Arts & Culture

Movies: "The Place Beyond the Pines"

Movies: "The Place Beyond the Pines"

The title is confusing, sounding perhaps like some teen horror movie, but it’s actually the Mohawk name for Schenectady, NY, where this complex, well-made film takes place.

It opens with a bravura steadicam shot worthy of Martin Scorsese, as we follow motorcycle stunt rider Luke (a blond, heavily tattooed Ryan Gosling) through a crowded fairground.  (The cinematography is by Sean Bobbitt, who delivers several more boffo set-pieces along the way, including a jumpy police chase.)

 

Movies: "Admission"

Movies: "Admission"

 

Unlike most of the rest of the country, I went to see “Admission.” 

 

That is because the movie is set at Princeton University, my (ahem) alma mater.  In this, I was not disappointed.  The scenes of the sun-dappled campus, an appearance by the A capella group The Nassoons, and the sense that this is a truly place where really bright students study really great stuff were all pleasing.  

 

Unfortunately, the movie was not so much.

1940'S - A WALK BACK IN TIME - FALMOUTH LOCATIONS

WHAT ROLE DID MAINE PLAY IN AMERICA'S SECOND REVOLUTION?

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Ever have a book that you wish didn't end, because you love the characters so, so much?  This is The Silver Linings Playbook for me.

Once again, I crawled out from whatever rock I must live under, because I didn't know about this book until I watched the Oscars and discovered that it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.  (True confessions, I don't read New York Times Book Review, and I'm thinkin' that I should.)

(Special note: you don't have to like football to love this book.  Yes, there's a football helmet on the cover.  Don't think it's "a sports book."  It's not about athletes, but it IS about how people can connect with each other through a common interest, when they would never "connect" in any other way - from total strangers, to a father and a son.)

Help Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early and Help Children With Special Needs in Maine

Help Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early and Help Children With Special Needs in Maine

The 2nd annual Robbie Foundation Benefit Night will be held Friday, March 15th at the Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress Street in Portland. The festivities will get underway at 5 p.m. and will feature live music from Chris Pulsini and Tommy Bolster, a silent auction featuring art pieces created by artists from Brunswick's SunTide Studios, and a St. Patty's Day Basket Raffle.

In Maine, where one in ten kids has a disability. All of the proceeds from the event will go to provide children and youth with developmental disabilities in Maine, with therapy treatments, services and adaptive equipment that is not covered by insurance. Over the past two years, the Robbie Foundation, a Scarborough based non-profit, has donated more than $40,000 in services and equipment to dozens of special needs kids throughout the state.

Hey Mr. DJ!

Hey Mr. DJ!

John Dewitt, aka Undrig is one of the most prominent and best DJs in Maine if not all of New England.  I found my interview with him to be very refreshing and informative.  Click HERE to get inside his head and see what makes him tick.