Arts & Culture

Movies: "Lincoln"

Movies: "Lincoln"

 

Four great talents came together for the making of “Lincoln”:  Steven Spielberg, surely America’s greatest contemporary filmmaker;  playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote “Angels in America” as well as the screenplay for Spielberg’s 2005 movie “Munich”;  historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book “Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” formed the basis for Kushner’s script;  and Daniel Day Lewis, who seems to have been born to play Abraham Lincoln.

 

There are lesser talents on display here as well, several of whom add juice to the 1865 business of getting the 13th Amendment through a divided House of Representatives while the Civil War still rages.

Rabies!

Rabies!

Rabies has been in the news in Maine this year, with confirmed cases in wildlife, and even one case (that I know of) in a pet dog.

We have a good handle on the rabies virus, especially in developed nations, but it is FAR from eradicated.  Don't kid yourself.  Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus is a well-researched book that doesn't pull any punches.

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STATE THEATRE RECEIVES 2012 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

STATE THEATRE RECEIVES 2012 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Announces 2013 Corporate Partnership Initiative

 

The State Theatre is proud to announce it’s the recipient of the 2012 Economic Development Achievement Award from the City of Portland.  Each year, the Portland Development Corporation and the City of Portland present business awards to three local businesses that have played a major role in developing Portland’s economic vitality.  Recognized as a leading economic driver in the area, the State Theatre will receive the award on November 28 during a ceremony at the State Theatre.

Movies: "Skyfall"

Movies: "Skyfall"

 

Boy, are you in for a good time at the new James Bond movie.

 

I don’t know what got into British director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,””The Road to Perdition”) but whatever it was, it worked.  He’s brought the energy, the action and the wit of the early Bond movies back to life and the results are pure movie pleasure.

 

Another great asset in “Skyfall” is its villain.  Javier Bardem (the cattle-gun killer in “No Country for Old Men”) plays Silva, a Wikileaks-style computer hacker who burrows into MI6 files, causing all sorts of mayhem.  It’s a personal at

Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan!

Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan!

Did you know that in addition to loving space, and the planets, Carl Sagan loved books too?

Today is his birthday.  He would only be in his late 70s. 

I loved Carl Sagan.  As a kid, I can remember his NOVA specials on PBS (one of the 3 stations we got) being total appointment television.  Yeah, I'm geeking out here....

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Movies: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Movies: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

 

Think of the very best high school coming-of-age movies: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “16 Candles,” “Dazed and Confused,” maybe “10 Things I Hate about You.”

 

Although it has its moments, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is not one of them.

 

Directed by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the popular novel of the same name, “Wallflower” tries to cram every possible youthful experience into the first year in high school of a kid named Charlie (Logan Lerman, who played the kid in “3:10 to Yuma”).  First love, first acid trip, first heartbreak, you name it.

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

I'm not just thrifty about books.  Frugality is in nearly every part of my life.

The most interesting thing about frugality is that it invites, even forces creativity.  Recently Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invited me to guest blog about my adventures with "repurposing" yarn (I'm a very avid knitter) and the happy results!

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