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Monday, 24 January 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Secretariat (2010) Once again I am faced with a sports film of sorts, which really isn’t where my heart lingers.  Like with “Seabiscuit,” a film that you can’t help but compare “Secretariat” too, being there are only a handful of horseracing films, this film leaves me shrugging my shoulders. “Secretariat” could have been great if the filmmakers stuck with keeping the story true and real to the day.  Instead it has been Hollywood-ized a bit and thus making every bit predictable.  Inevitably that is the problem with biopics.  You invariably know how the film ends.  After all it is based on a true story.  So the only thing left for the film to do is remain strong and not pander to the tugging heartstring beats of Hollywood.  Unfortunately, that is exactly what doesn’t happen here.  It is one heart tug after another for ...
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Thursday, 28 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Seabiscuit (2003) I must admit, this is the first time that I have seen "Seabiscuit."  It just isn't high on my priority list.  Sports film, particularly boxing and horseracing are not among my favorites.  Still, I kept hearing so much praise for this film, that when it came my way I figured I would give it a chance.  The film is exceptionally good, but it just isn't my cup of tea. In terms of filmmaking the movie is terrific.  In terms of story, I found it pretty good.  Even without having seen the film beforehand, the story was entirely predictable.  There was nothing to grab my attention other than the image.  Still, it is a well-made film, with great cinematography and decent acting. "Seabiscuit" is based on the legend of the racing horse with the same name.  From what I see in the bonus ...
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Tuesday, 26 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Field of Dreams (1989) "Field of Dreams" is responsible for one some of the most famous cinematic lines in history.  We will never forget when we first heard the immortal words, "If you build it, he will come."  Nor will we forget, "Is this heaven?  No, it's Iowa."  These few simple words are etched in stone forever.  The importance of "Field of Dreams" in cinema is undeniable.  However, the film does have its issues that prevent it from being a perfect cinematic classic. I may be biased in favor of this film since it has been ages since I have seen it and I happen to love baseball.  Kevin Costner seems to be a baseball fanatic as well, as his has been in several baseball films, including "For Love of the Game" and "Bull Durham."  It is not a secret that Costner isn't the best ...
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Monday, 11 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Major League (Wild Thing Edition) (1989) "Major League" has not been one of my long time favorites.  Still, it has some comedic charm about it.  And, when it comes to baseball flicks, this is probably one of the better ones.  Especially when it is compared to films such as "Rookie of the Year" and "Little Big League."  The film grossed roughly $50 million at the box office, well beyond its production budget of $11 million. "Major League" is a silly baseball film that is centered on a bunch of misfits that were assembled to make up the Cleveland Indians team.  When the team's owner dies, the Indians are left to his showgirl wife, Rachel (Margaret Whitton).  Her devious plan is to get such low fan attendance over the course of the season that she can get out of the lease with the city and move the team ...
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Thursday, 15 January 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Friday Night Lights I don’t know what is about society and sports movies – particularly football films.  I will admit from the start that I think watching sports is a waste of time and have absolutely no interest in football.  Knowing that going into “Friday Night Lights,” I tried to put it aside and concentrate on the film itself.  Unfortunately, there was no film to turn to.  I think watching this film is about as close to being tortured as I will ever get.  Now that you know how I feel, let me explain why. “Friday Night Lights” is nothing more than a bunch of arrogant high-school students in a Texas town where everyone seems to be missing a chromosome or two and raises kids to respect nothing but football.  The kids receive no education, speak like idiots and are filled with macho bulls**t.  ...
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