May 7, 2010 |
"Multiple Sarcasms" is Woody Allen lite — there's a lot of introspective fumbling around and intellectual foreplay. But in the end, instead of a satisfying climax, it feels like someone is faking it. Our central character is Gabriel ( Timothy Hutton), a NYC architect in the midst of a mid-life crisis of the mind. He's cheating on his clients by spending afternoons at the movies. He's lying to his wife Annie ( Dana Delany) and himself about his heart's true desire: to write a play about his unraveling life and his fractured relationships — so it's a comedy.
February 16, 2010 |
"You in town for the Olympics?" the waitress asks. "There's an Olympics here?" I answer. And with that, an evening begins at Yuk-Yuk's, Vancouver's premier comedy club -- an outpost for sarcasm, anarchy and subversive Olympic humor. Personally, I've never had much patience with funny people. But let's give these kids a chance. Onstage is Simon King, whose rat-a-tat-tat delivery is like that of a younger Robin Williams. He growls into the microphone, then punishes it with bleating llama sounds, then launches into a manic rant about the Winter Games.
February 9, 2010 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): You have the wisdom that experience can bring, but you're also willing to try new things and adopt a fresh mind-set. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Write down everything that's on your mind. Once you get it down on paper, you can organize your priorities. Gemini (May 21-June 21): An optimist can manage the unknown well, imagining it might be more wonderful than anything known. That's why you'll take a leap of faith today. Cancer (June 22-July 22)
August 17, 2008 |
Nobody loves the Olympics like cartoonists. John Trever nailed the compulsories, mocking the meddlesome host government on the medal stand. Steve Kelley scored some belittling laughs wondering about the wunderkind. And Rob Rogers skillfully skewered the Soviets, er ... Russians, for back-stabbing a former satellite. Sarcasm, criticism and scorn -- that's the spirit, guys! Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got work to do: McCain is lip-syncing Dubya's war strategy, Obama just missed another slam-dunk and the housing market and consumer confidence are performing some spectacular synchronized plunging.
December 24, 2006 |
Ah, those holiday favorites! Wistfully bittersweet Charlie Brown ... jolly, rollicking Frosty ... luminously cheerful Rudolph ... and some seasonally sarcastic editorial cartoons! Leave the goodwill to others. We'll sink our claws into Santa, rap the current leadership and put anger in the manger scene. Hey, someone has to trumpet the crass commercialization and herald the high hypocrisy of the blessed holy days!
November 18, 2006
Everybody is making such a big deal about Bob Knight hitting that poor kid during Texas Tech's game Monday night. Didn't John Wooden slap Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and David Meyers while he was winning all those NCAA championships? This moron should not be coaching basketball, he should be locked up, and the key should be, well, like the chair at the Purdue game years ago, thrown away. MARC POPKIN Brentwood