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MONDAY
JUNE 2, 2003

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AQUATIC RESCUE SQUAD
PIXARS LATEST ANOTHER DIGITAL MASTERPIECE

I told you not to fuckin' call me Marky Mark, old man.

ELECTRIC Six, FIRE; With song titles like "Naked Pictures (Of Your Moth-
BEGGARS XL RECORDS er)," "Electric Demons in Love" and the subversively
Formally known as the Wildbunch, Detroit's own dirty catchy surf guitar driven "Gay Bar," not to mention their
disco-rock heroes, Electric Six final- ultra-serious, savagely over-the-top
ly get around to releasing their debut, approach, it would be all too easy to
aptly called Fire. This past winter the dismiss the Six as a one trick novelty
local quintet caused ripples of joy act. And while you can't help thinking
through Britain and the continent of Tenacious D or Andrew W.K. while
when their single "Danger! High Fire is spinning, the band's white boy
Voltage" surprised everybody outside funk antics are undeniably seductive.
of Michigan by violently taking the Instead of killing the joys of Electric
charts hostage with its relentlessly y t Six with postmodern debates about
sleazy beat and '80s cheese sax-solo. whether to take these guys seriously,
That track, with its classic opening let's just shake our rumps while mar-
lines "Fire in the disco / Fire in the " veling that a single act has miraculous-
Taco Bell" and obligatory guest ly reconciled the tripolar opposites of
vocals by a certain Mr. Jack White, '70s music - disco, arena rock and
forms the centerpiece of Fire, a punk. Not an easy or dismissible
storming party record that is unlikely to find a peer the achievement by any means. ****
rest of this year. - Scott Serilla

By Zach Mabee
DalyArts Writer
MOVI E R EV IE W *
Although Mark Wahlberg is no
Michael Caine, and the revised screen-
play may lack some of the charm of the
original, E Gary Gray's interpretation of
"The Italian Job" is a stylishly virile
action flick that is, if nothing more, very
entertaining.
Wahlberg headlines the impressive
cast as Charlie Croker, thief extraordi-
naire and heir apparent to John Bridger
(Donald Sutherland), one of the world's
foremost safe-
crackers - who The Italian Job
uses not tools,
but his own AtMadstone,QualityI
touch, to crack 6andShowcase
vaults - and Paramount
leader of a
world-class team of thieves including:
Steve Frezelli - inside man (Edward
Norton), Lyle - computer expert (Seth
Green), Handsome Rob - getaway
driver (Jason Statham), and Left Ear -
demolitions expert (Mos Def).
The legendary Bridger has vowed to
end his career of crime after one final
heist: $35 million of Venetian gold bul-
lion. Half of his days were spent behind
bars, and he has promised his daughter,
Stella, a professional lock and safe tech-
nician, that he will finally devote him-
self to her rather than to thievery.
The crew assembles, operating under
a plan conceived entirely by Charlie, and
carries out the operation flawlessly.

John's career is over, and Charlie has
inherited the position of the man whom
he thought of asa father; however, as the
getaway proceeds, several trucks of
armed men halt the team's progress.
Steve, apparently, has plans of his
own for the gold and for his crew mem-
bers. He shoots and kills John and
attempts to kill the others, as their truck
drives into arctic waters. They survive
luckily and, after convincing Stella to
join them, make their goal stopping
Steve and reclaiming their gold.
"The Italian Job" utilizes its dynamic
action so well that it needn't rely on
lower modes of appeal like cheap sex or
gratuitous violence. It operates with a
style similar to Guy Ritchie's works and
maintains intensity throughout.
The believability and comic appeal of
the characters were correlated with the
lighthearted mood. The screenplay itself
wasn't great, but small nuances like the
introductory vignettes about each of the
characters and the humorous goings on
along the way made "Job" much more
entertaining than most high-tech heist
flicks. Seth Green's character being the
real inventor of Napster, for example, is
just as memorable, if not more, than the
testosterone-loaded Mini Cooper chase
scenes that would have solely been the
backbone of most movies like this.
Because it doesn't take itself too seri-
ously and establishes an adrenaline-
packed pace along with a very jovial
mood, "The Italian Job" distinguishes
itself in a genre often bogged down by
films that fail to do just that.

THEATERS
MOVIES PLAYING NOW THROUGH THURSDAY 6/5
DOWN WITH LOVE (PG-13) ..................................... 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25
L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE (R) .......................................... 1:05, 3:35, 7:05, 9:35
THE MATRIX RELOADED (R) ............................... 1:00, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30, 9:45
ASSASSINATION TANGO (PG-13) ............................................... 1:20, 7:20
THE ITALIAN JOB (PG-13)0.................................... 1:00,3:15, 5:30, 7:30, 9:45
THE IN-LAWS (PG-13) .......................................... 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10
SOFT FOR DIGGING (NR) ..................................................1:00, 5:00,9:00
..............................................(SsARING6/5) 300, 7:00
BUNNY (NR) .............................. ............................... 3:00,7:00
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