For the week of 8/21/2017 on Can't Stop the Movies - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

For the week of 8/21/2017 on Can’t Stop the Movies

First off, I'm sorry for the lack of updates the last week or so.  A needed roadtrip to take care of grandmother estate stuff was quickly followed by my older orange cat Graham getting sick, so things have been wonky.  To compensate, I'm pushing myself through the once-a-week Patreon barrier, and I've got a special episode planned about the video game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice that'll serve as a pilot for another potential project.

As far as movies go - I'll start with Kong: Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts of the great The Kings of Summer.  Next is a horror film I've heard a lot of praise for but know little about, the cannibalistic Raw.  Likewise, the buzz around Kristen Stewart's performance in Personal Shopper rivals that of her career-best work in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria. I'll top it all off from another franchise standout as Emma Watson portrays Belle in Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast.

Remember, no one can stop the movies.

As Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is slated for release in October later this year, I finally broke down and played through 2014's Shadow of Mordor.  It sparked a few thoughts on what we've come to expect from heroes, the usefulness of an open-world setting with mission borders, and how many growly hostile white male protagonists we need.

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