Allen Adams

Allen Adams

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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:11

Recreating reel romance

Put yourself in the picture this Valentine's Day
There are a lot of ways to embrace the spirit of Valentine's Day. You could do the traditional stuff - dinner and a movie, flowers and candy - and no one would fault you for it. Traditions are born for a reason, and honestly, it's a rare significant other who doesn't appreciate a nice meal and a dozen roses.

(That's right ladies - nothing says you can't buy some flowers for your fella. Mind you, we're not saying you should. Just that you should keep an open mind.)

However, maybe you're looking for something just a little bit different. Maybe you're looking for a chance to create a memory without necessarily breaking the bank. That's where we come in.

Innovative Communication Design to present in San Francisco
ORONO - The newly developed Innovative Communication Design program at the University of Maine has been selected as a Stage Two winner in the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, an annual program designed to help mobilize emerging leaders, educators and innovators to create technologies that might change the way we learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life.

Since 2008, the program has awarded $6 million to 72 innovative digital media and learning projects, both in the United States and abroad.

The UMaine ICD proposal, led by John Bell and Rick Corey, is built around an innovative way to supplement the graduate certificates awarded to students who complete the ICD curriculum. The group has developed a series of 'badges' that will provide a quick and easy way for prospective employers to see what specific skills were learned through ICD.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:30

Time to give up the Ghost Rider'

Sequel features little more than an insane leading man
This just in: Nicolas Cage is effing crazy.

No review of Cage's latest film, 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' should start from any other point. Cage. Is. Insane. We've all heard the stories of his financial issues and his weird proclivity for buying giant yachts and pyramids. We all know that his Elvis obsession was so deep that he married the King's daughter and that he named one of his kids Kal-El after Superman.

And yet Cage's performance in 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' outcrazies all of that crazy with crazy to spare.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:25

Little is fair in 'This Means War'

Well-intentioned action-comedy falls short
One of the unfortunate aspects of today's Hollywood is the obsessive need to produce work that appeals to the broadest possible audience. When you try to appeal to everyone, however, you wind up diluting the product. You wind up with a film that still has the stink of excessive focus grouping all over it. It's just too bad when it happens to a movie that should have been better - a movie like 'This Means War.'

It's the latest offering from director McG ('Terminator Salvation') and on paper, it looks like it could strike the ideal balance between rom-com and shoot-em-up.

On paper.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:05

Requiem for a knuckleballer

Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield calls it a career
It was a sad day in Boston last week. An era came to an end when knuckleballer Tim Wakefield - the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox - announced his retirement.

We all knew (or at least suspected) that this was coming. The 45-year-old Wakefield's effectiveness has been gradually dwindling over the past few years, and guys simply don't pitch deep into their fifth decade. But there he was, tossing up that beguiling, twisting knuckleball and infuriating all manner of major league hitters.

I'm going to miss him.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:03

An ode to spring training

Sitting within winter's chilly deep-freeze

Our brains cry out for the spring's warming sun.

We search for signs that put our minds at ease

Like the sharp crack of a well-struck home run.

An eager anticipation rises;

Whose legend begins with the year's first pitch?

Which unknown becomes the face of the sport?

This game will not run out of surprises.

It's the time when fans become truly rich;

The time when pitchers and catchers report.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:23

A night at the Oscars

Picking the 2012 Academy Awards

It's that time again; time for the Hollywood elite to roll out the red carpet and part themselves on the back. That's right - it's the Academy Awards.

As someone who spends a lot of time at the movies, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Awards such as the Oscars are great because they inspire conversation - who do you think will win, who do you think should win, which movies did you see, which movies did you like, which did you hate - and on and on and on.

So I'm once more putting my prognostication skills on the line. These are my picks for some of the big awards come Sunday night. Again, these aren't necessarily the people and films that I think should win. They're the ones I think will win. Sometimes, they're the same. More often, they're not.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:40

Safe House' worth a stay

Action film elevated by strong lead performances
I imagine that we all have certain actors whose work we particularly enjoy. All movie stars are not created equal - everyone has a favorite, someone who consistently hits home runs in his or her eyes. On the flip side, I (and I'm sure most of you) also have actors - not many, but a few - whose work I simply cannot stand. For whatever reason, their continued popularity not only confuses me, but actively offends me as well. But what happens when a favorite and a not-favorite wind up on screen together?

'Safe House.' That's what happens.

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds, 'The Change-Up') is a CIA 'housekeeper,' in charge of maintaining a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. He's been at it for a year and is desperate for a promotion to field work. The job is monotonous and utterly boring. Right up until a CIA retrieval team shows up with legendary rogue agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington, 'The Book of Eli') in custody.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:36

Say I don't' to The Vow'

Unlikely love story inoffensive, uninteresting
I have no problem with being emotionally manipulated by a movie. I think those artificial feelings are a huge part of why we go to the movies in the first place. However, when that manipulation becomes too forced and overt, it loses its impact and becomes hollow and false.

It becomes a movie like 'The Vow.'

Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:34

Love is in the air - Boeing Boeing'

PTC presents frantic farce

BANGOR - Love is a complicated thing. Finding the time to balance your own needs with the needs of your loved one can be difficult. Trying to balance the needs of three different loved ones? That's when things get crazy.

And hilarious.

Penobscot Theatre is presenting 'Boeing Boeing,' by Marc Camoletti, through Feb. 26 at the Bangor Opera House. It's a debut on multiple levels for PTC newcomer Bari Newport. Not only is this the first show of her tenure as the new artistic director of the theatre, but it's also her directorial debut here in Bangor.

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