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  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★

    Obsessive Viewer: 20 Director Challenge - Round 1 - 3/20

    I was pretty much completely unaware of this movie before I started making my 20 Director Challenge list. It's a sci-fi action/thriller from 1995 involving Y2K (in the movie it's just referred to as 2K), conspiracy, and a black market that deals in discs of POV footage and feelings recorded through a neural headset. Co-written by James Cameron (that was a surprise) and, of course, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Strange…

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★★★

    OV List Challenge 2019 - Roger Ebert's "Great Movies"

    Immediately after The Great Dictator ended, I rewound the movie and rewatched the five minute speech at the end again. Now, while sitting in the afterglow of my first viewing of the film, I am really hard-pressed to think of any movie moments that are as emotionally affecting, timeless in their relevance, and as intensely powerful as that speech was. I am not being the least bit hyperbolic when I say…

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  • Short Circuit 2

    Short Circuit 2

    ★★

    Honestly, the robotics/animatronics involving Johnny 5 were impressive. And I found myself enjoying this slightly more than the original.

    It's still just all around not a very good movie. It's filled with contrivances, lazy humor, and it doubles down on the original's casual racism by having Fisher Steven in brown face as an Indian character.

  • Isn't It Romantic

    Isn't It Romantic

    ★★★

    I found this romcom parody quite beguiling. Tiny and I will be releasing a review of it on The Obsessive Viewer Podcast in a couple days.

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  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★½

    After Film Struck shut down, Criterion announced they were going to be launching their own streaming service in 2019 called The Criterion Channel. Now, months after signing up for their mailing list, I got the email from Criterion that announced The Criterion Channel will launch on April 8th and Charter Subscribers could sign up now for exclusive Movies of the Week leading up to the launch. The first Movie of the Week (which will be every Wednesday) is 1976's Mikey…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin make an incredible team. Fincher's keen eye to detail and his dark, digital looking color pallette complements Sorkin's signature fast paced dialogue spectacularly well in this story about internet billionaires. But this isn't just the story of Facebook. It's the story of Zuckerberg and what can happen when someone tries to overwrite human emotion with creative outlets.

    To be clear, I've always viewed The Social Network as a highly fictionalized and stylized account of the…