October 5, 1993 |
Are doctors our most genuine heroes? They're coming in for some harsh scrutiny as the nation revamps its health care system, but in the three-part "Life & Times" special "L.A. Medical" (at 7:30 tonight through Thursday on KCET-TV Channel 28), doctors are held in awe. Specifically, surgical doctors--the all-critical specialists, the pitchers of a hospital's team.
December 28, 2003
Some of the faces were so enduring that as they passed their eighth or ninth decade it seemed they had achieved a kind of permanence. Surely, there would always be another holiday appearance by a Bob Hope, a Katharine Hepburn. They'd be frailer, yes, but present.
December 30, 2010 |
When Jon Vickers was interviewing for his job as the first director of the new Indiana University Cinema, he was told there might be a tricky problem if he was hired. "The comment I heard frequently was, 'You'll have to figure out what to do with the Kinsey Collection, because it's different than all the others,' " Vickers says. "There was an assumption the programmer would work with the collection, but how to do that was a question for everybody. " And, as he prepares to open the college cinematheque on Jan. 13, it still is. The "Kinsey Collection" refers to the roughly 14,000 films and videos belonging to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, which has offices on the school's Bloomington campus in southern Indiana.
March 9, 1992 |
A retrospective of the work of experimentalist Robert Rayher will be presented tonight at 8 by Filmforum at LACE. "Fractured Visions/Reflected Light: Robert Rayher" is an apt program title describing Rayher's flowing, lyrical images, many of which are natural landscapes reprocessed in various ways. Rayher has said that among his key influences have been filmmakers Stan Brakhage and composer John Cage.
July 20, 1988 |
A city jumping with nervous energy and restless high spirits, a jungle for the lonely, a mean turf for the disenfranchised--Manhattan in the 1950s was the colorful setting for all sorts of feature films. With a Thursday-evening series, beginning this week, of famous and lesser-known movies from the era, the Newport Harbor Art Museum is complementing its ongoing exhibition, "The Figurative '50s: New York Figurative Expressionism."
November 20, 2003 |
A longtime admirer of Stan Brakhage, I knew nothing of the filmmaker's Hollywood interlude until checking in with University of Southern California film professor David James. A leading theorist and historian of alternative cinematic practices, James recently completed a study of non-studio filmmaking called "The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles."
February 25, 1994 |
Exposition Park's California Museum of Science and Industry IMAX Theater's latest offering, Ben Shedd's 33-minute "Seasons" (premiering today at 11 a.m.), is most kindly viewed as ideal for children, thrilling them with outsize images while making them aware of the solar system and the weather's eternal cycles.
November 23, 2005 |
Imagine Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's street-racing saga "The Fast and the Furious" transformed into a lyrical, stylized romantic tragedy and one would have some idea of what Joey Curtis' unsparing yet beguiling "Streets of Legend" is like.
March 17, 1996 |
The relationship between fine art and movies has always been an uneasy one. Avant-garde films are invariably banished to the cult circuit, mainstream movies dismiss high art as pretentious mumbo-jumbo, and the hard-core art crowd sneers at big box-office films as strictly for boobs. (Mind you, we refer here primarily to the decades prior to '80s post-modernism, which made every manifestation of culture part of one big, happy family.