April 15, 2012 |
Long before there were "real" housewives on television, actor-politicians and even potential celebrity politicians like Donald Trump, theme restaurants, virtual online vacations and Kim Kardashian, who makes her living by being Kim Kardashian, there was "The Image," historian Daniel Boorstin's prescient examination of a nation in transition, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its publication this year. When "The Image" first appeared, one critic predicted that it would join William Whyte's "The Organization Man" and John Kenneth Galbraith's "The Affluent Society" as one of those seminal books that not only capture the zeitgeist but change the American mind-set.
February 19, 2014 |
Of the many unexpected moments in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's breakout hit "The Lego Movie," perhaps none is as surprising as the film's ending, which is daring even by the standards of this unconventional film. So daring, in fact, that even its filmmakers weren't sure they could get away with it. "We were terrified," said Miller. "We didn't know if you would care about the universe once you understood how the universe worked," alluding to how the movie turns itself inside-out at the end. PHOTOS: Images from 'The Lego Movie' In a season in which the typically tricky art of the movie ending has largely satisfied - witness the well-regarded twist in "American Hustle," the Quaalude-enabled piece de resistance of "The Wolf of Wall Street" and the return-to-Earth redemption of "Gravity" - the finale of "Lego" may top them all. Warner Bros., which financed and released "The Lego Movie," was also unsure about the finale and for a time pushed the filmmakers to consider a more conventional path.
December 13, 1990 |
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1987
It's always shocking to see evil unmasked, as it was in Richard L. Weiss' article ("No-Growth Overreaction Can Sink the Southland," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 18) in which he argued against growth limitations. He wrote, "Unlike gold or some other fungible commodities, land has no intrinsic value." Even after looking up "fungible" in the dictionary I was still disturbed by that sinister and revealing sentence. Weiss has it backward. It is gold that has only the value man arbitrarily assigns.
March 11, 2002
Re "First Test of the Biotech Age: Human Cloning," Commentary, March 6: William Kristol and Jeremy Rifkin articulate the consensus of a very influential and reactionary movement, spanning left and right, that wants to stop human progress and substantial improvement of our species where it counts most: the human genome. I too believe in the intrinsic value of human life, so much so that I want it better for myself, for my neighbors and for those who will follow us in centuries to come.