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Issue of 6/25/2008

Cover Story:

Rip it down
by Rebecca Mazzei
And hang on your wall


Additional Artists by Rebecca Mazzei
Nate Young and Alivia Zivich, Michael Segal and Dean Western

New suspect in controversial case by Sandra Svoboda
DNA points to perpetrator in rape for which wrong man did time

Poster Artist: Alec Peterhans by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: Dave Graw by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: Davin Brainard by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: Shawn Knight by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: The Rev. Craig Michael Horky by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: The Silent Giants by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: Tim Lampinen by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artist: Trevor Naud by Rebecca Mazzei

Poster Artists: Brad and Vaughn Taormina by Rebecca Mazzei

Powered up by Curt Guyette
New players enter incinerator debate

Roll film by Corey Hall
Inaugural Detroit Windsor International Film Festival hits town.

Sketches of maturity by Jonathan Cunningham
Dwele's got a new album and label but the soul remains the same

The fish whisperer by Norene Cashen
Peter Markus to read from his new book.


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Mexican squatters, a Circle Jerks porn debut (yikes!), a bleak house and a clothes-horse double-doozy!

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)
Dancing about architecture since 2005.

Motor City Rides by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Duminie DePorres' black Ford 2006 F-150 pickup

Someday, someway by Bill Holdship (Motor City Five)
Native son Crenshaw talks music, Detroit and America

Kiss for Cox by News Hits staff (News Hits)
State AG scores one for the press.

Nightmare's twist by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Mortgage fraud dragnet sweeps up somebody familiar.

No Freeman freedom by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Outlook bleak for man who claims he was falsely convicted.

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

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
Like a record store without the records.

Goodbye, Chrysler by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Will it be the first of the Big Three to cruise into the sunset?

Conflation station by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
I support gay marriage, but ...



Nouns - No Age Reviewed by Tim Grierson (Record)

Electric Aborigines - Awesome Color Reviewed by Hobey Echlin (Record)

Tune In/Tune Out - Oblisk Reviewed by Mike Ross (Record)


Mongol Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The scenery is magnificent, the battles impressive and Japanese film star Tadanobu Asano is ferocious and sympathetic in equal doses as the young Khan. As a grand glimpse into a bygone time, well, they just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Unfortunately, as an insightful or illuminating examination of what makes a world-class conqueror, Mongol, unfortunately, falls woefully short. In direct challenge to the myth of unrelenting savagery that hangs over Ghengis Khan. At age 9, young Temudgin draws the short end of the stick. His father suffers an untimely death and the boy who would be Khan (Odnyam Odsuren) is forced into hiding when a family rival seizes the “throne” and vows to execute him once he reaches puberty. This sets off an endless series of captures and escapes that follow Temudgin well into young adulthood. Luckily, Temudgin is buddies with a warlord named Jamukha (the charismatic Chinese actor Honglei Sun) and betrothed to the beautiful, feisty Borte (Mongolian newcomer Khulan Chuluun). When a rival tribe kidnaps Borte, he finally has a reason to violently express all those years of suffering, and Mongol kicks into high gear. There are battles and betrayals and spirit quests and endless wells of devotion to test the young Khan before the film’s final massive battle that crowns him top dog.

Roman de Gare Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The film’s title’s the French equivalent to “airport novel,” those pulpy potboilers you devour between connecting flights and trips to the bathroom. And so we are quickly introduced to a trio of stories that may or may not be connected. The first concerns famous novelist Judith Ralitzer (Fanny Ardant), who, while celebrating the critical success of her latest and greatest work of fiction, is taken into police custody for murder. The second focuses on a neurotic Parisian hairdresser named Huguette (the lovely Audrey Dana) who’s left stranded at a gas station after a vicious argument with her fiance. There she meets a mysterious fellow (Dominique Pinon) who tries to cheer her up with magic tricks. He offers her a ride and the two become entwined in unexpected ways. The third’s the story of a woman searching for her missing husband who falls in love with the detective on her case. Overshadowing all three tales is news that “The Magician,” a notorious serial killer known for charming young women with magic tricks before murdering them, has escaped from prison. As far as setups go, Roman de Gare is as good as it gets, drawing you in and toying with your suspicions. All it’s missing is the one necessary ingredient to turn his clever-for-cleverness’-sake film into a true classic: sadism.

