‘Lorax’ worth watching

T his column is definitely not a movie review column. The editors rightly expect me to be more creative than simply reviewing events, and anyway, most of the movies in my life have to be suitable for a 7 year old. Add to that the fact that, when I run into regular readers, which is […]

Nixing state income tax boosts opportunity

If the classic 1940 movie “Grapes of Wrath” were remade for 2012, the Joad family would be trekking, instead, from California to Oklahoma. Based on the 1939 novel by Californian John Steinbeck, the movie showed the Joads suffering through the 1930s Great Depression and Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, then striking out for the Golden State […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Talent in Texico and Beatlemania sweeps America

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Movie for teens The teen program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Portales Public Library is the movie “Real Steel.” The movie and the popcorn are free. Talent show The Texico “In The Clear” talent show is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Texico High School, […]

Residents list off favorite Christmas movie characters

Benna Sayyed and Robin Coffey Ashley Downs, 21, a Realtor with Prudential Master Properties “Charlie Brown in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is my favorite Christmas movie character. I have compassion for him because he is always the underdog. The movie is wholesome and he kind of gives a little morals. I like how he always […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Monday morning briefing: A book, some popcorn and a stunning announcement

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Book and a movie Two events at the Portales Public Library Tuesday: • at 10:30 a.m. it’s Books and Babies featuring “Ticklish Fingers and Toes.” • Then, at 4:30 p.m., the Tween Programming movie is “Beethoven.” Free popcorn, too. Republican women City commissioner and […]

3D not worth movie upcharge

I went to my favorite gas station Tuesday. It’s not my favorite because it has the cheapest prices on gas. Actually, the more expensive gas is, the more counterproductive it is to drive to a specific station to save pocket change. It’s because that station is the only place I can find a particular candy […]

Monday morning briefing: Help a kid, a free movie and a dialing up

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A little help from friends Eastern New Mexico….fifth-grader Linda Mariana of Napa, Calif., needs your help to complete a school project. She’s putting together a PowerPoint report on New Mexico and needs pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs and the like from the region. A nice letter couldn’t hurt […]

Story behind ‘Secretariat’ inspiring

I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red by those […]

‘Cosby Show’ safe 80s movie remake

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Some thoughts I had while wondering if Jeff Daniels could ever land Maggie Gyllenhaal without a movie script involved: • If you draw a paycheck from an NBA team, you shouldn’t be on a panel voting for NBA awards. Why this doesn’t occur to the NBA, I don’t know. […]