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May 18, 2007 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hal Hartley's 1998 gem, Henry Fool, is about the tricky relationship between a garbageman poet and a blowhard stranger whose huge manuscript, scrawled in speckled composition notebooks, was "a philosophy . . . a literature of protest . . . a novel of ideas . . .a pornographic magazine of truly comic-book proportions. " In Fay Grim, Hartley's sequel, those same notebooks serve as the McGuffin - the thing that moves the plot, that everybody wants, that all the motion (and emotion)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1995 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
A trio of comedies - two of which seem inspired by the well-loved mock- rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap - top 1995's first list of new movies on video. AIRHEADS 1/2 (1994) (Fox) 81 minutes. Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Michael Richards, Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean. Cross Dog Day Afternoon with This Is Spinal Tap, and you have the concept behind this likably dumb lark about three rock-star wannabes who take over an L.A. radio station - with real-looking squirt guns.
NEWS
February 14, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
Differing portraits of "Black Madam" emerged yesterday, as two area photographers offered verbal snapshots of the singer sought by police in connection with an illegal buttocks-enhancement procedure that turned lethal last week. In November, Jim Graham met Black Madam when she came to his Old City studio to film her latest video, he said. "She was very professional, very creative, very in control the entire video shoot," he said. But Jessica Lark, based in Limerick, had a negative experience.
NEWS
February 21, 1995 | by Scott Flander and Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writers
After Eric Lark was hit during a shootout in West Philadelphia yesterday afternoon, his friends could have taken him to a hospital. Instead, they drove the 16-year-old boy four blocks to his apartment house, dumped him on the street, and pulled away. Lark, who had been shot in the back of the head, was finally taken to a hospital, where he died. His cousin, Aisha Paige, who lives next door, was standing outside the apartment house at 51st and Walnut Streets when the blue station wagon with Lark in the back pulled up. As it swung around the corner from Walnut, the rear door on the passenger side was open, said Paige, 19. She could see four men in the car - including Lark, leaning against someone in the back seat.
NEWS
April 12, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The West Philadelphia mini-market customer just wanted the pushy pandhandler to leave him alone. But John Johnson, 28, wouldn't let up on Eugene Bellamy until he killed Bellamy last Dec. 22, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Carroll yesterday, after Johnson pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. Carroll said Johnson, of Hatfield Street near 51st, kept badgering Bellamy, 18, inside the store at 52nd and Spruce streets. Finally, Bellamy, of Chestnut Street near 57th, pulled out a can of Mace and sprayed it in Johnson's face.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
An antic lark set in a divey restaurant in a run-down, hipster section of Hamburg (Wilhelmsburg, no less), Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen is about as far afield - thematically, tonally - as you can get from the director's last feature. That was 2007's dark and deep The Edge of Heaven , a breathtaking meditation on the connections in our lives, the missed connections, and the sudden disconnect of death. Soul Kitchen , on the other hand, is zany screwball farce. The eponymous eatery's cash-starved proprietor, a Greek transplant named Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos, who cowrote the screenplay with Akin)
SPORTS
November 19, 1994 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
The great Maurice Cheeks comeback experiment is over. Harold Katz, the 76ers' owner, says so. Katz said last night that, when he arrived in Philadelphia earlier this week from his home in Florida, he was startled to discover coach-general manager John Lucas had even considered such a move. "Cheeks is not coming back," Katz said at halftime of the Sixers' 97-83 victory at the Spectrum over a bunch of guys disguised as the Los Angeles Clippers. "I personally had no idea how this started, or what was happening.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1986 | By JOE BALTAKE, Daily News Film Critic
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off. " A comedy starring Matthew Broderick. Written and directed by John Hughes. Photographed by Tak Fujimoto. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by Ira Newborn. Running time: 103 minutes. A Paramount release. 'If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. " - Lin Yutang (1895-1976). Movies about layabouts are irresistible, especially to American audiences and probably because of the blasted work ethic that's drummed into our brains early on. What we would find intolerable in real life delights us in movies.
SPORTS
February 23, 1995 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Blood streaming from three sources, head flushed a florid shade by punches and jabs, Anthony Boyle, hometown favorite, drew cheers from the sellout Blue Horizon crowd when he mouthed these words to John Lark, the man who had wounded him so badly: "Come on!" Boyle, taking his third shot at the United States Boxing Association 135- pound title, covered up for the rest of the eighth round. He was protecting the cut below his left eye, the gash above his nose, the swollen lips and the puffy left side of his face.
