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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 - 11

arrie-Anne Moss spiels on surreal career

Le Henretty
its Writer
rrie-Anne Moss has been quite
as of late, shooting six movies
e past two years. She is cur-
training, both physically and
ally, for the second and third
rix" films, which will be shot
itaneously beginning in March.
or any tidbits on plot or any-
having to do with that guy
"Bill and Ted's Bogus Jour-
she's unwilling to share.
ly lips are sealed," she said in
tterview with The Michigan
late last week. They were
open, though (her lips, that is)
t the subject turned to "Choco-
her upcoming romantic come-
n theaters just in time for an
ds hungry holiday season. "I
d making this movie, I've
ys dreamt of being in a heart-
tunning film," Moss said.
spite her success in action
Moss has always been drawn
eally beautiful stories with
and magical qualities, with
r and love. I just saw ("Choco-
and I can't wait to see it
ving her favorite director,
lemy Award nominee Lasse
rom ("Cider House Rules"), at
elm was another selling point

Moss admitted she had not consid-
ered it. "When I get asked this ques-
tion, I think that I don't think about
my career enough. I don't want to
just have an action career, but I
would be fine with that." Her choice
of roles has little to do with others
perception of her career, "it's like
love, it's like waiting for the right
person," Moss said.
In fact, Moss does not believe
that she leads the life of a movie
star. Even though she is the subject
of enough individual Websites to
merit her own web ring, she was
clueless to the fact that she was a
sex symbol. "It's not overwhelming
because I didn't know anything
about it."
In fact, she seemed puzzled by
the fact that an interviewer had even
mentioned it. She was even more
surprised by the popularity of the
toy spawned by Trinity, her charac-
ter in "The Matrix."
"I can never find them, do you
know where I can get one?" She
writes the whole episode off as
"surreal." She said the only time she
found one of the dolls she immedi-
ately bought one for her husband.
"The saleslady asked 'Does he have
a crush on her?' I told her 'Yeah."'
So maybe that is how she can
remain so down to Earth amidst so
much fanfare.

Animals' invade
Kelsey Museum

CourtsyofCaie AneMos
Carrie-Anne Moss is clearly a strong and sexy woman. She'll appear in the second and
third installments of "The Matrix," which will be shot simultaneously beginning in March.

for Moss. "He's one of the kindest
people I've ever met. In his pres-
ence, I felt so safe." Despite the
apparent safety of the shoot, the
"Red Planet" star admits she was
slightly intimidated working with
such heavy hitters as Juliette
Binoche, Judi Dench and Lena Olin.
They "are three of my favorite

actresses in the whole world," but
one cannot be frightened, she con-
tinued, because "people are people
and just because they're movie stars
doesn't mean that they're not people
like you and m."
While "Chocolat" seems a logical
choice for an actress trying to avoid
being type cast as an action vixen,

1MW to give sampling
om their spaced-out
)ropper' at Michigan

By Rosemary Metz
Daily Arts Writer
"Cave canem." These helpful words
prevented many skirmishes with dogs
in ancient Egypt. "Beware of dog"
performs the same task in 21st centu-
ry, USA.
"Animals in the Kelsey" is an
exhibit of animals in the ancient
world.
Professor and exhibit curator Sue
Alcock describes the exhibit as a
"wonderful collection which involves
students in learning of the past and
presenting the past to the wider pub-
lic." Categories include Animals as
Pets, Animals in Myth, Animals in
Religion and Magic, among others.
The use of animals as blood sacrifice
is explored in the Religion and Magic
section.
The mythological properties of ani-
mals is demonstrated by application
of capital punishment on anyone who
would harm a cat in ancient Egypt.
Animals are all around us constant-
ly in either symbolic or living form.
U.S. coins are stamped with the eagle.
Denoting power and authority, the
eagle has appeared in matny incarna-
tions since the first coin was minted.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer film studios.
used a roaring lion as its logo. Even
"Tony the Tiger" is a familiar child-

