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Issue of 3/19/2008


Cover Story:



Blood and greenbacks
by Curt Guyette
Calculating the costs of war

Features:

Down under by Doug Coombe
SXSW '08 in glimpses and snaps

Fighting for peace by Sandra Svoboda
Vets have family in the anti-war movement

Left was right by Curt Guyette
Peace activists and their grass roots

Making history by Detroitblogger John
How a formative friendship grew into a shrine to heritage

Patron perfect by Norene Cashen
Enraptured by beauty, John Korachis sees through the arts

Street life by Andrew S. Klein
A photographer documents America, one relationship at a time

Talking points by Metro Times news staff
War-related quotes tell the story

True Grit by Michael Jackman
Legendary Meatmen frontman Tesco Vee returns to Detroit

Columns:

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Real Hollywood street urchins, transcendent vampires, ugly Gangsta goofs and a trailer (park) menagerie

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)

The tandoor trap by Jeff Broder (Grilled)
Bombay Grille's tandoori master on Indian barbecue.

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times staff (Letters to the Editor)

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Our rat-a-tat reviewer is emo over Eno.

Motor City Rides by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Quack! Media's Sprinter van logs the miles.

Cox in a box by News Hits staff (News Hits)
An 'urban legend' comes back to haunt state's AG.

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

Another scandal by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Environmental report on Michigan was suppressed.

A clean breast by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
My wife survived breast cancer, but I miss the boobs.

Reviews:

Music/Books:

The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull - Earth Reviewed by Kent Alexander (Record)

Whispers Turn to Howls - Stare Into the Sun Reviewed by Hobey Echlin (Record)

Saturnalia - The Gutter Twins Reviewed by Tim Grierson (Record)

Lust, Lust, Lust - Raveonettes Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)

Movies:

Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul pad this children's classic with a cleverly expanded narrative that introduces some evocative ideas without undermining the charm and creativity of the original story. Similarly, directors Jimmy Haywood and Steve Martino have muzzled Carrey’s over-the-top mugging and effectively capitalized on his goofball sense of innocence. Smartly teaming him with Steve Carell, as the ridiculed mayor of Whoville, the filmmakers deliver a flick that’s both respectful and respectable. In other words, aside for a few comic missteps, the heart of Geisel’s brave little tale remains intact. And the visuals are stunning.

Never Back Down Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
The stock hero is Jake (Sean Faris), a high school football stud from Iowa who’s uprooted to Florida (Florida, of course!) by his widowed mom, and he’s predictably sulky about it. At the new school, instead of fitting in and becoming the instant jock icon he’d likely be, Jake’s an instant target for the after-school fight-club clique and their obnoxiously smug, blond leader Ryan (Cam Gigandet). If there’s any reason to see this turkey, it’s for this amazingly snarky, one-note performance: Gigandet commits to his superior sneer with a thickheaded obliviousness that’d make Dolph Lundgren blush. Though Ryan appears so wispy soft that Ian Zeiring could kick his ass, he wipes the floor with farm boy, because he’s mastered the fighting disciple of MMA, which Jake gets to learning quickly. Chief among the flick’s host of problems is that while strategy and unpredictability make MMA exciting on TV, it doesn’t lend itself to compelling big screen choreography, so the director simply zooms in and cranks up the bone-crunching audio.

Blind Mountain Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)

Kings Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)

Funny Games Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This is a shot-for-shot English remake of German director Michael Haneke’s own 1997 movie, a savage repudiation of film violence that also manages to be the squirmiest exercise yet in the dodgy and done genre of “torture porn.” Haneke's craftsmanship can't save this self-consciously arch civics lecture in the guise of popcorn entertainment. The bare-bones plot involves a bourgeois couple (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts) and their 10-year-old boy away for a weekend in their country home, where they are assaulted and abused by a pair of reprehensible trust-fund sadists who casually toy with their prey like it was an evening of Pictionary. The husband is an ineffectual pussy and the wife’s an emotional wreck; both are shallow critiques of indolent American consumers, meant as proxies for the audience, which is expected to gratefully sit through this trash. It’s insulting.

Restaurants/Places:

Stage Deli Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Proprietor Steve Goldberg has added everything but his bubbe’s kitchen sink to the menu — from salmon teriyaki to Cajun-blackened chicken to English-style fish and chips. That's 92 sandwiches and burgers, for pity’s sake, not to mention 45 breakfast choices, before you even get into the Thai stir-fry and the Italian meatballs. But you can also stick with the traditional Jewish-American foods that were the deli’s stock in trade 46 years ago. The menu boasts that recipes for chopped liver, gefilte fish and meat loaf were created by Steve’s bubbe (grandmother). Some of these time-honored dishes may be most enjoyed by those with warm childhood associations. The corned beef sandwich gets piled very high. Potato latkes, deep-fried in vegetable oil, have crisp exteriors and melt-in-your-mouth interiors. The Stage serves smoked fish platters with cream cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and an egg bagel. Some of the Deli’s prices are high, but you’ve got to ignore the cost of the raw materials and appreciate the love.

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