September 10, 1999 |
If you loved Trainspotting, then you'll like The Acid House, an omnibus film adapted by Irvine Welsh from his surreal short stories of the same title. Set on the fringes of Scotland's capital, this trilogy tells the vivid stories of three species of male loser: The headcase, the cuckold and the acidhead. In these stories, it is women who wield most of the power, and are they ever capricious. As feverishly directed by Paul McGuigan, who is a good fit for Welsh's vitriol-laced valentines to North Edinburgh, each panel in the triptych vacillates between the extremes of humiliation and hilarity.
March 31, 1989 |
There is, presently, a sort of loose-leaf trilogy in print on the rise and fall of rich people. Part One, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, was recommended some weeks ago in this column. Part Two would be The Hearts and Lives of Men by Fay Weldon (Dell, $4.95), who has always been a liberatingly nasty writer - scathing, scurrilous and, of course, sinfully readable. Hearts should expand Weldon's loyal readers to include the hordes that made Vanities a bestseller. Focusing on the high-profile society of high-culture London (comparable to that of New York)
June 8, 2006 |
Eccentric actor Woody Harrelson and his wife, Laura Louie, have welcomed yet another female offspring to their bohemian all-woman brood. "We are proud to announce the completion of our goddess trilogy with the birth of our third daughter, Makani Ravello," who was born Saturday, the Oscar-nominated actor and Louie said in a statement Monday. Harrelson, 44, and Louie, 41, who were married in 1998, live on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The older daughters are saddled with the names Deni Montana, 13, and Zoe Giordano, 9. Harrelson will star as a singing cowboy in Robert Altman's much-publicized A Prairie Home Companion, which opens tomorrow, and with Keanu Reeves in the animated thriller A Scanner Darkly, due out July 7. Not the lemon prize, but ... England's Zadie Smith nabbed the Orange Prize for Fiction Tuesday with her third novel, On Beauty, an Ivy League-based story modeled after E.M. Forster's Howards End. Smith, 30, had been the favorite for the $53,600 prize, which celebrates excellence in English-language writing by women.
December 29, 1992 |
MOSTLY HARMLESS Fiction. By Douglas Adams. Harmony. $20 Douglas Adams' legions of fans will not be surprised to hear that their favorite guide to hitchhiking around the galaxy deserves a thumbs-up for taking another look at the future and discovering - yet again - that it doesn't work. His findings make up another wonderfully pliant cosmic joke in Mostly Harmless, which is the fifth instalment in - as the publishers sheepishly admit - "the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.
April 20, 1989 |
A Newtown Square developer is pushing for public water and sewer, although East Fallowfield supervisors have previously voted against the services. During the East Fallowfield Planning Commission meeting on Monday, John Snyder, a spokesman for the developer, Trilogy, presented plans showing a 10- inch pipe under a stream. The pipe would enable Trilogy to extend public water and sewer to 56 houses proposed off Mount Carmel Road north of Strasburg Road, according to Snyder. In June, the supervisors voted against extending public water and sewers to the 75-acre subdivision, a few miles east of a proposed public water district.
September 10, 1999 |
Just because acid trips have a cinematic quality does not mean cinema can capture their rapture, as we seen in Paul McGuigan's trilogy, "The Acid House. " The first story, "The Granton Star Curse," is a nightmare about the unlucky day of one poor sod, Boab (Stephen McCole). A vengeful God zaps Boab into an insect, whereupon Boab exacts entomological revenge, mostly by infecting his former friends' food. In "A Soft Touch," you don't get a much sorrier home life than the one a sap (Kevin McKidd)
May 23, 2010
By Stieg Larsson Knopf. 576 pp. $27.95. Reviewed by John Timpane Well, it's here. For weeks, bookstores throughout the country have loaded special tables with copies of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire - next to a "Coming Soon" sign. Now "soon" is here. With The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest , a third stack of books will now beckon readers of the "Millennium trilogy" (which has sold more than 27 million books worldwide)
August 23, 1996 |
With The World of Apu, Satyajit Ray closes his wondrous Apu trilogy with a paradox. We are confronted with an overwhelming image in which one of cinema's great artists seems to question the value of art. After sustaining one more grievous loss of a loved one, the young Apu becomes, in both a spiritual and a physical sense, an aimless nomad. We see him, after years of wandering, in a forest at sunrise. Apu takes out the pages of the novel that he is fitfully writing and lets the wind carry them away.
July 11, 2016 |
This week finds the Philadelphia Film Society in the midst of a summer Krzysztof Kieslowski marathon. In the influential Polish filmmaker's final work, The Three Colors Trilogy , each movie is named for the bars of the French flag. It's must-see cinema, although it makes for mournful viewing given the current state of the European project the filmmaker was obliquely commenting on. The three movies are subtly themed around the French national motto, coined after the revolution: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.
May 12, 2001 |
Someone once said that a great movie has to have three great scenes in it. Well, Pat Graney's Tattoo, an evening-long dance work playing at the Painted Bride, has at least two dynamite, unforgettable scenes, and it's definitely worth seeing. The Seattle-based Graney explained in the program that Tattoo is the last dance of a trilogy she has created over 10 years, all based on a dream she had of an extinct civilization on another planet. Given her glancing, episodic style, this was a helpful thing to know.