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February 14, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
Differing portraits of "Black Madam" emerged yesterday, as two area photographers offered verbal snapshots of the singer sought by police in connection with an illegal buttocks-enhancement procedure that turned lethal last week. In November, Jim Graham met Black Madam when she came to his Old City studio to film her latest video, he said. "She was very professional, very creative, very in control the entire video shoot," he said. But Jessica Lark, based in Limerick, had a negative experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
An antic lark set in a divey restaurant in a run-down, hipster section of Hamburg (Wilhelmsburg, no less), Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen is about as far afield - thematically, tonally - as you can get from the director's last feature. That was 2007's dark and deep The Edge of Heaven , a breathtaking meditation on the connections in our lives, the missed connections, and the sudden disconnect of death. Soul Kitchen , on the other hand, is zany screwball farce. The eponymous eatery's cash-starved proprietor, a Greek transplant named Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos, who cowrote the screenplay with Akin)
SPORTS
September 16, 2009 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He had never played goalie in his life, let alone any organized soccer since the sixth grade. So when contemplating how becoming a keeper for his senior season at Great Valley evolved from a practical joke to reality, Dan Shackelton has trouble explaining it. "Basketball took up so much of the year," Shackelton said. "Soccer has a schedule that is just lean enough that I could do some basketball in the fall as well. I don't know whether I should tell him this or not . . . " He looked over at his soccer coach, Dave Moffett, who stood a few feet away, listening intently.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The screen reads "CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia," and the footfalls of spooks in suits resound on the soundtrack - heels clicking down the gleaming corridors like tap dancers in slow motion, or ice cubes in a glass of Scotch. And so begins the Coen brothers' ricocheting spy spoof/sex farce/midlife crisis comedy, Burn After Reading. And speaking of Scotch: Osborne Cox, a veteran analyst on Langley's Balkans desk, has just been told to retire. He's a drunk, his higher-ups say. At which point John Malkovich, in his rumpled Brooks Brothers - and in high dudgeon, playing this bow-tied CIA guy, Cox - goes ballistic.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2008 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The screen reads "CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia," and the footfalls of spooks in suits resound on the soundtrack - heels clicking down the gleaming corridors like tap dancers in slow motion, or ice cubes in a glass of Scotch. And so begins the Coen brothers' ricocheting spy spoof/sex farce/midlife crisis comedy, Burn After Reading . And speaking of Scotch: Osborne Cox, a veteran analyst on Langley's Balkans desk, has just been told to retire. He's a drunk, his higher-ups say. At which point John Malkovich, in his rumpled Brooks Brothers - and in high dudgeon, playing this bow-tied CIA guy, Cox - goes ballistic.
NEWS
November 4, 2007 | By Chris Gray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
I fell in love with the Shady Dell Trailer Park from 2,400 miles away. I had glimpsed the retro rentals in a glossy travel magazine more than a year ago. All lined up in a silvery row, Shady Dell's meticulously restored, vintage Airstream trailers, each bedecked with kitschy extras such as tiki bars and lawn ornaments, were too cool for school. The park even had its own roadside diner named Dot's, which specialized in old-fashioned, Route 66-style fare. I had to go. My fiance, Don, wasn't as entranced.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2007 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hal Hartley's 1998 gem, Henry Fool, is about the tricky relationship between a garbageman poet and a blowhard stranger whose huge manuscript, scrawled in speckled composition notebooks, was "a philosophy . . . a literature of protest . . . a novel of ideas . . .a pornographic magazine of truly comic-book proportions. " In Fay Grim, Hartley's sequel, those same notebooks serve as the McGuffin - the thing that moves the plot, that everybody wants, that all the motion (and emotion)
NEWS
March 31, 2007 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Steve Wilkinson, his first passport clutched in his hand, boarded a Bahamas-bound flight yesterday with his wife, Nancy, merrily reflecting on how life these days has been pretty sweet. "It's the first time I've been out of the country," he said, his voice gurgling with infectious laughter. "I had to get a passport. " Wilkinson is the 56-year-old retired carpenter from Bucks County who was plunking quarters into a PhiladelphiaPark slot machine Jan. 22 when a video screen flashed the message, "Congratulations.
NEWS
September 24, 2006 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Alloway has a story to tell his grandchildren - that's for sure. One day, after he has retired as a funeral director, after he has turned over his responsibilities as a Merchantville councilman to younger blood, he can sit them on his knees and tell them about the time he was in a movie. He can tell them about how he got picked as an extra for Invincible, the wildly popular movie about Vince Papale, a substitute teacher and part-time bartender who, in 1976 at age 30, miraculously landed a spot on the roster of the Eagles, Philadelphia's wildly popular professional football team.
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