July 27, 2016 |
In 2010's Catfish , Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman showed a rare intelligence about how social media gives people the illusion of intimacy while actually alienating us from one another. It was messy and ambiguous - like life. With Nerve , they repackage the same insights in a romantic thriller. It's slick and audience-friendly, like the Hollywood fantasy it sets out to be. Adapted from Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel, the film stars Emma Roberts ( Scream Queens ) as Vee, a studious, cautious high school senior from Staten Island whose one act of defiance enmeshes her in a dangerous contest cooked up on a social-media forum.
June 14, 2016 |
To sell more gear, Cabela's simulates the Great Outdoors. Live game fish school in glass-walled aquariums, and stuffed megafauna herd overhead at the retailer's hangar-sized stores on the edge of whitetail-deer country in Hamburg, Pa., or at the heart of tax-free-shopping territory in Newark, Del. So what brings Cabela's to Chester, the shrunken industrial city at the foot of the Commodore Barry Bridge? "Your waterway there, the Delaware River, is super-good for the sport of catfishing," says Darrell Van Vactor , operations manager at Kentucky-based King Kat USA . "It's a great location, central for a lot of people," on a stretch of the Delaware that otherwise has limited public access, Eric Williams , a Cabela's marketing manager, told me. King Kat runs catfish tournaments sponsored and staffed by Cabela's.
May 22, 2016
Catfish & the Bottlemen, The Ride ; Beth Orton, Kidsticks ; Flume, Skin ; PUP, The Dream Is Over
May 20, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Steak and "tlacoyos" 2. Achari paneer kati roll 3. Tempura-fried catfish in squid ink batter For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. La Fonda de Teresita (1446 S. Eighth St.) 2. Masala Kitchen (1211 Walnut St.) 3. Vetri (1312 Spruce St.)
March 5, 2014 |
THE PLOW DRIVER'S wife made him apologize to Steve Keeley . The Fox 29 reporter became a viral sensation yesterday when he was reporting on the snowfall from Woodstown, N.J., and was pummeled with snow as the plow rolled past while still in the shot. Trouper that he was, Keeley continued his train of thought - discussing (very) former Phillie Hilly Filtcraft , of the 1942 team. But Michael Wyatt , the plow driver, didn't get off so easily. His wife, Michelle , made him call and apologize to Keeley, who assured Wyatt everything was fine.
February 5, 2014 |
ANYBODY FOR Catfish Bitters? No, they're not made from catfish, but by a man called Catfish, who used to prepare a blend of herbs he claimed could cure any human distress. He lived in the woods of West Virginia and was doing well until the Food and Drug Administration put a crimp in his operation. Nevertheless, William P. Betz tried the bitters and found they made a decent tonic. Betz sold the bitters, along with a collection of other herbs - like mugwort, tansy, sacred bark and more familiar items like sage, thyme and ginseng - at his store and mill at 2nd and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties.
August 18, 2012 |
Anglers will be casting their lines in the Delaware River on Saturday hoping to land the biggest catfish - and cash. Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail is based starting today at the PPL Park and Boat Ramp in Chester. Registration is at Harrah's Casino. Organizers are expecting more than 50 boats to compete. About $5,000 in cash prizes will be distributed to the top 15 percent of the field. Product prizes will also be awarded and there will be giveaways to the crowd. The event is open to the public.
August 18, 2012
Anglers will be casting their lines in the Delaware River on Saturday hoping to land the biggest catfish - and cash. Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail is based at the PPL Park and Boat Ramp in Chester. Registration for the event, which is open to the public, is at Harrah's Casino; fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers expect more than 50 boats to compete. About $5,000 in cash prizes will be distributed to the top 15 percent of the field. Product prizes will also be awarded, as well as giveaways to the crowd.
September 24, 2010 |
Steven Rea is creeped out by Catfish , and he's telling his Facebook friends. An unsettling documentary about Internet intimacy and how you can pose as somebody else - lots of somebody elses - in a social network world, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's tricky little number addresses one of the ironies of the Facebook Era: that sharing your life on a computer screen doesn't necessarily bring you closer to other people. Yup, stop the presses: There's alienation and loneliness in the land, and announcing what you had for breakfast to your Facebook pals isn't necessarily going to make things better.
September 23, 2010 |
"Catfish" is the latest entry in the almost instantly tiresome genre of possibly fake documentary. Is it a moving chronicle of fluid identity in the anonymous Internet age? Is it a self-serving bag of tricks from a reality-show wannabe? I'm afraid I'm in the latter camp. "Catfish" seemed phony to me from the get-go, when it introduced its de facto subject, a New York photographer and ready-for-his-close-up camera hog name Yaniv "Nev" Schulman. In the movie's opening shot, Nev flashes about $10,000 worth of orthodontia, bats his eyelashes at the camera and tells the director (his brother Ariel)