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2014 has been a tough year for celebrity deaths.
Of course, one could make that case for any year – losing beloved figures from the world of entertainment is an unfortunate constant. We bring these people into our lives and they take up residence in our hearts; saying goodbye to them is never easy.
Compelling film defies genre definition
As someone who spends a fair amount of time considering the cinema, I find that it’s relatively rare for a movie to offer me any genuine surprises. When you’ve spent this long seeing this many movies, you pretty much know how things are going to play out most of the time.
Biography entertains and informs, but lacks insightful depth
Celebrity biographies are usually a hit or miss proposition. If the writer manages to dig to the proper depth and really unpack what makes a famous person tick, then that perspective can lead to fascinating and compelling reading. However, if we merely skim the surface, then the end result becomes little more than a hackneyed hatchet job or back-patting propaganda.
Faux-Elvis offering strikes a number of false notes
The dearth of quality cinematic offerings in late August/early September is well-documented. This period, when summer is ending and everyone is busy preparing for the business of the fall, is a dumping ground for the unwashed and unwanted leftovers of the movie world. These are movies that even the studios know aren’t any good. This point gets harped on, but it’s important that it be repeated here, because this past weekend’s sole new wide release epitomizes the concept.
PTC production features foot-stomping country classics
BANGOR – Area audiences are getting the chance to experience a little slice of honkytonk heaven.
Warmth, wit and wisdom from Bill Cosby
If there was a Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedians, there would likely be a lively debate about which famous figures would be included. The pantheon of great comics is riddled with dynamic personalities, joke machines and unparalleled observers of the human condition. However, there are a scant few names that would be difficult to argue against, no matter what your personal taste might be.
For anyone still paying attention, the 2014 season has turned into a real slog for the Boston Red Sox. This team – the defending World Series champion – is nestled firmly in last place in the American League East, 20 games out of first place. Heck, they’re six games out of fourth. Suffice it to say, there’s no miracle finish that could possibly pull Boston out of the morass. They’d have to get red hot just to have a shot at finishing at .500.
Obviously, that’s not going to happen. Instead, the time has come to start searching for the positive. We look at the trades that were made at the deadline and tell ourselves that this team has set itself up for success in 2015. Of course, we have no idea how successful (or unsuccessful) they’ll be next year. But they’ll be different. Maybe they’ll be younger. Maybe the kids will step up and the new guys will play big and the old guard can pull out one more vintage season. It’s a lot of maybes, but that’s where we’re at with the Sox. It’s the nature of the game. So it goes.
That’s right, folks – I’m back for more.
The Maine Edge will once again feature Kibbles and Picks. For those unfamiliar, this is an ongoing contest in which I attempt to pick more NFL winners than my dog Stella. She beat me soundly last season – our first – but I’m feeling confident that I’ll put up a much more impressive showing this time around.
Sign of the times
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