14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, October 17, 2002
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Abandon Written and directed by the
screenwriter of "Traffic," is it just
another teen screamer or maybe
more? Does this matter at all if Katie
Holmes doesn't get naked? At Show-
case: 12:50, 3:00, 5:10, 7:25, 9:35,
11:45 (Fri. and Sat.)
Formula 51 I'm sorry, how many
screenings are there? Jules and Begbie
better have a wild card up their sleeve
Barbershop Cube is just killing time
between "Friday" sequels. At Showcase:
1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:55, 10:05, 12:25
(Fri. and Sat.) 4 stars
Brown Sugar I will even fight Taye for
Sanaa Lathan;-well, not fist fight. At
Showcase: 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 9:55,
12:15 (Fri. and Sat.) 3 stars
Igby Goes Down I thought it was
Macauley Culkin who went down, not
his brothers. We all follow in our broth-
ers' footsteps, even if it means street-
walkin'. At Madstone: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30,
7:30, 9:30 3.5 stars
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie We sadly
received no guest reviews from any of
you readers out there, is no one eating
their vegetables? At Showcase: 12:40,
2:35, 4:35, 6:30, 8:30
Knockaround Guys This movie sucked.
Speaking of Dennis Hopper, the new
season of "24"rstartsinsa couple weeks
and Jack Bauer now has a cool looking
beard! At Showcase: 1:20, 3:35, 5:50,
8:10, 10:30, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.) 1.5
Moonlight Mile Ellen Pompeo. Remem-
ber that name, she is going to be a huge
star very soon. This is like that
Microsoft tip your dad got back in the
80s but ignored. Ellen Pompeo.2At
Showcase: 1:50, 4:15, 6:55, 9:25,
11:55 (Fri. and Sat.) 4 stars
My Big Fat Greek Wedding The money
keeps rolling in. Film critics keep
scratching their heads. Tom and Rita
keep filling their wallets. At Madstone:
1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 At Show-
case: 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45,
11:00 (Fri. and Sat.) 3 stars
Red Dragon The money keeps rolling in.
One particular Daily film critic keeps
scratching his head. Dino keeps filling
his wallet. At Madstone: 1:00, 3:25,
5:50, 8:15, 10:35 At Showcase: 12:40,
1:10, 1:40, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 6:40,
7:10, 7:40, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 11:50
(Fri. and Sat.), 12:20 (Fri. and Sat.) 1.5
to deserve all this attention. At Show-
case: 1:05, 1:35, 3:10, 3:40, 5:15,
5:45, 7:20, 7:50, 9:30, 10:00, 11:40
(Fri. and Sat.), 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.)
The Ring Naomi Watts. If there is any-
thing else I have to say, you can just
let me know. Naomi Watts. At Show-
case: 12:30, 1:30, 2:55, 4:20, 5:20,
7:15, 7:45, 9:40, 10:10, 12:05 (Fri.
and Sat.), 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.)
Rules of Attraction Didn't have such a
good weekend money wise, but anyone
who saw it definitely had a pretty great
weekend movie wise. At Madstone:
1:00, 3:05, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 At Show-
case: 12:55, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:20,
12:35 (Fri. and Sat.) 3.5 stars
Sex and Lucia Paz Vega is back in town.
Paz Vega is back. My little Spanish
peanut, I knew you would come back to
me. At Madstone: 2:00, 4:30, 7:15,
9:45 4 stars
Sex with Strangers This film changed
my life. Now, I not only want to have sex
with all my friends but strangers as well.
At Madstone: 1:45, 3:45, 5:45, 7:45,
9:45 0 stars
Sweet Home Alabama Patrick Dempsey
just can't recreate the greatest film per-
formance of our generation, his role as
the pizza delivering "Loverboy." At Mad-
stone: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20,;7:20, 9:20 At
Showcase: 12:30, 1:30, 2:50, 4:10,
5:05, 7:00, 7:30, 9:20, 9:50, 11:35 (Fri.
and Sat.), 12:05 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:35
(Fri. and Sat.) 3 stars
Swept Away The broom is quickly
sweeping Guy Ritchie's anti-"Snatch"
out of theaters. It wasn't as bad as they
said it would be, it is worse. At Show-
case: 10:25, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.)
Tuck Everlasting Jonathon Jackson is so
dreamy. I don't even know what that
means, but I read it in YM and it sounds
cool. At Showcase: 12:35, 2:40, 5:00,
7:05, 9:10, 11:15 (Fri. and Sat.) 2.5
The Tuxedo Jackie Chan recently vowed
to make better pictures. If only it were
that simple, Jackie. If it were then we
would still remember what Sly Stallone
looks like. At Showcase: 1:15, 3:25,
5:35, 7:45, 9:55, 12:00 (Fri. and Sat.)
