Premise: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Escape Room was a fairly decent thriller for about 2/3s of its runtime. For the other 3rd, it was pretty rote with underdeveloped characters, derivative set pieces, and an ending that felt like a first draft fever dream.
Premise: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
I can’t remember the last time I was so invested in 2/3s of a movie only to find myself struggling so hard to hold my interest in its final act. But such is the life of the audience member of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. As harsh as it may sound, there’s no denying that Shyamalan is one divisive and mercurial filmmaker. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs were all fantastic films in my opinion, and The Village was solid. But we had to suffer through the likes of The Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Visit before he turned things around with Split in 2017.
Premise: Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
When I sat down to rewatch Split, the thing I was most curious about was if the surprise ending was what made the movie great in my mind or if it would stand on its own without that shock factor inflating a subpar or mediocre opinion.
Premise: An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead—and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass.
It may be easy to forget that M. Night Shyamalan’s follow up to his breakout hit The Sixth Sense came at a time when the vast majority of comic book movies were poorly made garbage to sell merchandise. But before Christopher Nolan really changed the game with The Dark Knight Trilogy, Shyamalan made a grounded comic book movie that was, at its heart, a love letter to comic books themselves and the storytelling within that medium. Underappreciated in its own time, Unbreakable went onto attain cult status and still holds up to repeat viewings to this day.
Premise: Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
I went into Free Solo wondering what could possibly possess a person to climb anything without ropes or harnesses. It is a lifestyle that I am so far away from, I simply can’t fathom it. And right off the bat, the documentary addresses this question in the form of an interview that Free Solo‘s subject, Alex Honnold, was in on television. His rationale is that anyone can die at any time, what difference does it make if you’re thousands of feet in the air with only a fingernail’s worth of space keeping you from plummeting?
Premise: A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.
The Upside is a pretty middle of the road comedy that’s fairly inoffensive, if unimaginative in its execution. It’s a remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables. It premiered at TIFF in 2017 and finally got a wide theatrical release now in 2019.
In this special episode (recorded live outside a bookstore), Tiny and I review IT with two of our Patreon subscribers Tony Troxell (Indiana Geeking) and Matt Andreko immediately after seeing the movie in the theater as part of our Obsessive Viewer Facebook Group Screening Event! Continue reading →
This week Tiny and I review the new Steven Soderbergh redneck heist movie Logan Lucky. We also discuss the latest Castle Rock casting news, Black Mirror’s teaser trailer, the Netflix show Atypical, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Mike also calls in with his mini-review of Annabelle Creation! Continue reading →
In this episode, we review Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 after a brief review of The Fate of the Furious. We also discussed a ridiculous Chris Pratt Instagram scandal, The Dark Tower trailer reactions, and the new teaser for the web series Deep Six. For potpourri, we talk about the recent movie Gold, and the new Netflix documentary, The Mars Generation. Continue reading →
In this week’s episode, we review the newly released Netflix/Joe Swanberg Jake Johnson movie, Win it All and then we get into another extended potpourri section. In potpourri, we discuss Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, MST3K: The Return, Flashpoint, Atlas Shrugged, Defiance Comedy’s Spaceship to Nowhere, and much more. Continue reading →
This week, Tiny and I review the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie, Split, with frequent guest Robert Fekkes! We also debate the merits of M. Night’s past work, and what Split means for the future of his career. We also discuss Shia LaBeouf’s livestream Trump protest, Star Wars Episode VIII’s title reveal, Patriots Day, Silence, Netflix’s The Crown, and more. Continue reading →
This week, Matt welcomes Fekkes back to the podcast to review Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, the first entry in a planned 5-movie franchise expanding upon J.K. Rowling’s wizarding universe. They also discuss Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary, The Galapagos Affair, Pixar’s Cars 3 teaser, Marvel Studios’ new Inhumans TV show news, and more! Continue reading →
This week, Matt reviews the latest MCU movie, Doctor Strange with guest Robert Fekkes. They also talk briefly about fictional presidents, Black Mirror, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Dark Tower delay, and more. Continue reading →
This week, Matt and Tiny review Sausage Party, discuss the Ben-Hur box office results, and round out the podcast with Potpourri covering Suicide Squad, Family Guy, and Eye in the Sky. Continue reading →
I remember feeling a fascinating sense of schadenfreude when the controversy over Fyre Festival happened. I was browsing social media and Reddit reading about what a bunch of rich people were going through in the Bahamas. So when Netflix released their documentary (and Hulu as well, but I'll watch that next), I was looking forward to a potential skeweri […]
2019 Weekly Comedy Challenge: 2/52 - (Week 2: A comedy starring Mabel Normand.) Over 100 years old, Tillie's Punctured Romance was the first feature length comedy ever made. It was also Charlie Chaplin's first feature length film and it was the last time he would be directed by someone other than himself. For its milestones, Tillie's Punctured […]
r/LetterboxdOfficial Film Club - 005 - New Year, Fresh Start Every time I watch The Truman Show, I'm fascinated by the concept of the movie, impressed by the comedy, and awestruck at how ahead of its time it was. The concept of The Truman Show, where a man's entire life is a reality TV show unbeknownst to him, is such a meaty premise for the movie. […]
Watched for my Horror Movie Homework Assigned by @IAmMikeWhite list. The first thing that struck me about The House of the Devil was how much it felt like an 80s horror movie. I was aware that it was set in the 80s and assumed it would have some throwback nostalgia in it. However, I wasn't prepared for just how steeped in the 80s aesthetic the movie was […]
I can't remember the last time I was so invested in 2/3s of a movie only to find myself struggling so hard to hold my interest in its final act. But such is the life of the audience member of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. As harsh as it may sound, there's no denying that Shyamalan is one divisive and mercurial filmmaker. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable […]
Split holds up very well. I was concerned that my fondness for it was based solely on the ending. Fortunately, I was invested in the story and really stunned by McAvoy's performance. He was incredible. My full review can be found on ObsessiveViewer.com.