“Courage Under Fire,” “Malcolm X,” “Philadelphia”… Denzel Washington is one of the finest and most accomplished actors of his generation. For four decades, audiences have been enthralled by his compelling, intense, but always humane portrayals of men confronted by cruel circumstances and overcoming impossible odds. Here are his 10 greatest movies.
Once relegated to clichéd stereotypes, LGBT characters have moved from the margins of mainstream entertainment into roles that champion and celebrate diversity in modern society, sparking debate and encouraging acceptance. Here are 10 movies–and their iconic gay characters–that have achieved landmark status for the way they represent the LGBT community on the big screen.
This week goes up to 11 with the mockumentary – or, if you will, "rockumentary" – that started it all, spawning a new film genre and influencing Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel) to make such later films as WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. Check it out this Sunday night, and take a look at what else we've got in store for our film blocks this week.
A couple of years ago, when we were all a-flutter over the opening of Manhattan’s High Line park, we may have mentioned that other US cities were bouncing around similar plans (though I’m having trouble finding it!). Even out here in flyover country, the concept of converting Old North St. Louis’ Ironhorse Trestle into an elevated green space is (slowly) taking shape. But Philadelphia may well be the next city to implement such a development: according to The Philadelphia Daily News, “The city is in talks with Reading International Co. to take control of the larger section of the [Reading Viaduct],” and plans are going forward on another section already owned by the city’s transit agency.
The same artist who yarn-bombed seats on the Philadelphia SETPA trains is back (previously) and this time Ishknits stitched a sweater for the Rocky Balboa statue standing triumphantly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Philadelphia blogger Conrad Benner got the call to join an artist as she “yarn bombed” SEPTA trains (three seats on three lines in all). And even while we started on a near empty train by the end it was the beginning of rush hour and the train was packed, all the people on each train…
As an educational tool, beekeeping has a lot to recommend it: students keeping hives get a direct education in the complex relationships of natural systems, and insight into food production. Added lessons may focus on bees’ creation of around $15 billion in added crop value, or the fact that “about one mouthful in three in the diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination.” And, finally, they’ll pick up a skill with economic value as demand for local honey is very strong.
The Woodland Community Apiary in Western Philadelphia plans to teach all of these lessons and more as a part of its youth beekeeping project.
A bee beard for David Cameron, subway energy harvesting, and using search technology to identify endangered species… this week’s green tech finds.
The Wolverine solar cell: Researchers at MIT actually looked to plants, not the X-Men, when creating a solar cell that “heals” its own UV damage.
Tweet for the honey bees: British marketing firm LBi has created a “twittition” (Twitter petition) to support honey bee populations in the UK. Each tweet added to the petition adds a bee to a “bee beard” on a likeness of Prime Minister David Cameron (shown above).
Most environmental art exhibits and displays take place in fairly conventional settings: galleries, museums, or coffee shops. Nexus, a Philadelphia-based artist collective, has accepted an invitation from the the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education to use its Brolo Hill Farm site as both studio and exhibition space in order to “consider both the agricultural and cultural conditions that might have existed on the site when the farm was active, and examines the implications of those dynamics in today’s environmental climate.”
Since Sundance Channel shows so many GLBT-themed films, I’d be remiss to not point out After Elton’s recent list of iconic gay movie roles. They based their inclusions on cultural significance and cultural impact, spotlighting “10 performances that we believe changed the popular perception of gay men in some important ways.” The list is thorough…