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August 18, 1993 | MONICA YANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Mann is on a mission to make popular culture a part of traditional history, and with the help of Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker and some aging stars from "American Bandstand," he just might have another victory on his hands.
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June 16, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Weed, blow, Mary Jane, reefer, muggles, pot, tea. Marijuana is a drug that travels under numerous aliases--nicknames that indicate how pervasive it's been in American popular culture. When director Ron Mann chose "Grass" as the title for his excellent documentary on the evil weed, he probably didn't worry that anyone would be expecting a treatise on disease-resistant Bermuda strains.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Weed, blow, Mary Jane, reefer, muggles, pot, tea. Marijuana is a drug that travels under numerous aliases--nicknames that indicate how pervasive it's been in American popular culture. When director Ron Mann chose "Grass" as the title for his excellent documentary on the evil weed, he probably didn't worry that anyone would be expecting a treatise on disease-resistant Bermuda strains.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1993 | MONICA YANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Mann is on a mission to make popular culture a part of traditional history, and with the help of Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker and some aging stars from "American Bandstand," he just might have another victory on his hands.
NEWS
June 21, 1990 | Associated Press
A man who caught a 300-pound Atlantic sturgeon could be sentenced to a year in prison and fined $1,000, officials said. Ron Mann was charged Monday with fishing without a commercial license and illegally setting a net. Wildlife officials were also upset because the sturgeon was female and the roe was lost. Mann, 24, of South Berwick, caught the fish in the Salmon Fall River. He described it as the "catch of the day, the year, the century." But his bragging caught the ears of local officials.
SPORTS
May 27, 1989
Wayne Gretzky has definitely had an impact on the city of Los Angeles, but I'm afraid L.A. is still a far cry from what one would call a hockey town. Case in point: Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals was tape-delayed to air an Angel baseball game. I thank Rockey Flintermann of Z Channel for bringing me back to my senses. For a while I thought hockey had emerged from the preempt syndrome. RON MANN Van Nuys
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1989 | SHEILA BENSON
The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival continues at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas this weekend. Highlights from today's and Sunday's program follow. SUNDAY 'Comic Book Confidential' Canada, 1988, 90 minutes 4:45 p.m. All the artists who drove kids under the covers or, in the case of Dan O'Neill, drove the Disney lawyers to court, are here in Ron Mann's affectionate, enthusiastic look at comics, from The Spirit to Zippy to Art Spiegelman ("Maus")
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August 13, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
The Itch. The Bop. The Stroll. The Strand. The Cha-lypso. The Madison. Each a bona fide dance craze with teen-age clout. Where would they all lead to? What could possibly come next? Next, as anyone of a certain age remembers, was that now-venerable institution called the Twist. But as this "Twist," Ron Mann's engaging, high-spirited documentary points out, was no ordinary changing of the guard.
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October 13, 2006 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Director Ron Mann's new documentary, "Tales of the Rat Fink," is an entertaining but disappointingly superficial portrait of the pioneering car customizer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. As with his previous films "Comic Book Confidential" and "Grass," Mann strikes upon a cool and interesting subject with a certain approved countercultural appeal, presents it as such and never much moves beyond that to get to its heart. An unrepentant slob with a Maynard G.
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May 13, 1986 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
If the language that surrounds us every day seems flat and uninspiring, the antidote is "Poetry in Motion" (at 8 tonight at Melnitz Theater, UCLA), a vial of smelling salts for those reeling from indifferent speech. It's Canadian film maker Ron Mann's dazzling anthology of 24 leading contemporary poets, who do everything but read their works. They sing, bop, chant, jive and croon them; they say them to the accompaniment of an electronic pulse or a jazz trio, or a pair of sinuous dancers.
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