April 4, 2004 |
The young cleric with the bright red beard put it like this: Memory is for Christians; the Muslims would rather forget. "We Muslims have completely reconstructed the mosques, left no trace of war," Mohammed Diab said. "The churches, they always leave a corner or something." Oblivion is proper, he said, pacing among the scarred granite pillars in the midday gloom of his 800-year-old mosque, for a man is made to forget.
March 21, 2004 |
Ah, amnesia. It's been a staple in films since, well, longer than I can remember. There was a bit of a lull in the memory-loss tale for a few years there in the '90s, but no more. Whether by accident, trauma or design, memory loss is once again a favorite concept among contemporary moviemakers. The film that seemed to start the modern amnesia ball rolling is "Memento," released in 2000, in which a man with no short-term memory attempted to find his wife's killer, in a story that moved backward.
November 9, 2003 |
Friday Anything for Love Musical romance IDP/Samuel Goldwyn With: Isabel Rose, Cameron Bancroft, Andrew McCarthy, Eartha Kitt The idea: Woman whose reality doesn't live up to her dreams must choose between life with or without music. Writers: Robert Cary, Rose Director: Cary * So? Provocatively quaint. Bobby G. Can't Swim Drama Gabriel Film Group With: John-Luke Montias, Susan Mitchell, Vincent Vega The idea: Small-time drug dealer overreaches, plunging into a dark journey of redemption.
May 25, 2003
Memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki eloquently testify that nuclear weapons are not simply a bigger, better version of conventional explosives. Yet the haze of passing time seems to have dulled congressional understanding of the ghastly difference. Last week, the Senate bowed to Bush administration wishes and voted to repeal a 10-year-old congressional ban on the development of small nuclear weapons for tactical use on battlefields.
October 27, 2002 |
There are no new stories, goes the Hollywood adage. Joseph Campbell laid out a finite series of archetypes; Shakespeare stole from his predecessors and contemporaries. But this month, the studios have counted on audiences to become complete amnesiacs with six movie remakes. While some critics carped, moviegoers haven't seemed to mind that "Red Dragon," the prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris, had been filmed previously (by Michael Mann as "Manhunter" in 1986).
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November 10, 2001 |
Ryan Hoyt, on trial for the kidnapping and murder of a 15-year-old West Hills boy, testified Friday that he suffered from amnesia for several days after he was arrested and could not remember confessing to detectives. "I don't recall the interview at all," he told jurors in Santa Barbara County Superior Court. The videotaped interrogation, played in court earlier this week, showed Hoyt admitting he had killed Nicholas Markowitz--a claim he now denies.
October 21, 2001 |
Once, he had a name. And a birth certificate. And all the other scraps of paper that made him somebody. Somebody with the right to live and work and travel. Somebody with the right to be protected in a country that cherished his very existence because he could prove it. Somebody with a future because he knew his past. But that was in another life--a life that ended two years ago when he was mugged on a Toronto street. He was robbed of his wallet and his memory.
August 24, 2001 |
What's hot? Well, R&B vocalist Alicia Keys--she's this year's "hot chanteuse," according to Rolling Stone. And the "hot book du jour," says Daily Variety, is the new Walter Kirn novel "Up in the Air." And, improbable as it might seem, tourists and travelers have made Iceland a "hot destination," reports USA Today. Useful information? Maybe, but how about something less obvious? What, for example, is the hot neurological disorder? Clearly, it's amnesia.
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August 6, 2001 |
A mystery jogger who walked into a Newport Beach hospital suffering from amnesia--and no memory of his name--recovered by himself and was released, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday. Brett Backus, of Orlando, Fla., had walked into Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian on Wednesday about 6:30 a.m. garbed in gray jogging pants and sneakers. He told hospital staff he did not know who he was or where he lived.