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June 28, 1996 - Image 112

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-06-28

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Abu, Arbor comes to West Bloomfield!
One o[lli•higan's finest Art FestitIals!

Free Admission

2nd Annual

West Bloomfield

Art Festival

Presented by:

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Featuring 250 high caliber
artists and contemporary
craftsmen from over 35 states

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Sponsored by:

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REVIEWS page 95

sistible invitation for sophomoric
repartee. Countless one-liners,
non-sequiturs, sexual innuendos,
awful puns, ridiculous sound ef-
fects and bodily function jokes
punctuate the film in a barrage
of laughter-inducing kidney
punches.
The pop culture references in
the film are not quite as esoteric
as in the television show. But
more people in on the jokes mean
bigger laughs and a wider the-
atrical audience for the cultish
"MST3K."
Call me stupid, but I giggled,

chortled, guffawed and snickered
through the whole screening,
which should readily appeal to
the dumb and dumber crowd.
For someone who took science fic-
tion films like This Island Earth
far too seriously as a youngster,
it was seventh heaven. If you're
in a glum mood, I'd prescribe
laughter as the best medicine.
MST3K is guaranteed to tickle
your funny bone.

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— Dick Rockwell

'Eraser'

Rated R

6 Eccentric

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Obsecuer

the charge to kill Schwarzeneg-
he past decade has seen ger, Williams and anyone else
the development of a who might be in the vicinity, us-
film sub-genre known ing every device imaginable —
as the Schwarzenegger and some you probably would
action flick; and this particular never imagine. Good guys and
mutant strain has heretofore bad guys exchange missives and
spread, seemingly, with an im- missiles with equal velocity un-
munity to conventional criticism. til the big confrontation at the
It is a futile task to attempt to end.
The plot in this movie, just like
corral and dissect these films us-
ing ordinary methods, and one with Terminator I and II and
might feel downright silly ana- True Lies, is only meant to serve
as a context for relentless
lyzing on the basis of con-
action, spectacular special
tent or plausibility. No,
oms effects
and glib dialogue.
there is only one question
For
that
alone,
I suppose, it
that needs to be answered when
it comes to a Schwarzenegger succeeds. But after following the
film. And so, with the Warner formula so precisely, film after
Bros. release of Eraser, we will film, the action doesn't seem so
ask the all-important question: exciting, the effects aren't that
special and the dialogue? Not so
Was it fun?
In Eraser, Schwarzenegger clever.
A movie can only one-up its
once again plays a secret
agent/superhero with a female predecessors so many times be-
sidekick. This time he works with fore it rims out of breath. Sever-
the U.S. Marshals, and his gal- al of the death-defying sequences
pal is pop singer Vanessa seem to be pilfered from other ac-
Williams. She's a former em- tion movies — and not just oth-
ployee of a weapon's contractor er Schwarzenegger films, either.
and Schwarzenegger has been Had this film been the first of its
assigned to escort her into the kind, it might have felt a little
Federal Witness Protection Pro- more crisp. Too much of Eraser
gram because somebody wants feels like outtakes from previous
releases.
her dead before she can testify.
Is it fun? Only when it doesn't
That somebody turns out to be
Schwarzenegger's associate cause total recall.
(James Caan), a corrupt and al-
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together unpleasant man. Caan
and his band of turncoats lead
— Richard Halprin

Moshe Goldbard

photographs

T HE DETROIT JEWISH NE WS

Stan Megdall

glass

Norman Sloman

JAMCE
CHARACH
EPSIEIN

sculpture

Nancy Wolfe

painting

U SE U

GALLERY

Artists' Reception

Public Welcome - Free Admission

July 11 from 6-8 p.m.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

108

6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield (810) 661-7641

Gallery Hours Sun 11-4 p.m., Mon-Thurs 11-6 p.m.

Vanessa Williams is about to enter the Witness Protection Program, and Arnold

Schwarzenegger will do anything to keep her safe.

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