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Arts & Entertainment

Youtube clip of the week

It's a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long-forgotten documentations of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

by ALEX KWAN

Bloody awful

In the ignominious tradition of Alone in the Dark, American actress Agnes Bruckner and German director Katja von Grenier have banded together to create one of the year's worst films with Blood and Chocolate. The plot is a simple boy-meets-girl, girl's-family-keeps-them-apart premise.

by MATTHEW WALSH

Music Reviews

norah jones Not Too Late If you're the type to sit on a New York City bench at sunrise, writing poetry and listening to music, then Norah Jones is the musician for you.

by 34TH STREET

ACEs wild

There is so much blood in Smokin' Aces that Joe Carnahan makes Quentin Tarantino look like a pansy. Writer-director Joe Carnahan (Narc) weaves together a story about bloodthirsty, money-hungry hitmen trying to take down Vegas entertainer Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) before he can snitch on his Mob contacts to the Feds (Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds). The dialogue is as fast and dirty as the gunplay in a film that is darkly funny and, funnily enough, somewhat serious, too.

by EMILY LASKY

digital underground

There's a lot of messed up stuff in the world. But there's Big Gulps and shit, so just chill the fuck out." Thus spoke Dan Deacon last Friday night at Johnny Brenda's.

by STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

a-Maze-ing

The average audience of the average film will spend a few moments discussing it before dinner plans and traffic reports interrupt; By the next day, the movie-going experience is a distant memory.

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YouTube of the Week

It's a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long-forgotten documentations of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

by TAYLOR HOWARD

Sweet Emo-Shin

In contrast to the experimental proclivities of his more "freakish" Drag City labelmates (John Fahey, Six Organs of Admittance, White Magic), the more traditional folk of Scottish singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts seems tame, and perhaps even quaint.

by MATT WALSH

WAWA-WEEWAH

Like Steve Nash or a fine wine, Clint Eastwood is getting better and better in his old age. A companion piece to October's Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima tells the story of the infamous World War II Battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese soldiers.

by JONAH PLATT

Throw it Back

Catch and Release is no work of art, and the filmmakers know it. In one scene, a character flat out remarks that mainstream flicks today provide more gimmicks and cheap thrills than commercials.

by KEVIN KOPLAN

The Write Stuff

Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, holds no surprises. It tells a familiar story: a young, eager teacher enters an urban high school classroom full of poor kids with no futures.

by JESS PURCELL

2007 Golden globe awards recap

Since 1944, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been doling out its luminous Golden Globes to overpaid filmmakers and TV stars.

by JEFF LEVIN

Music Reviews

Of Montreal is one of the only indie pop bands with enough talent to justify both their strange concert antics (lead singer Kevin Barnes came on stage last tour with a wedding dress on, wanting to marry the audience) and the fact that they sold their song and soul to the Outback Steakhouse.

by 34TH STREET

YouTube Clip of the Week

We are living in a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long forgotten documentaries of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

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Fertile Ground

To the question of whether the world would end in fire or ice, Children of Men offers a different answer: Quietus.

by KARL FILS-AIME

Meryl Street is my life

I love Meryl Street. No. Seriously...I kind of want to marry her. And we could live on a small ranch in North Dakota while I raised her children (Who cares if they're about my age?

by MR. MERYL STREET

Meryl Street is a Fucking Genius

Sometimes, I just like to shut out the world, slip into something slinky, and have a little me time, a little Meryl time.

by MERYL STREET

meryl and the streets

www.myspace.com/merylstreet About Meryl and the Streets "We were pretty much just chillin'," lead singer Jason E.

by 34TH STREET

Druggie Delight

In 2002's Adaptation, Meryl Street was her typical self: a leggy and lean, blond, prim New Yorker; a successful writer in a tall office building, middle-aged and respectable, even slightly untouchable for some of the other characters.

by MERYL BRIGHT

'Kramer vs. Kramer'

In an snafu which garnered much controversy recently, Seinfeld star Michael Richards caused an uproar after a racist rant at a comedy club.

by MERYL ZUCKERMAN

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