Arts & Culture

Movies: "Gravity"

Movies: "Gravity"

Mexican writer/director Alfonso Cuaron blew me away with his dystopian action movie “Children of Men” back in 2006.  Now he’s done it again with the most realistic space adventure since Kubrick’s astonishing “2001: A Space Odyssey.”  “Gravity” works on every level, from the dramatic to the technological, and to see it in Imax 3-D is truly the way to go with this baby.

It’s basically a two-character performance.  George Clooney is the veteran space shuttle skipper Matt Kowalski, who spins shaggy dog tales back to Mission Control (the voice of Ed Harris, in a subtle tribute to “Apollo 13”) and plays country music on his two-way.  Sandra Bullock is science officer Ryan Stone, on her first space mission to do some repair work on the Hubble telescope.

The Maine Cheese Guild Presents Open Creamery Day 2013

MONROE, Maine – As the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild's annual Open Creamery Day. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. Along the way you can also visit a farmers' market, stop at an orchard, explore one of Maine's premier breweries or wineries, pick fruit at Maine's legendary orchards, and drop-in on one of the many artisan bread makers our state has to offer. You'll love the views, and the taste of Maine cheese, straight from the source, will be the best memory of all!

For maps and an updated list of participating cheese makers, visit www.mainecheeseguild.org.

Participating Cheesemakers:

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland is a magnificent novel, under consideration for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. I am honored to read it as part of the "very-long" list of the Maine Readers' Choice Award.  I finished it more than a month ago, but I haven't been able to write about it, mainly because I want so much to do it justice.

Lines Have Feelings Too

Lines Have Feelings Too

Question: What is the shortest distance between two points?
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Answer: A straight line.

We all know there is so much more to a line than a straight and narrow definition.

Order and Chaos

Order and Chaos

The first assignment in my Drawing 101 class got me thinking about order and chaos and how chaotic my life suddenly seems now that I’ve gone back to school to get an art degree. Read more ...

Movies: "The Family"

Movies: "The Family"

 

French filmmaker Luc Besson has made some terrific action movies, including “La Femme Nikita,””Leon: The Professional” and “Ronin.”  

 

While it does have its moments, “The Family” is not one of his best.

 

The problem is that Besson has dusted off almost all the old Hollywood Mafia tropes and transported them into the present -- and off to France.  As if to reinforce that backward look, he’s cast Mafia movie veteran Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer (who cut her teeth in such gangster classics as “Married to the Mob” and, of course, “Scarface”).  In one