July 8, 2012 |
2312 A Novel Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit: 576 pp., $25.99 As the author of the "Mars" trilogy, among other novels, Kim Stanley Robinson has established a superlative reputation for science fictional extrapolation. In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. By the year of the book's title, humankind has (just barely) survived global warming, in part because of terra-forming technologies that have made possible the colonization of Mars, Mercury and Venus.
February 18, 2001 |
Alex and Ivan Rodriguez share much more than their last name. Long before they were multimillionaires and new teammates on the Texas Rangers, they began a friendship while sitting together to sign autographs at a charity event one afternoon. Over the years, they kept up the way baseball players do, through box scores and highlight film, and stayed in touch the way friends do, through phone calls and time together when their paths crossed.
May 6, 2011 |
A well-to-do young couple confronts the seven-year itch in "Last Night," a drama so pointed it feels more like a thesis than a story. Writer-director Massy Tadjedin's look at marital angst is not without its well-observed moments, and Keira Knightley, as the questioning wife, and Eva Mendes, as the other woman, lend flesh-and-blood vulnerability to their roles. But with true insights in short supply, the on-the-nose material fails to seduce. Knightley plays Joanna, a British writer who lives in monochromatic Manhattan chic with her Aussie husband, Michael (Sam Worthington)
October 25, 2012 |
In "The Loneliest Planet," the faces and bodies of the adventurous couple at the center of the film's journey do most of the talking, and pretty eloquently I might add. So driven is filmmaker Julia Loktev to immerse us in the couple's existential experience that dialogue is nearly nonexistent and stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg are often little more than specks on the horizon. It's as if Strasberg's Method acting techniques - that focused approach to "become" someone else, all baggage explored and absorbed by the actor - has been adopted by the director.
March 16, 2009 |
Joel told me a lot during the four days he was visiting Alex in the ICU. Alex was the love of his life. Alex hadn't seen his parents, now traveling in from the Midwest, in 11 years. Joel (all names have been changed) had been sober since he and Alex moved in together. But that, like everything else, ended on July 4, the day of Alex's accident. Joel was histrionic and brittle. He was also raging drunk.
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February 4, 2010 |
The silence of their home in Brea was crushing after their son's death. Gilbert and Irene Reyes moved about inertly, hearing only echoes. They took their turns in Alex's room. They buried their noses in his shirts, looked through his checkbook, clasped the "Toy Story" doll he'd bought for his baby son, Drew. Their only fragment of joy came on weekends, when they picked up Drew from his mother. The 21-month-old teetered around their living room on his bowlegs, shrieking in amusement, brimming with things to say and no way to say them.