4B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, April 6, 2000
The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazin
MACKEY, MOMMY AND MARY MOVIE MAD
New places and old faces.
An ors finest shoppes
Bivouac (Best Men's Clothing,
Best Outdoor Apparel) Need the per-
fect fleece vest that says "I drive an
SUV"?. Chances are, Bivouac can
meet your Patagonian needs.
Blockbuster Video (Best Video
Store) Stocking virtaully any bizarre
videophile's requests, from the
newest Sandra Bullock straight-to-
vomit release to Billy Blanks' pre-
"Tae Bo" action flicks, this national
chain remains tops among students.
Make it a Blockbuster night, for the
love of God.
Borders Books and Music (Best
Books, Best Magazines) Though its
racks and racks of engrossing maga-.
zines are always tough to bypass,
Borders boasts a comprehensive col-
lection of texts, presenting a nice
alternative to the annual Shaman
Drum line-around-the-block debacle.
Campus Corner (Best Liquor
Store) Located at the ubiquitous
intersection of Packard and State,.
this proprietor of libations inexplica-
bly captured the top, spot among
liquor stores despite its mid-year
crackdown on underage buyers.
Campus Donut Cafe (Best New
Business) The sugary prayers of
campus sweet-tooths everywhere
were answered with the March open-
ing of this 24 hour pastry/coffee
shop. Like the man says, "Mmm
Dunham's (Best Sporting Goods)
The place to go for all of your recre-
ational needs, from softball and
crosstraining to yachting and fox
Tanfastic is the quick and
dirty way to look like you had an exotic tropical fling.
One of the last times I went home, my
mom and I shared a conversation about
the state of modern cinema over a plate of
spaghetti and chocolate milk. Midway
through our chat, she had already
accused my taste in film of being both
sick and psychotic and declared that the
only films I like are when "people's
heads are falling off and someone's
screwing the dog down the street."
Right away we both-shared a good
laugh over this, but when I started think-
ing' about what she said, I think she
brought into focus what is basically my
pseudo-elitist slant on film. Yes, I'm a
film major who wants to be a writer and
director. Yes, when I go and watch a
movie, I feel like I'm watching a film of
one of my contemporaries. Yes, I love the
magic of cinema: Walking into a dark-
ened room, entering into an entirely dif-
ferent world for two hours, hanging out
and engaging both physically and emo-
tionally with new characters, while at the
same time being completely alone and at
peace with myself.
The movie theater is my own private
heaven, my nirvana, my version of the
promised land. In high school, I wanted
to buy an island in the south Pacific and
found a utopia that would be called
"Chrisland." The single and all-abiding
law would be that at 2:15 p.m. everyone
must stop whatever he or she is doing and
walk in an almost trancelike state to the
cinema to enjoy a few flicks.
Cinema would be our religion; Martin
praying with the
Faber & Faber
(i.e. "Burton on
Insert title card:
3 years later:
Now I'm about
to finish my third
year of college
and my mad crush
on the film world
has only deep-
ened with more
exposure to dif-
films and experi-
Scorsese would be God; Kubrick,
Spielberg and PT Anderson high
prophets; and Lynch a truthsaying oracle.
Worship would consist of screening
countless hours of Billy Wilder films and
Most of the time, she goes to the movies
simply to.be entertained.
Why, then, on the other side of the cin-
ematic lens, am I so in love with fucked-
up characters like Frank TJ Mackey,
Travis Bickle, Frank Booth or Evelyn
Mulwray? Why do these deviants, these
bizarre people engross me so much?
Why have I spent more time thinking
about issues brought up in "Fight Club"
than most other films this year?
The issue of violence and the movies is
not going to be solved anytime soon.
While my mom, a member of the
Michigan public school system, will
argue that the movies are ruining chil-
dren's perceptions of reality, I'm still a
defender of the art front: Violence exist-
ed way before movies were invented.
Children's parents should be responsible
for what they are watching, not Quentin
Tarantino or Oliver Stone. But maybe
Hollywood is already crossing the line?
Is there a line? What if Tinseltown
released "Columbine: The Musical?" In
the next few weeks, you may see some
Footprints (Best Shoes) But the
real question is: Do they carry L.A.
Gear's "L.A. Lites" hi-top series?
Probably not, but enough students
found what they liked to rank this
shop as the best place for footwear
Kaplan (Best Test Prep) Not to be
confused with Gabe Kaplan, this
entrance exam preparatory program
could help even Horshack get into
Kinko's (Best Photocopying)
Cheap, quick and efficient, Kinko's
is once again the top option for
slackers in frantic need of late-night
copies for their next-day Spanish 231
in the morning and you need cinna-
mon graham crackers, a gallon of
antifreeze and a new goldfish -
where else but Thrifty Acres to fulfill
all of your depraved shopping needs?
National City (Best Bank) The
ATMs are plentiful, the fees are low
and the tellers are quite compliant
with husky-voiced requests for
small, unmarked bills. In fact, the
service is so good, most 'U' students
even forgive National City's green
and white color scheme.
"The New Place on South U"
(Best Posters) The winner for Best
Posters is called Beyond the Wall,
but the winning response was literal-
ly "the new place on South U."
Apparently, folks dig the pop culture
merchandise sold here more than
they like the store's actual name.
Noggins (Best Haircut). With styl-
ists seemingly out of a Victoria's
Secret spread, the hippest hair salon
in town just might be the hottest, too
(excepting, of course, the grizzled
yet virile Dascola barbers).
None (Best Landlord) With the
most voters actually responding with
the answer of "None" for the Best
Landlord category, this winner
speaks volumes about students' atti-
tudes regarding real estate manag-
ment in Ann Arbor.
Record Exchange, Wazoo and
Encore Records - 3-way tie (Used
Compact Discs) To split the tie, visit
each store and ask if they have a sin-
gle version of Paula Abul's "The
Promise of a New Day." If they say
yes, then you just shop elsewhere,
simple as that.
Student Travel Agency (Best
Travel Agency) Want to follow the
men's gymnastics team on the road
to pummel horse glory? Just stop by
this friendly agency in the basement
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ences in writing about them, be it for class
or this paper. I think I've become a little
wiser, a little sharper and a helluva lot
more opinionated about movies.
When I go see a flick with my mom
and stepdad, she busts out a warning
before the film starts and says, "I don't
want to hear any of your 'Now the prob-
lem is ...' about the movie. Just enjoy it."
And that's fine, she can (and should feel
free to) like her "Green Mile,""Runaway
Bride" or the best talking parrot film star-
ring Cheech Main to date, "Paulie."
Campus Donut Cafe came out of nowhere to win Best New Local Business.
Meijer (Best Groceries) It's three
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