August 2010 - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Winter’s Bone is a movie that shows that you can take a very old type of story and makes it fresh. Many stories have used the trope of one character on a journey against unbelievable odds, but by moving the setting to the Ozark Region of Missouri and having characters who aren't typical heroes and villains, you have a movie that mesmerizes from the first frame until the last.


Bela Tarr: Satantango (1994)

Every Tuesday Andrew will be examining the work of the Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

"Regard me as a sad researcher who investigates why everything is as terrible as it is.

Andrew COMMENTARYThe last Soviet troops left Hungary in 1991.  Three years later Bela Tarr, Laszlo Krasznahorkai and their team of actors were finally able to release the work he'd dreamed of making for so long - Satantango.  During those years the promise of Capitalism came, failed, and left the people of Hungary just as broke and starving as they were during the times of Soviet rule.

It took the failings of two completely different systems of political thought for Tarr to finally make this, his first masterpiece.  Over the course of seven hours, Tarr reminds us that all that happened was the trade-in of one debilitating set of rules for another.  Those left on the outside, in the farms and factories, still had no way to enter "normal" society.


The Bechdel Test

Andrew COMMENTARYIn my various gallavantings around the internet, I came upon this video which got my brain percolating.  For those of you unwilling to click, or would just like a written version, here is the topic at hand..

The Bechdel Test, also known as the Mo Movie Measure, was presented in the comic Dykes To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (she credits the test to her friend Liz Wallace).  To pass the test a movie has to
1)  have at least two women in it
2)  who talk to each other
3)  about something other than a man.


Roman Holiday (1953)

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A Town Called Panic (2009)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site

Danny LIKEThere are many things you could say about the sleep hamlet of panic, though, outside of nighttime, sleepy probably isn't one of them. It's a story of the chaotic events that ensue when two friends decide to build their roommate a barbecue instead of buying him a cap like they usually do.

The roommates are Cowboy, Indian (the Native American kind), and Horse, and they have the personalities of Curly, Larry, and Moe, respectively.