July 21, 2000
Can two photogenic, likable, hard-working stars make a film good all by themselves? Not in the case of "Loser," a listless, disjointed collegiate opposites-attract comedy from writer-director Amy Heckerling. But at least Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari, as two New York University students meant for each other more than either suspects, make the film bearable. Paul Tannek (Biggs, "American Pie") is one of those fish-out-of-water types you find only in the movies, a kid from suburbs so sub the rest of the world that popular culture never set foot there.
December 26, 1993
And so, the end of the year is near.Hear, hear.If years were fish, we'd have thrown 1993 back long ago.From beginning to end, locally and nationally, it was a year of loss.Real loss. Sporting loss.The toy department, supposedly a joyful place, reeked of sadness.The big national story of '93? Michael Jordan's retirement, of course.He wins, we lose.The big story in Baltimore? We get whacked in the expansion game. Paul Tagliabue kicks us in the teeth.Isn't that special?And look at what else happened:The Orioles missed out on the postseason for the 10th straight year.
June 12, 2005
Is America finally ready to embrace its inner loser? From Benjamin Franklin and Horatio Alger through American Idol and The Apprentice, the rags-to-riches success story has been a central cultural myth. But now the most daring television heroine is Lisa Kudrow as an actress on a hopeless quest to regain her former stardom, in the new HBO series The Comeback. That show echoes, without quite matching, the tragicomedy of the British series The Office, about an obnoxious middle manager with no place to go but down.
July 31, 1991
THE WORD from California that former Gov. Jerry Brown is considering a third run for the presidency next year, instead of seeking a Senate seat, will no doubt run into the criticism that as a two-time loser in the White House sweepstakes he'll be wasting his time.That may turn out to be so, but if Brown should run again and lose, it will not be because he has displayed an excess of #F Potomac Fever. More likely, a third Brown loss would result from an inability to shake the public's perception of him as Governor Moonbeam, the political space cadet who to many seems to be off on some other planet with far-out ideas.
July 20, 1998
YOU CAN talk about globalization, the sexual revolution or the civil rights movement. But one of the greatest upheavals of the century is the liberation of the nerd.Many have noted the rise of the Silicon Valley programmer and the iconification of Bill Gates. Few have placed these developments in context.Nerds, once defined as squares and losers, now also lord over Washington (Newt Gingrich, Al Gore) and Hollywood (Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino).Just as the women's rights movement revolutionized male-female relations, so also has this movement created its own turmoil.
August 27, 1991
Image is everything?The outfit was cerise, black and white. The racket was hot pink. The hair was brown with streaks of blond. And the face was green.Say goodbye to Andre Agassi and rock and roll tennis.Looking like a man in need of a designer or a doctor, Agassi was shoved right out of the U.S. Open yesterday by Aaron Krickstein, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Last year's losing finalist became this year's first-round loser."It feels like the tournament hasn't started yet," Agassi said.Actually, the Open began under cloudless skies and contained the usual first-day assortment of chaos and surprises.