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It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen a movie without laughter of any sort--not a single one-liner, or even the slightest attempt towards invoking a harmless giggle. “Halloween” and the other horror films pride themselves on the fine art of laughter to relax unsuspecting viewers--all before an axe, knife or chainsaw cut to the morbid plot. Even 1972’s epic backwoods suspense thriller “Deliverance” tossed out some jokes between arrow shots from Burt Reynolds’ recurve bow. I’d probably have to go back to Steven Spielberg’s 1971 road rage, made-for-TV movie titled “Duel” to discover such a humorless film production as “Foxcatcher”.
Complete with mutton chops, marijuana, and mystery, director Paul Thomas Anderson's complex adaptation of the even more complex Thomas Pynchon novel is a haze filled journey down the rabbit hole of 1970's California - and a viewing experience unlike any other.
As Marana continues to grow, the town has the challenge of keeping things working as smoothly as possible, to avoid the bureaucratic gridlock that hampers so many larger communities. They have looked at ways of making the experience of working with the town as easy as possible, streamlining things wherever they can. Some of these plans have been integrated into the latest edition of the strategic plan, where improved communication is a major theme. The town’s website is another key aspect to these goals.
From U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s position atop decrepit buildings in Iraq, his hidden presence seemed like anything but unknown to those in his close proximity. U.S. ground troops, going door-to-door searching for insurgents, gained confidence knowing that America’s best-ever sniper was providing them over-watch protection from high above. Enemy forces also grew to know of Kyle’s legendary marksmanship skills and close whereabouts, witnessing their al-Qaeda in Iraq members dropping dead after each single shot from Chris’ rifle. No one, however, was more aware of Chris Kyle’s presence and four tours of duty in Iraq than his wife, Taya Kyle, left behind in San Diego. It’s that marriage and relationship between Chris and Taya Kyle that “American Sniper” steadies upon, takes aim at, and, ultimately scores a direct hit for viewers. Between sighting in terrorist targets and actually pulling the trigger as Kyle, Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper must control his breathing—the same task moviegoers must master in this heart-pounding, emotional true story.
(StatePoint) Unfortunately, one of the most expensive times in one’s life, is when he or she tend to be the least financially savvy -- college. But good money management during those years is the best way to keep a college career on path. Parents and guardians can help their children become more financially savvy.
In a rematch of a razor-close 2012 congressional race, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber is in a fight for his political life against Republican challenger Martha McSally, a retired A-10 pilot who nearly beat him two years ago.
(NAPSI)—Traveling internationally as a student can be a great way to gain independence, get used to being away from home and learn something about yourself and the world. Those are some of the reasons so many college-bound students first find themselves exploring Europe or signing up for an adventure Down Under. That very popularity, however, can mean it’s not easy to make it stand out on your résumé.
Voters will decide in the November election whether or not to approve a $22.34 million bond to fund upgrades for the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).
Two authors with local ties have written books with themes from both sides of the parent-child dynamic.
(StatePoint) Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, savvy approaches to running your home can save you money according to house smart experts.
This film provides the perfect mix of music and relationships, blending both with equal parts of raw emotion thrown in for good measure. Viewers looking for a splendid date night movie or an up-close view of the music industry’s research and development side of the house will find “Begin Again” a very satisfying summer soundtrack and film experience.
We are losing our sense of community and trust in one another. The latest Pew Research confirms it. Political polarization is even greater now than during the turbulent 1960’s.
Three days a week you will find Andy Morales at Rio Vista Elementary School. On the surface this would not seem like much of a big deal, after all he is the school’s physical education teacher, but Morales does not have any classes to teach. Technically, Morales is on summer vacation, but still comes out those three days a week to tend to various projects he has going on.
There are clear reasons why the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart calls Arizona the meth lab for making laws. We continue to make the national news not for the great things we are doing, but because of the crazy things our elected officials continue to do.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Councilman Mike Zinkin filing a lawsuit against Don Cox and those Oro Valley residents trying to recall him, I thought it was a rumor. After all, it seemed a little ridiculous.
While Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin has dropped a claim against one resident in a lawsuit he filed after last year’s attempted recall, he has kept the lawsuit against resident Don Cox.
This Walt Disney baseball film’s plot is as easy to predict as a Nolan Ryan fastball; a predicament that often makes a film less enjoyable. However, despite possibly knowing the outcome of this true story, “Million Dollar Arm” gives us many other wonderful subplots to explore and admire along its cinematic journey. This movie offers audiences many different changeup pitches—from culture, travel, to romance. And, yes, even some sports.
(BPT) - Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there’s nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they’re finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.
In India, a very unique system exists for delivering hot, home-cooked lunches to 130,000 workers in the city of Mumbai. Six days per week, these lunch boxes arrive at the offices of loved ones within 6 hours of being made by family members. By midmorning, these personal dishes are handed over to the “dabbawallahs” - the delivery people charged with this mind-boggling task. These lunches must make over 260,000 transitions during the day to get the right food to the right person. Adding to the complexity of the task is that each lunchbox is nondescript, sporting no return address labels, and all must be given back to the proper family later that afternoon.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press. That, of course, is from the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment. We, the people, have several inalienable freedoms and rights and among them is the freedom of the press. This newspaper is an example of that freedom of the press. This column is an example of freedom of the press. My blog, which I post weekly, is an example of freedom of the press. As a free citizen of this great country I enjoy the freedom to express myself in this newspaper or on the internet. Letters to the editor in all newspapers are an example of freedom of the press.
There was a lawsuit making the national headlines through much of March. In involved a teenager from New Jersey who was suing her parents for—among other things—access to a college fund. The litigious young lady was one Rachel Canning, 18. As it turns out, young Miss Canning eventually dropped the case voluntarily, and has since returned home. I suppose that is a tidy end to the court case, but I can’t help but pick my jaw up off the floor when I read related news stories.
NASA has given the OSIRIS-REx mission, led by the University of Arizona, the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments, ground system and launch support facilities. OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission slated to send a spacecraft to a near-earth asteroid and collect samples.
My daughter is going to prom this weekend. She has everything she needs: a dress, heels and a hair appointment. She is going with is a young man I very much approve of; the two of them have been dating for over six months (which is an eternity in high school time). The other day she mentioned something about driving to his house before prom and—without even a pause—she went right on with whatever it was she was saying. I can’t tell you what that was because I lost focus on that part when she mentioned driving herself over to the young man’s house.