Hungry for more – ‘Mockingjay – Part I’
First part of ‘Hunger Games’ franchise finale overcomes obstacles
One of the more disturbing tendencies in Hollywood these days is the two-part final movie. When these incredibly lucrative franchises approach their end, the powers that be feel this need to wring every last dollar out of the property.
2 Dumb 2 Dumber
‘Dumb and Dumber To’ a lukewarm effort
As someone whose teenage years took place in the early part of the 1990s, I have long borne a fondness for the work of the Farrelly brothers. In many ways, Bobby and Peter Farrelly were the pioneers of gross-out comedy, laying the groundwork for the foul and funny filmmakers of today.
‘Birdman’ flies high
Creative, compelling tale one of 2014’s best films
Sometimes, a movie just hits on all cylinders. You go to see it and it presents an engaging narrative told in an interesting manner. It has a clear and creative aesthetic, with a look and sound that draws in an audience. It also features bold directorial choices and exceptional performances. It’s the sort of movie that leaves you breathless and thrilled when the credits roll.
Reaching for the stars – ‘Interstellar’
Sci-fi epic visually stunning, narratively uneven
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that brings forth from me all sorts of outsized expectations. Maybe I hear a rumor about a director whose work I enjoy. Maybe it’s a screenwriter that I admire. Maybe it’s subject matter that intrigues me. Maybe it’s an actor or actors that I find particularly compelling.
Murray, McCarthy shine in ‘St. Vincent’
Sentimental comedy elevated by exceptional cast
For whatever reason, it’s safe to say that in the eyes of many, Bill Murray has evolved into something that is more meme than man. Thanks to the devotion of the denizens of various corners of the Internet and a knack for being a paragon of amicable and unexpected lunacy, Murray has reached a point where he is lauded and celebrated simply for being Bill Murray.
- Photos of Bob Seger and J. Geils at the Cross Insurance Center on 11/22/14
Letter that inspired Kerouac found
LOS ANGELES — It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.
Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” and, during a three-week writing binge, revised his novel into a style similar to Cassady’s, one that would become known as Beat literature.
WERU to hold Live & Local On-Air Auction
BLUE HILL - Tune in to WERU-FM, 89.9 Blue Hill and 99.9 Bangor, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. for WERU Community Radio’s Live & Local On-Air Auction and bid on more than 70 items donated by members of the WERU community. Items include gift certificates for restaurants, inns, classes, concerts, galleries and many other services and products. Make your own celebration with these meals, events and activities, goods and services. All proceeds from the auction directly benefit WERU.
Items range from $25 in value to $750. Items of higher value will be offered throughout the auction—including a two-day getaway at the lighthouse Keeper’s House on Isle Au Haut, including gourmet meals; the course of your choice at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin; five days at the Acadia School of Traditional Music in Bar Harbor; two nights lodging for two humans and two dogs at Creature Quarters in Blue Hill; a weekend painting workshop on Deer Isle; two premium tickets to the concert of your choice at Waterfront Concerts — to name just a few.
Skewed View (11/26/14)
This week’s view is where dreams can drift before your eyes. There’s a chance to see ghosts or wizards, experience magic, joy, or tears – all in Downtown Bangor. (Photo by Kaitlyn Furge)
Last week’s view was a tribute to one of the great heroes of the Civil War who hailed from none other than Brewer, Maine. Joshua Chamberlain is credited with being the reason why the North won at Gettysburg. This is a great man with a great mustache. (Photo by Kaitlyn Furge).
Behind the scenes of Billy Joel’s long-awaited, full-access biography
For writer Fred Schruers, his new book, “Billy Joel – The Definitive Biography” (Crown Archetype) has been a long, strange trip - but ultimately a satisfying one.
Schruers, a longtime Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly contributor, was contracted by Joel in 2008 to ghostwrite his autobiography “The Book of Joel” for Harper Collins.
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