August 4, 1994 |
Filmmakers and distributors expecting to see radical changes in the way their movies are rated are in for a big disappointment. Richard Mosk, the new chairman of the Motion Picture Assn. of America's Classification and Ratings Administration board, who last month replaced 20-year veteran Richard Heffner, says he sees little, if anything, wrong with the system that's been used to designate film ratings in this country for the past 25 years.
August 5, 2002
John Balzar (Commentary, July 31) points to some of California's problems. But one should not be overly nostalgic for the past. To be sure, we had some great, far-sighted leaders, such as California Govs. Hiram Johnson, Earl Warren and Pat Brown. But California's urban and fiscal problems of today are legacies of an earlier, lobbyist-dominated leadership that was apathetic to our inevitable population explosion and that failed to deal with predictable deficiencies, such as transportation, education and other social ills.
January 6, 1992
So Richard M. Mosk concludes that there's a conspiracy "by publishers and the entertainment industry to distort history for profit" ("The Plot to Assassinate the Warren Commission," Dec. 30). If so, then what a grand opportunity it would be for director Oliver Stone to delve back into the '60s and make a movie about how the space program and the moon landings never really took place . Here, he would show the "moon landings" faked for the public on a Hollywood sound stage and the immense sums appropriated for the space program divided up among Nixon and his cronies!
October 27, 2013 |
As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that "truth was our only client.
June 8, 1992
The Times and Shaw deserve congratulations on Shaw's exhaustive series. Perhaps no other newspaper would have the courage to print such articles which were not only critical of part of its own coverage but were complimentary of the excellent coverage of two of its print competitors--the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Weekly. There is, however, a serious error in your May 27 article. That article stated that "the 'independent' Christopher Commission . . .
January 20, 1992
Oliver Stone's response to Richard M. Mosk (" 'JFK' Is Not Irresponsible--Choosing to Ignore the Evidence Is," Jan. 6) carefully skirted the central issue raised by Mosk and others regarding "JFK." What has drawn the sharpest criticism is the film's strident assertion that during the 1960s a far-flung conspiracy captured the main instruments of power in our country so that, as stated by Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), real democracy was supplanted by fascism. Tom Hayden, quick to recognize this as the heart of the film, enthusiastically embraced it as a validation of his own '60s radicalism ("Shadows on the American Storybook," Metro, Dec. 30)