March 11, 2010 |
Any time you're making a comedy and you feel you need to add a goat that eats Viagra and attaches itself to someone's leg, you're probably in trouble. So it is with "Family Wedding," a culture-clash comedy about a Mexican-American girl (America Ferrera) who takes her African-American fiance (Lance Gross) home to meet the parents. In a narrative feature as fresh as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Gross' character is a handsome physician, Columbia-trained, and on top of that is ready to go to work for Doctors Without Borders.
April 9, 2003 |
A Wedding in Ramallah, part of the "Cinema of the Muslim Worlds" program in the Philadelphia Film Festival, is a compelling culture-clash documentary in which language, love (or its absence) and gender roles collide. Bassam, a Palestinian exile working as a telephone repairman in Cleveland, heads home to the West Bank town of Ramallah - to an arranged marriage with the shy Mariam. It is the summer of 2000. Five months later, Bassam has returned, alone, to the States. Israeli soldiers are firing rockets and guns at the city, and Mariam, now living with her in-laws in cramped quarters, hunkers down in a corner, scared and lonely.
November 29, 2010 |
Main Line roofers say they are taking it on the chin from Amish competitors, who are getting a significant amount of work in Philadelphia's wealthy western suburbs. Keith McLean, a Paoli roofing contractor, said he lost a job this month when his bid of $8,000 was $3,000 more than the winning Amish bid. The 38 percent difference in price, McLean said, rendered him unable to compete. "My wiggle room is hundreds of dollars. I don't have three grand" to play with, said McLean, who owns Hancock Building Associates Inc. McLean and other non-Amish contractors say the Amish, who come from Lancaster County and western Chester County, have an advantage because they do not have to pay Social Security taxes for themselves or their Amish employees and are eligible for a religious exemption from workers' compensation insurance, although not all take advantage of the latter.
March 23, 1992 |
"My Cousin Vinny" makes the best screen use yet of "grits," the Dixie dish that has traditionally mystified visiting Yankees. Indeed, it helps lawyer Joe Pesci crack a murder case, freeing his cuz and the cuz's pal of the charges they were unlucky enough to step into while speeding through the South. But getting there is all the fun in this courtroom comedy, and the fun is centrally located in the differences between North and South. It's a comedy of illogical locality, of survival of the misfittest, of a fish-out-of-water flapping his fins to the delighted indifference of the local denizens.
November 12, 2004 |
From slavery to apartheid, the atrocities and exploitation that European powers visited on Africa have made the continent a fertile ground for exploring the collisions of worlds and cultures. But even the most sympathetic voices that take the side of the natives have overwhelmingly done so from a white perspective. The power and originality of Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman stems from its different perspective. When worlds collide in this tragedy, we view them from deep within a very different outlook and moral landscape.
March 3, 1990 |
Culture Clash is a group of three comedians who aim to bring, they say, "a little taste of California" to Philadelphia during their performances at the Painted Bride Art Center. That taste of California has a decidedly Latin flavor. Ricardo Salinas, Richard Montoya and Herbert Siguenza, as their names indicate, are of Latin American ancestry, and their show is dedicated to drawing humor from the lives and culture of their fellow Hispanics. Culture Clash has made quite a reputation in California, where there is a large Latin American population.
September 14, 2000 |
Philadelphia, meet Culture Clash. Making its local premiere at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., the Latino comedy troupe brings its cutting-edge satire to the city tonight in the form of "Coast To Coast. " "Coast to Coast" is a co-production of the Bride and the Philadelphia Theater Company. It's a collection of story excerpts from four of the 16-year-old troupe's critically acclaimed works - "Radio Mambo: Culture Clash in Miami, "Culture Clash in Bordertown," "Nuyorican Stories" and "Mission Magic Mystical Tour.
August 7, 1998 |
Since June 27, Agustin Tavares' American dream has turned into a nightmare, complete with community activists boycotting his Allegheny Avenue bodega and blockading the street, with the support of local politicians. Tavares and his four employees have been accused of using foul language with customers, and neighbors are circulating rumors of drug-dealing. Underlying the community strife is a clash of cultures between the African-American people who live near the store and the Spanish-speaking Tavares and his Dominican employees.
September 16, 2000 |
For 15 years, the comedy trio Culture Clash has been touring the country with humorous skits drawn from the experience of the Latino community. In Culture Clash: Coast to Coast, Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siquenza present skits from past shows the San Francisco-based group has done about San Diego, Miami and New York. While the New York material is drawn primarily from the Puerto Rican community, the bits from San Diego and Miami embrace considerably wider swaths of population.
December 10, 2003 |
Top-billed Tom Cruise was the key to The Last Samurai's $24.3 million opening weekend. But it's Ken Watanabe, in the title role, who commands the opening scene of director Ed Zwick's $100 million historical epic. Who? Watanabe, the 44-year-old veteran of more than a dozen Japanese-language films and television productions, never before appeared in an American movie. But with Samurai, he makes one heck of an entrance. Even before the credits, he is seen as the noble 19th-century warrior Katsumoto, meditating on a mountaintop before the stormy culture clash that follows.