Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:44

An infinity of choices – ‘Dark Matter’

Written by Allen Adams

Sci-fi novel uses quantum physics to build thrills

The Many-Worlds Interpretation (or MWI) of quantum mechanics posits that there are many worlds that exist in parallel to ours in space in time. These other worlds subsequently allow for the removal of randomness and action from a distance in the realm of quantum physics – and physics in general.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:21

‘Stranger Things’ have happened

Written by Allen Adams

Netflix miniseries offers exceptional entertainment

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. So powerful, in fact, that many have sought to find ways in which to commodify it. The result of those efforts at monetization is a general thinning of quality across the board – far too many of these memory-fueled projects wind up as disappointments on some level or another.

And then you have something like Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which succeeds in ways many of us likely didn’t even know we wanted until they were placed on the screen before us.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:13

Above and ‘Beyond’

Written by Allen Adams

Third “Star Trek” film a solid franchise offering

The reinvention of a beloved pop culture property is never going to be easy. Finding the proper balance between loyalty to preexisting fans and finding ways to welcome new ones has proven to be the downfall of numerous films in recent years.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:11

Jumping at shadows – ‘Lights Out’

Written by Allen Adams

Smart horror film offers story and scares in equal measure

Perhaps no film genre is quite as hit or miss as horror movies. The nature of horror is such that it allows for a wide range of levels of execution. That is, you can drop a big budget on a horror movie, but you can also make one for a relative pittance. However, the resulting quality is wildly variant; in short, there are a lot of mediocre and flat-out bad horror flicks made every year.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:02

Even more from the ‘Ice Cube’

Written by Allen Adams

A Q & A with author Blair Braverman

Last week, I reviewed Blair Braverman’s exceptional memoir “Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube.” Her journey to the northernmost reaches of the world – a tiny village in rural Norway; an Alaskan glacier; even the campus of Maine’s own Colby College – provides some of the most compelling reading of the year thus far.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:44

Who you gonna call? – ‘Ghostbusters’

Written by Allen Adams

Talented cast brings reboot of beloved comedy classic to life

Few movies have suffered the sort of instant backlash/resentment that was inspired by the remake/reboot of “Ghostbusters.” Armed with little more than an overly reverent nostalgia and an (admittedly not-great) first trailer – not to mention plenty of good old fashioned misogyny – hordes of nitwits and trolls took to the internet to bemoan the lack of quality in a film that none of them had even seen yet.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:05

How sweet the sound

Written by Allen Adams

“4 Contemporary Sound Poets” defies definition

ORONO - A new audio DVD produced by the University of Maine’s IMRC Center titled “4 Contemporary Sound Poets” brings the work of a quartet of practitioners - Tomomi Adachi, Owen F. Smith, Duane Ingalls and Jaap Blonk - in the art of sound poetry to life. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:44

‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is doggone good

Written by Allen Adams

Animated family film has plenty of humor, heart

Sometimes, a movie comes along that you just know you’re going to like. Maybe it’s the filmmaker or the subject matter. Maybe it’s just the trailer. Whatever the reason, you are absolutely certain that you are going to enjoy the film.

The past few years have seen the rise of a subgenre of comedic film, movies marked by the foul-mouthed, ludicrous and largely consequence-free antics of idiotic man-boys, overgrown children whose ability to function in any semblance of the real world strains the bounds of suspension of disbelief. They feature long, improv-driven riffs and plenty of raunchy moments.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:09

The end approaches - ‘The Nightmare Stacks’

Written by Allen Adams

Stross’s newest another fine installment of the Laundry Files

I’ll say this right off the top – Charles Stross’s “Laundry Files” books might well be my favorite sci-fi/fantasy/speculative series currently going.

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