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JULY 19, 2004

'Before Sunset' a subli

By Raquel Lanei
Daily Arts Writer
As star-crossed soul mates Jesse
(Ethan Hawke, "Training Day") and
Celine (Julie Delpy, "Waking Life") say
farewell at the clos-
ing of Richard Lin- Before
klater's 1995 S t
talkfest "Before
Sunrise," they At Michigan Theater
. agree not to Warner Independent
exchange contact
information. But they promise to meet
again at the very same platform in Vien- You know
na six months later. And while this awkward
ambiguity is a perfect end to the Gen-X coffee be
romance, audiences left the film won- He tell
dering "Did they meet again?" yesterday
Linklater answers this question in the ence fe
much-awaited "Before Sunset." It's hard exchang
to imagine that the sequel would live up touch one
to its predecessor, one of the most Delpy co
romantic films of the '90s, but "Sunset" screenpla
outshines "Sunrise." they inha
Nine years have passed since their Linkla
rendezvous in Vienna' Jesse and Celine an eaves
meet again in Paris, the last stop on lion unfo
Jesse's book tour for his novel about his duo neve
time with Celine. She appears at his older and
book signing, and after an ecstatic yet once wer
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greeting, they decide meet for
fore Jesse's departure.
s Celine that it seems like only
y they first met, and the audi-
els the same way: Their
es are natural, the way they
e another is playful. Hawke and
Alaborated with Linklater on the
ty, which accounts for the way
abit their characters.
ter wants the viewer to feel like
dropper listening to a conversa-
blding. Luckily, this loquacious
r gets dull; Jesse and Celine are
d wiser - not as cocky as they
e, but thoughtful, introspective

me sequel THes shov
By Forest Casey
Daily Arts Writer
The Hives are on their way to
becoming the world's second best-
known garage rockers. The current
champions - the White Stripes, of
course - seem
to shy away
from popularity, The Hives
keeping their Tyrannosaurus
songs out of tel- Hives
evision commer- Reprise
Courtesy of Warner Independent cials and their
faces out of the spotlights. But the
and world-weary. Hives relish fame, with their market-
The camera work is impressive - ready matching suits and a willing-
seven-minute tracking shots are no easy ness to whore themselves out to
task - yet remains unobtrusive, the mass media.
long takes helping dialogue flow. The Their latest release, Tyrannosaurus
scenery enhances and affects the talk; Hives, provides easier access to the
one sees the Paris streets with quaint garage aesthetic; less harshness,
coffee shops and cobblestone streets more sing-a-long songs. Lead single
with a similar fascination which it "Walk Idiot Walk" is a perfect exam-
bestows on Hawke and Delpy. ple of this change: While not exactly
"Before Sunset" is a beautiful, articu- radio-friendly, "Idiot" still sounds
late reflection on love and fate, instilling more classic rock than garage rock
the most cynical viewer with optimism. with its flexible, sharp guitar sound
At one point, Celine cautions Jesse, and "Xena Warrior Princess"-
"Baby, you're gonna miss that plane." inspired chorus. It's a polished piece:
One can't help but hope that he does. True, you can still hear lo-fi harsh-
ness, but "Idiot" sounds glossier and
more produced than anything the
White Stripes have put out.
The changes aren't limited to their
lead single. "Diabolic Scheme" pro-
vides villainous chords and actual
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guitar solos with vocals that aren't
as cheesy as they could be: "That's
me all right / like purity white / and
like viciousness black / I give a little
/ then I take it back." Lead singer
Pelle Almqvist sounds like Captain
Beefheart if he had listened to the
Sex Pistols instead of Skip James as
a child.
Almqvist's howl aids ridiculous
songs like "See Through Head" ("Oh
oh oh oh oh / I spot you from a mile
away") and well-written ones like
"Dead Quote Olympics" ("[It] does-
n't mean it's good 'cause you found
it at the library / Yes they were smart,
but they are dead / And your (sic)
repeating all that they said").
If you can forgive the oxymoron
of an expensive, studio-produced
garage band, then Tyrannosaurus
Hives is surprisingly enjoyable. The
band is still maturing, but this is an
undeniably gutsy rock record.

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