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Choo-Choo! | Cinema Feature | Tucson Weekly
One day in 2001, a locomotive now dubbed "Crazy Eights" led more than 40 cars—at times pushing 50 mph—on an unintended joy ride that required fast action in order to avoid a major catastrophe.
The inherent danger of making a movie like this is that a train can't be a movie star, and there must be something other than two hours of a locomotive speeding toward an unsuspecting city to engage an audience. The main plot, therefore, is almost an afterthought: The calamity will either be averted (the most likely scenario), or a small community will be absolutely destroyed. Therefore, the emphasis might be on the runaway train, but it has to be shown through the eyes of the characters trying to stop it—and this doesn't suit director Tony Scott very well.
Scott is the younger brother of Ridley, and when he's on his game—as he was in the overlooked Man on Fire, from 2004—he can juggle legitimate drama with high tension and provide a compelling visual style. Other times, he turns in films like Domino, which is all style and no substance, or The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, which is about a stopped train, of all things, and never comes to life.
Here, Scott is re-teamed for the fifth time with Denzel Washington, who plays one of the men chasing the runaway train. In the movies, of course, it isn't enough to have a train heading toward a sharp curve it could never handle at 50 mph. No, this train is transporting nuclear waste, too. Of course it is.
Learning about the characters' lives is not terribly interesting stuff, but the pacing of their development blends well with the runaway train, and it provides welcome relief from constant shots of a train steaming ahead. But no matter what trickery Scott employs, it's still a train on a track—and it gets repetitive pretty quickly.
Washington and Pine are chasing the runaway locomotive in another engine, with hopes of eventually boarding the runaway train and applying the brakes. Again, because this is the movies, they do so driving backward. This supplies a little bit of flavor, as does Rosario Dawson as the tough-talking dispatcher watching the whole ordeal unfold from her command center.
His style might have even worked here, because the story is so direct, but the great technical achievements of Unstoppable primarily involves aerial photography and stunts, two aspects of movie-making that often go overlooked. This film—centering on actors racing against time to stop a train you know they'll stop from the minute the movie begins—would be sunk without both.

Danehy | Danehy | Tucson Weekly
According to the "logic" employed by these people, if someone can only afford to ride the public bus back and forth to work, the state should use public money to help that person buy a car. Or if they can only afford a small TV that only gets the local stations, it's the Legislature's duty to provide them with cable and broadband. I simply don't understand how people who tout personal responsibility and decry government giveaways can turn around and—with a Botox-straight face—claim that they are acting in the public interest and in accordance with their own principles.
The final history of this dismal period has yet to be written, and we, as a state, may yet come to our collective senses and find a way out of our various messes. However, it may someday be shown that things were bad while we were adhering to the avowed philosophy of the political majority—but it wasn't until they decided to talk out of one side of their mouths and do the exact opposite that the train went completely off the tracks.

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'The Expendables 2' is a fun, gory, ridiculous ride
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

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One of the best features of the show on Disc One would be the depiction of the mishaps and difficulties Walt Disney had launching the park. Footage from the opening-day live telecast, featuring Walt and a host of emcees, is funny stuff. There's also the unveiling of the monorail (which replaced the Train of Tomorrow), with Richard Nixon and his family trying to cut a ribbon that won't give. At one point, workers filled up manmade rivers, only to return the next day and notice that they had dried up.
Mermaids sunning themselves during the submarine ride were eventually abandoned, as was a flying-saucer ride that was more or less an enlarged air-hockey rink. Hellish traffic jams were also part of the early travesties. But then Walt thought up stuff like animatronics (including the Enchanted Tiki Room) and the robotic Abraham Lincoln, and he changed the Mission to the Moon to Mission to Mars, which all helped make the park more successful--and a place that warranted repeated visits.
It was recently announced that California Adventure, the park adjacent to Disneyland that hasn't been attracting too many visitors, will undergo a major renovation. Among the changes: incorporating more Disney characters (like those from Toy Story and The Little Mermaid) and bringing back the flying-saucer ride in the form of a tire ride. Perhaps we'll get a California Adventure documentary someday. Then again, probably not.
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

