There’s no doubt about it; John Holmes was big. He made over 2,000 films during his career and, aided in no small way by his prodigious appendage (the exact stature of which, Cherwell cannot divulge) became porn’s first superstar during the industry’s seventies heyday. Not bad for a skinny guy from Ohio, with a crap moustache and a dodgy lung. Predictably, though, this fame was fleeting, and the beginning of the eighties found him washed up. An impressive pharmaceutical intake took its toll and, as past, present and future disappeared up his nose, Holmes became increasingly reliant on the wrong kind of people. James Cox’s film takes up the story of his life here, in 1981, eschewing the dubious past glories to focus instead on the one-time king of the adult movie world’s involvement in the brutal murders of four people at a house on Wonderland Avenue. His precise role in the slayings never came to light; whether an active participant or an unlucky dupe, Holmes was acquitted, and never revealed the truth. As such, Wonderland employs a Rashomon-esque approach, exploring the various possibilities by taking separate looks at conflicting versions of the story, all with the flashy editing and grungy hues seemingly obligatory for any film depicting drug-fuelled depravity. It’s not so much gritty as soiled, the world inhabited by the burntout skin flick star revealed in all its scuzzy glory, and though we do occasionally see a more human side to the man – the strange triangle formed by him, his wife and his much younger girlfriend is one of the most interesting, if underdeveloped, parts of the story – this comes second to his portrayal as a cowardly, desperate fuck-up. Wonderland relies to a great extent on Val Kilmer’s performance, imbuing his seemingly worthless character with enough faded charm to suggest that there may be varying levels of truth. The real John Holmes was a mass of contradictions – a vociferous campaigner for mandatory AIDS testing in his industry, he nevertheless continued to make films despite learning he had the disease – so perhaps it’s only right that here we are left with questions rather than answers, both about events on Wonderland Avenue and the nature of the man himself. Naïve victim or craven manipulator, it’s difficult to know, and though this lack of conclusion does leave an empty feeling, it seems in keeping with the subject that all should remain largely mysterious.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Announce $3 Million in State Funding for New Project HOME Facility in Philadelphia Equality, Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey today announced a $3 million grant to help fund the construction of a new Project HOME building with LGBTQ-friendly affordable housing units for young adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.“Nationwide, 40 percent of homeless young adults identify as LGBTQ, and we know that without early interventions to educate, employ, and empower homeless youth, and without a stabilizing force in their lives, it becomes incredibly hard to break the cycle they are caught in,” Governor Wolf said. “This project will target that population, giving them a place to stay and access to critical services that they need to get back on their feet in a time of intense need.”“Our nation has a deep and abiding obligation to the most vulnerable, a mission Project HOME fulfils daily,” Senator Casey said. “Earlier this year I called for additional resources to combat homelessness, particularly among children. I worked to help secure this grant so that more children in Southeastern Pennsylvania will be able to have this basic measure of security. This grant will also ensure that LGBTQ youth have an opportunity to reside in a secure and affirming environment.”The $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding will go toward construction of a four-story, 36,000 square-foot building at 1315 N. 8th Street in the Kensington section of the city. It will include 30 one-bedroom units of affordable housing targeted to young adults (age 18-25) who are homeless, have experienced homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness (including those aging out of foster care), and will be LGBTQ-friendly. Residents will benefit from a combination of housing, employment, education and health care-related services, as well as case management, life skills and community-building activities.“Project HOME is very grateful for the partnership with Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Sister Mary Scullion, President and Executive Director of Project HOME. “With their extraordinary leadership, the $3 million RACP grant will leverage an estimated $13 million in total direct capital investment to support phase one of a two part, $27 million project at 8th and Thompson Streets. The first phase is 30 units of LGBTQ-friendly housing for homeless and at-risk young adults. We will continue our work with the broader community because none of us are home until all of us are home.”Project HOME plans to break ground in the spring of 2017. Construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2018.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 21, 2016
However, the routes involve navigating under multiple bridges and powerlines which require the technology to have a tilting function. Based on the analysis of the ship’s routes, Norsepower estimates that its technology would be able to achieve a carbon emissions reduction of 25% for this vessel. “We are delighted to be working with SEA-CARGO, not only as they are keen to demonstrate their commitment to maximising the propulsive power of wind to reduce emissions, but also for their cooperation and innovation in making tilting Rotor Sails a realisation,” Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, said. Preparations for the retrofit on the SC Connector are currently taking place with the installation scheduled for Q4 2020, Norsepower said. “With a growing international focus on reducing CO2 emissions and other gases/particles – the ability to harness wind to generate energy, reduce fuel consumption and emissions is a natural next step for the maritime transport industry,” Ole Sævild, Managing Director, SEA-CARGO, added. The SC Connector, a 12,251 gross tonne (GT) Ro-Ro cargo vessel operates in the North Sea, which allows for some of the most favourable wind conditions for Rotor Sails. Developed in tandem by the two companies, the 35m high and 5m wide Rotor Sails are able to tilt to almost horizontal when required. The agreement also heralds the installation of the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail, an innovation that has resulted from the need to adapt the technology to the sailing requirements of the ship. It is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship. “Rotor Sails are particularly well suited to Ro-Ro vessels and working with SEA-CARGO to deliver a tilting Rotor Sail ensures we are providing an adaptable solution which fits with particular vessel requirements, specifically demonstrating vessels with height restrictions to benefit from the Rotor Sail solution.” “The goal of this project has been to design more environmentally friendly vessels by combining several existing technologies. In good wind conditions, the sailing hybrid vessel will maintain regular service speed by sail alone.” The Norsepower Rotor Sail is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the Rotor Sails start automatically. Finnish cleantech company Norsepower and logistics provider SEA-CARGO have inked a deal to install two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails onboard the SC Connector, a side door Ro-Ro. It can be fitted on both new ships and those already in operation.