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6B -he Michigan Daily - Weend, etc. Magazine -- Thuray, September 30, 1999

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The Michigan Daily *Weekend, etc. Magazine -*hursday, September 30, @99 - 11B

Carl Craig's new band breaks new ground, breaks it down

QUIT YOUR WHINING AND Go RENT A MOVIE

By Jason Birchmeier tive artistic experimentation may even ized language of electronic music in a
Daly, Atrs iter take years before audiences learn to manner that few could understand. Now
appreciate its value, at the future's dawn in 1999, Carl Cmig's
Special works of art challenge our pre- This same phenomenon has occurred Innerzone Orchestra similarly promises to
conceptions towards a given form, asking within the world of recorded music. Miles challenge your preconceptions of music.
us to reconsider our interpretations. Davis challenged his listeners in 1969 An independently spirited and idealis-
Audiences seldom could prepare when with "Bitches Brew," daring to fuse jazz tic artist, Craig has arranged for a special
artists such as D. W Griffith, Jackson with untraditional ideals. Then in 1989 a performance this Saturday night in
Pollock and Jack Kerouac sought to chal- large camp of Detroit artists brought soul, Detroit, the city he's proud to call home.
lenge their notions of art. Truly innova- intelligence and emotion to the computer- The show will be Detroit's first chance to

experience
Orchestra and
will also show- Innerzone
case artists
from Craig's Orchestra
independent Motor Detroit
record label, Saturday at as p.m.
Planet E. A live
performance of
dreamy techno
by Common
Factor, an +
eclectic DJ set
of downbeat
funk by
Recloose and plenty of other surprises
will supplement the Innerzone experi-
ence.
Innerzone Orchestra may be marketed

as "Detroit techno meets free-jazz;' but
this recipe inadequately summarizes the
sound of Craig's most ambitious musical
experiment yet. Comprised of electronic
composer Carl Craig, pianist Craig
Taborn, percussionist Francisco Mora,
turntablist Recloose and a few other guest
stars, Innerzone is an unlikely combina-
tion of juxtaposing sounds and musical
perspectives. The paradoxical nature of
Innerzone's sound -jaz without homs
atd techno without thumping bass beats
- has often left audiences just as con-
fused as enlightened.
The group's Saturday night perfor-
mance in Detroit will launch Innerzone's
US tour in support of their recently
released album on Astralwerks,
"Programmed." Without following a for-
See INNERZONE, Page 13B

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As you might have noticed, but
probably didn't, in last week's
Weekend, Etc. the film staff started
counting down the top 10 movies of
the '90s. It started with "The Sweet
Hereafter" and continues this week
with "The Usual Suspects," and will
keep on trucking until we hit what
our votes deter-
mined to be the
best movie of ..
the '90s.e o
And you will
probably dis-
agree with us.
Hell, I dis-
agree with
what the whole
film staff {l
picked as the Ed
best film of theSEd
decade. But Sholinsky
that doesn't
really matter, tato of
because it just t
breaks down to _ _ _ _
the fact that it
reflects our OPINION. It's not some
immutable fact. It's not the truth.
What it is is something that the com-
bined film staff thinks is right.
Whenever any group of people
venture to compile a list of films,
books, albums, people or whatever,
there will be always people who
scoff at the list. For one reason or
another something or someone that
somebody likes will get left out of
that list. But we don't claim that this
list is meant to be exhaustive.
Instead, it reflects what our compiled
votes considered the best.
That being said, I think the list we
came up with is pretty damn good.

It's not exhaustive; it doesn't have
every movie I'd like to have on it; but
it does give a good sense of what
qualityufilmmaking in the '90s was
all about.
And while drawing up this list, I
realized what a great decade the '90s
was for film. Sure, there was a lot
wrong with Hollywood in the '90s:
the $100 million budget, the $20 mil-
lion star and the bottom-line domi-
nance of the megaplex. Although
every decade has had to cope with
some tampering with artistic film-
making, now the financial stakes are
higher than ever.
But a great deal of good has hap-
pened in the '90s. First there was the
rise (and I'd say fall) of the indepen-
dent film, starting with "The
Grifters," peaking with "Pulp
Fiction" and coming apart with films
like "The Brothers McMullen" and
the monopoly-like reign of Miramax.
That was complemented by film-
makers being allowed a greater
degree of freedom, facilitating the
return of auteurs like Robert Altman
and Terence Malick. And the result is
a large body of work that spans gen-
res and proves that whether a film
was made with a gigantic budget or
on a shoestring, many works of value
are possible.
Our list is diverse and far-reach-
ing, and includes many films you
may recognize (like "The Usual
Suspects") and films you may not
(like "The Sweet Hereafter"). A cou-
ple of the films won Oscars for Best
Picture, while others deserved to win
and got trounced by lesser films (see
"Shakespeare in Love" beating out
both "Saving Private Ryan" and

"The Thin Red Line" last year).
But I think our list is best defined
by the films that didn't make the cut.
They demonstrate best the high cal-
iber of films that represent the
decade. Hopefully they will be what
filmmakers, film students, film
scholars and fans see when they look
back on the '90s, not out-of-control
budgets and who triumphed on the
bottom line.
The following is a list of films that
were voted for by at least one staff
member, but didn't make the top 10

(in no particular order):
"My Left Foot," "The Remains of
the Day," "Shine," "Scent of a
Woman," "Mrs. Brown," "The Ice
Storm," "Clerks," "Out of Sight,"
"American Beauty," "Rushmore,"
"Life is Beautiful," "Forrest Gump,"
"The Wings of the Dove," "Evita,"
"The English Patient," "The Prince
of Tides" (yes, there is a Barbra fan
on staff - oy!), "The Thin Red
Line," "Fargo," "Clockers," "The
People Vs. Larry Flynt," "Fast,
Cheap and Out of Control," "Hoop

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Dreams," "Leaving Las Vegas,"
"Heat," "Sling Blade," "Swingers,"
"Lone Star," "Akira Kurosawva's
Dreams," "JFK," "Lost Highway,"
"Smoke," "Devil in a Blue Dress"
and "Fearless."
Are there films missing? Yep. I can
think of about 20 off the top of my
head. Nothing wrong with that,
though.
Ed Sholinsky is the film editor for
Daily Arts. He can be reached at
esholins(aunich.edu.

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