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The Month in Movies: January 2014

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  • 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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Lone Survivor Review – Berg Misses the Mark, Luttrell Casts Doubt

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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.

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Tiny’s Streaming Saturday: 5 Days of Obsessively Viewing Christmas

If you start watching today, Netflix can provide you with an enjoyable Christmas classic each day until the holiday is over. Maybe “classic” is a stretch for some of them, but they will all pull at your heart-strings and put you in the Christmas mood. Without further adieu, your Five Days of Obsessive Viewer Christmas:

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The Month in Movies: Shocktober 2013

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My friends and I have been dedicating the month of October to the horror genre and calling it Shocktober for several years now.  I started this blog in February and from the start I was excited about sharing my Shocktober experience with anyone and everyone.

I have been saying for a while that this year has to make up for last year’s abysmal performance. I had it in my mind that I barely watched anything last year. As it turns out, I was 27 movies last year. Not all of them were Shocktober movies, but I had been working under the assumption that I had maybe 10 or 11 viewings total last year.

It’s all for the best because this year was the second best Shocktober I’ve ever had. While I didn’t beat my record of 57 viewings in 2011, I did come close with a very respectable 52 viewings. I’m also proud to say that only 3 of those viewings weren’t Shocktober movies. Continue reading

4 Days of Blood: Part IV – Ghoulish Netflix Instant Recommendations

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Seeing as Halloween is now upon us and I’ve committed myself to writing four “Days of Blood” posts, I figured I would devote the fourth and final post to some of the better (and more recent) horror and horror-adjacent titles available to stream on Netflix. Hopefully it will make up for the way I’ve been neglecting my Streaming Saturday recommendations this month.

Before I get started, though, I want to thank everyone for indulging me as I let my horror fandom take control of the blog and the podcast. I’d also like to thank my friends Mike (@IAmMikeWhite) and Tiny (@ObsessiveTiny) for contributing so much content this month. I’d also like to thank my friend Pat (@Patty_Kuhn) for joining us on the Zombie episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.

Finally, I would like to thank John Dugan from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) for letting us interview him on the podcast. We had such a great time talking to him and can’t thank him enough. If you’re ever at a convention and have a chance to meet him, I highly recommend it.

So let’s get to the list, shall we? It’s Halloween, so here are some streaming recommendations to make the holiday even better. Continue reading

4 Days of Blood: Part I – OV’s Found Footage Fest

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We are nearing the end of Shocktober 2013. In the run up to the final week, I realized I have a ton of movies I still want to watch. So, with plenty of unused vacation time to spare, I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. Throughout this mini-vacation I’ve created for myself, I’m going to be watching a ton of Shocktober movies. I’ve set myself a goal of writing up one blog post for each day, similar to Tiny’s Shocktober Musings posts. 

Here we have Part I, my “found footage fest.” Found footage movies get a bad rap. Sure, there’s plenty of dreck in the subgenre and it inspires needless sequels that are churned out faster than they can be written. But when the format is handled right, it can be an absolutely terrifying experience that gets under your skin.

Let me know what you think about the found footage genre in the comments below and follow me around the internet with the links below.

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OV’s Shocktober: Adaptations & Remakes – “Carrie”

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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

And don’t forget, you can follow around the internet with the links below.

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The Week in TV: Oct. 6th-12th, 2013

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Yikes. I did not watch hardly any TV this week. This is highly unusual for me. I should explain that I had a very busy week and Shocktober viewings took precedence over television. As a result, I watched three things. Read my thoughts below and prepare yourselves for a much longer entry next weekend seeing as I will have plenty of catching up to do this week. Continue reading

OV’s Shocktober: The Collection (2012) [First Viewing]

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I really dropped the ball this weekend. I intended to write and post this as a Streaming Saturday but I ran out of time. Then on Sunday I wanted to write it but only after I posted my review of its predecessor, The Collector. I thought I could squeeze in my weekly TV write up first, but that ended up taking a lot of time so alas, it is Monday and here is my review/Streaming recommendation for 2012’s The Collection. Enjoy. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Open Water (2004)

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Release Date: August 20th, 2004

Director: Chris Kentis

Writer: Chris Kentis

Stars: Blanchard RyanDaniel TravisSaul Stein

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Belated Emmys Wrap Up

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I’m not big on award shows. I don’t like the self-congratulatory nature of them and I can’t stand the politics behind it. Having said that, I didn’t watch the Emmys. I thought about it, I even intended to watch them and livetweet them the next morning. But I didn’t bother. I’ll still share a few thoughts about them here, albeit several days later. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: How I Met Your Mother (2005-Present)

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I have a quick Streaming Saturday for you guys today. It’s one of my favorite sitcoms and on Monday it will begin its final season. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Memento (2000)

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Release Date: September 5th, 2000 (Venice Film Festival)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars:  Guy PearceCarrie-Anne MossJoe Pantoliano

In honor of yesterday’s episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast, this week’s Streaming Saturday is the Chris Nolan mind bending noir film Memento. Before I get to talking about Memento, though, I want to briefly promote yesterday’s episode of the podcast. It was Part 1 of our 2-part episode discussing Christopher Nolan. I edited it “Memento-style” and it’s gotten a lot of positive feedback. So if you’re a Nolan fan, you should check it out and let me know what you think. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Palo Alto, CA (2007)

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Release Date: April 29th, 2007

Director: Brad Leong

Writer: Tony Vallone

Stars: Aaron AshmoreJohnny LewisJustin Mentell, Ben Savage, Autumn Reeser, Ryan Hansen and Tom Arnold

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Streaming Saturday: Saturday Night Live (1975-Present)

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Last week my PS3 died a hero’s death. In the end, it went out doing what it did best, streaming Netflix so I wouldn’t have to eat my Honey Bunches of Oats in silence. As a result, I streamed Netflix on my laptop set up on a TV tray at the foot of my bed.

With this set up, I found myself watching some things I don’t normally stream, namely some episodes of Saturday Night Live from the middle of the 1990s. When I was a kid, I used to love watching SNL. I hadn’t noticed just how much of SNL was on Netflix.

So for this week’s Streaming Saturday, I decided to do something a little different. Below I’ve compiled a list of all the SNL-related titles available for streaming. It’s worth noting that the decade collections don’t have the full episodes. The musical performances are missing and many episodes have sketches cut out.

Check out the list below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer, like the blog on Facebook and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast. Continue reading