November 20, 2012 |
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" asks that we take a leap of faith along with a boy named Pi Patel and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker as an angry ocean and the ironies of fate set them adrift. Their struggle for survival is as elegant as it is epic with the director creating a grand adventure so cinematically bold, and a spiritual voyage so quietly profound, that if not for the risk to the castaways, you might wish their passage from India would never end. There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone.
March 31, 2007
After Tiger Woods won the CA Championship, fellow golfer Geoff Ogilvy said Tiger is "good on Bermuda, good in wind, good in no wind, and good on bent grass." Let's face it: Tiger's also good on water, because he's the only golfer who can walk on it. PAUL STEINBERG Irvine
September 16, 2012 |
Stormdancer The Lotus War Book One Jay Kristoff St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne: 336 pp., $24.99 With its geisha girls in gas masks and canvas blimps spewing black exhaust as they chug across the sky, "Stormdancer" paints a vivid picture of a decrepit, steampunk Japan. It's startling to witness a country that so reveres nature presented in such an environmentally compromised position, as it is in the kickoff to Jay Kristoff's "The Lotus War" series. But it's this inventive juxtaposition that makes "Stormdancer" such a thrilling addition to the increasingly tired yet continuously expanding dystopian scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2008 |
The executive director of the San Francisco Zoo has stepped down almost six months after a tiger there killed a teenager and injured two others. A statement from the zoo says Manuel Mollinedo, who led the San Francisco Zoological Society since 2004, will retire. Mollinedo and zoo staff were criticized after a tiger escaped and killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. It was later revealed that the wall around the tiger's pen was 4 feet lower than the industry standard. The society's board said in its statement that it "greatly appreciates his efforts and wishes him well in his retirement."
March 22, 1986
Prim Walker hit a two-run single in the first inning to lead the University of the Pacific softball team to a 3-1 win over San Diego State at the PONY Tournament Friday at Cal State Fullerton. Tiger pitcher Teri Arnold went the distance for the win. SDSU fell to 9-14.
April 15, 2006
Earth to Hootie Johnson: We don't need another U.S. Open-style course set up so tough that a score around even par can win the tournament. I, for one, missed the birdie and eagle roars that used to reverberate throughout the back nine on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. Instead, all we heard were groans of disappointment all afternoon. Would Bobby Jones really have wanted this? PETER MARQUARD West Hills According to David Toms, old Hootie has too many rules and Tiger might get a break at the Masters.