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April 28, 1990
I've just read the April 13 review of "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" ("Cook": Grossness From Great Talents") in which Kevin Thomas calls the film "repulsive," with scenes of cannibalism and of a man smeared with excrement. Quick! Call the National Endowment for the Arts! I'm sure it will want to sponsor the sequel in the name of artistic freedom! BILL FARIS Lake Forest
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013
Catch a rare 35mm screening of director Roman Polanski's first English-language film, "Repulsion. " This creepy 1965 horror flick chronicles the meltdown of a young Catherine Deneuve as she deals with intimacy issues in a very strange way. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri. to Thu. Times vary. $12. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1989
Kudos to Rakolta for her stand against "Married" and other offensive television programming. I don't know how she watched the show for seven weeks (according to a Times article). I have seen one episode of "Married," and that was enough for me. Inane, repulsive and downright boring. BRENDA HESTER Garden Grove
OPINION
August 20, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
By the time you read this, the world will have peered inside the undoubtedly depressing and quite possibly child-endangering world of the nation's reigning social pariah. I'm referring to Wednesday night's two-hour special on Fox, "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage." At press time, I'd only seen clips, but I think I can guarantee that we're in for another wave of Octo-villification, not to mention some major sanctimony. Nadya Suleman, in case anyone's lucky enough to need a briefing, is the woman who gave birth to eight premature babies in January, the result of the implantation of six embryos, two of which split.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1990
I'm not a big fan of Quayle, but I do feel that Conrad's cartoon (Quayle under his desk on the phone saying, "Dad, they're calling up the reserves!" Aug. 23) was repulsive. For many, many years I have read editorial cartoons, liked some, disliked others, but this is the first one that has turned my stomach. ROBERT F. KRAMER Lompoc
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1985
Where were you in 1945, Mr. President? Certainly not with the 11th Armored in the snows around Bastogne. Nor were you there when the little gray men in the striped pajamas struggled into the village of Mauthansen, searching for food after we freed them from their death camp. No credit to you, Mr. President. No credit to your advisers who allowed you to agree to this repulsive idea of honoring the German war dead. JOHN STEPHENS Palm Springs
BUSINESS
March 30, 1997
I have met the enemy, and it is William P. Foley, chairman of CKE, parent of Carl's Jr. ("Carl's New Star," March 9). Their TV ad campaign is vulgar and repulsive. It depicts its customers as the crudest of the "ugly Americans." I discontinued going there. I don't belong in the place! PATRICIA M. ALCORN Studio City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1987
I am disgusted over the hard-core cadre of women in downtown Los Angeles who wear oversize white tennis shoes with dresses and skirts after work. This horrid and mousy look is thoroughly unappealing and completely unprofessional. In their desire for after-work comfort, these women should start their own "California Look" by using the wide array of comfortable but smart slip-ons that are readily available and leave the repulsive "New York Look," fuzzball heels and candy-stripe laces included, back east where it belongs!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1986
I've been unemployed since December. In that time I've responded to about 40 job advertisements and three referrals from the state employment office. The last referral was not to an employer but to another employment agency! I'm sure there's a good reason why a tax-supported employment service is pandering for a private employment agency, but I've a hunch most Americans would find it as repulsive as I do. Not surprising, just repulsive. During the time I've been looking for work I've learned the following: - The number of job seekers, i.e. unemployed, is much larger than indicated by the state-supplied statistics.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2006
Regarding "Exxon Mobil earnings hit $10.5 billion," Oct. 27: For those of us who are being taken in by the flood of "Vote no on Proposition 87" TV commercials, please note that their prime funder is none other than major oil companies. Do you get the picture? Think about Exxon Mobil Corp. and its repulsive profits when you cast your ballot for 87 and hope that we may someday breathe clean air and become energy independent. George Magit Northridge Your article about Exxon Mobil earnings made it sound as if its executives had committed some sort of crime.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2009 | Sam Adams
Roman Polanski's second feature, and his first after emigrating from communist Poland, "Repulsion" quivers with liberated energy and forces both cathartic and annihilating. Detailing the abrupt mental deterioration of a nail-chomping beautician named Carole, played by Catherine Deneuve, the 1965 film, due out in a new DVD and Blu-ray edition from the Criterion Collection on Tuesday, is consistently engrossing, even though, or perhaps because, it is essentially one long Freudian gag.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2007
The Sept. 28 Calendar featured a full-page color ad for the Showtime TV show "Dexter." A grinning man, splattered with blood (I assume), was featured with the slogan, "The return of America's favorite serial killer." If I subscribed to Showtime, I'd cancel. I'm not going to cancel my subscription to The Times, but I thought about it. I don't find the ad funny, cute, amusing, trendy or anything other than stomach-turning.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2006
Regarding "Exxon Mobil earnings hit $10.5 billion," Oct. 27: For those of us who are being taken in by the flood of "Vote no on Proposition 87" TV commercials, please note that their prime funder is none other than major oil companies. Do you get the picture? Think about Exxon Mobil Corp. and its repulsive profits when you cast your ballot for 87 and hope that we may someday breathe clean air and become energy independent. George Magit Northridge Your article about Exxon Mobil earnings made it sound as if its executives had committed some sort of crime.
