Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Handmade at the Gordon-Nash Library Holiday Pop-Up Shop

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Holiday-Pop-Up-Store-Generic-Banner-blueAvoid the crowds this holiday season and shop small, shop local, and shop handmade at The Gordon-Nash Library Holiday Pop-Up Shop. The store will be located on the lower level of the library and feature crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, specialty food items, home décor and more from local artisans and crafters. Opening day will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving also known as Small Business Saturday. The shop will be open during all the library regular hours and remain in place until December 23rd.
On Wednesday, December 3, 2015 there will be a Holiday Open House from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the pop-up shop. Meet some of the shop’s artisans and crafters, sample specialty food items, take a chance on a raffle basket, and indulge in Christmas cookies and treats while shopping for unique gifts for everyone on your gift list.
The Gordon-Nash Holiday Pop-Up Shop will feature a wide variety of handcrafted items including specialty foods, quilted pieces, designer jewelry, paper crafts, ornaments, original artwork, stuffed animals, glass items, wearable art, scented and all natural soaps, and one of a kind clothing and accessories.
25% of all sales from the pop-up shop will go directly to support the programs of the Gordon-Nash Library. The shop will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Gordon-Nash Library programs include dynamic solo art exhibitions, speaker series, children’s events and more that span a vast array of cultural activities and media for audiences of all ages to enjoy. The Library is located at 69 Main St, New Hampton, NH. The Gordon-Nash Library is a private non-profit library in New Hampton, NH that is open to all residents, students, and sojourners.
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Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #26 – The Butterfly Effect (2004)

posterThe Butterfly Effect is a landmark film. It marks Ashton Kutchers only good performance outside of That 70’s Show. Ashton is not usually a very god actor, but he does a great job here. Some people are turned off from the movie, thinking that Ashton Kutcher isn’t able to do a dramatic performance, but he does manage a solid performance here.

The concept and story of the Butterfly Effect is very complicated. The difficult script is handled intelligently and the story is incredibly strong. There are a few little plot-holes but they are completely forgivable. Mostly just simple things that the character could have done differently. Here’s an example SPOILER ALERT in the reality where he is a college fratboy and he has the girl and everything is practically perfect, except for the fact that he kills Tommy which lands him in prison. So there is no reason why after he gets things settled and goes to the reality after the prison that he can’t have another go. In the logic set up by the movie he should be able to go back to that reality and try it again, and this time he just doesn’t kill Tommy. He knows that Tommy is there now, so he could get the police, or restrain himself, or even just walk a different way and everything would be all set and ethan supleehunky dory from then on. Another moment that always annoyed me was when he was in the prison and he makes the marks appear on his hands to convince his cellmate to help him. He makes marks appear in the center of his hands by going back to when he was a  little kid and stabbing his hands on something in the classroom. So there are a couple of problems here, first off I think that if in the middle of a class a kid stabbed himself in the hands something different would happen. The movie is about how little tiny actions can change everything, and I would call impaling your hands a pretty f*cking big action. I think that would change the course of his life and he would end up somewhere different than in the prison, and the big thing is that even if he did still end up in the prison, the marks wouldn’t have just suddenly, in this reality the marks would have been there since he was a child and thus the cellmate wouldn’t see anything different.  END SPOILER. These little things don’t take too much away from the movie. As long as you don’t think about it too much. Time travel movies almost always have little plot holes and inconsistencies so just don’t think too much about it.

The acting it very good overall. Ashton Kutcher actually gives a very good performance and the rest of the cast is great for the most part. Amy Smart does a fine job, but her younger counterpart actually steals the show from her. For a young actress, her performance is great. The character is very dark and tormented but she pulls it off in a nice subtle way. The actress, Irene Gorovaia tier 2ended her career after this film. She did two films before the butterfly effect and none afterwards. She went on to be a dancer so, follow your dreams I guess, if that is what she really wanted to do. The guy who plays Evan at age 13 does a great job as well, unfortunately the same can not be said for the youngest tier of actors. There are 3 ages for most characters. There’s college, high school, and elementary school. The youngest group of actors for the elementary school age is definitely the weakest. The only one that really has a big part at this age is Evan and this actor is terrible. His expressions and line readings are always way off target. He makes light of very dark situation and is very bad. He completely took me out of the movie. Upon doing research for this review I found out that the same kid also played the son in 3:10 to Yuma and he was dreadful in that as well. This guy is a bad actor.young evan

One particularly strange thing i noticed is that in the credits there is an actor credited as playing “Evan at 3” and there is no point in the movie where we see Evan at age, not even in the directors cut. to make matters just a little bit weirder the actor, J. Jackson Kocela, has no picture on IMDB nor does he have any other acting credits. I was unable to find any outside information on the guy other than the Butterfly Effect credit. It’s a strange little mystery.

