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14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, September 20, 2001t
A weekly guide to who's Thursday, September 20
where, what's hap ening and through
why you need to be there ... h Ls Wednesday, September 26
Films opening
Glitter Hmmm...watch this, or. pull is the only film coming out this
each and every one of my toenails weekend. At Showcase: 12:00,
out with a pair of rusty pliers..that's 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30, 11:45 (Fri.a
a tough one. What's sad is that this and Sat.)
Films holding



The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - TI

Have movies desensitized us to real1

By Todd Weiser
Daily Arts Writer

American Pie 2 Eugene, you're killin'
me babe. At Showcase: 12:55, 3:10,
5:25, 7:35, 9:45, 11:50 (Fri. and Sat.)
The Glass House I thought that was the
place where they have those wicked
hand blown bubblers. Ah, whatever, I'm
getting pizza. At Showcase:12:10,
2:30, 4:55, 7:05, 9:25, 11:30 (Fri. and
Sat.) D
Hardball I just told him: that's what lit-
tle dudes do. At Showcase: 12:15,
12:45, 2:35, 3:05, 5:00, 5:30, 7:20,
7:50, 9:40, 10:10, 12:00 (Fri. and Sat.)
12:30 (Fri. and Sat.) D
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back In this
one, Silent Bob confesses that he is
Jay's father. At Showcase: 1:20, 3:35,
5:45, 8:10, 10:25, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.)
Jeepers Creepers Where'd you get them
(insert clever insult). At Showcase:
1:15,r3:30,v5:35, 8:00,A10:15, 12:10
(Fri. and Sat.)
Jurassic Park 3 It's always "ooh, ahh,"
but then there's running.. .and scream-
ing. At Showcase: 3:40, 5:50, 10:30,
12:30 (Fri. and Sat.) C-
Legally Blonde You know what else is
pink and scented? Vomit. At Showcase:
12:05, 6:45. B+
The Musketeer Mmmmm, Three
Musketeers bar, arhrhhghhghh. At
Showcase:12:00, 12:30, 2:20, 2:50,
4:40, 5:10, 7:00, 7:30, 9:20, 9:50,
11:35 (Fri. and Sat.) 12:05 (Fri. and.
Sat.) C

O This heavy act with heavy heart
relate. At Showcase: 12:20, 2:15, 4:30,
7:55, 9:55, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.)
The Others That was hurtful, and unnec-
essary. At Showcase: 1:05, 3:25, 5:40,
8:05, 10:20, 12:20 (Fri. and Sat.)
Planet of the Apes C'mon Lisa, mon-
keys! At Showcase: 1:30, 4:00, 6:30,
9:00, 11:25 (Fri. and Sat.) B
The Princess Diaries DearkDiary, why do
they make movies like this? At
Showcase: 1:40, 4:10, 6:30, 9:10,
11:20 (Fri. and Sat.)
Rat Race In the abundance of water, the
fool is thirsty. At Showcase: 12:25,
2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:00, 12:15.
Rock Star It's a real film, Jack. At
Showcase: 12:35, 1:25, 2:55, 5:15,
7:45, 8:15, 10:05, 12:20 (Fri. and Sat.)
Rush Hour 2 Man, you know I want
some Kool-aid! At Showcase: 1:00,
3:00, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15, 11:15 (Fri. and
Summer Catch This probably sucks blue
whale. At Showcase: 1:55, 4:15, 8:45,
11:00 (Fri. and Sat.)
Two Can PMay at That Game This one
probably sucks Wookie. Oh, I thought
we were going for obscurity, not size. At
Showcase: 12:40, 1:10, 2:45, 3:15,
4:50, 5:20, 6:55. 7:25, 9:05, 9:35,
11:10 (Fri. and Sat.), 11:40 (Fri. and
-Sat.) C-

"This is somnething you see in a movie."
Last Tuesday, the nation was shocked to turn
on their television sets and see horrific images
of destruction, disaster, and tragedy without
the comfort of a movie preview surrounding
them. These images were not computer graph-
ics; they were really happening. But how long
did it take most people for this to really sink
Eyewitnesses and others who helplessly
watched the recent tragic events live on televi-
sion could not help but express disbelief at
what their eyes were conveying. The images of
the World Trade Center towers being struck
and later collapsing have in the past seemed
more suitable for the world of big-budget
action movies than for real life news. shows.
Going to the movie theaters every weekend,
viewers see people die. They see buildings,
ships, and airplanes blow up with people in
them. Sometimes, we even cheer when these
events occur. However, most of the time we
just gape in awe at these amazing, fantastical
images presented on the screen. This is enter-
tainment. Instead of worrying about all the
loss of life in these special effects, audiences
stare in astonishment at these events, which
could surely never happen. Yes, the White
House blew up in "Independence Day," but
that is just science fiction, right? The White
House will last forever. Audiences have also

