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February 28, 2005

When James Mercer, singer for the US pop-rock quartet the Shins, stretched his weary vocal chords one last time to sing, “Shut out, pimpled and angry / I quietly tied all my guts into knots” – the opening lines to ‘Know Your Onion!’ – I could visualise all the spotty first-years outside, in tears because […]

February 28, 2005

I understand that there will be some people out there who enjoy broken records playing nightmarish karaoke versions of ‘Country Roads’ in equally broken English. These people may even be delighted by the courtship and eventual betrothal of a bookish prepubescent violinmaker and his lonely novelist-girlfriend. So when these perverts get out of prison, they […]

April 5, 2004

“I’ve got zees great idea for un film,” said Thomas Bangalter to band mate Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo as he dropped the fourth and final hit of acid. “Our ’ero, in a flying guitar will attempt to rezcue un intergalactic band, ’oo have been kidnapped by a hrrrogue managaire and taken to Earth.”

March 29, 2004

In times of yore, when people hadn’t yet realised that writing odes was a funny thing to do, many a stirring verse was penned in celebration of the grand halls of the campus. And it’s easy to see why.

March 29, 2004

Showing at the Paramount during the World Cinema Showcase: Friday April 2 at 10:15p.m., Monday April 5 at 4:15p.m. and Tuesday April 6 at 8:15p.m.

March 15, 2004

There I was, reading this passage from the official Jim Beam 2004 Calendar Girl Profile for Miss August, Lauren Shaw, when my cell-phone rang to let me know that yep, I was already late for the interview. I was still wondering about what exactly the quotation marks around “happily taken” were meant to imply when […]

March 15, 2004

If you like absolutely anything about Salient, keep reading. But if you have ever hated reading Salient, if you’ve ever had a single criticism of the way any issue has been produced, about its content or tone, about its lack of representation or its failure to communicate with students, it’s even more important that you […]

March 15, 2004

Following the overblown success of A Beautiful Mind, it seems karmic that Ron Howard’s The Missing opened without a spectacular advertising campaign. The two films are probably as good as each other though, for what that’s worth.

March 8, 2004

As I write this, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has just received the award for the best ensemble cast from the Screen Actors Guild. With trophies from the Golden Globes and the Directors Guild (but not the BAFTAs), Peter Jackson seems on track to win his first Oscar™ for directing, […]

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