August 16, 2012
A smash hit on its recent release in China, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" offers an over-the-top mix of fantasy, adventure and romance that plays as a fussy, convoluted mess. In an ancient world in which spirit demons roam the earth, the spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou), searching for a chance to become more human, finds herself matching wits with Princess Jing (Wei Zhao), who is on the run from threats against her, as the two both seek love on their own terms for their own ends. The film, a sequel to 2008's "Painted Skin," is directed by Wuershan, who also made the recent "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.
December 31, 1993 |
Maybe the Valley turned younger and hipper, diving headlong into the "retro" fad. Maybe it was a matter of the beleaguered masses, weary from another year of recession and crime, turning to escapist nostalgia. Or maybe we just ran out of ideas. Either way, for arts and leisure, old was new in 1993. How else to explain the return of crooners and roller-skating, of harmonica blues and the Texas two-step?
April 18, 1992 |
It used to be very simple: Catholics knelt, Baptists did not. But like so many other things, the posture of prayer has become so much more complicated in the 1990s. Prominent evangelical pastors are calling their flocks to their knees, while American Catholics are considering a proposal to make kneeling optional. Even Presbyterians who prided themselves on never leaving their seats have been lifted from them by folk guitar services and the charismatic movement.
May 21, 1989
KEDG-FM--Rest In Peace (until a joyous resurrection becomes possible). GINA D. HASAN Laguna Nigel
April 22, 2014
Re "The Resurrection's challenge," Opinion, April 20 Skid row soup-kitchen operator Jeff Dietrich's writing is always confrontational, annoying and inspiring. This article was true to form, only more so. I can't believe Dietrich feels that he has to measure up to the risen Christ. His work may be a lot of things, and it ain't easy. The description of the homeless man needing a bathroom in the early morning - whom Dietrich turned away, citing the fact that his facility wasn't open yet and prior experiences letting the homeless use his bathroom - was poignantly real.
July 6, 1986 |
One of the few Democratic senators who were reelected in the Reagan landslide of 1980 was Max Baucus of Montana. On Baucus' staff, working as a special assistant, is an ex-priest (or unemployed priest) named Michael Miles, whose story deserves to be better known than it is and may become so with the publication this month of his deeply affecting book "Love Is Always" (Morrow: $17.95).
August 11, 2005
Can we call a moratorium on the word "hipster"? Its use has been escalating in The Times, reaching an apotheosis of sorts with S. Irene Virbila's review of the Lodge ("A High-Stakes Enterprise," Aug. 4), which contained the word, not once, not twice, but three times. This in a review of about 400 words. Years ago, "hipster" would have been taken as a compliment, but since its resurrection, it has been used ironically as a label for the terminally trendy. RICHARD HARRIS Los Angeles
April 19, 1987 |
Thousands of Christians thronged the site of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter eve to watch priests solemnly light giant candles, known as holy fire. The candles, a symbol of Christ's light to the world, cast a glow on the upturned faces of the faithful who crowded the darkened Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's old walled city to prepare for the most holy of Christian holidays. While pilgrims prayed, groups of armed border policemen in green uniforms patrolled in front of the church.