August 8, 1998
That DreamWorks' publicity department would want to elevate "Saving Private Ryan" to cult status goes without saying. That the L.A. Times would collaborate with them is dismaying and disappointing ("Contending With 'Private Ryan's' Legacy," by Robert W. Welkos, Aug. 5). Much is being made of the film's "grit and reality," when in fact we've seen all the spurting blood, oozing guts, missing limbs and twisted bodies countless times already. They're a staple of action-adventure films and have been ever since Sam Peckinpah first made a fetish of gore.
May 29, 2011
The GOP's guy? Re "Run, Ryan, run," Opinion, May 24 What a brilliant idea to draft Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan for the Republican nomination for president. After all, he is responsible for this nonsense about privatizing Medicare to save it. He's like his fellow Republicans, who argue that our national debt demands it while they continue to add to the debt with tax breaks for oil companies and the wealthy. Meanwhile, the middle class will be hit with more taxes as the budget crisis is passed on to state and local governments.
December 14, 2008 |
When Army Sgt. Ryan Kahlor returned from two combat tours in Iraq last year, he was a walking billboard for virtually every affliction suffered by today's veterans. He had a detached retina, a ruptured disc, vertigo, headaches, memory lapses and numbness in his arms. Fluid seeped from his ears. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. He was violent and suicidal. He carried a loaded handgun everywhere. He drank until he passed out. He cut himself.
February 23, 2010
Winger Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the U.S. Olympic team is blogging for The Times during the Games. Here's his post on the U.S. team's 5-3 upset of Canada on Sunday: Hi again, everyone: That was a great game to be part of. To beat Canada in their own barn in front of their own fans was pretty special. It was a pretty quiet building at the end, it was almost eerie. We enjoyed it in the locker room afterward. It's a huge confidence boost for us. As far as the game, I thought we were outplayed for quite a while.
June 5, 2011 |
Jon Huntsman informed me the other day that I have incurred a moral responsibility. Huntsman is a former GOP governor of Utah and, until recently, President Obama's ambassador to China. Back stateside now, he's joined the throng of Republicans struggling to achieve enough name recognition to attract more than a thimbleful of reporters if and when he announces his candidacy for president. To that end, he issued his moral challenge to me, and to you, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week.
June 23, 2011 |
In "Wilfred," a new comedy premiering Thursday on FX, Elijah Wood, who was Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, plays Ryan, an unhappy young man who, as we meet him, is trying to kill himself. Ryan has had some sort of breakdown or bad luck, the details of which are left vague — we do see that he is on the stated third draft of his suicide note — but this is a show where explanation is less important than action. (The tension between the two will become a recurring theme, in fact.)