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August 24, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    It seems only natural that Hollywood has sought out new sources of inspiration for movies. They’ve sequelized and remade just about everything under the sun. So when word got out that they were taking a manga (Japanese comic) story and turning it into film, fans were both glad to hear it and concerned if they were dedicated to the original source. For those of us unaccustomed to it, the film is pure entertainment.

From Left Field

August 24, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    The place has been quietly sitting there for several years now, like an abandoned, lost, pathetic soul with no friends. It had a lot of friends at one time, and still had many who wanted to remain so. But who wanted to take on a project of that magnitude?

Alone With J

August 17, 2011

By J SWYGART
    Wisconsin, ya done good.
    Okay, maybe Tuesday’s recall election — specifically targeting six Republican state senators, but in reality a broader referendum on GOP Governor Scott Walker’s assault on the working men and women of the Badger State — didn’t turn out quite like many in the middle class had planned. But it was a laudable effort.

Digital Views

August 17, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    Author Robert Parker is perhaps best known for the series of books he wrote about his private detective Spenser, mostly due to the popularity of the TV series which starred the late Robert Urich. But he began a series of books based on a second character named Jesse Stone and those stories have been turned into TV films starring Tom Selleck in the lead role. The latest has just arrived on DVD.

From Left Field

August 17, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
        Did you notice the latest in the anything-goes land of politics, where cheating and lying is a way of life and slime oozes from every orifice?
     During the campaigning prior to this week's recall elections in Wisconsin, fliers were mailed to people. supposedly informing them how to obtain an absentee ballot. But many of the mailers contained false or misleading information, effectively disenfranchising the person casting the absentee ballot.

Alone With J

August 1, 2011

By J SWYGART
    To be technically accurate, I guess I can be counted among the 357 gazillion gun owners in the United States.
    I own a .22 single shot rifle. It’s right there in the closet, next to the front door. No, wait. I think I moved it into the garage. Or maybe it’s in the attic. Give me an hour or so and I could probably put my hands on it.

From Left Field

August 1, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    One of the most worthwhile agencies in Adams County received a much-deserved upward bump in its annual donation from Decatur City Council last week.
    Council authorized a $12,000 payment to the Adams County Council on Aging, up from the $10,000 of the past two years when finances were extremely tight, but still not back to the $14,500 paid out annually prior to the major cuts of three years ago. The increase followed a pitch made at the recent council meeting by agency director Sharon Tester.

Digital Views

August 1, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    Have you ever watched a movie thinking beforehand it would be a good movie only to discover that it was just so-so once it finished? A movie that just leaves you feeling a bit bland, as if had you not watched it you wouldn’t notice it but that you thought was entertaining enough anyway? Such is the case with THE LINCOLN LAWYER.

From Left Field

July 20, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA

Digital Views

July 20, 2011

    By MARK TURNER
    As most readers by now realize I love horror movies. The problem is that over the past few years there have been so few that I’ve enjoyed.
    It seems like these days almost all horror films are remakes or sequels. If they are original they turn out to be more along the lines of horror porn than horror film. Then on occasion you find someone who loves horror movies as well and makes them for that audience. Director James Wan is one of those directors.

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