- 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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This week we’re releasing a very special episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! Not only is this the first episode Tiny, Mike and myself recorded together in person, we also had our friend Rob on the show! Rob is young father, so we picked his brain on his perspective of the Pixar movies and how they are affecting his daughter’s early childhood. I hope you guys like it!
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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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Tagged 127 Hours, Afghanistan, Battleship, Ben Foster, Danny Boyle, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Friday Night Lights, Jingoism, Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, Mark Wahlberg, Military, Movies, Navy SEALS, Netflix, Operation Red Wings, Operation Redwing, Peter Berg, review, SEAL Team 10, Stream on Netflix, Taliban, Taylor Kitsch, The Kingdom, USA
Release Date: December 27, 2013 (limited)/ January 10, 2014 (wide)
Director: Peter Berg
Writer: Peter Berg
Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch Continue reading
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Tagged Battleship, Beards, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, Mark Wahlberg, Movies, Navy SEALS, Operation Red Wings, Peter Berg, Taylor Kitsch, The Kingdom, Tim Riggins, Trailer Tuesday
I’m not really into sports. But Peter Berg‘s 2004 high school football movie Friday Night Lights is one of my favorite sports movies. Its even distribution of small town pressure and college hopes gives the characters realistically high stakes, making for a suspenseful and even heartbreaking movie experience. The score, prominently featuring the music of Explosions in the Sky, sets a very moving and memorable tone for the movie.
Naturally, I was hesitant to jump into the television version of the movie I enjoy so much. Not just because I cherish the movie, but also because I’ve been so jaded toward network dramas for the last several years. I honestly believe cable and premium networks (and now Netflix) are where the true art of the television medium resides. Adding to my reluctance was a blurb on the back of the Friday Night Lights complete series DVD collection. Prominently displayed on the back of the collection is the absurdly confident quote: “What may be the best dramatic series in the history of television. That’s right: History.”
Despite my justified incredulity, I went into Friday Night Lights with an open mind. So how was it? (I’ve kept spoilers to a bare minimum. Some light plots may be revealed, but it’s nothing severe.) Continue reading
Posted in Television
Tagged Aimee Teagarden, Connie Britton, Directv, Friday Night Lights, Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler, Michael B. Jordan, NBC, Peter Berg, Taylor Kitsch, Television