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A rare unreleased photo of the cast of "The Usual Suspects." Never before seen, ever. Just kidding wives.
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By Tony Ding
Daily Arts Writer
"I'm a legal alien as of last year,"
Dave King declares proudly. Being
a Dublin-born Irishman, the
founder and vocalist of Celtic-punk
band Flogging Molly fondly relates
his American tale of being a ten
year immigrant.
King's lads and lasses,
merrily named Flog-F
ging Molly, are tour- FLOG
ing the nation in
support of their MC
newest album, Drunk- At Royal'
en Lullibies, follow-up Th
to FM's 2000 debut Mon. Al
Swagger. at 8 p.j
The band's colorful
namesake apparently
comes from a small Irish watering
hole on Fairfax Boulevard in Los
Angeles. "It was Molly Malone's
where we all met each other indi-
vidually," explains King. They were
a regular on Monday nights and, as
King puts it, "it was just a spur of
the moment thing, ya know? Like
we were always floggin' Molly's."
Tis the luck of the Irish, perhaps,
that the Dublin immigrant rallied
FM's troupe of accordions, fiddles,
whistles and mandolins into the
fierce Celtic-rock embodied in

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Drunken Lullabies. The music is a
beautiful metaphor for the hybrid of
L.A.'s tenacious punk-core mania,
and the emerald isle's bygone
chantry. "I love living in America,"
enthuses King. "I had an opportuni-
ty when I came over here ten years
ago to either go back to Ireland, or
stay in America and so I decided to
stay in America. And
I'm glad that I made
that decision, because
SING it's been a real enjoy-
able experience." King
LY attributes much of his
ak Music success and the quality
ter of Flogging Molly's
ril 25th lyrics to his move to
i. $12 the U.S., or as he
explains: "To get away
from my surroundings,
to get way from it, and then to be
able to look back on it. If I hadn't
moved to America, there'll be no
way I'd be writing of situations that
I write about right now." He has put
himself in an immigrant's shoes and
writes about the experiences. "I
wrote about what I've left behind,
where I'd come from, and been able
to look at it from a nostalgic point
of view," adds King. "I'm very
proud of where I come from!"
Mentioned often in reference to
contemporaries Still Little Fingers

By Jeff Dickerson
Daily Arts Editor

Who is Keyser Soze? Verbal Kint is.
The gold-lighter-carrying, gold-watch-
wearing cripple from New York who
people say talks too much is the one
and only Keyser Soze. For those who
have still not seen "The Usual Sus-
pects," too bad. The film has been out
for nearly seven years, you had your
chance.
Arriving in theaters in August of
1995, "The Usual Suspects" came and
went relatively unnoticed, earning a
modest $23 million at the domestic
box office. It wasn't until months after
the home video release that the film
gained a massive following, a follow-
ing that continues to grow to this day.
"The Usual Suspects" is a well-
blended crime thriller with witty dia-
logue and neo-noir cinematography
that harken back to the grand days of
film noir, reminiscent of films like
Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" and
Otto Preminger's "Laura." The ensem-
ble cast is dynamic, with every actor
giving a memorable performance.

Steven Baldwin, Bencio Del Toro,
Kevin Pollak and Gabriel Byrne are
outstanding, but none tops actor-extra-
ordinare Kevin Spacey. The greatest
benefactor from the success of the
low-budget crime thriller was clearly
Spacey. Since his Academy Award-
winning performance as Verbal Kint,
Spacey has received criti-
cal acclaim for a multi- 8
tude of films, including
Curtis Hanson's "L.A. THE
Confidential," Lasse SUS
Hallstrom's "The Ship-
ping News," and Sam Picture/Sou
Mendes' "American Movie: **
Beauty," which earned Features: *
him a Best Actor Oscar
in 2000. M
This is the third version

