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  • Oct 3-9, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 51

News & Comment

  • Pax Americana

    In the allegorical film Gladiator, after a tenuous Roman victory, the general Maximus is embraced by the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius. With the scent of carnage fresh, Maximus assures the weary emperor that the battle has affirmed Ro
  • DVD Review - Gremlins

    Drawing on the same mixture that helped E.T. break down box office records two years earlier -- old monster movies and a realistic portrayal of contemporary upper middle-class America -- 1984's Gremlins was both the pinnacle and the death
  • A Big Bag of Money

    Often when you hear about a film that's been sitting around for awhile, it means that no one knew what to do with it, or that someone didn't think it was good enough to release. I went to a critics' screening of Knockaround Guys on May 8... of
  • Dogma, Disbelief & amp;amp; Dubeity

    With the fundamentalism of Franklin Graham, the Kansas State Board of Education and Islamic fanatics in the news, this courtroom drama about the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial isn't a dead issue yet. Today, the battle rages on between classic
  • Letters To The Editor

    Great Fall Arts Preview -- Thank you for your latest Fall Arts Preview. As a professional who divides her time between Chicago, San Francisco and Spokane, an issue like yours is extremely useful. The arts are personally important to me
  • Arctic Circle

    The convergence of video and cinema is something you keep hearing about, but now you can see it in The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), the kind of grand, majestic, soaring masterpiece, drawn from centuries-old myth, that should make most filmmakers
  • Buzz Bin

    Look Out for Flying Gak! -- Everybody knows a wild and crazy kid. Two six-year-old girls who have better fashion sense than most grown-ups, running shrieking and laughing all over the yard? They count. Your little nephew who is the socce
  • Buzz Bin

    DWI: Driving While Islamic -- Director Jack Phillips intends Tuesday night's reading at the Civic of Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy as a commentary on post-9/11 racial profiling in this country. Has he used a statewide arts grant to d
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff Arny's -- Arny's serves up classic diner chow along with conversation and a big helping of attitude. Grab a counter-side stool and get busy. It's breakfasts and lunches only, and all your faves are here. The Double Whammy is $6.19. The S
  • The Name Game

    She still remembers clearly when she first found out that her name wasn't just hers anymore. It was back in 1999 and "Jane" (not her real name) was applying for a loan, together with her husband. As part of the process, the lender pulled
  • Wilde Comedy

    Oscar Wilde's subtitle for The Importance of Being Earnest, "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," pokes fun at those who mistakenly think that his work is mere fluff. They may endow their own lives with the utmost significance, but of co
  • Letters To The Editor

    Keep It Up -- I just wanted you to know that recently I have given up TV and newspapers in general, except for The Inlander. If I see your paper anywhere at anytime, I pick it up. It is a great paper, and one I will read every week til
  • The March Of Dimes And Terror

    Framed with reference to Iraq's previous sins, the president asks for authority to "restore international peace and security to the region." Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, mindful of what happened when another Congress
  • In With The Old

    As any local restaurant owner who has set up shop in a longtime Spokane landmark will tell you, sometimes it's not so easy to exorcise the ghosts of the previous tenants. "Where's the soda fountain?" someone will invariably ask. "How come y
  • DVD Review - Scooby Doo

    So let's get the good news out of the way first: the words "Scooby" and "Doo" appear together in the title. But that's as enjoyable as it gets. The rest of this atrocity of a film screws up its beloved franchise in every possible way. Wh
  • Nouveau Classics

    When you start to name "classic" films, it's easy to include the big pictures like Citizen Kane, Casablanca and even color movies like The Godfather. They were made with such a weighty sense of purpose that even a casual or disinterested
  • Fact Finding

    In some ways, the presence of Rep. Mike Thomspon, D-Calif., among the other congressmen who went to Baghdad in late September made no sense. The two other members on the trip pretty much have their political careers mapped out for them. Re
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Saddam U. -- Apparently, such a school exists, and there are at least three grads. According to the German public television network ZDF, at least three fake Saddams are out greeting official visitors and shooting off shotguns at militar
  • CD Review - Sleater Kinney

    Writing well-crafted political rock songs is a task few artists can do. For every eloquent and topical song, there are five ballads that glorify knee-jerk violence in the name of nationalism. On Sleater-Kinney's latest album, One Beat (Kil
  • 9 Days in Iraq

    Editor's Note: The author of this journal, Nathan Mauger, is a peace activist from Spokane. It is important that readers understand that as they read his story. Although he is a trained journalist -- and he puts that training to good use i
  • In Brief

    Cleanup Battle Continues -- Coeur d'Alene -- Earlier this week, the Sierra Club and the Lands Council took their fight to assure Washington fair representation on the Coeur d'Alene Basin Cleanup Commission to Capitol Hill. The cleanup pl
  • A Place Of His Own

    I could devote a weekly column to the continuing saga of Derek Almond of Caf & eacute; Sol & eacute; and his determined, seemingly never-ending quest to establish a stable, all-ages live music venue in downtown Spokane. Almond's stamina, devotion and patie
  • Head East, Or Go South?

    It's been nearly five months since Spokane County voters agreed to extend local hotel taxes into the far future to help fund an expansion to the Spokane Convention Center, but still no site has been selected. Yet, according to memb
  • In Brief

    Republicans for Nature -- COEUR D'ALENE -- The Kootenai Environmental Alliance has invited Jim DiPeso, the national communications director for Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP), to give a talk titled "Conservation is Conserv
  • Backlash

    Marty Lambert isn't the kind of politician you'd expect to take an environmental stand. A Republican elected as Gallatin County Attorney, after 19 years in law enforcement, he makes his career taking on murderers, robbers and other threats to

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