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November 26, 2010 | By Kevin Thomas
No wonder writer-director Javier Fuentes-León's lyrical, poignant "Undertow" has been chosen as Peru's official entry in the foreign language category at the Academy Awards. Unfolding like a folkloric fable in beautiful Cabo Blanco, in an idyllic fishing community, it quickly casts a seductive, sensual spell. Beautiful Mariela (Tatiana Astengo) and her rugged fisherman husband, Miguel (Cristian Mercado), await the imminent birth of their first child. They are happy and content in this earthly paradise, inhabited by easygoing yet deeply religious people.
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January 16, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
"The Rocket" winds through the mountains of northern Laos, the contemporary drama carrying a touch of fable and a powerful sense of place. Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), the 10-year-old at the center of the movie, makes an appealing rooting interest, not only because he's sparky and resourceful but also because he challenges the superstitious antipathy of his grandmother, who believes he's cursed. Displaced from their village by a dam project - after viewing a heartlessly chipper corporate video on the wonders of relocation - Ahlo and his family find themselves in a barren field of tents.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2004 | Mark Olsen
"Undertow," the latest film from "All the Real Girls" director David Gordon Green, is an offbeat hybrid of a '70s-style revenge thriller and the spacey, character-driven atmospherics of the filmmaker's previous work. Nothing speaks to this dual design quite so much as the character of Violet, a stylishly grungy, wandering ragamuffin played by 25-year-old Shiri Appleby.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. > Photos: Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2008 | Thomas Curwen, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Barack Obama introduced himself to America by painting a picture of a country that was united, somehow, in spite of itself. The pundits, he said in the keynote address to the Democratic convention, like to "slice and dice" the country: red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. "But I've got news for them too: We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states, and yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states."
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. > Photos: Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A 24-year-old Costa Mesa man was identified Friday as the swimmer who died two days earlier when he was caught up in a riptide about 40 yards offshore. The man was identified by Orange County coroner's investigators as Armando Pina Haro. Haro was caught in the deadly undertow just off the Balboa Peninsula about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday as he swam with his older brother. The unidentified brother also was caught in the riptide but was rescued.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2010
Lust & Larceny: Noir City 12th Annual Festival of Film Noir Where: American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: Friday through April 18 Price: $11 general admission; $9 seniors 65 and older and students with I.D. and $7 for Cinematheque members Contact: www.egyptiantheatre.com or www.american Schedule: Friday at 7:30 p.m.: "Cry Danger," "Hot Spot" Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: "Red Light," "Johnny Angel" Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1985 | CRAIG LEE
For anyone who's followed the Cure and its leader Robert Smith's career, it seemed unlikely that this veteran English post-punk outfit would become Tiger Beat material. But at a sold-out Irvine Meadows on Saturday night, the former patron saints of the doom-for-lunch bunch were greeted by zealous hordes of screamy-boppers, riveted by Smith's whines of significance. Even though the band's on the brink of a wider commercial success, the Cure neither patronizes nor panders to its audience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2005 | Steve Harvey
John Rouse figures that the numerous surfboard-toting commuters you spotted in downtown L.A. on Monday were responding to the stunning advisory from the National Weather Service (see accompanying). Oddly enough, no waves were seen in the Civic Center. Just the usual ocean of traffic. Unclear on the concept: Kathleen Lally-Arena of Culver City chanced upon a for-sale ad for a male Pomeranian amid conflicting reports of its reproductive abilities -- and the usual misspelling (see accompanying).
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2010 | By Kevin Thomas
No wonder writer-director Javier Fuentes-León's lyrical, poignant "Undertow" has been chosen as Peru's official entry in the foreign language category at the Academy Awards. Unfolding like a folkloric fable in beautiful Cabo Blanco, in an idyllic fishing community, it quickly casts a seductive, sensual spell. Beautiful Mariela (Tatiana Astengo) and her rugged fisherman husband, Miguel (Cristian Mercado), await the imminent birth of their first child. They are happy and content in this earthly paradise, inhabited by easygoing yet deeply religious people.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2010
Lust & Larceny: Noir City 12th Annual Festival of Film Noir Where: American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: Friday through April 18 Price: $11 general admission; $9 seniors 65 and older and students with I.D. and $7 for Cinematheque members Contact: www.egyptiantheatre.com or www.american Schedule: Friday at 7:30 p.m.: "Cry Danger," "Hot Spot" Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: "Red Light," "Johnny Angel" Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2009 | By Sarah Weinman
In 1982, reviewing Sue Grafton's first private detective novel, "A Is for Alibi," the pseudonymous New York Times crime fiction critic Newgate Callendar wondered, "Will the series take hold? This first book is competent enough, but not particularly original." Twenty-seven years on, Callendar's dismissive attitude toward the book -- and its tough-minded thirtysomething heroine Kinsey Millhone -- demonstrates the dangers of prognostication and how instantaneous judgments don't age well. Grafton's alphabet-titled series not only took hold, but the books are also available in 28 countries (and 26 languages)
NATIONAL
August 28, 2008 | Thomas Curwen, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Barack Obama introduced himself to America by painting a picture of a country that was united, somehow, in spite of itself. The pundits, he said in the keynote address to the Democratic convention, like to "slice and dice" the country: red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. "But I've got news for them too: We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states, and yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2005 | Steve Harvey
John Rouse figures that the numerous surfboard-toting commuters you spotted in downtown L.A. on Monday were responding to the stunning advisory from the National Weather Service (see accompanying). Oddly enough, no waves were seen in the Civic Center. Just the usual ocean of traffic. Unclear on the concept: Kathleen Lally-Arena of Culver City chanced upon a for-sale ad for a male Pomeranian amid conflicting reports of its reproductive abilities -- and the usual misspelling (see accompanying).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
With "Undertow," David Gordon Green remains the compelling filmmaker of his distinctive first feature, "George Washington." However, in his third feature -- his second, "All the Real Girls," afforded Zooey Deschanel a breakthrough role -- his gift for texture and atmosphere and for expressing the world through the eyes of youthful, marginalized antagonists is wedded somewhat uneasily to a conventional plot.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
"I don't want to be hostile. I don't want to be dismal," goes the opening line of Tool's new album, "Undertow." But the Warholian 15-minute ticker hasn't run out yet on hard rock's anger-and-grunge formula, so what the heck. The Los Angeles band spends virtually the entire album milking the most hostile, dismal feelings it can muster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1991
Connections pay at City Hall. A case in point: The right to operate official police garages is passed down from generation to generation by well-connected families. This private system of doing public business, documented by Times reporter Rich Connell, is unfair. The question of who gets the lucrative business of towing away about 200,000 cars a year should be decided by open and competitive bidding for a fixed term.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2004 | Mark Olsen
"Undertow," the latest film from "All the Real Girls" director David Gordon Green, is an offbeat hybrid of a '70s-style revenge thriller and the spacey, character-driven atmospherics of the filmmaker's previous work. Nothing speaks to this dual design quite so much as the character of Violet, a stylishly grungy, wandering ragamuffin played by 25-year-old Shiri Appleby.
MAGAZINE
November 16, 2003 | Patti Paniccia
Charlie Carr, dressed in shorts, an aloha shirt and a pair of beach slippers, sits on a picnic bench overlooking the ocean at Alii Beach Park on the island of Oahu, remembering the moment when he finally and fully understood his predicament. Five years ago, he watched Mahina Paoa Rapu, a relative of legendary surfer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku of Hawaii, unwrap a tiny replica of the large Tiki-like statues that sit on her native Rapa Nui, commonly known as Easter Island.
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