WORLD
October 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Islamic radicals repulsed an attack by pro-government forces to recapture the vital Somalian seaport of Kismayo and took control of a coastal town, in further signs of the central administration's weakening grasp. Forces loyal to the defense minister tried to retake Kismayo three weeks after losing it to Islamist fighters who have seized the capital, Mogadishu, and most of the south. Armed Islamic militia fighters were patrolling the streets and tensions remained high.
OPINION
December 4, 2005 | Maher Hathout, Maher Hathout is senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California.
ON NOV. 13, Current's Faith Front featured an essay by contributor Dennis Prager, "Five questions non-Muslims need answered." Maher Hathout, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California, replies: * Prager's attempt to make America's more than 6 million Muslims feel like culprits was repulsive, but for the sake of argument, let's examine the questions to which he requested a response. * "Why are you so quiet?"
BUSINESS
June 5, 2005
"Gulf Between Top, Bottom Gets Wider" (May 31) was shocking. At a time when 40 million Americans cannot afford healthcare coverage, millions more are barely making a livable income and Medicare, Social Security and other social programs are in danger, it is repulsive to read that chief executives are making approximately 300 times the amount of the average worker. This greedy injustice is justified by the theories of a competitive free market. Our cutthroat capitalism has caused the American Dream to become the American Nightmare.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2005
"Gulf Between Top, Bottom Gets Wider" (May 31) was shocking. At a time when 40 million Americans cannot afford healthcare coverage, millions more are barely making a livable income and Medicare, Social Security and other social programs are in danger, it is repulsive to read that chief executives are making approximately 300 times the amount of the average worker. This greedy injustice is justified by the theories of a competitive free market. Our cutthroat capitalism has caused the American Dream to become the American Nightmare.
NEWS
December 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement repulsed two overnight opposition attacks, the Afghan Islamic Press, or AIP, reported. One attack came in northeastern Afghanistan when forces loyal to commander Ahmed Shah Masoud launched an offensive against Taliban positions 19 miles north of the town of Taloqan, AIP said. It said the Taliban repelled the opposition after five hours of fighting in which three Taliban and six opposition fighters were killed.
SPORTS
November 21, 2004 | Robyn Norwood, Ben Bolch and P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writers
Four National Basketball Assn. players were suspended indefinitely Saturday after a melee at the Detroit Piston-Indiana Pacer game in which fans and players attacked one another, leaving the image-savvy league reeling from one of the ugliest incidents in its history. In banishing Indiana's Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal and Detroit's Ben Wallace, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Friday night's violence "shocking, repulsive and inexcusable."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2003 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
"Sorry for the mess," first-time author James Frey mutters, picking up empty beer bottles at the friend's house in Laurel Canyon where he is staying. Traces of leftover food are splayed on the dining table, though the rest of the place looks immaculate. "We had a party last night." It's 8:45 on a foggy morning and he's bright-eyed and attentive. "That's the nice part about not drinking." He gestures at the bottles. "Feeling good the next morning."
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