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One of the most difficult things to do as an actor is to perform by yourself.

From the outside, we tend to view actors as individuals and judge their work as such, but the reality is that so much of acting is reacting. Performers take what is being given to them by their fellow actors and respond accordingly. The quality of the work is amplified – often exponentially – by the quality of work that surrounds it.

This is why I will continue to praise Tom Hanks’s performance in “Cast Away” as one of the 20th century’s true triumphs of cinematic performance. He was brilliant despite being all by himself; people who haven’t done it have no idea how truly difficult that is.

Hanks’s latest film “Finch” doesn’t leave him quite so alone. Instead of wandering a deserted island with a volleyball for a companion, he’s got not one, but two fellow travelers through a post-apocalyptic wasteland – a dog and a robot. Still, even when your only speaking co-star is at best a dude in green spandex covered in ping-pong balls, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, “Finch” – available exclusively on Apple TV+ – is the story of a man doing his best to survive the aftermath of an apocalyptic event, a man who takes his responsibilities – real and perceived – very seriously. And when circumstances force him to abandon the place that has been his safe haven, he takes to the road in order to ensure not his own survival, but that of those who rely upon him.

Published in Movies

BANGOR – This is a city built on secrets.

We’re not talking about the typical everyday mundane secrets, the little things that you’ll find in any city. No, we’re talking about the deep-down secrets. The weird secrets. Secrets like ancient crowns with mysterious social powers or a cohort of prominent figures who are probably robots.

Those secrets.

We here at The Maine Edge have never been ones for what you’d call “real journalism” – that’s never really been our beat. As a rule, we like to stay in our lane as far as that goes. But longtime readers know that every once in a while, we’re swept up into the whirlwind of a story that won’t let us go until we reach its (almost-certainly strange) ending.

This is one such story.

Published in Cover Story

WASHINGTON Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:35

Robo-QB science fact?

Peyton Manning experiment may change the face of football

Published in Sports

VIKEN, Sweden It was a chaotic, late-night scramble to buy baby food with a screaming toddler in the backseat that gave Robert Ilijason the idea to open Sweden's first unstaffed convenience store.

Home alone with his hungry son, Ilijason had dropped the last baby food jar on the floor, and had to drive 20 minutes from the small town of Viken in southern Sweden to find a supermarket that was open.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:34

Robots find whales in weather humans can't

BOSTON - The Outer Fall area in the central Gulf of Maine is believed to be a mating ground for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but it's not always hospitable to humans. On a recent trip, endless, steep swells jostled the research boat Endeavor, while gusts transformed the steady sleet into eye-stinging projectiles.

The miserable conditions, though, were exactly what whale-detecting robots being tested on the voyage were built to beat.

Published in Tekk

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