White Oleander When word is that
Renee Zellweger is the best part of a
movie, you know that film is in trouble.
No offense, Bridget, keep eating. At
Showcase: 1:25, 4:05, 6:35, 9:00,
11:20 (Fri. and Sat.) I1star
Athletic Mic League: Out f the hip-ho
L I T M A N
D O you have what it take s tobbe in the L? Are you athletic
like lsiah Thomas? Effective like Gary Payton? Legendary
like Larry Bird? Even more importantly, can you flow? The
members of Ann Arbor's Athletic Mic League - a seven mem-
ber hip-hop collective - fit all these criteria, and contrary to
what the WNBA would have you believe, AMLs got next.
Courtesy of Dreamworks
Sooo hot, want to touch the hiney, aroooooohhh!
Alex Shakar Reads Shakar reads
from his book, "Savage Girl." 8
p.m. Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315
S. State. Free. 662-7407.
The Good Girl "Friends" wasn't as
bad last week but I think Mike
(Paul Rudd) had something to do
with that. Mike'?! State Theater
Happy Times Legendary Chinese
filmmaker Zhang Yimou brings a
simpler, softer touch to his new
film. Michigan Theater 7 & 9:15
Mostly Martha I want to see "Com-
pletely Martha." You gotta give it
your all. Michigan Theater 7:15 &
One Hour Photo It's the last
screening. We'll miss you, Sy. Kind
of. State Theater 9:15 p.m.
Secretary James Spader delves into
the dark world of sex that we never
think about but he acts out in
every movie he appears in. State
Theater 7 & 9 p.m.
Yakum Shchmakum Loud classic
rock, both new and old. Touch-
downs. 21 and over. 10:30 p.m.
Bear vs. Shark Smart money is on
Shark, but that's only because Bear
recently lost his girlfriend. Blind
Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $4
($6 under 21). 996-8588.
Lust: Seb Fontaine How come
British dudes are such good DJs?
Must be the kidney pies. The
Necto. 516 E. Liberty St., 9 p.m.
$10 ($15 under 21). 994-5835.
The Ron Brooks Trio I'm thinking
of printing up R1B3 t-shirts. They'll
say 'Jazz; Not just lameos any-
more". Bird of Paradise, 312 S.
Main St., 9 p.m. $5. 662-8310.
Medea The Abbey Theatre of Ire-
land's critically acclaimed rendition
of this classic Green drama by
Euripides. Proof positive that one
should never cross an ex-princess
of Colchis who also happens to be
a powerful witch. Hell hath no fury
like a woman scorned. 8 p.m.,
Power Center, $20-42; 764-0395.
The Spirit House An American diplo-
mat and his family move to Thai-
land in the 1960's, where they
must learn to deed the "spirits" or
suffer the consequences. 8 p.m.,
Performance Network, 120 E.
Huron, Pay-what-you-can preview;
Kurtis Sullivan Speaks A special
program for Teen Read Week (Oct.
13-19). Comic book enthusiast and
Vault of Midnight owner Sullivan
shares his favorite comic books,
illustrators and authors. 7:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S.
Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.
Late Marriage A film about
arranged marriage set in Israel but
the incredibly realistic sex scene is
what everyone will be talking
about. Michigan Theater 7 & 9:15
Mostly Martha See Thursday. State
Theater 7 & 9:15 p.m.
Secretary See Thursday. State The-
ater 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.
Pork Tornado Does John Fishman
still play the vacuum cleaner?
Cause that's cool even if you're not
high. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10
p.m. $15. 996-8588.
Tom Loncaric & His Orchestra Well
when we say orchestra what we
mean is two monkeys with a kazoo,
a washboard and an empty paper-
towel tube between them. Now
that's entertainment! Bird of Par-
adise, 312 S. Main St., 6 p.m. $5.
EMU Wind Ensemble IT BLOWS!
Pease Auditorium, College P1. at W.
Cross St., Ypsi. 8p.m. free.
Medea See Thursday, 8 p.m.
The Spirit House See Thursday, 8
Friends who met playing basketball in high
school, DJ Haircut, Buff(1), Texture, Vital, 14KT,
Sonny Star and Grand Cee have been rapping since
1995, and through their own label, AML recently
dropped their first official album, Sweats and Kicks.
With tight lyrics on top of beats (courtesy of their
own production company, Lab Technicians), AML
released a record worthy of high praise and reminis-
cent of the distinct sounds of the Native Tongue
Family or MCA's OkayPlayer stable.
