May 20, 1999 |
It doesn't take long for Violet, the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley musical at the Arden Theatre Company, to worm its way into your affections. It takes about five minutes, in fact, or until the moment the young woman of the title surveys her fellow passengers on a bus from North Carolina to Tulsa and begins selecting features for the new face she hopes to acquire: Lips? Thin. Cheeks? Flat. I sure don't want mine like that. Nose? Bent. Ears? Runts. Got four eyes and he can't see once.
April 10, 1990 |
For a brief span they will be among us, popping up on curbsides, beneath hedgerows, beside telephone poles, around vacant lots - dainty five-petaled blue faces hovering above a green island of heart-shaped leaves: the common blue violet of spring. According to the ancients, violets are ruled by Venus. A quaint idea, it took root in my imagination when I first heard it. Perhaps this wayside weed was a messenger of sorts, if only we could commune with it. Of course, you have to slow down to commune with a violet.
June 7, 2013 |
"MAN, I would kill for that dress. " And thus "Violet & Daisy" was born. Violet and Daisy (Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan) are two teenage girls who are a part of an assassin organization headed by a man who sleeps on a park bench. The girls begrudgingly accept a mission to assassinate a man during their vacation so they can afford the newest dress from their favorite designer. But what should be a simple mission gets infinitely harder when the girls end up befriending their target, a sweet man who, it turns out, wants to die. The girls spend the rest of the movie mostly in the target's apartment as they try to work up the nerve to kill their new buddy.
December 7, 1995 |
Maybe it was the surroundings. At Feeney's Nursery & Garden Center in Feasterville, Steven Lewis, 3, made like a shrinking violet when he met Santa. Despite the bearded one's jolly reputation, Steven decided he was better off behind his mother, Beth Lewis of Feasterville.
October 4, 1996 |
While TV lesbians wrestle with the issue of coming out of the closet, the female lead in the movie "Bound" does not equivocate. Beaten, bound, gagged and literally locked in a closet, Corky (Gina Gershon) - a declared lesbian with tattoos and a pickup truck and everything - cuts her bonds and bursts out with a triumphant karate kick. It's a wildly campy moment, typical of the movie's smarty-pants approach to the gritty crime drama it aims to tell, making "Bound" the latest independent caper film to pay homage to the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino.
June 11, 1997 |
Mo Ogrodnik's Ripe plays around with some pretty risky stuff: the sexual awakening of teenage girls. But, in fact, this first-time writer-director isn't playing around at all. Her edgy exploration of what it means to be, and become, a woman is serious, provocative and anything but exploitative. Ogrodnik captures the whole complicated mess of it - the conflicting feelings of exhilaration and trepidation, of mystery and confusion, allure and revulsion, the sense of discovery - with dark wit and trenchant observation.
May 24, 1995 |
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated today for Baroness Violet 'M Biliani van Zuylen, van Nyevelt Flounders, who fought the Nazis with the Belgian Resistance movement, a woman with a world view whose life began in colonial- era Africa near the shores of the Congo River. Flounders, who would have been 72 in June, died Monday. She was a Drexel Hill resident for the past 45 years. "My mother was born a baroness, a family title acquired through her father, Baron Albert William van Zuylen, van Nyevelt," said a daughter, Euphemia "Mia" Flounders-Brower.
June 26, 2000 |
There is nothin' like a dame. Not one like Dame Elizabeth Taylor. She out-queens the queen, and has the rocks to go knuckle-to-knuckle. She does as she pleases. She arrives when she wants - in the case of last night's gala in her honor, a good four hours after mere mortals. The violet-eyed thespian, as famous for the drama of her off-screen life as her cinematic roles, was honored last night with the third Marian Anderson Award for her role in raising $120 million for AIDS research.
September 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Prabal Gurung had to live up to the hype. Before Saturday's runway show at New York Fashion Week, the last time style insiders had heard from him he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for emerging talent. Consider him emerging no more. His new spring collection, presented at the modern IAC building on Manhattan's West Side, put him in the big leagues. "Loved, loved, loved it," said Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine. "Super fresh and chic.
January 10, 2014 |
"AUGUST: OSAGE County" is in its own way a feel-good movie, in that it's bound to make you feel good about your own family, especially post-holiday. Did you get through the season without knocking your mother to the floor and informing her that you are now in charge? Well, then you have a healthier relationship than Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in "AOC," a sort of MMA (mixed-martial acting) cage match between the two Oscar-winning Hollywood titans. Some of this takes the form of an actual brawl, but it also expresses itself as an extreme awards-season performance pitch (Roberts and Streep will compete for a Golden Globe on Sunday evening)