Author: Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies

“No Strings Attached” (R) **** This film could have gone so wrong. It’s one of those films that looks so good in the trailer that you can’t wait to see it, only to find that the only good bits were…

Boys Open ’11 with Defensive Stand

Arejuvenated Cougar team faced and defeated Clarksburg’s Coyotes at QO to open the New Year. The final score will go in the books as 45-40. The Clarksburg scorer made an error but convinced the QO official scorer that she was…

Grapplers Grounds Falcons with Technical

The Cougars are building a major rivalry with the Poolesville Falcons, based on the last several dual and triangular meets that always seem to come down to the last match. They did it again at Poolesville in a meet won…

Catfight Lost at the Buzzer

Another heartbreaker for the Lady Cougars, who lost with one second left on a pair of free throws by Clarksburg’s leading scorer, Anna Hackett. The last of her 34 points fell in and left the Cougars short again at 66-65…

Mike at the Movies

“Black Swan” (R) **** There is considerable controversy about this film and much misleading writing about it. You’ll have to see it for yourself to determine the causes for the, in my opinion, misinterpretations of what the film is about,…

Mike at the Movies

“Morning Glory” (PG-13) **** The trailers were misleading. They indicated that this was Rachel McAdams’ movie. The pivotal character, however, the anchor, the fulcrum is Harrison Ford. His character is so deliciously awful — he’s defined early on as “the…

Sports Shorts

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro Girls’ Soccer Shutting down Clarksburg’s forwards, junior goalkeeper Gabby Paolini led her team to a 1-0 PK-determined overtime victory. In the second half, a penalty was called on her. Clarksburg shot the ball to…

Cougars Beat Seneca Valley, Head to Damascus

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro In the first round of the playoffs, QO’s rematch with Seneca Valley looked a lot like the Sherwood game the week before: mistake after Cougar mistake, starting with a muff of a Screamin’ Eagle…

Sports Summaries

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro Football James McCallister led the Cougars in running and scored two TDs in the decisive 40-12 Cougar win against Clarksburg. The Cougars played hard all 60 minutes. Offense, defense and special teams all contributed:…

Indie Films Getting Attention from Kentlands Stadium 10

With the roaring success of the Manhattan Short Film Festival at Kentlands Stadium 10 and the demand for more challenging adult films, it appears the management is getting the message: There is an audience for fine films in Kentlands. Recently,…