March 1, 2012 |
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to vote for the 10 best sports movies of all time. And 9,280 ballots later, we unveil your picks. No. 3: "Field of Dreams" (742 first-place votes, 39,347 points) "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan and Ray Liotta, is quite a polarizing film, with many people voting it No. 1, and almost as many saying "I hope 'Field of Dreams' doesn't make the list" when sending in their ballots. Costner plays Ray Kinsella, who hears a mysterious voice in his Iowa cornfield say: "If you build it, he will come.
August 21, 2011 |
Dreams of Significant Girls A Novel Cristina García Simon & Schuster: 238 pp., $16.99, ages 14 and up Friendships are often forged in uncomfortable environs, when individuals who wouldn't ordinarily meet are forced to interact. Such is the case in "Dreams of Significant Girls," a young-adult novel that unfolds in a Swiss boarding school and makes roommates of three girls from radically different backgrounds. Without the advantage of money, it's unlikely that Shirin (the daughter of an Iranian prince)
February 14, 2013 |
Eddie Pepitone, perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian you've never heard of, gets a deserving close-up in the amusing, freewheeling documentary "The Bitter Buddha. " Although the dyspeptic Pepitone, an unmade bed of a guy in his early 50s, has reportedly been at his craft for 30 years, he's yet to turn into the household name that such not-dissimilar comics as George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison became. Still, the native New Yorker, now living a busy if largely unglamorous life in L.A., consistently plies his trade in comedy clubs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1991
Thank you for your wonderful article "Latinas' 'Impossible' Dreams Get Boost" by Amy Louise Kazmin. I was one of the Cal State Northridge students at the Young Latina Forum on Friday, March 15, who encouraged junior high school girls to overcome struggles in their lives and realize their dreams. I have participated in conferences produced by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers since my freshman year at CSUN. It always amazes me how much of an impact a group of college students can have on the community in which they live.
June 10, 1998 |
OK, it's official. You can now cook almost anything you want on your barbecue grill. With Grilla Gear's Grilla Skillet and Grilla Skillet Wok, you can saute and even stir-fry in your backyard. The perforated pans come with a nonstick coating and a conveniently long handle (necessary to keep your fingers out of the fire). What's left? A steamer? About $15 for the skillet and $18 for the wok at most Bed, Bath and Beyond; Linens and Things; Bristol Farms; and Kmart locations.
May 2, 1989 |
"The willing suspension of disbelief" is one of those phrases you learn at the knee of a zealous English teacher, not long after "I before E except after C." It's true, of course. The play or the movie doesn't really work if you don't go along with the game, ignoring the strip of celluloid whirring through the projector, choosing to forget that the door in the set leads not to an English moor but only to the wings. But some surrenders of disbelief are harder than others. Fantasy takes a lot of surrendering, and even more at the movies than in the theater because, by some sort of paradox, movies are more "realistic" than what living human beings are getting up to on stage only a few feet in front of you. The vaults are crowded with theatrical fantasies that did not survive the voyage onto film--flights of fancy as different as "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" and "Man of La Mancha."
October 3, 2010 |
In the morning, before my father and I go our separate ways to work, we chat amiably. "Good luck on your day. " "Hope business is good. " And our one response to everything: " Inshallah . " God willing. I get into my mini-SUV and head off to the hospital, groaning about the lack of sleep, the lack of time, but also knowing that I am driving off to what has always been my dream. My father gets into his blue taxi, picks up his radio and tells the dispatcher he's ready. Then he waits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1995 |
There's something about baseball, a compelling spirituality, that attracts grown men to its fold. They come running like little boys across a field of dreams to their place at bat, hunched and ready for a waist-high fast ball they're going to put over a fence as high as heaven. When the ball does come streaking across the plate like a little white comet, some hit it and some go down in a spin that seems to last until the crowd goes home and the lights go out. Wes Clements was one of those kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1992 |
L.A. is a city of make-believe, a planet of dreams, a land of Oz where all things are possible. Stars are made here, curtains rise, spotlights go on and names appear magically on marquees. And because this is a place of the possible, it's a town of pretending too, of playing games on the way to the dream.
August 6, 2004 |
In John Steinbeck's unsentimental chronicles of Depression-era America, human compassion is a sparse commodity. Yet it defiantly springs forth amid the direst adversity, like blades of grass poking through asphalt. Such is the unlikely friendship in "Of Mice and Men."