January 17, 1993
What Medved doesn't seem to understand is that Hollywood for good or ill is America and we don't need some self-appointed moralist to tell us how to think or what to see. I do believe that movies by and large have gotten worse over the last 12 years, but that's probably more because of the anything-for-a-buck ethic of the Reagan-Bush years than anything else. STEVE BARR CULVER CITY
January 20, 2008
IN your Sunday Primetime TV listings [Jan. 6], "The Good Shepherd" was given two stars. Does that mean that the film that was given the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Artistic Contribution, named one of the best screenplays of the year by the National Society of Film Critics and was given 3 1/2 stars in Leonard Maltin's movie guide is only as good as "Reno 911: Miami" and "Phat Girlz" (two stars, according to the L.A. Times) and not as good as "Space Cowboys" and "Flatliners" (three stars)
January 5, 2003
As I was watching what Kevin Baker called a "flawed" film in his story on "Gangs of New York" and the immigrant experience ("An Immigrant Tale That Scratches Off History's Veneer," Dec. 29), my mind flashed back 22 years to a much better film about the immigrant experience, class war, robber barons and political corruption: Michael Cimino's much-maligned "Heaven's Gate." Baker says that one of "Gang's" triumphs is that "it rips away the veil of our own conventional history and replaces it with the brawling, bleeding, yearning America that was really our national past."
August 25, 1991
Regarding your story on Manuel Noriega and his links with the CIA, the DEA and the Reagan and Bush administrations: When I contemplate the legacy of corruption, criminality and deceit that our so-called leaders will have left us with, I am reminded of a quote from "The Godfather III": "The higher up you go the crookeder it gets." And they wonder why no one in this country bothers to vote anymore. I can only hope that when Noriega goes on trial he does what he has promised to do and takes all the people involved with him over the years down to the everlasting disgrace they all so richly deserve.
June 27, 2009
Re "Subtle signs of a turnaround on a troubled L.A. campus," June 24 Thank you for this article. I am 26 years old, and I get concerned about the future of my kids living in Los Angeles County. This article shows me that even in the hard times the country is going through, the "ghetto" hasn't been forgotten. These teachers should be honored and commended for the work and time they dedicate to these students. The students and parents deserve recognition as well for the turnaround and the improvement they have shown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 |
Overruling the local school district, the state Board of Education on Wednesday approved a proposal by an education activist to start an academically rigorous charter high school in Inglewood. The state board's 9-1 vote gave the green light to Steve Barr and his Green Dot Public Schools, founder of a pioneering high school that serves nearby Lennox. Barr wanted to repeat that success in Inglewood.