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 3.5
 
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Thirteenth Floor, The (1999) In 1999, one the most interesting science fiction was released to a less than stellar response.  Sure the film has some issues, the premise behind the story is ingenious.  The film only grossed about $12 million at the box office.  I truly believe that the film suffered from poor promotion rather than being a poor film.  "The Thirteenth Floor" is a psychological and science fiction gem. The film is slow in parts, but the ultimate revelation catches you totally by surprise.  Having not seen the film since its original release, I had completely forgotten the twist in the film.  It was a pleasure to reconnect with the story. "The Thirteenth Floor" is like "The Matrix" combined with "The Cell."  Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is a computer genius that has designed a secret project that has resulted in the creation of another world.  ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Monday, 13 April 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (2008) In 1951, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" made a huge impression on filmgoers.  It has been immortalized in cinematic history.  So, it is only natural that Hollywood feel the need to remake the film with lots of flashy visual effects.  Unfortunately, Hollywood should have left the classic alone.  But of course not.  Even when films like this get the blockbuster treatment, they always rake in the money at the box office.  That certainly is not the case here.  "The Day the Earth Stood Still" came up just shy of the film's creation budget.  That's saying a lot for a blockbuster.  In one weekend, "Fast & Furious" has raked in nearly more than "The Day the Earth Stood Still" did in its entire run. The film fails on nearly every level.  The plot is poorly constructed, the acting is below average ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Friday, 03 April 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Bedtime Stories "Bedtime Stories" is the latest production from Happy Madison.  The film was designed for the entire family, and for that reason it falls short.  The film doesn't know which way to go with the comedy.  Should it be adult or child-friendly.  Seeing the trailers for this film for a long time, I was expecting quite an awesome display of storytelling and visual sequences.  Unfortunately, I did not find that here. The film had a lot more potential than what it actually achieved.  The bedtime stories were lame and did create a complex story.  The plot was too simplistic and entirely predictable.  Don't get me wrong, children will love the colors and characters, but adults will be left bored most likely. The story is centered on Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler), a maintenance worker at the Nottingham Hotel.  As a kid he worked with ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.3
 
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Donnie Darko (The Director's Cut) In 2001, "Donnie Darko" came to the screen and has since developed a cult following.  Unfortunately, the laymen of the world are unable to grasp the artwork that is this film.  The movie only gross $515,000 at the box office, in a five-month period.  The film was re-released in theaters in 2004 for another four months, in which it grossed another $725,000.  Nonetheless, "Donnie Darko" contains serious thematic elements, while retaining a sense of comedy and irony as well. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Donnie Darko, a teenager who suffers from bizarre visions.  Many today may recognize it as schizophrenia.  He constantly is "possessed" by the vision of a demonic rabbit named Frank.  He is influenced by Frank into performing several crimes, including burning down a house and flooding the high school.  In one dream, Frank tells him that the world will ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Thursday, 22 January 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
King Kong (2005) King Kong has permeated our culture through music, film, television and print.  However, it’s the films that draw the most attention.  The original film came out in 1933 and has since become a classic, reference in more modern films than easily countable.  In 1966 the animated television series was born, lasting only one season.  In 1976, King Kong was re-made into another film.  However, this time it was to less acclaim.  Hollywood must not have felt that the saga was done enough, so in 2005 Universal released King Kong again.  Unfortunately, it is probably the biggest stinker of them all. “King Kong” is a film that lacks ingenuity (ok, it is just a re-make) and a cohesive and concise story.  Sadly, “Lord of the Rings” director, Peter Jackson, could not make this film into a true hit.  The film relies heavily ...
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