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10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 2002


Michigan Museum of Art
showcasing photo exhibit 'Ansel
Adams: Centennial Celebration'

By Christine Lasek
Daily Fine/Performing Arts Editor
The University of Michigan
Museum of Art will be celebrating
the 100-year anniversary of the birth
of famed photographer Ansel Adams
with the exhibit "Ansel Adams: A
Centennial Celebration." This exhib-
it will be running until Sept. 22, and
is located in the Box Gallery of the
Michigan Museum of Art.
Adams was born in 1902 in San
Francisco. As well as a photogra-
pher, Adams was a noted pianist. He
realized at an early age that he
would have to choose one passion
over the other, as both endeavors
would prove all-consuming. One
important reason Adams ultimately
chose photography over his music
was because of a life-long love-
affair with the majestic beauty of
Yosemite National Park, which he
first encountered at age of 14.
Adams was sometimes criticized
by other photographers of his time,
as well as by critics, for not using
his art to capture life and human
suffering during the Great Depres-
sion and other trying times in Amer-
ica. Adams, however, believed that
his art should exist for just that pur-
pose, to be art. His pieces did seem
to comment not only on the beauty
of nature, but also mankind's
responsibility for it.
Although he photographed a wide

range of subjects, Adams is perhaps

nature from which it came.

most famous for his
which is what the
majority of the
exhibit is comprised
of. This exhibit fea-
tures work from
Adams' many travels,
with landscapes
ranging from the
deserts of the south-
west to the frozen
wilderness of Alaska.


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Several of the photographs'
explanations in the
exhibit are direct quotes
from Adams about his
AMS: own pieces. In his own
NIAL words, Adams seems to
ION be recalling to the~
viewer the date and
22 time of when the pic-
ture was taken, as well
of Art as the thoughts that
were going through his

There are also a few portraits of
Adams' friends, in which subtle
nuances of character and personali-
ty are hinted at and displayed within
the photography.
One of the most intriguing pic-
tures of the exhibit is "White Post
and Spandrel, Columbia, California,
gelatin silver print." Nestled in
among pictures of solid redwoods
and sweeping aspens, this photo-
graph first appeared out of place.
This picture, however, offers yet
another facet of Adams' versatility
as a photographer, for here, a man-
made object is afforded the same
dignity as the most majestic of
nature's offerings. This photograph
also calls attention to Adams' sensi-
tivity to light, and the way in which
it can define and reveal objects.
Decay is evident in the white post
and spandrel, reminding the viewer
that, although this is a man-made
object, it is destined to return to the

mind at the time his art was creat-
ed. In this way, Adams was not only
a photographer, but also a story-
teller and teacher.
During 1944-1945, Adams lec-
tured and taught courses in photog-
raphy at the Museum of Modern Art
in New York This teaching was fol-
lowed by the establishment of one
of the first departments of photog-
raphy at the California School of
Fine Arts (later the San Francisco
Art Institute) in 1946. His extraor-
dinary technical perfection and
insistence of absolute control of the
photographic process have influ-
enced countless photographers of
the twentieth century.
Although Adams is gone, his pic-
tures remain poignant and haunting-
ly beautiful. Works of art created
using the latest of ever advancing
photographic technology cannot
overshadow Adams' classic beauty
and need for perfection.

Courtesy of New Line Cinema
Guess who's back? Still from the upcoming 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.'
F11rst or of the Rins' set wets
moutsforforthcoing fourdsc

By Luke Smith
Daily Arts Editor
Marketing wizards often dump standard DVDs on the
public with their initial release. The DVDs will be packaged
with scene selection and a couple of trailers and few to no
extra features. The initial release of "Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring," subscribes to no such mantra.
The first disc of the two-disc set features
the 178-minute feature-length "Lord of the
Rings" in widescreen. The transfer uses Dolby
Digital surround for maximum quality, the LORD
visuals are seamlessly integrated to digital RING
with Peter Jackson's epic. FELLOf
Jackson took the opportunity to revisit the THE
film and remove an error from the theatrical
release. In one of the film's early sequences, Picture/Soui
Sam and Frodo are navigating a farmer's Movie: **
field and in the background the slight trace
of dust from a car was visible. On the DVD Features:
that trace of dust and automobile have been 20th Ce
removed. No doubt Jackson took the oppor-
tunity to make any other minor tweaks to the
theatrical release as he saw fit.
The second disc of the set is chock full of special fea-
tures. There are three in-depth looks at "Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring," unfortunately, the content on
these three features gets a little repetitive, and some of the
voice over work is a little cheesy.
The disc also contains 15 featurettes ranging in topics
from "Finding Hobbiton," to features on specific actors in
the film. The best featurette of the lot is undoubtedly the
"Two Wizards" short. It contains some of the only commen-
tary from the legendary Christopher Lee on the DVD. His


