April 2, 2010 |
Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible "The Exploding Girl." This 80-minute feature is on one level the tiniest story imaginable, a look at a quiet emotional crisis a 20-year-old college student named Ivy goes through on spring break. But writer-director Gray is so committed to his minimalist aesthetic and applies it with such craft and skill that this careful character study, so exact in its aims and execution, holds our interest almost without our noticing how it's done.
January 19, 1992
The article on the growing visual blight of graffiti (Jan. 8) was especially perceptive. Spray paint cans are not a necessity of life. They are a convenience item that I am willing to live without. If manufacturers and retailers cannot control these products, then perhaps legislation should either add a $1 clean-up tax on each can or else outlaw their sale and possession. One seldom-heard suggestion for combatting graffiti is to plant creeping fig or Boston ivy on all masonry and concrete walls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1999
In 1940 when I was 10 years old, my parents and I went to see our hero, Franklin D. Roosevelt, sweep by on a campaign tour. Suddenly there he was in an open car, the familiar fedora on his head, close enough to touch, with Eleanor at his side. The car pulled into the train station, the Secret Service men got out and, to our shock, picked up the president and hoisted him into the train. Like most of the American public, we hadn't known the extent of his disability. Ah, for the days when a president could ride in an open car and the status of his health was not discussed in excruciating detail on the evening news.
July 7, 1996
The Times' response to the question posed by M.B. of Glendale regarding dogs and gardening ("Planting a Garden Dogs Will Respect," Garden Q&A, June 16) fell dangerously short of providing accurate landscape information and responsibly answering the dilemmas faced by all dog-loving gardeners. While your suggestion of training the dog is an invaluable approach at damage-and-psyche control and is right on target, your suggestions for possible plant varieties was not. Pyracantha, junipers, ivy and vinca--many of the plants suggested in your answer--produce varied toxic effects if cats or other outdoor pets happen to chew or eat part of the plants.
December 25, 2003 |
For the former star of TV's "The Facts of Life," weekends are a godsend. The rest of the week, she's up at 4:30, heading for the set of "The Division," where she plays a recovering alcoholic police inspector on the Lifetime cable channel's No. 1 drama. Her lazy Saturday and Sunday mornings will soon be a memory, however. She and her husband, Marc Andrus, a key grip in the film industry, are expecting their first child in March.
June 11, 1999 |
On June 3, Slobodan Milosevic blinked. President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland offered him a deal, and, in the time it takes for lashes to fall and rise, he said OK. There have certainly been other blinks in the on-again-off-again negotiations that followed. But it was that one big blink, after 10 weeks of NATO bombardment, that brought the war in Yugoslavia back into large print on the front page. Tht's what drama's about, after all--a long, stultifying stare, and then a blink. And the short story, the most economical of one-act dramas, relies on getting that blink on cue. Richard Bausch has written many fine novels, but itis as a story writer--and particularly in his latest collection, "Someone to Watch Over Me," that he displays his supreme mastery over the blink.