• Issue of
  • Jun 14-20, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 24


  • Playing the blame game on vandalism
  • Playing the blame game on vandalism

    The incidents began early last Saturday morning, June 2, with vandals smashing in the windows of the independently owned Quiet Storm Coffeehouse in Garfield. Graffiti left behind at the scene included anarchist symbols, "Smash G8" and "Smash $" on a sidewall near a bike rack.
  • Going Through the Motions

    The deadline for applications to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's summer job program hit last week with 114 jobs up for grabs. The problem is, however, that 726 young people came looking for a job.


  • Urban Fusion Café
  • Urban Fusion Café

    The "panito" is an Urban Fusion-original meat-filled creation, which is wrapped like a burrito and grilled like a panini.



  • Ocean's Thirteen
  • Ocean's Thirteen

    Heist-meister Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew are back on the job in Las Vegas, in Steven Soderbergh's third iteration of the crime caper series. When his buddy Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) gets stiffed in a deal by casino magnate Willy Bank (Al Pacino), Ocean plans an extravagant multi-pronged scheme to take down Bank. Safecracker extraordinaire Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) and con man Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) return. Like the previous installments, Thirteen owes a lot to he leads' twinkly screen presence and dashing good looks. Plenty of Thirteen's story defies how the business really operates, but ripping off a casino -- and rewarding unsuspecting gamers -- is a fantasy we can all get behind. It's nearly enough to hold together what often feels like disconnected skits and way-out-there gimmicks that never gel as a solid narrative. Mostly the film moves quickly, and stays perky and entertaining. Thirteen isn't a royal flush, but it's a got a few good cards, and thus is lazy mid-summer fun. [2.5 out of 4 stars]
  • Mafioso
  • Mafioso

    Alberto Lattuada's 1962 Italian drama is about one man's family ties to The Family. Antonio (Alberto Sordi) works in a car factory in Milan, and takes his wife and two young daughters, to the Sicilian island where he grew up. This includes a courtesy call on Don Vincenzo, the malevolent paterfamilias, because now he owes the Don a favor. Nowadays this all sounds familiar: a slice of domesticity before the family man turns killer. But Mafioso predates our modern mythologies, and it's a measured piece of work. Mafioso has both a mythic and a realistic sensation, as does its visual style: mostly neorealist, the Italian tradition of the time, but also slightly expressionistic, with extreme close-ups and nuanced lighting. The result is a proto-drama that both establishes a mythology and shatters it, reminding us once again that anyone who thinks a good Mafia movie romanticizes these people isn't paying attention. In Italian, with subtitles. [3 out of 4 stars]
  • Ten Canoes
  • Ten Canoes

    From the outset, Rolf de Heer's film has an intriguing faraway feel. As told by a narrator (David Gulpilil), two Yolngu natives of northern Australia go on a goose-egg hunt; the elder relates a tale, depicted for us, of an even older tribe, and a dispute between two brothers. Each layer of these three stories informs the others, and de Heer cuts skillfully between narrators and depicted events. While the basic plot is timeless and universal -- men, women and their common misunderstandings -- de Heer's film feels as if we've stepped back eons in time, and through some magical lens are spying on everyday people. Though Ten Canoes is not an explicit ethnography, you might be surprised at how much you learn about a culture that is both remote and rarely explicated, in this beautifully photographed glide among the ancients. [3 out of 4 stars]
  • Nancy Drew
  • Nancy Drew

    What keeps Andrew Fleming's adaptation from gelling is the decision to make the teen sleuth seem freshly arrived from Planet Retro. (Capsule review.)




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