April 24, 2016 |
A lissome 15-year-old boy with wild hair stood on the edge - I mean the sliver-of-a-spit-of-the-edge - on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the March wind billowing his shirt. His back was to the glorious striations of the canyon walls, the heels of his Keds precariously trim with that edge. He seemed more bird than human, with his arms spread as though ready for takeoff. His grin was as big as the firmament above him. Awesome and amazing. Two words so overused we hardly react to them.
January 17, 2013
A PU GUPTA, 37, a Wharton grad who lives in Fitler Square, is co-founder and chief executive of Curalate, which has developed image-recognition software for online marketers. The start-up, on the outskirts of University City, is banking on the notion that online consumers increasingly communicate about brands in pictures instead of words. Q: You bill your company as "the world's first marketing platform for the visual Web. " What's that mean? A: Today we pin on boards on sites like Pinterest and share images of products we love.
October 31, 2012 |
Biographical drama is a tricky enterprise. When a biography centers on a pivotal moment in a life, ( End of the Rainbow , The Mountaintop , Amadeus ) it's perhaps most effective. But when the approach to that life is a chapter-by-chapter memory play, as with Carson Kreitzer's frustratingly didactic Behind the Eye , receiving an equally frustrating production by Gas & Electric Arts, the result - despite nudity and R-rated language - can feel an awful lot like a lecture.
August 24, 2012 |
SPIKE LEE'S "Red Hook Summer" is an erratic mix of one-crazy-summer high jinks and gathering unease that explodes, finally, in jarring conclusion. It has echoes, in that structure, of Lee's "Do the Right Thing" - Lee appears as the same character he played 23 years ago - though "Red Hook" lacks the sustained energy and poise of that landmark movie. "Red Hook" is the story of Flick, a suburban Atlanta teen dumped for a summer into the big-city tumult of a Red Hook housing development in New York.
March 8, 2012 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Cliff Curtis always thought of himself as a funny guy. He did comedies in his native New Zealand. But once Hollywood saw this Maori actor in the breakout drama Once Were Warriors, it was hard to find the man funny. "I did a couple of movies, straight off, where I had to learn to be a tough guy," he says. "And that stuck. " He played shady Arabs ( Three Kings, The Insider, The Majestic ) and cops ( Fracture, Live Free or Die Hard. ). His ethnicity got him plenty of offers in movies set around the drug trade ( Blow, Colombiana )
June 27, 2011
A PICTURE, they say, is worth a thousand words. But there are no words to describe the photo of Allen Iverson on the cover of the August issue of Slam magazine. The Answer is sporting an old-school 'fro, a retro Sixers jersey, a large diamond stud and a long, thick necklace that adds 10 pounds to his nimble frame. The headline of the special edition commemorating the magazine's 150th issue states: "Allen Iverson, Respect Due. " In an exclusive interview, the 36-year-old Iverson candidly discussed his past, and gave insight into how he would like his future to play out. "A lot of people think I'm the biggest ass- in the world," Iverson said.
September 23, 2010 |
'Premiere Week" comes to a close Friday night with the best new broadcast series of the fall. And, just to prove this TV thing is still a mystery to everybody, the worst one debuts the night before, on the very same network. A few more new shows pop up in the next few weeks to augment the 16 the networks will have left on our doorsteps since Monday, but none will match the solid cast and intriguing writing of Blue Bloods, which stars Tom Selleck as New York City's police commissioner.
July 1, 2010 |
In our virtual world, Sebastian Junger has become a poet of the real - reminding us of the fighting, bleeding and dying that subsidize cloistered lives. Junger wrote "The Perfect Storm," spawning a a movie and a cottage industry of deadly-job reality shows ("Ice Road Truckers," "Deadliest Catch," etc.) that show us where our fish and furniture come from. Now he's written a book, "War," an account of soldiers fighting in "Afghanistan
February 13, 2009 |
I bought my Valentine a digital camera last year. Ever since, I've been pondering the meaning of the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words. " "This is a nice picture of you," my Valentine said to me in the kitchen one Saturday morning, handing me a photo he had just printed. I remembered when he had taken it. We were sitting around a table at an alfresco restaurant, with children and grandchildren, enjoying bowls of ice cream on a warm, sunny day. He had carefully focused his camera on each of us to capture a fleeting, digital essence.
August 30, 2008
New day Anyone watching the Democratic National Convention this week could not help but be impressed by its enthusiasm and meaning. Personalities gave way to unity, debate to vision, and discouragement to hope. The convention has restored confidence and faith not simply in that party, but also in the basic principles and ideals of our country and democracy. For those who were there, and for us at home, there were advances and high points it may have been difficult to previously envision or imagine.