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April 12, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE TEST for Danny Boyle in "Trance," a movie built around amnesia and hypnosis, is to mesmerimize you into forgetting how much you hate the amnesia premise. Amnesia? I remember when Franka Potente put that question to Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity," and made a face, so the movie could signal that it was on our side. The unabashed "Trance" dives in with Boyle's typical enthusiasm, even doubles down with hypnosis - James McAvoy is a high-class auctioneer who gets hit on the head during an art heist, then is put under hypnosis to remember what happened during the robbery.
NEWS
June 24, 1986
Many Austrians who actively participated in the German Anschluss of Austria in 1930, and then assisted with great enthusiasm in the most bestial and sadistic activities against Jews, are trying to hide their past under the excuse of having been "victims" of the Nazis. One would have hoped that almost 50 years had given the new generation of Austrians sufficient time to rethink their country's recent history and confront their elders with those infamous tragic events to draw their own conclusions.
NEWS
August 20, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADRID - Pope Benedict XVI complained yesterday that modern society has a certain "amnesia" about God as he lamented the dwindling of faith during a visit to Spain, a once-staunchly Catholic country that has seen the church's grip on society fall dramatically since the end of the Fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Benedict was speaking in general terms about the secularization that has taken hold in much of the West. He was addressing a few hundred nuns gathered in El Escorial monastery, about 30 miles northwest of the capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1990 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report
"I play a New York trial lawyer who has all the trappings of success," Harrison Ford reported recently about his soon-to-roll project, Regarding Henry. "One night, he goes out to get a pack of cigarettes, and he gets shot in the head. He awakes from a coma with total amnesia. " Ford's character is not alone. We've had spates of body-switching films, canine-cop buddy movies, and, last year, a trio of deep-sea thrillers. Now, two Hollywood studios are readying not one, not two, but at least three productions that hinge on the dramatic device of amnesia.
NEWS
January 3, 2002 | By JOYCE CAROL OATES
WORDS FAIL US" was the predominant clich? in the days immediately after the (September 11) attacks, but for some, even intellectuals in other secular democracies, words have been too easily and cheaply produced; they matter-of-factly declared, "The United States had it coming. " The closest I've knowingly come to a "senseless" violent death was during an airline flight from New Orleans to Newark when turbulence so rocked, shook, rattled the plane that it seemed the plane could not endure and would break into pieces.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2003 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Deader than deadpan, Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without a Past is a dour-faced but sublime comedy about the kindness of strangers - and about the strangeness of people who find themselves in oddball moments of grace. A guy with a suitcase (Markku Peltola) is mugged in a Helsinki park, left for dead. In fact, he does die. But then, in a hospital bed, he reawakens - and has no memory of who he is, where he is, or why. With little more than a shrug and a sigh (Peltola has the scruffy implacability of a silent screen comic)
NEWS
April 27, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Neither party seems to remember the time Tyheem Melton pumped a bullet into the left eye of Dana Grogan. But it happened, and Grogan, 21, lost the sight in her eye. Yesterday, Melton, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the incident and was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison by Common Pleas Judge C. Darnell Jones. The amnesia of both parties has left the prosecution with no motive for the crime, said Assistant District Attorney Debbie Goodman. Apparently, Melton had no history of abusing Grogan, the mother of his two children.
NEWS
August 28, 1987 | By Theresa Conroy, Special to The Inquirer
He smokes Newport cigarettes and drinks milk. He speaks with a French accent and enjoys taking walks. He recalls being on a farm somewhere in the south of France. He remembers nothing else. To Chalfont Borough police, the man who walked into their tiny department earlier this month with a brown paper bag and a case of amnesia is known as John Doe - a European with a forgotten past and an uncertain future. The bag contained only a half-gallon of spoiled milk and two packs of cigarettes.
