By MARK TURNER
The genre of film known as "sword and sandal" has gone up and down over the years. A staple of films in the late '50s and early '60s, the genre lost favor when the age of the anti-hero and film student filmmakers took over.
But in 2000 that changed when GLADIATOR hit the screens and planted Russell Crowe firmly in the position of movie star. More movies followed like TROY and 300. And so it is we now have the latest film based on Greek mythology, IMMORTALS.
By MARK TURNER
There are movies that are released and then discussed later when Oscar time rolls around as being the next best thing since sliced bread. The actors and directors are talked about and make the talk show route. Almost always these incidents are nothing more than hype, trying to drum up interest in a film that is nominated but nowhere near as good as they claim. Then there are the rare times when it all clicks and turns out to be true as with THE DESCENDANTS.
By J SWYGART
The last week in March is always one of the stranger weeks of the year here at the old newspaper factory. Staffers in the editorial department of the Democrat are catching their breath after the publication of our progress edition — this year called People, Places & Profiles — and it’s always a post-partum time, of sorts. Meanwhile, life in Decatur and Adams County has slowed to a crawl during this annual spring break mystery tour as half the residents headed south for some fun in the sun.
Spring is truly here and this week in sports marks the change in season as we see the end of college basketball with the Final Four on Saturday night and the beginning of baseball season.
A game in Tokyo between the Mariners and A’s was played yesterday to kick off the season with one more game today to finish the Asian showcase.
By J SWYGART
Readers who were paying attention — and especially those sitting members of various public boards and commissions — get a nifty civics lesson earlier this week, courtesy of the Berne City Council.
There have been numerous filmed versions of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling tale THE THREE MUSKETEERS over the years. My favorite of which remains the one starring Gene Kelly and June Allyson.
Some have been good, some have been bad and many have been so-so. But it's been a while since one was made so I guess it was inevitable that we have a new one; thus, we have this latest version from director Paul W. S. Anderson, the director behind the RESIDENT EVIL series of films as well as two ALIEN sequels.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Applause is due for Decatur City Council, Mayor John Schultz and City Attorney Tim Baker for the professional and thoughtful manner in which they've been handling the proposed ordinance regulating sexually-oriented businesses that might want to settle here.
From the outset, Baker has stressed the point, "You can't ban something simply because you don't like it."
Whatever happened to Tebow-mania?!
One minute we're talking about how impossible it was for Tim Tebow to get the Broncos to the playoffs, then we're talking about how impossible it was that he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. If they would have somehow beaten the AFC champion New England Patriots, Tebow probably would have been elected Pope.
Enter Peyton Manning.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day weekend to all. This is the month the college basketball fanatics come out of the woodwork like the crazies on Friday the 13th and the casual fan can quickly become the expert analysis. If you're like some people who simply fill out a bracket based on whose team colors are the prettiest or have the coolest mascot, best of luck to you...you'll probably win anyway.
That's how up in the air the brackets feel this year.
By DYLAN MALONE
It's almost here, Jet fans. AC's best chance at a state-title ever continues on Saturday with a visit to North Judson. If you've got no plans for the weekend and you're looking for a basketball game to watch, you might as well get over to the regionals because Adams County has not had a team this good since Arnold, Richie, and Schultz donned Braves uniforms at the same time.