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Issue of 4/21/2010


Cover Story:



Best of Detroit 2010
by Metro Times staff
Getting down to what's the very best in metro Detroit

Features:

A Detroit thang? by Brett Callwood
The 19th Detroit Music Awards show confounds and satisfies

It's a family affair by Chris Handyside
Arranged Marriage shows how rock 'n' roll no longer pisses off the old man

MT wins SPJ kudos by Metro Times staff
Our paper awarded honors

Nightlife - Readers' Picks by Metro Times readers
You told us where to stick it when the sun don't shine

Nightlife - Staff Picks by Metro Times staff
We pin down what blows up our skirts at night

Nutritional Value - Readers' Picks by Metro Times readers
You told us what topped your menus

Nutritional Value - Staff Picks by Metro Times staff
We select the spots we hunger for

Public Square - Readers' Picks by Metro Times readers
You chose these civic treasures as metro Detroit's best

Public Square - Staff Picks by Metro Times staff
We at MT pick our top cultural assets

Remembering Ravitz by Bill McGraw
Former councilman was a voice of reason

The Real Deal - Readers' Picks by Metro Times readers
You gave us your ultimate shopping experiences

The Real Deal - Staff Picks by Metro Times staff
We hazard the best in buying and selling

Hit and hit again by News Hits staff
This just isn't Manuel Moroun's week ...

The Detroit Lives dude by Travis R. Wright
Phillip Lauri circled the globe, sold out and found redemption in Detroit

Columns:

Cheat Code by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)
Finally, a Battlefield we enjoy being on

Hello, Dr. Death by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
Al Pacino dons Dr. Jack Kevorkian's cardigan, silver mane and silly specs for a landmark HBO production

Letters to the editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Our readers sound off

Metro Retro by Metro Times staff (Metro Retro)
Looking back on 30 years of MT

Cross winds by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Plans for wind power sites have some lake-watchers taking notice

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

Ganging up on Matty by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
The latest on the world's most oppressed billionaire

Backfired! by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Why you probably shouldn't fart in your lover's mouth and laugh about it

Reviews:

 Music/Books:
 No Reviews

Movies:

The Joneses Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Steve (David Duchovny) and Kate (Demi Moore) Jones move into an affluent suburb with their model-perfect teenage kids Jenn (Amber Heard) and Mick (Ben Hollingsworth). They’re perfect. Charming, attractive and obviously rich, they quickly enchant neighbors, golf club members and kids at school. Before you know it, the whole community is, wait for it … trying to keep up with the Joneses. Only it’s all a sham. Each member of this well-coiffed family is actually a corporate employee, hired to virally market ritzy products to their envious neighbors. Contracted for a year, and managed by KC (Lauren Hutton), their economic impact is evaluated monthly. A great premise, and a trenchant comment on our transactionally obsessed society. Too bad a great premise isn't enough, even with a cast bringing its A-game.

City Island Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Andy Garcia tweaks his intense image, starring here as Vince, a native of a Bronx seaport enclave, and a corrections officer with a gruff exterior concealing a heart of pure, sticky pudding. He’s so guarded that he tells his hair-trigger tempered wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) that he has a weekly poker game, while he sneaks off to acting class in the city. As the grizzled acting coach, Alan Arkin gives a marvelous rant about how Marlon Brando ruined the whole craft with his incessant, meaningless pauses. Of course, Vince doesn’t heed this critique, Brando is his idol, and he sets out to ape the Wild One’s rebel posture, no matter what the scene or situation actually calls for. The adorable Emily Mortimer plays Vince’s very friendly acting partner, and though her tea-cozy daintiness seems slightly out of place, her warmth overwhelms our suspicions, as does the movie.

Kick-Ass Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Dave Lisewski (Aaron Johnson) is a sweetly gawky teen who lives in a dinky little Brooklyn bungalow not unlike the one Peter Parker grew up in, who hangs around the comic-book store day-dreaming with nerdy pals. All that four-color ink goes to his head, and with nothing more than some clubs, a catalog-ordered wetsuit, and a huge pair of juevos, and he sets out on a crime-fighting career.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
A Sundance reject, this flick has become a cult breakout mostly because of its amazing trailer, and the Internet’s bottomless desire to be smugly sarcastic. Making fun of a hopeless nincompoop like first-time director James Ngyuen seems a bit like kicking a puppy, until you consider the unintended consequences of crowds flocking to and laughing their asses off through his dread opus. We’ll only encourage him to do it again. And he’s loving it.

Death at a Funeral Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Gathered together for his father’s funeral, Chris Rock’s extended and unwieldy family quickly falls into petty bickering and resentment-filled confrontations. There’s his self-absorbed younger brother (Martin Lawrence), unappreciative mother (Loretta Devine), foul-mouthed uncle (Danny Glover), hypochondriac friend (Tracy Morgan), interracially engaged cousin (Zoe Saldana) and a cadre of clichéd acquaintances and relations. Oh, and there’s a dwarf with a scandalous secret (Peter Dinklage repeating his role from the first film). Needless to say, less-than-tasteful mishaps ensue.

Restaurants/Places:
No Reviews

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