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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1997
Unaccountably, film critics have become besotted with the movie "The English Patient," lauding it as an epic of history, war and romance. Only panoramically may it have achieved epic status, but in dramatic terms it is anything but. "Doctor Zhivago" was an epic; "War and Peace" is an epic; but "The English Patient"? Give me a realistic break! If the principal character in "The English Patient," played by Ralph Fiennes, is a modern paradigm for a cinematic romantic lead, then the judgment of modern womanhood is seriously misdirected.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1997
Unaccountably, film critics have become besotted with the movie "The English Patient," lauding it as an epic of history, war and romance. Only panoramically may it have achieved epic status, but in dramatic terms it is anything but. "Doctor Zhivago" was an epic, "War and Peace" is an epic, but "The English Patient"? Give me a realistic break! If the principal character in "The English Patient," played by Ralph Fiennes, is a modern paradigm for a cinematic romantic lead, then the judgment of modern womanhood is seriously misdirected.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1985
Has anyone but me noticed, or is David Letterman making some kind of unannounced "surprise" motion picture debut as a Tribal Chieftain in the new upcoming action epic "The Emerald Forest"? KEITH EVANS, Studio City
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012
MUSIC Maybe no band's name has been a more self-fulfilling prophesy than fun. The trio's single "We Are Young" was a surprise hit of the year, built on piano-pop savvy and epic hooks. The rest of their catalog is fizzy, buzzy and livened up with au courant electronics, and they play a victory lap stand this week. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., $25. wiltern.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas
As a period evocation, Christina Yao's ambitious feature debut "Empire of Silver" is flawless, richly and authentically detailed and superbly photographed. But her adaptation of "The Silver Valley," a three-volume book by Cheng Yi, who also worked with Yao on the screenplay, makes for unwieldy melodrama, rather than the enthralling epic it might have been. Set against the turbulent dawning of modern China, the film spans the Boxer Rebellion and the crumbling of the Qing Dynasty. The story centers on Third Master (Aaron Kwok)
NEWS
December 14, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Let's try this again: In a third attempt, Comic-Con tickets are going on sale again Wednesday at 8 a.m. And the process sounds even more complicated than before. Organizers are calling it a "live test" and will only be releasing 1,000 of the four-day badges without Preview Night, requiring hopefuls to go through two separate sites. Last month, as hordes of fanboys and girls swarmed the registration site, sales froze and tempers rose Ã?Â?Ã?Â?- twice. After both aborted efforts, Comic-Con International apologized profusely and promised to look into better methods for supporting the hundreds of thousands of people expected to angle for tickets.
SPORTS
January 29, 1994
To Jim Murray, Mike Downey and the entire sports staff: Hey, guys, whatever happened to rooting for the underdog? I mean, if you were Jim Kelly, could you even show your face, much less come back for more? Much less do what it takes to get back to The Show? How about Marv Levy? Isn't it a miracle that after last year they haven't come apart at the seams? The crow pie is on me if they actually win. Shame on you. You take all the excitement out of it. RICH McGINIS Pasadena The epic spirit inspires some people to persist in personal goals long after the average seeker gives up. Yet when the Buffalo Bills, after losing three consecutive Super Bowls, earned the right to a fourth appearance in a row, I sighed, I can't bear to watch.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2010
There may not be another painter that has captured the feeling of Los Angeles better than Ed Ruscha. He's wrung resonance from gas station signs, loneliness from advertisements and epic wonder from the most tedious urban detritus. Here he signs a loving retrospective of his work, "Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting," with texts by James Ellroy, Richard Wagner and many others. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Saturday. www.booksoup.com.
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