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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 |
The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. Drought has settled over the state like a dusty blanket, leaving much of the landscape a dreary brown. Receding reservoirs have exposed the ruins of long-forgotten towns. Some cities are rationing supplies and banning outdoor watering. Many growers are expecting no irrigation deliveries from the big government water projects that turned the state's belly into the nation's produce market.
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February 24, 1989 |
Florida police have captured a man who allegedly robbed a Chicago jewelry store earlier this month with Michael Douglas Taylor, the mastermind of one of Orange County's largest jailbreaks. Taylor, 35, led five Orange County Jail inmates on an escape Nov. 20 by rappelling from the top of the four-story building in downtown Santa Ana. Four of the inmates were captured or turned themselves in; Taylor is still a fugitive.
November 22, 1992 |
Travelers leaving this beach resort pass under a sign on U.S. 50 that reads "Sacramento CA 3,073." Some drivers never have noticed. Others think it's a joke. The reality is that Ocean City is the end of the road for Highway 50, as it's affectionately known by those who study it, those who seriously travel it and those who just plain love it. At the other end, or exactly 3,038 miles later, according to the Federal Highway Administration (hey, signs can be wrong), is Sacramento.
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May 14, 1993 |
Torrance residents, left jittery by a series of high-profile killings, had cause to relax a bit this week with the capture of an Oregon man in a brutal home invasion and slaying of a local data processor. The arrest of Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, in Oregon seemed to allay some of the fear that has swept parts of Torrance since the killing of Joseph Raymond Finzel last weekend.
July 3, 1994 |
Angry at Colombia's elimination from the World Cup soccer tournament, gunmen Saturday shot and killed Andres Escobar, the player who accidentally scored a goal against his own side in a match with the United States and helped seal the team's fate, police said. Escobar, 27, was shot to death outside a restaurant in Medellin barely 48 hours after returning home from Los Angeles, where Colombia fell 2-1 to the United States on June 22. The unidentified gunmen confronted Escobar around 3 a.m.
December 25, 2013 |
DETROIT - He'd heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn't prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw: Prostitutes roaming the streets at 8 a.m., rubble-strewn parking lots overrun with weeds, buildings taken over by bright pink graffiti, the message scrawled on blackboards in deserted schools: "I will not write in vacant buildings. " He took 2,000 photographs his first day. "No other American city has seen decline on this scale," Kearney said. "It's really a once-in-a-lifetime thing you're going to see. " And he saw it all on a tour.
February 16, 2001 |
Clad in fatigues and a beret, the Chechen commander laughs, kicks one prostrate Russian soldier, waves a pistol in the air, then steps up to a kneeling soldier and shoots him in the head. Salautdin Temirbulatov, 41, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison Thursday on evidence created by his own men: an April 1996 videotape of him executing the soldier, Sergei Mitryayev.
August 30, 1992 |
Every man has his price. What's yours? --Jimmy Hoffa If Danny DeVito were a rubber band, he'd be ready to snap. For two days, the director has been trying to shoot a complicated sequence in "Hoffa," which stars Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa, dark prince of the American labor movement. Nothing is going right. The sound is garbled. Extras knock over chairs. A flock of pigeons flies across the sound stage's cavernous rafters, making a racket.
January 16, 1993 |
"Telling Secrets," featuring Ken Olin as a dogged detective and Cybill Shepherd as a coolly venomous femme fatale , fails to justify its two-night length and squanders its suspense with a dizzying array of subplots (at 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday on ABC, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42). "Although fictionalized, the drama is based on a true story," reports an opening credit roll in what is almost de rigueur in network movieland. No matter.