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Layer Cake gives thrill new meaning: It’s a DVD to feast upon

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September 21, 2005

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Betwixt daunting Cockney insults, maze-like plots, and super-slick traitors made famous by Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, British gangster movies have truly become a unique genre of contemporary film in the last decade.Matthew Vaughn, producer of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, makes his own dive headfirst into London's underworld in his directorial debut, Layer Cake. The high in...

Broken Flowers makes the bar

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September 14, 2005

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  The "less is more" theory is proven true in writer/director Jim Jarmusch's, Broken Flowers. Starring Bill Murray, Broken Flowers is similar to his last minimalistic, indie film, Lost in Translation, little dialogue and numerous instances of symbolic clues drive the story of a man on search of the son he never knew he had, which ultimately parallels the story of a man on search for himself. Don Johnston (Bill Murray),...

West Needs to Shut Up

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September 14, 2005

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Kanye West is a douche bag. The rapper declared on Sept. 2 on NBC primetime that George W. Bush "doesn't care about black people." Wow. "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food," said West. The network issued a statement apologizing for West's unscripted comments, saying, "Tonight's telecast was a live television...

Exorcism’s realism terrifies

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September 14, 2005

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Very few movies reach into the depths of one's soul and truly shake it to the very core, leaving the viewer stricken with fear. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a dark film that takes our fears to startling new heights and is a brilliant exercise in terror and suspense. With the recent decline in the release of horror films, viewers will be enthralled by this solid entry in a genre of films that deal with diabolical forces. Th...

Katrina Telethon features celebs, good music

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September 14, 2005

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In the wake of destruction left by Hurricane Katrina, fundraisers and benefits have developed in an effort to raise money and help rebuild the devastated Gulf Coast. One especially notable telethon was Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, which aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, the WB, UPN, several cable channels, the internet and radio on Sept. 9 from 7-8 pm. Central standard time. It was also available to a ...

Television’s fall line up is better than you think

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September 14, 2005

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There's nothing on TV to watch, you say? Ah, friend, you are sorely mistaken. These days, great television shows such as Arrested Development, Scrubs, and The Office are often passed by in favor of classics on scale with E.R. and recent hits like Desperate Housewives. Yet these shows are equally hailed by critics and have gained a cult-like following among avid television viewers. Arrested Development, the Emmy Award-winning za...

Team Sleep

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September 7, 2005

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Fans of the alternative rock band known as The Deftones have been waiting years for lead singer Chino Moreno's side project to finally develop. Team Sleep is the self-titled album that has materialized. Being a major fan of The Deftones who owns all of their CD's, I found it necessary to purchase whatever Chino had spent so much time on. I was not disappointed. It has been four years of anguish for The Deftones and other mu...

Soldier at War

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August 31, 2005

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Think about where you are in your life right now. Freshmen, maybe you're wondering where you belong in this new college hierarchy. Juniors are probably digging into their coursework, with the realization that they don't really have that much time left to make their mark. Seniors are most likely a jumble of emotions; relief that you're almost done, and despair knowing that you might actually get out alive and then have to g...

Band Barrage Rocks the Billiken Club

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August 31, 2005

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This fall a barrage of bands will be coming through The Billiken Club, the space more commonly known now as Salsarita's. The venue, which is run by the Next Big Thing Committee, has lined up bands for nearly every Saturday night of the semester, with a few week night shows thrown in as well. A majority of the bands are relatively unknown, with the exception of Midwest alt-rockers Local H, but anonymity shouldn't keep s...

Don’t fly to Red Eye

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August 24, 2005

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    Pack two attractive people (one of them slightly unbalanced), an assassination plot and a luxury hotel into a plane and 80ish minutes later, you get… nothing.     Wes Craven’s new suspense thriller, Red Eye, was one of the most touted movies of late summer, boasting the suspense of Phone Booth and the oft-sadistic mind of Wes Craven.     Unfortunately, the movi...

Alkaline Trio rocked Pops on July 31 with a killer tour-ending show

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August 24, 2005

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  Alkaline Trio From their humble beginnings in Chicago to headlining sold-out tours across the country, Alkaline Trio has come a long way in the past eight years. It was in Sauget, Ill., at Pop’s, that Alkaline Trio ended their summer tour with a bang. After two opening bands, Alkaline Trio entered the stage to the eerie piano intro of “Time to Waste,” the first track off their new album Crimson. The sea...

Dance Dance Revolution

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August 24, 2005

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            If you enjoy dancing, video games or losing weight (I’m looking at 97 percent of you college students), then I promise you’d get a kick out of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Konami’s stunning perennial video game, which has established itself on a variety of platforms, including both PlayStation and XBox.  I shall take it upon myself to...

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