In a year when movie attendance was at its lowest, so is my interest in Oscar, despite the good news that Billy Crystal will host the show. More than ever, this evening devoted to film excellence is becoming a popularity contest, and all attempts to correct the course are failing. The addition of five more films in the Best Picture category, a move designed to be more inclusive of popular films, only succeeds in omissions in that the Best Director category still limited to five nominees. Case in point: “The Help” received a nomination but director Tate Taylor didn’t.


Thrill car racing is just a video game away.

This week, I had the pleasure of getting into the driver’s seat with an expert on car racing video games, a 9-year-old third-grader who has been a car enthusiast since he could talk. When it comes to video game playing, he plays car-racing games almost exclusively. His collection of racing games is so extensive that we could only compare his favorite five.


‘The Vow’

Starring: Channing Tatum,

Rachel McAdams

Director: Michael Sucsy

Rated: PG-13


Gears of War 3 is a gamer’s game. This award-winning third-party shooter plays like an action movie with superb graphics and realistic special effects drawing both the old and the too young!

Although rated M for mature audiences, tweeners can’t seem to stay away from Gears’ aliens, chainsaws, tough-talking macho men, guns, blood, guts, decapitations and curse words — f**k, sh*t and a**hole, specifically.


What better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year than by attending one of the most anticipated events in all of Southeast Texas? The Sabine Area Restaurant Association will be putting on quite a show with the largest number of booths ever for a tasting in this area. Ford Park Exhibit Hall is the site once again for this amazing gathering of locals who cook, and more importantly, of those who like to taste the tempting morsels offered.