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 Choice

    DVD Review: The Choice

    No good deed goes unpunished in our house. Case in point: On Mother’s Day, we announced that we were headed to Redbox to forage for movies. She Who Must Be Obeyed indicated Self and No. 2 Daughter and issued the following directive: “Get something we all can watch.” Translation: “Girlie movie.” Even though Mother’s Day

  • DVD Review: Brooklyn

    DVD Review: Brooklyn

    The sweetest, most romantic movie in recent memory is also among the most straightforward: Love, absence, heartache, return. “Brooklyn” is less a motion picture than a motion painting. Scene after color-saturated scene is beautiful. The close-ups of the heroine’s lovely, unadorned, Irish face gladden the heart. The music makes the heart gladder still. This is

  • DVD Review: Spectre

    DVD Review: Spectre

    It’s been a while since we sat in an uncomprehending stupor for more than two hours. The first such coma was occasioned by French I our first semester of college. Word order, conjugations, passé composé, pronunciation and être washed over and around as we stared, head to one side, at the instructor like an infant

  • DVD Review: Spotlight

    DVD Review: Spotlight

    Elements of a good police procedural, parts of “All the President’s Men,” yes, you’ll recognize them. But “Spotlight” is its very own work of compelling storytelling. The only thing harder than watching it, once you’ve put it in the DVD player, is not watching it. This is the story — the true story — of

  • Opioid/heroin forum yields  a range of views, strategies

    Opioid/heroin forum yields a range of views, strategies

    ELLSWORTH — There was no dazzling light at the end of the tunnel for the 70-plus concerned citizens who participated in Monday night’s opioid forum. But they came away with a better idea of the dimensions of the tunnel. The forum at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, sponsored by Healthy Acadia and The Ellsworth American, featured drug

  • DVD Review: Black Mass

    DVD Review: Black Mass

    Here is a story with great bio-pic potential: Whitey Bulger playing footsy with the FBI while he extorts and murders his way to the top of Beantown, which is what actually happened. “Black Mass” has Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch and an Academy-award winning director. Here’s what it doesn’t have: chemistry. The better mob

  • DVD Review: House of Cards, Season 4

    DVD Review: House of Cards, Season 4

    Imagine a president of the United States whose sole credential is ruthless ambition. An utterly narcissistic president seething with base motives, who doesn’t care about the best interests of his constituents, his country or the world community. One who, in his paranoid passion for self-advancement, betrays wife, colleagues, voters and decency. Like, can you even

  • DVD Review: The Martian

    DVD Review: The Martian

    “Robinson Crusoe” meets “Castaway.” Was it war that was described as “hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror”? Or maybe it was piloting an airliner. Doesn’t matter. The phrase came to mind while watching “The Martian.” When it’s exciting, which it rarely is, it’s pretty gol’ durn exciting. When it’s not exciting, which

  • DVD Review: Justified

    DVD Review: Justified

    Even the most beloved TV series falters after a few seasons. “West Wing” lost its way with a tedious subplot involving President Bartlett’s multiple sclerosis. “Foyle’s War” went off the rails once WWII ended and the show didn’t. Claire Underwood’s clean water initiative in “House of Cards” was all wet. “Burn Notice” kept bringing in

  • DVD Review: Beasts of No Nation

    DVD Review: Beasts of No Nation

    Boy interrupted. A tin pot “army” visits murder on a remote, Eden-like African village. A ragtag “National Defense Force” attacks the tin pots then, obscenely, descends on a farming community and shoots husbands, moms, children. Senseless, horrible. And compelling. For two reasons: “Beasts of No Nation” conveys the brutality and pointlessness of the endless internecine

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