August 15, 2013 |
Romantic entanglements among young, attractive, progressive urbanites inform so many indie films and TV series that it's a relief to see that springboard so definitively turned on its ear. The result is "The Happy Sad," an engaging look at a pair of New York couples whose love lives intersect, crisscross, circle and backtrack in hip and provocative ways. Marcus (LeRoy McClain) and Aaron (Charlie Barnett of TV's "Chicago Fire") are an African American couple who, after six seemingly solid years together, decide to test an open relationship.
July 30, 2013 |
Perhaps you recall, I love Brian Wilson. Alas, the one whose music helped form the backdrop to my youth, not the quirky one who used to close for the San Francisco Giants. Only now in a move so fantastical it somehow fits, Wilson has signed a contract with the Dodgers . And come on, it is bizarre. However logical, it will take a certain amount of getting used to. The Beard belongs in black and orange, irritating and prodding and generally being annoying. Not pitching for the Dodgers.
July 16, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) plus 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 6 to 8 ripe plums or 6 nectarines or peaches 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/4 cups cake flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut one-fourth cup butter into pieces and add it to a small saucepan or skillet. Heat over medium heat until the butter browns but does not burn.
June 27, 2013 |
"The Attack" rewards your patience. Though it's never less than involving, it grows in stature as it unfolds and ends as a more subtle and disturbing film about love, loss and tragedy than we might initially expect. Co-written and directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri ("West Beirut") and set in Israel and the Palestinian territories, "The Attack's" seemingly straightforward title can be read two different yet complementary ways. The most obvious approach concerns a physical attack, the suicide bombing in a Tel Aviv restaurant that kills 19 and causes painful chaos for everyone in this film.
June 23, 2013 |
No Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Formidable Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain does his best work with the sly satire rooted in history - and a recent Oscar nominee for foreign-language film. Gael García Bernal stars as a young advertising executive, hired to craft a campaign arguing for the ouster of President Augusto Pinochet. "No" fictionalizes an actual event, but Larrain also comments on political fervor, social change and how the superficial appeal of packaging can affect both.
June 10, 2013 |
Soon after the Kings' chartered plane pointed its nose westward from Chicago, scene of their season-ending loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Coach Darryl Sutter began getting ready to open training camp on Sept. 11. Leaving others to analyze why the team's Stanley Cup reign has ended, Sutter has turned to preparing for what the Kings might accomplish next season if their promising kids get stronger and fitter and everyone is healthy. "I started doing it on the plane ride home the other night," he said Monday.