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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

From page 8
iously kicked out of the band, the
bassist pursued his side-project
Sebadoh while Mascis kept the
band name and continued to tour
and release records until 1997. As a
result, many fans suspected there
was a Barlow-sized hole that would
never be filled.
But time heals.
Although it may have taken
Dinosaur Jr. nearly two decades to
resurrect, tour and release Beyond
- a record as faithfully true to the
group's fossilized legend as earlier
albums -who are we to complain?

Most of us were in diapers when
they started playing.
Concertgoers should expect
nothing less than a performance
that evokes nostalgia as much as
nuclear warfare. The combination
of Mascis's melodic and edgyguitar
riffing with the dynamic rhythm
section of Barlow and Murph is not
only akin to the sensation of a train
engine running through the room,
but a rare glimpse into the history
of indie-rock.
As Sonic Youth's Thurston
Moore, an acknowledged fan of
Dinosaur Jr., once described the
group's sound, it is "a wash of noise
that [makes] your teeth hurt. But in
a good way."

Mediocre thriller
just "Bugs"
At the Showcase/Quality 16
Lions Gate
Looking for convoluted drama
about post traumatic-stress dis-
order, abusive exes, S.T.I meta-
phors and trippy hysterics among
easy lovers? Probably not.
But, in the event you actually
want some heady hardcore film-
going, then William Friedkin's
("The Exorcist") "Bug" is for
you. Based on the play by Tracy
Letts, "Bug" is the sensational-
From page 11
town, but that does little to warm
her relationship with her cruelly
negligent husband. Jenna turns
to her friends for help but finds
each of them struggling for the
same reason that she is: They can-
not bring themselves to accept the
In her most complete perfor-
mance to date, Russell portrays
Jenna with the tragic flair that
the movie finds to be an inescap-

ized, yet succinct observation of
newly acquainted lovers Agnes
(a scrappy Ashley Judd, "De-
Lovely") and Peter (Michael
Shannon, "Lucky You").
Sad, lonely and weak-minded,
Agnes is the victim of a child
abduction, and spousal abuse.
By chance she meets Peter, an
AWOL veteran with mental
instability. They copulate and
lose their minds.
Judd gives one of the best
performances of her otherwise
mediocre career, showing a level
of complication and depth wor-
thy of a Golden Globe, but not an
Oscar. On the other hand, as soon
as Shannon emerges onto the
screen, you can't help but wonder
what this strange Lothario will
pull next as he slinks, twitches
able quality of all good people. Yet,
the screenplay seems to struggle
against itself, aiming ultimately
to absolve the ingenuous Jenna of
her sins, but not before she learns
the lesson. As such, there are trib-
utaries not altogether called-for
and these serve to water down the
film's infectiously light-hearted
sense of overcoming. Yet, Jenna
is impossible not to love and sym-
pathize with, and the film does, in
time, recoverthe simple charmthat
makes both it and its title character
so wholly enchanting.

and eventually snaps.
The story is interesting enough,
and the strife is believable. But, it
takes a giant leap of faith to get
involved in Agnes and William's
troubles. Watching Friedkin try
too hard to make the couple go
crazy is hard to take and, really,
it's not worth the time. Overall,
the last parts of this film ruin
what little chance it had at being
taken seriously.
The Daily Arts guide to
upcoming concerts,fairs,
screenings and other events
Melanie Rutherford with
Street Justice & Yoshi
The Blind Pig
9:30 p.m. $10
Dustin Diamond
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
8 p.m. $11 advance/$13 at the
Jamie Register &
The Glendales
The Blind Pig
9:30 p.m. $8
The Way Back Home with
Julie Harris
The Michigan Theater
7:30 p.m. $50/$10 for
screening only
Dick Siegel
The Ark
8. p.m. $15
The Warriors
The State Theater
12 a.m. $6.75
Taste of Ann Arbor And The
Rest of the World
Main and Liberty Streets
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $0.50 per food
Michael Cleveland &
Flamekeeper with Audrey
The Ark
7:30 p.m. $15
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to artspage@michigandaily.com




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