September 25, 1998 |
You may wonder, in nostalgic moments, why they don't make those international thrillers anymore - the ones with name actors from NATO nations chasing Eastern Bloc bad guys through picturesque European locales. Then you see a movie like "Ronin," and you suddenly remember why they don't make them anymore. Because they stunk. "Ronin" stars Robert De Niro as a former CIA agent turned mercenary who joins a group of hired guns assigned to steal a mysterious briefcase from a bald guy who is holed up with a bunch of bodyguards and hookers at a French chalet.
September 25, 1998 |
Ronin, a Japanese word for hired sword, is a sweeping, old-fangled international thriller, with international actors such as Robert De Niro and Jean Reno as mysterious mercenaries out to steal a mysterious briefcase. That its contents are probably a nuclear device that some breakaway SSR is selling to a terrorist group, and that the mercenaries have the world-weariness of Atlas, lends the affair some moral weight. Because it's more about contents of character than about contents of briefcases or of cool, one might call Ronin the anti-Pulp Fiction.
August 29, 1998 |
He's a police bomb squad officer who had to examine a briefcase left on a SEPTA bus yesterday afternoon at 13th and Chestnut streets. When a passenger told a man leaving the bus that he had left the briefcase, the man said he didn't want it. That was enough to raise suspicion and the bomb squad was called. The briefcase contained paperwork.
January 14, 1998 |
Mary Baldino was cruising home from her sister's birthday dinner, traveling in the middle lane of Interstate 95, when suddenly she saw something terrifying, something no one ever expects to see. Headlights were coming toward her at high speed. Within seconds, a black Ford Ranger crossed into the far left lane next to her, smashing head-on into a Toyota Camry in a wrenching explosion of metal and glass. Baldino's Nissan Altima hit the side of the truck, and her airbag exploded.
May 2, 1997 |
When the lingerie ads begin to pick up, Mother's Day cannot be far behind. I have never been able to fathom the message of this blitz that turns newsprint pages into floating gossamer. Do mothers still spend their days in housecoats? Or are they supposed to be waltzing through a perpetual honeymoon with husband and children in what amounts to a state of undress? In general, Mother's Day never seemed important to me or my mother, except, of course, at the last moment when her unconventional wisdom gave way to a small hope that I would remember her. By then it was Saturday afternoon, and I scrambled guiltily at Woolworth's to find an ornament that would suit her. My father was easier on Father's Day. Handkerchiefs.
October 24, 1996 |
AVONDALE An assault occurred at the Forty-One Inn on Route 41 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, state police at Avondale said. After an employee refused to let a man into the bar because he was underage, he was struck by the would-be patron and a friend. One of the assailants got a knife from his car and swung it at the employee but missed. The two then got in a car and left. CALN A 1995 Honda Accord was stolen from the parking lot of Appeteazers, 2348 E. Lincoln Highway, early Friday. It was found at 11:20 a.m. that day along Route 322 near Cambridge Road, Honey Brook, and police arrested the driver, Steve Stringer, 29, of the 3700 block of Humpton Road, Downingtown, and the passenger, John Horst, 34, of East Earl, Lancaster County.
March 24, 1996 |
FBI Agent Charles Reed had just told suspected drug dealer Jonathan M. Cramer that he was under arrest. Then came the gunfire. When it was over Friday, both Reed and Cramer were dead. And the FBI was left with a tape - conversation secretly recorded by a listening device - that will be played over and over by investigators trying to understand how an undercover drug sting could end so badly. According to a law enforcement source who heard the tape, Cramer had been acting nervous and suspicious during a 40-minute car ride that began near the Art Museum and ended at a motel parking lot near Penns Landing.