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Gifts for the tele- and cinephiles in the family
Expand the home-theater library
These days, buying a family member a DVD or (now, for some) a Blu-ray can be a weird act.
| December 04, 2013
Add to life’s soundtrack with musical gifts
Set holiday records
Loads of the great albums of the post-LP era are getting well-deserved (and usually remastered) reissues of modern-day classics.
| December 04, 2013
Dissenters hold their own in a trio of documentaries this weekend
Keep it down
Volume is important in each of the three documentaries screening at SPACE Gallery this weekend, under its Human Rights Film Series umbrella.
| November 14, 2013
What the upgrade to digital does (and does not) mean for Maine’s drive-ins and arthouse theaters
To serve and project
The horror film regional drive-ins and arthouse cinemas have been dreading for the past five years would be best titled The Reckoning .
| October 17, 2013
This year’s Camden International Film Festival unearths lovers, countries, and children at crossroads
This would seem to be the year the Camden International Film Festival fully grows into its skin.
| September 26, 2013
Performance and grisly reality collide in the astonishing Act of Killing
Memories of murder
A group of genocidal Indonesian gangsters/government-sanctioned militiamen agree to discuss their crimes if they can do so on their own terms, by stylishly reenacting them in the mode of Hollywood genre films.
| September 13, 2013
Blackfish exposes SeaWorld’s poor treatment of its prized possessions
Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s unimaginative Blackfish has just enough gripping footage to make up for its unrelenting structural blandness.
| August 08, 2013
More highlights from MIFF’s selections
Other locally-focused film highlights at MIFF this weekend include what ought to be a fine and raucous screening of local cult classic documentary Dead River Rough Cut (1976)
| July 18, 2013
Outdoor music to get your mellow on
Get comfy on the grass
The lazy, the restless, the cheapskates, yuppies, ravers, snobs, and prudes: the magic of the outdoor summer concert ecosystem is that it offers very nearly everyone who doesn’t care about exquisite sound quality a reason to get out of their house or state for a day, evening, or weekend.
| June 07, 2013
Summer Guide: Get comfy on the grass
Outdoor music to get your mellow (and aggro) on
The lazy, the restless, the cheapskates, yuppies, ravers, snobs, and prudes: the magic of the outdoor summer concert ecosystem is that it offers very nearly everyone who doesn't care about exquisite sound quality a reason to get out of their house or state for a day, evening, or weekend.
| June 05, 2013
Shane Carruth’s rapturous Upstream Color
One of the many triumphs of Shane Carruth's second film, Upstream Color , is that it demands to be heard as well as read.
| April 24, 2013
Ascending filmmakers, dying formats
As film itself fades, classics and breakthroughs take over Waterville
It's a precarious moment for lovers of classic films and, indeed, film itself.
| July 11, 2012
Review: The Color Wheel
Alex Ross Perry’s bracing comedy
By my (admittedly jaded) count, there are two shocking moments in Alex Ross Perry's startlingly original comedy, The Color Wheel .
| May 23, 2012
Beautifully brooding, bleating new wave from Future Islands
Heart on fire
Romance is terrifying. It is second-guesses and regrets, passion manifested in polar extremes, and an ongoing search for certainty.
| April 25, 2012
Fake It So Real considers the arts of storytelling and bodyslams
Men in tights
Almost any documentary about a niche hobby or creative outlet (think Every Little Step or Spellbound ) devotes some amount of screen time to the therapeutic value of such unlikely obsessions.
| February 01, 2012
The perils and virtues of slackerdom shape the arresting Dragonslayer
Josh "Skreech" Sandoval is a slacker. A onetime professional skateboarder both admired for and limited by the "random chaos" of his technique, Sandoval abandoned sponsorships and relative fame in search of greater freedom.
| January 04, 2012
A good festival becomes a great one in the Midcoast this weekend
Last year, the big stories out of the Camden International Film Festival were its newfound industry cachet and a very noticeable uptick in Portlanders making the trip up to Midcoast Maine's annual documentary showcase.
| September 28, 2011
Four-hour showstoppers and Malcolm McDowell come to Waterville
Into the Woods
Boasting a high-profile selection of archival prints and to-be-buzzed-about small films, the 14th Maine International Film Festival begins on Friday and runs through July 24 at locations in Waterville, primarily HQ Railroad Square Cinema. Herein, a guide to the festivities.
| July 13, 2011
Mod Night at Empire Dine and Dance, June 3
Speaking from experience collaborating with him on the decks, the litmus test that best gauges the success of any Ian Paige DJ night is how well Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions" goes over.
| June 08, 2011
Review: My Heart Is An Idiot
Davy Rothbart's misadventures in David Meiklejohn's first feature film
Is My Heart is an Idiot an act of utter solipsism or utter self-effacement?
| May 10, 2011
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