- Across the Whedonverse
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.”
Take off your clothes to make it in TV
NEW YORK — A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn’t beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn’t need to use his imagination.
The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable.
Across the Whedonverse
‘Joss Whedon: A Biography’
Few people have had the sort of impact on the pop culture landscape that Joss Whedon has brought to bear over the past two decades. From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “The Avengers,” Whedon is one of the most formidable – and most beloved - figures in entertainment.
John Fogerty set to rock Bangor this Saturday
Rock and roll royalty will step onto the stage of the Cross Insurance Center this Saturday night when John Fogerty, creative mastermind behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, brings his band to Bangor.
It’s tough to think of another artist with as much mass appeal as John Fogerty. For more than two generations, his songs have touched the lives of listeners spanning a multitude of musical genres. He wrote a song for everyone.
Love during wartime – ‘The Major’s Daughter’
Novel looks at little-known period in New Hampshire history
When it comes to historical fiction, a delicate balance needs to be struck. Using history solely as a skeleton with which to prop up a narrative can often result in a disconnect between the story and the setting. However, relying too heavily on the historical aspect can result in a dry work that lacks dramatic punch.
- Union House releases debut album "Manifesto"
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