In this episode, I talk some more about Star Wars: The Last Jedi with the brothers Fekkes! Robert and first time guest Peter shed some light on their feelings toward Rian Johnson’s entry in the Star Wars franchise and then go on to discuss Coco, Valerian, the new Jumanji movie and more.
This week, like every other podcast on the Internet, Tiny and I share our thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, We begin with a spoiler-free review and then continue with a spoiler-heavy discussion of the movie at the end of the episode. Music in this episode comes from John Williams’ score for The Force Awakens. Continue reading →
In preparation for The Force Awakens this week, we set out to discuss the entire Star Wars saga. What we ended up with was a 2.5 hour discussion about the saga and why I (Matt) can’t seem to connect with it. This is Part 2 of that recording.
In preparation for The Force Awakens this week, we set out to discuss the entire Star Wars saga. What we ended up with was a 2.5 hour discussion about the saga and why I (Matt) can’t seem to connect with it. This is Part 1 of that recording.
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 →
Zombies are by far my favorite movie monster. There’s nothing about zombies that scares me, per se. I would actually go so far as to say that they’re fairly low on the list of scariest movie monsters. But zombie movies, to me, are never really about the monsters. Zombies bring out the monsters that live within us and within the people we encounter every day. Continue reading →
I am really late with this but, alas, here is my breakdown of the movies I watched in September.
I had 11 viewings last month and was fully prepared to go on the defensive. I was going to talk about how the TV season really destroyed my chance of watching many movies, not to mention the additional time I put into getting the podcast out every week.
Then I looked through my records and, as it turns out, September 2013 was my best September on record. It’s not saying much considering it’s only 11 viewings. But I’m pleased. Read on for my analysis of the month. Continue reading →
OBSESSIVE NOTE: Last weekend The Obsessive Viewer Podcast team met in Evansville, Indiana for one of our own’s Bachelor Party. The Bachelor Party included a private screening of the original Star Wars trilogy. It was a great experience and I asked Mike and Tiny to write up their thoughts on the weekend. Read our thoughts below and be sure to follow Mike and Tiny on Twitter at @IAmMikeWhite and @ObsessiveTiny.
Kurosawa considered Kagemusha to be the "dress rehearsal" for Ran. After this first viewing, I was more engaged with Kagemusha, and didn't end up liking Ran as much. That could change with subsequent viewings.The scope and beauty of Ran is crazy, though. It's so vibrant and beautiful while also being violent and heavy when it needs to be. […]
Chadwick Boseman's final performance underscores just how tremendous a loss his passing is. He and Viola Davis are both incredible and the dialogue and set design are of extraordinarily high quality as well. Incredible movie.
Jesus, what a beautiful and brilliant movie. Similar in spirit to Inside Out (also directed by Pete Docter) and Coco, Soul is a stunning rumination on humanity itself. Expertly studying and demystifying complex existential ideas and concepts, Soul arrives at heartfelt and uplifting conclusions about what makes life worth living and what it means to reconnect […]
Frances McDormand gives one of the best performances I've seen all year in this movie. The entire film is complex feelings laid out in a realistic, lived in world. Fern is an extremely captivating character. She's silently dealing with the loss of not only her husband, but her community as well. She seems to adopt the nomad lifestyle out of necessi […]
This doc is really well constructed through archival footage, recordings, newspapers, photographs, and displays of documents. The story it tells of Hoover and the FBI's efforts to discredit and undermine MLK and the civil rights movement is well-realized. Very solid documentary.
The calm anxiety that flows throughout this movie is impressive. The Assistant showcases the monotony of daily life for Jane while keeping the more dramatic elements in the background. It shows us how normalized abhorrent behavior is in this setting and the effect is fantastic. There's a scene between Julia Garner and Matthew MacFayden that is masterful […]