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Friday, 10 August 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
High Fidelity (2000) “High Fidelity” is a classic for John Cusack fans.  It embodies all of that 80’s nostalgia plus humor to go with it. Video: 3.5/5 Well, not as bad as “Grosse Pointe Blank,” but still lacking in areas.  This film comes to Blu-ray with the appropriately listed this time, 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  While not as inconsistent as the aforementioned title, this video transfer still suffers from lack of contrast coherency along with the brightness levels.  Black levels are not as revealing as they should be.  Close up shots are terrific for the most part, though some artifacting does creep in.  The more establishing shots present the biggest problems for this transfer.  The texture and details of those shots are lost primarily due to clumpy grain.  The image overall as been scrubbed a little too much.  The colors are decent but lack punch and ...
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Friday, 13 July 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) Say what you will about rom-coms, but “Under The Tuscan Sun” has an aurora about it that makes it rather enjoyable.  The film is adapted from a best-selling book (ever notice how the only books you ever hear of are always “best-selling”).  There are a couple of twists in the characters, but other than that, “Under The Tuscan Sun” is not much more than standard romantic plot lines. The film follows Frances (Lane) after her divorce.  She accepts a friend’s trip to Tuscany in order to move on with her life.  While she is there she impulsively buys a villa that is in desperate need of renovations.  Still, anything in Tuscany is absolutely beautiful. Frances finds herself discovering what life has to offer through dramatic and comedic moments, usually involving the three workers at her villa.  Frances is open to finding love ...
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Friday, 04 November 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) I just can’t make up my mind about “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”  (Sorry but I don’t know what the correct punctuation is for the title.  The cover art has it written three different way, with a period, without a period, with commas, without commas.  I give up.)The film was not widely recognized during its theatrical debut, but it gathered a little bit a following along the way.  Where I find myself torn is whether or I feel like I have seen this film before, and whether or not I care for Steve Carell’s humor.Okay, so, I felt like more a majority of the film I was watching a typical romantic comedy.  The beats were predictable, as were the characters.  There are a lot of contrived and lifeless moments.  On the other hand, there are some unique and precious humorous moments.  Ryan ...
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Friday, 21 October 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Monte Carlo (2011) “Monte Carlo,” my vote for this year’s razzie award.  That’s right.  It is that bad.  The movie came and went so fast if you blinked you would have missed it.  The film misses all audiences on all levels.  Plainly put the film is not going to succeed with its demographic, the tween teenagers, nor is it even remotely interesting for the over 20s. The film lacks conviction, motivation, inspiration, passion and every other descriptor that you can possibly think of.  The 109-minute runtime feels more like that of “Gone With The Wind.”  It is excruciating to get through. I thought there might at least be some charm in this tween romance, but nada.  Selena Gomez delivers one of her most stale, lifeless performances.  In all fairness, she didn’t have much to go on.  The script is beyond horrible. Stop me if you have ...
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Monday, 22 August 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Something Borrowed (2011) Bottom line first.  If you love films then you are going to want to stay away from this one.  However, I will admit there are some intriguing moments.  This makes for a great date night movie, but beyond that, yikes! “Something Borrowed” steals every ounce of its misery from other romantic comedies.  And I do mean everything.  Even Kate Hudson is hard to distinguish from her roles in “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and “Fool’s Gold.” I keep seeing commercials announcing the release of this title on Blu-ray is it says the critics are in agreement that this is “the best romantic comedy of the year” and “highly original.”  Someone was smoking pot when that was decided?  I haven’t heard one person, let along a critic call this film highly original.” “Something Borrowed” rehashes the plot of a man who ...
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