Arts & Entertainment

Beckhamania

The British Empire may not have had the cleanest record when one considers its history of racial oppression and mistreatment of its colonial subjects, but films like Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham suggest that there might just be a bright, new, heterogeneous future in store for the original Isle of WASP that comes with its own set of cultural obstacles.

by NICHOLAS SANDERS

1-800-Farrell

I was in shock when I first heard the news of a thriller set entirely around a Times Square phone booth, potentially starring Jim Carrey.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Just Shoot Me

Assassination Tango should be good.ÿ Under the deft hand of Robert Duvall -- who directs, produces and stars in the film -- this labor of love should be a masterpiece.ÿThe film, however, falls short of these expectations.ÿThe ingredients are there, but they end up producing a lot of nothing -- unless you enjoy staring at one pointless scene after another for two hours, that is.

by JESSICA MORTON

In the Sky With Diamonds

Get ready to embark on an introspective exploration of the musical roots from which Ben Harper has developed in his fifth studio album, Diamonds on the Inside. Backed by his band, the Innocent Criminals, Harper courageously experiments with a wide range of sounds, including reggae, Delta Blues, funk, gospel, hard rock and world music.

by BRITTANY FIORE-SILFVAST

The Fast and The Envious

What ever happened to the days when a DJ actually moved crowds with his or her dexterity at the scratching and mixing of records?

by JABARI EVANS

You Minus Me ≠ Us

The ambiguities that pervade our fair language consistently astound me. My most recent rendezvous with wooly English occurred during a stroll through the music department of the Bookstore.

by ERIC ZIELER

Finger Lickin' Bad

Truly excruciating from beginning to end, Crooked Fingers's third full-length album falls embarrassingly short of endurable.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Love Hurts

The Kills are another boy-girl indie band that conjures up memories of the White Stripes, but where their contemporaries failed, The Kills succeed.

by MINOCHER DADACHANJI

They Cannot Tell a Lie

David Gordon Green chose to follow up his critically-lauded George Washington with a simple, romantic film, All the Real Girls. He showed the film to Penn students at The Bridge on March 19, but made some time to talk to Street beforehand with co-writer and star Paul Schneider. PS: Do you want a lager this early in the day? No thanks.

by JOHN CARROLL

The In Crowd

In 1996, High/Low spawned the New York trio's lone hit, "Popular." Quite removed from their comparably glitzy mainstream debut, Nada Surf's minimalist indie-rock sensibilities set the tone for their third album Let Go. Switching record labels, the band relinquished the pretense of snaring mainstream acceptability, instead crafting thoughtful, personal delves into melancholic bliss. The sweet hum of the bass fused with the twinkling guitars nearly lulls the listener into a serene sublime state.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

This Ain't Backstreet

Teddy Riley is still a genius. That said, the new Blackstreet album, Level II, is still new-jack swinging like it's 1994.

by JULIA FISH

Five Dollar Interview

Recently, Street sat down with John Travolta to talk about his career, his new film Basic and his views on the world.

by STEPHANIE GONZALEZ-TURNER

The British Are So Cool

It's hard to say what it is about the British that makes their music so appealing. Whatever it is, The Coral have got it by the boatload.

by ANDY ROSENSTEIN

30 Second Takes

Hail Social Hail Social (EP) Self-released These days, seemingly every band wants to be the next post-punk talk of the town.

by 34TH STREET

He'll Out-Drink Eminem

Mike Skinner, the British rapper better known as The Streets, moves across the stage, violently shaking a bottle of beer over his head, and spraying its contents all over himself and those near the front of the stage, without missing a lyric.

by DEAN AGNOS

Relationship Advice

After watching David Gordon Green's second feature film, All the Real Girls, I was bewildered.

by JOHN CARROLL

Less than Basic

Any film fan can conjure up the image of Vincent and Jules standing naked while The Wolf hosed the blood off their asses.

by STEPHANIE GONZALEZ-TURNER

Oscar the Grouch

Steve Martin hosts the 75th Academy Awards ceremony on March 23rd at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood (8:30 p.m., ABC). Street offers predictions on the winners, and hopes that Martin will, uh, bring down the house. Best Picture Chicago Gangs of New York The Hours The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Pianist Marty will win in another category, The Hours isn't popular enough, The Lord of the Rings will win next year, and The Pianist is the annual "World War II film that won't win" nomination.

by JOHN CARROLL

Real American Hero

The war against terrorism is tricky business. There's the color-coded Homeland Security warning system, and then there's the invasion of Iraq--just a few of the many steps taken by the government to eliminate the always-enigmatic terrorist.

by JAMES BEAVER

Welcome to Bollywood

It's an anomaly to those who have no idea. To those who do, it is Bollywood, the Hollywood of Bombay, the movie industry of India.

by NANA MENSAH

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