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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:37

Breaking down Super Bowl LII

Written by Allen Adams

Five months ago, 32 NFL teams took to the field with a singular goal – get to Minneapolis and hoist aloft the Lombardi Trophy as the winners of Super Bowl LII.

And now 32 have become two – the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are squaring off to determine who will be crowned NFL champions. On one of the largest stages in all of the media – hundreds of millions will tune in to watch this contest – these two teams will settle it all on the field.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:35

Vinyl revival - What goes around comes around

Written by Mike Dow

Just two short decades ago, the future of vinyl records appeared dire. CD sales eclipsed record sales for the first time, five years after cassettes did the same thing.

But thanks to longtime fans who never lost faith in the medium, as well as younger fans intrigued by the notion of owning their music in a tangible format, vinyl has seen an incredible boom in recent years; a worldwide trend. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:24

New to view – 18 new shows for 2018

Written by Allen Adams

Remember when the fall television lineups were all that mattered?

It wasn't so long ago that that autumn offerings were the be-all and end-all of new TV. Shows that made their debuts in January were considered little more than filler, with the term “midseason replacement” taking on a derogatory tone.

However, as the ways in which we consume television have changed, so too have our attitudes regarding when shows join their respective lineups. Instead of an afterthought, this second season has become a viable entity in its own right, with loads of interesting programming arriving on your screens of choice.

Broadcast networks, premium and basic cable outlets, streaming services - everybody has something for the viewer looking for something new to consume this winter. If nothing else, it seems likely that all tastes - highbrow, lowbrow and everything in-between - will be addressed.

Have a look at some of the intriguing options that are en route.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:03

A decade of dice – SnowCon X

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR – Game enthusiasts from all over the region are poised to descend on Bangor. The Cross Insurance Center is playing host to SnowCon, the locally-born gaming convention that is marking ten years. The event takes place on Jan. 13 and 14, with a kick-off event (the delightfully-named “So You Meet in a Tavern” – this year’s gathering is a “Pirate vs. Ninja Trivia Party,” which sounds like a hoot) at Mason’s Brewing Company on Jan. 12.

An unsuspecting person, hand raised, stands curbside somewhere in New York City. A clean taxi approaches and the passenger takes a seat in the back while stating their destination. The driver, with head bowed, mumbles in a strange voice as the passenger looks on with concern.

Suddenly a fanfare blast of music jolts the passenger upright as the inner ceiling of the taxi begins flashing a bank of multi-colored lights. The driver turns toward his passenger and says “You’re in the ‘Cash Cab!’ It’s a TV game show that takes place right here in my taxi. What do you say, want to play?” 

It has been another great year here at The Maine Edge. As 2017 comes to an end, the editorial team here would like to take a look back at the year that was.

We’ll all be offering a look back at some of the highlights of the year. Here are just a few of our favorites from among the hundreds of stories filed over the course of 2017, in no particular order.

We’ve arrived at the end of another year, a year of films good, bad and in-between.

That means it’s time for a look back at what 2017 has wrought in terms of cinema. These lists – both best and worst – are accurate as of press time, though there are some highly-regarded movies that I simply haven’t yet had a chance to see. I imagine that films like “The Shape of Water,” “The Post,” “The Florida Project,” “The Disaster Artist” and “Call Me By Your Name” – just to name a few – would likely compete for spots on this list.

(Note: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” probably warrants inclusion here, but I figure the massive review elsewhere in this week’s edition will serve to make clear my big feelings about that particular offering.)

And again – there’s no denying the subjectivity of lists such as these. In truth, things could break very differently depending on my mood when asked. Still, to my mind these are good, representative lists of movies that you should either a) see as soon as possible, or b) avoid at all costs.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:01

Going Bowling 2017

Written by Allen Adams

It's that time of year again - that time when I use every bit of knowledge I have accumulated in another season of college football semi-fandom in a Quixotic attempt to predict the winners of every bowl game.

I've had some success in the past, but make no mistake - I have no idea what I'm doing.

It's a chance to see some college football teams that you know nothing about. You never know if you might stumble upon a game where something unprecedented takes place – in fact, I (along with my good friend Jason Preble) have a long history of stumbling onto the wildest, most unexpectedly entertaining bowl matchups of each season. I expect more of the same this year.

And with that - let's go bowling.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:02

The year in books – 2017’s recommended reads

Written by Allen Adams

It has been yet another marvelous year for the written word, with a wealth of wonderful literary offerings hitting shelves in 2017.

Reviewing books is easily one of the best parts of my job. I’ve been lucky enough to read dozens of books over the course of the past year. While I’ll admit that I tend to seek out works that I know will resonate for me – and hence usually enjoy the books I review – there’s no denying that there are always some that particularly stand out.

What follows are those standouts.

ROCKPORT – They say a photo is worth a thousand words. If you ask Peter Ralston about one of his photographs, he might give you a million. 

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