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September 13, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic and former book-review editor
ELEGANT CARS GLIDING THROUGH A DECAYING infrastructure, the dispossessed huddling in the shadow of bright skyscrapers, the sensation of a dystopian, multiethnic civilization that has managed to simultaneously advance and regress--these are scenes of modern urban decline, and if they make you think of a movie, and chances are they will, it can have only one name: "Blade Runner." Few, if any, motion pictures have the gift of predicting the future as well as crystallizing an indelible image of it, but that is the key to "Blade Runner's" accomplishments.
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BUSINESS
January 17, 1991
I see (Part A, Jan. 9) that Transportation Director Robert Best has signed contracts with the California Toll Road Co., an international consortium, to build several toll roads in California. What is going on? I read the papers and listen to the news, but this is the first I have heard about privatizing our roads to foreign investors. We can't be taken over by an invading foreign army but we are being taken over just as surely by foreign investors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1989
South Pasadena officials have asked the state Department of Transportation to establish an independent task force to consider alternatives to building the last link of the Long Beach Freeway. The City Council, with the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, made the request in a letter sent this week to Robert Best, director of the department. A Caltrans spokesman said Friday that the letter had not yet arrived.
NEWS
May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Caltrans Director Robert Best has threatened to simply close the highways on which construction workers are exposed to traffic. Best and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Maury Hannigan made a joint plea to drive safely and soberly through highway work zones and "end the slaughter of California highway workers." In less than two months, five Caltrans workers have been killed, including two early this month along Interstate 5 in Stockton who were struck by a suspected drunk driver.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo)
BUSINESS
June 7, 1992 | Associated Press
* Shinji Sakai, a 30-year veteran of Toyota Motor Corp., will succeed Yuki Togo as president and chief executive of the firm's Torrance-based U.S. operations, the auto maker said. Togo, 67, will become chairman of Toyota Motor Sales USA. Yale Gieszl was named executive vice president, succeeding Bob McCurry, who was named vice chairman.
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