Arts & Culture

Movies: "Mud"

Movies: "Mud"

“Mud” is the kind of movie people say Hollywood doesn’t make anymore:  low-key, character-driven and featuring a solid cast.  As a summer of bombastic blockbusters is about to bear down on us, it’s worth noting that there are still some decent American-made B-movies out there.

Set (and shot) along the banks of the Mississippi River in Arkansas, our story begins with two fourteen-year old boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan, “The Tree of Life”) and Neckbone (newcomer Jacob Lofland), who’ve discovered a motor boat hung up in a tree on a small, wooded island.  But it turns out they’re not the only ones interested in the boat.  Also on the island is a tattooed, gun-toting stranger who calls himself Mud (Matthew McConaughey, never better).

Movies: "The Company You Keep"

Movies: "The Company You Keep"

As our nation tries to understand a new episode of domestic terrorism, here’s a movie that looks back at another time of terror attacks, by the Weather Underground during the Vietnam War era of the 1970s.

Although it begins with TV clips of the upheaval that accompanied that unpopular war, “The Company You Keep” is set in the present.  It begins when one of the participants (Susan Sarandon) in a Weather Underground bank heist that left a guard dead decides to turn herself in thirty years after the fact.

 

Thanks to the work of  Ben Shepard (Shia LaBoeuf), an energetic but narcissistic young reporter for an Albany, NY newspaper, Sarandon’s character is quickly linked to some other Albany lo

A First Foray into Fermented Foods

A First Foray into Fermented Foods

What do sauerkraut, pickled eggs, and yogurt have in common?  A lot more than you might think!

I learn the coolest stuff from the "New Book Shelf" at the library.  I pick up books that pique my fancy, but that I would likely never go on the hunt for.

Interview with Pat Keane - Mastering Engineer (he makes music sound good)!

Interview with Pat Keane - Mastering Engineer (he makes music sound good)!

Pat Keane may have one of the best jobs on the planet.  His job is to make music sound good.  He's the last step in the process for any recording artist when cutting an album.  He is a mastering engineer.  It's his job to add the final polish that turns a collection of music tracks into a complete album. On St, Patrick's Day, I had the opportunity to join Pat in his mastering studio and watch him at work.  

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.)

 

BEING IN A BAND 101: PROMOTE YOURSELF!

BEING IN A BAND 101: PROMOTE YOURSELF!

Went to check out some local music to find a band for a big event my company is having this August.  You may be surprised in what I found....or rather didn't find.  Read about it HERE.

Library cuts are penny-wise, pound-foolish

Library cuts are penny-wise, pound-foolish

The City of South Portland is proposing a $5,000 cut to the "collections" budget at the public library.

Now, I understand that it's not the only city department facing cuts, but the cost/benefit ratio of keeping our library current is HUGE.

In Maine,

  • We are the 6th largest community
  • We are the 4th busiest public library
  • We rank 10th in funding for collections, in dollars
  • We rank 83rd in per capita funding for the library (dollars in relation to local population)

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