| Dec 23, 2013
| 5:22 PM
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor […]...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:14 PM
In my first summer as a Newport Beach lifeguard, I would sit silent and wide-eyed, entranced by veteran lifeguards and the stories they would tell.
From narratives of heroic rescues at The Wedge to tales from the infamous "summer of '97," an El Nino...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Chang-rae Lee starts his new novel, "On Such a Full Sea," with the kind of stock beginning that seems disappointingly similar to those of the multivolume behemoths ceaselessly cranked out for the young adult market the past few years. The heart sinks; not...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:23 AM
The debate over whether Edward Snowden should receive leniency from the federal government -- revived by a New Year's Day editorial in The New York Times -- tracks the larger debate over Snowden encapsulated in the question: "Hero or traitor?" In other...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Tapping into patriotism, Universal's Navy SEALs action film "Lone Survivor" is playing powerfully at the U.S. box office with a projected $33 million to $35 million weekend according to estimates based on Friday showing.
Projections have doubled over the...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Using an ammo crate as a chair and an Army tent as his office, Pfc. John "Mac" MacFarland set up his typewriter and began to write.
It was the sweltering summer of 1969, about a month after the fierce battle of Tam Ky in South Vietnam. MacFarland had...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:12 PM
Tris Prior may be arriving on the big screen after Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games,” Clary Fray of “The […]...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:37 PM
There isn't a gang in Los Angeles that the new Fox crime drama "Gang Related" doesn't explore.
Russian, Korean, Latino, African American, white and more are brought to vivid, bloody life over the course of the first season, which stars Ramon Rodriguez...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 11:07 AM
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but,...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:55 PM
I enjoy the periodic notes I receive from my readers; it’s nice to know that someone appreciates my thoughts. Recently I received a question from a reader, “Dr. Joe, I read the poem ‘Thermopylae’ by Constance Cavafy you used as a...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:10 PM
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing,...