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  • Mar 3-9, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 21

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  • The Scene
  • How to Draw a Bunny

    Ray Johnson was a collagist, performance artist, enigmatic iconoclast, and this documentary chronicles his bizarre, inscrutable and insanely influential existence as well as his sad yet truly inspired suicide in Sag Harbor, N.Y., in 1995. Johnson produced thousands of collages and humorous and beyond-dada "nothings" (dropping hot dogs out of a helicopter was a famous Johnson "nothing"). Includes fascinating black-and-white interviews with those who knew Johnson, and digital camera work that zooms and flies all over his work.
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  • Twisted

    There was a time, not so terribly long ago, when crime thrillers were actually thrilling. Films, such as Basic Instinct, were gripping from start to finish. Apparently, not anymore. Twisted does a reasonable job of building suspense, but then the story collapses into a heap at the end when a killer is revealed, and there’s no believable rhyme or reason as to why he left this bloody trail. As a result, it ends with a tired sigh, instead of a satisfied sense that the good guys really win.
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  • My Architect

    My Architect is a documentary about a son’s search for meaning in his famous father’s life, a father whose creative bravado and revolutionary impact on the science and art of architecture was matched only by his selfish and manipulative treatment of those nearest to him. Aficionados of architectural history will find this documentary a worthwhile tour of one man’s vision to change the very structure and appearance of our landscape. For those not so inclined, you might find yourself studying the structure and appearance of your watch as you endure this plodding and ultimately forgettable film.
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  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

    Confessions is the bubbly, pink-hued tale of Lola (Lindsey Lohan) and her depression that her earth-mother mom (Glenn Headly) has decided to move the family to a small town in New Jersey from the New York City apartment she was so in love with. Lola is also madly in love with a rocker and desperately wants to see his band’s farewell performance. Can a teenage girl really save a rock star from his self-destructive ways without same rock star getting arrested for pedophilia? You’ll just have to buy a ticket like the rest of us 13-year-old girls to find out.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • A long strange trip

    The food and drinks are American classics, formulaic but entirely edible. Lots of things are fried, everything is well-prepared, nothing pushes the envelope. Portions are generous.
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