Pittsburgh City Paper | Issue Archives | Jul 12, 2007
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  • Jul 12-18, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 28


  • Scooter Commuter
  • Scooter Commuter

    Francine Porter thinks that President Bush's decision to keep former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby out of prison is worse than the Watergate scandal. Porter, and about a dozen other protesters, stood outside of the William S. Moorehead Federal Building July 6 holding a large banner that simply said "Impeach."
  • Name games

    In an exhaustive six-month study of Pittsburgh's two dailies, beginning late last December, City Paper has determined that the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review far outpaces the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in publicizing these embarrassing tidbits -- seemingly without pattern or plan, but with obvious passion. In a tally of nicknames other than diminutives ("Robert 'Bobbie'" just doesn't count) that ignored sports, arts and obits -- where pet names are paramount -- CP found that the Trib used 123 different terms of endearment, as opposed to the P-G's mere 75.
  • Complaint Department

    Local members of the National Organization of Women say they're looking at whether there's evidence of domestic violence victims not receiving the help they needed from police. While the group gets occasional calls from women making those claims, NOW is seeking to gather more such testimonies in a full-blown investigation.


  • Palate
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Palate

    Chef Racicot's signature dish, tuna tartare, was a perfectly formed puck of sweet yellowfin tuna mixed with juicy cucumber and topped with a dollop of chickpea puree.



  • Brand Upon the Brain!
  • Brand Upon the Brain!

    Canadian writer-director Guy Maddin's latest cinematic fantasia is akin to a silent horror serial, albeit a very, very surreal one. This is Maddin's milieu, though; his imagination -- which is something like Baz Luhrmann on mushrooms that hit you like an Alejandro Jodorowsky double feature -- spills out onscreen and is better experienced rather than questioned. The grainy black-and-white flick is both a celebration and deconstruction of the silent-movie era. In it, a character also named Guy Maddin (Erik Steffen Maahs), returns home to the remote island, where his parents ran an orphanage. But this visit triggers memories, and we flash back to his childhood and the arrival of two junior detectives. Along the way there's romance, duplicity and some revelations of the darker nature, but if you're looking for any sort of logical storytelling, Maddin's movies are not the place to turn. You often have no idea what's going on, but you can't ignore how the movie demands to be watched. [3.5 out of 4]
  • The Boss Of It All
  • The Boss Of It All

    When the enigmatic Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier chose to make an office comedy, he felt fit to insert disclaimers -- "It's a comedy, and harmless as such." In this farce, Kristoffer (Jens Albinus), is an actor who has been hired by Ravn (Peter Gantzler), founder of a Danish IT company, to play "the boss of it all," head of a fictional company Ravn has created as a foil. While the self-referential moments are ambiguously either self-reverent or self deprecating, ultimately the film provokes a good laugh at the expense of playacting, of both the theatrical and everyday varieties. It's clear from some of his plot twists that von Trier deliberately took pains to privilege humor over the heavier issues at hand, but as the story develops, the plight of Kristoffer as the conflicted individual faced with the irrevocable absurdity of his situation adds a depth that sets the film apart from much of contemporary office comedy. Perhaps against von Trier's own intention, one finds oneself pondering real -- if hilariously portrayed -- ethical dilemmas. In Danish, with subtitles. [3.5 out of 4 stars]




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