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2Jan/160

Body, Heart, and Soul: The Best and Worst of 2015

Body Heart and SoulReading my best and worst of list for 2014, I'm struck by how many of the same problems drove American discourse.  The racial injustice of Ferguson and New York grew to include the murders of Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray.  The ongoing Presidential campaign of Donald Trump continues to fuel the racist impulses behind those murders and created new fertile ground for fresh sexism.

This year, I needed some hope.  I couldn't handle more dramas examining the darkness of our collective psyche.  Instead I wanted to embrace the embattled parts of ourselves which may hurt but go on to greater things.  My body felt joy watching the men of Magic Mike XXL embrace their talents and bring happiness to the world by pleasing not themselves but the unappreciated queens they come across.  My heart ached for Adonis in Creed but soared to fresh tears when the image of his father Apollo brings Adonis to his feet to secure the legacy he once thought abandoned.  My soul dipped into the waters of The Midnight Swim with three sisters who are trying to understand their lineage through their impenetrable and missing mother who may have understood how to embrace death by swimming through the waters of our collective memory.

There were other high point, but these three movies fueled me when other works of art left a lack.  Maybe I'll be ready to look back into the dark in 2016.  But, for now, I'm appreciative of the light the best of 2015 had to offer.

8Feb/150

Best of the decade so far (30-1)

AndrewCommentaryBannerThis is part II of our look at the best movies of the last five years (click here for part I).  Continuing the disclaimer from yesterday, the further down the list the film is, the better it is relative to the other films around it.  Sometimes I'll be in the mood for the strong more core and special effects wizardry of Man of Steel, and other times I'll want to watch the whip-smart editing and emotional torture of Whiplash.

Not all the reviews written for this section are mine and we weren't able to review everything on this list.  For those films I'll include thoughts about why it's on the list instead of a quoted excerpt from the review itself.  If you want to read the full review on each film you can either click on the title or the accompanying photo.

I hope you've enjoyed my look at the best films of the last five years, and we'll be back to our normal routine starting tomorrow with a review of Big Hero 6.

7Feb/150

Best of the decade so far (60-31)

AndrewCommentaryBannerWe're approaching the five-year anniversary of Can't Stop the Movies. Throughout our near five years here at the site we've gone through a large amount of changes in style and content.  It's only in the last year that we've finally set on a style and schedule that combines long-term studies, looks at experimental film, and releases both new and DVD.  With a founding date of 2010, it puts us in a unique position to take a break every few years to look at the cinematic best achievements of the last few years.

A word about format, these films are in ascending order of quality.  Nothing here is sent in stone so, depending on the day, I might find myself enjoying the family insanity of Silver Linings Playbook more than the painful economic comedy of Win Win.  Not all the reviews written for this section are mine and we weren't able to review everything on this list.  For those films I'll include thoughts about why it's on the list instead of a quoted excerpt from the review itself.  If you want to read the full review on each film you can either click on the title or the accompanying photo.

60-31 will be released today, and 30-1 tomorrow.  Hope you enjoy looking back at the last for years with me!

2Sep/132

Andrew’s August 2013 Inventory

In addition to the reviews you read here on the site, I'm always consuming other forms of media.  So to catch up on what I didn't feel warranted a full-length piece, I'm dusting off a feature that we used when the site first launched.  These days I'm listening to more albums, watching more shows, and playing more games that call for discussion.  At the beginning of each month I'll be going back and giving a quick assessment for the things you didn't get to read about.

So, here's to a revived Inventory!andrewinventory

MoviesSamsara

  • Samsara - Like - Inventory Movie of the Month
  • Pariah - Like
  • Marwencol - Like
  • The House I Live In - Like
  • Slanted Screen - Like
  • Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution - Like
  • The Queen of Versailles - Like
  • Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream - Indifference
  • Light Keeps Me Company - Dislike
6Jan/122

Jacob’s “Yet Another Year-End Movie List!”

By this point you've read through at least three other “Best of 2011” lists and I'm sure you're probably sick of reading about how awesome Warrior, The Trip and Drive are. I'll try to keep things fresh.

I don't watch nearly as many films as my fellow contributors, but since moving back in with Danny, my film intake has increased considerably. My main goal in 2012 is to watch more films and continue to improve as both a writer and a critic until the inevitable destruction of the universe on Dec. 21st. It's sad it all has to end this year, but I can only hope that this last year on Earth is filled with great films. Then again, depending on how many Oscars Hugo wins, I may welcome the coming Armageddon.

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