December 18, 2009 |
With filmmaker Werner Herzog ("Fitzcarraldo," "Grizzly Man," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans") at the helm and David Lynch as an executive producer, it's no surprise that "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" is such an eccentric, often dreamlike concoction. What is unexpected, however, is that the film manages to be flat and uninteresting, despite the juicy (or, at the very least, lurid) true story from 1979 that serves as this curio's inspiration. Michael Shannon, whose tedious performance here is a far cry from his Oscar-nominated turn in last year's " Revolutionary Road," stars as Brad, a disturbed, would-be actor who goes full-on batty after rehearsing the lead in a stage production of the Greek tragedy "Orestes," in which the title character kills his mother with a sword.
December 13, 2009 |
Werner Herzog and David Lynch make quite a pair. Herzog, the German-born director of such films as "Fitzcarraldo," "Grizzly Man" and "Rescue Dawn," is a relentless adventurer and the master of external conflict, of man's desire to fling himself recklessly toward the void. Lynch, maker of "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Dr.," explores an inner domain, a dreamscape where nightmare and reality intersect. So it is somewhat unlikely that Lynch would serve as executive producer on Herzog's latest film, "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," which opens Friday in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent theater.
December 4, 2009 |
Y.E. Yang is best known for beating Tiger Woods in the final round to win this year's PGA Championship, so it seemed only fitting that the South Korean again would make ripples at Woods' tournament. Yang overcame flu symptoms and fired a seven-under-par 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Chevron World Challenge, which benefits Woods' charity. That gave Yang a two-day total of nine-under 135 at the par-72 Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Two shots behind Yang were three golfers: two-time British Open champion Padraig Harrington, who won this tournament in 2002; Ian Poulter, who shared the first-round lead; and Kenny Perry, who matched Yang's 65 as Perry concludes what has been, in his words, "a magical year" on the golf course.
August 23, 2009 |
"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold." Neither Shakespeare nor Sir Peter Brook probably imagined the staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" like the setup at the Palms pool a week ago Saturday, which had been redone into a pirate's ship with skulls and plunder and sexy, red-dressed pirate babes everywhere. The bar at the center, where O.J. Simpson allegedly planned his recent crimes, was transformed from one angle into a castle and another into a sort of ship's helm.
August 19, 2009 |
Give Y.E. Yang his due. . . . His taming of Tiger Woods ranks alongside the Miracle on Ice, Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson, Eli Manning and the New York Giants over the New England Patriots and Villanova over Georgetown among sports' greatest upsets. . . . On the links, it rivals Jack Fleck's playoff victory over Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open as golf's biggest stunner. . . . Woods eased off the gas in the last two rounds and Yang took advantage. . . . If the world's fastest sprinters can't stay close to Usain Bolt , NFL cornerbacks wouldn't stand a chance.
August 17, 2009 |
When the final book on Tiger Woods is written, these two names will need to be highlighted: Ed Fiori, Y.E. Yang. Not Sergio Garcia. Not Phil Mickelson. Not Ernie Els. At least not yet. Fiori came from behind to beat Woods on the final day at the 1996 Quad City Classic, and Yang did the unthinkable Sunday, overtaking Woods in the final round of a major, the PGA Championship. Wearing all white, the ghost-like figure shot a two-under-par 70 to become the first player from Asia to win a men's major and the first to beat Woods after he had a 54-hole lead in a major.
August 13, 2009 |
A federal law often used to attack organized crime syndicates and interstate business scams has been leveled by a Chicago-area pizzeria owner against village officials he thinks are making a grab for his land. Tod Curtis has launched a civil racketeering lawsuit aimed at Mt. Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks, other municipal employees and local real estate developer Errol Oztekin, alleging that they have formed an "ongoing enterprise and scheme" for nearly a decade to force him out of Ye Olde Town Inn, which he has owned for 41 years.
April 19, 2009 |
Ron Paul, the Texas congressman and darling of Libertarians everywhere, has an idea on how the United States can deal with the Somali pirates plaguing international shipping in the Indian Ocean: hire and train some bounty hunters. The idea, unlike some of Paul's proposals, is actually gaining traction in Congress. The U.S. Navy is too big for the mission. So, hiring and training bounty hunters to go after the pirates is, as Political Machine put it, "a classic case of fighting fire with fire."
April 19, 2009 |
Ron Paul, the Texas congressman and darling of Libertarians everywhere, has an idea on how the United States can deal with the Somali pirates plaguing international shipping in the Indian Ocean: hire and train some bounty hunters. The idea, unlike some of Paul's proposals, is actually gaining traction in Congress. The U.S. Navy, designed to do battle against other nations' navies, is too big for the mission. So, hiring and training bounty hunters to go after the pirates is, as Political Machine put it, "a classic case of fighting fire with fire."