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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:43

Business before pleasure

‘Unfinished Business’ a mildly amusing effort

For nearly two decades now, moviegoing audiences have been watching Vince Vaughn doing his man-child shtick. He broke out playing Trent in 1996’s “Swingers” and has been cashing checks for offering slight variations on that loud, sarcastic persona ever since. You know what you’re getting with Vince Vaughn.

Initial book in dystopian trilogy creative and compelling

One could argue that we’ve reached the saturation point with regards to postapocalyptic dystopian fiction. It seems that every time you turn around, there’s a new trilogy sporting blurbs comparing it to one or the other of its already-extant, already-successful predecessors – comparisons that rarely do a new book any favors.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:37

‘Chappie’ breaks down

Film fails to live up to promising concept, aesthetic

Was it a case of too high, too fast for Neill Blomkamp?

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:32

Weird National Briefs - (03/04/15)

My mold(y) Kentucky home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - There’s a bad smell in parts of the Louisville, Kentucky, area but nobody knows where it’s coming from.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:21

Celebrity Slam - (03/04/15)

Live long and prosper

In recent years, we have taken to occasionally diverging from this space’s primary purpose – heaping scorn and mockery onto the foibles and misdeeds of the rich and/or famous – so that we might celebrate the lives of certain beloved celebrities who have passed away.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:19

The devil is in the details

Hell is many things to many people. For centuries, writers have been using their notions of Hell as settings to tell their tales. Works such as “Inferno” from Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” or John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” illustrate the far-flung ancestry of literature’s introspective (and occasionally illicit) affair with Hell.

Modern authors often choose to represent Hell not as a place of fire and brimstone and screams of torment, but rather as enormous bureaucratic machines embodying a vast absence of meaning. In these reimagined Hells, the suffering of the damned is not called forth through physical methods, but rather more existential ones.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:13

Like a good neighbor

There’s no disputing the relative harshness of this winter. We’ve seen roughly 10 feet of snow and we’ve just said goodbye to a February that is the coldest month on record for the City of Bangor. It has been a rough road for a lot of us – a road whose end might finally be in sight. But this winter also resulted in a revelation for me, a revelation that I might never have had without the extreme nature of this particular season.

You see, I have some phenomenal neighbors. One in particular warrants mentioning.

Solid cast can’t overcome directorial, narrative flaws

What happens to us after we die?

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:42

Pros and cons – ‘Focus’

Remember when Will Smith was a movie star?

One might argue that he remains a movie star, but the truth is that since 2008, Smith has appeared in just a handful of movies. That list includes a cameo in “Anchorman 2” and an extended cameo in the execrable “Winter’s Tale.” Other than that, there was a phoned-in return to the “Men in Black” franchise and the well-documented nepotistic cautionary tale that was “After Earth.”

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:31

Weird National Briefs - (02/25/15)

Hair-trigger temper

STAMFORD, Conn. - A man who was unhappy with his haircut faces criminal charges after police say he became enraged and threw items around a Connecticut salon.

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