January 21, 1996 |
As an actor, Andrew J. Robinson knows a lot about evil. He bore into it headfirst as the psycho-scumbag in the original "Dirty Harry," and later as killer Jack Abbott in the Mark Taper Forum production of "In the Belly of the Beast."
June 30, 1995 |
The opening credits of the new futuristic Sylvester Stallone clobber-movie "Judge Dredd" are crowded with the comic-book covers of the cartoon super-hero. That's a tip-off that we're about to see a comic-book movie. Then a windy, wordy preamble describing the apocalyptic Third Millennium world we are about to enter rolls down the screen. Just in case your comic-book appreciation skills are still in the preliterate stage, the words are intoned by James Earl Jones.
May 28, 1995 |
He liked the idea of a middle-aged love story that didn't have anybody dying of an incurable disease or involve a female stalker, Clint Eastwood says quietly, as he says almost everything. This, to explain how it is that he, of all people, came to make "The Bridges of Madison County" with, of all people, Meryl Streep in, of all states, Iowa. "Lili Zanuck called me up one day and said, 'Have you read this book?'
July 8, 1994 |
Officer Cliff Lloyd yanks the black-and-white patrol car to the curb at 48th and Hoover. Half a dozen people, some of them sipping beer, sit in a circle on folding chairs and plastic milk crates in the balmy, late afternoon shadow of the Caribbean Market. They turn their heads and seem anxious until they recognize Lloyd and his partner, Officer Roger Gaylord, climbing out of the car. Azalea Usher, wearing a T-shirt that says "I Survived the 6.6 Tremor," reaches out and hugs Lloyd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1994
The circumstances regarding (Jose Alonso) Garcia's life ("Rape Stole Victim's Will to Live, Prosecutors Say," Jan. 23) don't matter to me. What he did was wrong. He quite simply broke the law. I find it unfortunate that the victim, Mary Ward, died only a month after the assault. However, this event isn't directly related to the case. The defendant should be tried for his transgression and punished accordingly. My concern is will the punishment fit the crime? The answer is ultimately "no."
September 10, 1993 |
Dozens of eager young men move in machine-like precision as a voice bellows instructions from a bullhorn. It is early in Hell Week, that time in late August when football coaches and players greet the new season with unrestrained zeal and optimism. As the summer day wears on, Canyon High Coach Harry Welch's exuberance increases. Any football coach worth his salt enjoys this time of year, but one can sense Welch is reveling in the moment even more than usual.
August 29, 1993
Bravo to author Anne Rice ("Interview With the Vampire's Picky Creator," Film Clips, Aug. 22) for having the courage and honesty to publicly voice what thousands of her readers have been crying about for weeks: Tom Cruise is totally miscast as the Vampire Lestat. Producer David Geffen is dead wrong about casting being solely a director's choice. As members of the moviegoing public are the ones whose money will dictate how successful the film is or is not, any of the film's financiers would be smart to listen to them (a great example of this would be the public's choice of Clark Gable for "Gone With the Wind")
July 15, 1993 |
"Dirty Harry" Callahan--the detective character that made Clint Eastwood a superstar-- probably wouldn't stand a chance today on the streets of San Francisco or any city. Harry used a .44 magnum six-shooter revolver, a Smith & Wesson, reminding criminals it was "the most dangerous weapon in man's history." What Eastwood fan can forget his challenge to the "punk" serial killer Scorpio: "I know what you're thinking . . . Did he fire five shots or six? Ask yourself . . . do I feel lucky?"