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Heartland Film Festival 2015: Shorts Program 10 – Sci-Fi Shorts

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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 2015 Heartland Film Festival boasts well over 100 films in its schedule and many of those are short films. The shorts programs at Heartland group together films that fit common themes. Shorts Program 10 featured a collection of science fiction shorts. Continue reading

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Historic Artcraft Theatre – Franklin, Indiana – Sci-Fright Frenzy – Seven Tales of Science Fiction Horror

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Last weekend I had one of the most uniquely satisfying theater-going experiences of my life. The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana was hosting a two-day film fest featuring seven science fiction horror films. With two films screening Friday night and the other five screening Saturday, it was the perfect opportunity for me to become acquainted with the theater.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 30 – A Nerdy Conversation with IndyPopCon’s Chase Kahlo

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Here’s the latest ep of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! I’m really excited about this episode. This week we had an in-studio guest for the first time since our friend Greg helped us kick off the podcast in June! Our guest was Chase Kahlo, one of the guys behind Indy PopCon (the brand new pop culture convention coming to Indianapolis in May 2014).

We had so much fun recording with Chase and we’ll probably have him back as the convention nears. And when I say he’s our first “in-studio” guest, I mean he’s our first guest in the makeshift studio I converted my brother’s sunroom into and use to record in while he’s at work. But all the same, it’s a great episode and I hope you like it. 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

4 Days of Blood: Part II – The Horrors of Space

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Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.

Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Love (2011)

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Director: William Eubank

Writer: William Eubank

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Trailer Tuesday: Europa Report (2013)

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Release Date: August 2nd, 2013

Director: Sebastián Cordero

Writer: Philip Gelatt

Stars: Embeth DavidtzSharlto CopleyMichael Nyqvist

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Trailer Tuesday: Ender’s Game (2013)

Taking a break from House of Cards (that show is incredible, by the way) to deliver a regrettably late Trailer Tuesday.

Just released today is the first trailer for the highly anticipated Ender’s Game. I’ve never read the books but I have friends who have and swear by it. The trailer is replete with special effects and the movie is rounded out by a very impressive cast.

2013 is truly becoming the “year of Sci-Fi” and I love it. Ender’s game is set for a November release. I am going to read the books before I see it. I can’t wait. View the trailer below… Continue reading

Building Better Blu-Rays (The Alien Anthology Review)

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Until early last year, I had never seen an Alien movie. Disgraceful, I know. In preparation for the release of Prometheus and Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi and the world that terrorized the genre, I watched Alien and Aliens for the first time. Eventually, when the New Year arrived, I bought the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray Collection.

Now that I’ve finally cracked open the 6-disc set, I can say with absolute confidence that this is the finest blu-ray set I’ve ever seen. The movies look and sound incredible and the amount of supplemental material is so staggering it’s to the point of being overwhelming.

So enjoy my review. A set this magnificent definitely deserves a thorough review. Continue reading

The Toby Theater and Beyond the Infinite (Kubrick on the Big Screen)

Last week I fulfilled a dream I’ve had since I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time on my family’s old 32-inch, component cabled tube TV over a decade ago. I finally saw the most visually breathtaking and hopelessly mind-bending film in a theater. Not only that, I saw it at one of the best theaters in Indianapolis.

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