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Friday, 13 July 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Step Up (2006) I admit, I absolutely hated “Step Up” the first time I saw it.  I wasn’t a fan of hip-hop movies, and other than Rachel Griffiths I didn’t know any of the actors.  One day, that all changed, well all except my stance on hip-hop.  Channing Tatum became one of the biggest stars in teen Hollywood.  Unfortunately, Jenna Dewan became known more as Tatum’s wife than a rising actress and dancer. “Step Up” has spawned a franchise, one that should have never come to fruition.  The sequels, which by the way has a fourth one arriving soon, are more than just awful.  They are tantamount to everything that is wrong with cinema today.  However, the first film offered something that wasn’t common place at the time.  Sure, now hip-hop dance movies are beyond a dime a dozen.  But, “Step Up” is really ...
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Thursday, 16 June 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Hair (1979) "Hair" is symbolic of the Vietnam war protest era, and is that era's shining star.  Without a doubt, this film will have a greater impact for those that went through the 60s and 70s.  However, for those of a later generation, you may find this film to be extremely dated. "Hair" is a 1979 film based on the 1968 Broadway musical.  The musical was later revived in 1977 and again in 2009.  Several adaptations of the musical have also appeared in other theaters around the world.  Given the era it was surprising that "Hair" actually made it onto the Broadway scene given its controversy. The film version does not reach the caliber of other musicals turned film such as "Fiddler On The Roof," "Cabaret" and "Chicago."  Still, the film offers a nice immortalizing of the era. Like all Vietnam-way era films, "Hair" is ...
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Monday, 11 April 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Fiddler On The Roof (40th Anniversary Edition) (1971) Argue with me if you would like, but as far as I am concerned there is not refuting that this is a classic film title.  It symbolizes all that musical adaptations could be and everything that was great about Hollywood before its dive into pop-genre junk.  The film also inspired a short-lived revival of musical adaptations. Musical adaptations reigned supreme in the 60s until numerous flops for all the major studios resulted in their demise.  MGM gave it another go when “Fiddler On The Roof” garnered success as the longest-running Broadway play at the time.  The success of “Fiddler On The Roof” brought forth a new musical era with other productions such as “Cabaret.” By today’s standards, “Fiddler On The Roof” would be seen as much too long and boring and drawn out.  Well, news for those young audiences members, this film ...
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Monday, 27 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Step Up 3 (3D/2D Combo) (2010) This is an easy film to sum up.  It is one, big long music video.  The end.  If you are not into seeing some “sick” and “totally sweet” dance routines then you can skip on to the next movie on your list. The “Step Up” series began in 2006 with an original film that was akin to “Honey” at the time.  The film was based on tried and true concepts but there was chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.  “Step Up 2: The Streets” plummeted downhill, and we are going to stay clear of that one.  Unfortunately, “Step Up 3” doesn’t fair any better. The film doesn’t have one original plot idea.  I suppose director Jon Chu gave in and just tried to create the best dance moves ever seen.  The plot uses a predictable inside spy routine, a romance between ...
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Monday, 01 November 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Moulin Rouge! (2001) Baz Luhrmann made a name for himself with his dazzling and extravagant filmmaking style.  His passion for dance, music and theater is readily apparent in all of his productions.  "Moulin Rouge!" is the last production by Luhrmann and completes his trilogy. In 1992 Luhrmann released "Strictly Ballroom," an Australian release that combined ballroom dance with modern cinema.  In 1996 Luhrmann brought "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" to the screen, modernizing Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy with the streets.  Finally, in 2001 Luhrmann topped his first two outings with "Moulin Rouge!". These three films are known as the "Red Curtain Trilogy."  These three films are not sequels of one another, nor do the plots have any connection other than Luhrmann's filmmaking style.  What ties these films together is they all bring entertainment of the past into modern cinema.  With "Moulin Rouge!" musical theater is ...
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