Arts & Culture

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.

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.

Movies: "Oz the Great and Powerful"

Movies: "Oz the Great and Powerful"

 

Disney Studios took a big risk with this prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.”  After all, the original is one of the most beloved movies in history;  any attempt to tinker with it would bring out the pitchforks and torches.  

 

Also, “Oz” is the property of Warner Bros., who sent a team of lawyers to look over Disney’s shoulder to make sure nothing from that movie turned up in the new one.  Even ruby slippers were banned from the set.  

 

Abraham Lincoln, Samurai

Abraham Lincoln, Samurai

You thought Honest Abe toted that axe around for rail-splitting?  Think again.

I'm really trying to stick to my process of reading the book before seeing the movie. 

In celebration of Golden Globe / Oscar season, the South Portland Public Library put up a terrific display featuring many books that have been made into movies.   One of the choices was Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.... sign me up!

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Movies: "Side Effects"

Movies: "Side Effects"

 

Here’s a somewhat delayed take on one of the few grown-up movies playing during this bleak post-Oscar season, a medical thriller directed, shot and edited by Steven Soderbergh (under several assumed names, including Peter Andrews and -- my favorite -- Mary Ann Bernard).

 

Soderbergh, whose earlier movies have been as varied and interesting as “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “Out of Sight” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” says this will be his last one.  We’ll see, but in the meantime, let’s take a closer look at it.