August 31, 2008 |
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
October 10, 1999
* Angelo Badalamenti, "The Straight Story" soundtrack, Windham Hill. * Eric Clapton, "Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton," Reprise. * Continental Drifters, "Vermilion," Razor and Tie. * Cowboy Junkies, "Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes," Valley Entertainment. * Mint Condition, "Life's Aquarium," Elektra. * Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "Live On," Giant. * Sonia Dada, "Lay Down and Love It Live," Calliope. * Youngbloodz, "Against Da Grain," LaFace/Arista.
May 12, 1996 |
* * 1/2 Cocteau Twins, "Milk & Kisses," Capitol After eight years, this arty Scottish trio finally embraced song structures in the 1990 album "Heaven or Las Vegas," where its lushly sedate, impressionistic sounds took surprisingly concrete forms. Two albums later, they're still exploring the parameters of song structure, fluttering across a richly textured soundscape that often suggests Angelo Badalamenti's "Twin Peaks" work with the gloom removed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2003 |
Jerry Bittle, 53, creator of the syndicated comic strips "Shirley and Son" and "Geech," died Tuesday of a heart attack while on a scuba-diving vacation in Honduras. "Shirley and Son," a thoughtful look at life after divorce, appears in 75 newspapers worldwide, including The Times. "Geech" appears in more than 175 newspapers. Both strips are syndicated by United Media. The son of a barber, Bittle was born in Wichita, Kan.
October 21, 1990
I don't understand a phenomenon in film soundtracks. At least two 1990 movies use classical music in just about all the major scenes, but the audience is led to believe that the man whose name is under the "music by" credit wrote it all. In "Die Hard II," I was hard pressed to hear any "music by" Michael Kamen (who wrote such an eloquent score for "The Bay Boy"). Though the credits could lead one to think Kamen wrote it, "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius predominates (and its stark, icy mood works quite well for the wintry film)