Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Living

February 7, 2012

‘One For The Money’: Engaging characters

JACKSONVILLE — Editor’s note: A Jacksonville resident has been reviewing movies for friends for several years and has offered to share his thoughts with Daily Progress readers. His reviews come in personal letters to his nicknamed friend, Spud Nut. Our reviewer is Tater Tot, so consequently, the movies get ratings based on potatoes.

Spud Nut,

Thanks to One For The Money (rated PG-13, 106 minutes) I have become a fan of Stephanie Plum, the Trenton, NJ, Italian lingerie salesclerk turned bail bonds bounty hunter popularized in eighteen novels written by Janet Evanovich.  Katherine Heigl has fun as the lead character in this story that began the series explaining how an inept amateur gets a crash course in becoming a street wise investigator.  Plum is seeking an old classmate (Joe Morelli) in the police department, played by Jason O’Mara, who is dodging murder charges and worth a $50,000 reward if caught.  She has a personal interest in finding him since she gave him a “cannoli” when they were teenagers.  You’ll love all the entertaining characters in the Plum family and their ethnic neighborhood, especially Debbie Reynolds as her engaging grandma.  My hope is that this movie succeeds enough that we will get to see another of the Evanovich stories on the screen sometime soon like this first three potato delight.

Tater Tot

•••

Spud Nut,

 The Grey (rated R, 117 minutes) spouts a poem that sums up the Alaskan wilderness survival trek story about seven men being hunted by a pack of predatory, aggressive grey wolves.  The haunting refrain recited by Liam Neeson is

  “Once more into the fray,

Into the last good fight I’ll ever know.

Live and die on this day,

 Live and die on this day.”

You get much more than just frightening, bloody casualties along the frozen trail.  There’s talk about life and death, the will to survive, and the way to go down.  Because the script has meaning, you might be able to endure the struggle and the harsh ending.  Children should probably not see this movie because of its grim reality.  There hasn’t been a picture like this in a very long while.  Like it or not, you’ll think about it a lot on the way home.  The acting, the frigid scenery, and the change of pace drama make this worth three very cold potatoes of viewing.

Tater Tot

Text Only
Living
  • churned ice cream.tif I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

    Good things come to those who wait, especially when homemade ice cream is involved.
    Just ask Carolyn Easter of Wells, who grew up in rural Houston County using a hand-cranked freezer to create the delectable dessert.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gearing up with Jacksonville's Back to School Fair

    A little more than a decade ago, Father Mark Kusmirek learned from a parishioner who worked at JISD that approximately 80 percent of local students were from economically disadvantaged families.

    July 12, 2014

  • WilliePRichardson.tif A friend indeed ... Comedian’s last show honors E.Texas friend

    It certainly makes sense that nationally known comedian Willie P. Richardson’s final gig is a tribute to his friend Pam White.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jacksonville Education Foundation to honor Guinn, Womack

    The Stars at night shine clear and bright, deep in the heart of Jacksonville!  
    Directors and volunteers of the Jacksonville Education Foundation are busy preparing for the third annual “Evening With Our Stars” event set for August 14, 2014.

    June 21, 2014

  • LIV 5-24 swink dancers 2554.tif Dancing their hearts out

    Teams from Swink Studio of Dance have racked up several awards this year as they performed in dance competitions from Tyler to Texarkana, said studio owner Jill Swink.

    May 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • A different route to parenthood provides unexpected blessing

    Love – and motherhood – can come unexpectedly.
    Just ask Jacksonville resident Laura Mullenax, whose foray into the world of adoption with her husband, Tim, began with a challenging start and ended with an unexpected blessing.
    The couple, who are owners of T&L Automotive, are parents to 21-year-old TJ, Tim's son from a previous marriage. However, “we wanted a child between us,” Mullenax said.

    May 10, 2014

  • Mother’s Day a century-old tradition

    This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Mother's Day, when Congress passed a resolution to honor mothers after a multi-year campaign by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to memorialize her mother's lifelong activism, according to the National Women's History Project website.

    May 10, 2014

  • Local reviews ‘Tomato Republic’

    On April 9, I had the privilege and pleasure of seeing the world premiere of The Tomato Republic, a documentary movie about the 2013 Jacksonville, Texas, mayoral election. The film was entered in the Dallas Film Festival within the Texas subjects division.

    April 15, 2014

  • “I am the resurrection and the life”

    For millions of believers throughout the world, Holy Week is considered the high point of the Christian year, because they recall the series of events in Jesus' life that began with a welcome embrace and ended with his death by crucifixion.

    April 12, 2014

  • 'Thespians ‘N Training’ group ready to sign up new talent

    TNT (“Thespians ‘N Training”) theatre arts camp will be offered for the 11th consecutive year by Cherokee Civic Theatre.  TNT 2014 will run July 14-26 at the historic Cherokee Theater.

    April 5, 2014