There is some twisted subject material in this film. The Butterfly Effect deals with some heavy elements. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the most disturbing and messed up moments in the movie. SPOILER Child Pornography/pedophilia, dog burning, a woman and her baby being killed, a little girl being blown up, a man eric stoltzbecoming a quadriplegic, prison rape, child murder, and in the director’s cut there is a fetus committing suicide. Yeah there is a lot of twisted depraved subject matter crammed into this not terribly long movie. It’s only 113 minutes long and with all that scarring material in there you could potentially be traumatized every couple of minutes.

All the messed up material is handled very maturely. The directors understood perfectly that sometimes what is implied is more effective than what is blatantly shown. A perfect example of this is when the mother and child are blown up. There is an explosive in a mailbox and the mother and child are approaching. The situation is intense enough just from that, but it really comes to a head when you see the baby’s hand grasp the edge of the mailbox. They don’t need to show the explosion. We just cut to a shot of the kids reacting as one of the harshest explosions can be heard from off screen resulting in a quick flash. That is good film making.butterfly effect prison

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The Butterfly Effect is a very competent film. The script is fantastic but it is not airtight. There are little inconsistencies, character errors, and plot holes, but most of those can be forgiven. The Butterfly Effect is highly engrossing and a very very god movie. It’s not much of a horror film, more of a thriller, but it is certainly disturbing. The first I watched the movie Eric Stoltz creeped me out. The second time around not so much, but his character is still messed up. The Butterfly Effect is a great film and i highly recommend it.

Macabre Month of Horror movie review #17 Re-Animator special video review

**WARNING THIS REVIEW IS DEFINITELY NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES**

This is a very special video review for the Macabre Month of Horror. Our seventeenth review is “Re-Animator” anda special guest will be stopping by.

So check out Re-Animator and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see any new videos coming out, and keep checking back here everyday for the rest of October for a new review everyday.

The Descent (2005) Macabre Month of Horror 2013 #13

"The Descent"

the descentThe basic plot of “The Descent” is as follows. A group of women go on an annual extreme outing. The expedition leads them on a spelunking trip into an unnamed cave. What begins as an incredibly tense and claustrophobic trip through the cave, ends as a blood strewn battle against batlike monsters.

The first section of the film is undoubtedly more effective than the first. The tension building up to the arrival of the monsters has a stronger presence than the monsters themselves. While the monsters may be creepy upon first glance, once you get a good focused look at them they quickly stop being threatening.

the descentThe girls put up a fight and surprisingly do fairly well. Or at least two of them do. They do more damage than these monsters do and are able to evade them without too much effort. That’s not to say the second half is bad, it just takes a different route than the rest of the movie.

Before the monsters show up the film is a taut tension ride that really evokes feelings of doom of woe and after the monsters arrive you can think of the film as an action horror movie.

the descentThe unrated version of the film is fantastically gory and while the second isn’t particularly scary, it is still very dark and the action can be intense. It turns into a fun action horror movie towards the end which does lessen the impact of the horror but it’s not really a bad thing.

The major strength of the film comes from the first half. The tension building cave exploring half. “The Descent” manages to evoke a deep seeded feeling of claustrophobia in the viewers. My favorite part of the movie is actually a sequence in which each girl is crawling through an incredibly small crevice between the rocks. The tension in this sequence is palpable. The effect is even further enhanced through the fantastic direction and camera work.

"The Descent" The cave looks great. I was very surprised to find out that there was not a single real cave in the film. It is 100% sets. That shocked me, The production designer deserves and award for his work on this film. There are very few times when a rock doesn’t seem to have the proper weight, or a large rock wiggles a little bit, but I just attributed that to extra additions. Fake additions within a real cave, for safety purposes, but no, fake cave. Don’t go into the film with that in mind. You can buy the cave as real.

The lighting is superb. Normally lighting isn’t something I feel the need to mention but this is a special case. They took a smart approach to the lighting and mainly just lit the scenes with what the girls had within the scene. They are in pitch black cave and it is often lit only by the character’s headlamps and flashlights, or glow sticks, flares, torches, it’s impressive. It made filming difficult, but it was worth it as you can really get pulled into the atmosphere of the movie.

descent4This is a very dark movie. In terms of lighting as well as subject matter. Many horror films are darkly lit, but The Descent has perhaps the most valid reason to be so.

