America, the vengeful – ‘The Purge: Anarchy’
Sequel offers grislier, more ambitious tale
Last year’s “The Purge” was one of those films that – while not a spectacular effort – stuck with me. The basic concept – an alternate future America in which the government has initiated a nationwide annual purge which meant that all crime (including murder) was legal for 12 hours – was an intriguing one. Granted, the film never explored that notion as much as I might have liked – it was essentially a pumped-up home invasion thriller – but there seemed to be a good deal of potential there.
- ‘Sex Tape’ should have been deleted
More monkey business – ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
Sequel a smart and engaging action offering
Like many others, I have occasionally succumbed to the temptation to dismiss Hollywood’s recent slate of effects-laden sequels and reboots as derivative money grabs, devoid of any true meaning – more artifice than art. Sure, some of them are a lot of fun, but there isn’t much beyond that. In general, that attitude – while perhaps a bit overly broad – has merit.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival coming to The Public Theatre
LEWISTON - Filmgoers in Lewiston Maine will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre in Lewiston on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30, and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.
Of the 626 entries received from 48 countries, Manhattan Short selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include Australia, Finland, England, Ireland, France and the USA in what festival organizers describe as the “United Nations of Film Festivals.”
Full-swing farce – ‘The Fox on the Fairway’
PTC opens 40th season with golf comedy
BANGOR – Anyone who has played the game of golf knows that no matter how seriously you take the game, there are always going to be moments where you just can’t help but laugh. Whether you’re talking about slices, hook, shanks or even just ridiculous clothing, there’s always humor to be found on the link.
Penobscot Theatre Company has teed up some golf-related giggles of their own to open the 2013-2014 season. PTC is presenting the Ken Ludwig farce “The Fox on the Fairway” at the Bangor Opera House. The show, directed by Orono native Shelley Butler, runs through Sept. 22.
- Skewed View
Toy designers go wild for Comic-Con
LOS ANGELES — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel’s dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Inside the colorful design center — a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel’s parking garage — the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the game “Batman: Arkham Knight” and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.
Trent Reznor contemplates the future, the road
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics.
Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails are preparing for a North American co-headlining tour with Soundgarden that starts Saturday in Las Vegas. It’s the fourth leg of a yearlong tour for Reznor, and the 49-year-old singer has reinvented the show to offer Internet-savvy fans something new.
‘Weird Al’ on his weirdly successful week
LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest.
Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, “Mandatory Fun.”
KahBang moves festival location to Portland
BANGOR/PORTLAND – KahBang will be holding its sixth annual festival (Aug. 7-10) in Portland rather than the Bangor waterfront. The abrupt change stemmed from a series of logistical issues the non-profit organization met, including finding low-cost camp sites for festival goers and low ticket sales.
A relationship with the organizers of the State Theatre, Port City Music Hall (PCMH), One Longfellow Square and other venues in Portland allowed KahBang to retain the majority of the festival as it was originally planned. Music performances, independent films and artists will be appearing at the event as scheduled and in close proximity to each other.
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