March 8, 1993 |
The Orion String Quartet is a group still coming into focus, at least if its concert Friday night at the Port of History Museum is any indication. The quartet's problems stem not from the challenge of melding four sounds into a unified voice, but mainly from the quality of one of those voices. The saboteur was violinist Daniel Phillips who, twice in the role of first violinist, was simply unable to play in tune. His wobbly pitch threw the other players off. Which is a shame, since as a group they came pretty close to mustering an emotionally convincing performance of Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor (Op. 132)
June 23, 2012 |
This weekend at Bader Field in Atlantic City, heavy-hitting metal band Metallica headlines the inaugural Orion + More Festival, a two-day event featuring 40 acts. The thunderous San Francisco Bay-area quartet of front man James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett, bass player Robert Trujillo, and drummer Lars Ulrich will perform their album Ride the Lightning (1984) on Saturday and Metallica (1991), also known as the Black Album, on Sunday. Orion's lineup ranges from metal must-sees like Sepultura to indie band Best Coast to country tough guy Eric Church.
December 21, 1989 |
The fact that Christmas is around the corner and many people are headed for a long weekend hasn't been lost on the video industry. So if things get dull around your house once all the presents have been opened, check out the avalanche of new titles at your video store this week. Among them: a surreal Spanish comedy, a wacky fantasy, a rockin' biography and a love story with a difference. WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1989) (Orion) $79.98. 88 minutes. Carmen Maura, Fernando Guillen, Julieta Serrano, Maria Barranco.
February 21, 2004
An editorial Wednesday on the discovery of a diamond-cored dwarf star provided the wrong translation of the name Regel or Rigel, a star in the constellation Orion. The name is Hebrew for "leg" (Orion's left leg).
August 31, 1989 |
Rain Man is the big video news this week, but also quietly arriving at your video store is a trio of well-loved foreign films. RAIN MAN (1989) (MGM/UA) $89.95. 134 minutes. Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino. Everything about the acting and direction of Barry Levinson's film is so exquisitely calibrated and so right that it's easy to forget how much could have gone wrong. The story of two brothers - a hustler and his autistic sibling - would have crested on a wave of unearned tears in lesser hands.
November 17, 1988 |
Among this week's new arrivals at the video store: a thoroughly winning and inspirational film about an inner-city teacher, and a less-than-perfect remake of a French comedy. STAND AND DELIVER (1988) (Warner) $89.95. 103 minutes. Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana De Soto, Andy Garcia. This movie has more than a few wonders to offer. Among them: a math test that has more genuine suspense than a half-dozen supposedly rousing bouts in the Rocky films, and an effortless, commanding, intricate, finely tuned marvel of a performance by Olmos as an inner-city teacher who works miracles in his East L.A. classroom.
April 27, 1989 |
What do the 1919 White Sox, a pair of mismatched brothers and an aging shoeshine man have in common? They're all subjects of winning films that arrive in video stores this week. EIGHT MEN OUT (1988) (Orion) $89.98. 120 minutes. Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, Christopher Lloyd. In the most notorious World Series in history, the 1919 Chicago White Sox, one of the all-time great baseball teams, began playing like the 1988 Phillies. The scandal that banned eight players from the game for life becomes an inspired and brilliant essay from John Sayles on our craving for heroes and our delight in dethroning them.
January 11, 2015 |
BALLY, Pa. - The path to Mars goes through this small Berks County town that has long been a hub for textile manufacturing in the region stretching from Allentown to Reading. So said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden during a visit Friday to Bally Ribbon Mills, a family-owned business founded in 1923 to weave hat bands out of silk. Bally Ribbon, with the fourth generation in the business, still has shuttle-loom frames from that era. Those looms now make ribbons for military medals.
December 29, 1988 |
Your video store has three suggestions this week to brighten your new year: a thriller from George Romero, an East-West actioner and a sexy drama that combines love and politics. MONKEY SHINES (1988) (Orion) $89.98. 113 minutes. Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Joyce Van Patten. Risky and triumphant experiment in psychological terror directed by George (Night of the Living Dead) Romero. About the eerie interdependence of an accident victim and a capuchin monkey, the quadriplegic's equivalent of a guide dog. In this movie that gives a new twist to the expression "monkey on my back," the primate is not only the helping arms and legs of her master, but starts acting out the quadriplegic's frustrated rage.
March 30, 1989 |
Two outstanding foreign films top this week's list of new arrivals at your video store: a powerful drama from Louis Malle and a feast for the eyes from Danish director Gabriel Axel. AU REVOIR, LES ENFANTS (1987) (Orion) $79.98. 103 minutes. . . Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto. Louis Malle's devastating memoir of his childhood in wartime France begins and ends with a farewell. A mother bids her 12-year-old son goodbye on a train platform and - at the heartbreaking conclusion of the film - the boy says a last farewell to a Jewish friend who has been hiding under an assumed name at his boarding school.