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Issue of 6/4/2008

Cover Story:

In the blink of an eye
by Sandra Svoboda
That's how a paralyzed shooting victim first identified two accused assailants now in prison. He's having second thoughts.


'We blew it for you guys ...' by Matthew Smith
Detroit rock star Matthew Smith talks with Moby Grape's Peter Lewis

From Mars to Makeba by W. Kim Heron and Bill Holdship
The Detroit Festival of the Arts has something for every ear.

Readies, steady, go! by Brett Callwood
Former Doll Rod Danny Kroha unleashes his new bash and pop on an unsuspecting Detroit

The air apparents by Serene Dominic
How playing an invisible guitar makes you more heroic than Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani combined!


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
A man-eating vagina, a life-hating noir, badass babes on murderous missions and another Renny Harlin yawner

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Full plates for local foodies.

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

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
A supersonic tonic for the chronically ironic

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
G-Unit producer-emcee Nick Speed's Cass Corridor apartment.

Hope kindled by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Incinerator battle could turn into a garbage standoff.

The new Depression by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Foreclosure moratorium bill recalls 1930s legislation.

Night and Day by Megan O'Neil (Night and Day)

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
Noisy neighbors' digital din

Dems get one right by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Deal will seat state's delegates in August.

Dumping time by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
She treats me like crap; should I just take it?

Hand jive by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Readers sound off on ‘jerky’ fiancé and more

Can it work here? by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Minneapolis had an interesting idea: Ask residents what they want.



American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau - Bill McKibben Reviewed by Brian Sholis (Book)

Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth - David Browne Reviewed by Raymond Cummings (Book)

The Film Club: A Memoir - David Gilmour Reviewed by Heather Harris (Book)

True Norwegian Black Metal Photography - Peter Beste Reviewed by Tony Ware (Book)

Jim - Jamie Lidell Reviewed by Tim Grierson (Record)


The Strangers Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
The romantic evening James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) arranged as a surprise for his girlfriend Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) is going badly. Strangers burst into their country getaway, conducting a cold, calculated rampage conducted with no rhyme or reason. Unfortunately, even at a brief 80 minutes, The Strangers feels drawn-out, a short story printed in a large typeface so it fills enough pages to be deemed a novel. And the film’s biggest problem is also its selling point: the costumed strangers themselves. They have no personalities, no motives, and almost no dialogue.

The Fall Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Shot over four years in 18 different countries, it is impossible to overstate the film's sheer beauty. Roy Walker (Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace) is a 1920s film stuntman recuperating from a dramatic on-set accident. He lies in his hospital bed contemplating suicide. One day, by chance, he’s visited by Alexandria (nonactor Catinca Untaru), a 5-year-old girl who survived an attack on her migrant worker family. The two become friends, with Roy filling their afternoons with a constantly shifting tale of epic courage and adventure. In his hodge-podge fantasy world, the Black Bandit (first Alexandra’s father but then Roy himself) leads a quartet of exiled heroes — an escaped slave, an explosives expert, a scimitar-wielding Indian and Charles Darwin — against the dastardly Governor Odious (Daniel Caltagirone). But unlike Scheherazade, who told her stories to stay alive, Roy’s fable has a darker purpose; as he demands that the naïve little girl do him favors if she wants to learn how his cliffhangers end.

Standard Operating Procedure Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Errol Morris, like many other filmmakers who’ve tackled the moral disgrace of the War on Terror, will probably find his movie ignored by all but the most stalwart cineastes. Once again, he brings his detached but intimate style to the screen, unmasking the made-for-the-media villains in the Abu Ghraib scandal. And as he’s done in the past — The Thin Blue Line, Fog of War, Mr. Death — Morris demonstrates how incredibly slippery truth and memory can be. Analytical and deeply disturbing, S.O.P. focuses on the prisoner abuse scandal, interviewing most of the culprits and deconstructing an endless line of photographs, accounts and reports. Lynndie England, Sabrina Harman, Megan Ambuhl and others (but not still-imprisoned ringleader Charles Graner) are scrubbed up and offered a chance to rationalize their behaviors. Not surprisingly, most of them are unsophisticated dupes, who were encouraged to cross the line into depravity. While Morris doesn’t let their behavior off the hook, he does contextualize it, making clear that people further up the chain of command enthusiastically sanctioned their actions.

Sex and the City Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
The central character, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), may have written a newspaper sex column, but it was as much about the importance of friendship and the vagaries of romantic relationships, and so — in the end — was the show. Men came and went; it was the bond between Carrie, publicist Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), gallery manager Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and attorney Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) that served as their vital support system and emotional outlet. That remains true in the film, which picks up four years after the show’s happily-ever-after conclusion. Samantha has moved to Los Angeles to oversee the career of her protégé, and Carrie is now a best-selling author, but otherwise, little has changed. Carrie doesn’t ask it in her trademark voiceover, but the big question hanging over the women is this: they’ve settled in, but are they settling? Over the course of nearly 2-1/2 hours (that’s five back-to-back episodes), there are betrayals and reconnections, expectations do battle with fear and disappointment, and the primacy of the union between these women is re-asserted with a new maturity.


Sea Grille Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Though some will find the fare on the sweet and soft side, the trick may be in the ordering. As it is, the regular sea and lake items all have a lot going on, such as Parmesan-crusted whitefish, ahi tuna with Asian peanut vinaigrette, crab cakes with roasted red pepper aioli, and perch piccata in a white wine and lemon butter sauce. All the entrées are accompanied by good, crisp, very buttery vegetables, including some excellent squash. Although seafood is the main attraction, meat eaters aren’t slighted. Good, dense desserts, and a long affordable wine list.