‘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 […]

TV show hits right chords

Curtis Shelburne I learned long ago to be careful about recommending movies or television shows to anyone. Either they’ll hate the show and wonder about you, or they’ll love the show and tell other people you recommended it. Then, chances are, a good many of those people will wonder about both of you. But I’ll […]

Happy birthday, Roy Rogers

Ava Sailors grew up watching Roy Rogers in the movies and on television, like most of the rest of us. Then she had a chance to get to know him up close and personal when her son married Rogers’ and Dale Evans’ daughter. What was he like? Just an ordinary person, as was Evans, she […]

Dog movies tug at my heartstrings

I cry when dogs die in movies and I’m man enough to admit it. Take out a brigade of enemy soldiers or let the Calvary take out 500 Indians and my upper lip remains stiff. Give me a scene where Fido ends up taking a dirt nap and I turn to jelly. So Netflix has […]

One family’s home saved by inches; another consumed in fire

Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said the fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him his home area was […]

Psychological thrillers scarier than slashers

The best really scary movies I have ever seen were filmed in black and white, either by design or because they were made before the popularization of color techniques. Lest I be mistaken for a Cretan, I want to make it clear I am not talking about “The Blair Witch Project.” The other night, when […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Books or movies, money for college and a fickle rodent

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Book signing Mystery writer Darynda Jones will be autographing copies of her debut novel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vines Restaurant in Portales. “First Grave on the Right” is set in Albuquerque and categorized in the paranormal romance genre. Question […]

Surely, we will miss Leslie Nielsen

As my attention spent Monday wading in the links to Cyber Monday deals and the 49ers-Cardinals Monday Night Football game that somebody had to win, I almost missed the passing of a great comedic voice. Leslie Nielsen, who appeared in more than 100 movies and hundreds of television shows, died Monday at age 84. Whether […]

Family works to send movies to airmen

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Landall Goolsby picks copies of “500 Days of Summer” of the shelves of his movie store Landall’s Box Office to send to airmen overseas. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby […]

This Lester moment comes cheap

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite movies is “American Beauty.” Not for the acting, or gratuitous shots of Mena Suvari. It’s all about the Lester Burnham moment. There are plenty of times where Kevin Spacey’s mid-life crisis character gets the victory. But none resonate more than midway through the film, when his […]

June 23, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: I Love the New Milennium Where: VH1 When: 7p.m. What it’s about; Stars reminisce about pop culture of the new millennium, including styles, movies, music and TV.

First person: A man of action

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mario Cabrera is involved in student government at ENMU, a past president of his fraternity, and has been to Santa Fe to lobby for university causes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University student body president Mario Cabrera is dressed casually in a button-up shirt and jeans. […]

‘O’Reilly Factor’ costing Fox big bucks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

Harry situation

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Orion Garcia, 9, dressed as Harry Potter Friday for the midnight release party of the final Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” at Hastings in Clovis. Orion’s father, Fernando Garcia, a Hastings manager, brought two pythons. By Tony Gutierrez and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Local bookstores threw […]

Movie persona relationship killer

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]

Movie ratings get creative revamping

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes […]

April 20, 1977

Crosswalk monitors at Highland Elementary had new safety equipment, thanks to the Noonday Lions Club of Clovis. … Aztec Liquors at 1010 E. First was offering Schlitz beer for $6.25 per case; Falstaff cost $5.25. … “The Bad News Bears,” starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal, and “Rocky,” starring Sylvester Stallone were among popular movies […]

Hoops movie has its believers

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“Believe in Me” budget was $8 million. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer In more than three weeks on the big screen, a basketball movie filmed in the Clovis-Portales area raked in $208,565 at the box office as of April 1. “Believe in Me” debuted in theaters March 9 with sneak previews in […]

Inspirational sports movies overrated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 […]

Academy Awards highlight films from smaller studios

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight when the Academy Awards are presented. But Hollywood insiders are predicting low ratings for the ABC broadcast because four of five best-picture nominees did not have the benefit of a big studio’s big marketing budget. It’s a mixed bag for area […]