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

The Perfect Host (2011)

The Last Airbender aside, M. Night Shyamalan has developed a name for himself by utilizing "twist" endings that shock the audience into disbelief.  He has an unfair reputation in this regard since only one of his movies has a genuine twist (The Sixth Sense) and his better one's have a sense of the conclusion built into every event.  Part of the reason that reputation is so unwarranted is because of the shocking display of subjective lapses on display in The Perfect Host.


The Rise of Dance: Rize (2005)

Andrew COMMENTARYYou gotta have a big heart to go out into violence every day and try to do some good without remitting the same in kind.  You gotta have a big damn heart to do the same thing while wearing clown make-up and only using dance as a joyful form of expression.


Beach Ball (1965)

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If music be the food of love, play on.

Shakespeare said the above quote, but he made no amends for terrible music. Too bad, because the idea behind that quote-- that music lubricates the romantic process between men and women-- is fully utilized for Beach Ball, another movie in the beach cannon more focused on the rocking and the rolling than much of anything else.

This film stars a trio called The Wigglers (not The Wiggles), and if that name alone isn't enough to convince you... well, I won't link you to their music, but it's okay, you'll hardly remember it a few seconds after it ends.


Fright Night (2011)

Remakes are always a crap-shoot, and perhaps horror remakes even more so. What scares one generation fizzles against another. What would have seemed too risque or gory for the public ten years ago is considered tame by later film goers. Perhaps even worse, some remakes just take the name of a well-known film, ramp up the sex and gore and call it a day, completely ignoring any sort of broader social message the original might have been trying to make. Fortunately, Fright Night seems well aware of these pitfalls and while it makes some attempts to emulate the original, it eventually comes into its own.

With great, wait that's not right...


For Those Who Think Young (1964)

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Oh how I yearn for the idea of the 60's all-star cast. Bob Denver! Paul Lynde! Tina Louise! Ellen Burstyn! Even-- especially-- James Darren!

Yes, For Those Who Think Young has Moondoggie himself, though James Darren's character here couldn't be more different than the one that propelled him to beach movie stardom in Gidget. Here he's a different beast-- the son of the man who paid for half of the college's campus, he keeps Bob Denver around as a doofy sidekick while he works his way through a Rolodex of young women.

"You're the boy who has everything made... almost."