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Issue of 2/25/2009


Cover Story:



Pop goes the hero
by Megan O'Neil
Challenging the very idea of machismo, one purl at a time

Features:

Anatomy of a story by Curt Guyette
The news about Detroit's frozen man went around the world, but some pertinent details may never catch up

Buddy-buddy by Bill Holdship
A trio of releases honoring rock's first nerd

Hot hot heat! by Walter Wasacz
Proper|Mod, 'the future of Detroit club culture' promoters, toasts two years of rising temperatures

Sure bets by Laura Witkowski
Despite the punch-line name, Millions of Brazilians are as seriously Detroit as they come

Columns:

A Taste of Gay? by Dan Savage
For her, a post-oral kiss is just a kiss; for him it's a mouthful

The 'northernmost Southern city' by Thomas J. Sugrue (Backwash)
In a new look at the civil rights movement, a hard look at Detroit

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
A rather cheerful entry into the world of recessing economies, Jack Chick’s God, and putting the ‘bone’ in ‘bonus’

Market maker by Jeff Broder (Grilled)
Tom Violante on how he built Holiday into a Royal Oak fixture

Doll parts by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
The reigning 'it' boy of cult-TV geeks and his cockeyed new action series

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Shout-outs, beat-downs and sugary resentment

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Helter to the skelter, with our speedy music crit

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
In the kitchen with Detroit emcee Moe Dirdee

Supporters in the court by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Reporter Diane Bukowski's day in court

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

Nearing the cliff by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
State's human services chief sees trouble ahead

Greens and greenbacks by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
What can Detroit learn from Cuba? Plenty!

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Lay of the Cid - Lay of the Cid Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

…For the Whole World to See - Death Reviewed by Lee DeVito (Record)

I Love You in Other Cities: The Best of Majesty Crush 1990-1995 - Majesty Crush Reviewed by Laura Witkowski (Record)

Movies:

Gomorrah Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Matteo Garrone’s riveting Gomorrah is a bleak pseudo-journalistic study of organized crime in Naples. Opening with an unexplained massacre at a tanning salon, Garrone’s film casually unspools five sordid stories of scams, thefts and killings perpetrated by the Camorra “System” in neo-reportage fashion. There’s Pasquale (Salvatore Cantalupo), a master tailor struggling to escape the mob’s sweatshop infiltration of haute couture, teen thugs Sweet Pea and Pitbull (Salvatore Ruocco and Vincenzo Fabricino), who have delusions of becoming local versions of Al Pacino’s Scarface, grocery delivery-boy Toto, who desperately wants to become a gangster, and Gaetano (Vincenzo Altamura), an aged bagman who’s decided to double-cross his mob bosses. Garrone takes a distanced widescreen approach, offering a glamourless view of thugs, con men and shady businessmen. His anger and outrage are subtext to the restrained perversions he depicts, inducing both revulsion and panic. But while Garrone’s impersonal take on the Camorra’s lurid workaday brutality is laudable for its defiance of liberal-humanist depictions of the criminal underclass, he fails to actually look at his subjects with any psychological or sociological depth.

Fired Up! Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Sporting unruly blond curls (Willie Ames style!) is Eric Christian Olsen (as Nick), a smarmy twit whose high-powered camera mugging soon makes one long for the subtle understatement of Sean William Scott. In the Scott Baio role, Nicholas D’Agosto (Shawn) is a habitual snark factory, but comes off marginally better as he’s allowed to reveal something resembling human emotions. They plan to blow off high school football camp for two wonderful weeks of scamming all sorts of silly new strange by pulling from the larger talent pool at the statewide cheerleading camp, and then split before boredom or herpes set in. It’s a bummer then that Shawn fouls it up by actually falling for super-hottie Carly (Sarah Roemer).

Waltz With Bashir Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Ari Folman is a vet of the Israel Army’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, an event he can only seem to recall in dreamlike glimpses. He has one especially potent vision of emerging from the bay as the silent city is lit by the phosphorescent glow of flares, but he can’t slip it into context. So he sets out to find former IDF colleagues, along with a psychologist and a journalist, to begin piecing together moments, images and stories to try to understand what really happened. The result is this lush, animated film chronicling his search.

Restaurants/Places:

Due Venti Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
A sedate trattoria with a sophisticated Northern Italian kitchen, Due Venti's dining room seats around 50, with walls painted a warm yellow hue and decorated with several paintings. The small room and the fact that Due Venti is open only for dinner make reservations a must. Emphasizing local produce and preparing everything from scratch, including the pasta, the owners have put together a brief but inventive menu that changes with the seasons. And, perhaps as important, all but one of their elegant mains are in the $17-$20 range. Despite that they have only a small winemaker’s license permitting them to serve only wine by the glass, the Michigan reds were competitive with house pours in many other establishments. The dessert list, which again reflects a complexity of ingredients, is highlighted by a warm apple tart and a delicate flourless chocolate cake.

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