• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 20-26, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 23

News & Comment

  • Give Up On It

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "N & lt;/span & ever give up. Never back down." Yeah, that's it -- that's the spirit. & r & & r & In the world of Never Back Down (the movie), this passes for a great mantra. It's spouted by Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou), who ru
  • DVD Review

    Redacted & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost Americans don't bother asking themselves hard questions such as "Are our soldiers bloodthirsty savages?" For writer/director/closet hippie Brian DePalma, it's asked and answered: "Tota
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Patapon & r & Rated Everyone; PSP & r & 5 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & e, God. You, Patapon. Well, actually, though you are all Patapon, you are a mixture of identities. As amusing as a mass of round, black, single-irised
  • Three Seniors, One Turnaround

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t was not quite four years ago that Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver and Robbie Cowgill arrived in Pullman with big dreams and, outsiders thought, little hope. Washington State had suffered through eight cons
  • Take Two

    Doomsday & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Neil Marshall's Doomsday, plague-ridden Scotland has been walled in and quarantined by Britain, leaving everyone inside to die. That sounds harsh; but in England's defense, we're talking
  • Ten Heart-Stopping Years

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ake it to the NCAA Tournament, and you've had quite a season. Make it to the NCAA tournament 10 consecutive seasons, and you've had quite a decade. Gonzaga basketball has woven its way into the very s
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Breaking Bad & r & & r & (AMC, Sundays, 10pm) & r & & r & There's something gutsy about Breaking Bad. It isn't the normal-joe-becomes-drug-dealer scenario. Post-Weeds, a character like Brian Cranston's cancer-riddled chemistry teacher Walt
  • Tuning Out Nature

    by JEFF OSGOOD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou may have heard the news: Fewer Americans are venturing into anything that resembles the outdoors. According to a new Nature Conservancy study, the number of visitors to state and national parks is dec
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Freedom of Speech, When Convenient & r & & r & Spokane Parks and Rec is seeking a new sponsor for the Fourth of July celebration at Riverfront Park. Last year's event attracted a little adverse publicity, you see. Something about anarch
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & DRILLBIT TAYLOR & r & & r & Three kids hire Owen Wilson as protection (a "Budget Bodyguard") from playground bullies. There's a joke in here about career suicide, but we'll restrain ourselves. However, Seth Rogen (who co-wrote this mov
  • Offended States

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & illary Clinton has about lost whatever chance she had to be president because her "kitchen sink" strategy is serving to remind too many voters that the real Hillary isn't that woman who teared up in Ne
  • Book Review

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Born Standing Up & r & by Steve Martin & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ell there're some sad things known to man, but ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown." Ah, the immortal words of Smokey Robinson -- I couldn't
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 10,000 BC & r & & r & The story of some vaguely caveman-like people who get abducted by some vaguely Arab-looking dudes who schlep them all over the place, from what looks like Argentina to what looks like Japan until they finally arrive
  • ABBA Babba and the Mindless Thieves

    Waterloo! I was defeated, you won the war. [jazzy sax lick] Waterloo! Promise to love you for evermore. Ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-dum. Waterloo! Couldn't escape if I wa
  • XXX Libris

    by TIM BROSS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's 2:15 on a gray, wintry Saturday afternoon and the downtown Spokane Public Library is brimming with hushed activity. Children scamper about as moms and dads quietly search the shelves. The place is full
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Freudian Trips & r & & r & So you find yourself cleaning out your parents' attic -- with Hillary Clinton. Or maybe you're just having a bedtime story read to you -- by Barack Obama. No, these aren't the latest desperate measures bei
  • Thinking Outside the Cell

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & aced with a fragmented, inefficient justice system and an overcrowded jail system that will, within five years, lose half its capacity (due to the closing of the Geiger facility on the West Plains),
  • Warp Zone

    by ELIZABETH STRAUCH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & couple years ago, Ryan Stolz took his love of Nintendo to the next level. Just 18 at the time, he set out to create, then conquer, his own world of techno beats and campy electronic jingles based
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 3/20 Beverly's (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Al's, DJ D-Ates Bluz at the Bend, Nighthawk The Blvd., Bestige, Plastic Saints, Burning of Sodom Brooklyn Ni
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Ghosts Is a Machine & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat I'm about to say will strain a few childhood friendships, but I've been living under this cloud too long: I don't really like Nine Inch Nails. With the exception of Pre

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