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Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Monday, 19 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Dune (1984) "Dune" is based on the Frank Herbert novel of the same title.  While the novel was based in a series with sequels, the movie never garnered enough attention to make sequels.  The film has been remade, but never expanded.  The film is mind boggling to some, and I will admit that I am not the biggest "Dune" fan.  Still, there is something intriguing about the film. In 1984, "Dune" was released and was not a major hit.  It has since developed a cult following, but it lacks that "blockbuster hit" status.  Not to say that is a bad thing.  I believe what holds this film back is the ultra-slow beginning and heavy name-dropping. The story of "Dune" involves several political groups and races spanning the known universe.  Without having read the book first the audience is overwhelmed with foreign names and struggle ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.0
 
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Cocoon (1985) "Cocoon" is considered one of Ron Howard's best works.  While I agree, I think that there were plenty of other choices from Howard that should have come to Blu-ray first.  "Willow" comes to mind.  Nonetheless, "Cocoon" is an adventure that contains some pleasant visual effects for the age of the film.  In fact, the visual effects hold up well compared to modern day CGI. "Cocoon" is simply about a group of elderly folks at a retirement community that find the fountain of youth in their neighbor's pool.  Their neighbors turn out to be extraterrestrials that are on planet Earth to recover some of their own. Unfortunately, that is the extent of the plot.  Plot connections are lacking and the choices made by the filmmakers are trite.  However, for the time period this film probably worked well.  By today's standards, there is simply ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Where The Wild Things Are (2009) "Where the Wild Things Are" is perhaps one of the most well-known children's books worldwide.  The story and creatures captured imaginations, inspiring creativity and the arts.  When I first heard about the adaptation of the Maurice Sendak book I was thrilled.  As it turns out I am not as enthusiastic about the outcome as other critics. I did enjoy the film, but only marginally compared to my expectations.  The film is depressing, which is the intent of the filmmakers.  However, after a while the film becomes utterly too depressing.  And it has a depressing ending.  There is only so much one can take. My other issue is that the filmmakers found perhaps the most annoying kid to play Max.  I have to phrase this delicately, but the kid seems to have a bad case of maniac depression.  Max must need serious medication.  ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
 
Monday, 22 February 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) "The Vampire's Assistant" or "Cirque Du Freak" of some combination thereof, really not quite clear, is yet another fantasy film about magical beings and myths.  While, the premise of the film shows promise, sadly we will probably never know what is supposed to unfold.  Or maybe it is all for the best. "The Vampire's Assistant" is a prequel, and a very lame one at that.  It provides a fundamental background to characters that are to play an importance in something yet unknown, most likely a war between two species.  All this background information is meaningless without knowing what the future connection is.  Many times in filmmaking, it is annoying when a prequel comes out after the main event has already been released.  However, in the case of this film, it should have been released after the main event and not before.  ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.7
 
Friday, 19 February 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Box, The (2009) "The Box" was a big dud at the box office, and for good reason.  For once it is easy to see where a film went wrong.  In the case of "The Box," it is that it is far too complex without any resolution.  The filmmakers opened so many cans of worms and paid homage to many philosophers and science fiction writers and then never tied it together or left the audience satisfied. "The Box" is more than about the box device.  The year is 1976, which is not the right time period for this film.  The audience can't really make the connection with the setting and the story.  I think the filmmakers realized this and tried like crazy to throw things into the film that link it to the era, such as the Viking landing and Arthur C. Clarke. Norma and Arthur ...
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