Picture This: Eyes on a Train | The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch
Picture This: Eyes on a Train | The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch
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Phyllis Reid and her grandson Zachary Wortman enjoy a train ride around the lake at Gene C. Reid Park. The park includes more than 100 acres that include ponds, gardens, a golf course and a zoo.
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But if by some miracle, tomorrow we woke to the news that all Americans had access to quality health care; that the days of for-profit medicine were over; that health decisions were going to be made solely between doctors and patients; and that the pharmaceutical industry was no longer getting a free ride from the Food and Drug Administration, it's likely the news would not be universally met with approval and relief. And when people learned that the price tag would be a substantial tax increase, it's certain that a sizable portion of the population would prefer to return to a broken system, resume their grumbling and keep their taxes among the lowest (if not the lowest) of any industrialized Western nation. Personal financial sacrifice for the public good is simply not part of the American ethos.
Suppose--and I know it's farfetched--the federal government decided to get serious about controlling emissions from automobiles while at the same time ending our dependence on oil from the Middle East. To that end, in cooperation with the states, it created an agency responsible for reinventing the way we get around. And suppose this agency had real deadlines, say, one year to get people out of their cars, or nine months to build mass-transit systems that combined the latest green technology while getting people where they needed to go, or six months to resurrect a national train system coupled with local trains, buses and light rail that connected cities to towns, towns to villages and villages to the most remote hamlet. And, finally, suppose this agency's mandate was to ensure that within two years of its inception, the greatest icon of American mobility--the automobile--would be obsolete. Talk about sacrifice.

City Week | City Week | Tucson Weekly
The culinary festival kicks off with the third annual World Margarita Championship on the patio of the newly renovated Train Depot on Thursday, Oct. 23. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite cocktail concoction.
If this reminds you of when Dudley Do-Right rescues Nell from the terrifying train tracks, then you're in the right decade. This is a scene from Sam and Latch's Haunted Halloween out at Pinnacle Peak at Trail Dust Town.
Other Trail Dust Town attractions include an antique carousel, museum, panning for gold and a narrow-gauge track train ride. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.--T.A.

Humor and Sorrow | Review | Tucson Weekly
Also along for the ride are Lauren Stinson as a shrill-voiced blonde, Audrey; Ryan DeLuca as her fiancé, Butch Myers; and UA theater assistant professor Kevin Black as Doc Myers, Butch's father and Moose Lodge master of ceremonies.
One measure of Gaeto and Kula's skills and timing came on opening night when Gaeto accidently dropped a chunk of a banana on the floor while they simulated a bumpy train ride. Gaeto casually retrieved the banana, gesturing with it while Kula eyed it hungrily. Gaeto finally popped it into his mouth, simultaneously demonstrating a serious commitment to his craft, a well-honed comic instinct and a disregard for hygiene.

The City of Mud Boxes | Feature | Tucson Weekly
Its inhabitants were no better than their dismal surroundings: "Soldiers, teamsters, and honest miners lounging about the mescal-shops, soaked with the fiery poison; a noisy band of Sonorian buffoons, dressed in theatrical costume, cutting their antics in the public places to the most diabolical din of fiddles and guitars ever heard; a long train of Government wagons preparing to start for Fort Yuma or the Rio Grande—these are what the traveler sees, and a great many things more, but in vain he looks for a hotel or lodging-house.
In the end, Browne's departure from Arizona was swift. Long-awaited letters arrived from home, reporting that Lucy was ill. Browne begged off the final leg of the trip into northern Arizona, and hitched a ride in the buggy of Tucson pioneer J.B. Allen—better known as Pie Allen—all the way to Yuma. From there, he went with a military detachment to Los Angeles, and by ship to San Francisco and Lucy's arms.

Danehy | Danehy | Tucson Weekly
"It's like we're all on a train, and we're making good speed; the ride's kinda bumpy in spots, but we're getting there. Up ahead, there are some tumbleweeds on the tracks. We could go right through them, but the people (in the Raza Studies program) want us to stop the train, get out and walk, and then blame the white man for putting the tumbleweeds on the tracks. I don't live in that world, and I don't want my kids to live in that world."

