August 20, 2001 |
A long-haired singer dressed entirely in white holds a white guitar. Scantily clad cancan girls shake as if in a Playboy video. An orchestra adds syrupy cushions of strings to the love songs. And the singer, hand in hand with his wife, belts out a tune titled "The Ideal Couple." Sound like a bad Vegas show? Well, it certainly looked like one at times.
December 13, 1986 |
It's no secret that television's Christmas stockings are mostly filled with schmaltz. As with perfume or wine, however, the quality gradations in sentiment can be sharp--as demonstrated Sunday by back-to-back yuletide movies on ABC. "The Christmas Star," airing at 7 p.m. (Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42), is by no means top-of-the-line holiday dramatic fare. For that you can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" Sunday (8 a.m. on Channel 7, 3 p.m. on Channel 5) or wait for the Dec.
August 18, 1985
"Dissonance Eventually Becomes Consonance." No, this line won't be found in Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four," but in The Times' music review of a Santa Fe opera by Martin Bernheimer (" 'Tempest' in Sante Fe Premiere," July 30). The Times' curmudgeonly music critic has for years sneered at us benighted boobs who enjoy the "Schmaltz" of Beethoven, Verdi, Puccini, Johann Strauss, Jerome Kern, et al. We are inexcusably ignorant, in the Bernheimer view. WE are even stupid enough to be able to hum their tunes.
September 10, 2010
"Legendary" is a bold-faced name for a lowercase effort, a school wrestling drama so mired in family-film clichés it can never shake loose the suspicion that — not unlike certain high-gloss mat bouts — the emotional fix is in from the get-go. From a few scenes introducing an easily bullied, bespectacled high schooler named Cal ( Devon Graye), his protective, widowed mother Sharon ( Patricia Clarkson), Cal's estranged, troubled ex-wrestler brother Mike (wrestling star John Cena)
May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
February 26, 1998 |
Voters didn't find the right recipient in every country category, but by and large they found honorable ones. The notable exception was the best song award to Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas' saccharine "Butterfly Kisses," 1997's answer to "Old Shep." That schmaltz vote, however, was balanced by the best album award for Johnny Cash's raw, soul-searching "Unchained."