Articles by: Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]
  • DVD Review: The Manchurian Candidate

    DVD Review: The Manchurian Candidate

    A president of the United States maneuvered into office by the Russians? A brash, uncouth bully poised to assume the highest office in the land thanks to a gigantic communist conspiracy to take over our government? You can’t make this stuff up. Actually, you can. Someone did — 55 years ago. “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962),

  • DVD Review: Jason Bourne

    DVD Review: Jason Bourne

    Observing Matt Damon’s character once again tearing the lid off CIA black ops’ skullduggery, we wondered if, after all the sequels, can there possibly be a single ugly secret left in Langley? Our hero, Jason, the humorless amnesiac and government-groomed assassin, is once again bringing down the temple. This would be the same top secret

  • DVD Review: London Has Fallen

    DVD Review: London Has Fallen

    “London Has Fallen” is a long, bombastic wallow in anti-Muslim hysterics. We thought it would be a diverting shoot-em-up, what with it being the sequel to 2013’s noisy, mildly preposterous “Olympus Has Fallen,” in which the White House is taken over by terrorists. But we got our trumpupence. Here’s the story: England’s prime minister dies

  • DVD Review: Terminator: Genisys

    DVD Review: Terminator: Genisys

    This is the fifth and, hands-down, the worst of the “Terminator” sequels. Which is quite an accomplishment as “Terminator 3” and “Terminator Salvation” also were the spawn of a talentless, avaricious crew of screenwriters striving to squeeze a few more mill from the franchise. Come to think of it, the original “Terminator” (1984) wasn’t much.

  • DVD Review: Ex Machina

    DVD Review: Ex Machina

    Love it or hate it (either response is defensible), “Ex Machina” is an exceptionally intelligent movie and that rare effort at science fiction that never degenerates into a) horror, b) action-adventure or c) futuristic fantasy. It is about science and hardly puts more than one toe in the pool of fiction. The subject is artificial

  • DVD Review: Peaky Blinders, Season 3

    DVD Review: Peaky Blinders, Season 3

    Season 3 of “Peaky Blinders” brings to mind Episode 2 of “The Godfather.” In the original “Godfather,” the Corleone family is looking for power. In the sequel, what they’re after is respect — which was the more deadly pursuit. Much the same can be said of the ambitious Shelby clan. In seasons 1 and 2,

  • DVD Review: The Revenant

    DVD Review: The Revenant

    After two hours and 36 minutes of watching Leo get mauled, clawed, eaten, beaten, stabbed, strangled, hacked, chased, shot at and betrayed, we vowed to never again complain about having to mow the lawn. You’ll never again feel so soft, spoiled and under-toiled in the wake of this exhausting and exhaustive saga of agony and

  • DVD Review: Jane Got a Gun

    DVD Review: Jane Got a Gun

    Procedurally, “Jane Got a Gun” starts out easy on the brain. Jane (Natalie Portman) is a contented 1871 wife and mother in the New Mexican outback. Her husband, Bill (Noah Emmerich), rides up looking weary and unstable in the saddle. He tumbles to the ground and Jane learns he has been shot to hell by