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Movie Reviews: Death In Love, 500 Days of Summer, Severed Ways

OPENING THIS WEEK DEATH IN LOVE On the heels of his promising 1994 indie debut Fresh, Boaz Yakin delivered a hatefully stacked deck against Orthodox Jewry with A Price Above Rubies (1998). Then he went to Hollywood, and, by his own self-lacerating account, sold out. As it turns out, the......

Letters on Nahai, Brewer and Waitress

Paper Pusher Somewhere between DWP chief David Nahai’s comment “We can’t all go back to living in huts” and the obscene excess that defines SoCal living is a healthier, more moderate way of life that serves our environment and our souls [“Can David Nahai Keep the Lights On?” Dec. 28–Jan......

Greens Seeing Red

Greens Seeing Red Having read Marc Cooper’s “Green Party, RIP — McKinney’s shenanigans sent the party further into irrelevance” [Dec. 14–20], I have to question his qualifications [as] a political journalist. Although I do not claim to support Cynthia McKinney in total, she has been a lone, courageous voice in......

The Gangs of Los Angeles

The Gangs of Los Angeles I was frustrated when I read your cover story [“Nine Miles and Spreading,” by Peter Landesman, Dec. 14-20]. The story gave an accurate depiction of Watts two years ago. Today, things in Watts are very different. Following that horribly violent holiday season of 2005, I......

East Is East (of Downtown)

East Is East (of Downtown) Regarding the item by Lina Lecaro titled “How We Roll” [Nightranger, Dec. 14–20], I urge you to correct all current and future misrepresentations of the “Eastside.” Echo Park is not the “Eastside,” Silver Lake is not the “Eastside” — even Little Tokyo is not the......

Letters: Buk, Booth and the Burbs

Hed TK Having read Dwayne Booth, a.k.a. Mr. Fish’s, article I feel compelled to give another perspective on Dennis Kucinich. I was first introduced to Dennis on May 25, 2004, when my husband was hired to play an after party for him in Santa Cruz. Prior to that day I......

Just the Facts, Man

Just the Facts, Man One expects the trades to shill for the studios, who provide the majority of their ad revenues. But I expect better from the L.A. Weekly. D. Heimpel’s article [“WGA’s Biggest Enemy,” October 26–November 1] is long on anecdotes and assertions and short on facts. He quotes anonymous......

Letters: Biking in Santa Monica, Paddleboating in Echo Park

Squeaky Wheeler These comments are in regard to the story about Santa Monica Critical Mass [“Bike Dislike,” October 26–November 1]. I attended the ride on Friday night, and I think it is a gross injustice for the Santa Monica police to harass bicycle riders on a peaceful, law-abiding ride. We......

The Revolution Will Not Be Merchandised

The Revolution Will Not Be Merchandised Let me get this straight: I can buy camouflage-print onesies and skull-bedecked sneakers for little girls at Target, Che Guevara T-shirts at the mall, and artist Takashi Murakami is “culture jamming” us with his googly-eyed critters on handbags and paintings? The framing of Murakami’s......

Letters: Love Hoax

Love Hoax Few stories have generated the number of comments we’ve received for screenwriter Josh Olson’s cover story “The Life and Death of Jesse James: An Internet Love Hoax” (Oct. 12–18). To see the full range of responses, go to laweekly.com. In response to the article titled “The Life and......