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 2.8
 
Friday, 17 August 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Preacher's Wife, The (1996) In tribute to Whitney Houston, Disney has released “The Preacher’s Wife.”  Also timely, considering the release of “Sparkle” in theaters, Whitney’s last film.  Sadly, “Preacher’s Wife” fails to live up to its age.  I remember a lot of buzz about this film when it came out a couple decades ago, but it hasn’t stood up to the test of time. Video: 3/5 The AVC presentation is correctly listed and viewed in 1.85:1.  However, that’s about where the enthusiasm stops.  The black levels lack depth leaving us with a relatively flat picture.  Shadows and objects occupy the same space, leaving a mess.  Also contributing to the flatness of the image is the softness of the image.  As usual, the close up shots are revealing in details.  However, mid range and establishing shots lack great definition.  Third on the list, is color saturation.  While ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Friday, 13 July 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Phenomenon (1996) The summer of 1996 was a big blockbuster year.  The fourth of July weekend brought both “Phenomenon” and “Independence Day” to theaters.  And course, back then I was dumb enough to actually go stand in massive, winding theater lines just to get bad seats to see these films.  Home video just wasn’t as quick as it is now. Anyway, after John Travolta was rescued from cinema purgatory with “Pulp Fiction,” he went on to have an illustrious, rare second-chance career.  Personally, I thought “Phenomenon” was a critical success.  However, it seems to have lost its steam over the years, not really keeping up with the times and moviegoers expectations of a film.
 I am biased, but I still hold this film in high regard.  It may not seem original to those that see it for the first time now, but in 1996 ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Monday, 23 April 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Shame (2011) “Shame” will likely fall under one of two categories for viewers.  Either it will be simply a porn film, or it will hold deeper meaning and artistry.  I would hope that audiences choose the latter.  “Shame” is after all about our shame.  It is not an easy film to watch for several reasons, but it does offer a robust look into sex addiction. Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender team up for the second time to deliver an emotionally charged look at one man’s struggle with sex addiction and the pain and agony that torments him.  The film is beautifully rendered in terms of writing and shot composition.  The characters all complement the story and one another.  The shots are framed to fit the mood of each segment. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman who spends every minute of every day thinking ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Monday, 09 April 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
We Bought A Zoo (2011) “We Bought A Zoo” is just about one of those films that has all the good parts in the trailer.  Most definitely it is one of those films that really struggles for the first half.  In fact, I was very worried about its two-hour runtime as I sat through the first hour. The film doesn’t tell a unique story.  Not by a long shot, we the exception of the zoo elements.  At its heart it is a simple story of a single father who moves his two children to a mountain home in order to get a new start.  In addition, the story finds its footing in the age-old father-son battle to understand each other.  Of course, the son is in a dark, gothic-like phase, drawing pictures like a tortured soul. The romantic element is thrown into the mix with Scarlet Johannson ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.3
 
Saturday, 31 March 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Angels Crest (2011) “Angels Crest” is another independent feature that longs to be something more than what comes across in the end.  The film has some merits, but most of it is “been there, done that.” The film is based on a novel, not exactly best-selling from what I’ve found.  Nevertheless, the adaptation to film is one of the big concerns for those that have read the book.  Not having read the book I cannot comment on this notion, but be forewarned. “Angels Crest” is a simple story.  A 3 year-old boy disappears in the middle of a blizzard after being left in the truck alone for 15 to 20 minutes by his father who goes in search of a deer.  A massive hunt for the boy ensues, only to find him the next morning frozen to death.  This is tough to pull off because ...
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