April 11, 2014
I'D HEARD that "Noah" was made animal-free - using no real animals - and I was prepared for a big-budget CGI-happy spectacle, which I got. But I wasn't prepared for what Darren Aronofsky's movie turns out to be - a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the idea of committed nonviolence. The stakes are set in the opening seconds: Among quick clips of the Fall is one of a hand reaching for an apple - except that the apple is beating, like a heart, both visually and audibly.
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | TOURISM An unholy ark As a Lutheran pastor, I am embarrassed by Christians who rejected science and spent $100 million to build an ark (" Noah's ark attraction opens in Kentucky city ," July 24). The story of Noah is from the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) and has little connection to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although the ark will surely attract a crowd, it will harm the advancement of both science and Christianity. Rev. Barry M. Ridge, Gratz, Pa.
March 28, 2014 |
"NOAH" director Darren Aronofsky has called his new epic "the least biblical film ever made" and, having seen it, I can tell you that he's full of beans. True, the movie is not woodenly faithful to the traditional story, but it's certainly biblical, padding the brief story of Noah (three dozen paragraphs in Genesis) with borrowings from later passages: from the Old Testament, the story of Abraham and Isaac; from the New Testament, miraculous pregnancies, paraphrasing of questions asked by Jesus of God, ideas from Revelations.
November 13, 1994 |
Just when we thought he'd turned in his divining rod, Alfred Johnston has discovered yet another waterside location for a restaurant. In his three decades in the business, Johnston has created a dozen fanciful eateries, many of them focused on views of waterfalls, water wheels, ponds, streams and rivers. Some of his better-known former restaurants include the Inn of the Four Falls in Conshohocken; the Jamaica Inn on Kelly Drive; Gulph Mills Inn in Gulph Mills; Manayunk Mining in Manayunk; and Philadelphia 1700 (most recently called the Riverfront)
January 27, 1994 |
When Alfred Johnston first approached Borough Council members with his idea of building a floating restaurant, they laughed. "Some people thought it was just a pipe dream," said Council President Gerald McTamney. Two years and two months later, it is on the verge of reality. Johnston has completed an agreement with the borough that will allow him to construct a 6,000-square-foot restaurant on a barge on the Schuylkill. The barge is to be tied to the north bank of the river adjacent to the site of an old mill on Washington Street, where he plans to put a parking lot. "I knew that with a little patience, I could get this thing going," said Johnston, 70, who owns a number of restaurants in the area, including the Gulph Mill Inn in West Conshohocken.
March 23, 2007 |
Those fluent in Jabberwock will recognize the phrase from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass : "All mimsy were the borogoves. " But you don't need to speak Jabberwock to enjoy The Last Mimzy , an involving fantasy for beamish boys and girls - and their parents. At moments, Mimzy captures the moonbeam awe of E.T. When scientists from the future send a box to the present, it is recovered by a school-age brother and sister from Washington state. At first they don't understand the significance of the assorted rocks, seashells, crystal card, and stuffed bunny rabbit.
February 18, 2016 |
The billboard on I-95 shouted their son's name. It was March 2014, and the movie Noah was about to open. Brad remembers whizzing by that sign on the way to the hospital in Langhorne, the hospital where Noah - their Noah - had just been born. Both remember the flood of feeling. "You can't go in there with balloons, saying, 'This is amazing!' " David says. "Because, at the same time, Noah's birth mom was grieving. Yes, she knew what she wanted to do with the child, but it was not an easy decision.
November 18, 2013 |
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 14 states and Washington D.C. An estimated six million children are being raised by gay or lesbian parents. More than twenty million are growing up with a single mother or father. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the traditional nuclear family - mom, dad, children - accounts for only 20 percent of households. This is the first in an occasional series of stories about the new modern family, one that may be living next door to you. On Sept.
July 3, 1992 |
Standing in the smoldering rubble of yet another devastating fire, and dealing with people who have suffered often ruinous losses, the beleaguered insurance adjuster who must assess the damage surely is a prime candidate for burnout himself. But in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, one very strange film about alienation, Noah Render has the opposite response. For those who have lost everything in fires and who turn to him with their insurance claims, Noah is a figure of solace and salvation.
April 14, 1987 |
"We are all prisoners to the care of Noah," reads a passage from writer Josh Greenfeld's latest book. Greenfeld, an author and screenwriter (he won a best-screenplay Oscar nomination for Harry and Tonto), is undoubtably best known for his books about his brain-damaged son, Noah. In the first two books, A Child Called Noah and A Place for Noah, Greenfeld wrote of the hope and despair endured by him, his wife and their older son, Karl, in coping with Noah. Now, Greenfeld has written a third book, A Client Called Noah, that deals with his son's adolescent years.