• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 20-26, 2007
  • Vol. 15, No. 10

News & Comment

  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM & r & & r & Red is indeed the color of Christmas. Colin and Greg Strause got fans in a froth when they won an R rating for this reprise of their terrible monster-on-monster flick from 2003. The monsters seem
  • Wake Up, Wannabe Presidents

    Commentary by PAT WILLIAMS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Democratic presidential debate in Nevada last month was promoted as a chance for candidates to engage with the West and its concerns, but it might as well have been held in Anywhere, USA.
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS & r & & r & For anyone living in the last quarter of the 20th century, this needs no introduction. The classic Ruby-Spears cartoon is live-action and computer-graphic-ized here, then fortified with Jason Lee as th
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & STILOS & r & & r & Stilos is an architectural dream with Craftsman-style windows, wall-to-wall woodwork, a rock fireplace, and well-appointed design details like the geometric and floral motif on the ceiling. Expect no pseudo-multinat
  • The Sweet 16

    Analysis by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are nine Republicans and eight Democrats still in the running for president. Hmmm... Sounds like we've got a March Madness-style scenario on our hands. So to make politics a little mo
  • DVD Review

    Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season & r & & r & by BOB GRIMM & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he 1976-77 season was when SNL really started to take off. Chevy Chase bugged out in the first half and was eventually replaced by a little-known yet
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Spruced Up & r & & r & Hiding in plain sight in the former Coffeeville complex along Coeur d'Alene's busy 4th Street is BISTRO ON SPRUCE. Find it and discover eclectic, ethnic diversity from lunch to late night in a stylish setting at reasonable prices.
  • Boxed Out

    by RICHARD LEAGUE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s a small-business owner since 1977, I have watched an evolution of retailing. Thirty years ago, locally owned businesses dominated retail. Even in categories where chains flourished -- food, drug, var
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & The Family Holiday & r & & r & Another made-for-Lifetime romantic comedy? This one's about a slacker (Dave Coulier, Full House) who'll inherit $10 million if he can convince investigators that the two orphans and the unwitting nanny he
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings & r & & r & Rated Everyone 10+ & r & & r & Nintendo DS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ive tiny anim & eacute; adventurers explore the cavern of the Underfane of Huin Qul. Purple stone walls twist around in the
  • Borowitz Report

    by ANDY BOROWITZ & r & & r & OBAMA EXPLAINS HIS FAITH IN OPRAH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & nder pressure to explain his religious faith to the American people, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a 45-minute speech today discussin
  • Book Review

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & The Coldest Winter & r & by David Halberstam & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & erhaps better than anyone, David Halberstam understood American war-making. And The Coldest Winter -- his last book due to his death in a car accid
  • Take Two

    Sweeney Todd & r & & r & by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & am not a fan of musicals. I wince when someone who was just speaking normally suddenly breaks into song. So it's odd that, as of this writing -- I haven't yet seen all of 2007's films --
  • Getting Ready to Pop

    by The Inlander Staff & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & elieve it or not, the 2008 race for the White House begins in two weeks. That's right, on Jan. 3 the fine people of Iowa will gather to "caucus" (whatever that is) as a way to voice their support
  • Flip This

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & att Roberts says people leaving the party at his First Avenue condo one recent Friday night called it "magical" and "the best party we've ever been to in Spokane." Around 60 people -- dressed to the nines
  • Remote Possibilities

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & Rocky IV & r & & r & (Tuesday, Dec. 25, 5pm and 9pm, Versus) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ike many Spokane residents, I was initially furious that I had to pay more money to watch Gonzaga basketball games on ESPNU. I settled down a
  • Engaging America

    by KEVIN TAYLOR, JOHN VLAHOVICH and DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & t is no secret that Syrian-American relations have been quite strained," writes Imad Moustapha, Syria's ambassador to the United States in April's Washington Report
  • CD Reviews

    Over the album's 16 tracks, the 37-year-old MC narrates complicated he
  • The Al and Brad Show

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & o the City Council chooses as its seventh member Michael Allen, the former EWU assistant athletic director and all-around good glad-hander. I wasn't all that surprised. The two culprits on Council -- I
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 12/20 Big Easy, Ying Yang Twins (see page 47), DJ Graffix Bluz at the Bend, Latah Creek Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Caterina Winery, Christmas Song Open M

Music & Film

  • Outright Minstrelsy

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & ACADEMIA STRIKES BACK & r & & r & For the last four years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been cracking down as hard as it can on suspected music thieves. The tactics the association has been using are, put s
  • Outright Minstrelsy

    It's music for rough, disrespectful sex, or maybe slow, raunchy hot-wax-and-ice-cub
  • How the West Was Lost

    by COLE SMITHEY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ased on a 2003 book by 60 Minutes producer George Crile III, Charlie Wilson's War is a fast-food history lesson in the policy methods that Texas Democratic congressman Charlie Wilson used to arm and tra

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