July 30, 2010 |
A soldier's uneasy readjustment to civilian life is both ages-old reality and well-worn film subject. In this story of an Iraq veteran's return to Texas, debuting writer-director Ryan Piers Williams draws upon countless earlier dramas without adding anything fresh or memorable to the discussion. Shaped more for message than for convincing narrative impact, "The Dry Land" ends up feeling like a PSA to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. As the war-stunned James, Ryan O'Nan carries an aura of psychic injury and displacement.
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February 13, 2014 |
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for killing a 40-year-old man in South Los Angeles. On the night of Oct. 11, 2012, Paul T. James was walking down the 9600 block of South Hoover Street when he was approached by a person wearing a hooded sweat shirt, according to the City Council motion that asks for the reward. The suspect then fired multiple rounds at James, who later was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Times' Homicide Report . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The Vermont Vista neighborhood where the killing occurred has become deadlier since 2012, according to a Times analysis of homicide data.
October 30, 2013 |
James receives lots of emails offering him big bucks for working from home. And, you may be surprised to learn, he suspects that they're not on the up and up. James asks: Where can he report bogus work-from-home pitches? First of all, not all such emails are scams. There actually are some legitimate work-from-home businesses out there. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But the vast majority of such come-ons are nothing more than attempts to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your Social Security number.
November 24, 1991
I have been trying for most of the past week to express in mere words both my deeply felt gratitude for your insightful and sensitively crafted story on James ("Remaking Mr. Jones," by Anne C. Roark, Oct. 6) and my admiration for Anne Roark's wonderful writing skill and the integrity she brought to her task. She was able to capture James--indeed, all of the "characters" in this saga--with both our human weaknesses and our hearts intact. For me, one of the best examples of her eloquence was her reference to James' wide grin as "revealing not only the gaping hole in his mouth but a hollow space in a soul hungry for attention."
December 4, 1985 |
Bloomsbury/Freud, the Letters of James and Alix Strachey 1924-1925. Edited by Perry Meisel and Walter Kendrick (Basic Books, $21.95) In terms of literary real estate, Bloomsbury remains a desirable neighborhood but, what with biographies, memoirs and letters, decidedly over-populated. When such things happen, people tend to settle on the fringes. The yearlong correspondence between James and Alix Strachey gives us a kind of Bloomsbury border area: a Holborn or Kings Cross.
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February 9, 1998 |
When Jungmee Kim told her 7-year-old son, James, that he was going on "The Tonight Show," she asked him if he knew who Jay Leno was. "Oh, mom," he said. "He's the guy with all the gray hair. He kinda looks like President Clinton but he's funnier." James, a second-grader at Tustin Memorial Academy, and Oliver Sulek, 11, a fifth-grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Irvine, will demonstrate their respective inventions during an appearance on "The Tonight Show" this evening on NBC.
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August 10, 1986 |
First came the "Strip-a-Gram." Then the "Great American Fan Club" and "Pink Party Limos." Now it's "Home, James." Unlike traditional chauffeur services--the kind that offer a nattily dressed driver behind the wheel of a long limousine--Gregory Fibble's company supplies the chauffeurs while the customer supplies the wheels and the insurance. "Isn't that great? There's no inventory," Fibble said of the service, which announced plans recently to begin renting out chauffeurs in Los Angeles.
October 3, 1986 |
For why is all around us here As if some lesser god had made the world, But had not force to shape it as he would? --"Idylls of the King," Alfred Lord Tennyson "Children of a Lesser God" (citywide), which had its stage premiere at the Mark Taper in 1979, is an exceptionally adroit adaptation of a play to the screen. As a film, it flows beautifully under Randa Haines' direction and has considerable humor as well as dramatic intensity.
March 21, 2014 |
Thanks for the nightmares, Shonda Rhimes. As alarmingly commonplace as murder is on “Scandal,” it's rarely ever depicted as gruesomely or disturbingly as it is in the closing minutes of Thursday's episode, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Shot in the back as he runs away from Jake, James lies in the street experiencing what is very clearly a slow and painful death. But his assassin, rather than leaving him there to suffer alone, shows some mercy. Jake sits calmly by James' side, soothing him as he expires.
July 27, 2002
Yes, there should be a firing of the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Use the Presidential Broom," editorial, July 23). The problem is how to make it retroactive to 1994 and include the secretary of the Treasury. As each day goes by and new revelations pop to the surface exposing the greed, questionable accounting tactics and outright fraud that took place within corporate America during the boom years of the 1990s, it is difficult to believe that someone in either the SEC or Treasury did not at least suspect that something may have been wrong in the business world.