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Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Friday, 09 October 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Labyrinth (1986) There are few films that really strike the imagination and take the audience into another world.  “Labyrinth” is one of those films.  The movie comes from the inspiring mind of Jim Henson, creator of the muppets.  His puppet mastering and visions were unique to the entertainment industry and the industry has never found a replacement since his death in 1990.  “Labyrinth” was Henson’s last major production, although there are some credits to his name since his death. The film is sometimes considered a sequel to Henson’s other major feature, “The Dark Crystal.”  While there are no common threads between the stories and characters, Henson’s imagination is eminent throughout each and they feel tied together.  While “The Dark Crystal” was purely puppets, “Labyrinth” incorporates human actors and puppets.  George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” is an executive producer of the film and ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Monday, 21 September 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Van Helsing (2004) Let me clarify something upfront.  “Van Helsing” is not an accurate depiction of the Dracula, Frankenstein and Van Helsing lore.  So those that are expecting a documentary of these legends should just skip this film.  However, those that are out for entertainment will rather enjoy this film.  I am a big fan of the vampire and werewolf movement that has been occurring over the past several years in books, television and movies.  The Twilight series and True Blood series are entertaining vampire/werewolf features.  That being said, the acting in them is terrible. With “Van Helsing,” the story is way off the beaten track, but the acting is commendable and the visual effects are appealing.  And that, my friends, is what makes this film enjoyable to watch.  Sure there are slow moments, but overall this is a fun fantasy/adventure film. In the late ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.4
 
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
12 Monkeys (1995) "12 Monkeys" is a long forgotten film, but certainly deserves some attention.  The film is based on the 1962 Chris Marker black and white film, "La Jetée."  The film is composed of primarily still photographs and tells the story of time travel during a post-war scenario.  "12 Monkeys" has taken great liberties with the short film, making it loosely based on the original.  I remember watching this film in a cinema class in college, having to compare it to "12 Monkeys." Terry Gilliam, director of "12 Monkeys" basically takes the concept of time travel and applies it to a blockbuster template in order to get studio approval.  In 1995 the film was rather remarkable.  Plot twists were unique and the story was interesting.  However, the film doesn't exactly hold up well over time.  Nearly 15 years later the same premises and ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.7
 
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Inkheart (2009) I must confess "Inkheart" to be a disappointment.  It is a combination of "The Princess Bride," "Bedtime Stories" and "Chronicles of Narnia."  However, "Inkheart" doesn't possess any of the engaging aspects of the aforementioned.  The film leaves everything to be desired.  Fans of the genre seem to be more forgiving of the film, and despite being a fan myself, I found myself once again writhing in my chair struggling to make it to the end of the film. The cast of the film is rather lackluster.  Brendan Fraser gives the exact same performance as he did in "Journey tot the Center of the Earth," bland and uninspired.  Of course, the cast didn't have much to work with.  The characters are poorly written with not even an inkling as to why we should care about the characters, the good ones or the ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Monday, 18 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (2009) In 2001, "Donnie Darko" became a cult classic.  It was perhaps one of the more originally thought up time travel and destiny stories.  There aren't many of us out there that ever thought a sequel would arise from "Donnie Darko."  It just didn't call for one.  Yet, a sequel, a direct-to-video sequel has been released.  "S. Darko" is an attempt to cash in on the original.  Unfortunately, I don't think it is going to happen. "S. Darko" picks up eight years after Donnie's tale ends.  This time the story is focused on Donnie's sister, Samantha (Daveigh Chase).  Now 18 years old, Sam has left home with a friend, heading from Virginia to California.  Sam suffers from severe depression after the death of her brother.  Her parents neglect her, and her sister married and moved away. On their road trip Sam and her ...
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