October 27th, 2005 issue #0443

October 27th, 2005
  • 20 flicks: Film Fest hot picks

    "Movies and books attempt to find justice when the legal system fails," observes Richard Herskowitz, director of the Virginia Film Festival, as he segues into the theme of the 2005 Film Fest. "In/Justice" lends a certain gravitas to this year's festival, as do names like Vanessa Redgrave, who will be here October 27 for the U.S. premiere of her son Carlo Nero's film, The Fever, and John Grisham, who will speak at Culbreth October 28.

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  • Director's cut: Kathy Baker's nine lives

    Emmy and Obie Award-winning actress Kathy Baker, 55, is used to receiving– and appreciates-- minimal direction. If an actor knows his craft, she says, directors "shouldn't have to explain." Baker's in town for Nine Lives, her fourth collaboration with writer/director Rodrigo Garcia. Garcia's scripts, she explains, are "so beautifully written, it's all on the page, and you don't have to discuss [them] much."

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  • In deep: Local writer goes big-time

    Local novelist Matthew Jones is keenly interested in what he calls the "visceral stuff" in literature and film. If the new film adaptation of Jones' novel Deepwater is even a fraction as raw as his novel, it will be visceral stuff, indeed. Set in a mysterious town of Deepwater, Jones' dark psychodrama centers on a deranged love triangle at a run-down motel.

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  • Not his type: Robinson fought maniac image

    As the "Scorpio" killer in Dirty Harry (1970), actor Andy Robinson set a new standard for cinematic psychopaths. His Scorpio is a gleeful sniper/kidnapper/extortionist, whose every new atrocity tops his last. In reality, Robinson was a pacifist and vegetarian. That's why it's called "acting." Recently, Robinson, 63, spoke with the Hook about his multifarious career, and his most (in)famous role.

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  • Slap happy: Lawsuits bloom in Dogwood Valley

    Nestled against the Shenandoah National Park in Greene County, Dogwood Valley is a rustic subdivision of 320 lots carved out of mountainous terrain above the South River. But the bucolic vibe is challenged by some residents who allege that the homeowners association is run by a lawsuit-happy cabal who'll stop at nothing to get what they want– even pushing one citizen's property to the auction block over a $35 debt.

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  • Spicy: Everson goes drag (racing)

    Local experimental filmmaker Kevin Everson's entry in last year's Virginia Film Festival was The Spice Bush. This year, it's his newest work, Cinnamon. Appearances to the contrary, Everson is not developing a cinematic "Spice" franchise, a la Krzysztof Kieslowski's Colors trilogy. But if he were, Everson confesses, next up would be Curry.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Most new Charlottesvillians: The city wins its challenge of the U.S. Census Bureau[base ']s claim that the city[base ']s population dropped by 3,494 from 2000 to 2004. The ...

Editor's Note

  • Drenan's Katrina dispatches

    On page 87 of this issue, you'll find the first of several dispatches from the hurricane Katrina-torn Gulf Coast. The author is Charlottesville-based home consultant/inspec...

The Dish


  • Horrors! Grounded on Halloween night

    My oldest son has always been a real life actor. This is the kid who, when he was not much taller than the kitchen table, insisted on clomping around in a big old pair of c...

Question of the Week

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    ALBEMARLE 7/5  Daniel T. and Amy Thornton to Jedd R. and Megan M. Ferris, 0.169 acres at 15 Waterwheel Court, Mill Creek Village Homes, $209,000. Carl W. and Amy K. ...

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

  • Commercial construction permits

    ALBEMARLE 9/26-10/6  Richard L. and Linda G. Sharff, tenant upfit, International Black Belt Center, creating two spaces from one, $20,000. Essex House Condominium Co...

Real Estate - Update


    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: April 1, 2004 in issue 0313 ADDRESS: 2969 Catlett Road ASKING: $1,395,000 LISTED BY: Jim Bonner of Roy Wheeler Realty Co. 951-5155

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    November 1 at 1pm at the Greene County Courthouse Property: 4 Holly Lane, Green Lea subdivision, Ruckersville Debtor: unknown Amount owing: $96,000 Bidder brings: $9,600 o...

DR. HooK

  • Gown up! Fight cooties...er, MRSA

    I remember in elementary school, kids would touch each other to spread cooties. However, if you crossed your fingers, you were immune. Once I was tapped with cooties, and I...


  • Brick delay: Brick path reaches Corner

    How many months does it take to build a 300-foot brick walkway? At UVA, near Brooks Hall along University Avenue, it took about three months and nearly $100,000. But if stu...

  • Fear and football: Stampede taints UVA victory

    Euphoria turned to terror on Saturday night, October 15, when a fence collapsed and dozens of fans were trampled as they attempted to rush the Scott Stadium field after the...

  • Lethal buy: Wrecker ad offers refunds

    One of the more unusual ads The Daily Progress has ever published appeared last week, and it was hard to miss. First, it was big– 45 square inches– and position...

  • Pet policies: Protecting Fido in a crisis

    For years, I've been wondering when pets would enter the realm of policy discussion and political debates. The news media generally treats this subject as a business story ...

  • St. Bernard: Everything must go

    Normally a Charlottesville-based home inspector, Peter Drenan is on special assignment as a FEMA leader and a Hook stringer. This is the first in a series of dispatches fro...

  • Verdict stands: UVA rape verdict motion denied

    Two months after a jury found UVA grad Matthew Hamilton negligent in a civil case that shed light on date rape at UVA, a judge has ruled that the $150,000 award will stand....

  • Whole conviction: Collins not forgiven his trespass

    Albemarle General District Court routinely handles misdemeanor cases like trespassing, while Constitutional rights arguments are usually reserved for higher courts. Yet, in...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Career change: How to make it happen

    These days, everyone is a career changer. No one is going to keep the same career for 40 years. How boring. People change, so careers should change. But why do people have ...

Strange But True

  • Trash talk: Be careful what you toss

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. How much could someone tell about you from a look into your garbage? Are you rich or poor, city dweller or suburbanite, wasteful or ...




  • Don't attack marchers

    In response to the essay [October 6: "Brass tax: Reasons to bring back Pep Band"], a couple of disclosures. First, like the author who admits a bias because of her former m...

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