January 2011 - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

Robin and Marian (1976)

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Ripe fruit. Rotting fruit. The sun. A sword.

It's strange that Audrey Hepburn would return to the screen after a decade long sabbatical in a film that primarily serves as a rumination of age. Older but still regal, Hepburn is shoved into a near-supporting role, as most of the film concerns Sean Connery's Robin Hood.


Assassination of a High School President (2008)

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Danny DISLIKEHe's a hardboiled kind of kid. His ex-girlfriend, the one he was crazy about, slipped into a world of drugs and turns up dead. He has a few clues, but only knows that he must figure out how this happens, no matter by what means. The twist is that he's still in high school: classes, bullies, nerds, it's all there. He must navigate both these treacherous waters and the dangerous underworld that operates underneath it to find the truth about what really happened to his love.

That's the plot to Brick from 2005. That's a good movie. Today's movie... not so much.


Aladdin (1992)

Everyone’s addiction starts somewhere.  No matter if you love the booze, drugs or can’t stop sleeping around.  Everyone has that first drink, snort and roll in the hay.  My addiction is that I am a movie collector, I LOVE buying movies and displaying them on my shelves.  Between my lovely wife and I, we have well over 1000 DVD’s, Blu-rays and box sets.  I know off the top of my head that I have at least 10 films that have never been opened and countless others that have not been played in over a decade. Yet I keep buying more and more films when I have the money.  I can trace my addiction back to its root, 1992’s Disney Animated Classic, Aladdin.

I love these two guys!

Aladdin to this day is still my favorite traditional animated film.  I originally saw it when I was 11 and thought I was too cool for Disney cartoons. But my mom was taking us out for pizza after the movie so I went with the family and fell in love with the film.  Robin Williams always gets the lion’s share of credit for making Aladdin a giant hit and it is true that he is great in the film but everything for me works in this film.  I love the songs by Alan Menken.  Aladdin is a character that you like and root for, the secondary characters from Abu to the Magic Carpet are very welcome addictions to the fraternity of amusing Disney sidekicks and it has one of the best villains in Jafar for Disney Animation this side of Maleficent.   Aladdin was a movie I couldn’t get enough of.  After seeing it in the regular theatre again and once or twice at the dollar theatre (remember those?), I had to wait until it was out on video to see it again.

Video releases were not like they are today when a film might only have a 3-month window from theatre to home viewing.  The wait for Aladdin was almost a year, from November 1992 to October 1993 and it was a LONG wait for me.  By the time that it was released on tape, I had bugged my mom enough that she relented and actually bought me the film, something that she had never done before.

This opened new worlds to me.  Sure, I had movies that I had taped off of TV but this was the first movie that I owned in a nice box and was all-official like.  I could watch Aladdin whenever I waned to and when I wasn’t watching it, I could see it sitting on my dresser, being displayed for all to marvel at.  I was hooked and I NEEDED more!  Yet, buying movies wasn’t as easy back before DVD because VHS had a thing called “sell-through”.

One of the best villains in any Disney film.

What this consisted of is most films (other than the BIGGEST blockbusters and family films) were originally priced at around $100 and only purchased by video stores for rentals.  Anyone else wanting to own the film had to wait from 6-12 months for the movie to go to resale where then you could pick it up at a store for around $20.  Over the next few years my video collection grew very slowly with Jurassic Park here, Lion King there and a few Batman’s thrown in for good measure.  It wasn’t until I was a bit older and discovered previously viewed movies that my assortment of films exploded.

Previously viewed movie sections of my local video store became a sort of nirvana for me and I would make a pilgrimage every week to see what was new what was cheap and what I HAD to get.  I could buy Broken Arrow for only $7 or I could finally own Sudden Death for $12 it was bliss.  By this time I moved the films from my dresser to its own designated shelf and it was all over for me.  Soon after, I started working, and with having a disposable income coupled with the invention of DVD’s and their sell through market, my little collecting bug turned into a full-fledged virus.

The way I look when I find a limited edition directors cut on blu ray.

I have three different versions of some films now because I have to get the theatrical, directors and unrated, extended super duper, limited collectors 10th anniversary collection. I have bought many movies on tape only to buy them on DVD and buy them again on blu-ray. I sometimes sell a film only to buy the very same thing again, this time in a cooler package.  I have a problem and it is because of that damn street urchin and his big blue pal. Thanks to Aladdin and its steep watchability, I am a sad movie collecting geek.  I would tell you more, but I have to go to Amazon, I need to preorder the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movies again, this time on blu-ray.


Hancock (2008)

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Danny LIKENote: spoilers ahoy today.

There's two important facets to good film criticism, I believe, and those lie in properly evaluating both the context and the subtext of a given film. The context being what you see and experience, and the subtext being what the film is actually saying. Being able to relate and discuss both of these in an informed way will create a review that's intelligent, and, hopefully, interesting to read.

It also helps if you swear a lot, I've found. For fuck's sake.


Enter the Void (2010)

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ANDREW LIKEI had a profound wave of uneasiness flush over me during the opening moments of Enter the Void that I never recovered from, and since I was watching a Gaspar Noe film I understood that was part of the point.  His latest fit of artistic endurance puts the concept of an afterlife to head and asks no questions of the results, save the one's we might bring ourselves.  For me it was wondering if there being an afterlife is really such a good thing.  For others it may be that the freedom from our squishy shells might be the peace that we all deserve.