March 19, 2000 |
How talented is junior pitcher Tyler Adamczyk of Westlake High? Let's just say he'll be able to pick any college next year. And if that isn't impressive enough, he'll have professional scouts scrutinizing his every move. No one knows yet if the 6-foot-6 Adamczyk is a better hitter or pitcher, but he's an invaluable player for top-ranked Westlake, which won the championship of the San Fernando Valley tournament Saturday night with a 5-3 victory over El Camino Real at USC's Dedeaux Field.
January 25, 1998 |
Being the queen of independent cinema is a mixed blessing for Lili Taylor. On one hand, the Chicago-born New York resident gets some juicy roles, including the lead in director Nick Gomez's "Ill Town" and as Valerie Solanas in "I Shot Andy Warhol." But her indie credits seem to work against her since Taylor, 30, hasn't had shots at the mainstream. A recent guesting on "Mad About You" can't hurt. STATE OF INDEPENDENTS: "They're not really independents anymore. Budgets are higher.
March 3, 2000 |
"Drowning Mona" takes a fresh and funny spin on the classic mystery plot in which someone is so universally loathed that practically everyone is a credible suspect. With an inspired and frequently hilarious script by newcomer Peter Steinfeld, director Nick Gomez, in his fourth feature, has done his best work since his knockout 1991 first feature, "Laws of Gravity," a gritty take on a pair of feckless Brooklyn thieves.
March 11, 2000 |
Beau Savage remembers the disappointment well. He was told last year during one of the first practices that he wasn't needed. His skills weren't good enough to play varsity baseball at El Camino Real High. He decided against joining the junior varsity and skipped the season entirely. But he tried out again this season, made the team and is having an impact.
May 31, 2000 |
This time, there was no comeback for El Camino Real High. This time, one wasn't necessary. The Conquistadores won the hard way in a first-round squeaker last week, but they had no problems in an 8-2 victory over San Pedro in a City Championship baseball quarterfinal Tuesday at Harbor College. The game was technically an upset--San Pedro was seeded No. 3 while the Conquistadores were No. 6--but El Camino Real dominated, smacking four two-run home runs and never fretting.
August 16, 1991 |
The Long Island in Hal Hartley's "Trust" (selected theaters) is a bleak, grayed-out landscape peopled by blank, enraged oddballs. Hartley has such a spare, controlled touch in this film that this landscape seems both realistic and fantastic. He expresses a recognizably modern suburban Angst and yet everything he shows us is out of kilter and personalized. It's a documentary of the Long Island landscape as the director's mindscape.
March 18, 1993 |
Skeptic is my middle name. So when I encountered Joline Godfrey and her book about women entrepreneurs, "Our Wildest Dreams," I thought, "Oh no, another one of those superficial, full of platitudes books." Not this time. Godfrey, on Ojai resident, has written a wonderful, witty, the-way-it-is/the-way-it-can-be book about and for anyone in business. Her credentials include 10 years through the ranks at Polaroid. The firm backed her when she spun off her own company, which she sold in 1990.
March 9, 2000 |
Rain washed out many early-season high school baseball games the last few weeks, but that has not dampened professional scouts' enthusiasm about several top prospects in the Southland. Pitchers Matt Harrington of Palmdale and Mike Davern of Brea Olinda are rated as the nation's fourth- and eighth-best high school prospects, respectively, by Baseball America magazine.