Cinemadope: Colorizing Winter, Saturday morning cartoons and a ’60s era gem
Feb25

Cinemadope: Colorizing Winter, Saturday morning cartoons and a ’60s era gem

As we turn the corner into March, the kids have headed back to school, leaving the rest of New England to get back to the important business of shoveling out parking spaces and shoring up roofs creaking under the weight of ice dams. But if this long winter is starting to seem like nothing but shades of white, Amherst Cinema’s Family Films series continues to provide a bit of welcome color to the weekends. The series, which got...

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Cinemadope: Old Masters, New Looks
Feb18

Cinemadope: Old Masters, New Looks

Ask just about anyone to name a famous painting, and it’s a good bet that “The Mona Lisa” will be the first thing to jump to most people’s lips. Da Vinci’s most famous work — and bear in mind, this is from the guy who also painted “The Last Supper” — may be on the small side (it’s less than two feet across) but it looms large in our collective subconscious. It’s impossible to think of another work that has been so pored over, puzzled...

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Cinemadope: Just Kidding, youth movies and cat cartoons
Feb11

Cinemadope: Just Kidding, youth movies and cat cartoons

For parents of school-age children, February break can be a trying time. Personal days at work have likely been put to use to cope with blizzards that never appeared, and the winter wind that creeps in during the middle of the month means that our energetic kids are often cooped up inside to avoid chapped cheeks and tingling toes. To lend parents a hand in trying to deal with it all, the annual KidsBestFest/YouthFilm film series is...

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The Arts: Music, shadows and gongs
Feb04

The Arts: Music, shadows and gongs

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Cinemadope: Beg, Borrow, and Steal; movies and adaption
Feb04

Cinemadope: Beg, Borrow, and Steal; movies and adaption

It’s no secret that, more than just about any other medium, cinema has relied on — and thrived on — adapting material from other art forms. Whether it is as traditional as a new production of an old classic (see any number of period piece dramas) or as unusual as films based on music (Across the Universe used the Beatles catalogue as the launching point for its plot, while Sean Penn’s 1991 film The Indian Runner is based on Bruce...

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Cinemadope: Cracking the Enigma
Jan28

Cinemadope: Cracking the Enigma

As a young and nerdish boy, I was obsessed with words. I collected them the way a lepidopterist might collect moths, catching them on the wing and pinning them down to puzzle out their origins, oddities, and family ties to other words. It all felt like a marvelously intricate and interconnected game that was going on around me all the time, but that most of the world seemed to ignore. I couldn’t understand that; to me it seemed like...

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