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You know the drill: The Tim Burton films were quite good; Schumacher's Batman Forever was a train wreck; and his Batman and Robin was the cinematic equivalent of an asteroid hitting Earth. Still, it's good to have all of the films. Even Schumacher's chapters are worth watching if you're totally drunk or something. Batman (A-), Batman Returns (B+), Batman Forever (C-), Batman and Robin (F).
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

City Week | City Week | Tucson Weekly
While you're there, you can also take a ride on a miniature train, go panning for gold, test your aim at the shooting gallery, take a carousel ride or check out some old-school uniforms and weapons dating back to the Civil War--and nothing costs you more than $2. If you're hungry, round out the day in true Western fashion with a yummy meal at the Pinnacle Peak steakhouse, "home of the famous cowboy steak." --D.P.

A Glorified Nobody | Book Feature | Tucson Weekly
Enraged, Wyatt embarked on his "vendetta ride," killing three men in eight days, and these weren't anyone's definition of legally righteous shoots. But "legal" wasn't part of Wyatt's calculation anymore. As he saw it, the law was incapable of delivering justice, leaving him to kill the men trying to kill his family.
One of those killings occurred in Tucson on March 20, 1882. As he escorted Virgil to California, Wyatt spotted Frank Stilwell, involved in Morgan's murder, lurking at the downtown train depot. Wyatt got off the train with his posse, and the result became clear next morning as the sun rose over Stilwell's shot-up body. He had powder burns on his hand and fear on his face.

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From 1877 to 1878, the Tucson area suffered from a rash of stagecoach robberies. Most notably, however, were the two robberies committed by masked road-agent William Whitney Brazelton. Brazelton held-up two stages in the summer of 1878 near Point of Mountain Station approximately seventeen miles northwest of Tucson. John Clum, of Tombstone, Arizona fame was one of the passengers held-up and Brazelton would eventually be tracked down and killed on Monday August 19, 1878 in a mesquite bosque along the Santa Cruz River three miles south of Tucson by Pima County Sheriff Charles A. Shibell and his citizen's posse. Brazelton had been suspected of highway robbery not only in the Tucson area, but also in the Prescott region and Silver City, New Mexico area as well. Brazelton's crimes prompted John J. Valentine, Sr. of Wells, Fargo & Co. to send special agent and future Pima County sheriff Bob Paul to investigate. Fort Lowell, then east of Tucson, was established to help protect settlers from Apache attacks. In 1882, Frank Stilwell was implicated in the murder of Morgan Earp by Cowboy Pete Spence's wife, Marietta, at the coroner's inquest on Morgan Earp's shooting. The coroner's jury concluded that Spence, Stilwell, Frederick Bode, and Florentino "Indian Charlie" Cruz were the prime suspects in the assassination of Morgan Earp. :250 Deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp gathered a few friends he could trust and accompanied Virgil Earp and his family as they traveled to Benson for a train ride to California. They found Stilwell lying in wait for Virgil in the Tucson train station and killed him on the train tracks. After killing Stilwell, Wyatt deputized others and rode on a vendetta, killing three more Cowboys over the next few days before leaving the state.
At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, downtown Tucson underwent a revitalization effort by city planners and the business community. The primary project was Rio Nuevo, a large retail and community center that has been stalled in planning for more than ten years. Downtown is generally regarded as the area bordered by 17th Street to the south, I-10 to the west, and 6th Street to the north, and Toole Avenue and the Union Pacific (formerly Southern Pacific) railroad tracks, site of the historic train depot and "Locomotive #1673", built in 1900. Downtown is divided into the Presidio District, the Barrio Viejo, and the Congress Street Arts and Entertainment District. Some authorities include the 4th Avenue shopping district, which is set just northeast of the rest of downtown and connected by an underpass beneath the UPRR tracks.
The University of Arizona Wildcats sports teams, most notably the men's basketball and women's softball teams have strong local interest. The men's basketball team, formerly coached by Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olson and currently coached by Sean Miller, has made 25 straight NCAA Tournaments and won the 1997 National Championship. Arizona's Softball team has reached the NCAA National Championship game 12 times and has won 8 times, most recently in 2007. The university's swim teams have gained international recognition, with swimmers coming from as far as Japan and Africa to train with the coach Frank Busch who has also worked with the U.S. Olympic swim team for a number of years. Both men and women's swim teams recently won the NCAA National Championships.
The League of American Bicyclists gave Tucson a gold rating for bicycle friendliness in late April 2007. Tucson hosts the largest perimeter cycling event in the United States. The ride called "El Tour de Tucson" happens in November on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. El Tour de Tucson produced and promoted by Perimeter Bicycling has as many as 10,000 participants from all over the world, annually. Tucson is one of only nine cities in the U.S. to receive a gold rating or higher for cycling friendliness from the League of American Bicyclists. The city is known for its winter cycling opportunities. Both road and mountain biking are popular in and around Tucson with trail areas including Starr Pass and Fantasy Island.

