Saturday, December 27, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
On her one day off, she visits her mostly senile father in a nursing home. He is a legendary assassin whose sickening dedication to his craft destroyed both his family and his mental lucidity. The Nurse constantly worries that she is going to end up like him.
A charming but suspiciously inquisitive English gentleman unexpectedly shows up in her rotation due to an irregular heartbeat. He gradually reveals intimate details about The Nurse's life. She soon realizes that he is not there for an irregular heartbeat after all! He is there to settle a long-standing score between his father, or maybe his brother, and The Nurse's father. (I'm still working this part out.) There will be a lot of ethnic henchmen, though.
Lots and lots of fighting ensues, both in and out of the hospital. IV drip stands as swords! Respirator tubes as garrote wire! Syringes as syringes filled with poison!
Think of the costume possibilities.
Score by Hot Chip. Or maybe Massive Attack.
There will be one subtle in-joke about Daryl Hannah's nurse character in Kill Bill.
Gary Oldman ... The Nurse's Father
Mary-Louise Parker ... The Nurse's Dead (OR IS SHE?) Mother (mostly flashbacks)
Christopher Eccleston ... Charming But Suspiciously Inquisitive English Guy/Villain
Diego Luna ... The Nurse's Love Interest, Who is in a Dance-Punk Band But Works in the Hospital's Laundry Room to Make Ends Meet
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
In anticipation of the Philadelphia premiere of JCVD, the new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie where he plays himself, we have been posting all sorts of JCVD-related content on The Clog, City Paper's staff blog.
We're calling it JCVD Week.
Here's everything [updated 23nov08]:
- The Clog's JCVD Week to roundhouse you in the face
- The essential Jean-Claude — what you need to see and why
- Desert Heat
- Pure destiny, and who would win in a fight between Chong Li and Tong Po?
- We never go a day without watching the Bloodsport Mentos video at least once
- There are thousands of Jean-Claude Van Damme dancing videos out there. Thank God we found this compilation clip.
- Dominate our trivia challenge and win at Van Damme DVD three-pack! (answers)
- JCVD wants to sex you up
- The results are in — and we liked it!
- Let's start this thing off with a little ass kicking, shall we?
- An interview with Timecop (the band, not the movie)
- Au Revoir, Fred Astaire of Karate!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I had the opportunity to eat a meal cooked by Atlanta-based chef Richard Blais, who you may know as one of the finalists on Top Chef: Chicago. Check out the recap on Meal Ticket.
Photos by Felicia D'Ambrosio.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
When he is "on," he works quickly, putting his glove hand up in front of his face, taking his signal from the catcher and methodically repeating the same motion he's been using since Little League. It's something analysts love about him: "Hitters feed off changes they make you make," explains former Phillies pitcher and current postgame analyst Mitch Williams enviously. "That is what he does an exceptional job of: He doesn't show anything." This may sound straightforward, but remaining focused under the pressure of pitching is no easy task. Williams was nicknamed "Wild Thing" for his infamous inability to do so himself.
Read the rest of E. James Beale's profile of Hamels here.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
City Paper just launched a new food and drink blog. It's called Meal Ticket. It's written by CP's Felicia D'Ambrosio and myself. It is the most dashing and handsome food blog around and it is the reason I haven't been able to update the TJ as of late.
Meal Ticket features lots and lots of content — paeans to hyper-regional sandwiches, new menus, inside looks at bodaciously adorned Mad Men-esque chophouses and straight-up food nerd ducats like me attending a community meeting to scratch down Tria 3 details.
I'll buy you a beer if you go read. Or how about you go read first and I'll buy you a beer this weekend or something?
Monday, October 06, 2008
Repeat, "Paternity", (2004), A 16-year-old boy has night terrors after getting hit on the head by a lacrosse ball, and House (Hugh Laurie) immediately suspects he's a victim of sexual abuse. Later, he changes the diagnosis to MS. (Drama).
I'm watching the episode and the MS lacrosse player sexual abuse victim just jumped off the roof! Poor kid.
Does anyone else find themselves watching House reruns multiple times throughout the week?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
[Carson] Palmer was outplayed by Ravens rookie Joe Flacco, forced into the starting role because of a season-ending shoulder injury to Kyle Boller and Troy Smith's infected tonsils. Flacco ran for a 38-yard touchdown to put Baltimore up 17-3 in the third quarter and deftly operated within the careful attack deployed by Harbaugh and new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I haven't updated in a minute because a) I got a Mac and I've been adjusting to the weirdness; b) I'm in holy-shit-week-before-vacation freakout mode; c) I've been writing a few things:
- Review of Pineapple Express
- One-Track Mind on Ratatat's "Falcon Jab" (Thanks to Tsikitas for the suggestion)
- Review of Tropic Thunder
Saturday, July 26, 2008
My coworker Isaiah claims that I am insane for getting the gears taken off, but they looked kinda busted at the time of purchase and I didn't want to deal with constantly maintaining them. I don't ever really use gears anyway. Philly's pretty flat.
