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  • Vivarium

    Vivarium

    ★★

    I was really into the Twilight Zone feel of this movie. In particular, it feels like a Richard Matheson story. The introduction of the kid is interesting. But ultimately it feels like it's too dependent on its surreal concept. As a result, characters fall by the wayside. I didn't feel connected to Tom and Gemma. When the tension ramped up between them, it fell flat for me.

    Interesting concept. Wish it was better.

    Podcast Review: obsessiveviewer.com/2020/04/27/ov314/

    Written Review: obsessiveviewer.com/2020/04/28/vivarium-2020/

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★★

    Perfectly serviceable movie housing a strong performance from Affleck. Some of the backstory is held back to solid effect. But, for a basketball movie, there's not much to the team or their growth.

    We briefly talk about The Way Back on episode 309 of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.

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  • The Lovebirds

    The Lovebirds

    ★★½

    Serviceable comedy. I dug the depiction of the relationship and thought Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae had good chemistry. The mystery just wasn't engaging and the sequence of events the characters go through throughout the movie just didn't do much for me nor did it feel like it tracked particularly well.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

    Stunning, sweet, and whimsical.

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    When Joker is crossing the street in traffic, do you think he yells "Hey! I'm Joaquin here!"

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★

    Captain Marvel is a blast. Brie Larson is fantastic and her dry wit and delivery really gives Carol a unique style. I appreciate that the movie didn't lean into the fish out of water humor that the original Thor did. Instead, the fun is directly tied to the plot and mythos of the Kree and Skrull war and the MCU itself.

    The de-aging CGI has come such a long way since Civil War and Ant-Man. It looks impeccable, though Coulson…