January 29, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - On a glittery stage in a giant football arena, a smiling Ray Lewis is speaking to dozens of journalists about playing this Super Bowl for a higher power. "Rings fade, they tarnish, but the relationship I have with Him will never die," he says. "My ultimate goal is to leave a great name, so that one day when those skies finally spread, I'll hear those famous words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' " At the same time Tuesday, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio, a somber Greg Wilson visits Jacinth Baker's grave.
April 16, 2010 |
There's something about a haunting mystery being solved by a haunted mind that's particularly seductive. That's just one of the many pleasures of "The Secret in Their Eyes," whose string of knots challenges and charms in a way that make its win of the foreign-language Oscar this year perfectly understandable. Argentine writer-director Juan José Campanella has given audiences a beautifully calibrated movie in the most traditional sense of the word — the ideal marriage of topic, talent and tone.
July 26, 2009
PAPERBACKS Fiction *--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Doubleday: 4 $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Barcelona takes a dangerous writing assignment. 2. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two 7 sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. 3. Black Hills by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $26.95) Two 2 childhood friends return to South Dakota to find love and revisit an unsolved murder. 4.
March 28, 2009 |
It's the kind of house Hancock Park is famous for: unemphatic but impressive, with a perfect lawn, fresh coat of paint and ivy crawling up the walls. By Los Angeles standards, this is old-school cool. James Ellroy, all 6 feet 3 of him, is stomping across that manicured lawn, sporting a Hawaiian shirt and golfer's cap and pretending to walk a nonexistent dog. He mimics staring into the window, then simulates masturbating to what he sees inside. "Just like that," he offers.
November 14, 2008 |
When a movie is based on an unsolved murder, it's tough to avoid an anticlimactic ending. After all, there's a reason mysteries are also called whodunits. That's why "The Alphabet Killer," inspired by the 1970s slayings of three Rochester, N.Y., schoolgirls -- all with double initials -- is ultimately so unsatisfying.
May 23, 2005 |
Last month I sat in the back of a courtroom in San Fernando Superior Court and watched an admitted murderer named Edmond Jay Marr be sentenced to prison. His punishment was more than 20 years in coming, and brought to an end the first case carried by the Los Angeles Police Department's cold-case unit from investigation to conviction to sentencing.