CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1985
I'm ecstatic about the American Medical Assn. calling for a ban on cigarette advertising, and I sincerely hope the doctors have enough clout to stop cigarette companies from sponsoring sports tournaments as well. Another area they might address--smoking on the screen. Just as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis et al, convinced thousands of earlier moviegoers that smoking was sophisticated and glamorous, today's films, too, depict smoking in a positive light. And there's no excuse for it in the 1980s, knowing what we now know about tobacco's addictive, health-destroying capabilities.
July 18, 1987
After reading Kevin Thomas' review of "Million Dollar Mystery" ("Treasure Quest Spoofs the Genre," July 12), I decided to see the movie. At least, I thought I was going to see a movie. As it turned out, I paid $5.50 to see a commercial. You may have seen Tom Bosley advertising trash bags on television. He does the same thing in the movie, except we aren't supposed to notice. It's hard not to notice, though, when the official entry form for the million-dollar sweepstakes says "Glad" all over it. One of the questions even refers to Bosley's character, Preston.
January 4, 1987
I don't think we are scared of our imaginations. Maybe we're sick of film directors telling us our lives are worthless or that goodness is a superficial veneer over man's inherent evil. We want heroes in cinema because we want the best in man, rather than the worst. Goldstein never mentioned "The Name of the Rose." This neglected film showed the cultural results of the "Blue Velvet" philosophy . . . destruction of the human intellect while fear and darkness prevailed. Since Sean Connery and his young companion overcome these dark elements and ultimately use reason against irrationality, I can see why this film was ignored.