May 18, 1986
Re "A Quiet Triumph of Hate" by Al Martinez (Times, May 8): This is the most meaningful, serious and important article that Martinez has ever written . . . a prize winner. I hope the racist hate-mongers get the message. The most disgraceful and frightening thing is that the Police Department, the FBI and the postal inspector refused to become involved. It brings to mind the Holocaust, when the (people of the) whole world closed their eyes, while 6 million men, women and children lost their lives, and proves again that SILENCE is the most unforgivable sin in the world when there is a principle involved.
March 7, 2013 |
It's no wonder that Luis Buñuel wanted to turn "The Monk" into a movie. Once banned, now merely cherished, the 1796 novel is a lurid amalgam of religious devotion and sin, earthly temptations and supernatural doings. Buñuel never made his movie, but there have been numerous adaptations. The latest, from French director Dominik Moll, is a work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role. Moll's version, arriving stateside almost two years after it opened in France, is a decided change of pace for the director of "With a Friend Like Harry" and new territory as well for Cassel.
May 21, 2013 |
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week, will be coming to U.S. screens in late fall or early winter. The New York-based company Kino Lorber announced Tuesday that it had picked up the U.S. rights to the movie. The film is Jia's fourth to play at the festival and is divided into four stories. L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan called the film "a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
June 7, 1995 |
"Living in sin" should no longer be regarded as sinful and the phrase should be dropped given the number of people who now live together before getting married, a Church of England report said Tuesday. Warning against judgmental attitudes about cohabitation and fornication, the report by the church's Board of Social Responsibility estimated that four in five couples will live together before they marry by the year 2000.
September 18, 2005
Re "The left finds an avenging angel in Katrina," Current, Sept. 11 Conservative apologist Dennis Prager sets up a false argument: that some people find the Bush tax cuts and ignoring of global warming akin to sin. He then attributes that position to a mysterious entity he dubs the "secular left" (as if liberals cannot be religious), ties it to Hurricane Katrina and smugly knocks it down. Truly an exercise in futility. As usual, his piece ignores the only fact that matters: The Katrina disaster finally exposed a staggering level of mendacity and ineptitude at the federal level, and people no longer feel safe.
July 12, 1998 |
Some of us journalists have sinned, oh Lord Public, master of our universe. We beg of you to forgive us our press passes. How did we sin? Let me count the ways: 1) By telling you things that we knew were not so; 2) By telling you things we believed to be so, but had not substantiated; 3) By telling you things that were so, but had been acquired by questionable means. Why does there, suddenly, seem to be so much journalistic sinning? Because the public seems to be turned off on the media.