The click and the dead – ‘Unfriended’
Fascinating concept undermined by thin narrative
There’s no disputing that the found-footage subgenre of horror has become a bit of a cottage industry in its own right over the past decade or so. While it originated as a way to break free from and/or reimagine the tired tropes of the genre, it has developed its own clichés along the way.
‘Woman in Gold’ doesn’t quite glitter
Film can’t live up to fascinating real-life inspiration
Making films about real events is a tricky proposition. Stick too closely to the story and you might wind up with a movie that lacks dramatic tension. Deviate too much and you’ll need to brace yourself from the onslaught of suddenly-expert armchair historians. It’s a delicate balance.
‘The Longest Ride’ aptly titled
Latest Sparks adaptation saccharine and predictable
There’s probably no name in Hollywood that is more synonymous with “emotional manipulation” than Nicholas Sparks. The best-selling author has seen books such as “Message in a Bottle,” “Dear John” and – of course – “The Notebook” become films that could be considered the epitome of the chick flick.
- All the fast, twice the furious – ‘Furious 7’
- ‘The Last Film Festival’
- Photos of Nude Bikers for Earth Day 2015
- Harlem Globe Trotters photos (03/22/15)
Skewed View - (04/22/15)
With the mountains of snow receding and the ice out the Penobscot, this view from Brewer is easier to access. The stone is from around here, and is called just what you would expect. (Photo by Katy England)
Last view came from Bangor and was of the imposing new façade of the Federal Building on Harlow Street. (Photo by Katy England)
Poisons, potions and mystery
Maine author Mary Lawrence talks about ‘The Alchemist’s Daughter’
“The Alchemist’s Daughter” ($15, Kennsington Books) follows the work of Bianca Goddard, who lives in the gritty underbelly of Victorian London, usually dispensing cures from her “Medicinals and Physicks” while avoiding the occult nature her name has gotten from her father’s dabbling in alchemy. However, it’s her own name (and neck) on the line when her good friend who came into her room for a cure suddenly dies in her care. Both Bianca and the constable suspect poison – but unfortunately, the constable believes Bianca is the culprit.
The horrors of adolescence
‘When We Were Animals’ offers skewed take on coming of age
There has never been a shortage of books about the rigors of adolescence. Growing up has always been hard to do, and literature reflects that. But with a preponderance of literary explorations, it becomes more and more difficult to bring new perspectives to the subject.
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