The folks at Via are truly the best around. Wouldn't buy bike stuff anywhere else.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The other day, my co-worker Molly Eichel asked text Q&A service ChaCha a very important question:
Question: "Drew Lazor: Cool or not?"
Answer: "Drew Lazor, of the Philadelphia City Paper, is a well rounded food/restaurant critic who seems to know his business well, so cool."
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
A. Call my mother
B. Become a better listener
C. Have children, or at least become a mentor
D. Sing with a mixture of wisdom and exuberance that's all my own
E. Have sex with Feist
Friday, July 11, 2008
I made out like a bandit after work today. Just a few of the things I picked up. I passed on the sick WeSC windbreaker awhile back because it was too pricey; today it was marked down by 40 percent. (Goes with this blog's color scheme, no?) Tee was $10. Kitty print wasn't on sale, but reasonably priced nonetheless. (Bought it for Michelle because it looks like Cleo.)
CP fashion platelet Monica Weymouth has all the info on the sale, which runs through July 13, here and here.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Last night, I watched and reviewed four movies for the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Subject matter included a tale of forbidden love between a Thai assassin and his captive police informant and the relationship between a (gay?) cannibal and the man he ate alive.
This morning, a coworker came into my office to ask me if I wanted to raffle Jesse McCartney concert tickets off on our blog.
This evening, I went to a screening of Mamma Mia! with my friends Matt and Fran. Matt was interviewed for a Wired 96.5 segment called "Gaywalking," a stupid play on Leno's "Jaywalking" where they ask gay dudes stereotypically "straight" trivia (ex: "At what fictional college does Animal House take place?").
Tonight, I was able to pick out Candice Bergen's voice during a Family Guy rerun.
The night is still young.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
This is Ryan's refreshingly frank artist bio:
Ryan Beck obtained his BA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and has exhibited in various galleries in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York City. Ryan lives and works in Philadelphia and is currently couch surfing at the Compound, where his studio is outside of Chinatown. When he is not painting, he is looking up movie memorabilia on eBay that he'll never buy, skateboarding, or trying to convince people why they should watch the movie Blue Velvet. This is his first Philadelphia solo show.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
More about the mag here. Go here to check out some reading tips for the inaugural digital edition.
Cool Kids on MySpace.
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Theme just posted my Q&A with Yuri Shibuya.
Yuri is a noted commercial and skate photographer in Japan, but she's most passionate about travel: Several times a year, she takes off on trips all over the world, documenting who and what she comes across with her camera.
The trips themselves seem very spontaneous; how much planning is involved?Related: Hamburger Eyes for Theme
I do research on what time of year to go and costs, then I make a plan. Different reasons for different destinations. Like Jamaica and Cuba — I love the music from there, and I wanted to see where that music was coming from. I like seeing different cultures and lifestyles, which keep changing and fading away. I want to take pictures and document it all before it’s gone. Someday we might never see hand-painted signs or kids playing in the street anymore.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
[click to enlarge]
This is a picture of Jimmy "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, the inspiration for De Niro's character in Goodfellas, getting arrested in 1980. I don't know if it's the coloring or the clearly-'80s Adidas T or the triumphant mustaches on those G-Men, but I think it's brilliant.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This past February, City Paper's news section kicked off its "Professor Street Says" column, which features actual excerpts from the urban politics class former Philadelphia mayor John Street teaches at Temple University (overview here).
Temple was on spring break last week, so this image ran in lieu of a Street quote. I felt it was my duty — as a CP staffer, yes, but mostly as a Philadelphian — to share it.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
"So I'm not trying to be overconfident here, but I feel really, really good about our choreography."
"Oh, totally. Couldn't agree more. The spins are getting tighter and tighter every day."
"Exactly. So what we need now is a theme."
"I was afraid you were going to say that. I'm really a drawing a blank here, babe."
"Have you ever seen Blade?"
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
[photo spreads from Hamburger Eyes: Inside Burgerworld; click to enlarge]
The fine folks at Theme Magazine just put up my profile of the dudes behind Hamburger Eyes, an amazing photo zine out of the Bay Area. My favorite quote from the piece, courtesy of Eyes co-founder Stefan Simikich:
Simikich bristles when recalling one art critic who drew parallels between Eyes and Vice. “Maybe you can compare them because they appeal to the same age group, but that’s basically like saying Def Leppard and black metal are the same,” he says. “They’re not. Other than that they both have guitars.”Gully.
Read more about the zine here and then check out some back issue highlights. They just put a book out on powerHouse, which I highly recommend. And I hear they're coming to Philly in the fall to do a show at Space 1026.