March 24, 1996 |
The impact of the Vietnam War on American lives is the theme of Michael Cimino's 1978 epic. Cimino and his writers do it justice, centering on several young men from a bleak Pennsylvania steel town. What lingers in the memory about this remarkable film--which introduced Meryl Streep--is not so much the brutal experiences the friends undergo in Vietnam as how ethnic working-class people struggle to square away their love for their country with its role in Southeast Asia.
June 15, 2000
The reggae, ska and rock-steady sounds of the '70s and early '80s are the order of the day at the fourth annual Reggae Old School Jam, a nine-hour festival featuring Barrington Levy, Leroy Sibbles, Johnny Clarke, Linval Thompson, Michigan & Smiley, Mikey "Mac Daddy" Jarrett and Justin Hinds & the Dominoes. Daddy U-Roy will receive a special award during the concert. * Reggae Old School Jam, Queen Mary Park, Long Beach, noon. $25 in advance, $30 at door, children under 12 free. (310) 515-3322.
September 21, 2002 |
The perilous times afoot render William Shakespeare's "Richard III" more urgently topical than ever. Appropriately, adapter-director Chris Kelley's Theatre of NOTE production favors contemporary insight, embodied by a remarkable ensemble spearheaded by Jacqueline Wright's award-worthy title villain. Kelley refreshes the Bard's study of corrupted ambition by examining isolation's effect on the pathological persona.
February 2, 2012 |
Meryl and Glenn, together again at last! This year's Oscar race marks the first time in more than two decades that the towering talents of cinema - Streep and Close - have been pitted against one another (Streep for “The Iron Lady,” Close for “Albert Nobbs”) . In the last clash of the contemporary titans, 1989's awards marathon, it was Streep in “A Cry in the Dark” and Close in “Dangerous Liaisons.” (Both went home empty-handed, thanks to “The Accused's” Jodie Foster.)