July 18, 2007
If you've ever been sick, think you might get sick or know someone who has been sick, do something for your mental health and buy a ticket for "Sicko." It's the healthiest movie you'll see all summer. "Sicko" is a 113-minute documentary about the disaster that is the American health care system. Controversial director Michael Moore breaks down what went wrong and why America ranks so low when it comes to health care for our citizens. The film is insightful, entertaining, heart-breaking and also one of the most important films I've ever seen.
October 3, 2009
In my near 20 years in the entertainment industry I’ve seen the bubble of self-importance in which A-List Hollywood resides. This has been only a minor personal annoyance for me. But with the recent uproar over Roman Polanski’s arrest, I can’t keep quiet. I know this isn’t really a local issue. But as the father of two daughters, I think it’s a human issue. We live in the entertainment capital of the world, many of us gainfully employed there, and this negatively affects all of us. Hollywood is already condemned for being morally depraved.
August 4, 2004
REEL CRITIC Josh Kleinbaum is the city hall reporter for the News-Press, the Leader's sister publication. Throughout Maj. Ben Marco's wild ride in "The Manchurian Candidate," as the character played by Denzel Washington tries to uncover a plot to install a president brainwashed by a mega-corporation, dueling thoughts battled in the back of my mind -- this is completely implausible, yet it strangely rings true....
August 31, 2005
Writer buys into talking points In a letter to the editor on Saturday ("Let's not forget," Mailbag) Stella Klinger offers an addition to a Burbank Leader story regarding Cindy Sheehan ("Honoring a mother's son," Aug. 20). Klinger recites a number of Republican talking points regarding the subject. Unfortunately, most of them are wrong. The Bush administration attempts to dissuade criticism by branding all opposition as either hypocrites or traitors by their comments or their associations.
May 21, 2005
Mark R. Madler Dorse Lanpher spent his 47-year animation career putting movies up on the big screen. But on Monday, the tables will be turned. The Glendale resident and retired Walt Disney Co. employee is among the subjects in "Dream on Silly Dreamer," a documentary from the animator's view of the company's successful days in the 1990s to the elimination of the hand-drawn animation department in 2002. The film will screen Monday at the Alex Theatre.
October 23, 2002
Cable company needs to be challenged In response to Will Ray, I believe that at 79 cents a share, Charter stock price is way too high. Anything over two cents would be overvalued. True cus- tomer service does not exist at this company. After receiving a special promotion coupon offering television cable and high-speed Interned access for one packaged price, I decided to call Charter and order the ser- vice. It took six phone calls, three supervisors and about a month of haggling to get the service for the price offered on Charter's own coupon.
May 4, 2002
KIRKEBY -- WILKS Konita Lee Kirkeby and Kyle Lowell Wilks have announced their plans to marry on July 4. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Len and Carolee Kirkeby of La Canada Flintridge. She graduated in 1994 from La Canada High School and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. She is the granddaughter of Waneta Foutch Harlow and the late M.S. "Barney" Foutch of Indiana and Mildred Kirkeby and the late H.S. "Hank" Kirkeby of South Dakota. The bridesgroom-to-be is the son of Dr. and Mrs. G.L. Wilks of Naples, Italy, formerly of Newport Beach, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morreale of Lake Arrowhead.
August 27, 2005
Fence ordinance plan shows lack of direction Regarding the proposed fence ordinance ("Fence changes on hold," Aug. 20-21), in terms of amnesty, are we talking about a pardon for current inconsistencies or for future ones based on this idiotic plan cooked up by some officials whose competencies and, worse yet, degrees of integrity are questionable? What a flimsy excuse for government and the allocation of our hard-earned dollars. How could they think that the people would fall for their ill-devised plan at standardization based on what nonexistent statistics and/or misinterpreted guidelines furnished by law enforcement and fire authorities?
March 14, 2009
The Christian humanitarian group World Vision recently held its annual 30 Hour Famine, in which Christian youths go without food for 30 hours, sleep in cardboard boxes and raise millions of dollars to fight world hunger. World Vision organizers say the event not only benefits the needy, but also teaches a valuable Biblical lesson about sacrifice. What is the most difficult or demanding thing you have ever done in service of your faith? ? I have chosen to follow Jesus?
April 28, 2007
W hat are your thoughts on dealing with the tragedy we saw recently at Virginia Tech? How do we make sense of the violence in this world? And how do you deal with the question of "Why?" Why did God let this happen? We live in a magnificent, yet dangerous, world. As if it weren't dangerous enough, we continually tempt fate, risk our lives and toy with death. We fly supersonic, Mach-speed planes directly at one another for the crowds, taunt alligators and stingrays to get ratings, and jump off cliffs, platforms and out of aircraft with nylon sheets or rubber bands and hope we don't splat onto the ground.