Arts & Culture

Movies: "Parker"

Movies: "Parker"

 

January tends toward movie doldrums, as the big studios focus on the upcoming awards for their December releases.  But a couple of B-movie thrillers have livened things up this month:  first “Broken City” and now “Parker.”

 

“Parker” is based on a novel by the late Donald E. Westlake, who wrote under the name Richard Stark to create a series of books about a stone-cold heist artist with a simple code of conduct:  “I don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and I don’t hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it.”

 

Can this book be rescued?

Can this book be rescued?

I don't know how I went to school 90 miles from Chicago and yet never knew anything about the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  I first learned about it a few years ago watching the PBS specials Make No Little Plans and Chicago: City of the Century

Movies: "Broken City"

Movies: "Broken City"

 

“Broken City” is a nifty political thriller with clever writing, a solid cast and scenes of New York City shot so clearly they seem to pop off the screen.

 

The movie opens with undercover cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) standing over the body of the suspect he has just shot.  That incident will cost him his badge.  For the next few years, Billy toils as a private eye, shadowing unfaithful spouses with a camera and returning home to his attractive girlfriend (Natalie Martinez), an actress about to appear in her first indy film role.  (We are soon treated to a sexy scene from that very movie.)

Movies: "Zero Dark Thirty"

Movies: "Zero Dark Thirty"

 

It’s been playing in selected cities for weeks now, but Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting Osama Bin Laden manhunt movie is finally here.  

 

Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal won Oscars for their 2008 Iraq War movie “The Hurt Locker.”  “Zero Dark Thirty” and Boal are up for Oscars this time around, but Bigelow (whose earlier movies include “Near Dark,” “Point Break” and  “Strange Days”) was shut out of the director’s nomination for some strange reason.

 

The Fogcutters Nominated to Play The Grammys!

The Fogcutters Nominated to Play The Grammys!

Hey Mainers,

One of the BEST bands in Portland has been nominated to play the Grammys!  Come on Maine, let's put one of our bands on the national map!  Vote HERE!  Feel free to forward this link to anyone and everyone you want.  And anyone in the country can vote!  

First Guest Blogger Lisa Lowell - The Black Keys

First Guest Blogger Lisa Lowell - The Black Keys

My first guest blogger is someone I've known for MANY years.  We grew up in Parker Arizona together and managed to find one another a few years back on Facebook.  Lisa's favorite band is "The Black Keys."  She explains why here.....

Movies: "Silver Linings Playbook"

Movies: "Silver Linings Playbook"

 

“Excelsior” -- ever upward -- is the motto Pat (Bradley Cooper) has been espousing ever since an act of uncontrollable violence landed him in a mental institution for eight months.

 

Now he’s been taken home by his parents (Robert De Niro and the great Australian actress Jacki Weaver, unforgettable as the matriarch of a crime family in the 2010 drama “Animal Kingdom”), where he spends his time working to stay in shape and pining for his estanged wife, Nikki.