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 4.0
 
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Descendants, The (2011) So, “The Descendants” was nominated for best picture and lost out to “The Artist.”  Barring the Academy’s choice of a film that was basically and independent, did “The Descendants” deserve the Best Picture award?  Personally, I think it beat out “The Artist” but I don’t think it is really worthy of being award the honor.  Then again, there are some other films that hold the distinguished award that shouldn’t have been made in the first place. “The Descendants” offers us viewers a look at a family in Oahu who are dealing with loss, betrayal, growing up and facing the future.  George Clooney portrays Matt King, a real estate lawyer on the island who when the film opens is dealing with his wife’s boating accident, leaving her in a permanent coma. Matt, essentially a workaholic, must begin to be a father to his ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Monday, 12 March 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Melancholia (2011) “Melancholia” is an easy one to predict.  It is a clear-cut example of an artistic filmmaking piece tailored toward the filmmaker himself and toward to the general filmmaking population.  It has little impact on the general film-going population.  Sadly, many will not understand this film more than just its superficial side, simply tossing the film away. But “Melancholia” is so much more than just an end of the world epic.  It contains truth, emotions and awe-inspiring art design.  I’m not say that I myself absolutely loved this film.  I still think that it more of a director’s ego boost.  I’m not saying that filmmakers should predicate everything on making films than are drones just to appease the masses.  However, in that sense, this film will never see itself elevated to more than just a top-notch artistic independent film. I am not going ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Thursday, 23 February 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is an oddly intimate and disturbing look at the life of young, beautiful woman who becomes lost in a religious cult somewhere in the Catskills.  It is intriguing, but drifts around quite a bit throughout the runtime. I will warn you now.  If you have no interest in independent films or films that don’t come right out with a predictable plot, then this is not the film for you.  “MMMM” is as downright independent and deep-thought provoking as a film gets.  And unfortunately, many of the viewers out there won’t understand it one bit.  In all honesty, I don’t think I fully understood the film.  However, I applaud the film for its refreshing cast and originality. Elizabeth Olsen makes here big debut in this Durkin film.  And I must say, that without a doubt, she is the key ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.4
 
Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Dolphin Tale (3D/2D) (2011) Brace yourself.  There is virtually nothing about “Dolphin Tale” that is original.  Combine “Homeward Bound” with “Free Willy” and you have “Dolphin Tale.”  I can’t decide whether it is the actors, the directing, the screenplay or the characters that cause the biggest problems.  Or maybe it is all of the above.  Yeah, that’s it. “Dolphin Tale” is one of the slowest moving films for the first hour.  In that hour, and throughout the film, you are saturated with excruciatingly long pauses and useless sequences.  It won’t take you more than 10 minutes of the film before you want to toss the lead kid off a cliff.  I’m not exaggerating.  Chalk it up to a combination of the direction and the actor and the screenwriting, but the kid just stares at people in every sequence.  Routinely it is a simple yes or ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Monday, 29 August 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Scarface (Limited Edition) (1983) “Scarface” is one of those films that just the word conjures up greatest.  There is no reason to go into the making or premise of the film, as it is so widely known.  If by some chance you have been living under a rock for the past 30 years then I’m sure there are numerous reviews of the film itself out there. Here, we will be focusing on the Blu-ray release and its technical aspects. This is a monster release for Universal, as one of Brian De Palma’s most respected films.  To put is bluntly though, sadly the Blu-ray release does not quite deliver in terms of video quality.  With so many other catalog titles meticulously restored, “Scarface’s” video transfer is a letdown. While there are several scenes that look absolutely terrific, there are too many lingering problems to deal with.  First, there ...
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