Author: Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies

“Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) ***** An absolute gem of a film. It is based on a true story of a Chinese dancer who defected in the ‘80s while a student with the Houston Ballet. The director of the ballet at…

QOHS Summaries

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro Football Billy Plante was the leading scorer for the Cougars’ defense against Northwest’s Jaguars, scoring two TDs on interceptions. The Cougars had their rocky moments, starting with a fumble into the Jaguar end zone…

Film Festival Draws a Crowd

A packed house participated in the “Manhattan Short Film Festival” at the Kentlands Stadium Theaters on September 26, viewing two hours of short films. The films ranged in length from three-and-a-half to 15 minutes. Finalists were from Australia, Poland, Italy,…

Mike at the Movies

“The Social Network” (PG-13) ***** Mark Zuckerberg is told by one of his lawyers: “You’re not an a**hole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.” That Mark, played with relentless energy and complexity by Jesse Eisenberg, is the hero…

QO Sports Wrap

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro Football The last five games with Damascus have ended in memorable QO wins, primarily because the Cougars contained the legs and arm of Connor Frazier. After three years as a starting quarterback for the…

Mike at the Movies

By Mike Cuthbert “Get Low” (PG-13) ***** Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a reclusive, highly anti-social hermit, so it is no surprise that he has a secret. For 40 years he lived in a self-imposed hermitic state in isolated repentance…

Washington Freedom Almost in Playoffs

Abby Wambach is one of America’s most amazing athletes. At nearly 6 feet tall and with a muscular build, her feet move, as one coach put it “like somebody 4-foot-11.” Wambach is a crucial member of the Washington Freedom, which…

Sports Wrap-Up

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro Football QO had over 200 total yards in the first half, Kennedy had 39, and nothing changed in the second half as the Cougars rolled to an easy 48-6 win in their opener. Kennedy’s…

QOHS Sports Preview

By Mike Cuthbert and Julia Shapiro Football QO Coach Dave Mencarini is “cautiously optimistic.” He has a lot of strong players returning, but he looks at the schedule and realizes that most of his opponents this year were playoff contenders,…

Mike at the Movies

“Nanny McPhee Returns” (PG) ***** The drought of magic in summer films is over. Emma Thompson reprises her role as Nanny McPhee and as writer of the screenplay. She is surrounded by an incredible cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal is radiantly breathtaking…