appearance is comical and painfully short. The "Two
Wizards" feature also includes commentary from Acade-
my Award Nominee Ian McKellen.
Of the disc two features, the best is without a doubt,
the mouth watering glimpse at "Lord of the Rings: The
Two Towers," due in theaters December 18th. The 10-
minute glimpse begins with a series of shots from "The
Two Towers" and will whet DVD owners appetites for the
upcoming film. In the glimpse Peter Jackson
takes viewers on a brief tour of the film,
showing how the production team created
F THE the creature Gollum.
THE Nearly as cool as the "Two Towers" fore-
SHIP OF shadowing is the inside look at the Platinum
ZING edition four disc set. The inside look begins
with a series of shots from deleted scenes
: ****9 that will be included on the extended ver-
sion of the film included in the Platinum
edition release.
Interestingly, New Line's initial release of
ury Fox "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the
Ring" is the only DVD planned for the film
that will carry the film's theatrical release. The
four-disc platinum edition due Nov. 12 will not contain the
theatrical version of the film. Instead, two of the set's four
discs will be devoted to a director's cut of the film, rumored
to feature an additional 30 minutes of unseen footage and
four different audio commentary tracks from the director and
writers, the design team, production team and the cast of the
epic fantasy film.
Other special features include: A brief look at the upcom-
ing EA video game for "The Two Towers," Enya's music
video for "May it Be," (from the soundtrack) and theatrical
trailers and TV spots for "Fellowship."


'Rising' shows Bruce,
E-Street still have it

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By Ryan Blay
Daily TV/New Media Editor
"It's alright, it's alright, it's
alright, yeah," Bruce Springsteen
chants on the opening track, "Lone-
some Day," from his new album,
The Rising. The first album with
his E-street Band since 1984's Born
in the US.A., Bruce and his band
have not lost the energy, dedication
and deft maneuvering that made
US.A. such a classic.
Strong early sales and critical
acclaim have given Springsteen the
optimism he reflects on songs like
"Into the Fire," where he wishes
"may your faith give us faith, may
your hope give us hope." Bruce's

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eagerness seeps into
"Mary's Place," where
he announces that
"we're gonna have a
Springsteen's writ-
ing and leadership
leads to catchy tunes
like "Waitin' On a
Sunny Day" and the
title track. But the rest
of the group more
than ably supports his
creation. Max Wein-
berg and Clarence
Clemons have not lost a

The Ri
bit of their

as old classics like "Thunder Road"
and "Glory Days."
"Mary's Place," in particular,
kept the crowd swinging. Patty
Scialfa and sometime-
Steven "Silvio" Van
Zandt, were extra ener-
getic, thrilling the
crowd with back-
CE ground vocals and a
STEEN steady guitarists hand
THE from Van Zandt.
The sheer joy of
r BAND playing together must
have been transported
ising directly to the studio,
bia since The Rising loses
very little of the
manic-paced power of
Springsteen's concerts.
The album, produced by Brendan
O'Brien (Pearl Jam), has very few
slow spots. "The Nothing Man" and
"My City of Ruins" aren't fantastic,
essentially crashing the party that
the rest of the tracks create. Still, it
is clear after each repeated listen
how much thought the veteran
Springsteen contributes, and the
electricity generated by the reunion
with the E-Streeters.
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Courtesy of Nintendo
Mario in a plane, rising over all of his problems. Like Bowser.
'arioSunshine is
anotier classic game

By Jeff Dickerson
Daily Arts Editor

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talents on drums and saxophone,
respectively. Weinberg keeps steady
pacing, adding fills and rounding
out the rhythm, while Clemons'
lungs power their fair share of
grand notes.
At Bruce Springsteen and the E-
Street Band's appearance at the
Palace of Auburn Hills in August,
the eight songs they played from
The Rising were nearly as popular
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64 system came "Super
Mario 64," a revolution-
ary 3D platformer that
sold millions of copies
worldwide and won
numerous "game of the
year" awards. Over the
past six years, many
games of the same
genre have come and
gone, none matching
the quality and innova-
tion of "Mario 64."
Nintendo 64 did not

Over the past 20 years, Mario has
become a household name. The famous
video game character made his debut in
1981's "Donkey Kong," and has since
appeared in countless games of his
own. His face has earned Nintendo over
$2 billion, an astounding figure most
Hollywood celebrities could never gen-
erate. In a video game industry bursting
with so many notable personalities,
Mario is king.
With the 1996 launch of the Nintendo

public and press.
Almost a year later, the latest
"Mario" adventure is finally here, and
not much has changed since the portly
plumber's last endeavor. "Super Mario
Sunshine" is done in the same style as
its predecessor, but thanks to the extra
power of the GameCube, the presenta-
tion is much improved.
The story focuses on a tropical jour-
ney to Isle Defino, a sunshine-laden
island ripe with exotic people and places.
As Mario and his cohorts soon discover,
the once glorious island is the recent vic-
tim of strange pollution and graffiti. The
plot may be simple, but
the gameplay is innovative
enough to keep gainers
glued to their televisions.
The biggest addition to
MARIO "Super Mario Sunshine" is
HINE a water cannon device
called "FLUUD." This
eCube backpack enables Mario to
ndo shoot water, hover over
objects, rocket to high
places and dash through
the water with pixelated ease. The major-
ity of the time, the device is used to
remove ooze around the city to help the
island return to its former beauty.
The objective of the game is nearly
identical to "Mario 64;" collect
shines (they were stars in "Mario

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"Mario" game during its tenure, and sys-
tems sales diminished as their competi-
tor, Sony's Playstation, flourished. By the
time 2001 rolled around it seemed as
if the once mighty Nintendo jugger-




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