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Big Trouble The film's release was
delayed a few months for some reason
that I cannot currently recall. At
Showcase: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:15,
9:10, 11:15 (Fri. and Sat.)
Van Wilder Us lucky folks at the Daily
had the honor of seeing this National
Lampoon comedy a couple weeks ago,
and let us tell you, it is as bad as it
looks. At Showcase: 12:35, 2:55,
5:15, 7:35, 9:50, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.)
All About the Benjamins Even "Next
Friday" wasn't in theaters this long! At
Showcase: 8:15,10:20,12:35 (Fri. and
A Beautiful Mind Still no comment, just
waiting for it to leave the cineplex. At
Showcase: 12:55, 3:40, 6:30, 9:05,
11:35 (Fri. and Sat.).
.4lade 2 Hey, didn't Kris Kristofferson
die in the first one? Wait, didn't he die
in real life? At Showcase: 12:10, 12:40,
2:40, 3:10, 5:00, 5:30, 7:20, 7:50,
9:40, 10:15, 12:00 (Fri. and Sat.),
12:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Clockstoppers You may laugh at it, but
it did make more money than
"Smoochy." Who's laughing now? At
Showcase: 12:20, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10,
9:15, 11:20 (Fri. and Sat.).
Death to Smoochy DeVito, you just lost
out to a kids' flick about stopping time.
Man, how the mighty have fallen. At
Showcase: 12:25, 2:45, 5:10, 7:25,
9:45, 12:20 (Fri. and Sat.).
E.T. That's right, "Al" was in my top 10
list, so take that you bottom feeding
public you. At Showcase: 12:10, 1:40,
2:50, 4:25, 5:20, 7:05, 9:30, 11:45
(Fri. and Sat.).
ice Age Not the sequel to "Cool As Ice."
At Showcase: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:45,
8:45, 10:45 (Fri. and Sat.).
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring Man, Jackson is ripping us all
off with this DVD bullshit. But whatever,
30 minutes of additional footage is
worth my life savings. At Showcase:
1:05, 4:35, 8:10, 11:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Monster's Ball Halle's speech has
earned this film a million dollars more
for each minute she cried. At
Showcase: 1:30, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05,
10:15, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.).
Monster's Inc. The sequel where P.
Diddy comes back to life and starts a
corporation is set on making Halle cry.
At Showcase: 12:00.
Panic Room Title taken from the code
name for Woody Allen's bedroom. At
Showcase: 12:15, 12:45, 1:35, 2:35,
3:05, 4:20, 5:05, 5:35, 7:00, 7:30,
8:00, 9:25, 9:55,10:25,11:40 (Fri. and
Sat.), 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:40 (Fri.
Resident Evil Fifteen minutes until "24"
is on; come on, Jack Bauer, lets get
those terrorists! At Showcase: 1:45,
3:45, 5:45, 7:55, 10:00, 12:05 (Fri. and
The Rookie And in sports, after seeing
Dennis Quaid throw a 98 mph fastball,
the Tigers recently signed him to a four
year contract. At Showcase: 1:15,
4:00, 6:40, 9:20, 11:50 (Fri. and Sat.).
Showtime This would have been much
funnier if it really starred Showtime
itself: Magic, Kareem and Pat Riley. At
Showcase: 1:10, 3:20, 5:40, 7:45,
10:05, 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.).
The Time Machine And Guy Pierce dis-
appears into no man's land again. At
Showcase: 12:50, 3:15, 5:25, 7:40,
10:00, 12:20 (Fri. and Sat.).
We Were Soldiers We were Scottish rev-
olutionaries. We were American revolu-
tionaries. We were Americans in a war
we didn't belong in. Nice evolution of
character, Mel. At Showcase: 1:20,
4:05, 6:50, 9:35, 12:15 (Fri. and Sat).
Courtesy of New Line Cinema
In "Blade 3" Wesley Snipes fights a new breed of vampires. Oh wait, we're still on "Blade 2."
Alaska Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman pre-
sents an evening of song, poems and fid-
dling. 7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library,
343 S. Fifth Ave, free; 327-4200.
Scott Laser Reads Laser reads from his
latest book, "All I Could Get: A Novel of
Wall Street." 8 p.m., Shaman Drum
Bookshop, 315 S. State, free; 662-7407.
Gosford Park Altman still hasn't won
the Oscar, and I feel that his next film
will be about a child-star turned hack-
director. State Theater, 9:15 p.m.
