Monday, August 6, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
FILM IN BRIEF
Watch out, stunt
man at work
At Quality 16 and Showcase
Followingthe misadventures of a
group of misfits bent on beating the
odds, "Hot Rod" really is a movie
worth giving a chance. Ridiculed
and rejected his whole life, Rod
Kimble (Andy Samberg, TV's "Sat-
urday Night Live") has barely taken
notice. He and his friends pay no
mind to minor things like perpetual
bad luck, universal scorn or hand-
fuls of broken bones. Such things
are for lesser men to cry over, for
Rod Kimble, you see, is a stuntman
- the world just doesn't know it yet.
The antics that Rod and his
crew engage in while attempt-
ing one doomed motorcycle jump
after another may remind viewers
of middle-school caliber slapstick.
But, aside from the fact that it is
only rarely over the top, look clos-
er and you find a movie that deals
and wins in themes more grown-
up films never quite master. The
message is simple, and you've
heard it before. But to see the
dauntless Rod fight to live up to it,
well, let's just say I was inspired.
That "Hot Rod" follows in the
good-natured incongruence of
films like "Napoleon Dynamite"
and "Nacho Libre" might be
enough to turn some people away.
Good, there's no room for expla-
nations here anyway. The simple
fact is, either you understand
this emerging cinematic voice
- not quite goofball, certainly not
blue collar and only superficially
underdog - or you don't.
The roots of this genre may
well spring from "Bottle Rocket,"
the debut effort of a certain man
named Wes Anderson, now one
of the trademarks of mod Holly-
wood. You might want to jump on
because this train leaves soon.
The whole kitsch and caboodle
By MAUREEN SULLIVAN
Daily Arts Writer
that fashion beyond couture can be art.
This weekend's Detroit Urban Craft
Fair hosted by Handmade Detroit
reminded visitors that fashion is an
accessible expression of flair and indi-
viduality. The crafters reuse, recon-
struct and twerkvarious materials into
craft: notebooks made from authentic
record art, custom made underwear
from vintage T-shirts, stained glass
David Bowie night lights, loud antique
fashionable rings made from vintage
buttons, lingerie inspired designs
painted on simple shirts and tanks.
Not your mom's craft fair. These
crafts are fashionable, kitschy, nos-
talgic and above all original. Over
60 crafters came together to exhibit
and sell such works at the funky and
eclectic restaurant and concert venue
The Majestic on Saturday to celebrate
original artistry and craftsmanship
while combating mass production....
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