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Love, exciting and new

August 18, 2004

Let's face it, when it comes to sexuality, our culture is getting more bizarre on a daily basis. Restrictions on what we can see and say are ever-increasing, while what passes for "sexy" is often nothing...

Trouble in paradise

August 4, 2004

In 1960, Chubby Checker set the world spinning with his hit "The Twist." Nearly 40 years later, director M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" re-invigorated Hollywood's love affair with a different sort...

The chickens have come home to roost

July 28, 2004

There are many signs that the world of corporate controlled media is slowly changing. We can download music and books, or read independent papers and zines. Now, "Outfoxed" brings us two opposite examples...

Cinematic perversity in Denmark

July 28, 2004

To those with a knack for babble, the occasion of being struck speechless is at once beautiful and disconcerting. To be held in spellbound awe of an experience, especially one packaged in the guise of...

Green & Pleasant Land

July 14, 2004

We live in an urban area with an unusual abundance of parks, lakes and natural beauty. Summer is a great time to take advantage of all the options for free outdoor recreation, visiting familiar fun places...

All goths are grey in the dark

July 6, 2004

Trees are an interesting metaphor for family. The closer we are to the trunk, the nearer to our origins. Branches can fork many times and new generations result. A tree is a useful visual device for discussing...

Life on the margin of obsession

July 6, 2004

High school is a trying time for many young people, especially for those of us who aren't exactly blessed with the "social graces." Many of us might have been geeks, but few could have been as full-on...

The temperature’s rising

June 30, 2004

Rocky Balboa has nothing on Michael Moore. Rocky was an underdog against a champion fighter, but Moore was up against the White House, Disney, conservative media, conservative people and the powerful spin...

Here we go again

June 23, 2004

Summer: Warm weather and less school (for most of us) makes this a great time of year to relax, unwind and reacquaint ourselves with the things we love, but are too busy for during the regular school year. Unless,...

Just that simple

June 23, 2004

Success is a double-edged sword. We all enjoy the praise and attention that comes with doing great work, but the often overlooked question, "what's next?" can prove extremely difficult to answer. With...

Massive attacker!

June 16, 2004

Love them or hate them, everybody has seen at least part of one of the seemingly endless supply of Godzilla movies. We all know the man in the fake-looking rubber lizard suit stomping around on miniature...

Cavalier or roundhead?

June 7, 2004

There are rare moments in rock 'n' roll when a record makes a longtime fan feel, as Madonna so eloquently put it, like a virgin. Morrissey's new record is, sublimely, one of these moments. As an album,...

Trimming the fat

June 1, 2004

Somewhere out there a very famous clown is crying. Ronald McDonald, that ever-smiling face of one of the world's biggest burger flippers, now wears a black eye along with his big red shoes and yellow jumpsuit. A...

Global Blues

May 24, 2004

The Great Depression. Well, with a name like that, it couldn't have been any fun at all. But now that things seem to be in a constant downward spiral of ever-increasing horror, maybe laughing at the Great...

Songs of experience

May 24, 2004

Daniel Smith doesn't have the most accessible vocal style in rock music today. His arrangements are also angular, chaotic and sometimes confusing. And when it comes to lyrics, his almost apocalyptic, Blakean...

Media assassins

May 6, 2004

Here is something to shut Bill O'Reilly up about liberal media bias. Fox News has been feverishly trying to get us to believe that the national news media are a sewer pipe with a few rich liberals sitting...

Some of our friends have died

April 29, 2004

The lights come up, the crowd explodes into applause and screams, the band rifles into the first song and the night, as they say, is on. The euphoria of a great live performance, for artist and audience...

Rock ’em, sock ’em soccer

April 22, 2004

Reluctant heroes, impossible odds, brutal bad guys. These are the ingredients required for your typical kung fu movie, and they are all present in glorious kung fu abundance in "Shaolin Soccer." But that's...

Toeing the race line

April 8, 2004

Let's talk about race." It is difficult to imagine an invitation that would be more likely to get turned down in most cases. Along with its partners ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation,...