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of "The Usual Suspects" on DVD, and
easily the most impressive release so
far. MGM purchased the rights of the
film from original distributor Polygram
a few years ago, and released a bare
bones DVD in December of 1999, with
the only special feature being a com-
mentary track from director Singer and
screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.
The latest incarnation of "The Usual
Suspects" includes a new anamorphic
transfer of the film in its original
2.35:1 aspect ratio. The transfer is a
significant improvement over the prior
releases, improving the contrast and
richness of colors. The presentation
handles the multiple night scenes well,
giving the dark shots dense shadows.
For those who still cannot handle the
black bars on their TV sets, a
fullscreen version of the film is an
option, albeit a poor one.
Compared to the earlier DVD, the
sound on the new special edition is
not a noticeable upgrade, as audio-
philes will probably be the only ones
who notice any distinct changes. The
5.1 surround mix is well balanced,
and makes great use of John Ottman's
dramatic score. Two commentary

tracks are included, one of which is,
the previously available narration by
director Singer and writer McQuar-
rie. The alternate commentary is pro-
vided by "The Usual Suspects"
editor/composer John Ottman. Singer
and McQuarrie have a good time dis-
cussing stories from the set and
pointing out nuances in
the film, while Ottman
is much more technical
TSUAL in his analysis.
ECTS Featurettes are
abohnd in the special
:*** edition release of "The
** Usual Suspects." There
** are five found in the
special features menu,
M one of which was previ-
ously available as a pro-
motional piece. The longest of the
group is "Doin' Time with the Sus-
pects," a 26-minute-long piece high-
lighting the relationship between the
actors on the set. "Pursing the Sus-
pects" looks at the development of
the five main characters, and the cast-
ing process to fill each of the roles.
Perhaps the most intriguing new
material of all the extra features is
"Keyser Soze - Lie or Legend," a
featurette that focuses on the clues in
the movie that reveal the man behind
the Keyser Soze mask.
Other extras include theatrical
trailers, TV spots, five deleted scenes
and a seven-minute-long gag reel
made by director Singer himself. The
extra features amount to a few hours
worth of material, most of which the
avid fan of the film will enjoy
immensely.
MGM has made great leaps with
their special edition releases, providing
a wealth of material at an inexpensive
price, often under $20. "The Usual
Suspects" is one of the finest films of
the past decade, and MGM's new spe-
cial edition treatment of the neo-noir
instant classic is a must-own.

and the Dropkick Murphys, Flog-
ging Molly's pub-born background
has led them recently from sweaty
clubs to a consecutive three years
on the Vans Warped Tour. "It's the
best thing we've done as a band,"
claims King, who touts: "You know,
you have the bands on there that
you don't generally get to see,
which I think is just a great thing.
It's just a lot of fucking fun!"
To the band's influences, King
gives nods to Jake Burns of Stiff
Little Fingers, who he praises as a
"great song-writer." For King, SLF
"were definitely an influence as a
child growing up in Ireland. I love
his lyrics, and he writes from a per-
sonal level as well, which is some-
thing I do."
FM's new album relates gut-
wrenching tales of struggle and tri-
umph, and some of the most honest
personal accounts you'll hear in
punk music today. On the combina-
tion of punk with traditional Celtic
chimes, the Irish-American thinks
that it's a very natural combination.
"I think traditional music is music
that was written by people who had
nothing in their lives but their
instruments," explains King. "All
they had was their music. And I
think mixing what we do with that
is a very natural thing to do."
The infusion certainly works
well, as Flogging Molly's live per-
formances have quickly grown to
legendary proportions since they've
been on tour. However, Dave King
warns fans not to expect anything.
"Just come and see what happens.
I'm not really into going in to see
anything with an expectation,"
offers King. "Just go and have a
good time, and be open - be open
to everything!
Flogging Molly is on tour with
fellow label-mates Avoid One
Thing, whose drummer Dave Karci-
ch unexpectedly died of a brain
aneurysm two weeks ago. Speaking
on this sudden tragedy, King con-
firmed that Joe Sirois, drummer for
the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, will
now be playing drums for Avoid
One Thing for the rest of the tour.
"The reason that they're doing it is
that the family wants them to con-
tinue," King said. Over-coming
adversity in the face of challenges
and hardship, it's what Flogging
Molly means.

Courtesy of Side One Dummy Records

Desmond says to Flogging Molly, "Girl, I like your face."

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