September 23, 2013 |
If Jennifer Carpenter doesn't get an Emmy nomination next year for the final season of "Dexter," which came to a close on Showtime just as the prime-time Emmys were airing on CBS, there really is no reason to have these awards. For years, "Dexter" has been treated as something of a one-man show, and certainly Michael C. Hall's portrayal of the world's first Serial Killer for Justice deserved the attention, and nominations, it received. Based on the Jeff Lindsay novel series, the show premiered in 2006 and no one knew quite what they were seeing.
May 24, 2013 |
When Showtime debuted "Dexter" way back in 2006, people couldn't quite grasp what they were seeing. A serial killer? As a sympathetic leading man? Were those the flames of Sodom burning distantly behind us? "Silence of the Lambs" had whet our appetite for charm-boy sociopaths - who did not rejoice when Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter escaped and began stalking his former jailer? (A man, it must be noted, who did nothing worse than irritate a convicted cannibalistic serial murderer with bad TV.)
September 20, 2013 |
For more than 10 years, first as a closeted funeral home director on Alan Ball's "Six Feet Under," then as the coolly charming psychopath at the center of Showtime's "Dexter," actor Michael C. Hall has demonstrated a skillful facility with characters who conceal their emotions - or lack thereof - from even those closest to them. Lately, Hall's talent for guarding dark secrets has become an invaluable asset. With "Dexter" set to conclude Sunday after an eight-season run, questions have begun to swirl over the fate of the blood-spatter analyst who's cut a murderous swath through Miami.
September 24, 2010
Dexter Is Delicious A Novel Jeff Lindsay Doubleday: 350 pp., $25.95
December 28, 2012 |
JIN JILING, China - In silent, temperature-controlled labs in a desolate part of Hainan, China's most tropical province, rows of women in medical masks and lab coats clone trees that grow freakishly fast. The trees have official names, such as APP-22 or DH32-29, but Wending Huang, Asia Pulp & Paper Co.'s chief forester in China, calls them his "Yao Mings" after the towering Chinese basketball star. The tiny green tissue samples, methodically implanted in petri jars, will become hardwood eucalyptus trees that need only four to six years to reach full height, up to 90 feet or more.
September 30, 2007
Susan Salter Reynolds reviews "The Florist's Daughter" by Patricia Hampl. Tim Rutten reviews "The Gathering," a novel by Anne Enright. The following reviews are scheduled: Edward Lazarus reviews "My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir" by Clarence Thomas. Reed Johnson reviews "Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President" by Vicente Fox and Rob Allyn. Nicholas A. Basbanes reviews "The Journal of Dora Damage," a novel by Belinda Starling. On the Web This week at latimes.