Harvie Krumpet

April 8, 2004

HDir. Adam Elliot arvie Krumpet was born. After that things would rarely go so well for him again. In this delightfully dark claymation short, showing as part of the International Shorts Showcase, we are...

Dutch Light

April 8, 2004

TDir. Maarten de Kroon here really is something especially beautiful about the Netherlands. The windmills, the waterways, the ever-present, lolling, pregnant clouds. To those given to melancholia it all...

Crimson Gold

April 8, 2004

WDir. Jafar Panahi e all know the stereotypes of international films. Whenever someone talks about international movies images of dour French women smoking constantly and talking about or sometimes just...

Alexei and the Spring

April 1, 2004

TDir. Motohashi Seiichi he village of Budische, Belarus, doesn't immediately appear to be unique. It, like so many other villages in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Belarus, was shaken out of...

The Story of the weeping camel

April 1, 2004

IDirectors: Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni f you've never seen the oddly beautiful springtime of the Gobi Desert or the mildly nauseating glisten of a newly born camel, "The Story of the Weeping Camel"...

Decasia: The State of Decay

April 1, 2004

TDir. Bill Morrison his is what a great avant-garde film should look like. In his tripped-out masterpiece "Decasia," Bill Morrison has provided a textbook for filmmakers just as much as he has provided...

Don’t misunderestimate them

March 25, 2004

You are being lied to. Every day you are exposed to half-truths, fabrications, selective readings of intelligence and outright propaganda. That's the claim of a new documentary DVD from award-winning director/producer...

Memory’s caverns

March 11, 2004

LOS ANGELES - A group of college journalists file in and slowly fill a conference room in a swank hotel - the kind that, as a public school student, you've probably never seen. In a few minutes, these...

Top five things of the week

March 4, 2004

This week's topic: Five worst things to order on a first date or a job interview, each as a haiku. Look out, suckaz! 1. Tacos. Taco, spill your sauce All over my brand new pants Shame is my new friend. (Possible...

Poster Nerds

March 4, 2004

English singer and former Smiths frontman Morrissey once sang "We hate it when our friends become successful." One of the Twin Cities' music scene's best friends is Aesthetic Apparatus, the duo behind...

Always look on the bright side of life

February 26, 2004

As nearly everyone must know by now, Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" opened yesterday. The movie has been a great source of controversy, generating claims of anti-Semitism and excessive gore....

Two films enter, one film leaves

February 19, 2004

When visionary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray wrote his book "Our Films, Their Films," this is not what he had in mind. The project here is to pit two films against one another in a series of categories. The...

The center cannot hold

February 12, 2004

Unless you live under a very big rock, you're aware that Coffman Union reopened last year after a protracted spate of construction and a whole bunch of hullabaloo. It's nice to have the place back, not...

Antidote to stupidity

February 5, 2004

Back when some of you were still watching "Sesame Street" and thought the opposite sex was gross, a group of young men put together a magazine that, though born of humble roots, would change the face of...

Unlimited edition, unlimited supply

December 11, 2003

In a brighter future, advertising will be an outmoded capitalist tactic, a bizarre form of mind control relegated to the dust heap of history. But since we seem utterly stuck with it, drowned in it, choked,...

Keep your eyes on the prize

December 4, 2003

Free Tibet!" is not a bumper sticker. It is not an empty slogan your hippie roommate plastered on his clothes and hackey sacks. It is not Richard Gere or countless other celebrities finding a good cause...

Something completely different

December 4, 2003

There are certain combinations that just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, Astaire and Rodgers, Ahriman and Ahura Mazda. Likewise, there are some places known for certain forms of art. Renaissance...

Mondays with Ray

November 20, 2003

Speaking in an interview with Cineaste Magazine in 1982, a very modest Satyajit Ray, India's greatest director, said of his first film, "I never imagined that any of my films, especially 'Pather Panchali,'...

FUN CITY!

November 13, 2003

For those of you who have moved to the metro and have been buried under a pile of books, you might have missed something: one of the most vibrant cities for theater, arts, music, movies and culture. We...

