Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Nymphomaniac is the sex filled journey you’d expect

Posted on April 21, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Nymphomania Vol. I and Vol. II, in many ways, is not so different from other blockbuster Hollywood films today.  There is sex, there is the glorious reveal of private body parts, the fetishization and the objectification by the protagonist of the opposite sex.  Yet, unlike most of these films, the private body parts being revealed […]

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted on April 14, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Go down the road that splits at the Starbucks until you see the statue of the man with the lobster.  Enter the theater doors beyond the statue of the man with the lobster, purchase a ticket for the film named The Grand Budapest Hotel, walk thirty paces until you reach the theater doors, sit in […]

Roman decadence thrives in The Great Beauty.

Posted on April 07, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture

Whether he is walking down a cobble stoned street, dancing to pulsating electronic music on a rooftop into the morning, or staring up at the ceiling, imagining it as a cool expanse of ocean. Jep Gambardella, played by Tony Servillo, is a ghost of a former era, a notion of ‘coolness’ that was born in […]

Conte: Cuts not just a budget issue, also a human issue

Posted on March 24, 2014 by martinconte in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

My name is Martin Conte.  I have resided in the great state of Maine for 20 of my 21 years.  I grew up “Downeast,” up the coast in Blue Hill.  I went out of state for the first half of my University education, before moving back to the state, and enrolling at the University of […]

Film Review: American Hustle

Posted on February 23, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

David O’Russell is perhaps one of the most curious directors working in Hollywood.  Hanging on the periphery of celebrity status since “Three Kings” in 1999, O’Russell sprang into the spotlight with “The Fighter”, a grim look into the violent life of a Lowell boxer. He returned to critical acclaim again two years later with “Silver […]

McConaughey’s perfomance may be career best: Film Review of Dallas Buyers Club

Posted on February 14, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Sporting a bucket-sized cowboy hat and thinner than a cornstalk, Ron Woodruff is nevertheless a very familiar character to us.  He’s a womanizing, alcoholic, rugged, obnoxious, insulting, son-of-a-gun.  Loved in a certain cautious way by his friends, and appreciated for a compassionate heart under all the grime, Woodruff is still repulsive to us, as his […]

Film Review: “August: Osage County”

Posted on February 03, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By: Martin Conte It’s every movie buff’s guilty pleasure. It’s like getting wine tipsy, or treating yourself to dinner just before the rent is due. Putting some of the finest actors and actresses currently at work in the same dilapidated mansion, alongside the finest actress of any generation and shaking up the bottle with crisis […]