November 2013 - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

Holiday Hiatus

Holiday hiatusAndrewCommentaryBannerShort Hello all.  As you may have noticed, the updates have become increasingly sporadic over the last couple of months.  Unfortunately, my health problems have continued, and while I finally have a handle on them, they have left me completely drained.  Keeping that in mind, I am taking the next week to recuperate and get our schedule back in line so that we can go into 2014 with as few interruptions as possible.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving week, and I hope to see you at the movies!


Disney’s Planes (2013)

Tons of characterAndrew DISLIKE BannerDespite being a spin-off of the world created in Pixar's 2006 film Cars, it's worth prefacing this review that Planes is not made by Pixar.  Yes, it has a story credit for Pixar head-honcho John Lasseter.  But aside from laying the groundwork for the universe of Planes Pixar Studios had little to do with this film that was once slated to go straight to the DVD shelves.  Instead it received a theatrical release to little acclaim and has arrived at its originally intended destination with a heftier profit margin and even fewer reasons to exist.

Planes is a sign of what is to come for Disney and Pixar if their quality control does not start to pick up a bit.  The world of Cars is hardly creative, spinning off from the same idea of giving inanimate objects lives and personalities that fueled the Toy Story franchise since its inception.  Yet, Cars at least had the great Paul Newman lending his voice to a story that contained a few nice slices of Americana.  Planes has Dane Cook warbling his lines in a thoroughly derivative story told with some horrible stereotyping.

Americana may gloss over some of the darker aspects of American society, but at least there's a chance we could get some war fuzzies thinking about quiet county drives.  There's nothing grounding the world of Planes outside its tenuous connection to Cars.  It's as cynical a cash-in as can be, and the saddest part is with this being the first of a planned Planes trilogy, it worked.


The World’s End (2013)

Dublya Tee EffAndrew LIKE BannerEveryone I know has a friend like Gary King.  He's a mix of the total anarchist and peace-loving hippie, willing to engage in all manner of property destruction and chemical consumption in an eternal search for the party where he is free to love all and be loved in return.  The appeal of the King's of the world is easy, they seem to float through the most troubling years of our lives with a resolute sense of self.  The tragedy of the King's is that they run the risk of never evolving beyond those years and become a pitiful shell of shattered confidence.

The World's End keeps this duality firmly in the center of yet another excellent genre homage from the trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.  This time the apocalypse is on tap, as well as the careful illusion of arrested adolescence for Gary King, whose world may end if it crumbles once again.  It's a comedy, but a sobering one willing to examine the self-destruction behind the impulse to live in those teenage years for the rest of our lives.

For Wright, it's a concentrated return to form after the manic, if fun, pandering of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  For Pegg, it's a reminder that he can work the dark line between comedy and drama better than anyone since Dennis Hopper passed away.  For Nick Frost, it's a showcase that proves he is not just the laughable best friend, but a performer with his own surprising depths.  Finally, for us, it's a frequently hilarious if brutal reminder that our adolescence is best left in the chaotic years that spawned it.


For the week of 11/18/2013 on Can’t Stop the Movies!

CornettoIt's a packed week for DVDs and only a few will get reviews.  Look forward to views on Edgar Wright's World's End, the Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd drama All Is Bright, and Disney's Planes.

Unfortunately, as I haven't been able to guarantee much else due to my ongoing health problems, feel free to look at the archives at some of our past projects.  Our look at the films of Andrei Tarkovsky is nearing completion, Jacob had some masochistic fun going through the first half of the Hellraiser series, and there's always time for some appreciation.



Hellraiser Halloween Marathon / Masochistic Episode / Cry for Help


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Halloween may been a distant memory for most of you, but not for me! While Andrew was tackling the Halloween franchise, I was re-subjecting myself to another long-running horror franchise: Hellraiser. Hellraiser is a series I both loved for many years and tried, mostly in vain, to defend to my roommate, friend and co-contributor Danny Reid. Last year I sat down with him and watched nearly all nine installments. I had planned on doing a retrospective on each film last year in time for Halloween, but time and life intervened. Well, here I am a year later with another chance, and better late than never, right? But enough babbling, let's open this box!