Arts & Culture

Movies: "The Great Gatsby"

Movies: "The Great Gatsby"

Poor F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Kicked out of Princeton.  Saw his early literary stardom go down the drain.  Wife Zelda committed to various mental institutions.  Dead of drink at the age of 44.  And now director Baz Luhrmann has even taken away his authorship of one of the greatest American novels.

It’s true.  As the new movie take on “The Great Gatsby” ends, we see the title page of the novel of the same title, attributed to the fictional character of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire).  No wonder Dorothy Parker commented at Fitzgerald’s funeral, “The poor son of a bitch.”

 

GREATER PORTLAND DURING WORLD WAR II - TUESDAY, MAY 14 @ 7 PM

GREATER PORTLAND DURING WORLD WAR II - TUESDAY, MAY 14 @ 7 PM

Armed Forces Day open house - American Legion Post #164 Depot Rd Falmouth - Noon to 3 PM

Armed Forces Day open house - American Legion Post #164 Depot Rd Falmouth - Noon to 3 PM

MEMBERS OF THE FALMOUTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL LEAD A PANEL DISCUSSION ON WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE 1940'S.  PARTICIPATING WILL BE LONG TIME RESIDENTS MARY HONAN, HANNAH RUSSELL, DAVID MERRILL, FRED CHASE AND CAROL KAUFFMAN.

MEMORABILIA WILL BE DISPLAYED AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. 

 

Movies: "The Sapphires"

Movies: "The Sapphires"

Based on a true story, “The Sapphires” shows us the early career of Australia’s first all-Aborigine girl group and offers up a tasty sampling of 1960s soul music.

As the newsreel clips at the start of the movie inform us, the year is 1968.  When we first see these two sisters and their cousin performing, they’re covering a country western song at a small-town talent show near the reservation where they live.  As fate would have it, the MC is a displaced, down-on-his luck Irishman named Dave (Chris O’Dowd, of “Bridesmaids” and “Pirate Radio”), who picks up on the girls’ obvious talent and signs on as their manager.

 

Movies: "Mud"

Movies: "Mud"

“Mud” is the kind of movie people say Hollywood doesn’t make anymore:  low-key, character-driven and featuring a solid cast.  As a summer of bombastic blockbusters is about to bear down on us, it’s worth noting that there are still some decent American-made B-movies out there.

Set (and shot) along the banks of the Mississippi River in Arkansas, our story begins with two fourteen-year old boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan, “The Tree of Life”) and Neckbone (newcomer Jacob Lofland), who’ve discovered a motor boat hung up in a tree on a small, wooded island.  But it turns out they’re not the only ones interested in the boat.  Also on the island is a tattooed, gun-toting stranger who calls himself Mud (Matthew McConaughey, never better).

Movies: "The Company You Keep"

Movies: "The Company You Keep"

As our nation tries to understand a new episode of domestic terrorism, here’s a movie that looks back at another time of terror attacks, by the Weather Underground during the Vietnam War era of the 1970s.

Although it begins with TV clips of the upheaval that accompanied that unpopular war, “The Company You Keep” is set in the present.  It begins when one of the participants (Susan Sarandon) in a Weather Underground bank heist that left a guard dead decides to turn herself in thirty years after the fact.

 

Thanks to the work of  Ben Shepard (Shia LaBoeuf), an energetic but narcissistic young reporter for an Albany, NY newspaper, Sarandon’s character is quickly linked to some other Albany lo