The title Sweats and Kicks is about more than
clothes and sneakers, though; it is a soundtrack to
their lives and the lives of all hip-hop heads who
have long been immersed in a culture of hip-hop
and athletic synergy. AML has been a fixture in the
Ann Arbor and Detroit music scenes and has also
spent time out in New Jersey navigating the elite
hip-hop ehvironment of New York. Now back in
Michigan and seeking wider distribution, Athletic
Mic League recently took some time to speak with
The Michigan Daily: How did you guys come
up with the name Athletic Mic League?
Vital: Athletic Mic League - roots in actual ath-
letics, cats playing basketball and stuff. Before we
Writers: David Enders, Joel Hoard,
Lizzie Horevitz Jospe h Litman, Neal
Pais and Daniel Yowell
Photo Editor: David Katz
Photographers: Jason Cooper, Tony
Ding, Emma Fosdick, Ryan Weiner,
Alyssa Wood and Jessica Yurasek.
Cover Photo: Jason Cooper
Arts Editors: Luke Smith, Manaqinq
Editor, Jeff Dickerson, Associate Etor
Editor in Chief: Jon Schwartz
even started rhyming, that's how we knew each
other, as athletes. That wasn't even our original
name; our original name was the Anonymous
Clique. We pretty much exceeded that name and
couldn't go on with it, so we just needed another
name, and I figured Athletic Mic League. We just
changed that into mic athletics.
Texture: Basically, you start with that and can
then look at it as an athlete: all the training, all the
rules and guidelines - the work ethic - all that it
takes, as an athlete, to be on top. That's what we try
to apply in the music industry and with the mic. So'
you know, we're mic athletes.
Vital: There are many parts. You're about to get
another side of it. I came up with the name in
(1995). I was Wu-Tang influenced; cats got behind
Wu-Tang and had something to rhyme about. Doing
their thing, it wasn't a gimmick, but it was some-
thing to rhyme about, and it provided a base to then
expand on. So Athletic Mic League - that's where
it comes from, things like that, having something to
TMD: You all knew each other from playing ball?
DJ Haircut: Before there was any hip-hop, there
TMD: So, who's the best?
Buff(1): Everybody will tell you that they are. I
think that I am.
Sonny Star: I'm an all-around athlete.
Buff(1): Texture is the most dedicated.
TMD: Well, if you guys played the Detroit
Shock, who would win?
Texture: I'd put up some big numbers.
Buff(1): We'd definitely win. I think we could
TMD: I don't know if you guys have the size ...
Buff(1): The only reason that I say that is because
I know a couple (of the players).
Vital: On the low? A couple of Michigan basket-
ball players were aspiring Athletic Mic League
Buff(1): But we'll keep that on the low.
TMD: Since all of you are ballers and claim that
you could beat the Detroit Shock and U of M, can
each of you pick out a player from the NBA whose
playing style is analogous to your rhyming style?
Texture: I'll say Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars.
Isiah was mad athletic, and he could do anything.
Joe Dumars played smart and just knew how to
operate and control even though he wasn't a real
star; he looked like a star and everyone knew and
respected him for his game.
Buff(1): I hate to say it, because I really don't
look up to him even though he's a great.player. I
think I'm simple but effective, so I have to say
someone like Gary Payton. He don't got no
crossover, his j is ok, but he's still one of the best
Texture: He ain't got no ring, though. Joe D and
Isiah got the ring!
DJ Haircut: Say what you want, but I'm gonna
have to go with Larry Bird. Larry Bird came from a
little town - French Lick, Indiana - and he came
in the game and shocked a lot of people. He became
a true leader and will be respected for all time
because he was a true leader and a hall-of-famer.
Coming from Ann Arbor and not having very many
people to latch on to or to learn from around here,
that makes it a close relationship.
TMD: The album, Sweats and Kicks, came out July
25. What is something that you'd want everyone to
know about it?
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moved over to our whole lives.
14KT: Sweats and Kicks is all that, and if you lis-
ten to the songs, you can pick out our influences and
you can hear that lifestyle in the music.
Vital: Our lives titled this album.
TMD: Sweats and Kicks doesn't sound like any
one particular artist or group, but instead like a lot
of different types of hip-hop music. Collectively and
individually, who would you say has influenced
your music the most, in terms of beats, type of
sound and flow?
Sonny Star: The Hieroglyphics.
Vital: If you want to go with something like a
framework, then you could go Hiero/Wu for frame-
work in terms of what we trying to do ...
Buff(1): Nas, Common, Outkast. Outkast is def-
initely one of my personal influences.
DJ Haircut: Obviously, the Native Tongue
Family, like (A Tribe Called Quest).
Sonny Star: Yeah, there's a lot of stuff that
dropped in the era when we got started. That was
like the golden era of hip-hop.
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