March 11, 2011 |
Before we begin, a moment of silence please for all the brick and mortar that made the ultimate sacrifice for "Battle: Los Angeles. " Sob. Let me just grab a tissue. Sorry. Let us not forget the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air either. The pyrotechnics are patriotic, sizable, and clearly the star of "Battle: Los Angeles," so don't let the tight shots of Aaron Eckhart's chiseled jaw and cleft chin fool you. The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, is very much in the tradition of those old World War II films you find on late-night cable with rickety fighter planes engaged in long skirmishes that you can't follow all that well except you know a few good men are trying to save the day. But with less story and instead of Germans or Japanese for hostiles, we get hordes of vengeful aliens, their monstrous UFOs choking the L.A. skies like rush hour on the 405. Chris Bertolini's script is totally predictable from the first few moments when Eckhart's Marine staff sergeant signs his discharge papers only to have them put on hold.
June 21, 2009 |
In the late 1960s, a tall and ungainly Englishman named Peter Reyner Banham brought his shaggy beard and wonky teeth to Los Angeles and declared that he loved the city with a passion. It helped that, as a visiting architecture professor (Banham was teaching at USC), he was given some pretty fancy digs: He stayed in Greene & Greene's Gamble house in Pasadena, one of the most beautiful and romantic houses in America. So Banham had a privileged base from which to explore.
September 3, 2009 |
One of the best films ever made about Los Angeles is also one of the hardest to see, so it's a pleasure to report that Thom Andersen's exceptional documentary, a two hour and 49 minute essay-meditation and labor of love on how this city has been depicted on the screen, is showing this weekend. Smart, insightful, unapologetically idiosyncratic and bristling with provocative ideas, "Los Angeles" serves up segments from more than 200 films, from 1913's "A Muddy Romance" to "Chinatown" and beyond.
April 30, 2011
Los Angeles in the 1930s The WPA Guide to the City of Angels With an Introduction by David Kipen University of California Press: 504 pp., $24.95.
March 29, 2012
Trails Café, 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles; (323) 871-2102, www.thetrailslosfeliz.com . $ Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles; (213) 473-0800, www.griffithobservatory.org . Lamill Coffee Boutique, 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 663-4441, www.lamillcoffee.com. Architecture Tours L.A., various meeting points in the area of specific tour; (323) 464-7868, www.architecturetoursla.com. Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles; no public phone, www.neutra-vdl.org . Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles; (323)
October 9, 2012 |
Climate scientists are creating a three-dimensional carbon dioxide emissions map of the city of Los Angeles that will detail greenhouse gas emissions for individual buildings, road segments and power generators over time. The mapping project is part of an effort by Arizona State University researchers to eventually map all major cities in the United States to help guide climate policymakers. In a report published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, atmospheric scientist Kevin Gurney and colleagues described how they recently completed a similar map for the city of Indianapolis.
February 14, 2014 |
A 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer was found guilty of perjury and conspiracy to obstruct justice Thursday at his retrial. Manuel Ortiz was first put on trial in 2012 along with two former Los Angeles police officers accused of writing false reports and lying on the stand during a drug possession case. Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted and sentenced to community labor and probation, but the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of guilt when it came to Ortiz. This time, a panel of six women and six men deliberated for about two hours before deciding Ortiz's fate.
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August 13, 2013 |
Artwork Jamal once remarked that he not only sang the blues, he lived the blues. Someday, his history of hard luck and ill health may be spun into verse. But the powerful, deep-voiced Los Angeles native will sing no more. Jamal, 47, died Aug. 6 from complications of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments, said his wife, Lida Parent-Harris. His promising younger years and subsequent mental and physical challenges were chronicled in 2011 in a front-page story by Times staff writer Esmeralda Bermudez, with an accompanying photo gallery . Arthur Detrich Harris III was adopted as a baby and raised by his mother and grandmother.
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April 24, 2013 |
They say one of the best things about California is you can snowboard, surf, hike a mountain and walk in a desert all in one day. But on the other end of the spectrum, you can also sit idling in your car for an hour trying to accomplish all those things. In what will come as a surprise to virtually no Southern California commuter, Los Angeles has once again earned the dubious distinction of having the worst traffic in the United States, according to an annual congestion scorecard.
October 8, 2012 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a garment hang-tag logo competition on Friday, part of an ongoing effort to raise the profile of the city's contributions to the fashion industry. The “Designed/Made in Los Angeles” program asked for designer submissions from locally based businesses including garment maker American Apparel , Youth Monument , marketing and events agency (No Subject) Los Angeles , fashion showroom and branding agency 722 Figueroa and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising , and 21 submissions have been posted online for the public to vote on through Friday. “L.A.