March 21, 2013 |
In "Bob's New Suit," a family deals with a series of intersecting dramas. Bob and Jenny (Hunter S. Bodine and Hayley DuMond) decide to get married just as Bob's sister Stephanie (Shay Astar) announces she is transitioning from female to male and will now go by Steve. Their parents, Polly and Buster (Suzi Bodine and John Bennett Perry), struggle to take it all in as Buster deals with escalating health issues. Though Alan Howard, a former studio executive and film critic in his debut as a writer-director, captures the way in which personal and family dramas intersect so there is not one episode or incident that prevails in making life chaotic, he also can't stop himself from piling problems one on top of another like a late-night sandwich gone out of control.
February 19, 2005
PBS President Pat Mitchell claims that pulling the lesbian moms episode of "Postcards From Buster" was a necessary move to protect sensitive local markets ["At PBS, a Fragile State of Balance," by Lynn Smith, Feb. 14]. This cynical sidestep is disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst. Local PBS programmers can, and do, opt out of national programming quite frequently when, in their estimation, a program is not suited to local viewers' tastes. If New Orleans or Biloxi felt the "Buster" episode was unsuitable for their audiences, they needed only to schedule an alternative program.
November 3, 1990
Once my anger subsided after watching the latest heavyweight championship debacle, it became clear to me what the problem is and what the solution is. Give the challenger a guaranteed $1 million. Give the champion a guaranteed $2 million. Give the winner the rest of the purse, be it $30 million, $50 million or $100 million. Then you'll see how fast Buster or any other fighter will get off the canvas after a knockdown. SCOTT MAURER West Los Angeles
September 25, 2009
Re "A water scofflaw explains," Sept. 19 The editorial about the "drought busters" didn't mention the "blue barrel buster." While taking out some trash on collection day, I saw a white truck going up and down the cul de sac. The driver got out in front of each house and looked into the blue recycling barrels. I thought someone was scavenging, but when he pulled up, I could see the official logo. Turns out he's what I'd call a blue barrel buster, looking for bins with non-recyclable items such as garbage.
December 19, 1996
Just in time for the holiday finger-food season, Cheez-Its are now available in a 1 1/2-inch format, twice as large as the traditional cheese-flavored cracker. Could it be that the bite-size Cheezer was getting jealous of all the canape fun Triscuit and Ritz were having? In supermarkets. Hide in Plain Sight Cake covers are a good idea--they keep cakes fresh and protect them from many an unforeseen occurrence. But the covers don't have to look unappetizing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2008 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's crackdown on excessive water usage was approved Friday by the City Council. The "drought buster" plan drafted by the Department of Water and Power seeks to bar utility customers from watering their lawns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and washing their cars without "shut-off devices" on their hoses. Restaurants that serve water without patrons' requests will also be penalized. The DWP plan will double fines for residents and quadruple them for businesses.