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The
First Run F1
Back to the Future II
Back to the movies as M
McFly (Michael J. Fox) t
again in this basic rehash,
original. (At Fox - 9:15)
Born on the Fourth
As big a draw as Tom Cr
some, he's as much a cm

Weekend
plague for others. But his felt li
I performance as paralyzed versio
Vietnam vet Ron Kovic is the least2
highlight of Oliver Stone's larger- besid
arty than-life film. If for nothing else, older
othe go to see him scream the P-word. Show
of (At Briarwood - 1:00,4:00, 7:00,
9:35; Showcase - 1:00, 4:00, 7:15, Driv
10:00) Elde
vise s forTand
uZse i for Courage Mountain Freer.
'emadc Obviously somebody out there barri

list

The Ten Percent
solution

ike the Shirley Temple
on of Heidi wasn't enough. At
now she has a love interest
des the goats, in the form of
man Charlie Sheen. (At
wcase - 12:35, 2:40, 4:45)
ring Miss Daisy
rly Southern woman Jessica
dy and chauffeur Morgan
man break down some social
ers. Adapted from Alfred

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Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning
play, performed in Ann Arbor last
semester. Strange casting award
goes to Dan Ackroyd as Miss
Daisy's son Boolie, who can't
seem to pick good films
consistently to save his life. (At
Showcase - 12:05, 2:20, 4:25,
7:40, 9:40, 12:10)
Enemies, A Love Story
A tragi-comedy set in the years
immediately after World War II
about a man who is emotionally
involved with three women at the
same time: his second wife, his
mistress, and his first wife, who
was believed dead. Sounds like
he's tired! From the Isaac
Bashevis-Singer book, and
critically acclaimed everwhere.
(At Briarwood -12:00, 2:20, 4:40,
7:10, 9:40)
Glory
Matthew Broderick, Morgan
Freeman, and Denzel
Washington star in this lauded
film about the 54th Massachusetts

Regiment, the first Black
battalion in the Civil War.
Directed by Edward Zwick, a
producer of thirtysomething. But
don't hold that against him. (At
Briarwood - 12:00, 2:20, 4:40,
7:10, 9:45, 12:00; at Showcase -
7:10, 9:40, 12:10)
Hard To Kill
Martial arts stud Steven Segal
chops and kicks his way through
the evil men who killed his
family. Don't expect much
dialogue. (At Fox - 7:30, 9:45;
Showcase - 12:40, 3:05, 5:15,
7:40, 9:50, 11:50)
Henry V
Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of
Shakespeare is grittier than
Olivier's version but makes an
admirable transition from stage to
film. (At Ann Arbor 1 & 2; Fri:
4:30, 7:05, 9:35; Sat: 1:30, 4:30,
9:35)
Internal Affairs
Internal Affairs is the division

A wicked farce of mistaken identity
from Russia's great comic writer
and dramatist Nikolai Gogol
(Dead Souls, Diary of a Madman,
The Overcoat).
University Players
Directed by Richard Klautsch
Mendelssohn Theatre
Feb. 22, 23, 24 at 8 PM
Feb. 25 at 2 PM
Tickets are $10 and $7;
Call 764-0450 or 763-TKTS.

An important new voice has
been added to the chorus of local
newspapers and media this
semester, with the birth of Ten
Perant, "A news-monthly for the
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Gay
Community,"
according to the
masthead on the new
free paper.
"We would have
liked our first front
page to have been
about the positive
aspects of being gay
just as much as you
would have," the
paper editorialized. Phi
"We could have
ignored the negative COb
stories."
But they didn't.
The first issue featured stories
on two recent series of anti-gay
incidents, one at Eastern
Michigan, the other at the wCBN
station offices in the Student
Activities Building. The message
in both stories, and a central
theme of the paper itself, is that
attacks-against lesbians and gay
men need to be reported and
addressed in public.
"If no one reports acts of

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harassment or discrimination, no
one else realizes it takes place."
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According to Ten Percent, last
term a staff member of wCBN's
companion station, wijx-AM,
vandalized the desk
used by the station's
gay radio collective,
and defaced materials
pertaining to lesbian
and gay issues.
"Hey fags and
dykes," he wrote, "I
have a right for AIDS
free environment...
Castrate all Fags, Rape
p all Dykes. Straight
white men are #1!"
n The incident was
not reported to the
University's Affirmative Action
Office, wrote the paper in an
unsigned article, because the
radio station's leaders were
worried about a heavy-handed
response by the Administration.
This would not be -
unprecedented; the
Administration moved to tighten
control over the station in 1987,
after racist comments were aired.
No one should be questioning
wcBN's commitment to gay and

lesbian issues (the station has
welcomed the Closets Are For
Clothes program, produced by the
gay radio collective), but
conflicting interests here raise an
awkward dilemma.
Ten Percent argues the radio
station covered up the incidents
(in lieu of an internal
investigation) to protect its own
interests. And certainly the daily
discrimination, intimidation and
violence that gay men and
lesbians experience need to be
exposed. And yet the University
has a dismal track record on this
issue, so reporting the incident to
what the Administration calls the
proper place would in this case
have been of dubious worth.
The Administration has failed
to respond adequately to the
recent demands for change
submitted by the Lesbian and
Gay Men's Rights Organizing
Committee (LaROC) - which
included removing discriminating
clauses in University housing
policies and adding "sexual
preference" to the University
non-discrimination statement.
The demands are essential,
basic, and undeniably needed -
things the University has been
under pressure to change for
years. The University has also
failed to address similar cases of
discrimination and harassment in
the past.
Given the possibility of
Administration action against the
station, the decision to handle the
incident internally was probably

