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New Year, New Look, New Films: The 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival is Ready to Rock

Posted by Leah on 10/5/2017 12:45:06 PM

        The leaves are changing, the kids are long since back at school, there’s pumpkin spice everything everywhere you look, (I would say there’s a chill in the air, but that seems to be late this year), and it’s once again time for the New Hampshire Film Festival!
 
        While many things about this year’s film related festivities will be familiar, it will be obvious from the get go that much has changed as well. The most obvious is the festival’s logo. Gone is the logo that carried the festival through years past, with its bold, harsh colors. What’s taken its place is a more stre...

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"Weep Not For Roads Untraveled" A Tribute to Chester Bennington

Posted by Leah on 7/24/2017 2:18:30 PM

 *A note: All pictures on this page were taken by me. All except the one of my tattoo were taken in Mansfield, MA in the summer of 2015*       

        On Thursday July 20th news broke that the lead singer of Linkin Park Chester Bennington had died via suicide. While I know I tend to stick to writing about film, this has affected me too much not to write anything about it.
 
        Hybrid Theory: My Linkin Park obsession began in 2000 with the release of Hybrid Theory. To understand why this album struck me the way it did it’s important to understand what was going on with me at...

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Introducing Leah's Indie Film Series @ Soundstage 909!

Posted by Leah on 6/9/2017 12:28:36 PM

        After years of receiving short and feature indie films from filmmakers for review I had a thought: Why not start my own monthly indie film series? I’d seen hundreds of quality indie films, and I knew that the filmmakers are almost always looking for ways to get their films seen-it was a win win.
 
        And so I started planning back in January. There was so much to do! I needed to find films to fill roughly two hours; I needed to interview filmmakers; and update the website to make submissions easier; and decide on an admission price, day of the week and time; I needed to figu...

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The Fundamentals of Caring

        Paul Rudd has long been one of my favorite actors. From his first big movie role in Clueless in 1995, to Romeo + Juliette, to Anchorman, to Prince Avalanche, to The Little Prince, and on and on and on…there really isn’t a film...

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The Discovery

        In case you haven’t read my post on what Chester Bennington’s death means to me, it hit me hard. I cried harder and mourned longer for him than some of my own relatives. Which is why, when I stumbled upon The Discovery on Netflix ab...

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Rememory

        I try (but am not too great) at living frugally. I make my own laundry soap and toothpaste, almost everything I cook is 100% from scratch, I buy most of my clothes from clearance bins or thrift stores and I shop around for all maj...

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Wakefield

        Bryan Cranston’s is a career that has lasted over three decades, yet has only recently truly taken off. With more than a few small parts in countless TV shows and a few movies from 1980 to 2000, he had steady work, but it wasn...

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Vesper

        Psychological thrillers come in many forms. Fight Club, Memento, Inception and Shutter Island are some of my favorite examples. And while all of these films are vastly different from each other, it’s what they have in common that ...

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Next/Door

        As I mentioned in my review of Nathan Suher’s film Scary Little Fuckers, the director is dynamic. Where other directors tend to focus on a single genre or style, Nathan is more diverse, working in a wide variety of genres and styl...

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