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With an all-star cast, poignant vision, and heartrending plot, director Steve McQueen’s newest masterpiece, “12 Years a Slave,” is sure to cause a buzz come Oscar season. The film opened on Friday, and is already drawing in viewers by the thousands.
Even though “The Great Gatsby” has gotten the movie treatment several times in the past, no film adaptation has ever really stood out as the definitive version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. Director Baz Luhrmann’s film is certainly the most visually arresting interpretation of “The Great Gatsby” ever produced. Catherine Martin, who previously worked with Luhrmann on “Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Australia,” deserves multiple Oscar nominations for her hyper sets and eye-popping costumes. As wonderful as Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” is to look at, the enchanting visuals are also ironically the movie’s downfall. In the midst of the art direction, costumes, and music, the story and characters that made Fitzgerald’s book a classic, become a mere afterthought.
There is an element of the absurd prevalent throughout the second half of “Drive” that audiences will either accept and love, or absolutely hate. Surprisingly, I went along for the ride and wound up having fun in spite of my reservations.
A charity golf tournament for the dependent children of deployed military parents is being held Sunday, Aug. 15, at the SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Course.
Byron Stripling, trumpet and vocals
The Oro Valley Optimist Club is a small but mighty group. Its 19 members contribute hours of their time organizing its annual golf tournament, the proceeds from which go toward bettering the lives of youth in the community through a variety of local programs.
E. James Mulligan, M.D., doesn't care too much for the limelight.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Still able to shoot under his age, James Mulligan drives the ball straight down the fairway. He said the only thing that ails him these days is a slight knee ache from a high school football injury.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, James Mulligan spends three to four hours a day three times a week in his bedroom-turned-studio. The Oro Valley resident, born in 1909, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on August 11.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, With a life working in head and neck surgery, dedicating his time to teaching others, James Mulligan now spends his time on the El Conquistador Golf Course or painting in his home.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley resident E. James Mulligan, M.D., takes a few warm-up swings on the driving range at the El Conquistador. On August 11, Mulligan will turn 100, and for achieving that milestone, he will be recognized with a proclamation by the Town of Oro Valley.
When golfer and stroke are harmonious, it’s sweet music. When an afternoon round helps prep musicians pay for pricey new uniforms, that’s a birdie’s song.
Even in the mid-morning summer heat, 98-year-old Dr. James Mulligan was ready to flash his swing on the driving range. The clubs were ready, stowed in a golf cart next to the spotlessly garaged Honda.
Craig Grau/The Explorer, At 98 years old, Oro Valley’s Dr. James Mulligan is a popular fixture at El Conquistador Country Club, where he plays two rounds per week, along with driving practice. Though he didn’t pick up golf until after retirement, friends and partners call his game “amazing” and “deadly.”