August 22, 2005 |
Mary Gauthier provides a musical variation of the adage about survival: What doesn't kill you makes great song fodder. The New Orleans-born, Baton Rouge-reared singer-songwriter draws on a lifetime of emotional and physical damage for the extraordinary songs on her major-label debut album, "Mercy Now," songs that formed the heart of her performance Friday at McCabe's in Santa Monica. Strong as her album is, it still isn't full preparation for the multidimensional power of her live show.
April 18, 1986 |
Once upon a time there was a handsome young hermit whose purity of love for a beautiful princess was symbolized by a pair of unicorns who roamed the lush forest where the hermit made his home. So enchanted was the princess by the unicorns that she touched the magical but fragile horn of one of these blindingly white animals before the hermit could stop her. As the unicorn lay stricken, the Lord of Darkness started unleashing all his terrible powers.
September 7, 1998 |
Madness for most of us lies just a few synaptic misfires away. Life--at least among most people I know--is a random walk along the razor's edge dividing reality and insanity, redemption and damnation, light and darkness. That uneasy balance drives "Light and Darkness: The Prophecy," an engrossing and disturbing real-time PC adventure that wraps players in ethereal carnivals where evil and despair lurk just beneath the surface.
October 7, 2010 |
There was a time when major figures of pop and rock were willing to let people with movie cameras follow them around just to see what they might see, but the contemporary rock-doc is more likely to represent an act of managed self-promotion than of reckless self-exposure. (Reality television, which uses dirty laundry to bolster flagging careers, does not count.) You should not expect to see another "Don't Look Back" (D.A. Pennebaker watches Bob Dylan toy catlike with reporters, fans, friends)
February 21, 2010 |
Fresh off the heels of Indigo Prophecy, French video game designer David Cage decided to take a trip from Paris to Philadelphia to scout potential locations for his next project. His team at his studio Quantic Dream arranged a tour of the city from a location scout who had worked on the Oscar-winning "Philadelphia." Cage had dreamed of a bright and dreamy city, teeming with people. "We're from Europe and what we see of the U.S. is what we see in the movies. It's shiny and full of nice-looking guys and girls," he says.
February 1, 2010 |
Mel Gibson still has his fans, but after a long and controversial absence from the big screen, his overall appeal seems to have faded. The thriller "Edge of Darkness," which marked Gibson's first lead role since 2002's "Signs," opened to a fine but not fantastic $17.1 million from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. It easily outperformed Walt Disney Studios' romantic comedy "When in Rome," the weekend's other new movie, but "Avatar," with $30 million, held the No. 1 spot for the seventh weekend in a row. Opening-weekend ticket sales for "Edge of Darkness" were the lowest for any movie starring Gibson since 1995's "Braveheart," despite ongoing increases in ticket prices.
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October 31, 2010 |
Director George Hickenlooper, who won an Emmy Award for the documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," has died. He was 47. Hickenlooper was found dead Saturday morning, Denver police told the Associated Press. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is running for governor of Colorado, said in a statement that his cousin died of natural causes. George Hickenlooper was in Denver for the premiere at a film festival of his latest movie, "Casino Jack," starring Kevin Spacey.
February 13, 2014 |
Is it too much to compare Kem Nunn to Raymond Chandler? Both have used the loose frame of genre to write enduringly and resonantly about the dark side of the California dream. For Nunn, this has meant an exploration of boundaries, both actual and metaphorical; his last novel, "Tijuana Straits" (which won a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), traces the shifting landscape of the physical borderland. At the same time, there is also a willingness to take risks, to play against expectation, which marks both Nunn's fiction and his TV work on "John from Cincinnati" and now "Sons of Anarchy.
September 4, 2013 |
The dark and twisty hit novel "Gone Girl" is taken to task by the best practitioner of dark literary arts, Mary Gaitskill, in this fall's Bookforum -- puzzlingly, about 15 months after the book's publication. Writer Mary Gaitskill is among the best practitioners of the arts of writing about women, sexuality, and the darkness that lies within the human heart, something perfected in her work, which includes "Bad Behavior" "Two Girls, Fat and Thin," and "Don't Cry. " Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" was published in June of 2012, and fantastic word of mouth helped it become a huge bestseller.
January 24, 2014 |
One day, David Stuart MacLean forgot who he was. "It was darkness darkness darkness, then snap. Me. Now awake. " He was a blank slate, standing in a bustling train station in India. Things went downhill from there. From these dark days, MacLean has created a deeply moving account of amnesia that explores the quandary of the self. The book's short, episodic sections are particularly well suited to evoking the hellish psychosis MacLean endures after "waking up. " These disorienting snippets of experience offer little reflection, context or connective tissue.