April 28, 2014 |
John H. Richards III, 71, of Bryn Mawr, a Philadelphia businessman and sportsman, died of lung cancer on Monday, April 21, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Richards grew up in Villanova, attended the Haverford School, and earned his degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University in 1966. An avid sportsman, Mr. Richards grew up foxhunting, said his son, Bradley N., and later in life enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Eagles Mere, Pa. An accomplished equestrian, fly fisherman, and beagler, Mr. Richards was a member of the Rose Tree Foxhunt, Broadacers Anglers Club and the Ardrossan Beagles, where he served as joint master.
April 11, 2014 |
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
July 16, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row. With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through yesterday, the animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2" and director Guillermo del Toro's monsters-versus-robots action flick "Pacific Rim. " The weekend's No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made another $55.5 million overseas....
July 14, 2013
Film New This Week: Pacific Rim (*** out of four stars) Guillermo del Toro's thunderous, thumping monsters-vs.-robots throwdown fuses a modern-day, apocalyptic sense of dread with the crazed spirit of those vintage Japanese sci-fi pics starring Godzilla and Gorgo. It's a nuclear-powered mixed-martial-arts match, and pretty soon you lose count of how many rounds they've gone. Big, loud fun. PG-13 (violence, intense action, adult themes). - Steven Rea Music Wire Together since 1976, guitarist/singer Colin Newman, bassist/vocalist Graham Lewis, and drummer Robert Grey - the core of Britain's post-everything ensemble Wire - make experimentation their god and goal.
July 12, 2013 |
WHEN WE LAST looked in on Guillermo del Toro, he was writing "The Hobbit," a gigantic movie about dwarves. How big might del Toro go to make a movie about giants? Pretty freaking big, as we see in the long and thunderously loud "Pacific Rim," a sci-fi actioner about near-future earthmen building mega-battlebots to repel an invasion by seaborne aliens. The alien creatures are called Kaiju, our bots are called Jaegers, and the plot centers on a Jaeger pilot named Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam)
May 19, 2013
Reserving a larger defense role The current guidance from the Defense Department is that the United States will no longer conduct long-term stability operations, despite 50 years of doing so in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Vietnam, and Korea. Presently, we are said to be "pivoting" to the Pacific Rim, needing to maintain a large military presence to defend that area. Given our precarious economy and exploding debt, the nation must find a way to provide an adequate land force at a sustainable cost.
December 3, 2012 |
The recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas are a chance for the United States to think strategically. Or, better yet, rethink - specifically the Obama administration's "pivot to the Pacific. " The challenge was issued - "respectfully but forcefully" - by Paul McHale, who has been a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania (1993-99) and an assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense (2003-09), and is a retired Marine colonel whose most recent deployment was to Afghanistan in 2007.
November 14, 2011 |
KAPOLEI, HAWAII - A U.S.-backed initiative to forge a Pacific free trade bloc got a big boost yesterday when leaders of Canada and Mexico said their countries are interested in joining. The news was a coup for President Obama, who made progress on the pact one of his top priorities for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit being held in his home state of Hawaii. It comes after Japan, the world's third-biggest economy, said it would join the nine nations already involved in talks on what has been dubbed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
November 13, 2011 |
HONOLULU - With high hopes for the economic power of Pacific rim nations, President Obama on Saturday declared the Asia-Pacific region the heart of explosive growth for years to come. For businesses, he said, "this is where the action's going to be. " Obama was in Hawaii courting Asian powers as he sought to improve the beleaguered U.S. jobs outlook. His administration has poured attention and capital into deepening relations with Asia as a source of trade, jobs, and security ties.