October 16, 2009 |
We know that Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) loves his daughter because in the opening moments of "Law Abiding Citizen," we see him happily making bead necklaces with her. Then there's a knock on the door, a baseball bat to the head and Clyde watches helplessly as his wife and little girl are raped and murdered during a home invasion. Clyde, understandably, wants justice, and when he doesn't get it from the system, he wants revenge on everyone involved. Because of that "Law Abiding Citizen" spends a lot of time paying lip service to the inequities of a broken judicial system where "some justice is better than no justice at all."
November 21, 2013 |
An old saw advises, " Before you embark on a journey of revenge , dig two graves. " That underlying notion - that the act of vengeance afflicts both the agent and the target - permeates the recent psychological thriller "Prisoners," which stars Hugh Jackman as father who will stop at nothing to save his kidnapped daughter and Jake Gyllenhaal as a detective determined to do things by the book. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Gyllenhaal, costar Melissa Leo and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski discussed the film's exploration of cycles of revenge.
February 25, 2013 |
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on March 31 as George R.R. Martin's saga begins its third season. Judging by the new trailer, which includes phrases such as "death is coming for everyone and everything," things are going to get pretty dark. In the last seconds, we are promised: "The revenge you want will be yours in time. " But who will get revenge? Can everyone? Earlier this month, it seemed as though fans might be ready to take out their revenge on Martin. After the author signed a two-year deal to develop new science fiction/fantasy stories for HBO, online chatter seemed to signal his readers' frustration . "George R.R. Martin STOP MAKING NEW STUFF AND JUST FINISH WHAT YOU'VE STARTED!
November 3, 2012 |
This post has been updated. Please see details below. NEWINGTON, N.H. - [ Updated, 10:19 a.m.: Mitt Romney seized on a remark President Obama made about voting against the GOP nominee as the “best revenge,” highlighting the comment on the stump and planning to air an ad on it as he launched a three-state, four-rally day on Saturday.] The dust-up is over a comment Obama made on Friday while stumping in Springfield, Ohio. When the president mentioned Romney's name, the crowd booed.
October 21, 2011 |
In 2006, when director Chris Paine released "Who Killed the Electric Car?" the story of GM's short-lived, battery-powered EV-1, the villains were many, but consumer apathy played its role. With "Revenge of the Electric Car," Paine's entertaining follow-up, top GM exec Bob Lutz gives much credit for the company's 180 to consumer outrage. Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change. "Revenge" follows the three-way race between GM, Nissan and Silicon Valley rogues Tesla Motors to bring an electric model successfully to market by centering on the three biggest personalities involved: Lutz, Nissan head Carlos Ghosn and Elon Musk, the PayPal mogul behind Tesla who goosed GM into action with his sexy gas-free sports car. Invited "behind enemy lines" as narrator Tim Robbins intones, by GM themselves in 2007, the filmmakers gained access across the board by promising not to release the film until the cars hit showrooms in 2011.
September 27, 2013 |
Gardena Serra has defeated Narbonne 36-13 in tonight's intersectional showdown in Harbor City. Adoree' Jackson and Darrion Naylor each scored two touchdowns and Jordan Lasley caught a touchdown pass for the Cavaliers (5-0), ranked #3 in the Southland by The Times. Jackson had a 102-yard interception return and also ran 52 yards on a fake punt in the second quarter. He finished with 78 yards in eight carries and caught three passes for 20 yards. "It's all about staying hungry, humble, healthy and happy," Jackson said.
October 19, 2009 |
If the revenge thriller seems like an especially inflexible genre, it might be because its founding formula is basically a biblical credo: an eye for an eye. In film after film, a vigilante hero is wronged and because of the failures of the legal system must take matters into his -- or, in some cases, her -- own hands. There is no real suspense over the outcome -- payback is exacted, in due course -- but the nominal pleasures of most of these movies lie precisely in their familiarity, in their brazen appeal to our most basic instincts.
July 15, 2001
Steve Hochman, previewing the upcoming Tori Amos release "Strange Little Girls" (Pop Eye, July 1), tells us that while Amos neither supports nor condemns Eminem for his misogynistic lyrics, she believes that words are very powerful, "like guns." He notes that her catalog includes the song "Me and a Gun," in which "a woman seeks revenge after being raped." It's a personal account of the terror of being raped at gunpoint--not a word about revenge to be found. MARY SUSAN STERNER San Diego
April 14, 1992 |
A man who raped an 18-year-old woman a second time because she reported the initial attack to police was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday.
January 11, 2007
Unfortunately, these are real donkeys, not computer-generated ones voiced by Eddie Murphy, stubbornly getting out of the way of France's Benoit Rousselot's truck during the third stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday in Morocco.