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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 2, 1987

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'Some Kind of Wonderful' makes the grade

(Continued from Page 7)
world in which teenagers are the
center, in which emotions are
awards to be displayed. Wonderful
moves away from this a little,
though. Here we catch glimpses
of parents and siblings which,
though minimally, resemble those
of the 'real' world.
But this aside, Some Kind of
Wonderful works, and works well
thanks to Hughes' new menagerie

of 'teen' actors. Eric Stoltz
(Mask) plays Keith, a slightly
eclectic student who is having a
little trouble coping with his
unpopularity at school. He's the
kind of kid who chose to 'do his
own thing' instead sacrificing his
,soul for the }flightly trends of
teenage life. Stoltz is good and
simple. He doesn't take his
character to the limit. Stoltz takes

it easy.
Lea Thompson (Back to the
Future) is Amanda, Keith's infat -
uation. She's in the right crowd,
has the right boyfriend and has the
right looks. But when Hardy, her
beau, flirts with the other girls
one time too many, she accepts a
date with Keith, defiantly.
Amanda uses her position to gain
friends and influence teachers, but
she is not 'happy' (another file in
Hughes emotion cabinet).
Thompson doesn't have much to
do in this role. Usually, she just

either smiles a lot and looks
pretty or pouts. Thompson is
bland but so is Amanda.
Stoltz and Thompson do a fine
job in their respective characters,
but Mary Stuart Masterson is the
real fireworks of this movie.
Butch-cut hair and laden with
leather and torn denim, she plays
Drummer Girl, Keith's best friend
who gets her aggression out on
the drums. She discovers that she
is in love with Keith and thus
becomes increasingly angered at
his advances toward Amanda.

There is no other person who
could have played the part of
Drummer Girl with as much
perception and grace as Masterson.
She cries a lot, but it works,
which is all that matters.
The supporting characters make
a fine impression as well. From
Maddie Corman, who plays
Keith's snide younger sister, and
John Ashton, who plays Keith's
father, to Craig Sheffer,
portraying Amanda's boyfriend,
they build a solid foundation for
the film.

Overall, director Deutch seems
to work much better here than in
his first film, Pretty in Pink.
Some Kind of Wonderful is a
crisp, simple film; not over-done.
The characters interact well and
weave their way through the plot
carefully.
Some Kind of Wonderful
ranks, with Sixteen Candles, at
the top of Hughes' work. It has
its obvious flaws but it is not
insulting like most of his other
work, for he interprets, rather than
catorgorizes, teenage emotions.

Let Them Know
How You Feel! !
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Reehill Gallery exhibits New Mexican artist

By Lauren B. Shapiro
Lucky Ann Arbor residents will
have a chance to see the works of a
real New Mexican artist beginning

March 8th and continuing through
the month of April. The vague
constructions of natural materials
will be presented at the Reehill
Gallery by Abel Gonzales in his

works "Icons of the Spirit." Mr.
Gonzales currently resides in Ann
Arbor, but he completed his
undergraduate studies at the
University of Alburquerque in New

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Like many New Mexican artists,
Gonzales uses all natural materials
to give his works a special serenity.
Wood, feathers, grass, bones and
reeds make up a complete list of his
materials. Gonzales' works possess
a peaceful, spiritual quality through
their simplified paralell to nature.
Although Mr. Gonzales projects a
shy exterior, he freely expresses
himself through art.
During the two month show, six
major pieces will be presented in,
the Gallery. Mr. William Phillips,
who cares for the Rechill Gallery,,
says, "These works not only,
capture the peaceful side of nature,
they also capture the human spirit."
Phillips also added that he is
constantly searching for new,
emerging talent in Ann Arbor. If
you wish to exhibit and consider
yourself a highly finished artist call
William Phillips at 665-6359. He
is looking for unique and truly
expressive styles. Although the
Reehill Gallery is booked for*
several months, Phillips says he
never tires of searching for new
talent since he feels it can help
young artists bring out the best in
themselves and their works. The
Reehill Gallery is located in St.
Aidan's and Northside Churches,
1679 Broadway.

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Records
Toby Redd
In The Light
RCA Records

Imagine if you will a meeting of
RCA executives. The Midwest
talent scout comes in gushing
about a popular Detroit bar band
that has some original material.
The executives start thinking.
Eventually they recall the success
of Huey Lewis and his start in San
Francisco. Then they think of the
Romantics! Hmmm, they think,
Detroit, hmmm, new faces,
hmmm. Then visions of money to
be made comes to them. It's a go,:
they say, get these boys in a studio!:
But how should they sound?
Well let's look at the charts. They
see Heart and Van Halen. Call the
producer, tell him what we want.
So far so good, right? Well
somebody forgot a couple critical,
elements in a band's success: good
songs and some individuality. Most
of the bands mentioned previously
had these when they started.
Unfortunately, Toby Redd comes
across as a mix of these same bands
at the inglorious ends of their
careers, rather than as fresh musical.
talent.
As if the music wasn't boring:
enough, these guys had to put.
lyrics to it. "Every Time I Run" is
kind of catchy, but just imagine
what a real songwriter could do
with this title and a love-in-the-'80s
theme. The rest of the songs
continue in the same vein, with the
word "I" surfacing in seven of nine
songs. How about this for a song.
title: "Love without Hate." Gee, I
thought these terms were mutually-
exclusive to begin with. On
"Tonight" the singer worries: "She
doesn't seem that impressed /
Maybe it's the way I'm dressed."
Right pal. Just before this record
finally ends, a bright spot does
appear in "Little Boy Lost," a
catchy U2-type tune without a hint
of subtlcy. I even caught myself
liking it, but that could be due to a
lack of new U2 songs to listen to.
Now imagine these same record
company executives a few months
later, pointing their finger at the
poor talent scout. Fuck this new
mvicir thai. thinkr T at'crmp iin

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