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.
November 4, 2009
Suicide should not be glorified I don’t think it’s appropriate for city officials to fly the flag half-mast for a police officer who committed suicide. Nor should a memorial of candles be set up at police headquarters (“City mourns death of officer,” Oct. 31). Anyone who knows about the act of suicide will tell you that the one thing you don’t want to do about such a deed is glorify it. The officer did not die in the line of duty. He was under FBI investigation.
January 22, 2003
Jeff Klemzak of La Crescenta owns a roofing business. "The Pianist," Roman Polanski's tale of one man's journey through the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation, is one of the finest films I've seen in quite some time. The story is told with a richness and depth that carries the viewer on an emotional see-saw, from the heights of superbly performed classical music to the depths of Nazi depravity. Adrien Brody plays Wladyslaw Szpilman, a famous concert pianist whose work was familiar to Polish listeners in the days just prior to World War II. Szpilman and his family are forced by the Nazis from their comfortable Warsaw home into spare and unheated quarters in the living hell of the newly created Jewish ghetto.