Cinemadope: Going Rogue
Dec05

Cinemadope: Going Rogue

It was about a year ago that I stole away for a late night screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the long-awaited “Episode VII” that returned fans to the world of droids, lightsabers, and The Force. It had been an especially anticipated film due to the terrible disappointment of the films that preceded it in the Star Wars filmography: the mostly atrocious prequel trilogy that squandered one of popular science fiction’s greatest...

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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Someone should have said oh-no to ‘Omoo’
Oct31

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Someone should have said oh-no to ‘Omoo’

The old adage “you can’t tell a book by its cover” still rings true. However, does this advice apply to movies and their titles? Let’s partake in a little quiz and see if you can guess the film’s plot by its moniker.Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. Hands up if you think this is a story about Dracula in the big city running afoul of a raging primate. In actuality, it’s a not-so-gripping tale of a horrendous Jerry Lewis...

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Staff Picks: Reap the benefits of the fall harvest at Northampton Restaurant Week
Oct24

Staff Picks: Reap the benefits of the fall harvest at Northampton Restaurant Week

Hell Night at The Quarters • SundayHell Night returns to The Quarters on what many people consider “Devil’s Night,” the night before Halloween. There will be horror movies viewed on a projector all night as well as five hours of DJs spinning the best of all metal genres. Spicy food and drink specials are on the menu as well. Hosted by The Quarters and Promotorhead Entertainment. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 8 Railroad St., Hadley.  — Jennifer...

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Scene Here: The Force … Is Getting Sleepy
Oct03

Scene Here: The Force … Is Getting Sleepy

More than 100 people stake out a plot of land at Pulaski Park in Northampton on this crisp Wednesday night for an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At the event kicking off this year’s Northampton Film Festival, people dress as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, and the rest while kids from preschool to pre-teen do battle with light sabers and pose with a “real-life” Stormtrooper. As the trumpet flourish that begins the SW theme...

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Go: Northampton Film Festival, Sept. 28 Through Oct. 2
Sep19

Go: Northampton Film Festival, Sept. 28 Through Oct. 2

Northampton Film FestivalSept. 28 – Oct. 2 For four days, at locations across Northampton, the modern film festival will be redefined with free public screenings of films, virtual reality experiences, games, and participatory film projects.Tickets are $10 for a day pass and $25 for the whole festival. Event locations include Pulaski Park, Union Station, A.P.E. Gallery, Thornes Market, First Churches, and the Parlor Room. For...

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