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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 28, 1990

Never Say
Because Big Chief is leaving
town for a while, the Daily Arts
staff is giving YOU! the second
in our series of cut-outs of the
big people in the harder stuff of
rock. For seven long weeks, you
will be waited on more
pleasantly at Albert's. But you
ca n glue this motherfucker up on
your door to remind you of the
.men at sea. And you can catch
their farewell Ann Arbor gig at
the Blind Pig tonight. Show
starts at the usual time and the
cover is the same as always. If
you paste this cut-out to your
back before the show, maybe
they'll even autograph it or

. Freud is at the movies this week-
end. Rumor has it he covered his
analysis couch with blue velvet be-
fore he delved into his patients' per-
sonae and governed the weak accord-
ing to the laws of desire. At which
point they ran screaming out of his
office and threatened to blow up their
high schools, hence purging all of
their anal retention in cathartic fanta-
sia. These real-life Freudian incidents
have inspired filmmakers to docu-
ment their variations of this psycho-
analytic scenario, with Blue Velvet,
Law of Desire, Persona and
If you haven't seen Blue Velvet
and Heathers, you must live under a
rock. Alienation at cocktail parties
rivals Chinese water torture, but if
you've gotten along this far without
discussing the cleaver scene (Pabst
Blue Ribbon, dude) or Christian
Slater's fundamentally animalistic
sex appeal, you obviously aren't go-
ing to the right soirdes.
In the post-Twin Peaks era and
the era of posties in general, Blue
Velvet is even more relevant than
when it first came out. David Lynch,
has a marvelous ability to take the
middle-American, don't-fuck-with-
my-apple-pie setting and give' it a
psychotic twist where it really hurts.
Blue Velvet begins memorably in
its small-town setting, with flowers
of colors that just can't be organic
and a man watering his lawn. The
man collapses, his son (Kyle
MacLachlan) comes home to visit
him, and happens to run across a
severed human ear in a field. Kyle
and Laura Dern set out to solve the
aural mystery, leading them straight
into Isdbella Rossellini's world of
nightclubs, psychological depen-
dency and sadomasochism. Lynch

simultaneously satirizes the small-
town ideal while setting up sexually
perverse situations of astonishing
psychological horror.
In the black comedy leathers,.
new kid on the block Christian
Slater woos ennui-ridden Winona
Ryder. They kill her bitchy friends
and cloak the murders with suicide
notes and Perrier. The entire movie
is highly stylized, taking stereotypes
to their very hilt. It also treats
teenagers with a modicum of respect
in its biting script. Money-back
guarantee that you'll leave the the-
ater with some new slang. ("Fuck@
me gently with a chainsaw!" "It's so
Madrilefio wunderkind Pedro
Almodovar is definitely at his sleazi-
est in his Law of Desire which
shows with Labyrinth of Passion.
Law of Desire is typical surrealistic
Almodovar. He directs his favorite
leading actor Carmen9 Maura in a
film about a gay lovetriangle that
centers on successful director, Pablo
(Eusebio Poncela) and his trials and
tribulations in amor.
In Ingmar Bergman's superlative
Persona, Bibi Andersson and Liv
Ullman play two women -- a nurse
and an actor respectively. Ullman de-
cides not to speak after becoming
mute on stage, and the movie starts
after she's been admitted to a mental
hospital. Cheery and capable Anders-
son takes her to a deserted island to
cure her, and a captivating dynamic
unfolds between the two women.
Tlfe narrative is disjointed and frag-
mented to brilliant effect and Sven
Nykvist's cinematography is beauti-
ful. In its self-reflexivity and exper-
imentalism, the movie tests the lim-
its of the film medium.
See Weekend for times. -Jen Bilik

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