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The changing face of war Eye in the Sky'

Film offers look at the new realities of modern warfare

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:40

It's all Greek to me

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:32

Celebrating cinema with the Oscars 2016

Predicting the 2016 Academy Award winners

It's that time of year again, folks. Time for Hollywood to dress up and throw statues at one another in a whirlwind of self-celebration and ego stroking.

That's right it's Oscar time!

I'll be the first to admit that I love the Academy Awards while also acknowledging that they are growing increasingly irrelevant and out of touch. I love the movies and this is the biggest celebration of cinema on the American pop culture calendar.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:28

Jurassic Park'

A story 20 years in the making

Very seldom does a movie come along that changes the way we think. More often movies come and go, entertaining us briefly, their residence in our lives and consciousness ephemeral. Everyone has that special one that they share with friends uncultured enough to have never seen it, which rarely gathers dust on the shelf, and the mere act of re-watching is a carefully choreographed ritual. There are many contenders out there, but above all there is only one for me: 'Jurassic Park.'

Recently I found myself watching 'Jurassic Park' for the first time in a while. Struck by a sense of longing for one of the last fossils of my childhood, I decided it was time. So I dusted it off and popped it into the DVD player - 20 years ago to the month that it premiered.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:16

Anarchy, American-style The Purge'

Near-future thriller doesn't quite deliver

It can be easy to feel like every story has been told before especially in an era when the recycling of ideas is a cottage industry in the entertainment world. So when an interesting twist on an old idea comes along, it can pique your interest. We all want to see something new or at least something old done in a new way.

'The Purge' wants to be that movie. Unfortunately, the film doesn't quite pull it off.

Published in Movies
Previewing some of 2013's summer cinematic offerings

It's that time again. Hollywood has opened up their checkbooks and unleashed all manner of cinematic fare onto the masses. That's right blockbuster season.

2013 has plenty to offer. Big budgets are abundant. We've got iconic characters returning to the silver screen. We've got beloved franchises receiving their next installments. And we've got a number of different takes on the end of the world as we know it, both in the near-view and from the far-flung future.

Will all of these films be good? Heavens no. Will they all be entertaining? Also not likely. But rest assured, film fans of any stripe will be able to find something that tickles their fancy. There's a whole lot out there this handful is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

 

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:32

Film festival fun with LAFF

Lewiston Auburn Film Festival marks third year

LEWISTON/AUBURN With the constant evolution of new technologies, it has never been easier to be a filmmaker. Granted, it's still difficult as heck to be a good filmmaker, but more people than ever at least have access to the tools necessary to make a movie.

With this abundance of cinematic riches floating around out there, it's nice to know that there are people out there doing their best to ensure that these films have a chance to find an audience. People like the folks in charge of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (LAFF).

Published in Buzz
Thursday, 27 December 2012 18:15

What went wrong: terrible movies of 2012

No 'year in review' is complete without addressing the worst of the worst. While Hollywood certainly churned out some bad movies in 2012 more than could possibly fit on this sort of list there's a special kind of bad that needs to be brought to the forefront.

Here are some films (and one category of films) released in the past year that I have deemed worthy of scorn and derision. It's all a matter of taste; there are more 'deserving' films than there are available spaces. Still, I think you'll agree these movies are terrible.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:10

Movies on the Midcoast with CIFF

Camden International Film Festival marks eighth year

CAMDEN Documentary filmmakers are descending on midcoast Maine to take part in the latest incarnation of the Camden International Film Festival, taking place in and around Camden from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30.

CIFF is entering its eighth year and in that relatively short time has become one of the preeminent documentary film festivals both in the United States and in the world. The festival aims to provide a fully immersive theatergoing experience. Not only is the festival offering screenings of 70-plus films spread across four primary venues (the Opera House and Bayview Street Cinema in Camden, the Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland), but they also offer a variety of Q&A sessions with filmmakers, as well as related events such as the Points North Forum and Panoptic.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:07

A few fine films for fall

With the shift in the seasons, we also get a bit of a shift in our cinematic offerings. After a summer that featured blockbuster after blockbuster, a season of nine-figure box office dynamos led by all-time high-grossing superhero movies such as 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' things are calming down a bit this fall.

That's not to imply that there aren't some potentially great films coming out over the coming months.

The fall of 2012 has an awful lot to offer. You've got the triumphant return of a great director with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master.' You've got a once-in-a-generation talent like Daniel Day-Lewis taking on the title role in the biopic 'Lincoln.' There's melodrama and intrigue, goofy animation and gritty science fiction. It looks like there could be some really good movies coming our way.

And also 'Twilight.'

Published in Cover Story
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