"Animals in the
Kelsey" is an
exhibit of animals in
the ancient world.
hood icon.
The exhibit is arranged with the
assistance of students from the
School of Art and Graphic Design.
Bathed in soft light, there are classic
photos of University President
Alexander Rutliven on Mount Athos
in Greece, circa 1930, accompanied
by Topsy the cat and Plupy the dog
Beasts of Burden are represented in a
photo of Prof. Francis Kelsey, astride
a camel near an excavation site in
Karani, Egypt. The exhibit is uniticd
by a highly detailed, golden frieze
which runs the length of the exhibit
Animals as pets, allies and enemies
are vividly portrayed in this exhibit.
Animals in antiquity, theireontribu-
tions to our civilized understanding'of
human-animal interaction is a central
focus for this show. Although there is
no opportunity to "talk with the ani-
mals," the Kelsey Museum show
offers splendid opportunities to learn
about animals and their place in our
world. Or. whose world is it?

ristian Hoard
Is Writer
deski, Martin and Wood are
hree Fonzies: They're real god-
cool.
W's coolness has a lot to do
the vogue for new-school
e music, which has become a
big hit with col-
lege students
and jazz-heads
alike by bring-
eski, Martin ing together
andWood Booker T. & the
igan Theater M G s- s t y l e
ht at 7:30 p.m. funk with acid
jazz and the
avant-garde.
Be ginning
with their Comi-
bus tic a tio nr
album, MMW
proved them-
selves even
er by augmenting their grooves
breakbeats, samples and other
ionic accouterments, the sort
uff you're more likely to hear at
nderground dance club than at
the freakiest of jazz concerts.
recently-released The Droppr'er,
ct, could pass for an electronica
m if they'd have cut down on
ilayful improv and greasy organ
s.
at's most cool about MMW,
gh, is that they have reach, too
hey're not just a bunch of arty
-heads content to screw around
noise or show off their chops.
fter all, what other organ trio
headline jazz festivals, consis-
ly find their music among hip-
tape collections and compel so
y concert-goers to dance in the

aisles'? Even jazz purists can find
plenty to like in MMW's catalog,
which, after eight years together,
now includes eight LPs, three EPs
and guest spots on records by per-
formers ranging from Iggy Pop to
John Scofield.
It's tough to tell whether MMW
are pursuing coolness by slowly
abandoning tradition in favor of
novelty or by simply throwing more
and more sounds and styles into
their already mixed bag of tricks. If
The Dropper is any indication,
they're doing a bit of both.
"Shacklyn Knights" and "Bone
Digger" are about the most tripped-
out tunes that MMW have ever
recorded, so full dark and druggy
tones that one wonders just what
kind of shit was in the "the drop-
per," anyway, and how much of it
did these guys take before they hit
the "record" button. "Felic," like-
wise, sounds almost like a trance
number, with Billy Martin pounding
out a lightning-speed disco groove
while spacey sound effects and ran-
dom tones from John Medeski's
wurlitzer cavort from speaker to
speaker.
On tunes like "Big Time" and
"Philly Cheese Blunt," MMW sim-
ply refine a familiar formula, taking
a near-jazz melody, tossing it on top
of a groove and contorting it until
something - a riff, a bassline, al
off-kilter groove suddenly erupts.
But although the formula is familiar,
the results are far more streetwise,
gritty and, well, cooler than anything
they've come up with before.
Whereas the MMW of old sound-
ed a lot like a postmodern version of
one of Jimmy Smith's organ trios,
the MMW that recorded The Drop-

CourtesoMeesMa rtiand o o
Medeski, Martin and Wood, shown here with DJ Logic (upper left), are fixin' to
get their jazz/funk/groove on tonight at the Michigan Theater.

pet sound like the only jazz" trio
that could serve as the backing band
for the Beastie Boys.
Live, MMW have always favored
looseness and spontaneity over the
measured and cerebral jammirg
they've done in the studio. When
they show up tonitht fori their third

gi' at the Michigan Theater in as
many years, we're likely to witness
everything from 20-minute jams to
spells of odd percussion and the
electronic freakouts featured on The
Driopjper. Any way you slice it, it's
bound to be as cool as December in
Michigan.

Cheer on your
Wolverines
. t the 36th

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