November 23, 2013 |
Leveraging the wildly anticipated, international, multimedia debut of the "Doctor Who" anniversary special, BBC America is smartly following "The Day of the Doctor" with the premiere Saturday of "Atlantis. " The new fantasy-action-adventure series is a crazy, narratively exasperating yet still quite appealing mess of Greek mythology, early mathematics (Pythagoras is a character) and vague Mediterranean history. It nicely capitalizes on the sly humor of icon tweakage, the growing popularity of genre heroes and the success of the Percy Jackson series.
November 8, 2013 |
A serious undertaking overwhelmed by amateurishness, "The Falls: Testament of Love" is writer-director Jon Garcia's sequel to last year's "The Falls," a no-budget (as in a reported $7,000) staple of gay film festivals that introduced two closeted Mormons who fall in love during a mission. Garcia's follow-up takes place five years later, when out writer RJ (Nick Ferrucci) has left the church and moved to Seattle, while Chris (Benjamin Farmer) doubles down on his LDS life by undergoing reparative therapy, marrying a woman, having a child and cutting off contact with RJ. The death of a common friend brings the two into each other's orbits again, though, with predictably fraught - and sudsy - consequences.
September 21, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden, in the Mexican capital Friday for meetings with top government officials and business leaders, said he was glad to be focusing on trade rather than on security issues and argued that an economically prosperous Mexico would strengthen the economy of the United States. Biden said that his visits to Mexico as a senator in previous decades were "mostly about security issues -- mostly about drugs, mostly about immigration. And finally -- finally -- we have reached the point we should have reached a long time ago, I think ... where we're looking at the relationship as partners.
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August 20, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence. In stories often set in Detroit or South Florida, he betrayed a love for down-and-out characters and pitch-perfect dialogue. A line from his novel “Be Cool” makes a point in typical Leonard style: “'Chili Palmer's a talker,'” Nick said. “ 'That's what he does, he talks.
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July 20, 2013 |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Saturday called for a national boycott of Florida to protest the state's “stand your ground” law in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. On a day when hundreds of protesters upset by the verdict gathered in downtown Los Angeles, Ridley-Thomas issued a statement saying, “Florida has a robust tourism industry that brought in $71.8 billion and attracted 91.4 million visitors last year.
July 11, 2013 |
The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called "Killing Season" has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups. Robert De Niro plays a loner American military vet whose Appalachian retreat for wood-chopping and elk-gazing is disturbed by John Travolta's black-clad, chin-curtained Bosnian war criminal, a motormouth Serb bearing a bottle of Jagermeister, a bow and arrows, and a score-settling scenario. Neither kills the other after repeated chances in screenwriter Evan Daugherty's mano-a-mano set-up, however, because then we wouldn't get long, tedious "we're the same, you and I" war philosophizing, the side helpings of torture (salty lemonade waterboarding!