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  • 2006 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published September 21, 2005

    "Alley Cat"

2005 Stories by Mike Seely

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  • Complex God

    published May 18, 2005

    On Wednesday, May 11, Mayor Carl Officer and the East St. Louis City Council convened two events -- the latter meant to cool down the heat of its... More >>

  • Super Cities: London (1994)

    published May 18, 2005

    If you were illiterate, had to travel to London and only had 30 minutes before your flight, Super Cities: London, a half-hour infomercial... More >>

  • Strobe Light Special

    published May 11, 2005

    On the evening of May 22, 2004, Tosha Jasper and Denetra Hughley were led out of Westfield Shoppingtown South County mall in handcuffs for... More >>

  • Seems Like Old Times (1980)

    published May 11, 2005

    Robert Guillaume is not about flash. He's about craft -- and he hits to all fields. Now 77 years of age, the native St. Louisan is showing no... More >>

  • The Trailer Park Travoltas

    published May 11, 2005

    Ryan Adams -- known in these pages as the lesser half (Bryan being the better) of the fourth-most-hated men in rock -- looks just like a little... More >>

  • Network (1976)

    published May 4, 2005

    Robert Duvall was born bald, and bald he has remained. Not bald in a fashionable, Michael Stipe way, but bald like a monk or warehouse manager --... More >>

  • Diane Horner's Country Line Dancing (1992)

    published April 27, 2005

    "Dancing is easy," instructor Diane Horner imparts in the opening stanza of this 35-minute how-to video. No, it's not. If dancing were easy, there... More >>

  • Bend It Like Macklind

    published April 20, 2005

    Game of Their Lives screenwriter Angelo Pizzo dubs soccer "the world's most democratic sport" in this surprisingly satisfying retelling of... More >>

  • Independent's Day (1998)

    published April 20, 2005

    In the horribly formulaic 1986 Ivan Reitman comedy Legal Eagles, Robert Redford's character, a cocksure district attorney, nails Daryl... More >>

  • Dead Man (1995)

    published April 13, 2005

    Jim Jarmusch films walk the fine line between high-concept perfection and misfired dreck, and Dead Man is about as close to perfection as... More >>

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)

    published April 6, 2005

    This Academy Award-winning cross-dressing farce is generally regarded as one of the finest comic films ever made. Then again, Ronald Reagan is... More >>

  • Being There

    published April 6, 2005

    Nowadays, there are so many doggone glorious female tunesmiths straddling the line between twang and rock/pop/folk/blues/soul that it must qualify... More >>

  • Bank Shot

    published March 30, 2005

    What's in a name? For first-year Washington University law student Shawn Siegel, tuition and then some. Three years ago Siegel, a 23-year-old... More >>

  • The Year of the Izzo

    published March 30, 2005

    Mike Seely is a Riverfront Times staff writer. In the interest of full disclosure, his Final Four picks in the office pool were... More >>

  • My Sweet Lore

    published March 30, 2005

    To be perfectly truthful, we were hoping to see the University of Kentucky make the Final Four. Not because we had a large sum of money riding on... More >>

  • Lost Downtown

    published March 30, 2005

    There's nothing wrong with spending your days down by the river (i.e., the Arch) and Union Station and getting your postgame thirsty on in... More >>

  • The Morning-After Drill

    published March 30, 2005

    As with AIDS, when it comes to curing the dreaded morning-after malady known as the hangover, the scientific community has consistently fired... More >>

  • The Resurrection of Carl Officer

    published March 23, 2005

    Carl Officer is seated at the reception desk in the foyer of his family's Missouri Avenue funeral parlor, answering phones. The 52-year-old mayor... More >>

  • Choke the Chicken

    published March 23, 2005

    And on the eighth day, God created the skin flute. Or so insinuates Howard Richman, the owner of St. Louis County adult superstore Very... More >>

  • Ice Castles (1978)

    published March 23, 2005

    What is it with Tom Skerritt and statutory-rape flicks? When he's sifting through scripts with his agent, does he say, "Put a green sticky on all... More >>

  • Got a Minute?

    published March 16, 2005

    The clipboard-toting canvasser has positioned herself directly in your path. She's young and chipper, and you know she's looking for some green,... More >>

  • Twin Peaks, Episodes 15-19 (1990-91)

    published March 16, 2005

    Watching anything by David Lynch is like coming down from acid. There's enough normalcy there -- regardless of whether Lynch sets his pieces in... More >>

  • Pardners (1956)

    published March 9, 2005

    Packed with tired clichés and technical gaffes, this is one of the worst slapstick comedies (a generally pitiful genre, to be fair) ever... More >>

  • The Clock (1945)

    published March 2, 2005

    The story of a whirlwind, sleepless courtship involving a New York City secretary (Judy Garland) and soldier on 48-hour leave (Robert Walker),... More >>

  • Doubting Thomas

    published February 23, 2005

    With consistently high rates of home ownership and occupancy, the 24th Ward has long been a steady, if not spectacular, residential utopia... More >>

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