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Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Monday, 28 June 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Green Zone (2010) Anyone that has read my previous reviews will already know my stance on war films.  "Green Zone" is really no exception despite that fact that is more well done than most present war films.  "Green Zone" keeps the audience somewhat interested but it does drag on from time to time.  The film feels too much like "Three Kings" meets "Bourne Identity."  Let's face it, the film is directed by the same director of "Bourne Identity" and it has the same lead star, Matt Damon.  There are bound to be striking resemblances between the films. Sure enough, "Green Zone" is about a soldier on a mission that isn't sanctioned by the government, well at least one part of the government.  Intelligence agencies for the US stationed in the Middle East are fighting over what stance to take after the removal of Saddam ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Monday, 21 December 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Inglourious Basterds (2009) Okay, I am just going to come right out and say it.  “How and the heck is this movie getting five star ratings all around?”  It is just preposterous.  There is simply no way that this film will ever become a classic.  This is no “Casablanca.”  This film is lucky to get the rating that I gave it.  Let’s break this down simplistically. This film has absolutely zero repeatability.  That right there makes this a worse movie than over 90 percent of my movie collection.  I would say that the film ranks in the last three in my collection to ever watch again. I am a Tarantino fan, but this film offers nothing new.  The film cannot make a decision on whether it wants to be a comedy, military or action movie.  This indecisiveness takes a toll on the viewer.  Half the ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Friday, 22 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Valkyrie (2008) "Valkyrie" is blockbuster that is loosely, and I mean loosely, based on a true story.  It didn't really have potential to begin with.  Fictionalizing a true story never really works when brought to the big screen.  Generally, the story is changed to meet the needs of a blockbuster and the acting is empty because they have no idea what were the original behaviors of the real life persons.  Both of these are the case with "Valkyrie." "Valkyrie" is the story of the last known attempt on Hitler's life.  During WWII, a group of German civilians and soldiers formed the German Resistance, those that were opposed to the dictatorship of Hitler.  Apparently there were 15 known attempts to assassinate Hitler by the Germans. One of the most notable attempts was carried out by Colonel Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise).  Unfortunately, it is an elaborate plot ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Spy Game (2001) There aren't many people that given credit where credit is due when it comes to "Spy Game."  However, I am not one of them.  I find it an above average film.  A little faster paced and this could be a truly top-notch film.  The movie fell about $30 million short of its production budget at the box office.  But hopefully this Blu-ray release will help it gain some ground. "Spy Game" is directed by Tony Scott, brother of acclaimed director Ridley Scott.  The direction is good, with typical military-war style cinematography.  While nowhere near as bouncing as "The Bourne Identity," the film gets a bit too jerky for me at times. Robert Redford stars as Nathan Muir, a CIA agent that is getting ready to retire.  On his last day on the job, now a desk job, he gets an urgent cable ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Body of Lies (2008) What is it with the film industry and the need to produce spy/war films time after time again?  They are truly running out of ideas.  "Body of Lies" is the latest in this line.  Combine all the spy/war movies of late and you have "Body of Lies."  The film is comprised of elements from "The Kingdom," "Spy Game," and "Three Kings."  Critics have been giving the film great reviews, but in all honestly, the film is long and boring with the same old story. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Roger Ferris, a CIA agent that is stationed in the Middle East as part of an intelligence gathering operation on global terrorism.  Ferris is a hotheaded young man who doesn't seem to be old enough for the high-position that he has in the agency.  His boss is Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe).  The man is ...
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