February 22, 2016 |
Next weekend the International House will show back-to-back films by the French auteur Jean-Luc Godard, which were also filmed back-to-back. The pulpy riff on American noir, Made in U.S.A , was shot in the afternoons, while the discursive collage of Two or Three Things I Know About Her was filmed in the mornings. Both features will pain moviegoers with little tolerance for experimentalism. Godard is one of those filmmakers who snugly fit the stereotypes of art-house cinema, largely because his successors have yet to stop ripping him off. An uncharitable reading would find much of his work, especially by the late 1960s (when both of these were made)
June 7, 2012 |
Today's animated Google Doodle -- its ever changing home-page logo -- touts a local milestone: The debut of the drive-in movie theater in Pennsauken 79 years ago today. People paid up to $1 to park their Model A's, Hudsons and Packards to watch "Wives Beware," an English comedy on a huge screen as a loud sound system disturbed the neighbors near Airport Circle, back when it had an airport. Yes, it was a talkie. Not long after drive-ins caught on, clunky wired speakers were provided for each car. The inventor, Richard Hollingshead Jr., may have gotten the idea from his mother, Donna, a large woman who disliked cramped movie theater seats.
January 18, 2012 |
Sometimes, people ask me why I love to cover high school sports so much. Tuesday, I say. Not just any Tuesday. Super Tuesday - Jan. 17. In the span of five hours, I saw two games involving the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 teams in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings - plus another team that was as high as No. 4 recently and looks as if it's coming back with a bullet - decided by last-second shots. Both shots brought students streaming on the court in celebration.
July 1, 2011 |
Most Fourth of July ceremonies in Philadelphia rightly celebrate the city's colonial and Revolutionary-era accomplishments. But this year, during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, our region also is honoring its place in that conflict with pageantry and good old partying. To be sure, the traditional Independence Day celebrations won't be ignored - in fact, they will be as huge as ever in terms of eats, parades, fireworks, and concerts. You won't want to miss fireworks on Monday and the concert by Michael McDonald; Earth, Wind and Fire; Estelle; DJ Jazzy Jeff; Sara Bareilles; a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records; and the Roots.
February 27, 2011 |
You've heard of dinner and a movie. How about together, in a theater? Movie Tavern, a Texas company, won approval last week for a liquor license for its first East Coast location, in the Providence Town Center at Routes 422 and 29 near Collegeville. In June, says marketing director Traci Hoey , movies will play on eight screens (each with 100 to 200 tabletop-equipped seats), and waiters will take orders from patrons. Menu will be comparable to Chili's, though Hoey says grub leans toward non-messy items that can be safely eaten in the dark.
July 25, 2010
Pop Jazeera Nights: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria (Sublime Frequencies . 1/2) Casual "world music" fans beware: Charismatic Syrian vocalist Omar Souleyman doesn't trade in pleasantly vague foreign background music. He peddles authentic, semi-lo-fi Arab street-pop and arrestingly exotic/electronic dance-jams, suitable for weddings, parties, etc. Unknown to the West no more, his third domestic collection on outstanding international label Sublime Frequencies again features SF compiler Mark Gergis' helpful liner notes.
December 20, 2009 |
Pen?lope Cruz will tell you she is not from another world. Don't believe her. Winner of an Oscar in the spring for her ball-of-fire performance as a bisexual, bipolar artist in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cruz says that Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe - they were the creatures from beyond Earth's sphere. "They had the talent and the magic and that beauty," says Cruz, who has a double feature - Pedro Almod?var's Broken Embraces and the glitzy musical Nine - opening on Christmas Day. "They were like Martians, the two of them, they were like from another world.
October 22, 2009 |
When the TLA video store at 517 S. Fourth St. closed this week, it came as a shock but no surprise. For 24 years, the absurdly well-stocked shelves had offered films to professors and parents, little kids and teenage punks, couples seeking romantic inspiration and retirees nostalgic for a night with Wallace Beery. Over time, the South Street neighborhood changed. Young professionals, many with babies in strollers, moved into working-class Queen Village and Bella Vista. The commercial strip morphed from a hippie haven to a high school hangout and, lately, a mosh pit of young toughs and New Jersey singles.
April 1, 2007 |
The National Association of Theatre Owners would beg to differ, but it's still possible in a few multiplexes across the land to "enjoy" the grindhouse experience. You know, a theater with floors glazed in Coke and rotten Raisinets, upholstered seats you don't want to see with the lights up, a couple of drunks down in front providing running commentary, and maybe a guy in military camouflage with a bulging duffel bag, grunting to himself one aisle over. "Admittedly, that was never the best part of it," says director Quentin Tarantino, waxing nostalgic about the days decades back when he'd venture into some grungy one-screen in downtown L.A. to see a cheapo vigilante flick or a babes-behind-bars thriller.