August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
January 8, 2013 |
An early contender for 2013's finest Christmas song arrives halfway through the new Dropkick Murphys album in "The Season's Upon Us. " It's a rowdy Celtic-punk number in which singer Ken Casey runs down the charms of his extended family, member by miserable member: "My nephew's a horrible, wise little twit," he barks, "He once gave me a nice gift-wrapped box full of" - well, you can imagine the rest. As in its obvious predecessor, "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, affection accompanies spite in "The Season's Upon Us"; but warmth is all you hear by the time the song's brandy-soaked chorus hits.
October 31, 2013 |
The South Korean psychological thriller "Blood and Ties" asks provocative questions: What if you suddenly suspected your beloved father of being a long-sought kidnapper and murderer? And what if the statute of limitations on that heinous crime was days away from running out - with the perpetrator finally on the cusp of permanent freedom? The answers, concocted by writer Sun-Hwa Bin (from a story by Jin-Pyo Park), spin out amid such a compelling, satisfyingly twisty tale it's easy to forgive the movie's sometimes overly convenient plotting and occasional dips into melodrama.
December 23, 2011
'In the Land of Blood and Honey' MPAA rating: R for war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language Running time: 2 hours, 7 minutes Playing: At ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood
September 20, 2009 |
Blood's a Rover A Novel James Ellroy Alfred A. Knopf: 648 pp., $28.95 Here's the new James Ellroy. You pretty much know what you're going to get. Bucketloads of conspiracy theory and 600-plus pages of stripped-down prose strafing you like a machine gun. The book is long, as usual, the sentences short, as ever: "He was a sergeant on the Vegas PD. He was married. He had a chemistry degree. His father was a big Mormon fat cat. Wayne Senior was jungled up all over the nut Right.
November 21, 2013 |
Last week, the British style magazine Dazed & Confused quoted Devonté Hynes as saying that none of the songs he'd apparently been asked to write for Britney Spears' upcoming album had made the cut. Too bad. As demonstrated by his recent work with Sky Ferreira, Solange and the English girl group MKS -- all of whom have moved through a number of styles on their way to music they present as truth -- Hynes the collaborator specializes in facilitating self-discovery...
September 1, 2011 |
The humble potato, much maligned lately, might have shot at redemption. A study finds that purple spuds might help obese and overweight people lower their blood pressure. The small crossover study, presented recently at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver, focused on 18 overweight or obese people who had high blood pressure. They ate six to eight small microwaved purple potatoes with skins (or biscuits containing an corresponding amount of potato starch)
February 9, 2012 |
A new blood clot study finds that flying economy class is not any riskier than first class , as sometimes thought, but sitting by the window seems to play a role, because it makes people less likely to leave their seats. Still, even on long flights (four hours or more) the risk for most people is extremely low, an American College of Chest Physicians' committee reported. For details, go to http://www.chestjournal.org . . . . Salt Lake City retail shopping scene undergoes a major upgrade March 22 with the opening of City Creek Center , a shopping and dining destination downtown.
March 17, 2014 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Police photographs show unexplained drops of blood on the wall above the left-hand bedside table and bed headboard and on the duvet in the main bedroom of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, according to evidence at his trial Monday. The blood spatters appear to have been some distance from the trail of blood leading from the bathroom out into the hall, left when Pistorius carried his dying girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, down stairs from the bathroom where he shot her. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to Steenkamp's murder.
October 7, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Doctors plan to operate on Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Tuesday morning to remove blood that has collected outside of her brain, the apparent result of a fall the 60-year-old leader took in August, officials said. Fernandez was admitted to a Buenos Aires hospital Monday after complaining the day before about a “tingling” sensation in her left arm, and after experts determined a “slight loss of muscle strength” in the limb, according to a statement released by doctors at the Favaloro Foundation hospital.