Perhaps you think films about Santa Claus have been exhausted; that there’s really nothing fresh that can be done with old Saint Nick in the theater. And maybe Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale — which screens at the Michigan Theater on December 9 and 10 — will change your mind. When a scientist in Finland discovers that the Korvatunturi Mountain acts as a burial mound, he has it dug up — then things get weird. Reindeer are killed. Bratty children go missing. Supplies disappear. One family catches the culprit, which ends up being a sadistic, pissed-off Santa Claus, and decides the thing to do is keep Old Nick in a cage and sell him to a scientist. The thing is, the film is serious — or as serious as you can be when going this route. Hey, it did get good reviews. 10pm. $9. $7 students. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.