May 11, 2007 |
You see some weird stuff on the Internet, like the description of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" as a "zombie romp. " The movie was anything but a romp. In fact, it was one of the first really good post-9/11 movies to imagine how terror attacks could break containment and morph into something apocalyptic (see also "Children of Men"). Boyle framed it as a genre picture, and avoided obvious commentary. He peeled away politics and boiled everything down to seething anger - his "zombies" were actually living people infected with a "rage virus," a disease (like hate itself)
August 9, 1996 |
Good thing Tom Morello is such an amazing guitarist. And that Rage Against the Machine, the Los Angeles metal/hip-hop hybrid he plays in, along with bassist Tim Bob, drummer Brad Wilk and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, is such a powerfully aggressive, dynamic collective. (Rage plays two sold-out shows at the Electric Factory Tuesday and Wednesday with the not-to-be-missed Jesus Lizard opening.) Otherwise, Morello's righteous certainty and de la Rocha's high-minded, hard-to-follow hectoring on the band's politically agitated second album, Evil Empire (Epic)
October 15, 2012 |
Allow this humble narrator to correct a misapprehension held by listeners who don't know Swans intimately. Michael Gira's shifting membership noise rock ensemble does not embrace doom or gloom in its sound or lyrics. During its nearly 30 years of an on-and-off existence, there's certainly been dread, existential or otherwise, in Gira's incendiary words, his handsomely low vocals, and his thunderously looming sound-scapes. But there are God, love, and bright shards of luminescence in the bandleader's dense, abrasive shadow play as well.
May 29, 1986 |
A prominent Temple University professor and his wife were stabbed to death not by a burglar, but by a killer filled with "hate and rage," the Montgomery County coroner speculated yesterday. "Nothing was taken, nothing was disturbed," said county coroner Dr. Theodore A. Garcia. "This man went in and slashed these people and walked out. It was an assassination - it was not a burglary. " Cheltenham Township police, however, said yesterday they have no specific evidence indicating whether the killings of Isma'il Raji al-Faruqi and his wife, Lois, were politically motivated or the result of a bungled burglary.
October 23, 1998 |
Just when it seemed that there was no way out of the trap of stale repetition in movies about life and death in the inner city, along comes Slam. It's a film that escapes from the cliches by going to the slammer. After an uncertain and none-too-promising start, Marc Levin's raw but powerful movie finds its stride and its strident voice when the doors of the holding cell close on Raymond Joshua (Saul Williams). Joshua is a small-time drug dealer who is standing in the wrong place at the wrong time when one of the ranking pushers in the neighborhood is gunned down.
November 8, 1998 |
After suffering through a dreadful shooting performance in the ABL season opener at New England on Thursday, four-time Olympian Teresa Edwards was anxious to take her frustration out on the Rage's next opponent. The expansion Chicago Condors (1-1) played the victim's role last night as Edwards scored 29 points to help lead the Rage to a 73-56 rout in the team's home opener at The Apollo of Temple. "Thank God you can get back on the court quick," said Edwards, who was 11 for 17 from the field and also dealt six assists.
February 1, 1998 |
Yes, the Rage are still clinging to slim hopes of a playoff berth. But last night's blowout loss to the Columbus Quest made the Rage's chances even thinner. The Quest shelled the Rage, 100-64, before 6,205 at Battelle Hall. What the crowd saw was a game involving two teams heading in drastically different directions. Columbus has won 11 straight overall, matching its ABL record, and 18 in a row at home, breaking its own league record. Philadelphia, meanwhile, has lost 9 of 10. Last night's loss dropped the Rage to 12-24, and lowered the Rage's elimination number to three.
February 13, 1998 |
As the Rage season dwindles to a close, the squad is beginning to transform statistically obscure players on the opposition into superstars. The most recent example is Seattle's Astou Ndiaye, a 6-foot-3 rookie center. The native of Dakar, Senegal, rides the Reign's bench with an average of 4.8 points per game. Last night at the Palestra, before a crowd of 1,326, the substitute from Southern Nazarene scored a game-high 22 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as the Reign defeated the Rage, 77-67.
January 11, 1998 |
It started as Dawn Staley Night for the Rage all-star's contribution to the city and its youth. But by the time the final seconds ticked off the clock at the Apollo on Temple's campus, last night belonged to the visiting Colorado Xplosion, 83-75. The season's largest crowd - 6,411 - was drawn to the game as tributes to Staley, who grew up in North Philadelphia, were offered by Mayor Rendell and Staley's good friend, Olympic track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee in pre-game ceremonies.
December 17, 1997 |
The Rage's futility away from home reached unprecedented lows last night. The Rage set an American Basketball League record for consecutive road losses with their worst defeat of the season, 95-71, to the Long Beach StingRays in front of a crowd of 1,008 at the Pyramid at Long Beach State. In the first stop in their four-game West Coast swing, the Rage (8-14) were outscored by 52-31 in the first half and lost their eighth straight road game. Long Beach (12-9) took control early.