February 14, 2015 |
'Insanity," Albert Einstein famously said, is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " By that definition, Dean (Josh McConville), the hapless hero of Australian time-travel romcom The Infinite Man , is bonkers, loco, loopy, barking mad. A brilliant, if absurdly obsessive scientist, Dean finds his noodle overheating when he falls head-over-heels for the girl of his dreams, Lana (Hannah Marshall). So he spends virtually every waking moment - and one imagines plenty of dream time - deploying his massive intellect to come up with ways to ensure Lana loves him back.
November 24, 2014 |
On page 266 of Kip Thorne's The Science of "Interstellar " - the companion book to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic about saving humankind by finding a new habitable planet - the Caltech theoretical physicist finally gets to the good stuff: time travel. "In 1987, triggered by Carl Sagan, I realized something amazing about wormholes," Thorne writes. "If wormholes are allowed by the laws of physics, then Einstein's relativistic laws permit transforming them into time machines. " Of course, Mr. Peabody, the talking dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , already knew that.
October 8, 2014 |
THE CONVERSATION wouldn't end. That's what the 10-year-old next to me was thinking. The mission to the local 7-Eleven had been a success, the Slurpee procured, but this endless conversation with this older, friendly face - this had not been anticipated. "You know that report you just did on Wilt Chamberlain?" I asked the boy, finally. "Remember that radio broadcast you found?" The kid nodded. "This is Bill Campbell," I said. "He was the announcer on that broadcast. " There are memories of your children that you will take to the grave.
June 25, 2014 |
Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns is an odd choice for a revival. It's not particularly relevant, and its "work is for squares" credo held more weight back when the American Dream signified middle-class mass uniformity and there was enough of a middle class to include the masses. But, mostly due to its success as a 1965 film starring Jason Robards as Murray Burns, unemployed comic TV writer and default foster dad to nephew Nick, there's still an audience with a fondness for this sort-of romantic sort-of comedy.
March 7, 2014 |
THE BIG nonnews yesterday was about old DNA. Did it prove that Michael Jackson was the father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard or was it merely a website publicity stunt? Don't know. Don't care. But according to TMZ.com and Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com, there's a 99.9 percent chance (for those of you bad at math that's a very good chance) that Brandon is Michael's illegitimate son with singer Miki Howard . Brandon (a/k/a B. Howard), however, was not at the news conference and says he had nothing to do with it. Ho, Canada!
November 1, 2013 |
IN "ABOUT TIME," a young man finds he has the time-traveler's ability to revisit moments in his own life and to make improvements, if called for. And because he's a young man, his first order of business is picking up girls. Clumsy moments in key dates can be replayed and smoothed out, until every nuance and action is exactly to the woman's liking, and the man (Domhnall Gleeson), via trial and error, becomes irresistible. You may recognize this as a riff of sorts on "Groundhog Day," and "About Time" plays like a bland version of it, with perpetually genial Gleeson subbing for the arch Bill Murray.
April 1, 2013 |
Multitudes the Kimmel Center wanted, and multitudes it got. With its 100-foot time tunnel, a 20-minute commissioned piece of music theater in the lobby, and other lures, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Thursday woke the Kimmel from its usual somnambulism. Opening night of the biennial festival, which runs through April 27, coincided with regular subscription concerts in the Kimmel's two bigger venues by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
March 29, 2013 |
BACK FOR A second round, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is traveling through time this year. Led by festival director Jay Wahl, the Kimmel Center will put on a monthlong festival based around the theme of time travel. The festival will have 51 ticketed events, and each event will tie into time travel in some way. The Philadelphia Orchestra, for example, will go back to 33 A.D. and the crucifixion of Jesus when they perform "St. Matthew Passion" on Friday and Saturday.
February 20, 2013 |
The concept that unlocks the possibilities of time travel may remain obscure. But what we now know about time machines is that they take up a lot of space. One such specimen landed Monday morning in the lobby of the Kimmel Center as workers began assembling an enormous "interactive" time machine to be the centerpiece of the Kimmel's upcoming arts festival. With its time-travel theme, the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will frame performances and other events with time-related exhibits and activities experienced in the 100-foot-long cylinder.
January 12, 2013 |
With no conductor for Thursday night's Philadelphia Orchestra concert, the ensemble was left to confront Mozart on its own. Little surprise that the Eine kleine Nachtmusik was small and bland, the Symphony No. 25 erratic. And yet, the composer's C Minor Piano Concerto glowed with a point of view of such blinding beauty that we probably won't hear its likes again anytime soon. It was all planned, actually - even rehearsed that way. Conductors are a relatively modern invention, especially the breed of whom celebrity is expected, and for this one program the orchestra constructed a concert that asked musicians to find leadership elsewhere.