Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:52

Pointless Break

Remake lacks soul, substance

Even in a film landscape when sequels and reboots rule the realm, one would think that it would be clear that certain movies simply don't need to be remade. Alas, this is Hollywood, where the prospect of cashing in on fond memories has become a legitimate business model. If people liked it once upon a time, odds are good that someone will remake it.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:48

Ode to Joy'

Russell's latest features exceptional ensemble

Over the past five years, writer/director David O. Russell has been one of the more consistent filmmakers in Hollywood. With 2010's 'The Fighter,' 2012's 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 2013's 'American Hustle' and his latest, 'Joy,' we've been trained to expect a few things.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:41

Film favorites 2015's cinematic triumphs

Putting together year-end best lists is always fun for a film critic, and after seeing close to 100 movies over the course of 2015, I've got plenty to choose from.

I prefer to use the term 'favorite' rather than 'best' when assembling this sort of year-end list. I freely admit that 2015 has featured some phenomenal movies that either a) I have yet to see, or b) have yet to be released. I have no doubt that films like 'The Hateful Eight,' 'The Big Short,' 'Room,' 'Carol' and many others might well have earned a place here.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:16

2015: A Year in Review

So that was 2015. It has been another good one here at The Maine Edge, with plenty of interesting stories. Here are a few of my absolute favorites from the last 12 months.

Lewis Black

Published in Cover Story
Friday, 25 December 2015 02:23

Kibbles and Picks 2015 Week 16

Well st. That didn't go how I might have hoped.

Under ordinary circumstances, putting up a 10-6 record would be cause for celebration. However, these circumstances were far from ordinary. Stella somehow managed to go a phenomenal 13-3 for the week, adding another three games to her lead for a total advantage of eight.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:13

Celebrity Slam - (12/23/15)

Heavy is the head

There are some weeks when it's tough to make this space happen. Despite how it may seem, there are always going to be stretches in which all the celebrity-types out there manage not to say or do anything particularly untoward. While that's probably good for them, it's decidedly not good for me; it leaves me to search out deep cuts involving a) people that aren't that famous doing b) things that aren't that interesting.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 19:06

Twisted Sisters'

Comedy's thin narrative elevated by talented leads

Considering all the 'Star Wars' noise, it's understandable that people might not notice other films opening at the same time. But believe it or not, two other studio offerings were released this weekend.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:33

Kibbles and Picks 2015 Week 15

We've reached the point in the season where I'm simply trying to avoid getting embarrassed. Seriously I stayed up and watched that Monday night game solely because I needed a Giants win to dodge a crushing beat from Stella.

I got it, which meant that I finished the week at 10-6 a solid effort. Of course, Stella put up a nice and tidy 11-5 and gained another game on me, but it was close to being much worse.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:43

Honoring veterans with Wreaths Across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. On an unseasonably warm December Friday in our nation's capital, an annual caravan intended to remember our country's military veterans concluded its week-long journey

Wreaths Across America, the organization that executed this many-stopped trip from Harrington, Maine to Arlington, Virginia, was first born as an idea in 1992. Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, decided that the best way to deal with his season-ending surplus of wreaths was an opportunity to pay tribute to military veterans. Arrangements were made for those wreaths to be placed in one of the older sections of Arlington National Cemetery. With help from a number of businesses and individual volunteers, the tradition carried forward for years.

Published in Style
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:43

Weird National Briefs - (12/16/15)

Up in smoke

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.

Troopers say Ryan Law of Gansevoort, New York, was scheduled to attend a victim impact panel Tuesday at the town court in Clifton Park, an Albany suburb. The court is housed in the same building as a state police barracks.

Police say Law parked his car in front of the barracks in a parking spot marked 'Police Cars Only.' A uniformed trooper unloading his patrol car nearby spotted Law and approached him to discuss his choice of parking spots.

That's when the trooper smelled marijuana coming from Law's vehicle. Troopers say they found about 30 grams of pot in his car.

Law was ticketed for marijuana possession and ordered to appear at the same court next week.

TME At least he knows where not to park when he comes back.

Candid shots

NEWTON, Kan. - Kansas authorities say an Oregon man was urged to head home after he was spotted taking pictures of a wheat field wearing nothing 'but a hat and a smile.'

The Harvey County sheriff's office in Central Kansas says the man was first spotted Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff T. Walton says authorities found the man four hours later - wearing boxers.

Walton said on the office's Facebook page that an officer told the man and his friend that 'Kansas is not as liberal as Oregon' and 'suggested they continue their travels' back home.

Walton says it's technically not illegal to be publicly naked in the county, as long as one is not trying to arouse oneself or others.

Walton added, 'You know folks, you just can't make this stuff up!'

TME When you ask someone for naked pictures, you need to be specific.

Wastewater wonderland

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A sewer plant helped create a winter wonderland for a 3-square-mile area in central Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service in State College says a layer of dense fog mixed with condensation from a local sewer plant overnight Monday, creating a dusting of light snow in a small section east of State College.

The snow fell over roughly 3 square miles near the Nittany Mall.

The weather service calls the process a 'microscale event' - too isolated to be captured by local weather reporting stations.

The dusting was a rare, if brief, winterscape for a region in the midst of an unseasonably warm and snowless fall.

TME Just remember don't eat the yellow snow.

Panty raid

LOS ANGELES - Police say a California man used GPS data from Facebook and Instagram photos to break into homes and steal peoples' underwear.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 44-year-old Menifee man is accused of stealing underwear from women and their male roommates, as well as swiping electronics.

Fullerton Police Sg.t Kathryn Hamel says the man would hang out in public places and look for social media posts tagged to the location. She says he then chose a person, searched her posted photos and mapped GPS data to find out where she lived.

Police say they found the undergarments stored in a garage next to the man's home.

Hamel says she's not sure what the man's motive was. He was caught when seen prowling through a neighborhood Saturday night.

TME 1. Collect underpants. 2. ? 3. Prison.

Stew beef

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say an Albuquerque man wanted his mother's traditional New Mexican stew so much he broke into her home and stole it.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 23-year-old Jonathan Ray was arrested recently after he ignored his mother's orders to stay away from her posole and ran off with the holiday dish.

According to a criminal complaint, Ray sent his mom a text message saying he wanted some of her posole but she told him no.

The complaint says the mother later found her gate and garage broken and a pot of the posole missing.

Ray was arrested on a residential burglary charge. Court records didn't list an attorney for Ray.

TME Anyone else REALLY interested in trying that stew?

Cut it out

TULSA, Okla. - Authorities say a man wanted for failing to signal a lane change ran from Tulsa police and stopped to get a haircut before being arrested.

The Tulsa World reports that the 27-year-old man was arrested Sunday on several complaints, including eluding police after a felony conviction and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

Police say they saw the man's car cross several lanes of traffic and a police officer tried to pull him over. They say after a pursuit, the man got out of his car and ran to an apartment complex. Police later found the man inside an apartment.

Officers noted the man 'sported a freshly clipped head with extremely short hair' despite reportedly having a 'large amount of hair' when running from his car.

TME The shear audacity of it! No wonder he got clipped! Scissors pun!

Published in Weird National Briefs
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