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Book Review Thirty Rooms to Hide In: Insanity, Addiction and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic

Book Review Thirty Rooms to Hide In: Insanity, Addiction and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic

By DWIGHT HOBBES Luke Longstreet Sullivan’s memoir, Thirty Rooms to Hide In: Insanity, Addiction and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic (University of Minnesota Press), brilliantly written, does not make for particularly pleasant reading. In fact, it’s the kind of the experience, especially being a true story, that, beyond [...]

Peace House People

Peace House People

This poetical picture story is by Mike Hazard. It is part of a project called Peace House People. The work will be exhibited at Franklin Library in February, 2020. The project is funded by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. MIKE HAZARD BACK PORCH Life surprises on the back porch at Peace House. Ellie [...]

Movie Corner – Joker

Movie Corner – Joker

By Howard McQuitteroldschoolmovies.wordpress.comhowardmcquitter68@gmail.com  “Joker” (2019)Warner Bros.4/5 Stars It’s Gotham City, circa 1981, but it’s mood is somber, melancholy, with visual decay from loads of trash and super rats running in and out of fifth, while crime is nearly everywhere. Then, thugs steal purses and wallets; [...]

Diahann Carroll: reflections on a groundbreaking career

Diahann Carroll: reflections  on a groundbreaking career

By DWIGHT HOBBES Reprinted with permission from Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder October 14, 2019  MGN Online The late Diahann Carroll broke interesting, transitional ground starring as “Julia” (NBC, 1968-71). Her portrayal of a gracefully dutiful, wholesomely assimilated single mom was the image and embodiment of a white woman with [...]

Movie corner: ‘It’ returns with roller-coaster ride that thrills

Movie corner:  ‘It’ returns with roller-coaster ride that thrills

By HOWARD McQUITTER II Howard McQuitter oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com howardmcquitter68@gmail.com “It Chapter Two”  ***1/2 of 5   New Line Cinema Andy Muschietti directed the well-crafted horror film “It” (2017), the highest grossing horror film a $ 700,381,748 worldwide. He has his sequel “It Chapter Two” when [...]

Movie corner: I had a good time watching ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Movie corner:  I had a good time  watching ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

By HOWARD McQUITTER II Howard McQuitter oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com howardmcquitter68@gmail.com Drama/Comedy The year is 1969. Vietnam, hippies, Black Panthers, marijuana, campus demonstrations, Stonewall riots, robust middle-class, man landing on the moon, white flight anywhere but where the blacks, soul music and Afros. [...]

Movie corner: ‘Godzilla’ muddles along

Movie corner:  ‘Godzilla’ muddles along

By HOWARD McQUITTER II oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com howardmcquitter68@gmail.com “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019)  ** of 5 Warner Bros. San Francisco, a city that’s become one of exorbitancy in recent years, where homelessness is all too common and billionaire corporations line the skyline like ducks in a row, five [...]

Movie corner: Timely take on immigration

Movie corner:  Timely take on immigration

By HOWARD McQUITTER II oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com howardmcquitter68@gmail.com “The Deposit” (2019) ****1/2 Askja Films Drama Here again, I’m reporting from the 38th Minneapolis-St. Paul Inter-national Film Festival with another gem of a film only this time it’s from Iceland. What’s exciting, too, is the director is on [...]

WE ARE 2065

WE ARE 2065

South Minneapolis painter Joanna Hallstrom explores how the United States will be 54% People of Color by 2065 in portraits of 16 local students PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOANNA HALLSTROMAshre, 9, (at left) and Diane, 7, talk about their experiences of school, family and growing up. These hundreds of hours of audio were then cut down to about 20 minutes [...]

Movie corner Bold whodunit from Denmark

Movie corner  Bold whodunit from Denmark

By HOWARD McQUITTER II oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com howardmcquitter68@gmail.com “The Purity of Vengeance” (2019) ***** 5 of 5 stars  This month I’m attending the 38th Minneapolis- St. Paul International Film Festival for about the 14th year (not necessarily in consecutive order) and for the third year (consecutively) as press [...]

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