Scary devils and drunken revels

October 30, 2003

There's plenty to be afraid of today. War, STDs, the rising cost of education - all of these things and more are daily concerns and real fears. Most of the time, those of us lucky enough to live in the...

Oh what a night!

October 23, 2003

Everybody deserves a second chance, right? We believe that people can repent, reform and start anew. Can a young New York club kid who, in a drug-induced stupor, went awry and killed a friend with a hammer,...

Grease, caffeine and fun

October 16, 2003

More than just the most important meal of the day, breakfast in the Twin Cities can be a real experience. The multitudes that pack around plates of greasy goodness and black liquid salvation on weekend...

Simulacra and simulation

October 9, 2003

The Animation Show" is out to change minds. Don Hertzfeldt and Mike Judge want to prove that animation and the short film are crucial forms within the broader rubric of cinema. To make their point, these...

Love and scooters in the eternal city

October 2, 2003

Rome, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. "Roman Holiday" was too beautiful in the first place, and it just got more gorgeous. The film that is making its way around the arthouse circuit is a brand new 35mm...

Diamonds aren’t the world’s best friends

September 25, 2003

Precious, pure, brilliant: These are some of the words most often heard when diamonds, those rare and sought-after gems that adorn the fingers and necks of those lucky enough to be able to afford them....

Music & movies’ main event

September 25, 2003

Motion pictures play at 24 frames per second, Western music fits into an eight-tone scale. Put together, these numbers add up to an infinite range of possibilities for making movies about music. Tomorrow...

The Johnny Cash road goes on forever

September 18, 2003

Johnny Cash is gone. The vacancy he leaves behind might never be filled, not just because of his music or his attitude or his embrace of so many facets of American song, but because he embodied all these...

Authentically autumnal audio

September 11, 2003

As the skies over our northern town darken through the always short-lived autumn into winter, temperatures no longer register in healthy double-digits. Music that lightened the summer's breezy, sticky...

The difference between dogs and men

September 11, 2003

Dogs are owned by men, and men are bludgeoned by fate." This quote is not from "Timoleon Vieta Come Home," though it is included at the beginning of the book. The line is from one of the legends of canine...

Passion, color and conflict

September 4, 2003

How much do you know about the world's largest democracy? What can you say about the second most populous country in the world? Which nation is a nuclear power, the birthplace of ancient religions and...

Free to be you and me

August 18, 2003

The world is a tough place, tougher everyday. As the theme song from "Cheers" asked: "wouldn't you like to get away?" While the denizens of that T.G.I. Friday's precursor might have been getting away to...

Bend it again

August 11, 2003

The Minnesota Daily originally reviewed Gurinder Chadha's film "Bend It Like Beckham" in March 2003. Since its initial release in the art house/independent circuit, it has played in those venues almost...

The greatest choice

July 21, 2003

Some documentaries are great because the filmmakers have searched long and hard for information, provided new insight into history or even made a clever film which examines the mundane and makes it interesting....

Dreaming of Seattle – in the Twin Cities

July 14, 2003

There are a plethora of fantastic bands around here. Some regularly sell out large theaters and others can't pack the room at Eclipse, but any way you cut it, we ought to change the license plate slogan...

The power and the glory

July 7, 2003

History can be studied in classrooms or in libraries filled with dusty volumes on this war and that scandal. The history of human endeavors, natural developments and almost anything is written in a book...

Angels of Desire

June 30, 2003

Summer is here, and that can only mean one thing: lobotomy! That's right, campers. If you want to enjoy the offerings in this summer's cinematic chum bucket, you'll need to be missing an important chunk...

Sorrow and its beauty

June 30, 2003

Jerry Springer, "The Real World," "Survivor." There is evidence of our fascination with voyeurism all around us. We might have spied on our neighbors as children or smiled upon overhearing a private conversation...

The Mossman prophecies

June 16, 2003

Media convergence describes the situation in which we find ourselves. Old and new forms of media are increasingly overlapping and available. Books about the Internet, Web sites about books, movies about...

