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Editor's rating: 
 3.9
 
Monday, 10 September 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Ghosts Of The Abyss (3D/2D) (2003) “Titanic” was and is the biggest blockbuster of all-time.  Its grossing numbers are staggering.  While the film takes a lot of flack for its runtime and the sappy love story, that is from the jealous viewers that wish they could have created such a project.  The film is legendary. About five years after the initial theatrical release of “Titanic” and about eight years after the initial dives to the wreckage of Titanic, James Cameron put together another crew to revisit the wreckage.  This was done in September of 2001.  IN fact the film makes note of the crews hearing of the news of 9/11 after emerging from the submersibles. Bill Paxton was invited by Cameron to join the crew.  Abernathy was also present on the dive.  Once again the Keldish traveled to the North Atlantic and visited the resting place of Titanic, ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.6
 
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
African Cats (2011) Warning to all have children that may watch this film.  This is not the family-friendly documentary from Disneynature that the trailers led us to believe.  This is a tearjerker, full of pain, sorrow, suffering and loss.  And of course any other heart-wrenching synonym you can think of.  I have heard scores of stories about children begging their parents to leave in the middle of the film, or just simply walking out.  This documentary is not for the timid. Disneynature’s first release was “Earth,” and it showed us the beauty of the planet with some environmental issues.  “Oceans” took the same formula and applied it to the vast waters of the planet.  But, in the second film the tone took on a little bit of a darker theme.  However, in the third installment, “African Cats,” the tone is fierce and depressing.  Sure ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Oceans (2010) “Oceans” is the second film from Disneynature, with “Earth ” arriving last year.  A great lover of the ocean myself I was really looking forward to this release.  Unfortunately, it fails to really impress.  It lacks a strong cohesive factor and enough interesting moments. Documentaries suffer 99 percent of the time from a lack of interesting visual concepts.  When thinking about a documentary covering the oceans of the planet, there should be no shortage of breathtaking footage.  Unfortunately, “Oceans” uses some pretty standard footage and without a large variety. The entirety of the first 15 minutes of the film is simple footage of schools of fish.  Fairly typical and fairly boring.  Beautiful?  Yes.  But it gets old quick.  The most interesting parts of the documentary happen to be the shortest.  The 45 seconds on sea otters is terrific but short-lived.  Another capturing ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.9
 
Thursday, 03 September 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Earth (2009) "Earth" is stuck in a place where it is meant for kids, but has the ability to be liked by adults.  Still, it somehow falls short of an adult's attention.  Disney created DisneyNature to get back to one of the roots of Walt Disney's original intentions.  In fact, these roots are explained in a pre-movie segment.  The documentary has plenty of terrific moments, but it falls short of being a truly great wildlife documentary. "Earth" covers one year in the life of a polar bear family, elephant herd and a couple of humpback whales, and somewhere in the middle the filmmakers give us a glimpse at life in the rainforest just for good measure.  The biggest fault with this documentary is that it is tailored for kids so much that the segments on each of the families are too quick.  The ...
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