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Editor's rating: 
 4.6
 
Monday, 15 November 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Sound Of Music, The (45th Anniversary Edition) (1965) "The Sound of Music" is no doubt a film that has reserved a place in cinema history.  However, when it comes down to it, the film is much more of a success on a technical and musical note than really as a film in terms of story.  Luckily, the story is sufficient enough to make the film successful.  Still, at a runtime of 174 minutes, it is hard to actually sit and watch this movie.  There are too many drawn out sequences that could easily be cut. The film is best known for the opening twirl of Julie Andrews on the Swiss Alps, singing "the hills are alive with the sound of music."  It is iconic, used in virtually ever history of cinema documentary.  While musical numbers here and there are infectious, most of the songs appear as pointless, singing about ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.4
 
Friday, 22 October 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) Like many films, “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” has a generational following.  Its release in the mid 1990s captured junior high and high school teens across the country.  It was that terrific date movie that both the guy and girl could enjoy seeing together.  At the same time that were exposed to classic literature, however butchered it may have or have not been. Teens were enamored with DiCaprio and Danes.  For them, they made a great screen couple.  The love between them was simple, much like those of the teens seeing the film.  Everything was perfect.  But only for those generational few. On the flip side of the coin we have the Shakespearian lovers and those that fall outside the age range intended to be the audience.  Purists of Shakespeare find this adaptation to be abhorrent.  They will go on and on ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.4
 
Monday, 09 August 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Last Song, The (2010) I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but…snooze alert.  This is a perfect teen, first-date movie.  Adult women may wish to just read the book and adult men can skip it all together.  Just knowing that is a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks’ novel (you know, the guy who wrote “The Notebook” and “Dear John,” see where I’m going with this?) is enough to know how it is going to turn out.  This movie is several seasons of a daytime soap opera turned in to one, one hour 45 minute long film. If you are just a casual movie watcher then perhaps you can find something to enjoy in this film.  However, I for one sat there writhing in pain at every beat of the film.  Where should I begin?  Is the poor acting?  Maybe it is the ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Monday, 26 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Out of Africa (25th Anniversary Edition) (1985) "Out of Africa" is a perfect example of how cinema has changed in terms of romantic dramas.  In today's market, romantic dramas tend to also be more comedic than dramatic.  They lack any real sense of depth.  "Out of Africa" is a true story that defined the era early 1980's cinema.  While I am not condoning this film, it does provide a sense of real filmmaking. The film is based on the true story of a Danish woman, Karen (Meryl Streep) who left her home in the mid 1910s to live in Africa with her boyfriend's brother.  Sadly, she is unable to find a companion in her new husband and is left with no sense of purpose and alone, miles away from home. She soon discovers pleasures in working on her plantation.  But she still longs for her husband to be at ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Monday, 12 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1999) "The Thomas Crown Affair" is a stellar remake of the 1968 Norman Jewison film.  The film is considered average by most, but is perhaps one of the most interesting and repeatable films that I have seen.  Those types of films are few and far between these days.  This remake stands up against the original and surpasses in most regards. The remake fits nicely into modern cinema and is much more suited to a wider range of audiences.  The acting is superior to the original.  Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan have terrific chemistry.  The plot is not original, but is carried out in a fun and engaging manner. In "The Thomas Crown Affair," Pierce Brosnan plays a wealthy wall-street financier, Thomas Crown, who dabbles in the world art theft.  Rene Russo is an insurance investigator, Katherine Banning, who is a formable intellectual match ...
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