November 1, 2012 |
Having made two of the most insightful, affectionate films about teenagers with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless," Amy Heckerling jumps on the most recent youth bandwagon with "Vamps. " Written and directed by Heckerling, "Vamps" isn't quite the low-hanging logline of "Clueless" meets "Twilight" though in some respects it is about the twilight of cluelessness - or how age and maturity do not necessarily equal the onset of fogey-dom, but rather offer a sense of greater understanding and seeing beyond oneself.
July 25, 2002
Does anyone but me see the irony in the cases of the idealistic but clueless 21-year-old John Walker Lindh, who just got a stiff federal prison sentence for fighting for the Taliban, and the equally idealistic and clueless 16-year-old Bahram Rahman, who left his home in Pakistan to fight for the Taliban and is now being held indefinitely in appalling conditions in Dasht-i-Shardian by Afghan warlords (July 21)? It would seem that their grieving parents have a good deal in common. Georgiana F. Coughlan Gardena
September 27, 2009
Re: "How I Made It: Mario Batali," Sept. 20: It's appalling for celebrity chef Batali to say, "Our check averages are under $100 . . . and you can always get a bowl of pasta for $15 to $18." He is obviously clueless about what the rest of the nation is experiencing during this recession. Vicky Hoffman Los Angeles
February 24, 2007
Re "Why we're clueless," Current, Feb. 18 Michael May almost hit the nail on the head. He said: "Someone in intelligence has to put himself in the enemy's shoes." We need people in our foreign embassies who at least speak the language. The Senate should not approve any person for ambassador unless the person speaks the language and traces his or her ancestry to that nation. There are people in the U.S. who came from every nation on Earth. Yet we send political hacks who were in the campaign of the newly elected president to fill a slot as ambassador.
June 8, 1996
The article "Arbitron Poll Will Seek to Clarify Who's Listening" (May 28) was factual as far as it went. What the article fails to discuss is how archaic the Arbitron methodology is in a market as diverse in population (racially, ethnically, culturally) as Los Angeles. The upcoming Hispanic language test is one small step in the right direction, but it came about only because of extreme pressure brought by local broadcasters. Arbitron's concern has been to properly represent minority groups in its samples.
April 25, 2007
Re "All hail the clueless American," Opinion, April 24 Here's a sentence I never thought I would utter: Jonah Goldberg is right. The voting public has indeed been clueless. How else could George W. Bush have been elected president twice? Why else would people have bought into the absurd belief that we were doing the right thing in Iraq, that it was actually part of the war on terror, that victory was indeed at hand the day Bush declared it on the deck of that aircraft carrier? Who but the truly clueless would have given up the rights of citizenship in the interest of thwarting the boogeyman?