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correct. But the station should
have made the entire series of
events public through student
groups like LaGROC the Daily -
groups which can be trusted.
Then the public could have been
forced to confront the expression
of that hatred which lies below
the surface of its everyday life,
while minimizing the risk of a
crackdown from above.
Eu.
Exposing anti-gay sentiments
has been one of the most
important functions of gay
newspapers and magazines as
long as there's been an open gay
movement in this country. As
pervasive as this attitude is, the
mainstream media still find little
room to discuss it.
Bucking the trend last week
was the The Advocate, the national
gay magazine which released
quotes from a racist attack by cas
news commentator Andy Rooney.
Rooney's homophobia had been
widely reported, though quickly
forgotten (in some circles). But
with the latest remarks he seems
to have finally gotten himself in
hot water with the network.
"Most people are born with
equal intelligence," he told
Advocate reporter David Burke.
"But Blacks have watered down
their genes because the less
intelligent ones are the ones that
have the most children."
This confuses the fact that poor
people have more children than
rich ones, in general - and most
Black people, remember, are still
it
This was a recurring plot line
the entire two-hour show, as Jan
and Phillip try all sorts of
strategies to increase the odds
than Jan will get pregnant. The
show's focus, however, didn't
revolve around Jan's bed, but a
much graver and unBradylike
theme.
The episode could have been
called "Born on the Fourth of
Brady" as Bobby's racing career is
prematurely cut short when he
has a wreck at the Nashville 500.
Several scenes, most likely
inadvertently, mirrored ones in
"Born on the Fourth of July."
As much as Bobby's plight at
first resembled Ron Kovack's,
soon enough it became Bradyish.
Bobby falls down during rehab,
but instead of having his bone
come jutting out of his leg, Bobby
gets back up to the delight of his
family. Bobby doesn't go to
Mexico and fall into a trap of
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Tyson's fall took place in Japan,
not at the customary Trump
Castle in Atlantic City. Donald
Trump himself however, was
dealt a knock-out blow earlier this
week when his wife Ivana
announced she was filing for
divorce.
It seems Ivana claims Donald
eyes have been straying a bit too
often lately. Is it just a
coincidence that Trump appears
(fully clothed) on the cover of this
month's Playboy? I think not.
And just like that, the '80s are
gone. They didn't even linger
like the smell of Be Bim Bop in
your hair after you've eaten at
Steve's Lunch. We are left alone
to wander in the vast bleak
Beckett-esque universe of the
'90s without the consistencies we
came to depend upon.
At least we know one thing will
always be the same: the Bradys
will always be the Bradys. In the
land of the Brady Bunch, things

a bang and then lingered a b

are absolutes. After all, Mom
doesn't occasionally or often, Mom
always says "don't play ball in the
house."
We look to the Bradys for
guidance. They are our childhood
sages. Having trouble with your
finances? Do you turn to Donald
Trump's Art cf the Deal? Of course
not, you think of Mr. Brady
teaching the lesson of caveat
emptoror "let the buyer beware"
when Greg purchases that lemon
of a car.
Political problems? One can bet
Gorbachev saw the benefits of
multiple candidates when Soviet
Tv recently aired the Brady
episode in which Greg and Marcia
run against each other for student
government president.
And there's no doubt that part
of Buster Douglas' fight training
was a daily viewing of the fanous
Peter Brady vs. Buddy Hinton
title bout. Did you notice Tyson's
loose tooth after the fight?

The Bradys are always there for
timeless advice. There was never
a problem the Bradys couldn't
lick. At least there wasn't until
last Friday.
On that night the new CBS
series the Bradys premiered. It
started promisingly Brady enough
- Greg is a doctor, Cindy is a
morning disc jockey, Carol and
Mike have remodeled the famous
Brady abode, and Bobby is a stock
car race driver.
Refreshingly enough, none of
the original cast have become
better actors since the early '70s.
This aside, I could tell something
was rotten in Bradyland.
Soon I saw something I never
hoped I'd have to see, Jan and her
husband in bed for the purpose of
bringing a Mike and Carol a
grandchild. Though the romance
was hardly as sizzling as LA Law
or even The Wonder Years , it was a
long way from Bobby and
Millicent's firework kiss.

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WEEKEND

February 16, 1990

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