March 11, 2013 |
Fans of the old Art Bell Coast to Coast radio show - a call-in program about alien encounters that was a staple of Southern late nights in the '90s - might find a lot to like about Shooter Jennings' new album, "The Other Life. " There's a bit of a rural-futurist bent (see "Flying Saucer Song" and "15 Million Light-Years Away"), but more importantly, the album shows how quiet, open spaces can lead to great flights of imagination. "The Other Life" is a showpiece for Jennings' familial knack for outlaw-country hell-raising.
February 16, 2013 |
"Escape From Planet Earth" - an animated adventure that's more down-to-earth than earth-shattering - builds a family-friendly sci-fi constellation out of fresh chuckles and recycled parts, a number of them from Planet Pixar. Feel-good but not cloying, zippy but not frenetic, and refreshingly free of snark, the default setting for a lot of kids' fare these days, the feature takes a pleasingly retro-futuristic stance on matters of décor and attitude. Fueling the ride is an outstanding voice cast that includes Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara and, in irresistibly hammy villain mode, William Shatner.
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February 7, 2013 |
On the day Christopher Dorner was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department, officials took the unusual step of summoning armed guards to stand watch at his disciplinary hearing downtown. Those present were nervous that Dorner might do something rash when he learned that he was being stripped of his badge. He was a hulking, muscled man and his body language left no doubt about the anger seething out of him. "It was clear… that he was wound way too tight," said a police official who attended Dorner's termination hearing and requested anonymity because of safety concerns.
December 14, 2012 |
Hell Bent Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga Benjamin Lorr St. Martin's Press: 312 pp., $25.99 The sweaty, two-year odyssey Benjamin Lorr chronicles in his new memoir, "Hell Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga," begins as so many great journeys do: with a drunken, late-night slip on a patch of ice that results in a separated rib....
August 2, 2012 |
A whole lot stranger than fiction, "The Imposter"is a documentary that's disturbing in ways only reality can manage. This is a train wreck you think you see coming, but no matter how prepared you are the nature and extent of the damage will overwhelm you. As directed by British documentarian Bart Layton, "The Imposter" tells the story of a dark-skinned French Algerian man, a world-class deceiver and manipulator, who managed to convince members of...
March 21, 2012 |
I won't dispute the fact that from the floor to the roof much of "Bent," a rom-com sitcom debuting Wednesday on NBC, is made from parts stripped from several ages of earlier romantic comedies. But I would also argue that it doesn't matter much. Formula does not always betoken a lack of imagination; sometimes it just betokens an active embrace of formula. And "Bent" (a bad title, I think, not sufficiently justified by one character's description of himself as "bent, not bowed") builds a nice little shelter in a classic style.