seen terrorists hijack the President's plane in
"Air Force One" and terrorists rampage New
York City in films like "The Siege" and "The
Peacemaker." As a result of these films, the
images that are now playing on TV stations
everywhere are not as extraordinary as they
could be.
Destroying popular monuments and build-
ings in films has become a trend in
Hollywood. The World Trade Center and the
Pentagon are two of the most visible American
monuments that have not received any abuse
in recent disaster films. But it is (or was) pos-
sible that a film in the future could have had
an image of the World Trade Center imploding
or the Pentagon being attacked. In fact, the
setting for the finale for "Men In Black 2,"
currently in production, was not only sup-
posed to be the World Trade Center, but these
scenes had already been shot (The ending for
this film has since been changed and will be
Now, the question being asked is if seeing build-
ings blow up in movies almost every month has
desensitized people to the real life images of this
tragedy and others like it? Never has such a nation-
al disaster had more images than the recent attack
on America. This time there are not just pictures of
the aftermath and of the rescue effort. And there is
not just one piece of footage of what happened like
in the case of the JFK assassination and the
Zapruder film. This time there were a myriad of
amateur photographers shooting the incident with
their video cameras. On the day of the incidents,
CNN and other stations kept showing viewers new

images and angles of the planes entering the build-
ings and of the eventual collapse. We saw video
from people standing at the foot of the towers as
debris comes rushing down upon them. Then they
would show a new angle of the crash, but they
would slow it down so we could examine every
split second before impact. America watched on in
horror and awe. These images told the brutal truth
of what happened that day and they were indis-
putable. Yet, watching these pictures many people
could still not believe what was happening, and
they did not want to. Could it be a bad dream?
Could it be scenes from a new movie? But that fate-
ful answer kept filling their heads, "No."
Seeing images of violence and death on
movie screens and on cable TV has made these
pictures almost common place for Americans,
especially younger people who have never
experienced or witnessed such a national
tragedy before. However, a tragedy of this
magnitude must elicit deep emotions in ay
viewer. Young people, like college students all
over the country, have only seen images of
destruction on this kind of level while at the
movies. Moreover, no matter how many films
you have watched, you have probably never
seen horrific images this real before. No, the
images do not contain blood or gore but the
loss of life is still evident and undeniable. That
is not just an empty plane entering an empty
building, people's lives are at danger, and peo-
ple knew this while watching. While it may be
true that countless Americans have become
desensitized to many images that appear on
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I must realize the I cannot hit the ball... because there is no ball. WHOA!

Phone Numbers: Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Quality 16: 827-2837; Showcase: 973-
- 8380; State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times at State Theater are
effective for Saturday and Sunday only.

Jack Driscoll is Visiting Writer -
Novelist and short-storyteller Driscoll
reads from his work, which includes
the critically acclaimed "Stardog."
Part of the University's English
Department's Visiting Writers Series.
Hale Auditorium (in the B-school), 5
p.m., Free. 615-3710.
Bread and Tulips (2000) Man, did you
hear that Slash's Snakepit album.
Atrocious. Michigan Theater. 7 & 9:30
Moulin Rouge (2001) Michigan
Theater. 9 p.m.
Three Friends Jefe, what is a plethora?
Michigan Theater. 7 p.m.
The Deep End (2001) State Theater.
7:15 p.m.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Fifteen
bucks, little man. State Theater. 9:30
0 (2001) Shakespeare and teenybop-
pers. A match made in heaven.nState
Theater. 7 & 9 p.m.
Music Teacher's National Association
Benefit concert for the New York City
Firefighters, performed by University of
Michigan School of Music, in conjunc-
tion with Music Teacher's National
Association. Univeristy of Michigan
School of Music, Britton Recital Hall, 8
p.m. All donations welcome.
Norman Blake His guitar playing was
featured in 0 Brother, Where Art Thou?
and he has been nominated for six
Grammy awards. The Ark 316 S. Main
St., 8 p.m. $17.50 761-1451.

Frank Morgan You pay for quality sax.
Bird of Paradise 312p5. Main St., 7:30
and 9:30 p.m. $20 662-8310.
Terry Cooper Band If you have the guts
to havea bandtnamed after yourself
you must be pretty good, either that or
the rest of your band has no self
esteem. HabitatRLounge, Weber's Inn
3050 Jackson Road 8:45 p.m. Free
"Taking Leave." This Performance
Network show. based on"King Lear,"n
tells the story of a Shakespearian
scholar's fight with Alzheimer's and his
relationship with his three daughters.
8 p.m. Performance Network, 120 E.
Huron. $20. 663-0681.
"In Human Touch: Photographs by
Ernestine Ruben": 100 of the
artist's pieces are shown in this
exhibit, which focuses on the
human form, both in flesh and in
motion. University OMuseum of
Art, 525 S. State. Free. 764-
"Donald Sultan: The Smoke Rings":
This exhibitashowcases the artist's
paintings, prints, and photographs of
cigarette smoke rings. University
Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free.
"Albert Kahn: Inspiration for the
Modern": Kahn's influence on
Modernism is featured in this exhibit,
which includes both his own designs of
factories, theaters, and office build-
ings, and those of other artists such as
Diego Rivera. University Museum of
Art, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395.
"In Human Touch: Photographs by
Ernestine Ruben": 100 of the artist's
pieces are shown in this exhibit, which
focuses on the human form, both in
flesh and in motion. University

Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free.
American Rhapsody See Friday.
Michigan Theater. 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
Like the fairy tale, except not.
Michigan Theater. 4, 6:45 & 9:45 p.m.
Bread and Tulips (2000) See Thursday.
State Theater. 2, 4:30 7 & 9:30 p.m.
The Deep End (2001) See Thursday.
State Theater. 2:15 & 7:15 p.m.
0 (2001) See Thursday. State Theater.
4:45 & 9:30 p.m.
Smokestack CD Release. Party You
may want to get your eyes checked
because that said Smokestack! Jiant
and Brothers Groove open. The Blind
Pig 208 S. 1st St., doors at 9:30 p.m.
show at 10 p.m. $5 ($7 under 21) 996-
Annie Dubrinsky and Rubberband
Racecar Go They're poppy, and Ann
Arbor's own singer/songwriter pianist
Annie Dubrinsky opens. Michigan
League Underground 8:30 p.m. Free
Jeff Brannon This guy isn't politically
correct, he'd probably put your moth-
er's panties in a bunch. Ann Arbor
Comedy Showcase 314 E. Liberty 8
p.m. and 10:30 p.m. $10 996-9080.
"Taking Leave." See Thurs. $25.
"In Human Touch: Photographs by
Ernestine Ruben." See Thurs.

By David Enders
aiiyNews Editor
The Daily sent a pair of reporters and
a pair of photographers to New York last
weekend to cover the aftermath of the
terrorist attacks on New York. The fol-
lowing are observations from their visit
to the site of the tragedy.
Frida, Sept.14
8:30 a.m. - As we leave Ann Arbor.
we hear George Bush's Oval Office
speech from last Tuesday dubbed over all
manner of patriotic and popular songs
and played on nearly every commercial
radio-station. The drive east on Interstate
80 is red, white and blue - flags are fly-
ing from construction cranes and draped
over highway overpasses. The flag is
everywhere on our trip -- from the
antennae of New York cabs; whose dri-
vers certainly are not from this country,
to Times Square, strategically placed
behind the MTV studio: In Jersey City,
N.J., a couple tells us all the flags are sold
3 p.m. -Since the car we are driving

doesn't have a CD player, we stop in
Pennsylvania to buy tapes. As we come
into New Jersey and can see the New
York City skyline, Bob Dylan's "The
Times They Are a-Changin"' has never
made more sense.
7 p.m._- In Jersey City, N.J. thou-
sands of people come out to cry together
as part of a national candlelight vigil. The
new skyline is truly surreal - an unmis-
takable cloud of smoke rising in place of
an unmistakable pair of buildings.
10 p.m. - Our hotel is on 48th Street,
less than a block west of Times Square,
which is almost entirely empty. We turn
the corner onto Seventh Avenue to look
for a restaurant, but instead come upon
the Engine 54 Station House. Fifteen
firefighters are missing from this station,
and residents are aware of that. They
approach firefighters - who are work-
ing 24-hour shifts - to thank them, hug
them, and cry.
Saturday; Sept. 15
10 a.m. - The line is four blocks
long and a dozen people deep as people
wait at the Jacob Javits Center on 34th

F 1lowing the unthinkable

Street to volunteer their services.
A carpenter waiting to volunteer to
remove debris didn't expect officials
would accept him because he wasn't
Union affiliated, vet he stood in line any-
"We're all happy to be here," he said.
So many people volunteered that over-
whelmed city officials are eventually
forced to turn them away. Businesses
offered their wares and services pro bono
all over town; residents filled pickup
trucks with food and water and drove
them to volunteer workers and victims.
2 p.m. -There is no trouble getting a
cab anywhere in the city. Times Square is
still empty, the only tourists around seem
to be the ones who were in Manhattan
when the attack occurred and haven't yet
decided to fly home. Some of them have
made it downtown to take pictures of
what can be seen of the rubble.
4 p.m. - The smoke in lower
Manhattan is so thick I can't walk past
South Street Seaport without a mask. It is
when I can taste the acrid smoke that
what has happened becomes truly real.
8:30 p.m. - I interview Jill

Students across campus have been glued to
tragic events at the World Trade Centers in

Gartenberg, a former University student
who lost her husband in the attack. Jim
Gartenburg worked on the 86th floor of
Tower One, and though he was on the
phone with his wife until shortly before
the building, she is remarkably com-
She admits that she is still in shock,
but she seems representative of the feel-
ing in the entire city over the weekend -
an incredible openness, a willingness to
share and talk about what has happened.




Weekend, etc. Editors: Matt Grandstaff, Jane Krull
Writers: Dave Enders, Michael Grass, Carmen Johnson, Lauren Aposhian, Todd Weise
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Marjorie Marshall.
Photographer: Jessica Johnson, Yena Ryu
Cover: Jessica Johnson
Arts Editors: Jennifer Fogel, Managing Editor, Robyn Melamed and Lyle Henretty, Asso
Editor in Chief: Geoffrey Gagnon

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