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26Mar/120

October Baby (2012)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

October Baby is a film that urgently needs some annoying lout in the audience shouting back to every inane moment of it.

"HOW CAN SOMEONE BE SO PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE?"  "WHY DOES THIS SONG KEEP ASKING ME IF I BELIEVE IN BRIDGES?" "HOW CAN THIS FILM HAVE MORE ENDINGS THAN RETURN OF THE KING?"

Is that rude? Yes. But would it feel satisfying, even with all of the other patient movie goers tossing buckets of half-eaten ranch flavored popcorn at the back of my head? Definitely. I'm a courteous moviegoer on the outside, but on the inside I wanted to claw at the screen and scream.

1Oct/111

Courageous (2011)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

A few days ago I got a call from one of my oldest and dearest friends. He announced to me that he was going to be a father for the first time, and I was happy for him: he and his wife are going to create some awesome kids, so long as they generationally tone down the Wilco love.

But, and I can't help but admit this, I was a little jealous. Fatherhood from the outside appears to be a grand challenge, an event that tests one's ability to raise a child who's not an asshole, who is happy and easy going, and, of course, one who I can live vicariously through as my own soul withers and dies.

But, for some men, fatherhood doesn't seem like a calling. For some it's a byproduct of sex, for others it's an unwelcome burden. I can understand that; Courageous is about asking those men to rethink those perspectives.

14Jul/111

C Me Dance (2009)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

God works in mysterious ways. I think even those of us who don't believe in a God can agree that, if there was a God, he's probably not making himself blatantly obvious at any given moment.

The premise of C Me Dance takes this basic idea and twists it: okay, besides what's in the Bible, what does God want out of us right now? According to C Me Dance, it's simple: blind, pure obedience to a rigidly dogmatic worldview. In fact, C Me Dance takes it a step further: in this film's interpretation of God, free will is a mistake.

For a movie to take such a stand is... well, hard to respond to. How can any human rationally argue against their own need to rationalize? But that's what C Me Dance does, and, to a lesser extent, it also attempts to wrap this in the cloak of the Lifetime Movie of the Week melodrama.

23Jun/110

The Tree of Life (2011)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

I'm struggling to not begin this review with rhetorical questions about the universe and the nature of humanity. This review is going to discuss that because that's what The Tree of Life is about. I'm sure I'll have plenty of rhetoric later anyway, so I'm going to save it for then and simply begin with this warning:

I don't believe films can be classified as 'pretentious'. Anyone assuming they know the director's intentions so much as to presume arrogance is on their behalf is, in my opinion, themselves a total asshole.

That being said, this review you're reading right now? Oh, I'm being super pretentious. Sorry. Keep reading if you can stand it, I'll understand if you don't.

21May/110

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

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Satanism, by and large, doesn't really seem to get a fair shake in film. Functioning more often than not as either the punchline to a joke or a punchline to why Mia Farrow has been acting distraught for nine months, it rarely has had any serious exploration on the cinematic landscape.

Not that that surprises me, by any means. It's hard to depict a theology in a serious light that involves giving into all of humanity's basest instincts; hell, even Hollywood has to find something to hold itself above.