October 18, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Film Festival isn't limited to charming romcoms, foreign art pictures, and earnest documentaries. Cineastes looking for edgier material will find it in PFF's Graveyard Shift, a program of seven genre offerings from around the world, including a Hitchcockian police thriller from South Korea ( A Hard Day ), a Norwegian black comedy ( In Order of Disappearance ), a New Zealand shocker about a creature who lives inside someone's house ( Housebound ), not to mention a couple of homegrown horror flicks.
October 3, 2014 |
Once again, as we have seen so frequently and so recently in many countries, massive crowds of young people are demonstrating for democracy against a repressive government. This time the civic protests are ongoing in downtown Hong Kong. As in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011, or in the early days of Syria's uprising, or last fall in Kiev, or in Moscow's Pushkin Square in 2012, the crowd is predominantly youthful and nonviolent - and it has no clear leaders. Its participants are so earnest that they clean up the trash and separate plastic and paper for recycling.
September 21, 2014 |
MACAU - Turquoise seas, sky dotted with pink-tinged evening clouds, bridges crossing waterways that fade into mist, Las Vegas-on-acid architecture - it was all there below from the superb vantage point of the top of Macau Tower, all so inviting you could jump in headfirst. Some 80 people a day do just that here at the highest commercial-bungee-jumping site in the world - 764 feet. While some people associate bungee jumping with possible sudden death, it is, like so many things in Macau, a party, with club music, free Heineken, and smiling explanations of why there's no danger in plunging toward the ground face-first - even though every cell in your body says the opposite.
January 31, 2014 |
COME September, M. Night Shyamalan is expected to be shooting again in Philadelphia. And he's bringing Bruce Willis with him. Deadline.com reports that the director and star behind "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" will reteam for "Labor of Love," from a script a young Shyamalan sold to 20th Century Fox in 1993 that has remained unproduced. A hint that the script has been sitting on the shelf awhile? Willis will play the owner of a Philadelphia book store whose wife dies in a tragic accident.
December 21, 2013 |
The phone call came in the middle of dinner, and just a simple sentence was said: "I think I've found your house. " That was in 1986, and Frank and Dottie Giordano, then living in Cherry Hill, were in their 10th year of searching for a home in Moorestown. The Giordanos were determined - it had to be a special house in a town where they wanted their children in school. Something in the real estate agent's voice gave them a sense that perhaps their search was finally over, and they headed to the address that night.
November 20, 2013 |
FROM Philadelphia to the Philippines, a young sailor is showing some brotherly love. Typhoon Haiyan swept across the South Pacific nation Nov. 8, killing nearly 4,000 people and displacing 4 million others. The USS George Washington was on the scene less than a week later. Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Nurse of Philly is among the 5,500 sailors onboard the nuclear-powered supercarrier. "It's amazing to be able to help out. One minute we're in Hong Kong, the next we're here," he said by phone from the Philippine Sea. "It feels awesome to be able to assist people in need.
October 19, 2013 |
Four decades have passed since his death in July 1973 at the age of 32, yet Bruce Lee remains one of the most potent and relevant forces in martial arts and their depiction in film. Interest has even extended to his teacher, whose story is told in the Donnie Yen film Ip Man . Lee, who entered the American popular imagination as early as 1966 as Kato on ABC's The Green Hornet , made only one Hollywood film, Warner Bros.' 1973 masterpiece Enter the Dragon . The kung fu master went to Hollywood after striking gold in Hong Kong with three classic martial arts films - The Big Boss , Fist of Fury , and The Way of the Dragon . At his death, he also had shot 100 minutes of a fourth, Game of Death . It was later completed with footage from other films and new shots featuring a Lee look-alike.
July 20, 2013 |
Female TV cops have come a long way since Angie Dickinson's Police Woman and that 1980s staple Cagney & Lacey . Witness Irene Huss, a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Sure, she's a dependable wife and mom - she's married to a chef and restaurateur with whom she has twin teenage girls. But she's also a former European jujitsu champion who can disarm, take down, and restrain a muscle-bound biker in the blink of an eye. Based on a series of novels by Helene Tursten, Detective Inspector Irene Huss is a brilliant Swedish TV series produced by the same company that brought us Wallander and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . Each feature-length episode is a mini-saga with several narrative lines, embroiling Huss in complex, sometimes horrific crimes.
July 6, 2013
Nina Wang's ex-lover gets jail HONG KONG - The former lover and fortune teller of quirky billionaire Nina Wang was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison after a Hong Kong court found him guilty of forging a will to claim her multibillion-dollar estate. High Court Justice Andrew Macrae said Peter Chan's attempt to pass himself off as the beneficiary of Nina Wang's fortune, estimated by prosecutors at 83 billion Hong Kong dollars ($10.7 billion), was "shameless, wicked, and born of unparalleled greed.
June 26, 2013 |
HONG KONG - Edward Snowden's surprising exit from this city was prompted by a mysterious messenger who relayed to the former contractor that he should leave Hong Kong - and that if he tried to go, he would not be stopped, one of his lawyers said Monday. Unsure whether to trust this person but aware that his options were dwindling, Snowden decided to go for it, said the lawyer, Albert Ho. On Sunday morning, the 30-year-old American, who leaked top-secret U.S. documents, went to the airport with another of his lawyers, used his own passport, and boarded an Aeroflot flight to Moscow without special assistance, according to Ho, all while plainclothes police officers hovered around him. The circumstances of Snowden's departure from Hong Kong have baffled lawmakers and legal experts here who expected a drawn-out battle in the courts of this semiautonomous region.