May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
July 27, 1992 |
"Mo' Money" (citywide) is les' funny. It's a movie hybrid. Starting out as a sort of lower-class black "Sting," it moves into a lackluster retread of "Strictly Business" and ends up grabbing at the last scraps of the "Lethal Weapon" knockoff sweepstakes.
May 18, 2008 |
SOMETIMES IT takes guts to be a critic. So often you feel you have no right to be pronouncing on someone else's hard work and insight. Your whiny little voice wheedles off the page. And every once in a while, the emotions you encounter in a book are so raw -- not sentimental, not artful, just plain raw -- that you can barely keep reading, much less recommend what you're reading to anyone else. "Comfort" is such a book. After you read it, you feel utterly depleted.
August 4, 1989 |
It all started innocently enough. The Cincinnati Reds' leadoff hitter, Mariano Duncan, walked and stole second base. Luis Quinones bunted and beat it out. "I played for one run and I got 14," Manager Pete Rose said. The Reds scored 14 runs on 16 hits, all in the first inning, and went on to beat the Houston Astros, 18-2, Thursday at Cincinnati. The 16 hits set a modern major league record for one inning.
July 11, 1987 |
Now that Wimbledon is over, the sports world can turn its attention to the championship it's really been waiting for--the title game to decide an issue of tastes-great/less-filling proportions, the first-ever championship match of . . . ta-dum, the American Polo League. Quite right, America. You knew it all along. When the San Francisco Buccaneers ride into Burbank this evening to play the Los Angeles Colts in the L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000 |
The article in Boxing Illustrated magazine years ago was headlined optimistically, "Boxing Needs a New Federal Commissioner--Me." "Boxing needs a person with the guts, determination and experience to put it back into the American way of life, where it belongs," the article stated. "I, Frankie Goodman, am that man. I have done more in all phases of boxing than any other man the whole world over." He didn't become a commissioner, but he may have been right about his qualifications.
September 14, 1986
My compliments to Michael Wilmington for his accurate assessment of "The Fly's" many merits ("Top Quality Horror Films: A Shocking Development," Aug. 31). This splendid film has been attacked by several critics whose knees jerked predictably at the sight of blood; no doubt audiences afflicted by similar delicacies will denounce "The Fly" as yet another product born of, and appealing to, our sick society. Wilmington had the sense to look deeper, and the sensitivity to find something there.
January 19, 2008
Does Bill Plaschke feel as if he is under pressure to write feel-good fluff articles about UCLA football to balance the current dynastic winning football at USC? I mean a whole article praising Rick Neuheisel for merely asking highly respected and talented UCLA alum Ken Norton to come work with him? And how amazing that he asks fired Titans assistant coach Norm Chow to come work with him even when Chow had already expressed interest in UCLA. Wow, what a gutty little Bruin that Rick is!
January 24, 1993
The members of the Jesus Seminar intuit that Jesus Christ would not have claimed to be God incarnate if, in fact, he was merely a good, humble teacher, mortal man and the illegitimate son of Mary. So to avoid calling him a liar, they conveniently delete all passages of Scripture in which he reveals himself as the promised Messiah. The accusation of untruthfulness is thus transferred to the writers of the Bible. The possibility that Jesus could actually be the person the disciples said he was is rejected outright, since the seminar is based on the premise that Scripture was written by a bunch of liars.