December 8, 2006
Abandon hope, all ye who enter Apocalypto. As Mel Gibson tells us in the portentous TV ads, the title means "a new beginning," but the movie returns to the beginnings of movie melodrama. Although it's told in a Mayan dialect, with English subtitles, the movie is just an arthouse film for jocks. Only the surface is exotic: the Mayan empire in its late-decadent phase. Otherwise, it's as if Gibson feels the audience has never seen a film before. The life-or-death jeopardy is so basic, he might as well be filming a good guy trying to stop a train before it hits the damsel tied by the bad guys to the railroad tracks.
November 14, 2006
On Sunday, November 12, 2006, Vladimir Perekalsky, beloved husband of the late Sara Mogilevich, loving father of Boris Perekalsky and Mariya Baraban; loving father-in-law of Bella Perekalsky and Victor Baraban; devoted brother of the late Felix Perekalsky; beloved grandfather of Natasha Perekalsky, Luda and Vadim Hiekin; loving great-grandfather of Stefan and Mia Hiekin.. Services at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road at Mt. Wilson Lane on Tuesday, November 14, at 2 P.M. Interment Har Sinai Congregation Cemetery - Garrison Forest Road.
July 22, 2006
On July 14, 2006, ALFRED CHARLES ROBINSON, beloved father of Patricia (Walter), Gregory, Kenneth, Marshal (Michelle) and Pamela (Dennis) departed this life. Although a native of Baltimore, he currently resided in Las Vegas with devoted wife, Patricia. He leaves to cherish grandchildren, Raoul, Raphael, Bryant, Gregory Jr., Candace, Matthew, Lauren, Kathryn, Zachary, Jacqueline, Kenneth Jr., Penny, Malaya, Marcia and Devin as well as great-grandchildren Raoul Jr., Khouri, Bryant Jr., Destiny and Dasha.
April 16, 2006
GOOD FRIENDS HAPPILY GATHER UNDER A restaurant's bright striped canopy on a balmy summer day. The ladies wear silk dresses and stylish hats, the gentlemen suits or sailing outfits with yellow straw boaters. Among them are actresses Ellen Andree and Jeanne Samary, painter Gustave Caillebotte, financier and newspaper editor Charles Ephrussi and the redoubtable Baron Raoul Barbier -- war hero, former mayor of colonial Saigon, indefatigable bon vivant and aficionado of fine racehorses and women.
November 22, 2005
On November 19, 2005, MARILYN S.; loving and devoted wife of Morley E. Frech, Sr.; beloved mother of The Rev. Morley E. Frech, Jr. and his wife Linda, M. Rosie Frevel and her husband Raoul, Sr. and John I. Frech, Sr. and his wife Sherrie; dear sister of Warren Mitchell and his wife Winneford; cherished grandmother of Raoul Frevel, Jr. and his wife Shawn, Christopher Frevel and his fiancee Kelly Campbell, John Frech, Jr. and Gregory Frech; great-grandmother of...
March 19, 2005
How do you tell the story of 800,000 deaths in 100 days without making a movie too horrific to bear? That is the challenge director Raoul Peck faced in making the HBO film Sometimes in April, which chronicles the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994 as hard-line members of the Hutu majority slaughtered Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The blood bath lasted more than three months while the world looked on but offered little help. Peck, who scored a triumph with HBO's Lumumba in 2002, masterfully combines a visual style of harsh realism to communicate the horror, with an elegiac tone and poetic sensibility that seeks to redeem it. The result is an epic that stirs the soul with its story of the dignity and suffering of those who survived, even as it staggers the imagination with the catalog of brutality that they witnessed.