August 26, 2011 |
No concept in the critical lexicon has been more devalued and debased than "inspirational. " The term has been so misused, it's just about lost all meaning. A film that makes that word real and vital has to be special. "The Interrupters" is such a film. A surprisingly moving documentary collaboration between producer-director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz, "The Interrupters" paradoxically succeeds because it refuses to soften reality. A look at people trying at the ground level to stop street violence in Chicago, it tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem.
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April 4, 2013 |
The family of a 35-year-old man shot to death by Long Beach police after they mistook a water hose nozzle he was holding for a handgun was awarded $6.5 million in damages by a federal jury Thursday. After a day of deliberations, jurors found that two officers violated Doug Zerby's constitutional rights, were negligent and acted with malice or reckless disregard for his life in the December 2010 fatal shooting outside a Belmont Shore apartment. Zerby was shot by the two officers - one used a shotgun and the other a handgun - as they were responding to a report of a man with a handgun in the apartment complex's courtyard.
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February 16, 2006 |
A special election will be held June 6 to replace City Councilman Dan Baker, who resigned last week amid questions about co-owning a Missouri apartment building with the police union president. The City Council could have appointed a replacement, but decided Tuesday night to call the election. Baker defended his investments with Steve James, saying they posed no conflict of interest despite his vote around the same time for a 21% union pay raise.
February 28, 1989 |
The karate genre is alive, if hardly kicking, in "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt" (citywide). The silly fight scenes gave a few sound-effects experts a lot of work, even if the violent snaps, crackles and pops on the sound track don't precisely match the fights staged on screen. It's a cinch that the sound men still put far more care into their work than did writer-director Cedric Sundstrom, who has bothered neither with wit nor logic.
November 26, 1998 |
Elton Mashack scored 21 points to lead Loyola Marymount to an easy 83-63 victory Wednesday over Southern California College at Gersten Pavilion. Steve James led the Vanguards, who are coached by former UCLA point guard Cameron Dollar, with 19 points. Loyola (1-2) took control by scoring 10 consecutive points to break a 4-4 tie. The Lions led, 44-24, at halftime. Southern California College (2-3) got as close as 66-56 before the Lions scored 17 of the game's final 24 points.
February 18, 1990 |
Meanwhile, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" gets the TV treatment--sort of. "Hammer and Slammer" will feature characters introduced in last year's feature-film send-up of '70s blaxploitation pics, produced, written and starring Keenan Ivory Wayans. Wayans won't star this time out, but is exec producing and scripting the hour pilot for MGM-TV and ABC. It reunites Isaac Hayes (Hammer), Jim Brown (Slammer), Steve James (Kung Fu Joe) and Ja'net Dubois (in a new role, Joanne).
September 2, 2005 |
There's a scene in Steve James' entertaining documentary "Reel Paradise" in which John Pierson, a pioneering independent film producer's rep, aptly compares himself to Allie Fox, Harrison Ford's bespectacled, slightly mad visionary in the Paul Schrader-Peter Weir adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel "Mosquito Coast." Both men uproot their families from the relative luxury of middle-class America to pursue a dream of tropical nirvana -- Honduras for the Foxes, Fiji for the Piersons.