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October 04, 2007
  Spun: Ted NugentPDF files may take a moment to load

In five decades of music, one would assume that an artist like Ted Nugent would have run out of his perpetual pissed-offness venom, and yet somehow he still manages to bite like a pitbull. Despite his well-publicized politics—which some have deemed “insane”—it’s hard not to think his single “Love Grenade” doesn’t rock.

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October 04, 2007
  Spun: Collective SoulPDF files may take a moment to load

Collective Soul is one of those bands that seem like they’ve been around forever. In this case, “forever” is actually since 1992. Nevertheless, since then the Georgia-based quintet have been cranking out albums. Afterwords, the band’s first studio album since 2004, is par for the course.

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October 04, 2007
  Spun: KT TunstallPDF files may take a moment to load

The reputation of many a second record is well-documented in the frequent use of the cliche “sophomore slump.” However, though the title of Drastic Fantastic is a bit off, KT Tunstall’s new album, though not as immediately catching as her debut, is far from a slump of sorts.

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October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: WeirdsvillePDF files may take a moment to load

This dark comedy takes you along for the bumpy ride as two ill-fated druggies Dexter and Royce attempt to bury the body of their overdosed friend Matilda in an abandoned drive-in movie theatre. Unfortunately, the theatre is also being used by a group of amateur Satanists preparing for their first human sacrifice. The comedy continues as Dexter interupts the human sacrifice and a chase ensues, including unique characters like a dwarf security guard that moonlights as a medieval re-enactor and a loan shark with a love for curling.

October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: After SexPDF files may take a moment to load

After Sex examines the relationships of eight different couples, all in the aftermath of sex. The couples include two friends trying to make their way through the tricky and sometimes heartbreaking ordeals of “friends with benefits,” the confusing realizations of sexual orientation, the ever-present question of “butch versus bitch” and, of course, the swingers married for 35 years. First-time director Eric Amadio boldly takes on the topic of the modern-day relationship in all its glory, delivering it in a real and honest way.

October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: Someone To Run WithPDF files may take a moment to load

Someone to Run With. Set in Jerusalem and other places in Israel, the film tells the story of a young runaway, Tamar, and Dinka, her dog, who are followed by Assaf, an intern working at the local dog shelter for the summer. Assaf is in charge of finding Dinka’s owner and presenting her with a city summons to collect her dog.

October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: SpecialPDF files may take a moment to load

Les Franken (Michael Rapaport) is an everyman living a monotonous life. Though plagued by crippling normalcy more than anything else, he signs up to participate in a clinical trial for a new anti-depressant.

October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: The Hottest StatePDF files may take a moment to load

Ethan Hawke’s film adaptation of his novel of same name, the Hottest State introduces us to William, a confused actor looking for love in New York. William, a product of divorced parents and dysfunctional home life, is searching for the love and acceptance that he lacked as a child. William finds this love in foreign beauty Sarah, and is immediately caught up in an unrealistic whirlwind romance that leads them to Mexico and an almost-marriage.

October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: DrainedPDF files may take a moment to load

An initial impression many people have of this film is that it is truly bizarre. Drained (O Cheiro de Ralo in Portuguese) is surreal and stunning—both in its camera work and story line. It is hard to empathize with the protagonist. He has very few redeeming features: his is a world driven by egotism and power over the weak. It’s apparent that he is dehumanized money-making machine going from day to day wondering what went wrong after experiencing a string of unlucky mishaps.

October 04, 2007
  Calgary International Film Fest: SleuthPDF files may take a moment to load

A remake of the 1972 original, Sleuth is the story of a well-to-do crime writer (played by Michael Caine) who is approached by his wife's lover, an out-of-work actor and part-time hairdresser (played by Jude Law). Over the course of 86 minutes, the two wage psychological war against each other in an attempt to prove their worth as adversaries.

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