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ROCK BAND
From Page 5A
Club, "The Ed Sullivan Show," Shea Stadium and Budo-
kan that accompany the first four chapters do a mar-
velous job of reviving the history they represent, and
their portrayals of The Beatles' mannerisms are hilari-
ously accurate. The Abbey Road "Dreamscapes" that
cover The Beatles' post-touring era songs are splendid
psychedelic mosaics - occasionally tacky but mostly
breathtaking (the passage accompanying the chorus-
es to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is a stunning
example.)
Whittling The Beatles' 200-something songs down
to a modest 45 for inclusion in the game is an unen-
viable task, but the producers did a commendable job
of balancing timeless classics (too many to name) and
deeper cuts ("And Your Bird Can Sing," "Hey Bulldog")
while also giving George and Ringo their dues.
Much has been made of the fact that "The Beatles:

Rock Band" will bring the music of The Beatles to a
new generation, but to labor over the social implica-
tions of the game would be to ignore its most impor-
tant attribute: It's unfathomably fun to play. It may
make new Beatles fans out of the uninitiated, but
lifelong Beatles fanatics are the ones who will truly
appreciate the game's magic. Sure, it includes unre-
leased Beatles photos and sound clips, but nobody
will care to pour over them - once people have begun
playing "The Beatles: Rock Band," they won't want to
stop.
Though internal strife in The Beatles' camp over the
years has lead to a lot of feet-dragging on new releas-
es, the exceptional greatness of the band's music has
supported every project The Beatles have ever been
attached to. And "The Beatles: Rock Band" is no excep-
tion. Like "The Beatles Anthology" series, "The Beat-
les: Rock Band" will go down next to all the original
Beatles LPs as indispensable. It should never - and
will never - go out of print, because it's an essential
part of the experience. And here's a tip: If you're play-
ing the bass, play left-handed.

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Despite creases, 'Paper
Heart' keeps beating

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A cute summer love
story that answers
no questions
By EMILY BOUDREAU
Daily Arts Writer
Love is not easily defined,
and in a similar respect, "Paper
Heart" is not a
movie that falls
into any clear
category. It is Paper Heart
neither docu-
mentary nor Atthe
mockumentary, Michigan
but an odd and Overture
intriguing com-
bination of both. Charlyne Yi
(Charlyne Yi, "Knocked Up") is a
girl who does not believe in love.
Trying to understand it, she goes
on a road trip with friend and
director Nicholas Jasenovec (Jake
M. Johnson, "Red Belt") to film
a documentary. Along the way,
Charlyne meets Michael Cera
(Michael Cera, "Year One") who
she may or may not love. Further
adding to the movie's mixture of
fiction and reality, Yi and Cera
dated in real life.
Needless to say, the pair has
nauseatingly cute on-screen

chemistry, but that's not due in
any way to either performer's
acting skills. Cera always plays a
character similar to himself, the
only difference is that this time
his character's name is actually
Michael Cera. Yi also plays her-
self, but her presence is far more
refreshing than Cera's. She is
awkward and endearing in a way
that Cera only wishes he could be.
Yi is particularly funny when she
interviews a gang of hairy, gritty
bikers and somehow ends up on
the back of a motorcycle. She even
interviews Seth Rogen and man-
ages to stand her own against his
massive comedic presence.
Though it plays a significant
role, the relationship between
Cera and Yi is not the film's main
appeal. While their romance
provides a potential but dubious
answer to whether or not Yi is
capable of loving another person,
the film could have been better
had their relationship been left
out of it completely.
As a matter of fact, some of the
best parts of the movie are when
neither Yi nor Cera is on screen.
"Heart" shines when couples or
individuals are filmed trying to
define love or share their stories
in the vein of "When Harry Met
Sally." Because of the combina-

tion of fact and fiction, the film
does not delve deeply into Yi's
documentary or her relationship
with Cera. It's neither a roman-
tic comedy nor an expose about
discovering the meaning of love.
Since Yi's interviews and encoun-
ters on her cross-country trip are
more engaging than the romantic
plot line, "Paper Heart" should
have stayed focused on discov-
ering the meaning and source of
love.
It may be shallow, but the film
is cute and thought-provoking.
It doesn't explore its subject -
love - too deeply, but it manages
to succeed by twisting real-life
truth with on-screen fiction. And
its funny vignettes featuring
paper cutouts communicate parts
of the story well.
"Paper Heart" is a sincere
movie, and the on-screen pres-
ence of Charlyne Yi gives it
an honesty and openness that
doesn't spoil the idea of love with
too many red roses and Hallmark
Valentine's Day cards. While nei-
ther the audience members nor
the film's performers will have
learned anything insightful by
the end of the movie, "Paper
Heart" does leave viewers with
the exciting sensation of a flour-
ishing summer fling.

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