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Just because a town is small doesn’t mean it is lacking in shadows or secrets. With proximity comes familiarity … and familiarity breeds contempt.

That’s why small-town noir works so well – the trappings of the genre work beautifully even removed from sprawling urban landscapes. A ramshackle desert town, an isolated Midwestern farming community or a hardscrabble coastal fishing village – they’re all ripe for receiving the noir treatment.

So it is with “Blow the Man Down,” newly streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The movie – set in the fictional town of Easter Cove, Maine, and filmed largely on location within the state – marks the feature debut of the writing/directing team of Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy.

It’s the story of a small town and the murkiness that exists in the depths beneath the seemingly placid surface. The film explores the idea that in these small places, the divide between the person we present to the world and the person we actually are can be shockingly vast. There are plenty of secrets packed into the cracks; even the most upstanding of citizens may have unsettling skeletons in their closets. And when that veneer of respectability and gentility is cracked, true (and often unpleasant) natures are unleashed.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:14

Amazon’s latest a Van Damme good one

“Jean-Claude Van Johnson” an absurd action parody

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:46

When destiny calls, ‘The Tick’ answers

New Amazon series revives beloved cult superhero

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:33

New to view in 2017 - A TV preview

Some upcoming television debut offerings

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:13

Amazon TV pilots take flight

Amazon Video offers up three offbeat series

The explosion of broadcast alternatives with regards to television has been something to see in the past few years. No longer is original programming beholden to the big networks or even cable outfits. Streaming services have thrown their respective hats into the ring to significant success.

Published in Buzz

NEW YORK Amazon is expanding its lineup of Dash buttons, its 'Jetsons'-style devices that let you reorder a particular product with a single touch. The online retailer says the buttons offer 'quick and easy' convenience but they won't necessarily help you save money.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:33

Facebook's stock sinks, so who should buy it?

NEW YORK - Investors are dumping Facebook's stock, spooked by slowing revenue growth, the lack of a financial outlook and plans to spend more money in the coming months.

Are they right?

Only if they are thinking in the short term. Investors can expect Facebook's stock to be volatile for a few years. But analysts say those willing to wait will likely be rewarded someday.

'I view it as a tomorrow stock,' says Christian Bertelsen, chief investment officer at wealth management firm Global Financial Private Capital.

Published in Tekk

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