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Following are capsule reviews of today's screenings in the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas: 'Vroom' Great Britain, 1988, 117 minutes 8:45 p.m. This is no more than a romantic trifle--a road movie gone wrong about three Lancashire misfits burning rubber and losing illusions through the British countryside--but something in director Beeban Kidron's style and in...
December 21, 1986 | United Press International
Thirty-eight pilot whales have died after dozens stranded themselves along a 20-mile stretch of Cape Cod seashore, rescuers said Saturday. Rescue crews used front-end loaders and heavy rubber rafts in attempts to refloat some of the survivors among 43 whales that came ashore Friday at Cook's Brook Beach and other sites along the popular vacation area. Three were pushed back out to sea and two were brought to an aquarium, where one later died.
May 14, 1988
In his article loftily instructing Americans about our "failure" in Vietnam, French journalist Todd has the colossal nerve to ask, "Why, for example, do communists so often manage to confiscate a national liberation or anti-colonial struggle?" He ought to know. It was the French who plundered, oppressed and brutalized the Vietnamese so that capitalism, which the French represented, became synonymous with hell. Communism seemed a viable alternative. Paul Doumer, who became the French governor general of Vietnam around the turn of the century, stated the French attitude quite succinctly when he wrote in his memoirs, "When France arrived in Indo China, the Vietnamese were ripe for servitude."
January 12, 1986
Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Legends" being replaced with one by Tangerine Dream is mindlessly depressing, but hardly surprising ("Movie Music: Is It Becoming Hit or Miss?," by Steven Smith, Jan. 5). What else is to be expected in a business where corporate decisions have spent $48 million on a two-character sci-fi story ("Enemy Mine") in which one of the characters wears a rubber suit and mask that looks like a rubber suit and mask, where $23 million resulted in a filmed play ("A Chorus Line")
January 1, 2007 | Roy M. Wallack
If there's a sport, there's a shoe specifically made to help you do it better -- even if you seldom need to touch the pavement. Here are a few examples of highly functional footwear for some of the most popular off-asphalt pastimes. --- Climbing soles that grip Five-Ten Gambit: The rock-climbing shoe Spider-Man would love.
August 27, 2000
The Firestone-Ford tire debacle is eerily reminiscent of NASA's Challenger disaster. For months or even years, many people suspected that brittle rubber in a defective O-ring design might contribute to hot-gas penetration of the solid rocket boosters, which could lead to catastrophic failure of the shuttle. Similarly, for years many have suspected that brittle and defective rubber used in tire manufacturing could result in tire delamination and catastrophic failure, especially in under-inflated tires.
June 30, 1989 | GAILE ROBINSON
If there was such a thing as a sound track that goes with the Fourth of July weekend it would have to include the slappity-flap of flip-flops hitting the pavement. Perhaps you know them by another name; beach sandals, slaps, slides, thongs, flops, go-aheads and the official Customs Department designation--zories. No matter the regional nomenclature, almost everyone has had a personal encounter with this summer staple. If you experienced your first pair in the '50s, consider yourself lucky.
June 7, 1998 | IRENE LACHER
We're lunching with the quintessential California Girl, which is a species closely related to Manhattan Chick. How can you tell you've got a coastal speciwoman on your hands? She's not fazed by nuts. As long as they're unarmed, of course. "Very rarely do I get a nut," Lisa Palac says sweetly of her wealth of enthusiastic e-mail. "And even when I do, it's nothing I ever feel threatened by. The nuttiest stuff is mostly men propositioning me. Can you blame them?" Mais, non.
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