A little Clouseau, a bit of Truffaut

June 9, 2003

The Oak Street Cinema loves you. They bring you tons of fantastic movies, they have that great old-cinema ambiance and they are right on campus so you can walk over and say "howdy." And in case you needed...

Designing the real

June 2, 2003

What is the chair-ness of a chair? Is it something within the chair itself, or how we interact with it? What if your chair were also a table or a bed? Would it still be a chair? The products we consume...

No wonder it’s dark

May 27, 2003

Takashi Miike's works are not average, and if you think they are, you might need help. Miike is the kind of filmmaker who is less interested in how you feel than in making sure you feel something. Not...

Fear and loathing in Cancun

May 8, 2003

It's fun and sexy, unscripted and uncensored. It's "The Real Cancun," the world's first reality feature film. Produced by the creators of "The Real World" and "Road Rules," this film brings together 16...

Arts Calendar

May 1, 2003

The Evidence of Silence Broken" 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, Pillsbury House Theatre, (612) 825-0459, $15. A rusted-out old Volkswagen Bug filled with books stands among discarded tires and miscellaneous...

Forget all your cares

April 24, 2003

We've all seen them, the mumbling, drooling, blank-faced weirdoes wandering campus (and no, we don't mean after bar-time on a Friday or following hockey riots), but those people who seem to have lost a...

Slouching towards Baghdad

April 24, 2003

Traveling works as a metaphor to describe many things. The idea of going somewhere, traveling physically through space from one point to another, is an easy stand-in for the acts of maturing, learning...

Divine wind

April 17, 2003

Christopher Guest has mastered the subtle art of parody. In his long career in comedy he has received his greatest acclaim for the number of parodies he has written, acted in or directed, including "This...

Just call him ‘Bobby’

April 10, 2003

Robert Duvall is one of the most respected actors working in the United States today. He is also gaining popularity as an extremely gifted writer and director. He has been recognized for his work in nearly...

Power to the people

March 27, 2003

Music and movies function differently in our memories. We might remember that we identified with a character in a movie we saw at some point in the past, but we remember songs from the same period as a...

Everything in our favor was against us

March 27, 2003

There are some themes that seem to have been done to death. In the case of teen oriented movies this is all the more true. Yet in her film "Bend It Like Beckham," director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha...

Life during wartime

March 6, 2003

Have you noticed that in the past several years just before baseball players go on strike, Kevin Costner releases a baseball movie? And how is it that in the late 1990s, when insurance companies were going...

Our eyes are on Texas

March 6, 2003

Maybe Texas really is as different as folks say. Our president gets a wistful, far-off look in his eyes when he talks about his dear "home" state (George W. Bush was actually born on the lonesome rangelands...

The long and winding road to the Walker

February 20, 2003

In the pantheon of American movie directors, Gus Van Sant stands out as one of the brightest stars to have emerged in the past twenty years. From his edgy indie pictures to an Academy Award-nominated blockbuster,...

Art house cowboy

February 20, 2003

This month the Walker Art Center presents the "Gus Van Sant: On the Road Again" film retrospective and Regis Dialogue culminating with two events, a screening of Van Sant's latest film "Gerry" on Feb....

Oscar the grouch

February 13, 2003

It's Oscar time again and like every year, there are speculations, rumors, and ultimately, letdowns. Some years are weaker than others, and at those times it makes sense that a less-than-stellar movie...

Technology and its discontents

February 6, 2003

In the United States there is a tendency to think about movies as an American form. They seem to be our exclusive domain, though we occasionally share them with Europeans when they want to make deep, artsy...

Cozy Dens: the Daily’s Winter Video Guide

January 23, 2003

Staring out the window earlier this winter I thought it was a particularly cruel trick that it should be so cold without snow, which would make it at least aesthetically appealing to be outside. For those...

No One Attacks Him with Impunity

November 27, 2002

Long ago, in a time before the United States or the Bush dynasty, Plato said, "They deem him their worst enemy who tells the truth." The "they" he is referring to is undefined, but perhaps it is the same...