April 20, 2012 |
The very title of the subversive documentary "Surviving Progress" sounds counterintuitive. Isn't progress a good thing, the sure cure for civilization's ills? What's to survive? Plenty, according to this expect-the-unexpected Canadian film based on Ronald Wright's bestselling "A Short History of Progress. " Both brainy and light on its feet, bristling with provocative insights and probing questions, this film feels like it's expanding your mind while you're watching it. The premise of "Surviving Progress," much more dystopian in its quiet way than "The Hunger Games," is that we delude ourselves if we think the seeming improvements that growth and development bring will result in quality-of-life advances or even survival of the planet.
April 27, 1991
It is just like Dodger fans to be more concerned with food service than play on the field. It takes great brains to stand in line five innings for a hot dog. MICHAEL McADAMS Upland
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1985
For years I've wondered why it's a dirty word to be a do-gooder, a bleeding heart or an intellectual. Is it better to be a do-badder? Wasn't Christ a bleeding heart? Doesn't intellectual imply brains? CORINNE C. WICKS Downey
March 13, 1993
So KMPC has brought back good old Bob Starr, who is even more sophomoric and redundant than the last time he was on Angel radio. Then, those pea brains team him with a guy (Billy Sample) who has absolutely no past connection with the club. Is it any wonder this team never wins? PETE GARDNER Sherman Oaks
August 24, 1986
When Maria Shriver and Forrest Sawyer said goodby to "The CBS Morning News," I said goodby to CBS. How could the network fail to give these two fine anchors a chance when they were the best? It is not Maria and Forrest who should have left but rather the CBS "brains" who made the dumb decision. E. C. Knutsen, Desert Hot Springs
May 5, 2002
Besides vampires and Hells Angels, rats may be the most public relations-challenged species of all time. Think about it. What are these pointy-nosed, pointy-tailed creatures good for? Chewing walls and wires, gnawing attic treasures, housing fleas and spreading the plague. So, how surprising to learn the other day that doctors in New York (not the surprising part) have wired rats to obey human commands. No, not to walk into rat traps. The doctors stuck three little wires into rat brains.
February 18, 1990
It is ironic to me that here in Pasadena a young lady with an IQ of 70 was recently sent to the slammer for tossing her newborn out the window, killing the child, while some bozo in L.A. can suck the brains out of a baby a few weeks younger, get paid up to $8,000 and then state that the abortion procedure is his "passion." There is a terrible sickness here somewhere. KATHY ANDREWS Pasadena