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October 7, 2005 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Working food service should be mandatory for all citizens, like jury duty or paying taxes. It teaches young people humility and demonstrates humanity at its worst, making most subsequent jobs seem easy by comparison. Staying at such jobs for too long, however, can lead to burnout, lack of self-worth and arrested adolescence.
October 6, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
IF you've ever suspected a waitress of spitting in your soda, your worst fears will be confirmed in the film "Waiting ...." From the kitchen staff's defiling of customer dinners to the waiters' sexualized antics and unwashed hands, the new food-service comedy contains so many vile and gag-inducing scenes that even die-hard restaurant-goers will want to cook at home. "All of the stuff in the movie is a comedic exaggeration of what happens.
August 22, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
The tail has been gleefully wagging on HBO for 12 weeks going on 13 and now the dog, in more senses than one, has finally arrived. "The Battle of Shaker Heights," the new Project Greenlight movie, opens in theaters today. To anyone thinking of seeing it the most concise advice would have to be, why bother?
August 20, 2003 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
To hear Chris Moore tell it, part of the proof that "Project Greenlight" -- the HBO series he's producing -- tells it like it is about making "The Battle of Shaker Heights" -- the Miramax film he's producing -- is the day a chair collapsed under him during a script meeting, a moment captured in all its comic glory by the TV crew. "Hey, I wish there hadn't been a camera there," admits Moore, whose lumberjack frame can now be said to work equally well for intimidation and slapstick.
March 14, 2004 | Beth Pinsker, Special to The Times
As Robb Moss approached 50, living a quiet life as a Harvard film professor with his wife and three daughters, his version of a midlife crisis involved more than the usual introspection. As he went through the nostalgic process of looking back over his misspent youth, he had a film to watch: his first short, an artistic 16-millimeter naturalistic documentary that captured him and his friends as they rafted, naked, down the Colorado River in summer 1978.
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