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.
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.
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 18, 1987
Terry Esquivel pitched a complete-game four-hitter Tuesday to lead United States International University to a 5-0 victory over San Diego State in the first game of a nonconference women's softball doubleheader at San Diego State. The second game was tied, 1-1, after 10 innings when it was called because of darkness.
October 17, 2010 |
An art movie made on a blockbuster scale, Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" is a cult film for the ages, an imperfect classic whose force and stature have only grown with time. Released in summer 1979, having premiered a few months earlier in an unfinished version at the Cannes Film Festival, it was a monumental work of momentous import: Hollywood's much-trumpeted attempt to close the book on the national nightmare of the Vietnam War and in retrospect, a tombstone that marked the end of American cinema's 1970s golden age. FOR THE RECORD: "Apocalypse Now": In the Oct. 17 Calendar section, the Second Look column about two new DVD packages for the film "Apocalypse Now" described "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," included in the three-disc set, as "Eleanor Coppola's valuable behind-the-scenes documentary.
December 27, 2012
Re “ Let there be dark ,” Opinion, Dec. 21 A year ago I had the privilege of being one of the first scientists to see the nighttime satellite images of Earth that Paul Bogard refers to. Viewing the lights from East Asia, which represent a quarter of the planet's population, I was deeply moved. What stood out was the darkness of North Korea. Scientists who study these images have found a strong correlation between darkness and poverty. Although I applaud efforts to reduce artificial light pollution, we should not forget the benefits of electric lighting.