July 30, 1999
Toyota is the nation's top-selling import automotive brand, known for the quality and dependability of its vehicles. But the company has lost some of its sizzle. The Japanese maker's cars are no longer considered style leaders, and it has seemed in recent years to have ceded the youth market to brands such as Honda, Volkswagen, Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. The average Toyota or Lexus buyer has been a lot more familiar with the Beach Boys than the Backstreet Boys.
May 9, 2007 |
Louis Barruol of Chateau de Saint Cosme in Gigondas has done a beautiful thing. By sourcing young Grenache from top vineyards in the Rhone Valley, he's produced a lush, juicy Rhone red that sells for an astonishingly low price for the quality. Barruol enjoys the freedom of making a 100% Grenache outside any appellation ground rules. Little James' Basket Press is bottled unfiltered and unfined and sold as a nonvintage wine.
December 7, 1997 |
Judy Stone, the San Francisco Chronicle's highly respected film reviewer-interviewer (now retired from daily reviewing), has led as lively a life as many of the filmmakers we encounter in her "Eye on the World: Conversations With International Filmmakers," and that's what makes her book so rewarding.
July 9, 2006 |
HALEY MILLER is 15, Montessori-educated and about to be thrown to the public-school wolves for the first time. She and her family have just moved from their solar-paneled, San Francisco Bay Area farmhouse to a suburban New Jersey Colonial surrounded by lush green lawn, and the scenario is ripe with possibilities. Will she be ridiculed or idolized when she meets "grade-A East coast hotties," designer-dressed mean girls, an allergy-prone nerd, an artsy troublemaker and a brown-nosing Pollyanna?
December 27, 1992 |
I recently received a telephone call from the Los Angeles Times. I hardly know anyone in the United States. I live quietly in Miami with my wife and children. "I have looked for you everywhere. . . . We would like you to write a review of 'Negrophobia' by Darius James." "I don't speak English very well you know, although I can read it." "You must read this book," the voice at the other end of the line answers. "I will send it to you right away." Why me?
March 26, 2000 |
Hollywood is famous for burning talent, and screenwriters have always been ready to jump into the flames. Countless scripts, often as good as the ones film studios have lavished millions upon, lay moldering, each coffee-stained manuscript a record of someone's fierce ambition and deepest hope. Perhaps in reaction to such an unfathomable waste, screenwriters become very knowing.