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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:43

Derry observes It Day

DERRY – Many people have been wondering about the recent onslaught of March storms, with heavy snow battering the Northeast. Not the folks in Derry, though. They’ve known this was coming for weeks.

Because It saw its shadow.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:42

‘Unsane’ in the brain

Remember when Steven Soderbergh said he wasn’t going to make movies anymore?

There are some movies that are clearly designed for sequels. They are structured specifically to allow for a continuation of the story going forward – sometimes to the detriment of the tale being told in the moment. They’re built to be built again.

And then you have a film like 2013’s “Pacific Rim.” Guillermo del Toro’s big-budget love letter to the giant monster movies of the past felt for all the world like a one-off; a stylish two-hour whirlwind of enormous robots fighting enormous monsters. It seemed to have told the story it meant to tell.

Enter “Pacific Rim Uprising,” a decent-enough sequel that nevertheless feels unnecessary and almost cursory. Without del Toro as the driving creative force – though he is credited as a producer – this new film simply fails to reach the heights of the first, lacking spirit to match the spectacle of the too-familiar action beats.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:31

Canine genius develops dog-centric app

FetchR set to totally disrupt the playdate paradigm

BANGOR – This is a city built on secrets.

We’re not talking about the typical everyday mundane secrets, the little things that you’ll find in any city. No, we’re talking about the deep-down secrets. The weird secrets. Secrets like ancient crowns with mysterious social powers or a cohort of prominent figures who are probably robots.

Those secrets.

We here at The Maine Edge have never been ones for what you’d call “real journalism” – that’s never really been our beat. As a rule, we like to stay in our lane as far as that goes. But longtime readers know that every once in a while, we’re swept up into the whirlwind of a story that won’t let us go until we reach its (almost-certainly strange) ending.

This is one such story.

There’s no denying that there has been a seismic shift in the Hollywood landscape over the past decade or so. The rise of the superhero movie has ushered in an era of cinema driven largely by blockbuster franchises. It’s all about nine-figure budgets shooting for ten-figure box office returns.

It has also led to a dwindling number of people who could be rightly dubbed movie stars. Where once there were a score of actors – maybe more – who could be counted on for a huge opening weekend simply through their presence in a film, we’re down to a scant handful.

By any measure, you’d have to put Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on that list. Through hard work, savvy choices and an incandescent charisma, Mr. The Rock has put himself firmly onto the A-list.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:06

Weird National Briefs (03/28/2018)

Great escapes

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Authorities say a man in handcuffs stole the patrol car he was in when the deputy had to respond to an emergency call in North Carolina.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:03

Criminal Mischief (03/28/2018)

Man charged in storage unit thefts

THOMASTON – A Thomaston man has been arrested and charged with multiple burglaries involving storage units and spanning years. State Police, working with a number of sheriff’s offices in the Midcoast, are asking owners and renters of storage units to check them following the arrest. 

As the constant churn of content generation becomes more and more a part of the creative landscape, the value of cultural criticism expands exponentially. Consuming art is important, but understanding the consequences of that consumption is vital as well.

Tom Bissell is one such cultural critic. His collection “Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation” (Vintage, $16.95) features essays whose subject matter runs the gamut from highbrow to lowbrow and back again, all delivered with a combination of insight and wit that provokes thought with a concise cleverness.

Throughout these 18 pieces, Bissell addresses artistic questions large and small. He rails against the artificial and embraces the genuine. He is very clear about what he likes … and VERY clear about what he does not. He’s not about pulling punches, but nor is he stingy with his praise. When it comes to art, love it or hate it, Tom Bissell is passionate about it.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a coming-of-age story. I love narratives that allow me to follow young people as they stumble through the assorted obstacles that growing up can scatter in our paths. And when you add in a little first love action, well … I’m all in.

But there’s a certain kind of coming-of-age story – and a certain kind of first love – that’s never really been explored in a mainstream studio film.

“Love, Simon” – based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli and directed by Greg Berlanti - is the story of a high school student who is navigating the waters of adolescence and trying to become the person he wants to be – all while hiding his true self. See, Simon is gay and in the closet. He’s struggling to find the courage to follow his heart, but despite having seemingly every advantage – a loving family, close friends, a relatively progressive school – it’s still not easy.

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