The exploration through the cave is edge of your seat intense. A strange thing happened when one of the characters fell down a hole. I worried what happened to her. Without my knowing, I grew at least slightly attached to these characters. I cared what happened to them. I cared for their lives, I wanted them to succeed. Most horror movies are unable to accomplish this. While there is not a great deal of character development, there was enough that they each had a personality and enough for me to root for them. Most modern horror films throw subtlety and characters out the window, but “The Descent” managed to have both. I really wanted to see these girls win, and that made the film much more intense.

"The Descent" The Descent is not a perfect film. It has some low budget sensibilities, and the American ending is horrible, but it is a great deal better than the majority of horror films coming out these days, and that’s more than I can say about the sequel.

The American ending is just plain stupid, it ends on a horror cliche that feels completely out of place and contradicts the tone of the movie. While the European ending still has the bad cliche, it extends the ending and ends on a sour note that is much more suitable to the film.

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Neil Marshall, the director of “The Descent” , put a lot of time and care into the film. He did a very good job and managed to make a very good horror film that I highly recommend.

You can buy “The Descent  on Blu-ray by clicking right “HERE” and keep checking back all October long for a new horror review every day of the month with this year’s Macabre Month of  Horror.

 

Macabre Month of Horror movie review #6 ‘The Orphanage’ (2007)

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the orphanageThe Orphanage is a Spanish film from 2007 that garnered a great deal of praise upon its release. The film was directed by J.A. Bayona who before this had only done short films and videos. “The Orphanage” was his first feature film, and it’s a very impressive debut. The direction is solid and is one of the strongest aspects of the film.

The Orphanage is a “Guillermo Del Toro presents” movie. Guillermo Del Toro was a friend of J.A. Bayona and served as producer on the film. There is a character named after him in the movie and he makes a small cameo.

Belen Rueda orphanageThe Orphanage tells the story of Laura, a woman who has moved back with her husband and adopted son into the orphanage in which she grew up. They plan on starting a home for disabled children, but there appear to be ghosts at work. “The Orphanage” is a prime ghost story.

The acting is pretty good all around. Child actors are usually terrible, but the main child actor here is not bad. He’s not great, he can be a little annoying but his performance is strong enough to keep you invested in the story.

The main character is played by Belen Rueda, who does a really good job. Her emotions are believable and the film does a good job of establishing the bond she has with her son, which makes the films later developments more effective. In a great deal of horror movies the audience will be left thinking “Why didn’t they just leave the haunted place?” The character is believable in her reasons for staying in the orphanage, which is something I give the movie a lot of credit for.

the orphanage“The Orphanage” isn’t very scary, but it has a never-ceasing creepy atmosphere. Things always feel slightly off and work to unnerve the audience as well as create tension. The cinematography and direction of The Orphanage are fantastic. The colors and shots seem to be meticulously chosen to have the greatest effect. The film is visually strong.

The Orphanage has some of the best used shaky cam I’ve seen in a long time. I’m sick of action movies swinging the camera around so much you can’t tell what’s happening, and I’m tired of horror movies shaking the camera wildly to try and make something appear scary. The shaky cam in The Orphanage is used to convey the emotion of the character. The camera is only shaky when the main character is in a state of panic.

The Orphanage is one of the few movies that falls under the category of horror films with happy endings. While the ending isn’t overly happy, it’s more bittersweet, it still isn’t as dark as you might expect. While this may not be a problem for some, I found it a little off-putting. I would have preferred a darker ending. In fact, just before the happy-ish ending, there is somewhat of a dark twist, that I think would’ve made a better finale.

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Aside from the ending, the only real problem I have with the film is its score. The sound effects are fantastic, but the music is another story. Sometimes the music is just fine but during certain parts in the film it’s surprisingly unfitting. The music is sometimes too cheesy, or overblown for its own good, and I was taken out of the film by the score more than once.


The Orphanage“is a great film. It has top-notch production value and tells an original, meaningful story. Definitely worth watching this October.There are a couple of instances of unnecessary gore. Gore for gore’s sake. It feels like they just wanted to have some gore in the movie, so they threw it in without giving it a real purpose. A moment such as the main character pulling off one of their fingernails, has no real purpose in the overall plot of the film, and feels a little forced and unnecessary.

thin black lineYou can get The Orphanage on Blu-Ray by clicking right “here” and keep checking back all October long for a new horror review each day with this year’s Macabre Month of Horror. 

Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #5 Final Remains’ aka ‘Mortuary’

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Our number 5 review for the Macabre Month of Horror is Final Remains“. Please  enjoy this very special video review.

Keep checking back all October long for a new horror review everyday during this year’s Macabre Month of Horror.

Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #1 ‘Pieces’ (1982)

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Kicking off the Macabre Month of Horror is a special Jumping off Point video review of the movie “Pieces“.

