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Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Monday, 10 January 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Machete (2010) There are few filmmakers that have had a prolific career like Robert Rodriguez.  His collaborations with Quentin Tarantino are well documented.  However, Rodriguez has been able to dip his toes into several different genres that it is hard to know what to expect when you here, “this is a Robert Rodriguez film.” Rodriguez has created everything from kids’ exploits such as the “Spy Kids” trilogy and “Shorts” to drug trafficking, shoot ‘em up independents and blockbusters such as “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” and “Sin City.”  But when you hear a film title like “Machete,” there is really only one thing to discern from it, gore and lots of it. Rodriguez doesn’t disappoint.  “Machete” is filled to the hilt with decapitations, limb choppy, blood everywhere and nudity galore.  However, somehow, it all works and provides a social commentary ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Monday, 20 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Salt (Deluxe Unrated Edition) (2010) Angelina Jolie has long been the female action hero in blockbuster films.  No one will forget her as Lara Croft.  So, it is only natural that she be chosen as the female version of Jason Bourne.  This film is so closely akin with the Bourne series that the film could be titled, “The Salt Identity.”  And just for the record, this isn’t really a bad thing. “Salt” is a high-octane, action thrill ride.  There is no doubt about that.  Is it perfect?  Not be a long shot.  Still, there is a quality possessed by this film that gives it attraction.  I really can’t describe it in words.  It is just a feeling that you get while wading through all the action sequences. The story is a bit different than we have seen before, but it lacks development.  Instead, filmmakers rely on the ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Friday, 17 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
A-Team, The (2010) Okay, so what’s the next 1980s television series to be adapted for the big screen?  That would “The A-Team.”  It is going to be hard to view this as anything but a summer blockbuster and a quick buck for the studio.  The studio, trying to resurrect anything that could possibly turn into a franchise, does it with one of the cult television shows of the mid-1980s. Unfortunately, “The A-Team” is not going to be the next “X-Men.”  In fact, there is rarely any television adaptation that has spawned a successful set of films. Comics books, yes.  TV shows, no.  Still, the studio will prey on our recollections and nostalgia of our childhood to make some money.  And don’t get me wrong.  I love to see what the studios come up with for my favorite shows.  When they tank it usually doesn’t ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.9
 
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Knight And Day (2010) So, after a short break it is back to action/adventure films.  "Knight And Day" is the stereotypical action mixed with romance adventure.  Sure it has a couple twists, but inevitably as an audience we don't care.  The filmmakers spent more time on the action than they did in creating a story with a solid flow that keeps the audience engaged as to what could possibly happen next. The premise of the film is lacking.  It is something about a perpetual energy battery that some people after and supposedly Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) is protecting, along with the young genius creator.  We are never really sure who the bad guys are, if there really are any, and nor are we made to seem to care.  The film is more about the on again off again relationship between Roy and June (Cameron Diaz).  ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Back To The Future (25th Anniversary Trilogy) (1985/1989/1990) It is that time.  Yes, the time in which a truly outstanding film trilogy comes to glorious high definition.  There are very few film anthologies that are desired by fans on the Blu-ray.  The Alien Anthology, also being released on October 26, is another one.  The Godfather Trilogy, Batman Anthology, Superman Anthology and Indiana Jones Trilogy are others, the latter two still awaiting release. “Back To The Future” defined a generation.  It sparked creativity and has been quoted or referenced in more movies in the past 25 years than I can count.  The film propelled actors’ and filmmakers’ careers. Director Robert Zemeckis went on to direct such films as “Contact,” “Cast Away” and of course “Forrest Gump.”  Elisabeth Shue already had success in “The Karate Kid” and “Cocktail” so it was odd that she wasn’t even credited in the second and third ...
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