April 2, 2010 |
"The Secret of Kells" is an anachronism many times over, and what a good thing that turned out to be. A ravishing, continually surprising example of largely hand-drawn animation in the heyday of computer-generated imagery, an inexpensive and sophisticated European production in an age of broad-stroke studio films, even a spirited defense of books and bookishness while Kindles walk the earth, "Kells" fights the tide every way it can. ...
November 8, 1998
Regarding the story on Mono Hot Springs, ("Sierra Secret," Aug. 9): It was followed by a letter from David Peel who is worried because the secret was revealed to 1.4 million readers. I made the trip on the strength of the article. He needn't worry. For the benefit of adventurous urbanites like myself, allow me to say that the last 16 miles of "road" are not for the uninitiated. In places, it's barely vehicle-wide at precipices. Mono Hot Springs does indeed offer pristine wilderness, a river and full amenities.
February 17, 2002
Your article on Annecy ("As Time Glides By," Jan. 27) brought back memories. I visited it for only a day before embarking on a 12-day trek traversing Mont Blanc during a 10-week sabbatical. The place is spectacular and forgotten by time. While other places in France get a lot of attention, this small, peaceful and quaint little town was the best-kept secret. Now everybody in Los Angeles knows about it. Hopefully, they won't make it there soon. JOEY J. SALONGA Hacienda Heights
June 14, 2010
"The Secret in Their Eyes" has turned into a secret box-office success. Winner of the best foreign-language film Academy Award this year, the Argentine murder-mystery has sold a total of $4.5-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada so far. That's about what "The Karate Kid" made in a few hours, of course, but it's more than four of the last five Oscar winners in that category had grossed after the same number of weeks in theaters....
March 8, 2010
Foreign language "The Secret in Their Eyes" Juan José Campanella Proving itself once again to be among the most predictably unpredictable categories at the Oscars, the award for foreign language film went to Argentina's "The Secret in Their Eyes." Though likely not quite as controversial as the award last year for Japan's "Departures," the prize again shows that the academy has little interest in the popularity of movies on the international film festival circuit nor the critical response to these often-relatively little-seen films.
September 20, 1998
Regarding Lucretia Bingham's story on the Mono Hot Springs Resort ("Sierra Secret," Aug. 9): While the article was detailed and accurate, she failed to mention that the resort is adjacent to a well-kept forestry service campground. The resort and campground are open June through September only. The sinking feeling I experienced upon seeing the article is that she revealed this well-kept "Sierra secret" to 1.4 million Times Travel section readers. In the 18 years that I have known about Mono Hot Springs, I shared it with only six of my most appreciative friends.
April 11, 2010 |
When Argentine filmmaker Juan José Campanella was handed the Oscar for foreign-language film last month, there was something oddly appropriate that the presenters were Pedro Almodóvar and Quentin Tarantino. Campanella's film, "The Secret in Their Eyes," which opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles, exists at the intersection of the character-driven art film and the plot-driven genre film. The story of "Secret" finds a retired cop (Ricardo Darín) attempting to piece together a brutal rape and murder that he never solved while also taking small romantic steps with a woman he has long loved and never won. With its story line of mystery and romance and its flashbacks to the case's initial investigation, the film also functions as an allegory of how Argentina continues to grapple with its own past, haunted by the specter of repressive dictatorship.
November 23, 1986
Even Teflon eventually gets scratched, allowing the base metal to show through. ROBERT E. OMAN Culver City
May 4, 2001 |
Annette Lee's new play, "A Dirty Secret Between the Toes," confuses strident overstatement of age-old minority concerns with character development, and the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble compounds the problems. The tone of the Lodestone production, at East L.A. College's Little Theatre, is strictly puerile. A couple, Helen and Chuck (Emily Liu and Ryun Yu), have just moved into the only house on a cul-de-sac in an exclusive and formerly all-white gated community.
February 10, 2010 |
Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore knew exactly what many skeptical film fans were thinking last week when it was announced that his small film, "The Secret of Kells," had been nominated for best animated feature. "They're all going, 'What the hell is this film that got nominated?' " the director joked via telephone from Ireland, where he was en route to tape an interview for a local television station. The hand-drawn film, which has been out in theaters in Ireland nearly a year now, tells the story of a young boy trying to protect the national treasure, "The Book of Kells," from the Vikings.