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Issue of 2/11/2009


Cover Story:



Lust for life
by Metro Times staff
Dirty confessions and randy reflections from MT readers

Features:

Empowerment by Kahn Santori Davison
Our roving reporter looks at Michigan's second annual hip-hop summit

Hell-bound for leather by Corey Hall
Dedicated local retailers take fetish garb to the flea market

Lust comes in spurts by John Thomason
Select porny moments in 'mainstream' movies that can still get a rise out of us

Model citizen by Erin O'Brien
Dress-up for big girls

Our choice: Cockrel by Metro Times editorial staff
An earnest, hardworking public servant wins our endorsement

Pop it in by Metro Times readers
Our readers pick their favorite songs for sexing-up

Until the wheels fall off by Daniel Johnson
Is Melanie Rutherford soul's lady in waiting?

Columns:

Comics (Comics)

Adventures in the skin trade by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Or Dirty Valentine ditties for the unwashed masses

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

Lust issues by Metro Times book critics (Lit Up)
A journalist travels into the kinky and the perverse

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
The host with the most

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Detroit-based Suicide Girl Jessica Martin

Market forces by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Ferndale school fight spills over into local businesses

Sword no shield by News Hits staff (News Hits)
How a Privacy Act suit has targeted a local reporter

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

Granholm's world by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Instead of tough-talking leadership, we get banalities and dreams

Swing shift by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
She decided to reject his polyamory — but only after marrying him

Isn't it romantic? by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
A listing of restaurants with the ambience for romance

Money lust by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Why we get silly when cash is in the mix

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Love Hate and Then There's You - The Von Bondies Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)

Movies:

He's Just Not That Into You Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Real star power abounds here, with a huge cast of tabloid darlings including Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Kevin Conroy and Jennifer Aniston. The film’s set in an alternate dimension where Baltimore’s the epicenter of romantically neurotic, club-life-loving supermodel-hot singles, where such gorgeous women have trouble getting dates. The basic premise is that guys are childish jerks and women are either too controlling or simpering ninnies. But it ain’t without charm, namely Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love) as the bubbly but romantically hapless Gigi, who ends up getting earnest dating advice from smarmily charming bar owner Alex (Justin Long), a bronco who she’d not-so-secretly like to buck. Meanwhile, her co-workers, at the world’s best looking office, struggle to nail their men into domesticity; Barrymore’s surfing for love online, while working at an alt-weekly staffed entirely by chatty gay guys. Then Scarlett Johansson parachutes in from Slut Mountain, playing exactly the sort of pouty-lipped blonde home-wrecker that the flick’s target demo loves to hate. Ben Affleck has real chemistry with Jennifer Aniston, but their semi-mature “Will we ever get married?” storyline isn’t juicy enough to carry the picture, and gets pushed to the bench. But wait a few moments the movie will jump to the next one.

Push Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Director Paul McGuigan’s film is a psychokinetic actioner about sexy young stars with mind-over-matter powers. It's also an inert mess, rehashing ideas from better, more interesting films. Desperate to avoid the shadowy organization that killed his father, Nick Gant (Chris Evans) is a telekinetic living off the grid in Hong Kong. Enter 13-year-old Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), who recruits him into locating a mysterious suitcase. Soon Chinese assassins, an ex-girlfriend (Camilla Belle) and a team of paranormal “Division” agents led by Djimon Hounsou are all in pursuit. They each have special abilities too — and they all want the contents of the case. In the end, it’s all an excuse to insert a few marginally cool effects in a less than marginal film.

Wendy and Lucy Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Heartbreaking, compassionate and cautionary, the film's plot couldn’t be simpler. Wendy (Michelle Williams) is a young Indiana drifter headed to Alaska for a job with her yellow lab mutt, Lucy. Far from the starry-eyed but economically entitled character Emile Hirsch played in Into the Wild, Wendy is the underprivileged casualty of our country’s pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mentality. She has a vague notion of where she might find stability but few resources to get there. When her beat-up Honda dies in a depressed Oregon town, Wendy is stranded until a nearby repair shop opens. Running low on cash, she shoplifts a couple of cans of dog food and a piece of jerky at a nearby market, and gets caught by the kind of teenage stock boy that’d make Dick Cheney proud. Arrested, she’s forced to leave Lucy tied up outside. Hours later, when she finally returns, her dog is gone. The rest of the movie follows Wendy’s desperate attempts to find Lucy, the people she encounters — some callous, some kind — and the setbacks she’s forced to deal with.

Medicine for Melancholy Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
Writer-director Barry Jenkins' debut film follows Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Jo (Tracey Heggins) through a tender post-hookup romance, adding a healthy discourse on the nuances of racial identity. This urban romance is a valentine to San Francisco, the onetime vibrant and sprawling haven for outsiders that he sees becoming a homogeneous gentrified museum. All this is done with a light touch and the feeling that these lives are being captured on the fly. Micah and Jo wake up together after a drunken one-night stand at a mutual friend’s party. They don’t even speak as they gather up their clothes. Not many more words are exchanged over a tense breakfast and long, long cab ride home. But Micah senses a connection, and when he finds her wallet on the taxi floor, he takes the initiative and decides to woo the reluctant Jo. What Micah doesn’t realize is that he’ll only have a day to spend with Jo, but in Jenkins’s view, that may be enough.

Coraline Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Coraline is a moody and hallucinatory marvel. Writer-director Henry Selick crafts his handmade universe with the anal-retentive care of a gleefully sinister artist, telling a sophisticated tale that never condescends to its underage viewers. Adapted from a novel by Neil Gaiman, the story follows the dark and quirky adventures of Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning), a disgruntled tween forced to move into a remote old mansion with her benignly negligent parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgeman). The house is divided into separate apartments and each neighbor is more bizarre than the last. Bored and angry with her folks, Coraline stumbles across a secret hidden door one rainy afternoon, a door that leads to an alternative universe where button-eyed clones of her parents lovingly dote on her every need. The only catch is that she must sew buttons over her own eyes. Warned by a wise old cat (Keith David), Coraline quickly learns the dire cost of choosing to live with her “other mother” and struggles to escape with the spirits of children who, once upon a time, made the unfortunate choice to stay.

Restaurants/Places:

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)
Not many Detroit restaurants have been around for more than 70 years. Even fewer have been owned and operated by the same family for as long. The Dakota Inn Rathskeller can claim both. The quiet neighborhood at the crossroads of John R and McNichols isn’t exactly a hot spot for the dining crowd. Get there early on a Thursday evening and you might be the sole customer in the place. But at seven on a Saturday night, the fenced parking lot will likely be full. Inside and through the heavy wooden doors you'll find the din of mirth as friends and families assemble to celebrate birthdays and other life events, or just grab a beer and sausage amid wooden barrels and sundry Germanic bric-a-brac. Beer is, of course, another draw. On tap are a variety of Old World lagers, from pale to dark, a spicy and sweet hefeweizen, and currently a mild, roasty and wholly drinkable black bier. The most popular dish, entrée or side, is the warm potato salad. The Bavarian bratwurst and German knackwurst were pleasers; you can order them separately or a platter with both. This is hearty comfort fare indeed.

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