YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsParadise


November 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Disneyland was built on a 1,600-acre orange ranch; to make way for Mickey, 4,000 Valencia trees were bulldozed and uprooted. This is one of the jillion tree-related facts crammed into Jared Farmer's new history, "Trees in Paradise," which connects the stories of four trees to California's culture: redwood, eucalyptus, orange, palm. As arbor-scenti know, there are actually two kinds of redwoods - the Giant Sequoia ( Sequoiadendron giganteum) and the Coast Redwood ( Sequoia sempervirens )
June 1, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To see Marcel Carné's "Children of Paradise" under any circumstances is to be transported and transformed by cinema. To see it in the version showing at Laemmle's Royal in West Los Angeles and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena is, if possible, even more special. Written by Carné's frequent collaborator Jacques Prévert, this 1945 film is more than the acme of a style known as poetic realism, it is often considered to be the greatest French film ever made. Called by critic James Agee "close to perfection ... guaranteed to make you very happily drunk," it is also the title I most often cite when asked to pick an all-time personal favorite.
December 5, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
"Paradise: Hope," the final chapter in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's trilogy on the dissonance between the dreams and realities of women and girls, is the most hopeful - and the best - of this solid and unsettling series. With its quasi-documentary style, the film picks up the story of Melanie, a teenager who was barely introduced in the first films. The 13-year-old, played by novice Melanie Lenz, is spending her summer at a diet camp while her single mom is off at a Kenyan resort sampling the sex-tourist trade of "Paradise: Love," and her aunt is dragging her sins and a statue of the Virgin Mary around Vienna in "Paradise: Faith.
October 25, 2007
REALLY enjoyed the story about Bob Haggstrom's Malibu landscape ["Faking Paradise," Oct. 11]. Cannot understand the negativity from other readers. Haggstrom is creating a wonderful restful place for himself and the wildlife in the area. Has to be better for the environment and less wasteful than grass lawns that consume tons of water, get saturated with harmful fertilizers and require gas-guzzling, noisy mowers and leaf blowers to maintain. Maureen Little Camarillo
September 17, 2010 | Hector Tobar
The five day laborers were huddled over some dice and coins they'd tossed on the asphalt of a Home Depot parking lot in Westlake. They were passing the time on a late afternoon, after another fruitless day waiting to be hired. I asked them about another day laborer, Manuel Jamines, who was holding a large knife when he was shot by police just a block away. The shooting led to a near riot and ongoing protests, and I'd come to the neighborhood to get a feel for what was happening.
May 6, 2001
Deanne Stillman does not describe the desert--a sublime, harsh and forbidding environment, a place of endless space and silence, a place of extremes ("Deconstructing Paradise," April 8). The desert is not a weekend retreat under a bougainvillea branch, all "pretty pictures and scents and sounds." Her naive desire for "its endlessly warm and open arms" merely reflects the human longing for a return to paradise. Helena Bongartz Twentynine Palms Stillman or her editors should have come to know the children of the working class a little better.
April 17, 1994
Congratulations to ABC and Steven Bochco for having the best new show on television, "The Byrds of Paradise." Finally, a show with a real family, a show that makes you feel good and shows you the Hawaiian people and culture. Cyndie Benanua, Lancaster A typically incomprehensible decision was made by the heads of ABC in the cancellation of just another in a long line of quality programs, namely "Missing Persons." And what do they replace it with? An inane, insipid piece called "The Byrds of Paradise."
December 16, 1990
I disagree with the advice given in an article on Washington, D.C. ("A Visit to Adams Morgan Neighborhood Area of Washington, D.C., Shows Good Taste," Dec. 2). Adams Morgan is no paradise and has no appeal. It is a city district that is dirty and crime-ridden. The restaurants are second-rate, the browsing is minimal and tacky, the entertainment, with the exception of tap dancer Johne Forge of Cafe Lautrec, is limited to the clubs mentioned by the author. Too bad she didn't warn your readers about the open drug dealing, ethnic gangs, high cover charges and pervasively lousy music.
September 16, 2001
What more could our enemies ask for? We allow them into our country, no problem. We train them to fly our planes, no questions asked. We easily let them on our planes so they can hijack them, fly them into buildings and kill thousands of us. Anything else we can do for them? The U.S. seems to be a terrorist's paradise. Rubio Moore Orange How the FBI and CIA failed to detect a terrorist operation of this magnitude is beyond my comprehension. I believe the leaders of both groups should be put on trial for treason.
August 17, 2008 | David L. Ulin
In His ninth book of poetry, "The Border Kingdom" (Alfred A. Knopf: 98 pp., $26), D. Nurkse begins with a whisper: "Jericho," a short poem that promises, "Sometimes in a high window / a white curtain knotted against itself / gives a glimpse of the lovers / as they were before the war." This is a perfect introduction to the collection, which moves from the landscape of the Bible to that of New York after the fall of the towers, considering it all with a certain quiet centeredness.
Los Angeles Times Articles