Film offers compelling story, incredible performances
When it comes to Hollywood, the concept of “based on a true story” is … let’s just call it flexible. Filmmakers have always played fairly fast and loose with the “true” whenever it got in the way of the “story.” However, the best of these films are the ones that manage to spin a powerful, compelling, genuine narrative without ever once losing sight of the facts.
Shakespearean adaptation beautiful, intense
Few film experiences are bigger crapshoots than Shakespearean adaptations. Sure, Shakespeare’s plays are among the greatest works in literary history, but the unfortunate truth is that those works don’t always translate from stage to screen particularly well. Some have absolutely been great, but others have fallen flat.
Predicting the outcome of every college bowl game
It’s that time of year again – that time when I use every bit of knowledge I have accumulated in another season of college football half-fandom and try to predict the winners of every bowl game.
I suppose I should just count myself lucky that it wasn’t any worse.
I managed a 9-7 record this week, just one game off the pace set by Stella, who went 10-6 and added another game to her season lead. Still, the wild finish in Green Bay kept it from being a blowout week for Stella.
This week in criminal masterminds
LATROBE, Pa. - Police say a suspect had his first name stenciled on a sweat shirt he wore while breaking into a western Pennsylvania taxi company where he used to work.
A son is born
So the second child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West has been born. The future reality star/cautionary tale – a boy – went a whole three days without getting named because Kimye Incorporated was still focus grouping possible branding options. The name could have been anything – the only thing that the parents had made clear was that daughter North was going to be the only directionally-monikered member of the family. The chance was there to give the kid a relatively normal name as opposed to saddling him with something quirky.
Historical novel features cutting satire, compelling narrative
Christopher Buckley is a veteran of the best-seller lists, known for quirky works of wit and intelligence that take on the nuts and bolts of American government – works such as “Thank You For Smoking,” “God is My Broker” and “Boomsday” that are sharply satirical and wildly funny.
WOS presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
WINTERPORT – What happens when the worst kids in town wind up taking over the annual Christmas pageant?
Horror-comedy takes new look at old legend
My love of Christmas movies is well-documented at this point. Good ones, bad ones, funny ones, sad ones – it makes little difference to me. Obviously, I have my favorites – we all do – but for the most part, I can find something to love in all of them, regardless of how familiar the story and the characters might be.
What a difference two weeks can make.
Just a fortnight ago, the New England Patriots were riding high, sporting a shiny 10-0 record and prompting talk from fans about a possible undefeated season. After a pair of defeats – one not that surprising (the Broncos in Denver) and one very much so (the Eagles at home), the Patriots now sit at 10-2. They’re still sitting atop the AFC East, but the road to a top seed and a first-round bye is looking a whole lot rougher.
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