March 28, 2013 |
Violence is the trigger in "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance's latest love letter to bad breaks. But it's the ripple effect of responsibility, regret, limited resources and guilt that makes "Pines" particularly relevant in a time when so many struggle from paycheck to paycheck. Starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Dane DeHaan, the movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally. The idiosyncratic Cianfrance tends to gravitate toward the economically challenged who live lives of desperation.
March 15, 2013 |
At first glance, two stories much in the news in Los Angeles of late would seem to have nothing to do with each other. The first concerns the fate of the Museum of Contemporary Art - whether it will affiliate with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or USC or the National Gallery in Washington - and the outsized role its primary benefactor, Eli Broad, is likely to play in the choice. The second concerns the low voter turnout in the first round of the city's mayoral election this month.
March 6, 2013 |
Robert Kennedy was a young Bill Rosendahl's hope for the White House, but Kennedy's rival, Hubert Humphrey, practiced the "happy warrior" style of politics that represents the principles Rosendahl has embraced. As he leaves the Los Angeles City Council after two terms, his eight years in office (and a diagnosis of cancer, now in remission) have not extinguished Rosendahl's cheerfulness, but they have given his warrior side an instruction booklet. He's crusaded for gay rights, for better care for the homeless and his fellow veterans, for mass transit.
February 6, 2013 |
The Southeastern Conference conducted its annual player draft Wednesday in advance of winning its eighth straight national title next season. There's nothing like national SEC signing day, with other conferences participating the way the Washington Generals participate against the Globetrotters. OK, that's an incredible, attention-grabbing, inflammatory, hyperbolic reach. This reign of terror won't go on forever … will it? There were a few encouraging push-backs out there as Ohio State, which lured former Florida Coach Urban Meyer out of retirement to make the Buckeyes into an SEC team, ended up battling Alabama and Florida for recruiting-day supremacy.
November 25, 2012
Re "The battle of the coalitions," Opinion, Nov. 13 Ronald Brownstein describes the sharp differences between the Democratic "Coalition of Transformation" and the Republican "Coalition of Restoration. " It seems to me this is a re-characterization of the age-old struggle between the haves and the have-nots: The haves want to keep what they have, and the have-nots want a more equitable sharing of wealth and income. Economist Joseph Stiglitz, in his book "The Price of Inequality," argues that growing inequality inhibits economic growth and blocks wealth and income mobility.
November 23, 2012 |
USC has a chance to end a disappointing regular season on a high note by spoiling top-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame's chance to play for the Bowl Championship Series title. Times staff writer Gary Klein examines the game's matchups and story lines: No. 1 priority USC has not fared well against opponents ranked No. 1. The Trojans are 7-11 against top-ranked teams in the Associated Press media poll and have not won since 1984, when they defeated Washington, 16-7, at the Coliseum.