April 27, 1990 |
In Atom Egoyan's "Speaking Parts" (at the Monica 4-Plex), people don't touch; they watch each other on video. The ideas suggest Steve Soderbergh's "sex, lies, and videotape," but here, Egoyan carries them further. Lost in a strange metallic world of hotel corridors, universal TV hookups and conference rooms, video stores and empty boudoirs, his characters struggle soporifically in a voyeuristic web.
November 21, 1997 |
The exquisite and overwhelming emotional tapestry that is "The Sweet Hereafter" plays its credits over the simplest and most primal of scenes. An infant and its parents, unclothed and drowsy under white sheets, share the same quiet bed. It's a pristine moment, an idyllic fantasy of togetherness that almost seems to mock us as a much darker vision of the scenarios that can devastate families gradually unfolds.
November 18, 2002 |
Lleyton Hewitt has the ATP Masters Cup title to go with the year-end No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive season. The Wimbledon champion defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, 7-5, 7-5, 2-6, 2-6, 6-4, Sunday to win the eight-player tournament at Shanghai, China. On the way to the final, Hewitt beat Albert Costa, Marat Safin and Roger Federer and lost to Carlos Moya. "Every match this week was a grind," Hewitt said. "I didn't have one easy match.
July 17, 2000 |
Now everyone go to a neutral corner. After four days in the pool, and a chance to measure up the competition at the Janet Evans Invitational swim meet, the United States' top swimmers will wind down their training and rest for the Olympic trails, Aug. 9-16 in Indianapolis. "I think most of the finalists at the trials will come from this meet," said Dave Salo, coach of the Irvine Novaquatics. The last four days, those swimmers have been sparring.
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November 8, 2000 |
Hoping to continue Orange County's legacy of Olympic medal-winning performances in swimming, diving and water polo, the Board of Supervisors plans to develop an Olympic training facility at the closed El Toro Marine base and open its indoor pool to a renowned Irvine swim club. It was a rare unanimous move by the five-member board, which has been deeply divided over plans to transform much of the base into an international airport, with the rest developed into a large park.
June 19, 1992 |
"The Adjuster" is a surreal parable with a deadpan sense of humor. Moody, disturbing and purposely obscure, it is put together with so much assurance that it makes indelible marks on your mind even when you're not exactly sure what it's trying to say. The film is the fourth for writer-director Atom Egoyan, who at 31 has already become rather a celebrity on the international festival circuit.
July 18, 2002 |
It's called the Janet Evans Invitational, but the four-day swim meet that begins today at USC is actually a dress rehearsal for the national championships in Florida next month. Most of the top swimmers in the nation are scheduled to compete, including Olympic medalists Erik Vendt, Lenny Krayzelburg, Aaron Peirsol and teenage phenom Michael Phelps, the world-record holder in the butterfly. The finals begin at 5 p.m. each day through Sunday.
July 23, 2001 |
Ian Thorpe started the World Swimming Championships on Sunday by breaking one of the three world records he holds, coming from behind to win the 400-meter freestyle at Fukuoka, Japan. Immediately after collecting the gold medal, the "Thorpedo" anchored an Australian victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay. The U.S., which had won the relay in all eight previous world championships, finished third, then was disqualified for using a different No.
July 25, 2008 |
Attention, screenwriters and casting directors: If you are currently pacing around an airless office searching for a marvelous supporting character and/or actress to add zest and texture to your modern comedy or drama, I give you Margot Kidder as the crusty lesbian guidance counselor in "On the Other Hand, Death," which premieres tonight on the subscription television network Kidder, who famously disappeared from the screen after a mental breakdown in the 1990s, has resurfaced recently in roles