October 10, 1994 |
If Jeannette Holguin can persuade her husband, their Montebello home will be the first on the block with the latest in home entertainment gadgets: a digital satellite system. The new system's RCA receiver and 18-inch in diameter satellite dish feed about 150 channels of movies, news, sports and frequent pay-per-view features through a high-resolution digital signal transmitted by DirecTv--Hughes Aircraft's new satellite broadcasting network.
July 23, 1994 |
The only big league experience Kevin Elster expected to have this summer was on the big screen. Up there, he would be Pat Corning, the somewhat surly veteran in the movie "Little Big League," a fantasy about a kid who manages the Minnesota Twins. For Elster, whose career with the New York Mets ended after a shoulder injury in 1992, it was about as close to baseball as he wanted to be. After two surgeries and two comeback attempts, enough was enough.
March 31, 1994 |
In "D2 The Mighty Ducks," an injured NHL hopeful (Emilio Estevez) leads a peewee all-star hockey team to a Junior Olympics, but his stated goal of "having fun" is temporarily derailed by his love of the sponsor's bounty and hatred for the vicious team from Iceland. (Rated PG) Early on in the movie, the team sponsor takes coach Gordon Bombay to a Hollywood cocktail party and observes that nothing is as it appears to be on the surface. Which is also true of the Disney movie they inhabit.
March 23, 1994 |
Kyle (Duane Martin) is a high school basketball phenom in Harlem who wants to be a college whiz and an NBA all-star. Irked that the big college recruiters have yet to sign him, he showboats on the court in the closing games of his final season. It's bad teamwork but great to watch: Kyle is totally fulfilled as he soars through the air.
September 24, 1993 |
Long stretches of "The Program" (citywide) resemble the kind of crunch-and-thud football footage that sells "Sports Illustrated" subscriptions on ESPN. The action is swift and brutal and well-paced--all highlights. When the action is away from the field, writer-director David Ward and his co-screenwriter, Aaron Latham, are trying for all highlights too, but of a different sort. They want to show how the high-powered world of college athletics has become corrupted by greed and the limelight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1991 |
The city of Los Angeles' attempt to plug a $13-million hole in next year's budget is pitting two politically savvy and well-financed industries against each other in one of the most intense City Hall lobbying campaigns in years. Entertainment industry officials and cable television operators are going head to head to see which--if either--will be hit with taxes needed to shore up Los Angeles' sagging finances.
March 25, 1987 |
The Academy Awards presentation is always a frustrating show for me to watch. Invariably I have seen none of the movies that are nominated and therefore I have no idea what's going on, or who to root for. This year, however, I made the effort to see every movie. I was amazed at how many of them dealt with sports themes. As a reader service, I hereby present capsule descriptions of the top movies, so even if you missed a few, you can feel like Rex Reed.