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The last laugh

Saturday night was bittersweet for both the audience and performers. About 50 people gathered in the IMU cafeteria to watch the very last performance of the Pumpernickel improv troupe, and they were thoroughly impressed. The group, which formed in 1994, does Chicago-style comedy games similar to those seen on "Whose Line is it Anyway?". Saturday's final performance made the audience laugh, cry and, in the end, they were sorry to see the group go.


Full of pep

She's done it again. In the '80s, Madonna was the trendsetting dance pop singer. In the '90s, she became much harder to classify, because with each new album, she went through a major transformation. Erotica was racy, Bedtime Stories pouty. She pulled off Broadway with the "Evita" soundtrack and quieted her harshest critics with the breakthrough electronica collection Ray of Light.


Morality: A farce in one act

Cast of Characters: Boy, a boy. Girl, a girl. The child, a grievous mistake. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe's President


Absurd comedy comes to City Lights series

This Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant film is not only the pinnacle of Howard Hawks's directing career (which includes "His Girl Friday" and "The Big Sleep") but also the finest piece of screwball comedy, and maybe even comedy overall, ever produced in film. Grant and Hepburn are in top form, as a paleontologist and an heiress respectively, who never seem to be able to stop bumping into one another.



Pumpkins' last disc awesome

Virgin Records and the Smashing Pumpkins have never gotten along. But this time, the Pumpkins have the last laugh. They decided to release 25 vinyl copies of Machina II / the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music to a select group of friends and fans, encouraging mass bootlegging.


Cheap dates

Face it, you're flat broke. It's OK, we all are. But does that mean that as students we don't deserve the finest weekend entertainment out there? Does that mean we don't get the chance to impress dates with our creativity and romanticism? Basically, does that mean that our dating scene should be confined to Friday and Saturday night keggers because the $3 plastic cup fee is the most we can splurge? I think not.


Fight Club

This David Fincher masterwork could go down as the most misunderstood film of the \'90s, with critics claiming it has fascist leanings and audiences not caring to go the extra mile to comprehend the reality of Tyler Durden. And even though the film basically flopped, Twentieth Century Fox pulled out all the stops on the DVD, making it a definite must-have.


Terminator 2: The Utimate Edition

Fans of the Schwarzenegger/ Cameron sci-fi masterpiece will undoubtedly flip over this boss new cut of the flick. There are two versions of the film on the double-sided disc, both the original theatrical version and a director's cut.


Leon: The Professional

This is the moniker under which director Luc Besson's brilliant hitman-relationship flick "The Professional" was recently released on DVD. The film now contains 24 minutes of footage previously unseen by U.S. audiences, which really lift the film from an above-par action flick to a deep meditation on life and love with a high squib count.


Boogie Nights

\"Boogie Nights," easily one of the most incendiary films of the '90s, hits the DVD format for the second time in a pristine anamorphic transfer, chock full of supplemental materials.



Brazil

This 1985 Terry Gilliam masterpiece stands as one of the great examples of studio-prevented censorship. Universal originally wanted to chop more than 30 minutes out of the film and give the film a happy ending. But critics came to the rescue after a special screening of Gilliam's original cut.


The Dark Crystal

Jim Henson will forever be remembered for Kermit the Frog, but it is his 1982 work "The Dark Crystal" that might very well be the defining moment of his career.


The Sweet Hereafter

This 1997 Atom Egoyan masterpiece on the slow destruction of the workings of a small town stands as one of the great films of the 1990s. New Line fully recognized this and gave it the best DVD treatment it could.


Rating DVD quality

Movie studios have yet to fully figure out the possibilities of DVD, but they are getting there.


Technology envy 101

Make a little more room in the U-Haul, mom. Along with their sheets, clothes and funky wall decorations, students are now moving decadent home entertainment centers, souped-up computers and expensive video game systems into their dorm rooms, apartments and houses.



Death of the VCR

Colin Kearns took the leap in high school. He wanted more movies, better quality and the best technology on the market. His only option was to go digital. "I switched over to DVD a few years ago because I knew that eventually it was going to take over the video world, which it is slowly doing already," says Kearns, now a freshman in college. "I have had a deep interest in film for a couple years now, so I wanted to have access to the special features on DVD, like documentaries, deleted scenes and director's commentaries."


Full of pep

She's done it again. In the '80s, Madonna was the trendsetting dance pop singer. In the '90s, she became much harder to classify, because with each new album, she went through a major transformation. Erotica was racy, Bedtime Stories pouty. She pulled off Broadway with the "Evita" soundtrack and quieted her harshest critics with the breakthrough electronica collection Ray of Light.


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