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Reitman's film is remarkably structured, giving sufficient time to both Ryan's job issues and romantic situations. His time with a young up-and-comer named Natalie (Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick) is strictly business. Bingham must go into the field and train Natalie as she attempts to put a Web-based firing system into place, and they make an interesting pair. One of the film's best moments comes when the duo fires a corporate guy (a blisteringly good J.K. Simmons) who really wants to be a cook. Simmons has only a few minutes on screen, but he rocks them hard.
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

D.O.A. | Feature | Tucson Weekly
Besides the expected deaths from walking outdoors for too long in the desert, people died in a series of calamities. Four days after Gov. Jan Brewer focused the world's attention on Arizona when she signed SB 1070, Elvira Brambila-Vallejo, 44, died on April 27, of peritonitis near Ironwood Forest National Monument northwest of Tucson. Her coyotes threw her out of the van, leaving her to die at the side of the road in the company of her 14-year-old son. On May 26, 28-year-old Martín Olguin-Lozoya was crushed to death on a train in Tubac. Over in Cochise County, on June 3, Maria Reyes Ramirez and her unborn child were killed in a highway accident in Benson. On June 30, a young woman, as yet unidentified, drowned in a canal near Eloy.
"They come with not enough water. It's physically impossible to carry enough water for a three- to five-day journey." And three days is what it takes to get from the border to, say, a ride along Route 86 in the Tohono O'Odham Nation. A traveler in good shape would require five days' minimum to walk to Tucson. "If they don't keep up, they get left behind."

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Directed by William Friedkin, the film is perhaps best known for the infamous car chase underneath a Manhattan railroad track. It was an interesting concept to have a car chase a train through a metropolis in broad daylight, and it pays off nicely. There was even a real car crash when an unsuspecting motorist got in the way.
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

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The film has plenty of edge, earning its R rating. One of the year's better action sequences involves the McAvoy character getting trained on a train. McAvoy and Jolie did some of their own stunts, and that's impressive.
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

True Critical Grit | Cinema Feature | Tucson Weekly
Best Original Song: "Sticks and Stones" by Jónsi (How to Train Your Dragon)
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

Western Winner | Cinema Feature | Tucson Weekly
For $200, Dan agrees to help escort Wade to a train station and put him on the 3:10 train to Yuma, where he is to be imprisoned and eventually hanged--but Wade's gang of henchmen, led by the sadistic Charlie Prince (Ben Foster), are going to do their best to see that this doesn't happen. Foster, an actor with a tendency to overdo it, finds the right balance with his portrayal of Prince. He's a crazed lapdog with an unhealthy attraction to his boss.
This week, we'll chew bubblegum and kick ass; ride along with John Candy and Steve Martin; be creeped out by Rosemary's Baby; and cringe through the so-bad-it's-good Shazam!.

Soundbites | Soundbites | Tucson Weekly
A DELUXE REUNION This year has been filled with reunions, anniversaries and reappearances by old friends (more on that below and in weeks to come), and this week's annual Scooter Rally isn't just another notch on the Vespa, either. Nope, this year's event marks the 20th anniversary of the event, officially dubbed the 20th Anniversary Tucson-Nogales Fall Classic Scooter Rally. Before taking those machines on a 125-mile ride through Southern Arizona, participants--scooter enthusiasts, all--will gather in Tucson on Friday for the traditional rally kickoff.
This week's outing is a pretty great one, indeed, perhaps best summed up by Bob in another recent e-mail: "1967 was the 'summer of love'; 2007 is the 'winter of hate.' Come celebrate with Blood Spasm and (from Los Angeles) Gunfight, featuring Duane Peters (ex-U.S. Bombs and Huns). Also keeping this 'peace train' rolling are The Phoenix City Muggers, the Last Call Brawlers and Vanish Twin. This mess takes place Saturday, Nov. 10, at Vaudeville Cabaret, 110 E. Congress St., at 9 p.m. There will be no ballads, no emo, no Goth, no New Wave, no old wave, no holding hands to show you're in love, and definitely no sissy-ass so-called punk bands with numbers in, or initials only as, their names. Just balls-out punk rock and rockabilly. Five bands, no filler. This is the best show in Tucson this week according to me."

