‘Dances with Wolves’ author returns to ENMU

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By Tony Parra He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screenwriter is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told his story to […]

Soul-stirring ‘Passion of Christ’ vivid for viewers

Darrell Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around the country on Wednesday. Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ’s death played to sellout crowds at Clovis’ North Plains Cinema — emotional, appreciative crowds who applauded its realism. “It’s graphic,” said Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist […]

Not showing at a theater near you

Mike Linn The holiday season usually brings with it a barrage of new movies, from suspense thrillers to dramas. Here are a few movies I’d like to see come to the area: Title: Good ’Till The Last Drop Plot: Set in the year 2035 with a population dwindled to only a handful of residents, a […]

It is time for filler-writers to get their reward

Bob Huber Back in the good old days of my misspent youth (When I became well known for asking President Lincoln’s wife, “Other than that, Ma’am, how was the opera?”) newspapers printed what were called “fillers.” Those were tiny one-liners that came in handy for linotype operators when they had to fill empty spaces. Most […]

“Swingers” makes movie night money

By Kevin Wilson As an unwritten rule, workers in the Portales editorial department need to have a certain cinematic IQ to get along with me. Obscure movie references and disturbingly accurate scene reprisals make up a percentage of my conversation that I’m embarrassed to admit. So it was right down my alley when I read […]

UK missed the boat on “Hud”

By David Stevens One of the all-time great movies was released 40 years ago today. “Hud,” starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, was filmed in Claude, Texas, just east of Amarillo, about two hours from Portales. The black-and-white Western classic was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three of them. It told […]