A Jumping Off Point review is an unscripted group review of a movie. We use the movie as a jumping off point to launch into other topics. These reviews get the point of the movie across while also getting incredibly sidetracked and being hilarious. The distraction is part of the fun, with Jumping Off Point reviews.

WARNING: Video may be inappropriate for young viewers.

Keep checking back all October long for a new review every day of the month. There will be more Jumping Off Point reviews, and scripted video reviews, there will be some written reviews, and guest reviewers will be joining us as well. So check back each day of October for this year’s Macabre Month of Halloween Horror.

The 2013 Macabre Month of Horror begins tomorrow!

Classic Horror Collage by Sam Kench
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Macabre Skull by Sam Kench

Tomorrow is October first, which means it’s the first day of the Macabre Month of Horror.

Thirty one reviews in 31 days starting tomorrow. Thirty one horror reviews giving you recommendations for things to check out on Halloween as well as letting you know which movies you should avoid.

We’ll be covering classics as well as movies you may not have heard, and a couple I’m almost positive you haven’t heard of. Final Remains anyone?

This year’s Macabre Month of Horror is huge. There are written reviews, guest reviews, jumping off point reviews, video reviews, collaborative reviews, and even horror video game reviews. Check back in tomorrow for the first post of the Macabre Month of Horror.

First up will be a hilarious jumping off point review of an old grindhouse film called Pieces. The rest of the reviews are a mystery, so come back each day to find out what the new review is of, and if it’s worth watching.

The Raid: Redemption ~ Jumping Off Point Review

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the raid redemption movie reviewMembers of the Newfound Film Making Club review the movie The Raid: Redemption.

SUMMARY: A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director/Writer:  Gareth Evans

Stars:  Iko UwaisAnanda GeorgeRay Sahetapy

WARNING: This video contains profanity

 

Latest updates from the Bristol Books Examiner

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I’ve been writing for the Examiner about books and book related subjects and events in New Hampshire for a little over a year. The Examiner website has gone through some major changes not only to its look, but how it pays its writers.

You see, the Examiner doesn’t pay per article, they pay per click on articles, slideshows and lists that the writers create. So, not only do I have to write all my own original content, create slideshows etc., but then I have to promote the hell out of each one just to make a few bucks. It used to be easier, my articles hit the front page of the New Hampshire site every time. Now, they don’t give each state its own home page which makes it really hard for my articles to claw their way to the front page.

I write The Bristol Books Examiner page and mixed in with my book reviews, I like to help promote library events, local book store events and book related things happening in New Hampshire.

So, please click on the links below and help a freelancing bookworm out. 🙂

These are a few of my latest articles on The Bristol Books. Click and subscribe to receive updates in your email.

New eco art show opens at Nash Gallery 

Waste Made Hills eco art show“Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place” opened on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH. The new work by Cynthia Cutting Robinson is the second art show to exhibit in the newly refurbished Nash Gallery located on the lower level of the Gordon-Nash Library.

The artist, Ms. Robinson, has been a painter for more than 20 years, and now uses a wide variety of materials and processes to make artworks centered on environmental issues and ideas. Click Here to continue reading…

Hitchcock’s “The Birds” still terrifies 50 years later

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Alfred Hitchcock  was the master of suspense and 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of one of his most chilling masterpieces, “The Birds” released in 1963. This classic thriller of alienation and horror was adapted for the screen from a short story written by Daphne du Maurier. The story was first published in 1952 in a collection of short stories titled “The Apple Tree” and republished under the name “The Birds and Other Stories” in 1963 to coincide with the film’s release. Click Here to continue…

Encourage the love of reading with a 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award nominee

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In March 2013, the Ladybug Picture Book Award committee chose the nominees for the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award. This is a great selection of stories to encourage reading at an early age.

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recently published children’s picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from around the state selected 10 picture book titles for young readers to read and vote on. Click Here to continue reading…

‘Dog On It’ by Spencer Quinn is a must read for dog lovers

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If you are a dog-lover, and a cozy mystery lover, you should immediately add the Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn to your reading list. Even if you are a dog owner who hasn’t picked up a book for pleasure in years, once you read Quinn’s first book Dog On It you will find it necessary to continue reading the series.

With Chet the Jet narrating the stories from his doggie point of view, you will laugh out loud and think “Hey, my dog does that” or “Wow, that explains a lot”. Click Here to continue reading…

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Book Award nominees encourage young readers 

The Power of Poppy Pendle

Librarians, teachers and parents are always looking for ways to encourage reading. Sometimes a bookworm is born, but for some children, it takes just the right book to ignite the spark to turn them into a life long reader. Click Here to continue reading…