Iris Kate Winslet is nude once again,
but this time it is for the art. Michigan
Theater, 7:15 p.m.
Kissing Jessica Stein The perfect date
film; romance for the girls and les-
bians for the fellas. State Theater, 7 &
Monster's Ball If you missed seeing
Halle cry, then go see her depression
filled performance. State Theater,
No Man's Land The last Ann Arbor
showing of the Best foreign film.
Michigan Theater, 9:15 p.m.
Return of the Secaucus Seven "The
John Sayles Retrospective" begins
with his first film and the man himself.
Michigan Theater, 7 p.m.
Glass, Hopescope A rock band and a
pop band cohabitating like it was nor-
mal. Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, 10 p.m.
The Ron Brooks Trio Congratulations
on making the Best of Ann Arbor list,
its noting compared to making this list
but it's something. Bird of Paradise
312 S. Main St., 8 p.m. $5 662-8310.
Gemini Hold off onsmaking any impor-
tant decisions till tomorrow; listen to
people you don't usually pay attention
to. Habitat Lounge, Weber's Inn 3050
Jackson Road 8:45 p.m. Free 665-
The Balcony University Productions
presents this racy avant-garde play
about a brothel, where clients escape
the revolution around them by fulfilling
their fantasies of power and death. 8
p.m., Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Bldg.,
$15 or $7 for students w/id; 764-
Bit of Wit This Basement Arts staged
reading confronts socialrsituations
ranging from the dynamics of a dys-
functional family to the decision-mak-
ing process involved with obtaining
breast implants. 7 p.m., Arena
Theatre, Frieze Bldg., Free; 764-6800.
The White Rose This play portrays the
true story of five German college stu-
dents who protested against the Third
Reich during WWII. 8 p.m.,
Performance Network, 120 E. Huron,
Cavafy's World This exhibit, located in
the Works on Paper Gallery, presents
a series of etchings by well-known
British artist David Hockney. The
drawings focus on Hockney's repre-
sentations of themes explored by poet
Constantine Cavafy, including homo-
sexuality and human memory.
Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S.
State, Free; 764-0395.
Women Who Ruled: Queens,
Goddesses, Amazons 1500-1650 This
exhibit focuses on the representations
of powerful females during the six-
teenth and seventeenth centuries, a
time when numerous states and king-
doms were led by women. Michigan
Museum of Art, 525 S. State, $8, free
for students w/id; 764-0395.
David Hadju Reads Hadju reads from
and signs copies of his book
"Positively 4th Street." 7 p.m.,
Borders Books & Music, 612 E.
Liberty, free; 668-7652.
Gosford Park See Thursday. State
Theater, 9:15 p.m.
Iris See Thursday. State Theater, 7:15
Kissing Jessica Stein See Thursday.
State Theater, 7 & 9 p.m.
Monsoon Wedding A well-received film
from India featuring romance, music,
rain and of course, a wedding.
Michigan Theater, 7 & 9 p.m.
Morsel, Midwestproduct Any band
that calls its music "Artscapes" is
just asking to be made fun of. The
Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. $5
($7 under 21) 996-8555.
Debbie Fogell There are thieves in the
temple and jazz on the six string. Zou
Zou's, Chelsea, 8 p.m. Free 433-
The Clouds Small time punks. Elbow
Room, Ypsilanti, 10 p.m. $4 483-6374
Emerson String Quartet-Joined by the
Emerson performs the works of
Beethoven, Wolf, Schoenberg and
Brahms. 8 p.m., Michigan Theater,
The Balcony See Thursday, 8 p.m.
The White Rose See Thursday, 8 p.m.,
A LTERNA TIVES
of eating tacos'
Weekend Magazine Analysis
By Zac Peskowitz
and Jess Piskor
Daily Arts Writers
Fast food restaurants are at the vanguard of the
global economy. They are often the first Western
companies to move into developing nations.
Advertised as embodying American culture, fast
food restaurants have achieved a dominant position
through questionable practices.
With 6,683 franchises worldwide, Taco Bell is a
leader in the industry. But Taco Bell isn't the friend-
ly neighborhood restaurant that it bills itself as.
Instead, it is an appendage of the bloated Tricon
Global Restaurants Corp.
This massive multi-national business runs not
only Taco Bell, but Pizza Hut and KFC. Tricon
Global is also-in the process of acquiring Long John
Silver's and A&W All-American Family
Restaurants. These united franchises will be all
under the control of a renamed corporation -Yum!