Dining Detours | Yum | Tucson Weekly
Similarly, Sam Robles, owner-manager of Scooter's Café, a little sandwich and coffee shop in La Placita Village, isn't feeling much pain. "Business has pretty much been the same," he says. "For me, the ride in is a pain in the butt, coming down Broadway, and so is parking, but we do pretty good, because we have a lot of regular customers from the federal courthouse and the city building. I can see how people complain because of the construction, but I haven't noticed any big problems."
Dillon, who owns the struggling Touch of Class, is trying to find some city-funded rent assistance. But city subsidies didn't save Central Bistro, which opened in the Historic Train Depot across from Hotel Congress and closed last August after a year and a half of operation; Central Bistro failed to develop a following even before street construction complicated things.
Robles, at Scooter's, is planning to extend his hours. Wer has vowed to overcome his financial troubles and reopen Casablanca. The owners of Hotel Congress will be taking over the space at the Train Depot (rent-free until March 2011), and around late spring will open a "grab and go" eatery and market there called Maynard's.

The Cowboy Way | Book Feature | Tucson Weekly
This is odd, since the whole concept of the Western has birthed some excellent films. Ride on over to Casa Video, and check out Lonely Are the Brave, The Wild Bunch, The Shootist, Junior Bonner, the Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns and (more recently) All the Pretty Horses, just to name just a few. But the books? Yech.
As with many of our finest writers, the man is a walking train wreck who should have died years ago. Five marriages. Poisoned twice. Shot once (though thankfully the gun misfired). Ice-picked in a bar fight--the weapon narrowly missed his heart. A plane crash. Nearly three decades of drink. And now heart trouble--seven heart attacks since 1987, including two during the writing of Wolves at Our Door. This guy is one tough hombre, and his writing reflects this innate toughness.

Soundbites | Soundbites | Tucson Weekly
Trash was recently involved in a serious train accident; he is currently in the hospital and in need of medical funding. To that end, the following will offer their services in an attempt to raise money for the cause: Al Foul, Al Perry, Tom Walbank, Great American Tragedy, Fort Worth and Found Dead on the Phone. Plus, hairstylist Patti from Dapper will be cutting hair all night, with all the proceeds going to Trash.
As for Burning Brain, it's yet another fine outing from the prolific Boots, who are currently rounded out by drummer James Grip and bassist Nathan Sabatino, who owns Loveland Studio, where the album was mixed. Brain is brimming with the ramshackle charm that Golden Boots have become known for, chock full of the warped, sun-baked psychedelic mixture of rock, folk and country that made us all love them in the first place. "Cellophane" is a catchy slice of fuzzy minimalism; "Ancient Buried City" sounds like the Beatles scoring a carnival ride; and the too-brief "West Nile Isle" sounds like Dylan doing chamber pop. Best of all, Burning Brain is appealing the first time you hear it, but after a few listens, it's downright irresistible.
THE ROOTS TRAIN STOPS AT THE RIALTO For four years now, singer/songwriter Tom Russell has piled a pack of fellow performers onto a train for a traveling music festival dubbed Roots on the Rails. The train is booked with fans who travel with the musicians, but the songwriters also book gigs along the route, so they can stop and play for fans who couldn't commit to the full adventure. Next Thursday, the train stops in Tucson for a performance at the Rialto Theatre. Along with Russell, ticket-holders will be treated to sets from Dave Alvin, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Butch Hancock and Terry Allen.

Media Watch | Media Watch | Tucson Weekly
But in light of other entertainment options, how long can terrestrial radio ride the same train? The opportunity for listener variety is enhanced by satellite radio and technologies in the iPod realm. I've debated with friends over the issue of familiarity and variety on a number of occasions: It still amazes me that at concerts, fans cheer the loudest for the hit. I don't really need to see Deep Purple play "Smoke on the Water," but I think it's pretty cool when they delve into something off the Fireball album. Hey, "Smoke on the Water," great riff, but a song completely destroyed by radio's redundancy.


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