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Issue of 10/7/2009

Cover Story:

Kill city dreaming
by Bill Holdship
Iggy Pop and James Williamson talk Raw Power, their rift and reunion, Ron Asheton and the glory that (still) is Detroit


Forgotten election by Sandra Svoboda
Does the Detroit school board race matter?

It's a family affair by Chris Handyside
From Pas/Cal's pop remnants sprouts a certain sort of Computer Perfection

Metallic K.O. by Brian J. Bowe
An abridged excerpt from the book


Cheat Code by Metro Times staff (Cheat Code)
Wet stuff and the professor?

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
An ' unOrthodox' cop, an Alien body invader, a mumblecore mumble, SpongeBob and a season of Heroes

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Award-winning local beer, and Detroit Restaurant ... Month?

Praiseworthy pie by Jeff Broder (Grilled)
Supino's gourmet pizzas have a thin crust and a thick following

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Debating our restaurant reviews, Jack and the Silverdome, and MT wins awards

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
A peek inside Jim Diamond's Ghetto Recorders

Cuts and boosts by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Detroit's dailies cut content, boost prices; Freep gets on its knees for Albom

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

Behind closed doors by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Who cares who David Letterman has sex with?

To have and withhold by Dan Savage (Savage Love)

Enuf cash for girls by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
When Tyler Perry talks of bringing Ntozake Shange's classic to the screen, look out!



Purgatory Hill - Pat MacDonald Reviewed by Brady Bell (Record)


The Invention of Lying Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Ricky Gervais concocts a world where everyone speaks the blunt, often ugly, truth. So you get simple realities such as, “Your baby is so ugly it looks like a little rat.” It’s where nobody tells lies. With no lying, there’s no fantasy, so all movies are drab historical documentaries, and pudgy loser Mark Bellison slaves away in a cubicle cranking out screenplays about the black plague. Nobody likes him, he’s saddled with “the boring 13th century,” and to the delight of his hallway antagonist (Rob Lowe as the perfect plastic snob), he’s on the verge of being fired. Things perk up when, at rock bottom, Mark discovers he can lie and people won’t question him, amounting to a superpower, and quickly his bank account’s flush and he’s the star at work.

Zombieland Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson show almost perfect chemistry as a sort of college-aged-Woody-Allen-meets-redneck-John-Wayne on-the-road duo, hacking and slashing through an undead landscape. Eisenberg’s Columbus is a neurotic geek, whose social alienation and World of Warcraft skills have helped him survive. Harrelson’s Tallahassee is a Twinkie-loving, backwoods loner who has discovered his life’s calling — to kill zombies. The two cautiously decide to travel together but see their plans derailed by con-artist sisters (Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone).

Whip It Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The plot is simultaneously up-to-the-minute hip and weirdly anachronistic. Teenager Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is pushed hard by her loving but inflexible mom (Marcia Gay Harden) to be a beauty queen. Bliss wants something more than her podunk Texas town can offer, so she rebels by joining an underdog roller derby team in nearby Austin. A surrogate mom is found, romance blossoms, a rival emerges, and a friendship is tested. It all ends in hugs.

Capitalism: A Love Story Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Michael Moore is pissed. After two decades of tilting at corporate windmills, the nation’s most incendiary filmmaker is tired of sprinkling lighter fluid on the problem and reaches for his flamethrower, and in doing so offers a valedictory address for his entire, brilliant, scandalous career. His latest work is less reliant on stunts but more ferocious in its polemic, and a maybe a bit scattershot in attacking not just last year’s financial market meltdown, but the entire system that created it.

Paranormal Activity Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)

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