Matt Hurt

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Favorite films

  • Seven Samurai
  • Back to the Future
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Scream

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  • Monolith

    ★★★

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

  • Thanksgiving

    ★★★★½

  • Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★★

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  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    Setting this in 2003 had no bearing on the plot whatsoever but it did make the "New York City is a whole new level of crazy" line from the trailer feel weird since it was less than 2 years after 9/11 and the guy is holding a smart phone that hadn't been invented yet.

    There is a lot to dislike about this movie but the ridiculous shortcuts through the plot to deliver exposition were particularly maddening. Cass saves the three…

  • Players

    Players

    ★★

    "Given the film’s weak premise and flirtation with unethical tactics to get characters what they desire through manipulation, you’d think it would be a no-brainer why the characters aren’t compatible. But the movie doesn’t bother addressing the clear moral issues in its premise. Instead, it reverts to romantic comedy tropes and clichés to bring things together in the end in a boring and uncreative finale. Thus completely ignoring the much meatier and interesting idea of characters learning that using manipulation…

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  • Monolith

    Monolith

    ★★★

    I had no idea going in that this was a one-woman, single location movie. It works really well on that front thanks to a strong and consistent performance from Lily Sullivan. The atmosphere built off the sci-fi/thriller plot and all the supporting voice performances makes the movie overall tense. I do wish the mystery surrounding the bricks was a little more interesting in the first half, though once it develops a bit, it gets stronger.

    More thoughts to come on this week's episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

    The dialogue is sharp and the pacing is super quick thanks to a short runtime. I really liked how the overall vibe of the movie never gave way to any darker tones despite the seriousness of the characters' predicament. Even when the plot takes a couple of key turns, it stayed consistent as a fun, pulpy ride.

    Really fun.

    More to come in next week's episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.


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  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★

    James Cameron has never been a good storyteller and it was unlikely that the 13 years he spent making Avatar: The Way of Water was going to change that.

    But when your eyes aren't assaulted by scenes switching to high frame rate in parts, The Way of Water is a good demonstration of why Cameron wants to make Pandora his sandbox and keep making movies in it forever.

    The narrative is a big improvement over the first movie, but that's…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    Not the worst MCU movie. It's not even the worst Thor movie. But it's far from the best of either.

    The more I think about this movie, the more annoyed I am by it. It's incredibly sloppy and has some of the worst character development (or lack thereof) in the MCU. We don't get to see Jane go from scientist to Thor, but we do get an extended preview of Guardians 3. Gorr the God Butcher's god butchering is mostly…