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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 201 – Split – Silence, Patriots Day, The Crown, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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OV201 – Split – Silence, Patriots Day, The Crown, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 194 – Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – Ear Buds, The Galapagos Affair, Inhumans, and Cars 3 teaser (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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OV194 – Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – Ear Buds, The Galapagos Affair, Inhumans, and Cars 3 teaser (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 192 – Doctor Strange – Black Mirror Season 3, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Dark Tower Delayed, Buy the Rights, and FilmStruck (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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OV192 – Doctor Strange – Black Mirror, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Dark Tower Delayed, Buy the Rights, and FilmStruck (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 182 – Sausage Party Review – Suicide Squad, Eye in the Sky, 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See, and Ben-Hur’s Box Office Results

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OV182 – Sausage Party Review – Suicide Squad, Eye in the Sky, 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See, and Ben-Hur’s Box Office Results

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

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 177 – Ghostbusters (2016) – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Bloodline, and Before We Go

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OV177 – Ghostbusters (2016) – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Bloodline, and Before We Go

This week Matt and Tiny discuss some of their favorite TV neighbor characters after discussing some news about The Dark Tower as well as some news about MoviePass. For Potpourri, they share their thoughts on Finding Dory and 13 Hours.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Beyond Measure (2014)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Director: Vicki Abeles
  • Writers: Vicki Abeles, Jeffrey Friedman, Mitzi Mock
  • Featured Subjects: Sir Ken Robinson, Linda Darling Hammond, Yong Zhao, Daniel Pink, Ron Berger

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Beyond Measure is Vicki Abeles‘ followup to her 2010 documentary Race to Nowhere. While her last film examined the pressure-filled lives of overworked students, Beyond Measure spotlights alternative learning methods created by students and faculty across the country to combat the outdated data-driven methods. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – Three Windows and a Hanging (2014)

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  • Narrative Feature / Festival Award Winner / Kosovo, Germany
  • Director: Isa Qosja
  • Writer: Zymber Kelmendi

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Isa Qosja‘s Three Windows and a Hanging is an emotionally jarring look into the patriarchal society of a Kosovo village rebuilding after war ravaged their community and its people. When school teacher Lushe tells a reporter that she and three other women from the village were raped by Serbian troops, the male villagers react.
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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Keep in Touch (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / Festival Award Winner / USA
  • Director: Sam Kretchmar
  • Writers: Sam Kretchmar, Michael Covino

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

In Keep in Touch, Colin (Ryan Patrick Bachand) tries to reconnect with a long-lost childhood crush. When he finds out she died in a car accident many years ago, he becomes infatuated with her younger sister, an aspiring musician who bears a striking resemblance to the girl he used to love. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – Superior (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / USA
  • Director: Edd Benda
  • Writer: Edd Benda
  • Cast: Paul Stanko, Thatcher Robinson

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

In Superior, best friends Charlie and Derek set out on a two-week long bike ride around Lake Superior in the summer of 1969. The pair are weeks away from going their separate ways (college for Charlie and Vietnam for Derek), and they’re determined to make their final adventure count. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – The Ambassador to Bern (2014)

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  • Narrative Feature / Hungary
  • Director: Attila Szász
  • Writer: Norbert Köbli

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

The Ambassador to Bern is a dramatic retelling of an incident that occurred in the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. On August 16th, 1958, two Hungarian immigrants broke into the Hungarian embassy in Bern and took the ambassador hostage at gunpoint. This film tells a version or the story that happened on that day.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Embers (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / Poland, USA
  • Director: Claire Carré
  • Writer: Charles Spano, Claire Carré

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Embers is a Poland and US co-production about the aftermath of a global neurological epidemic and how those who survive find meaning and connections in a world without memory. The movie follows several different perspectives that are independent of one another and collectively give a well-rounded view of how people are affected in this world.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Fourth Man Out (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / Festival Award Winner / USA
  • Director: Andrew Nackman
  • Writer: Aaron Dancik
  • Cast: Evan Todd, Parker Young, Jon Gabrus, Chord Overstreet, Kate Flannery

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

In Fourth Man Out, 24 year old Adam (Evan Todd) struggles with how to tell his best friends and his family that he’s gay. That’s the setup for Andrew Nackman‘s surprisingly poignant comedy exploring homophobia and the universally awkward feeling of dating in your mid-twenties.
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Movie Review: Ask Me Anything (2014)

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Ask Me Anything‘s cover art and description on Netflix are deceiving. The cover displays star Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome) haphazardly wearing a man’s shirt and tie with a disheveled bed behind her and a befuddled, “look what I’ve gotten myself into” expression on her face. Netflix’s elevator pitch plot description reads: “On a yearlong break between high school and college, a teenager writes an anonymous but highly revealing blog chronicling her sex life.” Rounding out the misdirection is the tagline: “Young, not so innocent.” Continue reading

Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

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About 45 minutes into Fantastic Four‘s meager 85 minute runtime, the 5 year old sitting a few rows in front of me loudly asked her parents “Which one of them turns into the rock thing!?” I usually have zero tolerance for movie talkers and theater disruptions. However, instead of quietly wishing that theaters would double charge parents who bring their children to a non-matinee show time, I chuckled because the kid was onto something. Continue reading

Movie Review: Ex Machina (2015)

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Alex Garland is responsible for writing two of my favorite movies in the last fifteen years. 28 Days Later and Sunshine were both collaborations between Garland and director Danny Boyle that told thought-provoking stories about humanity’s flaws and its willpower in a familiar but somehow original sci-fi or horror premise. Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina follows this trend and leaves a lot for the viewer to ponder.

After Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to work alongside Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the head of a Google-like empire, he discovers the man’s true reason for calling upon the young programmer. Nathan has created an artificial intelligence named Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Caleb is tasked with evaluating the machine’s consciousness. However, nothing is quite as it seems. Continue reading