January 17, 2013 |
The title character of "The Rabbi's Cat" is not your everyday cartoon fluffball. He's scrawny, apparently hairless and unapologetically disputatious. The animated world he inhabits is no kid-friendly adventure but a philosophical quarrel in the form of a frenetic road trip through 1930s Africa. Based on several volumes of the graphic novel series by Joann Sfar, the hand-drawn film is directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, who use a rich palette and a mix of visual styles ranging from blunt to dazzling.
December 3, 2012 |
In a not-so-shocking turn of events, Chris Brown returned to Twitter for real over the weekend, just about a week after he took his Twitter toys and went home in the wake of a vulgar exchange with female comedian Jenny Johnson. While his nearly 11.7 million-person @chrisbrown following remains intact, Brown is otherwise starting with a clean slate: All tweets prior to a simple "#CarpeDiem" sent Monday have been deleted. (Those who delete the past are doomed to repeat it?
November 8, 2012 |
"A Royal Affair" is not as racy as it sounds. This highly polished costume drama is exceptionally well-made and a model of intelligent restraint, but it is also unapologetically earnest and a bit on the bloodless side. For though the illicit physical passion implied by the title is definitely part of the story, this Danish film (the country's best foreign-language Oscar entry) is more about a transgressive couple's zeal for freedom and political reform, which while noble and involving, is not exactly barn-burner material.
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October 28, 2012 |
Philosopher Paul Kurtz was called many unflattering names during his long career, including "Satanic free-thinker" and "dangerous corrupter of young minds. " But the name some of his critics considered most damning was the one he most prized. They called him a secular humanist. "You can call me a skeptic, a non-theist, an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptical, agnostic atheist, but the best term," Kurtz, a champion of science and debunker of religions and the supernatural, told the Associated Press years ago, "is secular humanist.
July 10, 2012 |
Few films conjure up the nightmarish movie memories that"The Exorcist"does. William Friedkin's 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty's bestselling novel famously spurred reports of screaming, fainting and even moviegoers running from theaters as 12-year-old Regan MacNeil, possessed by an ancient, powerful evil, spat out obscenities and ugly rivers of dark green bile. Religious leaders condemned the movie as sacrilegious; some cautioned that watching the film and its head-spinning imagery would endanger the soul.
March 14, 2012 |
Quietly and reflectively, Eric Bledsoe and Ryan Gomes talked about how their names have been mentioned in Clippers trade rumors. Neither expected to be traded before Thursday's noon PDT deadline, but neither player was positive that he would remain a Clipper. Gomes has stayed abreast of the situation, saying that he has heard about speculation that he and Bledsoe would go to Portland for Jamal Crawford . Gomes said he even heard that the Clippers were trying to get Utah's Raja Bell . "I'm an Internet junkie," Gomes said.