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For the week of 7/18/2017 on Can’t Stop the Movies

Readers, thank you for your patience while I tended to my family because of my grandma's death a couple of weeks ago.  I feel revitalized about my life's work and am ready to abandon 2016 to barrel on through 2017.  Starting off with a pair of potentially entertaining action films, I'll be looking at the latest Underworld movie Blood Wars, and touching base with a favorite cheesy franchise of mine with xXx: Return of Xander Cage.  I'm also dipping into the lesser known well of dramas with Between Us and Trespass Against Us.

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I'll also be reviewing the latest in Link's adventures for the Nintendo Switch in Breath of the Wild with a few thoughts on how silence is an underrated storytelling technique when the landscapes provide rich detail.

Can't Stop the Podcast continues on with my review of the first episode of the Tom McCarthy-helmed adaptation of 13 Reasons Why.  The first episode, where I reviewed the book (click here or the above image for the podcast), is available for free on Patreon and my look at the first Netflix chapter of 13 Reasons Why will also be for free.  After that, only Patreon contributors will be able to access the rest of the series.


For the week of 6/27/2017 on Can’t Stop the Movies

Can't Stop the Podcast returns as a Patreon exclusive this week and will focus on an episode-to-episode breakdown of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.  The first podcast will be available for free but further installments will be available only to Patreon supporters.  I've got another series lined up about the history of fighting games, so Can't Stop the Podcast won't be limited and the best way to hear about your favorite art is to subscribe!

As the review fodder for 2016 dwindles to a shallow supply I'm mixing up genres this week.  I'm a huge fan of Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, and am curious what he grows into with 31.  My love of Zombie's work pales in comparison to my adoration of Dwayne Johnson, so we'll see if Central Intelligence makes good use of his limitless charisma.  Rounding out this week's assortment of reviews includes the Ang Lee drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning The Salesman.

Remember, no one can stop the movies.

I'm a long-time admirer of the Final Fantasy series even though it's grown bloated with Square-Enix's initially ambitious plans for the FFXIII universe.  FFXV finally released late 2016 to warm critical reception and a relieved fanbase that stuck with FFXV through each delay.  I'll work through my complicated feelings on FFXV with a review on Sunday.


For the week on 6/20/2017 on Can’t Stop the Movies

Took a hard reset last week to get podcast priorities and future projects in-line. I'm running out of notable 2016 movies I want to review, so if there's anything missing in the coming couple of weeks feel free to leave a comment or send a message and I'll be happy to take a look.  In honor of Final Fantasy XIV and the limp launch of Stormblood, I'll be starting with Warcraft, moving on to the buddy-cop comedy of The Nice Guys, taking a cautious dip into Me Before You, and finishing with the wisdom of James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro.

Remember, no one can stop the movies.

I'm still a neophyte when it comes to the Fire Emblem games and enjoyed to various degrees the 3DS Awakening and FatesEchoes was a different experience, cutting off much of the extra character interactions of Awakening and Fates, while adding some new game mechanics of its own.  Pixels in Praxis featuring Echoes will be posted on Sunday.


For the week of 6/8/2017 on Can’t Stop the Movies

Starting the "week" a bit later but for good reasons.  I needed the extra time to get the Horizon: Zero Dawn review and was able to squeeze in a Wonder Woman review as well.  Can't promise the same stretch will happen every week, but you can guarantee that by helping me hit my Patreon goal.

I'm starting to get to the outskirts of 2016 releases so you'll be seeing a lot more recent stuff soon.  That said, gonna get a bit weird this week starting with Adam Curtis' experimental documentary Hypernormalisation, Andy Samberg's amusingly titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Todd Solondz's Wiener-Dog, and the only flatulence-powered corpse raft drama Swiss Army Man.

Remember, no one can stop the movies.

After the thorough disappointment of Horizon: Zero Dawn, I'm delving into the narrative editing experimentation of the first-person adventure game Virginia.


For the week of 5/31/2017 on Can’t Stop the Movies

I know the site "week" starts a bit off from Monday, but considering the insanity of covfefe-based Twitter last night combined with the Accord de Paris news this "week" is off to an insane start.  Since insanity in our collective political and cultural consciousness seems to be the topic of the moment, that's what I'll focus on for reviews this week.

Starting off with the insanity of our judicial system, I'll take a look at Ava DuVernay's follow-up to Selma with the documentary 13thOliver Stone, no stranger to political lunacy in his narratives, continues the week with Snowden.  Next I'll watch lunacy of a different stripe in the form of questioning the narrator in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals.  Finally, some good ol' fashioned abstract jingoistic insanity from Michael Bay in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Remember, no one can stop the movies.

Horizon Zero Dawn is an open world tech apocalypse bow hunting video game currently exclusive to the Playstation 4.  There are some interesting advancements in presenting women in video games, but there are also a number of drawbacks.  I'll talk about both and my experience with bow and trap master Aloy on Sunday.