NEWS
January 1, 1986 | By Lucinda Fleeson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have turned up evidence corroborating James McDonnell's account of suffering from amnesia for 15 years after disappearing from his home in New York, the police commissioner in Mamaroneck, N.Y., said yesterday. "Our investigation failed to disclose any evidence of wrongdoing or even any likelihood of wrongdoing," said the commissioner, Arthur Dallas. McDonnell, 64, reappeared at his wife's house in Larchmont, N.Y., on Christmas Day after living in Philadelphia for 15 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1994 | By Jeffrey Wells, FOR THE INQUIRER
Life has been bountiful for Shane Black, 32, who made headlines recently when his latest screenplay, a violent thriller about a female assassin called The Long Kiss Goodnight, was sold to New Line Cinema for an all-time record fee of $4 million. It was something to crow about, even by the standards of one of Hollywood's most highly paid action maestros. Black's reputation rests primarily on his original script of Lethal Weapon, which became a high-grossing, blam-blam cop movie in 1987 starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
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NEWS
April 12, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE TEST for Danny Boyle in "Trance," a movie built around amnesia and hypnosis, is to mesmerimize you into forgetting how much you hate the amnesia premise. Amnesia? I remember when Franka Potente put that question to Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity," and made a face, so the movie could signal that it was on our side. The unabashed "Trance" dives in with Boyle's typical enthusiasm, even doubles down with hypnosis - James McAvoy is a high-class auctioneer who gets hit on the head during an art heist, then is put under hypnosis to remember what happened during the robbery.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2011
DEAR ABBY: When my son "Lyle" told my husband and me that his wife, "Becky," was leaving him and taking their kids where he would not be able to see them, we were shocked. Lyle consulted an attorney, filed for divorce that day and got a restraining order to keep Becky from running off with the kids. We begged them to go to counseling. As things progressed, Lyle learned about several of Becky's affairs, her drug use and her chronic lying, and told us every awful, shocking detail.
NEWS
August 20, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADRID - Pope Benedict XVI complained yesterday that modern society has a certain "amnesia" about God as he lamented the dwindling of faith during a visit to Spain, a once-staunchly Catholic country that has seen the church's grip on society fall dramatically since the end of the Fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Benedict was speaking in general terms about the secularization that has taken hold in much of the West. He was addressing a few hundred nuns gathered in El Escorial monastery, about 30 miles northwest of the capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011
ED HELMS' "Hangover 2" made 40 times as much money and was about half as funny as his indie comedy "Cedar Rapids," released a few months earlier, now on DVD. Helms stars as an impossibly square guy who attends a regional insurance convention, where he's hazed and ultimately helped by fellow delegates (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr.). The movie is offbeat and has a good heart - it's unusually generous to its Midwestern characters, and resolves itself in surprising ways.
SPORTS
December 16, 2009 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
winning another state title. Not that last year was easy for Penn Wood High, which won its first PIAA Class AAAA state basketball championship in school history. Now comes the part when it's time to erase all the amazing victories, tuck away the shiny blue state championship rings, and store the state championship jackets in the closet. Patriots coach Clyde Jones is pounding that message the first month of this season for a team that shared the Del Val League title with Chester, going 9-1 and 26-4 overall, a school record for wins in a season.
NEWS
December 3, 2008
RE THE Nov. 26 letter from Ann Townson: She said Ronald Reagan didn't have any experience. How about two terms as governor of California? Typical Obama supporter. She knows nothing about U.S. history and the greatest president we've ever had. Jim Della Vecchia Philadelphia
NEWS
June 27, 2006
JUST FINISHED reading Christine M. Flowers' op-ed on America's moral superiority. Christine, you overlooked something in your recount of America's long moral history. What about slavery? What about public lynchings and Jim Crow? What about the Native Americans and "manifest destiny"? America has no moral superiority. As a black man, the likes of George Bush scare me more than any Arab. War is hell. Zarqawi may have committed some barbaric acts, but he never carried out any attacks on American soil.
NEWS
August 18, 2004
In my response to a law student's commentary ("Writer's recollection of 'dry run' only serves to create tension," July 29), I'll not bore you with the details of the writer's convoluted logic. In sum, he accuses a vigilant airplane passenger of being racist because she reported the antics of Syrian band members as suspicious and worthy of investigation during a flight from Los Angeles to Detroit. The passenger, Annie Jacobsen, and her husband observed the actions of the Middle Eastern men and reported their concern to flight attendants, who she says told them that they were equally concerned.
NEWS
July 17, 2003 | By Mona Charen
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be. Thomas Jefferson Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, enjoys a nice view of the Capitol dome from his office window. He is less satisfied with what he sees of America's common culture. Cole, who taught Renaissance art for many years before undertaking a stint in government, thinks the United States is in danger of losing its national identity through a loss of historical memory.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2003 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Deader than deadpan, Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without a Past is a dour-faced but sublime comedy about the kindness of strangers - and about the strangeness of people who find themselves in oddball moments of grace. A guy with a suitcase (Markku Peltola) is mugged in a Helsinki park, left for dead. In fact, he does die. But then, in a hospital bed, he reawakens - and has no memory of who he is, where he is, or why. With little more than a shrug and a sigh (Peltola has the scruffy implacability of a silent screen comic)
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