April 20, 1991 |
Dennis Hopper has the title role in the moody, deceptively relaxed "Paris Trout" (premiering on Showtime tonight at 9), playing a small-town Southern merchant confident that he can get away with murder. That's because it's 1949 and his victim, whom he shot in a fit of anger, is a 12-year-old black girl whose older brother he has tried to cheat in a car deal. Adapted by Pete Dexter from his own novel, "Paris Trout" is not, however, a conventional courtroom drama/social protest tract.
April 26, 1996 |
It's not "Chinatown," Jake, but "Mulholland Falls" has a brutal power of its own. A Los Angeles-based period thriller strong on amorality and corruption, not to mention sex and violence, "Mulholland Falls" combines a vivid sense of place with a visceral directorial style that fuses controlled fury onto everything it touches. After only two features, this aesthetic of brutality is becoming a trademark of New Zealand director Lee Tamahori.
October 17, 1989 |
Voices From Home by Neil Caudle (Putnam: $19.95; 304 pages.) There really isn't anything more wonderful in the world than opening a book you've never heard of by a first novelist whose name you don't know and beginning to read with no expectations at all, then being jerked up one side and down the other as if Malcolm X himself was teaching you the Lindy Hop, or the Virgin Mary was leaning out of a cloud to haul you up to heaven on an unexpected weekend jaunt.
March 6, 2004 |
Books with sweeping themes -- on topics such as Sept. 11 and Vietnam -- are among the finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, along with works of fiction exploring more intimate spaces, including the lives of young Asian Americans in L.A. and neighbors in Los Feliz. Finalists in nine categories were announced Friday night in New York; winners will be recognized April 24 at an awards ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Each winner will receive a $1,000 award.
December 25, 1996 |
In the title role of "Michael," a beguiling, joyous holiday comedy, John Travolta has a great entrance. Paunchy, unshaven, wearing only shorts, he clomps down the staircase of an old house in the middle of a venerable Iowa motel owned by an eccentric widow (Jean Stapleton). Oh yes, he's also sporting a pair of sizable white-feathered wings.
June 11, 1996 |
When PEN Center USA West informed George Cothran that his story in the San Francisco Weekly had won its 1996 Literary Award for Journalism, Cothran knew he was excited but not really why. "To be honest, PEN is an entity I had only a vague awareness of," said Cothran, whose story headlined "Shut Up, Little Man" traced how the drunken bickering of two aging roommates inspired an international cult following. "So I had to formulate my own sense of how important this is.
October 4, 2012 |
Director Lee Daniels has a habit of falling madly in love with characters nobody else wants, out of an underclass littered with sociopaths, psychopaths and their victims. He has done it again in the sweat-soaked noir of "The Paperboy. " It's the Florida Everglades of the 1960s, and there is nothing friendly about this place, including the backcountry alligator skinner on death row, the chippy who's fallen for him, or the journalists intent on saving him. An exceptional cast led by Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack gives these tawdry miscreants a scuzzy, sexy, sad reality that is as unerring as it is unnerving.
December 13, 1992 |
"The Zipped Lips Club," Philadelphia Eagle players who won't talk to the media, is growing in membership. Quarterbacks Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon and linebacker Seth Joyner refuse interviews. The latest to join the club is defensive tackle Mike Golic. Golic's unwillingness to talk started Wednesday after he apparently was told by coaches that he had lost his starting job to Mike Pitts.
April 15, 2004 |
Laura Bush joins actors, writers and a former British prime minister in pitching her favorite books for the annual "Who Reads What?" list, out in time for National Library Week.