June 25, 1988
Did we win? Why does it feel so hollow? The Detroit Pistons were down by 15 in the third quarter and still almost pulled it off--without Isiah Thomas and in the midst of a raucous Forum crowd. Why are all my transplanted Michigan friends so smug and proud? Why do I have this terrible image of Showtime, the Laker girls and Jack Nicholson just being an all-too-real representation of the same disturbing traits found in Apollo Creed--the ostentatious and conceited boxer who nearly lost to underdog Rocky in the first Rocky film.
July 21, 1985
I was much heartened at Champlin's incisive commentary. "Rambo's" underlying message is a chilling and ultimately dangerous one. In its unstinting conservatism, lurid glorification of war, and attempted rewriting of history, "Rambo" does both itself and its audience a disservice--coupled with the upcoming "Rocky IV," Stallone's latest opuses seem geared to spark a Russophobia and neo-rightism inspired by that most universal (and high-grossing)...
January 4, 1986 |
The woman whose struggle to help her son overcome a gross deformity touched millions in the film "Mask" is facing another deadly battle: Her other son has AIDS. Rusty Mason says she will fight for this son as hard as she fought for Rocky, who died in 1978, 10 years later than doctors had predicted. Mason's story of drug abuse, motorcycle riding and tireless devotion to her son was depicted last year in a film by Peter Bogdanovich, with Cher as the mother.
May 23, 1986 |
Sylvester Stallone, currently considered Hollywood's most "bankable" box-office star, entered Thursday into a six-year, 10-picture deal with United Artists Corp., the studio that first backed him 10 years ago on the movie "Rocky." At a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday morning, new UA chairman and chief executive officer Lee Rich said Stallone will star in at least five of the films and will write, direct or produce the remainder.
May 29, 1987
Jorge (Rocky) Garcia of Placentia knocked out Cesar Zepeda of Los Angeles midway through the second round of a scheduled 10-round junior lightweight bout Thursday night at the Irvine Marriot. After flooring Zepeda with a right hand to the nose, Garcia immediately landed a right-left combination that sent Zepeda to the canvas a second time. Zepeda was counted out by referee Dr. James Jen-Kin at 1:50 of the round.
June 7, 1994 |
I'm turning 30 in a few weeks, but I've been handling it well. I don't have gray hair yet or wrinkles, so I've been rather pleased with myself as I near what others seem to consider a landmark of sorts. In fact, I've been doing so well that I've taken what has to be a unique approach for any L.A. woman: I have declared my thirtyness before its legitimate time. For months now I have been telling new acquaintances that I am 30, rather than 29. I say this to prove that I'm coping well.
December 19, 1993
Re "Making Peace With Prozac" (Dec. 1): Dr. Peter D. Kramer may be wondering, but he is also prescribing "often . . . to guide a person through a rocky period." This is what far too many people do with Valium, alcohol, marijuana, all sorts of drugs. Our society is rotting with drug use. People are being medicated or are self-medicating for their distress. The psychiatric community and their drug suppliers are a legitimization of the idea that personal problems require pharmacological solutions.
March 9, 2012 |
The New Zealand-set coming-of-age quirkfest "Boy" proves as slight as its minimalist title. Like the film's lead character, a scrappy 11-year-old everyone calls simply Boy (the wonderfully expressive James Rolleston), there's potential here. But writer-director and co-star Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark") never builds much momentum for his largely uneventful if sometimes inventive story. For Boy, life in his Maori beach town consists of watching over a brood of young cousins with his kindly grandma, pining for eye-catching but dismissive classmate Chardonnay, hanging with his buddies, and bossing around his little brother, Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, charming)