Brands, Inc. Phase one, homogenization of
American food services, complete.
The taco, once a symbol of home cooking and
healthy eating, has become yet another exploited
product farmed out of factories. Today's tacos aren't
made at the local restaurant. Instead, the restaurants
only serve as assembly points.
When asked if their beef was cooked before arriv-
ing at the facility, a Taco Bell employee who wished
to remain anonymous succinctly told the Daily,
"absolutely." Even more disturbing is the actual
source of that meat. Prime beef is not even an option
at fast food restaurants Instead, a large percentage of
the meat is culled from aged milk cows no longer
able to produce milk. Everything is pre-cooked, pre-
sliced, pre-packaged and deep-frozen.
This centralized and substandard method of food
preparation drives out local business and replaces
them with identical restaurants, managed and con-
trolled from a distant CEO, unconcerned with
investing in the local community.
Local businesses provide stable jobs, while
Tricon and other leading fast food corporations
thrive off high employee turnover and anti-union
practices in order to suppress wages. Profits at local
restaurants cycle through the local economy, while
the earnings of corporations have a negligible effect
on local economies.
So, next time you bite into a Gordita Baja know
that there's more wrapped up in it than beef, cheese
worn Matt I
Associate Editors: Caitlin Nish,
Writers: Will E-Nachef, Mike Grass,
Max Kinbrough, Zac Peskowitz, Jess
Piskor, Manish Raiji, Mark Sandri
Photo Editor: David Katz
Photog rapher: Emma Fosdick,
Debbie Mdizel, John Pratt, David
Rochkind, Alyssa Wood,
Cover Photo: Emma Fosdick
Arts Editors: Lyle Henretty, Luke
Smith, Managing Editors, Jeff
Dickerson, Associate Editor
Editor in Chief: Jon Schwartz
Need a little excitement? Grab a hard shell taco!
When eating a taco after a long day,
nobody wants a wimpy soft shell.
Eating a taco, as any taco traditionalist
will tell you, needs some crunch to it.
For LSA senior Adam Rouls, whose
family made tacos every Friday night
when he was growing up, hard shell
tacos were the only tacos in town.
"I'm a man, I don't want to waste my
time with soft shell tacos. I consider
myself hardcore, so I can't walk around
eating tacos that are going to hurt my
reputation with the ladies."
Guys aren't the only ones on campus
who can't stand soft shell tacos. LSA
sophomore Haleigh Peters claims that
you can find out a great deal about a
person from the kind of taco they eat.
"My ex-boyfriend used to only eat
soft shell tacos. To be honest, I was a
little bit embarrassed by the whole situ-
ation. He didn't like hard shell tacos
because they were too sloppy," Peters
prefer the I
By Matt Grandstaff
Weekend Magazine Editor
Soft tacos are fun and eas
By Mark Sandri
For the Daily
Do you love tacos? Don't you
hate it when you bite into a hard
shell taco and all the substance
falls right in your lap? There's a
solution: Soft shell tacos.
Like hard shell tacos, soft shell
tacos feature meat, vegetables and
cheese. But that's where the simi-
The biggest asset of the soft
shell taco is its soft shell. Soft
shell tacos feature a durable, yet
delicious shell that doesn't disap-
point by breaking under pressure.
For Engineering senior Keith
Kelly, durability is -important in
"I hate when I get a value meal
at Taco Bell and I forget to make
the hard taco that comes with the
value meal a soft taco. They always
break right when I pick them up.
With soft tacos, I have nothing to
worry about," Kelly said.
In addition to staying together,
soft tacos actually hold more top-
pings than the standard hard shell
taco. Pedro Hernandez, a worker at
the Taco Bell on Stadium Road,
isn't sure, but thinks that he is able
to put more meat and toppings in
soft shell tacos.
"Usually, I can get two scoops of
meat into the hard ones," says
Hernandez. "With the hard tacos, I
can't put as much meat in because
the shell breaks on me."
Yet another benefit of the soft
shell taco is the taste of the
squishy shell. While hard tacos
have great texture, for LSA soph-
omore Vicki Lesiw, they lack the
great flour taste.
"I'll eat hard shelled tacos if
that is the only available taco, bu
honestly, I don't think they taste
nearly as good as the soft one,
But while soft tacos feature
great taste, Kelly feels the bes
part is the price.
Phone Numbers: Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Quality 16: 827-2837; Showcase: 973-8380;
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times at State Theater are
effective for Saturday and Sunday only.
Look at that soft shell. No spillage here.