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Mike’s Best & Worst Movies of 2014

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Here’s Mike’s 2014 Best and Worst movies lists. Check back later in the week for a full podcast discussion of this list and my and Tiny’s stats and lists as well. Also, follow Mike on Twitter @IAmMikeWhite and also check out his band (and download their EP for free!) at http://asgoodasitgetsband.bandcamp.com/.

– Matt (@ObsessiveViewer) Continue reading

Tiny’s 2013 Year in Movies

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Listen to us discuss our favorite and least favorite movies from 2013 on The Obsessive Viewer Podcast

I watched a few movies in 2013. 320 to be exact! Yeah! I’m happy with that. (Matt is a dick for beating me by 5!). It was a really good movie-watching year for me. This blog and podcast that Matt, Mike and I do is about movies and TV, but for me, the greater of the two is movies. A lot of the TV I watch is escapism. It’s fun to dive into shows and get lost in their worlds. TV is sort of an outlet for me. However, watching a movie is more like a calling. I feel at peace. Not to say I never escape into a movie, but I treat it more like a relationship.

So I’m almost always more excited about the film side of our little endeavor here. Ironically some of my favorite episodes of ours are the TV ones, but I feel like I have a better knack for analyzing, critiquing and enjoying films. So I inevitably lean towards that side of our podcast and blog, and I’m excited to break down my 2013 Year in Movies publicly. Continue reading

Mike’s Trailer Tuesday: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Release Date: May 23, 2014

Director: Bryan Singer

Written By: Simon Kinberg (screenplay and story), Matthew Vaughn (story) & Jane Goldman (story)

This summer the two studios which own rights to Marvel characters and aren’t named Marvel will duke it out at the box office. Sony will release the hotly anticipated (and lately scrutinized) Amazing Spider-Man 2. Without a major Marvel studios release, the only competition for Amazing 2 will be Bryan Singer’s return to the helm of the X-Men franchise in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Early excitement would indicate DoFP is the more likely to win the superhero box office battle this summer.

Note: Come back Thursday for a special Thursday edition of Trailer Tuesday for the release of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. Continue reading

Adaptations & Remakes: Ender’s Game [Obsessive Friends: Mike]

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Source Material: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Set in Earth’s future, young Ender Wiggin is trained and groomed to become the leader of Earth’s military attack against the alien “Buggers.” Ender is put through a series of tests that include several intense battles in zero gravity rooms. Ender’s final test is to display his tactical genius in a simulation against the Buggers, but is it really just a game? Writer’s note: Ender’s Game has been published in several different editions with more covers than I can count. The picture above is the version of the cover of the Ender’s Game book that I read. Continue reading

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

DVD Review: All Hallows’ Eve [Obsessive Friends: Mike]

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Since 2009’s Trick R Treat, horror audiences have been treated to a resurgence of anthology movies. V/H/S and it’s superior sequel were successful movies, and a breath of fresh air from the Paranormal Activity movies dominating theaters every year. The anthology format serves horror well. Where several horror movies struggle to pack 90 minutes with scares, segments in a horror anthology can back out to the frame story before tension wavers. Even a weak segment reaps the benefits of a mostly successful group of shorts. When the work is cohesive and the scares are quick and fun, anthologies thrive. Continue reading

Tiny’s Shocktober Musings – Part IV [Obsessive Friends]

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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” watched on 10/11 Continue reading

Mike’s Shocktober Journal – Day 2 (10/02/13): Wrong Turn [Obsessive Friends]

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Mike’s Shocktober Journal – Day 1 (10/01/13): The Exorcism of Emily Rose [Obsessive Friends: Mike]

OBSESSIVE NOTE: Mike is the biggest Horror movie fan I know. His approach to Shocktober this year is more laid back than it has been in years passed. It should be, considering he’s getting married next weekend. Despite his extremely busy schedule, he has agreed to share his Shocktober 2013 experience with all of us. Here is the first installment of Mike’s Shocktober Journal entries. You can find Mike on Twitter @IAmMikeWhite and hear him on The Obsessive Viewer Podcast!

– Matt (The Obsessive Viewer) Continue reading

Tiny’s Shocktober Musings – Part I [Obsessive Friends: Tiny]

OBSESSIVE NOTE: In honor of Shocktober here on the blog, I asked my friends and podcast co-hosts to write about their experiences with this sacred tradition. Tiny’s approach was to collect his  thoughts on the movies he watches this month and release them in groups. Here is the first installment of Tiny’s Shocktober Musings. 

– Matt (The Obsessive Viewer) Continue reading

On Her Majesty’s Dumpster Service: How “The East” Broke the Mold [Obsessive Friends: Tiny]

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There’s something surprisingly endearing about watching the beautiful Brit Marling take a bite out of a half-eaten apple she just pulled out of the trash. I found myself pondering these strange occurrences throughout The East. I’m guessing most of the audience felt the same way, and I’m also guessing the filmmakers are happy about that. I’m not sure I’ve ever really seen a movie like The East; which I mean in the most complimentary of ways.  Continue reading

We’re Movie Fans, Damn It! Three ‘Into Darkness’ Reviews by Non-Trekkies [Obsessive Friends: Mike & Tiny]

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My friends Mike and Tiny saw Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend and couldn’t stop raving about it. Mike is a tough critic, especially when it comes to big tent-pole movies. Tiny and I usually see eye to eye on most movies. So after hearing their praise, I had to see the movie for myself.  Before I bought my ticket, an idea struck me. I decided my friends and I should write individual reviews of the movie for this blog. So that’s what we did.

As far as expectations were concerned, the three of us really liked J.J. Abrams’ reboot/sequel hybrid. So we each went “into Darkness” somewhere between “excited” and “extremely excited.” Below you will find all three of our takes on the movie, the fan reactions and Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance. Enjoy and, as always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like the blog on Facebook. Continue reading