This is apparently the story of seven cowboys who got lost in the desert. But not before shaving their arms, chests, stomachs and lower pelvic regions. Most of them lost their shirts but they all kept their hats—doubtless in one of those freak accidents that befall cowboys. Then they poured the last of their water over one of them. While waiting for rescue, they arm-wrestled. The end.
American Storm 2006 Calendar
Available at the Riviera gift shop,
www.american-storm.com or Summerlin Borders. American Storm cast will sign copies 1-3 p.m., October 1, at Borders, 10950 W. Charleston Blvd.
Sex device or video game?
In case using two hands is too complicated for gamers, the controller for Nintendo's next console, the Revolution, will resemble a remote control, making it instantly accessible to a world of couch potatoes. A nunchuck-style analog attachment will be available for those of us still stuck in the past.
The Youthful Preface to a Revolutionary Chapter (3 stars)
"Screamo," the bastard offspring of emo that replaces heartbroken crooning with guttural yelling, has inexplicably become popular among Vegas bands. Anias, much like fellow locals Kid Deposit Triumph, create complex, driving arrangements with layered guitars and vocals, and each of the five songs on this CD is strong, well-produced and ready for rotation on Xtreme Rock Radio. But Anias might stretch their shelf life by restricting screams to accents and not grating distractions.
The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (PG-13) (4 stars)
Rumble Fish: Special Edition (PG-13) (3 stars)
By the time Francis Ford Coppola turned to the novels of S.E. Hinton, audiences and critics had set the bar so high for his movies that the NBA's Manute Bol could have walked under it without bowing his head. What looked uninspired in 1983 looks pretty good now, however. The Outsiders mostly was seen as an attempt to reinvigorate the juvenile-delinquent genre that had given James Dean, Vic Morrow, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo and Sidney Poitier their first big breaks. Arriving on the heels of the hugely disappointing musical, One From the Heart—which also looks better today—the Tulsa-set teen drama felt like another eccentric exercise in style and atmosphere. The DVD package adds 22 minutes of footage that restores the novel's narrative flow, substitutes a less formal soundtrack, and throws in some commentary and casting sessions. Coppola's second visit that year to Hinton turf, Rumble Fish, proved even more vexing. The newly released special edition also deserves a second look, if only to appreciate the maestro's wonderful gift for casting stars of the future.
Inside Deep Throat: Theatrical NC-17 Edition (4 stars)
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when adult movies actually had story lines, 35mm was the film stock of choice, breasts could never be mistaken for bocce balls and porn stars of both genders didn't feel it necessary to eradicate every follicle of body hair. Inside Deep Throat documents how federal law-enforcement officials inadvertently turned an otherwise unremarkable porno flick into a blockbuster sensation, helped steer XXX entertainment directly into the mainstream of American pop culture and made several Mafia thugs unthinkably wealthy. It's a fascinating tale, well told, and the DVD's bonus material adds even more depth—and irony—to the legend.