November 14, 2015 |
John Edward Heppe, 95, of Bryn Mawr, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime stockbroker, died Friday, Nov. 6, of complications from an aneurysm at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Heppe, known as Jack, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bala Cynwyd. Later, he was a resident of Bryn Mawr for 60 years. He graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1939 and received his bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. He pledged Delta Phi. Mr. Heppe served in World War II from April 1944 to September 1945 as a navigator in the Eighth Army Air Force.
November 10, 2015 |
Earl E. Engles, 91, a World War II Navy veteran and well-known figure in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, where he lived for a half-century, died Friday, Oct. 30, at home. Mr. Engles died in his sleep of cerebral vascular disease, his family said. He was a machinist mate aboard the USS J. Douglas Blackwood and sailed throughout the South Pacific, helping deliver supplies and troops when the United States liberated the Philippines from Japanese occupation. Growing up in the Great Depression and serving in the war instilled in Mr. Engles a strong work ethic.
November 6, 2015 |
The workmanlike German-language drama Labyrinth of Lies delves into the so-called Frankfurt-Auschwitz trials of the early 1960s. Nazis had been tried for war crimes at Nuremberg, in Poland, and in Israel, but the Frankfurt-Auschwitz trials had a particular resonance and meaning: Germans prosecuted by Germans, under German criminal law. The technicalities involved were legally and morally mind-boggling. The government could only charge offenders, former SS men, for specific acts committed outside the parameters of a soldier's hideous "duties.
October 31, 2015 |
On a blood-soaked battlefield in colonial New Jersey, a lone preacher stood tall, attempting to bring solace to his embattled compatriots. This is the pose that master sculptor Roger Wing chose for a monument at Old Pine Street Church to honor the Rev. George Duffield, a Revolutionary War preacher, co-chaplain to the Continental Congress, minister to the Pennsylvania militia, and editor of the first American Bible. Duffield led the institution at Fourth and Pine Streets that was known as the Church of the Patriots, thanks to his fiery sermons preaching no taxation without representation.
October 28, 2015
WORDS HAVE POWER to make you believe, but also to deceive. In 1984 , his brilliant "Big Brother" novel (that in some ways has achieved reality), George Orwell invented Newspeak, a language in which words don't mean what they say. In real life, Orwell fought against opaque, meaningless words he thought discouraged clear thought. If you are pushing your point of view, you want it to sound smart and nice. You want the other guy's position to seem dumb and nasty. That's why abortion activists on both sides frame their positions as being positive: " pro -choice" or " pro -life.
October 17, 2015 |
There are many reasons to recommend Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies : the Cold War brought to life in vivid, disconcertingly timely ways; the quickstep hugger-mugger of G-men in fedoras tailing a foreign agent on the streets of New York; the noirish intrigue of early 1960s East Berlin, with its military checkpoints, its paranoia, its secret police. But without doubt, the biggest reason to see Bridge of Spies - based on true Eisenhower-era events - is Mark Rylance, the British actor of TV's Wolf Hall and theater's Jerusalem, as he disappears into the quietly duplicitous role of the man known as Rudolf Abel.
October 12, 2015 |
The smoke sometimes turned from black to green, like the olive drab of an old military uniform, as it rose from a pit of smoldering trash. The color depended on what was burning. There was refuse from chow halls and latrines at Camp Al Taqaddum in Iraq. But contractors also bulldozed in broken computers, wrecked humvees, and medical waste. Chris Lang, a Marine from Doylestown, slept in a tent downwind from the inferno. "We always joked about it," he said of the Olympic-pool-size burn pit. "Like, we're going to live through this [war]
October 6, 2015 |
Jay Wright did it intentionally. The move was nothing crazy. In drills this fall, Villanova's coach wanted his senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, last season's Big East player of the year, and freshman Jalen Brunson, the most accomplished freshman guard in the country, going at each other. He did this knowing they eventually would be on the court together, sharing responsibilities. "Arch has been killing him," Wright said of Brunson. "Just because he's learning things while Arch has been doing it for four years.
October 3, 2015 |
Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday. In 2009's Harry Brown , Michael Caine played a Cockney retiree who avenges his best friend by taking on the hoodlums who live in the same council estate. It was revenge both Caine, and cane, style. In The Keeping Room , Barber, working off a script by Julia Hart, explores the violence for those left at home during wartime. It's the waning days of the Civil War, Augusta (Brit Marling)
October 1, 2015 |
SINCE HER breakout role in "The Devil Wears Prada" almost a decade ago, Emily Blunt has become one of Hollywood's most versatile actresses, moving back and forth between comedies and dramas, family films and horror. Over the past few years, she's become a bit of a badass, looking more comfortable with a big gun than a parasol. In her new film, "Sicario," opening here Friday, Blunt plays a dour, by-the-book FBI agent forced begrudgingly into playing by the CIA's rules (or lack thereof)