January 11, 1998
Tim Appelo accurately paints a picture of declining enthusiasm and hope in our culture ("The Future Isn't What It Used to Be," Jan. 4). This trend is prime fodder for the debate as to whether Hollywood and the arts community reflect societal attitudes or create them. Nevertheless, the author seems to slightly deride the Disney view of a great big beautiful tomorrow as passe and irrelevant--a perspective that couldn't be more off the mark. Philosophies, faiths and self-help gurus around the world know that "without vision a people perish," and you generally get what you expect.
December 11, 1997 |
Do the rows and rows of new CD-ROM games have you completely flabbergasted? Maybe the sight of a familiar movie character would put you at ease when plunking down your hard-earned cash. Though film studios and game companies have rarely churned out much more than shallow shovelware, this holiday season shows a renewed effort to make movie-based games that include plot, acting and some decent gameplay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1997 |
Just as it has for decades since the first For Sale sign went up on a tiny front lawn, the San Fernando Valley in the 21st century will continue to be a way station for the middle class. But it may be a dwindling middle class that lacks sufficient skills and education for high paying jobs, and a middle class dominated by recent immigrants as upwardly mobile families of all races move out.
July 9, 1997 |
This year's edition of the Tour of World Figure Skating Champions, which comes Friday to the Pond of Anaheim, will feature the same elements as previous presentations: state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and about 30 of the sport's most illustrious soloists, pair teams and dance duos.
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.
March 10, 1996 |
Los Angeles, 2021. The atmosphere is scoured raw by the merciless Santa Ana winds. Fires flare as subterranean gases rise from the city streets and ignite. Relief comes in the occasional monsoons, which temporarily shield inhabitants from the blistering sun. At night, multilingual neon glares senselessly from both vertical and horizontal buildings. Earthquakes are less of a concern now that the taller buildings lie in crooked angles on their sides, casualties of past seismic activity.