August 17, 2012 |
Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated “The Master” screened for the second time publicly last night in Chicago at a hastily arranged benefit for the nonprofit Film Foundation. And the immediate reactions - rapture, admiration, befuddlement - mirrored those following the film's pop-up presentation at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre on Aug. 3. Then again, as A.V. Club film critic Scott Tobias, who saw the movie at Chicago's Music Box last night, tweeted: “One more thing about 'The Master:' It's comically resistant to instant reaction.
April 13, 2012
MUSIC Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio Fri. - Sun. (323) 930-5700; http://www.coachella.com LECTURE Digital LA panel Casey's Irish Pub, 613 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Mon. Free. 213downtown.com. MUSIC Kimbra Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 8 p.m. Tues. $15. troubadour.com CLUB NIGHT Zachary James and burlesque show Harvard & Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 10 p.m. Tues.
November 6, 2011 |
On Oct. 21, the world did not end, despite predictions by Christian radio personality Harold Camping. We have by now laughed him off, but perhaps we owe Camping one more serious hearing. I for one can't help but ask: What if the apocalypse had happened? Or if not "the" apocalypse, then at least something fairly apocalyptic? That is what occurred 900 years ago. Thousands of people expected the apocalypse, and they got it, though not the one they were expecting. What if that happened again?
September 11, 2011 |
THE LEFTOVERS A Novel Tom Perrotta St. Martin's Press: 356 pp., $25.99 The two most moving scenes in Tom Perrotta's sixth novel, "The Leftovers," come late in the book. In the first, Kevin Garvey - abandoned husband, distracted father, mayor of the affluent suburb of Mapleton - tells a woman he's been dating that he's just heard from his college-age son for the first time in months. "Were you close?" she asks, herself a bit distracted. "He was my little boy, I was always so proud of him," Kevin answers and bursts into tears.
May 23, 2011 |
I wasn't rooting for the end of the world over the weekend, though there was some disappointment knowing I had no choice now but to join the Angels. You know — the ones down here who struggle so to be halfway decent Angels. The thing is, there is just nothing going on in Los Angeles, so there's nothing else to write about. I checked the Internet all the way up to game time, a little disappointed Kareem hadn't taken a sledgehammer to Magic or Jerry West's likenesses. It's so bad right now, I found myself looking for some golf tournament or horse race to write about instead of a baseball team that can't score.
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May 22, 2011 |
Sue Espinoza was planted before the television, awaiting news of her father's now infamous prediction: cataclysmic earthquakes auguring the end of humanity. God's wrath was supposed to begin in New Zealand and then race across the globe, leaving millions of bodies wherever the clock struck 6 p.m. But the hours ticked by, and New Zealand survived. Time zone by time zone, the apocalypse failed to materialize. On Saturday morning, Espinoza, 60, received a phone call from her father, Harold Camping, the 89-year-old Oakland preacher who has spent some $100 million — and countless hours on his radio and TV show — announcing May 21 as Judgment Day. "He just said, 'I'm a little bewildered that it didn't happen, but it's still May 21 [in the United States]