June 6, 2009 |
The fuzzy memories are all coming back for Phillip Paley, but sometimes it's still hard for him to talk about his days as America's favorite monkey-boy. "It just changes the way people look at you, once people find out that you were Cha-Ka," the 45-year-old said of his long-gone career as a child actor on the television show "Land of the Lost." "I don't tell too many people. But, well, I guess that's all changing now."
January 21, 2009 |
As Danny Hoch ambles through Echo Park, a familiar sight catches his eye. Although he's far from his home in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, Hoch instantly recognizes the telltale signs of approaching urban Armageddon: pasty-faced guys in porkpie hats, prowling for overpriced espressos; pierced and tattooed young women pushing strollers; a vintage clothing store rubbing elbows with a Salvadoran pupuseria.
December 28, 2008 |
It's always tricky when an author's name becomes an adjective. Orwellian, Machiavellian, Faulknerian -- these designations make it hard to see a writer on his or her own terms. This is perhaps most true of Franz Kafka, whose sobriquet, Kafkaesque, has become a catchall for the weird and inexplicable. Yet 84 years after his death of tuberculosis at age 40, Kafka continues to defy such simplifications, to force us to consider him anew.
January 3, 2008 |
The American Cinematheque's survey of Golden Globe foreign film nominees begins Wednesday at the Aero -- a chance to see "The Kite Runner," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Lust, Caution," "Persepolis" and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" all in four nights. Adapted from Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel series and told in stark, near-monochromatic images, "Persepolis" merits attention for more than simply being the rare subtitled animated film from somewhere other Japan.
November 10, 2007 |
If Ween isn't your favorite band of all time, taking in a concert by the long-running East Coast outfit can feel like crash-landing on an alien planet where everyone speaks a language you don't understand. You see the people around you pumping their fists to rhythms that seem limp. They thrill to guitar solos that sound pretty lame. They laugh uproariously at jokes you didn't realize were intended to be funny.
April 17, 2007 |
IN 1975, Saigon and Grand Rapids, Mich., were places as alien to each other as the moon and the sun. Bich (pronounced "Bit") Minh Nguyen was 8 months old when her father fled South Vietnam during the fall of the capital with her and her older sister, leaving her mother behind in the chaos. They joined tens of thousands of refugees who were making the long ocean voyage to America.