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 3.6
 
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) The original, 1947 "Miracle on 34th Street" is a true holiday classic, ranking up there with "It's a Wonderful Life."  This is a film that defines what Christmas should be all about.  Ironically, commercialism has only gotten worse since this film's debut.  This film is the original tale about the need to believe in goodness and faith and reject the commercial and skeptical nature that the Christmas season has evolved in to. "Miracle on 34th Street" is about a young girl, Susie (Natalie Wood), who has been raised by her single mother to be practical.  She doesn't know any fairytales and she doesn't hang out with other kids who like to play silly imagination games.  Susie's mother, Doris (Maureen O'Hara) is jaded after being abandoned by her husband.  When Doris' next door neighbor, John Galley enters their lives, he starts to ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Sling Blade (1996) "Sling Blade" was released in 1996 to much critical acclaim.  I for one had never seen the film until now.  I just never got the inspiration to watch it.  Now that I have, I can admire the cinematic work, but it still isn't for my tastes.  I won't deny that it is well done, but it is too simple and the performances, while exceptional, are quite repetitive.  The bond developed between the two lead characters is the only thing that really evolves over time.  The story is entirely predictable. "Sling Blade" is based on the short film, "Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade."  The original short starred Billy Bob Thornton as well.  Molly Ringwald also took part in the short film, but replaced in the feature film.  Thornton won the Oscar for Best Adaptated Screenplay in 1997 for this film. Thornton ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.0
 
Monday, 03 August 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
St. Elmo's Fire (1985) The 1980s produced some of the most memorable teen feature film hits of any decade.  There are film lovers out there that now every line of films such as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," all of which happen to be written by legendary filmmaker John Hughes.  While I find myself attracted to a few of these 1980s classic hits, I find myself struggling to get through "St. Elmo's Fire." "St. Elmo's Fire" is a more adult version of "The Breakfast Club."  In fact, both of these films were released in 1985, the latter coming first.  The film could even be considered a sequel to its predecessor in some respects.  In terms of actors and story there are a lot of similarities. Half of the actors in the film have been carried over from "The Breakfast Club."  Judd ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.3
 
Friday, 10 July 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Do The Right Thing (20th Anniversary Edition) (1989) No, this is not a typo.  I did give this film a one half of one star rating.  I know I am going to get a lot of flack for this, but as I sat through the film and sat thinking about it afterwards, I came to the conclusion that the film offers no entertainment value and its political and humanity messages are shaky at best.  In addition, the film does not stand the test of time.  It is completed dated and distracting. The film takes place in Brooklyn and is heralded as one of Spike Lee's best productions.  I cannot condone that notion.  In "Do The Right Thing" we get introduced to a plethora of characters that all seem to come and go from the story.  While each character plays its role in the overall plot, that plot is unresolved.  ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Gran Torino (2008) Clint Eastwood is a versatile individual.  He has become known for his acting, producing and directing.  And Eastwood has done it again.  Many critics hail "Gran Torino" as one of his finest.  I found it to be a good film overall, but not a cinematic masterpiece.  The film struggles to get going, but it is well structured beyond the first third. "Gran Torino" is another film about tolerance in America.  Clint Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski, an ex-soldier that still lives as if he were at war in Korea.  There isn't a sentence that he speaks that isn't riddled with a derogatory remark about a particular race.  All the slang terms for races other than Caucasian are contained in this film.  It gets rather disconcerting after a while. Walt has just lost his wife and is such a ...
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