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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts & Entertainment

Re: “Talking Ursus arctos, from Glacier to Gobi, with Whitefish biologist Doug Chadwick

Grizzly bears and gobi bears are both a brown bear based on DNA. The grizzly bear got it's name from trappers, Native Americans and Lewis & Clark and their created folklore. The name "grizzly" originally was given to brown bears in the lower 48 states and parts of Canada. Writers and bear specialists gradually started called the brown bear, found in the interior of North America, a grizzly bear. The bear is still properly a brown bear, which is the most common bear species in the world.

Marketing has distorted what is and what is not a grizzly bear. Promoters of TV shows, for example Timothy Tredwell, constantly refer to the coastal brown bear as a grizzly bear. This confused the public. If you were to go to Europe and told the residents that they had grizzly bears, they wouldn't understand you were talking about what they'd call a brown bear.

Posted by Chuck Bartlebaugh on 02/24/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “On record: And Then Like Lions, by Blind Pilot

Some reviewers just suck, Like this one.

Posted by Brian Sanders on 02/23/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “The happy ubiquity of journeyman rhythm maker Antonio Al

Yeah, Antonio!!! A great write-up. Thanks for visiting us way over and up here in Maine. Maybe next time, we can hear you play...

Posted by Holly Zadra on 02/22/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Denzel Washington directs August Wilson's Fences

I recently saw "Fences" and was totally shocked by the meanness of Denzel Washington's character. I like movies that aren't typical Hollywood,The but as a white woman who has not been prejudiced since the beginning of my life, I couldn't sympathize with Denzel's character. I grew up in the forties, graduated from high school in the fifties and got married in the sixties. I have had interactions with and friends who are black. When a black friend of mine and I went to see " The Color Purple", she was very upset with the scene where Whoppi Goldberg's character is raped by her stepfather. Maybe I don't want to see negative things about black people, either.

Posted by Lynne Gawlas on 02/04/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Up yours: a feminist soundtrack

NO DIGNITY LEFT IN THE AMERICAN WOMAN....

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Cj Rolphe on 01/26/2017 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Up yours: a feminist soundtrack

It would be pretty great to have Emma (or you, Erika) or anyone who wants to, add to the playlist I created based upon your article. Collaborate here:


https://open.spotify.com/user/lovenotfear/playlist/3Ipxcw5QZxO2AVGwPBOG4O

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by lovenotfear on 01/26/2017 at 3:25 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

Worst movie ever. Aside from everything you said (which I agree with), it just doesn't have what it takes to be a good musical. The songs and the dancing should flow effortlessly and naturally in a musical and this felt forced and fake. And no-one whould ever look as if they are lipsyncing in a musical and basically everyone except the 2 main leads had sugary, lift elevator voices that didn't keep time with their lip movements. Emma Stone did well but Gosling was ALWAYS out of tune.

I know it's a lean year for good movies, but I can't understand all the oscar nominations.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by MartiniGirl on 01/25/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I wanted to like this film and I really felt disappointed by it. I don't think it was just that it was so hyped up--I had many problems with its pacing, its storytelling, and its moments where I knew I was supposed to be feeling something but didn't actually feel it.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Amy on 01/25/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I think you missed the point completely. I thought it was brilliant and so totally captured the love over ambition challenge. To me, it was not about the dancing or singing...or the brightly colored skirts. I am retired from professional theatre and have age and experience on my side - watched all the old musicals, as I am really ancient. Also saw many an actor who said, "I'm going to LA.", only to see them drag back into town two years later completely burned out. I got the movie 100% and would see it again!

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Kate Haad on 01/17/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

A vastly overrated musical--Boring, too long, and irrelevant, at least to me. But, the Hollywood cronies love it. I was unable to sit through the entire film. I want my time back.

16 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by RCA1042 on 01/15/2017 at 6:27 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I love You Molly...you're just right

I apologize to "littlenightmusic" for clicking on "dislike"...was a finger error...sorry. I salute your comment instead.
Best regards from Panama

7 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Quiel on 01/14/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I love you. Before reading your opinion I felt like a pariah...kind of alien...now I'm alive again. Best regards from Panama

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Quiel on 01/14/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “On record: For Better, Or Worse: John Prine

I couldn't agree more with the opening sentence of this review ("John Prine should be one of the four faces on songwriting's Mount Rushmore, cheek by jowl with Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen."). He's way under-rated. But I think the list should include Kris Kristofferson, and make it FIVE faces.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by alf on 01/14/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

What's next ? Remakes of those embarrassingly horrible, loony Busby Berkeley musical disasters of the 30s and 40s ?

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by alf on 01/14/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

La La Land is far from glorious, unless it was a glorious train wreck. As a musical theater nerd/student/performer, I found the music awful. Anyone that thinks the songs were sophisticated obviously is not familiar with the works of Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Leonard Bernstein or anything else in the musical theater canon since the beginning of time. The songs were not memorable and none of them jumped out as something I would ever want to hear again. The dancing was also very lacking and that has more to do with the choreographer. Talented choreographers are able to take novice dancers and make them seem like they have been dancing all their life. If I want to watch a non-dancer dancing badly in their living room, I'll find it on YouTube. Don't make me pay for it and don't put it in a musical. I guess I was spoiled watching talented performers such as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and was hoping this movie would live up to the classics. This movie was complete crap compared to the great MGM musicals of the past. I felt like this film was a trick, where the producers emptied out expensive bottles of water and filled the bottles with toilet water and laughed at all the fools that drank it and thought "It's the best thing ever!". Those of us with formal musical theater training and experience we were not tricked and our well developed pallets were able to taste the sh*t in the water.

25 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by LittleNightMusic77 on 01/13/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

The fact that Gosling and Stone aren't all that as singers or dancers, or aren't model perfect made them more endearing as a couple. Has the reviewer never sang or danced around the room imagining herself to be Fred's Ginger or Jay Z's Beyonce? We can all dream can't we?

20 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by NinaNina on 01/12/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “On record: Blue & Lonesome: the Rolling Stones

Great review. I agree, Blue & Lonesome is a great raw and authentic album from the greatest Rock n Roll Band.

Posted by Norman St. Jacques on 01/12/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

The reviewer forgot to mention that this is by far the best, most miraculous film of the year. What she mistook as a tampon commercial (oh, the wit!) is a fabulous deconstruction and reconstruction of the great MGM musicals and the French new wave, in particular Demy's answer to that quintessential American idiom. The music is subtle and sophisticated, but perhaps not to the taste of a reviewer who prefers baby tunes that stick to the I/V format.

La La Land is glorious cinema!

22 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Terryl Dorian on 01/12/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

Like light that shines and petrifies mountain trolls and burns the skin of undead zombies...La La Land burns this critic and acts as a reminder that life exists in the empty wastelands of America.

16 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by SunnyVale on 01/12/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Julie Gautier-Downes photographs the losses we leave behind

This work sounds interesting, imaginative, and creative. I look forward to seeing it!

Posted by IESDinc on 01/12/2017 at 7:43 AM

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