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Movie Review: Vacation (2015)

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Vacation shares some surprising similarities with Jurassic World. Both are pseudo-reboots of decades-old franchises masquerading as sequels that both feature amusement parks with velociraptors. Of course, in Jurassic World the velociraptor is the only character with meaningful development whereas Vacation‘s velociraptor is a roller coaster. However, their biggest similarity is the fact that they both missed their marks completely. Continue reading

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Movie Review: Tusk (2014)

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Tusk’s origin is fascinating to me, both as a podcaster (check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast, by the way) and as a movie fan. On June 25th 2013, Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier recorded “The Walrus and the Carpenter“, an episode of their Smodcast podcast in which they stumbled into developing the movie that would become Tusk.

A year later Smith appeared on The Nerdist and talked about the process that went into developing the movie on the air and then creating it. Tusk is and always will be the first movie based off of a podcast. That’s something that is clearly a source of pride for Kevin Smith, as it should be. Unfortunately, I really wish the finished product was as strong as the story behind the scenes. Continue reading

Movie Review: Annabelle (2014)

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Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle. After The Conjuring, there was a rush to capitalize on its success. Hence, a year later, we have Annabelle. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part III – Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

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In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ release next week, I decided to review every movie in the Apes franchise thus far, having never seen a Planet of the Apes movie before. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of the 3rd movie in the franchise: Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Continue reading

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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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.

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