December 31, 1993 |
"Ghost in the Machine" (general release) deftly envisions a dead serial killer living on as a computer virus. As a technological thriller, this 20th Century Fox release has superior special effects, maintains a clear story line through a thicket of computer mumbo-jumbo, but its machinery tends to be more interesting than its people. To her credit, director Rachel Talaly pulls everything together sharply and briskly.
March 29, 1994 |
There was no thunder and lightning during my first encounter with an electronic book. I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I sat in front of my home computer reading the beginning of 19th-Century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's "Thus Spake Zarathustra," one of the 3,500 works of literature stored on a single computer compact disk. It's difficult to grasp that they crammed so much information from so many books onto a shiny 5-inch platter.
May 13, 1986 |
All the incessant comparisons to the Jackson 5 must've finally gotten under the skin of the all-teen New Edition. As seen Sunday night at the Long Beach Arena, the boys have counterattacked by turning their current concert swing into a scathing parody of the "Victory Tour." At least, that's what we'd like to think. From a flying saucer, the four young men in their matching suits dropped onto a stage set reminiscent of Disneyland's Magic Castle.
November 21, 1987 |
People can visit the land of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck without seeing a single ride. That's because the Disney Store officially opens today at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. And if Walt Disney Co. is right, the 35,000-square-foot store soon could outsell the other two Disney stores outside its theme parks: a 9-month-old store at the Glendale Galleria and a 4-month-old shop at Pier 39 in San Francisco.
July 9, 1992 |
You might say that Click & Flick is a hybrid. The home for both a modeling (Click) and a talent (Flick) agency, it is made out of stucco, steel, concrete block, glass, wood and concrete. At less than 5,000 square feet, it is the size of the bungalows that surround it, but it has ambitions of being an office tower. Presenting neither one simple face to the street nor rising up as a sculptural mass, it appears as a collage of screens and scrims.
September 26, 1995 |
Available Light, a Burbank special effects firm, is basking in the glow of "Mortal Kombat." The film was No. 1 at the box office for three weeks, and the company is attracting notice for nifty effects ranging from exploding skulls to a vapor-like soul that's sucked from a character's body. Yet Available Light co-owner John Van Vliet acknowledges that his profit on the film was slim. "We got to explode a lot of stuff and it was fun," he said.
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March 15, 2007 |
When Eustace Lycett was studying mechanical engineering at Caltech in Pasadena in the 1930s, he figured he'd wind up in the oil or aircraft industries when he graduated. He never considered a career in the movies. But three days after graduating in 1937, he went to work in the engineering department at the Walt Disney studio on Los Angeles' Hyperion Avenue, where he worked on the studio's new multi-plane camera.
May 26, 1997 |
In last year's Manifesta, the new Biennale for emerging European art held in Rotterdam, Iceland-born, Berlin-based Olafur Eliasson made time and space stand still by illuminating a fountain with strobe lights so that the drops of water seemed to freeze in midair, as hard as diamonds. Eliasson's trump card is his ability to conjure spectacular effects in the absence of elaborate technological paraphernalia. A certain economy--parsimony, even--is the linchpin of his aesthetic strategy.
May 12, 1997 |
You remember the scene from "Independence Day": The alien attacker is chasing Will Smith and his F-18 through the Grand Canyon. The stomach-lurching turns and close-ups of the fabled rock chasm take your breath away. Except Smith wasn't really in the Arizona desert. He was on a sound stage, only pretending to play top gun. The real heroes in this movie were the artists for OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic in Toluca Lake.
May 31, 1994 |
Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park of relatively modest means, has come up with a relatively modest new attraction, Mystery Lodge. Modesty is a virtue that is often overlooked in the theme-park business, where the big guns battle for attention by building screaming new roller coasters and other high-tech dazzlers (witness the promotional blitz for the new Batman ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain).