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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Tron (1982) Note: This review is based on the disc contained in the 5-disc “Tron: Legacy”/“Tron” Blu-ray package. Categorizing “Tron” is actually tougher than you might think.  The film is nostalgic on the one hand and terribly inconsistent on the other.  The CG is horrendous today and yet amazing for its time.  The acting is engaging but the script is underwhelming.  “Tron” is nonsensical yet filled to the brim with deeper issues.  However you view the film, it is fairly undeniable that “Tron” is a true representation of the early 1980s. The box labels this film as a “Tron: The Original Classic.”  Classic may be taking it a bit too far.  However, I am sure there are those out there that would whole-heartedly disagree.  But here is why I would argue against the classic stance.  For someone that watches the film for the first ...
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Friday, 17 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) Our favorite mystical nanny is back.  I don’t think any of us who ever saw the first film would have ever suspected that it would spawn a sequel.  But it has.  And thankfully it retains at least retains Emma Thompson in the lead role.  Still, a magic was missing from the first film and it is still missing from this sequel as well. In brief, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) is a scary looking person with huge warts and a snaggletooth that has been sent through the ages to single parents that are in need of help straightening out their children.  The way she works is, “When you need her, but do not want her then she must stay.  But when you want her but no longer need her then she must own.” She teaches children five lessons, each lesson completed results in ...
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Monday, 13 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Inception (2010) “Inception” is refreshing.  While it is not entirely original, think “The Cell” or “The Thirteenth Floor,” the film does possess powerful sequences.  But if you examine the film further, it lacks a truly convincing story and it is filled with holes beyond a doubt. If taken at face value, “Inception” offers a wild ride that takes you on a journey.  However, let’s examine that journey for a moment.  The entire story is based on the fact that a team of mindwalkers, a name I am giving them for the purposes of simple reference, journey into the dreams of one man, attempting to plant the seed of an idea to sell the company.  That is it.  The rest of the film is really just a bunch of visual effects in an interesting concept. There is a backstory that deals with Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...
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Monday, 13 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Alice In Wonderland (3D/2D) (2010) This is a review for the 3D combo pack of “Alice In Wonderland.”  For more detailed information on the film itself, please visit the original 2D Blu-ray review of the film here. Just to recap, “Alice In Wonderland” brings fantastic imagery to the forefront and leaves the story uninspired.  The original tale of “Alice In Wonderland,” based on Lewis Carroll’s story, is imaginative and well developed.  This new adventure lacks that imagination and puts CGI before story. While some may like Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter, there are an equal number that find his performance overdone, or at least far to similar to numerous past performances by the veteran actor.  Will I don’t think whether or not Depp’s acting impacts the real emotion beyond the film, for me it made the film a bit more indecisive.  The story is buried, with ...
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Sorcerer's Apprentice, The (2010) Brace yourselves for another family Disney drama that wants to be a classic but falls miserably short.  Yes, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” could have been oh so much more.  But, instead the film lacks a cohesive plot and mood and great storytelling.  Instead it focuses on visual battle sequences that in my opinion are nothing that special. If you are a kid, defined as a pre-teen, then this is probably going to be a great movie for you.  However, anyone past middle school is going to see this film as a bust.  It longs to be magical, but it doesn’t live up to the definition.  The film is loosely, and I use that term strongly, based on the short film “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” contained in “Fantasia,” review forthcoming. The classic animated short turned into a feature length film presents all sorts of problems. ...
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