May 17, 1996
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "Blade Runner" are among the top double features at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Standards Screening Series this month. They will be shown tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for academy members. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The Academy Gallery will be opened from 5-7:30 p.m. and after screenings. Normal viewing hours for the academy's current exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 2, 2008
Re "L.A. vision: a towering sign," Jan. 27 Regarding these giant electronic signs, five descriptive terms I noted in the article included futuristic, cinematic, art, beautiful and vision(ary). I suggest five other terms that more accurately apply, the same five that have always applied since the first billboards were erected: commercialism, intrusive, eyesore, blight and parasitic. I might consider rethinking these electronic billboards -- and that's all they are, high-tech billboards -- only if developer Sonny Astani agrees to plaster giant advertisements for beer and toilet paper across the exterior walls of his personal home.
October 20, 1991
Thank you for Kenneth Turan's tactful piece on the so-called director's cut of "Blade Runner" ("A Prime Cut," Oct. 13). I've been a fan of this film since I first saw it in England 10 years ago, and I'm disturbed by Warner Bros.' nonchalant treatment of what many consider to be a landmark work. We should be grateful for any effort to restore and preserve our film heritage. But if Warner Bros. cares so much about preservation, why does this print look so dull? What happened to the incredible visuals that were the heart and soul of this film?
July 4, 2008 |
Missing footage from Fritz Lang's classic 1927 film "Metropolis" has been discovered in a small museum in Argentina. "We were overjoyed when we heard about the find," said Helmut Possmann, head of the German foundation that owns the rights to the silent film. "We no longer believed we'd see this. Time and again we had had calls about supposed footage but were disappointed." With its cold, monumental vision of mechanized society, "Metropolis" forged a template for generations of science-fiction cinema, and its enduring influence has been cited on films from "Blade Runner" to "Fahrenheit 451" and "Star Wars."
June 19, 2002 |
It has been 20 years since the seminal sci-fi film "Blade Runner" first burst on the scene with its cyberpunk prophecy of a dehumanized 21st century. The dark and dank depiction of L.A. as a technological wonder and existential wasteland--part noir and part sci-fi--may owe its aesthetic to director Ridley Scott, but its vision is that of the late author Philip K. Dick. It was Dick who was responsible for the thrust of this much imitated paranoid parable: What is reality?
May 3, 2004
Re Steve Lopez's April 28 column, "Progress Overtakes Movie, or Does It?" In it, he describes the film "A Day Without a Mexican," which paints a bleak picture of existence in Los Angeles without Mexicans. Life as we know it, the film claims, would come to a standstill. It seems to me, however, that life as we know it has already come to a standstill. Our freeways are jammed, our schools have deteriorated, our hospitals are overwhelmed. Nobody wants "a day without Mexicans." They are an important part of our California culture, but the flood of illegals now coming over the border is not enhancing the quality of life but destroying it. Please don't give me the argument that we'll all pay more for our fruits and vegetables without their cheap labor.