September 1, 1986 |
"Born American" (citywide) isn't just a bad movie. It's one of those flabbergasting "No-they're-not-really-going-to-do- that!" movies, in which you can barely believe your eyes and ears. The movie is "Rambo" crossed with "Fraternity Vacation" and a bad cartoon version of "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." It's an amazingly senseless movie, done with blood-curdling confidence.
November 28, 2009 |
When the small screen was in its infancy in the 1950s, a group of young, scrappy writers such as Rod Serling, JP Miller, Reginald Rose and Paddy Chayefsky and directors such as John Frankenheimer, Alex Segal, Delbert Mann, Franklin Schaffner, Sidney Lumet and George Roy Hill collaborated on a series of live television dramas that set the gold standard for the fledgling medium. FOR THE RECORD: 'The Golden Age of Television': A DVD review in Saturday's Calendar on "The Golden Age of Television" misstated "A Wind From the South" director Daniel Petrie's first name as Donald, and misidentified the director of "Requiem for a Heavyweight," Ralph Nelson, as John Frankenheimer.
October 12, 1989 |
The pairing of director Bill Forsyth and John Sayles, this time as a screenwriter, to create the delightful "Breaking In" (opening Friday at selected theaters) seems so felicitous you wonder that it didn't happen sooner. These are both men who know when to leave well-enough alone and when the smallest grace note will set a scene tingling.
June 30, 1991 |
"Doo-doo-DO-DO-doo-doo-DO-DO." It's time to enter another dimension. It's time for KTLA's popular July 4 "Twilight Zone Marathon." Beginning Thursday at 9 a.m., fans of Rod Serling's landmark surreal series will be treated to 13 hours of "Twilight." KTLA airs "Twilight Zone" fests every Thanksgiving and Independence Day. "The first one we did was on Thanksgiving in 1980," said KTLA program director Mark Sonnenberg. "The July 4th marathon started in 1983.
July 7, 1991 |
Forty years ago, TV was in its infancy. It was fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants television. Shows were done live, complete with gaffes and goofs, and broadcast in grainy black-and-white. Yet some of the greatest dramatic shows were produced during the so-called Golden Age of Television.