January 19, 2003
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST *--* *--* 1 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 1 29 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him 2 Prey by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins: $26.95) A foray 2 7 into the chilling world of nanotechnology as a programmer tries to stop a destructive swarm of tiny machines 3 I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson (Alfred 8 13 A.
December 22, 2004 |
Thank goodness for Eve. Yes, the apple business got us thrown out of paradise. But the way that her descendants have helped poor men through the centuries shows that a rib for a woman is a very good trade (heck, it's a steal). Like the prostitute Sugar in Michel Faber's bestselling novel "The Crimson Petal and the White," the women of his "The Courage Consort" are thoughtful, injured, delicate -- they dwell in the depths of sensitivity while their male counterparts flap about on the surface.
January 13, 2002 |
F.L.: Fritz Lang: His Life and Work, Photographs and Documents, Edited by Rolf Aurich, Wolfgang Jacobsen and Cornelius Schnauber, Jovis: 512 pp., $50 DAVID LEAN: An Intimate Portrait, By Sandy Lean with Barry Chattington, Universe: 244 pp., $45 THE HITCHCOCK MURDERS, By Peter Conrad, Faber & Faber: 362 pp., $25 Aside from a few malcontents over at the Writers Guild, we are all auteurists now. The reason is self-evident: Directors are responsible for the movieness of movies.
September 2, 2013 |
- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" isn't easy to watch. And that's part of the point. Not far into the "Sexy Beast" filmmaker's new drama about an alien in human form, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, you see a couple with an 18-month-old child picnicking on a Scottish beach. When their dog is swept out to sea by stormy waves, the parents and a nearby swimmer try to rescue the pet, but it all ends badly. Into the frame enters a young woman named Laura (played by Scarlett Johansson)
April 3, 2014 |
To truly get "Under the Skin," it's helpful to come in with no preconceptions, no expectations, and just give yourself over to the primal ooze of the experience filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has created and Scarlett Johansson has made brilliantly, unnervingly real. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. It's as if director and star have gone into some alien space to discover what embodies a person, exposing the interior dynamic of psyche and soul and its relationship to the exterior.
October 1, 2006 |
----- Radical Hope Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation Jonathan Lear Harvard University Press: 208 pp., $22.95 PLENTY COUPS, "the last great chief of the Crow nation," had a vision that spared his tribe many (not all) of the humiliations suffered by other tribes at the hands of the American government and from environmental degradation. Jonathan Lear believes that all Westerners face similar threats of cultural collapse and resource scarcity.