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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:03

Gentle Viewing' of Pixar's Brave'

BANGOR Going to the movies is something many families can do without a second thought. We're conditioned, even before the lights go down to be quiet, turn off your electronics, and buy some popcorn. But for many families, the cinematic experience is difficult, if not entirely impossible.

When Shane Leonard met his girlfriend Janice, he also met her autistic son. All were avid movie fans, but Leonard found out quickly the difficulty involved in bringing the young man to regular shows. Back in Illinois, Janice would travel 2 hours to attend sensory friendly shows that were put on by the AMC on a monthly basis. But when she moved to Maine she was saddened to find no such options in the area at least not regularly.

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Pixar, which is famous for its vibrant movies, original and humorous characters, seemed to be able to do no wrong. It could knock sequels out of the park with box office numbers envied by all those around them. So I was incredibly excited when I first started hearing about 'Brave,' which at first was nothing more than a screenshot of a feisty red-haired archer. This was to be Pixar's first female heroine - how cool! Too bad they traded in all of their original and creative storytelling for tired tropes and clichs.

'Brave' centers around Merida, a fiery Celtic princess who is chafing under her mother's lessons in being a lady. She would rather be out gallivanting with her horse Angus and plunking targets with her bow. When she finds out that she's to be betrothed to one of the three eldest sons of the local clans she is determined to change her fate. Stop me if you've heard this one before Oh, you probably have. Hold on, I need to finish.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 26 April 2012 06:46

A baker's dozen for summer 2012

Previewing some of this season's cinematic offerings

The summer movie season used to be easy to pinpoint. For years, Memorial Day marked the season's official unofficial beginning. That was just how it worked. However, over the past few years, that starting date has been slowly creeping earlier and earlier into May. It's clear that the first big summer film of 2012 is 'The Avengers' despite the fact that it comes out on May 4. That's right. May 4. We're only a year or two away from a summer movie season that starts in April.

Let's have a look at some of the more eagerly-anticipated films of this summer. Granted, it's a whole lot of what we've come to expect out of Hollywood: there are sequels and reboots galore. That's not necessarily a bad thing; some of these movies look absolutely spectacular. But there are also some star-studded comedies, adaptations of books and musicals and some animated fare as well.

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