June 20, 2013 |
If last year's quietly wrenching Oscar-winner "Amour" revealed the artistic heights achievable by a story of lifetime love and imminent death, "Unfinished Song" reveals an all-too-common middlebrow miasma of easy tears and microwaved warmth. Much like a critic faced with one too many movies like this, cranky pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) thinks of the eccentric, ebullient choir practice his ailing wife (Vanessa Redgrave) goes to at the senior center as a waste of time. Perky choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton)
June 21, 2012 |
"Are there scholarships to rehab?" Michelle Andrade endearingly asks in "Surrender Michelle," the most absorbing and among the largest of her drawings at Charlie James. Andrade nearly smothers the 31-by-50-inch sheet of paper with inked ramblings, doodles, intricate patterns, propositions, reflections and self-doubts: "I have the best taste in music....I am still filled with Catholic guilt....My mind races....Don't get too close....Want to come to the Verdugo tonight?" Andrade's drawings meld teenage exuberance with adult anxiety.
July 28, 1996
We at the Hollywood Bowl were delighted to have our "musical notes" landscape pictured in the So SoCal article about topiary ("A Cut Above," by Bill Stern, June 16). Stern didn't mean to say, of course, that Hollywood has really gone to seed. We think of our "notes" not as seedy but as magical, like the music played here. Bob Ginn, grounds supervisor Hollywood Bowl
January 21, 1992 |
This is supposed to be the week of D.C. in Minneapolis, but Monday was the day of A.C. at the Forum. . . . A.C. Green worked hard during every one of his 39 minutes in the Lakers' win over the Seattle SuperSonics. He hit the boards. He ran the court. He played good defense. He made some outside shots. He got a double double--16 points and 16 rebounds. . . . Perhaps most important of all to the Lakers, he has begun to emerge as their floor leader in the first season of the post-Magic Johnson era.
December 19, 2010 |
"In the Middle Ages," Sara Maitland writes in her brilliant "A Book of Silence," "Christian scholastics argued that the devil's basic strategy was to bring human beings to a point where they are never alone with their God, nor ever attentively face to face with another human being. " Hence our Faustian pact with Facebook, with cellphones, with virtual everything . Overstimulation is one outcome of social media and the sheer intrusiveness of modern life, the noise of it all. But in 2010, the backlash began in earnest.
May 28, 2013 |
Remember last week, when fans discovered that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his fiancee had registered online for wedding gifts at Bed, Bath and Beyond? His fans bought them almost every gift they asked for, which seemed strange considering he probably makes more money than all of those fans combined. Well, Griffin showed why his fans are so loyal: He wrote a personalized thank you note to every one of them. We know this because Keith Elgin posted his thank you note online: @ michaelsmith twitter.com/keithelgin/sta… - Keith Elgin (@keithelgin)