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Progress in pictures
Award-winning LGBTQ films at this year’s festivals
A shortlist of award-winning LGBTQ films.
| October 30, 2014
Ten years, a wave
The Camden International Film Festival's journey from provincial to premier
As the festival has evolved, examples of Fowlie’s preferred breed of film—once a small niche of the documentary universe—have become a lot more common, a lot more variegated, and a lot more accomplished.
| September 26, 2014
Growth is a myth
Artist and adolescent make arresting Sigrid
Sigrid on Her 14th Birthday is an unlikely merging of minds that’s as fresh, authorially confused, and genre-slippery as they come.
| August 14, 2014
Girls (and boys) on film
MIFF 2014 features Glenn Close, Sara Driver, and a boy's unforgettable adolescence
The Maine International Film Festival, now in its 17th year in Waterville, remains one of the region’s more ambitious cultural institutions, less bound by a singular ambition than a desire to convey the breadth and depth of cinema’s past and present. (This, and a healthy dose of music and human-interest documentaries.) On that account, MIFF ’14 is an impressive achievement, offering area filmgoers its best program in years. With so much to survey, let’s make haste with the recommendations. (Particularly emphatic suggestions are marked in bold print.)
| July 11, 2014
Marion Cotillard gets a rough welcome in James Gray’s The Immigrant
The Immigrant seamlessly folds elements of New York history and the American promise into a story about the varieties of captivity and loyalty.
| June 11, 2014
The Hanover House will make you a believer
When you’re making a movie about a haunted house, it’s best if the house is actually haunted (for authenticity’s sake, of course).
| May 09, 2014
Capturing the County
Beneath the Harvest Sky makes it big
Hollywood is approximately 3,233 miles from Old Town. For Aron Gaudet, Old Town native and Maine filmmaker, it seemed even further.
| April 23, 2014
Character is political
Three Kelly Reichardt films coming to PMA
Kelly Reichardt, one of the most admired and resourceful voices in American independent cinema, appears at the Portland Museum of Art Friday night to participate in a weekend-long retrospective of her three most recent films.
| April 10, 2014
Let's talk about sex
Lars von Trier gives you what he wants
Throughout its two volumes and four hours of explicit sexuality, masochism, philosophical debate, and self-analysis, Nymphomaniac remains the steadfast vision of a director talking to himself, and assuming you’ll be interested enough in him to listen and pay close attention.
| April 09, 2014
Ashes and dioramas
Wes Anderson makes a film about nostalgia
History, rather than ennui, is the incursion that motivates this, his most antic and most somber work.
| March 28, 2014
Parsing the Chomsky-Foucault debate
Held in the Netherlands in 1971, the discussion is seen as a touchstone in philosophy circles, spanning human nature, creativity, politics, and more.
| January 23, 2014
Passion of the strongman
A reclusive New Yorker takes the stage in Bending Steel
The film’s aim is modest and powerful: to focus on the physical and psychological hurdles Schoeck must overcome not only to become a true strongman, but also to become an engaging performer.
| January 09, 2014
2013's best films are only united in their audacity
From murders to musings
From murders to musings
| December 19, 2013
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
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
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
Never go far
Without a little Big Star
Without a little Big Star
| July 25, 2013
Nine Maine-made quickies light up Waterville
In this year’s Maine Shorts program at the Maine International Film Festival, nine films range from the silly to the elegiac.
| July 18, 2013
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Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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