Get Smart Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Steve Carell has adopted the role of Maxwell Smart, created by the late Don Adams, a dimwitted intelligence officer whose confidence exceeds his abilities. Max works for the hyper-secret agency CONTROL, forever at war with the global criminal empire of KAOS. Carell has able support from the ageless Alan Arkin as “The Chief” and from the delightfully game Anne Hathaway as Max’s foil Agent 99. It’s certainly not suave, sophisticated entertainment, but, in the manner of its amiably bumbling hero the movie is cheerful and eager to please, if a bit clumsy.

The Love Guru Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
Mike Myers plays a Deepak Chopra devotee wants to use laughter as a path to enlightenment. The mischievous Guru Pitka espouses a pastiche of Eastern religious practices, self-help techniques, New Age aphorisms and pointed wordplay. He’s hired by Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba), beleaguered owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, to help star player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) get his mojo back for the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings. In a swift 88 minutes, The Love Guru alternately skewers and embraces its sacred cows. Justin Timberlake’s a well-endowed, dim-bulb goalie from Quebec and Ben Kingsley’s impish, cross-eyed Indian guru are great comic foils, and Verne Troyer’s Coach Cherkov is the punchy voice of reason. But Pitka isn’t nearly as inspirational as Myers believes him to be.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
Spoofing both the Cold War mindset and the spy movies it spawned, the French film OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a cinematic bonbon with a crunchy nut at its center. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka Agent 117 in the Office of Strategic Services, is part James Bond, part Maxwell Smart, arrogant and inept, capable and clumsy, magnetic and charmless. Actor Jean Dujardin even looks like a cross between Sean Connery and Don Adams, and he hits just the right note of irreverent verisimilitude for this witty update of novelist Jean Bruce’s suave serial hero (who first appeared in 1949). Hazanavicius and screenwriter Jean-François Halin play these characteristics for laughs not by heightening them, but simply letting Bonisseur display his Gallic imperturbability and innate sense of superiority. (He passes out pictures of French President René Coty in lieu of tips.) The colonial empire is beginning to crumble, and this super spy can’t see beyond the tip of his own nose.

Girls Rock! Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
As exhilarating, complicated, and nervy as the girls it portrays, Shane King and Arne Johnson’s documentary about the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls packs so much into 90 minutes it’s easy to forget that it only covers five days in the lives of its subjects. But those days are immensely significant for the girls and teens who attend the Portland, Oregon camp where music is the vehicle for driving home vital lessons in confidence, assertiveness, and determination. The directors focus on four girls whose only common trait is their social outsider status. At RnRC4G, they’re thrust into a community that offers unwavering encouragement, but also requires wholehearted participation. Their reactions aren’t always sweet or nice, but that’s an important part of the story the filmmakers don’t shy away from.


Cyprus Taverna Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
At first glance, Cyprus' menu looks like the other Greek eateries on the block. But there are a handful of dishes from Cyprus, their island homeland, which does make dining at their taverna somewhat different. Among the more familiar appetizers, that average around $6, are tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic), taramosalata (fish-roe spread), grape leaves and Kalamata olives. You can sample these items and others in hot or cold antipasto platters ($14.95) that can easily satisfy four people. While there’s nothing wrong with most of the appetizers, the garlic has been toned way down for American tastes in the tzatziki and skordalia (cold mashed potatoes with garlic). Although it is inexplicably not on the menu, lamb riganato ($17.95), the best-selling signature dish, is announced as a “special” virtually every day. Other keepers are the huge serving of moist roast chicken and the dense, albeit underseasoned again, Greek meatballs. These dishes, along with kebabs, steak, ribs and gyros can be assembled in a variety of combination platters. Vegetarians will be attracted to the huge “Greek trio” composed of spinach pie, moussaka and pastitsio (macaroni with tomato and béchamel sauce) reasonably priced at $12.95, but be sure to specify vegetarian because they also come stuffed with meat. Eleni’s sweet and gooey Cyprus pineapple cake is the best and most expensive ($5.95) item on the dessert list, which also features baklava, rice pudding and crème caramel.