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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 16, 1998

'Swingers'

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By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer
Well fans, break out the bills, because the money will
be flying tomorrow night when "Swingers" returns to
the big screen at The Michigan Theater. The comedy
follows the lives of five struggling actors in Los
Angeles as they look for jobs and, more important,
scour the town for beautiful babies that they can roll
with.
At the center of the story is lovable loser Mike (Jon
Favreau), a comedian who moved from New York to
Los Angeles for a shot at stardom. The problem is, he
left his girlfriend behind and he keeps gettingshaged by
the whole female scene in LA. As he tells his friend
Trent, "It's like I'm supposed to be all happy 'cause
she's wearing a backpack:' Mike, you're so money and
you don't even know it.
Trent, the leader of the rat pack wannabes, is played
with flair by Vince Vaughn. The star-is-born perfor-
mance by Vaughn rightfully catapulted him into the
consciousness of moviegoers.
Vaughn is perfection as the over-the-top flirt, and to
say that he steals the show doesn't give him justice.
Confident of the fact that he's money Trent tears around
town playing girls like cards in the never-ending quest

Other than Vaughn, the comedy's main strong point
is its script, which was written co-star 1=avreau (kind of
the whole "Good Will Hunting" deal without the
Oscars). The script pokes fun at scenes from
"Goodfellas" and "Reservoir Dogs,' but it does so in a
fresh and funny way.
One second the characters are
talking about Tarantino ripping
off Scorsese, and then the next
second they are doing they exact
Swingers same thing. Beautiful.
Starring Vince "Swingers" also contains, what
Vaughn and Jon is quite possibly the most realis-
Favreau tic video game playing scene in
Tomorrow at the the history of motion pictures.
Michigan at 11 p.m.
Words and fists are exchanged
over hockey on Sega Genesis and
what ensues will seem very
familiar to anyone that's ever had
a heated video game battle.
Except for getting gawked at,
female characters aren't very
prevalent in this film. That is, up until the appearance of
one Heather Graham. Coming into the mix very late in
the picture, Graham plays sly with the guys before
strutting her stuff in an exhilarating performance on the

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Vaughn and Favreau star in "Swingers," which is play-
ing at the Michigan tomorrow.
dance floor.
Recently, the American Film Institute snubbed
"Swingers"'on its Top 100 Movies of All Time List, butO
this shouldn't stop audiences from storming the
Michigan Theater tomorrow. Non-stop humor and stel-
lar jobs by Vaughn, Favreau, and Graham make the
snappy "Swingers" the can't-miss movie of the week-
end. It's money baby, so don't miss it.

Courtesy of Miramax
Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn are so money, especially In the movie "Swingers,"
which debuted this past year.

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By Aaron Rich
Daily Arts Writer
Let's face it, Ann Arbor is one of the most avant garde
towns in the country. Well, maybe in the Midwest ... or
maybe just in the state. Regardless, the Second Annual
Edgefest this weekend will celebrate 30 years of avant garde
music.
The show will run tonight and tomorrow at the Kerrytown
Concert House, the Gypsy Cafe, Workbench furniture store
and Argiero's restaurant. With performers from the worlds of
jazz, rock and experimental music, this year's show is shap-
ing up to be a remarkable musical event.
Headlining the event is tenor sax
great Odean Pope. Pope, originally
from Philadelphia, sharpened his chops
playing back-up for such greats as
Edgefest Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the
98 Temptations. He then went on to play
Various Locations with such giants as John Coltrane,
Tonight and Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and
tomrrw McCoy Tyner, among many others. He
has been touring the world for the past
few years with his current trio.
Joe McPhee brings a different, more
progressive edge to the stage. This
multi-instrumentalist, poet and com-
poser uses his music for experimenta-
tion with sound and meaning.
McPhee is scheduled to play with pianist Paul Plimley. The
style of this Canadian-born virtuoso is emotional and explo-
sive. It has to be seen to be believed,
The Craig Owens and the Bodo Ensemble spices up the list
of musicians. With an "arkestra-like" band, similar to that of
avant garde great Sun Ra, Owens layers reeds, percussion and
strings to achieve his desired sound. This one will be a bit

courtesy of Kerrytown Concert House
Odean Pope headlines Edgefest '98. The festival will take
place at various locations in Ann Arbor tonight and tomorrow.
weird and definitely not to be missed.
Winning the award for best band name and most bizarre
sound is the London, Ontario-based Nihilist Spasm Band.
Following in the proud tradition of Kurt Schwitters - a
dadaist, not a rocker - this band incorporates all sorts of
sound including nonsense vocals. Absurdist music has never
been bigger.
Edgefest '98 will be wild. Filled with the best the world
has to offer in of-the-wall and eccentric sounds, this will, as
George Clinton said, do it to you in your ear hole.

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