrath
Posted in Movies, Streaming Saturday
Tagged David Fincher, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Vanderbilt, Mark Ruffalo, Netflix, Netflix instant, netflix streaming, Robert Downey Jr, Robert Graysmith, streaming saturday, True Crime, Zodiac
Here’s the latest episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast with Matt & Tiny. This was a lot of fun to record. We had my friend Mike on as a guest. I’ve been friends with both Mike and Tiny for a long time and this is the first time they’ve ever interacted with each other. So it was definitely fun to record. Continue reading
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Tagged 12 Years a Slave, Aaron Paul, Adam Driver, Alec Baldwin, Anna Chlumsky, Anna Gunn, Arrested Development, Bates Motel, Bobby Cannavale, Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Damon Wayans Jr., David Fincher, Dexter, Fruitvale Station, Girls, Guillermo del Toro, Happy Endings, House of Cards, Idris Elba, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Netflix, Nick Offerman, Pacific Rim, Parks & Recreation, Peter Dinklage, Steve McQueen, The Conjuring, The Newsroom
Disclaimer: I clearly mark which sections contain spoilers but, just for peace of mind, Chapter 3 contains massive spoilers for season 1 of House of Cards. Chapter 4 includes some vague character spoilers but nothing too severe. The rest is spoiler-free. Enjoy.
It seems like every other piece I write for this blog includes something about the plunge Netflix has taken into original programming. It’s something that really fascinates me. I believe we are standing at the precipice of a revolution in the television industry and Netflix is preparing to give us a much needed nudge.
The reason I started this blog was to voice my excitement for Netflix as an original content provider. I made bold statements that were fueled by an intense interest and high hopes. But I had no idea if Netflix’s content was going to be up to snuff. I had my ideas but, ultimately, they were worthless without premium content deserving of my $7.99 every month.
I finally burned through Netflix’s highly acclaimed and extremely hyped flagship series House of Cards over the course of a handful of days. This happened a couple weeks ago. Now that I’ve finally found the time to stop obsessing over what I watched, I can share it with you. Continue reading
Posted in Netflix, Television
Tagged Beau Willimon, Corey Stoll, David Fincher, Emmys, entertainment, Gerald McRaney, House of Cards, Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Kristen Connolly, Michael Kelly, Netflix, Product placement, Robin Wright, Television
I’m excited about this week’s Streaming Saturday. The reason I started this blog was because of my fascination with Netflix’s dive into original programming. One of my first posts was about how Netflix could be a game changer for the television industry. I stand by that assessment. And now that I’ve watched Netflix’s flagship series House of Cards, I can officially recommend it to the internet.
I won’t go into many details since I’m working on a bigger review of the first season and want to save my thoughts for that. What I will say is House of Cards is a political drama featuring Kevin Spacey as Majority Whip Francis Underwood. He’s a fascinatingly dark character. After he was turned away for the position of Secretary of State, Frank sets out on a plan of manipulation and power to get what he wants. He’s brutal, calculating and a joy to watch. Continue reading
Until early last year, I had never seen an Alien movie. Disgraceful, I know. In preparation for the release of Prometheus and Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi and the world that terrorized the genre, I watched Alien and Aliens for the first time. Eventually, when the New Year arrived, I bought the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray Collection.
Now that I’ve finally cracked open the 6-disc set, I can say with absolute confidence that this is the finest blu-ray set I’ve ever seen. The movies look and sound incredible and the amount of supplemental material is so staggering it’s to the point of being overwhelming.
So enjoy my review. A set this magnificent definitely deserves a thorough review. Continue reading
Posted in Blu-Ray and DVD, Horror, Movies
Tagged Alien, Alien 3, Alien Anthology, Alien Resurrection, Aliens, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Christopher Henn, Dan O'Bannon, David Fincher, Dominique Pinon, Harry Dean Stanton, Horror, Ian Holm, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jenette Goldstein, John Hurt, Joss Whedon, Lance Henriksen, Leland Orser, Michael Biehn, Movies, Paul McGann, review, Ridley Scott, Ron Perlman, sci-fi, sigourney weaver, tom skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Winona Ryder
Posted in Netflix, Television
Tagged Arrested Development, Blockbuster, David Fincher, Disney, Dreamworks, Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove, House of Cards, Kevin Spacey, Mitch Hurwitz, Netflix, Television, Turbo F.A.S.T.