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Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur (2015)

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In The Good Dinosaur, Pixar imagines a world where dinosaurs never went extinct and now live alongside humans. The movie follows Arlo, a young cowardly dinosaur who finds himself lost from his family farm and forced to confront his fears to return home. Arlo finds an unlikely companion in a human “creature” named Spot, who acts as Arlo’s guard dog. Continue reading

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Homeless (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / USA
  • Director: Clay Riley Hassler
  • Writers: Anna Fields, Clay Riley Hassler

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 Clay Riley Hassler‘s Homeless, Michael McDowell plays Gosh (pronounced Josh), a teenager who’s homeless and struggling to improve his situation. We follow Gosh as he spends his days searching for a job until nightfall when he goes back to the homeless shelter. When he meets a single mother at the mall, things start to look up.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Directors: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen
  • Featured Subjects: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez

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.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made tells the story of three kids in 1982 who set out to create a shot for shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Mississippi. The project lasted seven years and all that was left to film was one crucial scene. Now over thirty years later, the men have reunited to complete their remake of Steven Spielberg’s iconic movie.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Romeo is Bleeding (2015)

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  • Documentary Feature / Festival Award Winner / USA
  • Director: Jason Zeldes
  • Featured Subjects: Donté Clark, D’neise Robinson, Molly Raynor, Deandre Evans

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 Richmond, California there’s a feud raging in the streets. Central Richmond and unincorporated North Richmond have been at war for so long that no one is sure exactly when or why the violence started. It’s in this world that we’re introduced to Donté Clark, a poet from Richmond who uses his passion to bring people together against the violence in his community. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – The Big Lonely (2014)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Director: David Manougian
  • Featured Subject: Michael Nelms

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 Big Lonely opens with a statement saying it is a documentary shot entirely by its main character with no production crew present. As the film’s subject Michael Nelms sets a fire, the viewer is instantly immersed into this story of a man isolated and alone in the wilderness for almost a decade.

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Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

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In Denis Villeneuve‘s latest movie Sicario, Emily Blunt plays Kate, an idealistic FBI agent recruited to an interagency task force working to take down a drug cartel on the US/Mexico border. As the task force moves closer to the objective, Kate begins to question the tactics they use and her purpose within the unit. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

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Only a few years after Prometheus marked Ridley Scott‘s return to the sci-fi space genre, he’s back with an adaptation of Andy Weir’s breakout hard sci-fi novel The Martian (read my review on Obsessive Book Nerd here). The Martian takes a realistic look at survival on our barren celestial neighbor and showcases what humanity can accomplish when unified toward a common goal.

After an unexpected storm forces the abort of a manned Mars mission, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded on the red planet. Faced with overwhelming odds, Watney must use his wits and science to survive on the planet long enough to be rescued. Continue reading

Movie Review: No Escape (2015)

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No Escape pits Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Claire Geare and Sterling Jerins) in the middle of a coup soon after the family moves to their new Asian home. When chaos reigns in the streets, and foreigners are brutally executed, the family must overcome unbelievable odds to ensure their safety.

The opening scene of the movie shows a diplomatic summit from the perspective of a guard. We watch as a waiter carries drinks to the officials speaking after the guard tests them presumably for poison. Knowing the premise of the movie, you expect a certain resolution to this sequence but the movie utilizes misdirection to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Movie Review: Vacation (2015)

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Vacation shares some surprising similarities with Jurassic World. Both are pseudo-reboots of decades-old franchises masquerading as sequels that both feature amusement parks with velociraptors. Of course, in Jurassic World the velociraptor is the only character with meaningful development whereas Vacation‘s velociraptor is a roller coaster. However, their biggest similarity is the fact that they both missed their marks completely. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Closing Night Film Review – Wildlike (2014)

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Wildlike was the closing film of 2015’s Indy Film Fest on July 25th. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

Following the death of her father, troubled teenager Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is sent to Juneau, Alaska to stay with her uncle (Brian Geraghty) while her mother works out some of her own issues. When her uncle’s home proves not to be safe for Mackenzie, she goes on the run. While trying to survive on her own and evading detection, she crosses paths with Rene Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood), a man with his own troubles on a private quest for peace. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Best of American Spectrum Review – The Answers (2015) & Night Owls (2015)

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Saturday was Indy Film Fest’s “best of” screenings, which featured screenings of each of the festival’s winning shorts and features in their respective categories. Fortunately for me, one of the movies I wanted to see most of all this year, Charles Hood’s Night Owls, won best feature in the American Spectrum category. This gave me the opportunity to see it as the other screenings conflicted with my schedule. As an added bonus, it was paired with the “Best American Spectrum” short film, Michael Goode’s The Answers. Below you’ll find my review of both. Of course, you can find all of my Indy Film Fest coverage here.
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Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015)

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Written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, Trainwreck is a cookie cutter romantic comedy that follows every beat and convention of the genre to a tee but attempts to get away with it on the strength of its lead actress. Surprisingly, it almost succeeds in that regard and manages to provide some laughs as it takes its audience down familiar rom-com territory.
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Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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Jurassic Park was released at the perfect time in my life. It was 1993, I was just about to turn 7 years old and I had a toy T-Rex I carried with me everywhere. (His name was Mikey). Seeing Spielberg and his team bring to life these almost mythical creatures was a defining moment in my young movie-going life.

What made Jurassic Park timeless however was that, at its heart, it was the story of how Dr. Grant’s opinion of children evolves when thrust into his role as a protector. It was about John Hammond’s charisma in selling this crazy idea. It was about innovation and it inspired a generation of young moviegoers by populating the story with scientists and dialogue that didn’t shy from the scientific and moral implications of the park’s very existence. Continue reading

Decade Reviews – Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Reviewed 7/8/04 & 11/24/14

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A decade ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had my first job at my local movie theater and used my newfound disposable income to get a Netflix subscription.

Over the summer of 2004, 17/18 year old Matt wrote 21 movie reviews and posted them on IMDb. Recently, I dug up these reviews and decided to revisit each movie and evaluate how my tastes have changed over the last decade.

So for each of these posts, I will write a present-day review and then copy/paste the original review after. Then I’ll compare the two and give a summary at the end. You can find all the reviews herefollow me on Twitter here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, lets talk about Spider-Man 2. Continue reading

Decade Reviews – The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – Reviewed 7/6/04 & 11/10/14

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A decade ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had my first job at my local movie theater and used my newfound disposable income to get a Netflix subscription.

Over the summer of 2004, 17/18 year old Matt wrote 21 movie reviews and posted them on IMDb. Recently, I dug up these reviews and decided to revisit each movie and evaluate how my tastes have changed over the last decade.

So for each of these posts, I will write a present-day review and then copy/paste the original review after. Then I’ll compare the two and give a summary at the end. You can find all the reviews herefollow me on Twitter here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, lets talk about The Day After Tomorrow. Continue reading