June 1, 2014 |
SURE, YOU COULD ESCAPE the summer heat by heading to the most over-air-conditioned multiplex you can find. But you can also check out some of the city's best repertory offerings - none of them at venues where your toes will freeze, and many screening outdoors where you can tote your own concessions in a picnic basket. Many are part of weekly series, so if you like the selection and the vibe, there's more where that came from. "Starman" and "Escape from New York," June 20. Exhumed Films honors John Carpenter with a double feature.
May 15, 2014 |
GODZILLA WAS born of a national psyche freshly wounded by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He debuted in 1954 in director Ishiro Honda's "Gojira. " Toho Studios thought so little of the project, it refused to pay for the puppets and stop-action photography that had made "King Kong" scary. Honda was forced to use a guy in a rubber monster suit. More than two dozen movies later, the special effects have blossomed in tandem with the monster's success. The latest effort, costing $160 million, is "Godzilla," which opens Friday.
May 2, 2014 |
What matters most in a movie, Ramesh Kajaria says, is the story. This one might have possibilities: A boy grows up in "Bollywood," immigrates to America, and, after a successful engineering career, finds happiness curating a foreign film series in South Jersey. "There were five studios in Andheri, my town in suburban Bombay, and my friend and I used to sneak inside and watch movies being made," Kajaria (kuh-jar-ia), 67, recalls. "Bollywood was a big part of life," he says. "Movies were quite inexpensive in those days - about one rupee," 20 cents.
April 25, 2014 |
Gloucester Catholic's Marissa Capello breezed through Deptford's lineup through five innings of Wednesday afternoon's Tri-County Conference Diamond Division softball game before allowing three runs over the final two frames. No matter, though, as the junior was always in control to lead the Rams over the Spartans, 10-3, at West Deptford Little League field. Capello scattered four hits and struck out 18 to earn the win. Marisa Meglino doubled and drove in two runs, and Coastal Carolina recruit Annie Robinson belted a home run. Angela Antonini and Allison McCarthy also doubled.
April 17, 2014 |
LACE 'EM UP and buckle up, NHL playoff season is here. Don't take any stupid penalties, watch those cross-ice passes and just win your shift. First one to 16 victories gets the best trophy in North American pro sports. Here's a look at the first-round matchups, in bracket order, of course. (Note, see our other writers' picks on the series besides Flyers-Rangesr below the capsules.) Eastern Conference FLYERS vs. RANGERS Goals for : 2.84 Flyers, 2.61 Rangers Goals against: 2.77 Flyers, 2.32 Rangers Power play: 8th Flyers, 15th Rangers Penalty kill: 7th Flyers, 3rd Rangers Last 10: 4-3-3 Flyers, 6-2-2 Rangesr Season series: Tied, 2-2 Three things: Rangers were essentially forced to trade captain Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay at the deadline for Lightning captain Martin St. Louis.
April 17, 2014 |
PARIS - There's no such thing as a casual stroll through the streets of Paris with former Philly girl Karen Reb Rudel. Rudel, 45, is the proprietor of Sight Seeker's Delight, a company offering walking tours of Paris with a theatrical flair. She passes a brick building in her old neighborhood, Butte-aux-Cailles, renowned for its examples of art nouveau design, and explains that it holds three swimming pools fed by a thermal spring. A fountain across the street in Place Paul Verlaine, with graceful, arced silver spigots, is fed by the same spring and, she says, the water that runs beneath this part of the city is said to hold rejuvenating qualities.
April 10, 2014 |
THIS WEEK, Philly will be invaded by fans from schools competing in the Frozen Four NCAA ice hockey championships that will be held tomorrow and Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. We'd like nothing better than to give them a real Philly experience. Send then home saying "yo" and "wudder. " There are, of course, the obvious places to visit: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Rocky statue. But hey, a guy's gotta eat. We figure the fans from Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota and Union College already know about Pat's and Geno's cheesesteak emporiums.
April 9, 2014
Traffic information can be found at www.511pa.com , www.511nj.org or by calling 511 before or after the game. Mass transit: www.septa.org.ncq Tickets: Standing-room-only tickets go on sale at noon at the first-base ticket windows. Citizens Bank Way party, beginning at 1 p.m. and free for fans, includes a live performance by Go Go Gadjet. Phillies batting practice begins at 1:13 p.m. Gates open at 1:35 p.m. All fans will receive a Citizens Bank Park commemorative banner.
March 31, 2014 |
Winger Wayne Simmonds is right: The Flyers have put themselves in a good spot, and, with nine regular-season games left, they do control their playoff destiny. Considering the disastrous manner in which the season started, that's an amazing development, one for which the Flyers deserve credit. But their great turnaround - they are 38-20-7 since their franchise-worst 1-7 start - won't mean a thing if they don't have a strong finish and secure a playoff spot. The Flyers know that, know they must continue to be a hard team to play against, know they have created some good chemistry the last several months.