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  • Jul 11-17, 2001
  • Vol. 21, No. 39

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Arts & Culture

  • The Scene
  • Scary Movie 2

    "Taking the piss out" of someone in British slang means draining them of their self-importance. Shawn and Marlon Wayans don’t so much take the piss out of a random sample of Hollywood ghost flicks. They piss on them while aiming not only streams of urine, but geysers of vomit and semen, at America’s commercial pop culture.
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  • The Scene
  • Cats and Dogs

    At once clever and shallow, this film takes the expression "fighting like cats and dogs" literally, pushing the pitched battle between felines and canines into James Bond territory. One of its funniest conceits is that animals must never reveal their true intelligence (or ability for human speech) before their two-legged masters.
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  • The Scene
  • Big Eden

    Director Thomas Bezucha’s Big Eden is a fairy tale, about a beautiful place (it was filmed around Glacier National Park) where well-intentioned people cook gourmet food, listen to good country music and think nothing of two men dancing in public. It’s a pleasant vacation, leaving behind pettiness, hatred, cruelty and bad taste for a lovely vision of rural bliss.
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  • The Scene
  • Kiss of the Dragon

    Visually, Kiss of the Dragon falls on its own sword. First-time director Chris Nahon’s quick cuts chop up Jet Li’s championship-winning Wu Shu martial arts action almost beyond recognition. Bridget Fonda’s acting skills are wasted.
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  • The Scene
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

    Every frame of Final Fantasy is inventive and stunning, but it takes too long in establishing the specific rules of its world. In both tone and style, it resembles Japanese anime, with director Hironobu Sakaguchi pushing computer animation beyond safe, kid-friendly fare.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Salute to pizza

    The Majestic empire is expanding with this new pizza restaurant; already it has a following among the young denizens of the area. The Sarge’s managers are attempting to do a two-steps-up version of pizza — you can order flavored crusts or a specialty sauce like basil pesto or tapenade, and the specialty toppings include roasted chicken, spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant and squash (all served atop a pretty normal fresh red pizza sauce and mozzarella). Pastas and sandwiches are also offered.
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Music

  • Burnt Sugar
  • Local Music
  • Burnt Sugar

    Having updated Miles Davis with a multilayered mix of electric, dreamy funk, this ever-evolving jazz-session collective just keeps getting deeper.
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  • Amina
  • Local Music
  • Amina

    Defying categorization, this Tunisian Parisienne’s sensual and tender voice seems at ease floating between the worlds of drum and bass, jungle, Asian and traditional West African beats.
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  • Los Lobos
  • Local Music
  • Los Lobos

    Quintessentially American, this long-lived East Los Angeles-based combo mixes rock, ranchera and more with an authenticity that can never be questioned.
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