July 18, 2015 |
A Disney animal fable shot through with a hearty dose of social realism and spiced with some serious R-rated violence, White God is a strange, wonderful, disturbing, heartwarming story about a teenage girl, her pet dog, and the intense love that binds them in the face of hardship, misfortune, and separation. Brilliantly shot and edited - the picture includes sequences from the dog's point of view - and featuring a remarkable cast of hundreds of dog extras, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's minor masterpiece is a postmodern Lassie with a heart of gold and the bite of a rabid wolf.
July 8, 2015 |
Avoiding sex? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson , who abstained from handing the ball to powerhouse running back Marshawn Lynch at the end of his team's Super Bowl loss in February, is also abstaining from something equally difficult to understand: Sex with his girlfriend Ciara . According to q13fox.com, Wilson joined The Rock Church's Miles McPherson Sunday to talk about his relationship with God,...
July 4, 2015 |
He's widely considered by critics as one of the top directors in the world, but Taiwan-based Malaysian Chinese auteur Tsai Ming-liang's works are hardly rarefied creations. And while he's something of a minimalist, his movies do not have the antiseptic, static, arid feel of so many films classed under that banner. Films such as Vive L'Amour (1994), The River (1997), and his most recent entry, the 2013 masterpiece Stray Dogs are lively, urban parables that burrow into the nitty-gritty of life in modern Taipei.
July 4, 2015 |
Students of sound design and horror-movie scores should see - or hear - Closer to God , which elicits more creepy scares than its transparent plot warrants, thanks to an unsettling audio mix and pulsing, percolating music from Thomas Nöla. With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , writer and director Billy Senese's midnight indie follows a clinically cool scientist (Jeremy Childs), who has cloned the first human. The opening-credits birth sequence, with the fresh pink baby popping out as normal as can be, takes a nightmarish turn when a small, shiny receptor is planted in her forehead.
July 3, 2015 |
STUDENTS OF sound design and horror-movie scores should see - or hear - "Closer to God," which elicits more creepy scares than its transparent plot warrants, thanks to an unsettling audio mix and pulsing, percolating music from Thomas Nola. With shades of David Lynch's "Eraserhead" and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , writer and director Billy Senese's midnight indie follows a clinically cool scientist (Jeremy Childs) who has cloned the first human. The opening-credits birth sequence, with the fresh pink baby popping out as normal as can be, takes a nightmarish turn when a small, shiny receptor is planted in her forehead.
July 1, 2015 |
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.
June 30, 2015 |
SHE MOVED her kids to Hilton Street a few years ago, a stone's throw from the coral reef of humanity that wraps around Kensington and Allegheny avenues and the Market-Frankford El. Their block looks like an old prizefighter who punched above his weight for too long: cracked windows here, boarded-up doorways there, and jagged gaps where homes once stood. Paradise, it's not. But "Gringa" - that's her nickname, the only name she felt comfortable sharing - did her best to keep her kids happy and safe, letting them splash around in a little wading pool right under her nose, on the sidewalk in front of their house.
June 23, 2015 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Rev. Norvel Goff, standing at the pulpit where murdered Emanuel AME Church Senior Pastor Clementa Pinckney had long preached, yesterday electrified grief-stricken congregants and dignitaries with a sermon that stressed the importance of leaning on God in times of crisis. The packed historic African-American church erupted in applause and shouts of "Amen!" when Goff said, "No evildoer, no demon in hell or Earth can close the doors of God's church," in explaining why it was important for Emanuel to have services on the first Sunday after Pinckney and eight other church members were shot to death there Wednesday night.
June 19, 2015 |
COULD "JURASSIC World" become a reality some day? According to Jack Horner - the world's most renowned paleontologist and a consultant on "Jurassic World" - the answer is yes. "I think one day in the not too distant future, we're going to have the ability to create any animal we want," Horner said. "That includes dinosaurs and even - though it may sound silly - unicorns. " Although Sam Neill's original "Jurassic Park" paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant was based on Horner, he feels it is more of an honor and more important that Steven Spielberg chose him to give the film some scientific plausibility, rather than take the easy way out and do a movie that was science fantasy.
June 5, 2015 |
PHILLY JESUS has started a digital collection plate for his ministries on GoFundMe.com, with a goal of raising $70,000. "We chose 70 because the number seven is God's number," said Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant. Grant, a 29-year-old recovering heroin addict, has been dressing as Jesus and hanging out at LOVE Park since April 2014. He has a large following on Twitter and Instagram and said he dresses as Jesus as a way to get others to approach him so he can share the story of Christ.