October 25, 2013 |
Ten months into the moviegoing year, and many of the most lucrative surprises at the box office are cut of the horror cloth: “The Conjuring” ($137 million), “Insidious Chapter 2” ($81 million), “Mama” ($71 million). Conceived with low expectations and lower budgets, all three coasted to weekend wins and have ended up in the box office top 50. You could imagine, then, how it was easy to think "Carrie" could continue the trend last weekend -- A-list cast, big marketing spend and the added selling point that the film shares name and concept with one of the most popular horror movies of all time.
May 12, 1991
Re "Computers Push the Limits of Artificial Intelligence" (April 24): We are well into the industrial era. What we have to show for it is a huge percentage of our population that is "redundant" and sitting idle in large ghettos. Most of us are working harder and harder to make ends meet. The promise of industrialism has turned into a nightmare of social disruption and pollution. What on Earth is a smart robot going to do, if it is so smart, besides shut itself down as a favor to mankind.
October 11, 1986
Thank God, the nightmare of Chavez Ravine is finally over. Deep and drastic therapy is needed so that 1987 doesn't turn out to be just a dreary replay of '86. Al Campanis must retire! Far too much faith in the wrong young players and in aging players looking to wind up their careers in Southern California. Brock? Sorry, kid, four full seasons is enough. Maybe there will be less pressure in Seattle. Reuss, Cabell, Madlock and Landreaux? A new world of radio and TV announcing is calling.
October 21, 2000
Greg Braxton's article on the anemic show-biz curb appeal of the "Big Brother" cast (yes, cast) as contrasted with the "Survivor" cast was on the mark (" 'Big Brother' Cast Is Meeting Big Yawns," Oct. 14). But, like other commentators, Braxton missed a major reason. Yes, "Big Brother" was boring. But the reason why is more complicated than a lack of chemistry or conflict between cast members. The bare fact was that, except for Cassandra, most members were intellectually vapid "me-heads" who had nothing to say about themselves or others that revealed enough brain wattage to light up a thimble.
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February 6, 2000
Re "Le Parc Condos Legal Tangle Resolved," Jan. 27. This article recounts the litigious nightmare that Simi Valley Le Parc homeowners have had to endure while trying to protect their life investment--their homes. I have watched this story closely as well as the many other homeowners association nightmares unfolding across the nation. Reading and educating oneself on the governing documents prior to purchasing a home in an HOA does not guarantee you protection against your own nightmare.
March 21, 2003 |
Back in the 1980s, musician-hipsters like David Byrne and philosopher-hipsters like Jean Baudrillard just couldn't get enough of the coast-to-coast freak show called the United States. In movies like Byrne's "True Stories" and in books like Baudrillard's "America," nearly everyone seemed to live in trailers, eat lard sandwiches and weigh more than a circus elephant.