Cinemadope: Music! Intrigue! Nuts! Documentary film screenings this week
Jul25

Cinemadope: Music! Intrigue! Nuts! Documentary film screenings this week

In this political season, there has been a lot of talk about the meaning — good and bad — of dynasties in our national discourse. The truth is that, for a country that prides itself on its history of flipping the bird to royalty all those years ago, we sure do love to see familiar faces on the big stage: Kennedy, Bush, and Clinton are more than mere names. They are signifiers and shorthand that let us feel connected to the wider...

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Cinemadope: Fallout
Jul19

Cinemadope: Fallout

Conspiracy Theories “Challenger” will forever be one of those words whose meaning — or at least its history — is immediately known to anyone old enough to have lived through the 1986 space shuttle disaster. That tragic moment, witnessed live by so many American children (I was one such seventh grader, watching on a TV wheeled into our social studies classroom), is still seared in our national memory. Just seeing the shape of the...

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Cinemadope: Prince’s Purple Reign
Jul11

Cinemadope: Prince’s Purple Reign

We all have a tendency, as we get on in years, to remember our better days and let the not-so-great times wash away in the river of time. It’s human, and while you might roll your eyes at your great-aunt launching into that same story about sneaking into a Beatles concert, rest assured that someday someone will be rolling their eyes at your own oft-told stories. But you? You’ll be too happy to notice. In film, too, stories we love get...

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Local YouTube Channels You Gotta See: Vulgar Chef, Favor 2 Betty, Richard D. Wolff, more
Jul11

Local YouTube Channels You Gotta See: Vulgar Chef, Favor 2 Betty, Richard D. Wolff, more

Among the billions of videos on YouTube, drowned out by commercials for real estate and cars, dwells awesome local content that is nearly impossible to find — unless you know where to look. What’s got 40 pages and some entertaining and/or enlightening channels to follow? This paper! We scoured YouTube to find some local people with YouTube channels worth watching, ranging from disgustingly amazing to philosophically engaging to...

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Cinemadope: Defiant Requiem showing in Amherst
Jun27

Cinemadope: Defiant Requiem showing in Amherst

Notes on War When it comes to war and film, there will never be a shortage of stories. Whether tales of daring or death, on the front or at home, war can bring out the best and worst in us, and create lifelong strength — or leave one with lasting wounds. And while we at home, removed from the reality of conflict, might imagine our soldiers as one mass of humanity, the truth is that they are millions of individuals, each with their own...

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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: That time The Three Stooges went too far … nyuk, nyuk, nyuk
Jun20

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: That time The Three Stooges went too far … nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

That time The Three Stooges went too far … nyuk, nyuk, nyuk   As Kenny Rogers wisely sang, “You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” There have been many performers who have ignored this advice, plodding right along with their careers when they should have called it quits. Roger Moore as James Bond in A View to a Kill? Take away his Geritol and Bond is done. Sting and Bono? Their egos are more bloated than...

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