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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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Call Me Bwana’ crash-lands
Aug29

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Call Me Bwana’ crash-lands

Let’s take a trip in the Wayback Machine to the early 1960s. The British company Eon Productions has just been accorded the honor of producing a series of films based on the Ian Fleming James Bond novels, starting with Dr. No.But there’s a catch. The contract says Eon must produce one non-Bond film as well, perhaps a feature starring that sensational new group The Beatles. Who would say no to a Beatles-and-Bond deal?But some shrewd...

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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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