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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 17, 1990

Page 5

Rebel without a cause

Welcome Home,
Roxy Charmichael
dir. Jim Abrahams
by David Lubliner
In the post-John Hughes world of
teenage movies, it's cool to be the
lonely outsider. Just ask ultra hip
young actors Winona Ryder or
Christian Slater. They're making ca-
reers portraying members of the un-
popular crowd.
In her new film, Welcome
Home, Roxy Carmichael, Winona
wears black boots, black overalls, a
black flannel shirt, a black sweater
and even rides a black bicycle. She
is, without question, the consum-
mate rebel. Her character, 15-year-old
Dinky Bossetti, has trouble adjust-
ing to life in the simple town of
Clyde, Ohio. Dinky, the adopted
daughter of Clyde's best known car-
pet wholesaler, mopes around con-
vinced that she is the real-life daugh-
ter of the town's hero, Roxy
Roxy Carmichael is in essence
the female counterpart to Pump Up
The Volume, in which the cool out-
cast, not accepted by the rest of the

mainstream, finally wins out in the
end. Unlike Slater's intriguing
Happy Harry Hard-On however,
Winona's heroine is given little to
do by her movie's completely inane
script. Her performance suffers from
it, lacking any depth or originality.
And Winona is partially to blame
as well. She walks through the
movie (seemingly aware that it is
complete trash) and makes no effort
to create a new and different charac-
ter. Winona falls back on cliches in
attempting to emulate Ally Sheedy's
transformation from a slovenly so-
cial pariah to a beautiful high school
student in The Breakfast Club. In
her past roles, Winona struck that
perfect mix of precocity and inno-
cence. Here, in an attempt to be the
local eccentric, her facial movements
seem forced and her demeanor is
overly pouty.
Dinky and the other townspeople
await the return of its favorite daugh-
ter, Roxy, for most of the film. Jeff
Daniels delivers a straightforward and
understated performance as the well-
intentioned Denton Webb, Roxy's
childhood sweetheart, and although
their excitement and anticipation is
amusing at times, the abrupt cli-

matic scene is completely unsatisfy-
Roxy Carmichael is interesting
in one respect, however. It is one of
few additions to this genre that was
written by a woman, in this case,
Karen Leigh Hopkins. The feminist
perspective makes the film's over-
worked theme seem fresh. Female
bonding, rather than the typical
male/jock bonding that takes place
in most mindless teenage sex come-
dies, exists on various different
levels: between Dinky and her guid-
ance counselor and between two so-
cialites who are closet lesbians.
However, the film is directed by a
man, Jim Abrahams, and the female
viewpoint gets lost somewhere in
the translation. The end result just
reverberates into endless stereotypes
and cliches.
Hollywood correctly realizes that
there are a lot of unhappy kids out
there. But someone needs to tell to-
day's fimmakers that you don't have
to wear black clothininnear di-

Why so sad Winona? It's tough being the cool social outcast. Is life in Clyde, Ohio really that bad or has
Denton (Jeff Daniels) not been taking good care of your dandelions?

Catharsis defecates

by Kim Yaged
Catharsis is the purifying of the
emotions or relieving of emotional
tensions, especially through art,
according to Webster's.
The Kalamazoo band Catharsis
has reappeared on the circuit to ful-
fill this definition. With a line-up
change and a new LP in the works,
the band has set their sights on
*establishing themselves in the club
scene and they hope to move up
-from there.
If the University was to choose a
wchool band to epitomize their
"diversity" goal, Catharsis should be
it. "Free Was I" and "One Of A
Million Eyes," their two new studio
jracks demonstrate ways to combine
the best of blues, jazz and hard rock,
without ignoring the lyrics. These

tracks are to be included on their
second album which is scheduled to
be recorded live at Club Soda in
Kalamazoo, tentatively, on Nov-
ember 26.
The line-up has changed since
Catharsis formed in 1988. Nick
Petroff, lead vocalist and guitarist,
and drummer Brad Frank remain, but
j has taken over as bassist. This staff
change is the primary reason for the
delay between album releases. Since
Petroff writes most of the music and
lyrics, it is unexpected that the band
will sound much different.
Petroff says, "When j joined the
band... we became more of an
ensemble... Actually, the new
material comprises thirty to forty
percent of what we do now, as far as
our live show, we've got a lot of the
old material that we're playing. It

sheveled and frown a lot to be con The Pogues
sidered a social outcast in high Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,Yeah ep
school. It takes a lot less than that. PolyGram
ROXY CARMICHAEL is playing at There haven't been many really
Showcase and Briarwood. great rock bands. Maybe the Sex
Pistols, for the approximately five
minutes that they were around. The
M__ U S I CWho and the 'Stones and the Clash
m u sic all were great, but only at certain
points in their careers. The Beatles
basically sounds the same, if were probably as close to perfection
anything, it's just a little easier to'as a band ever got, but even that was
groove with." only from about Beatles for Sale to
Sergeant Pepper's.
CATHARSIS purge themselves at Sere Peperas.
theH ehieoftenthan not, great bands
th edleg tngt _ are in reality just vehicles for one or
soon-to-be defunct PONTIAC open- two greatindividual artists, like Iggy
ing. Doors open at 9:30 and cover is or Lou or John or Bono, and even
was just kidding about Bono) if they

are really great as a band, it's only a guably the consistently best band of
matter of time before they degenerate the '80s. Nobody stands out except
into doing Singin' With Spuds for Shane, and that's just because cf
commercials or worse. his GQ sense of style and born-foi-
The Pogues are a rare group MTV good-looks.
amidst a history of mediocrity, ar- See RECORDS, page 8
Top 10 Quotes By Students Regarding Resum es


"I do'tnedon.
"I like mine because I did it."
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"I had a Copying Specialist typeset mine."
"I took a resume writing class."
"I'll discuss my skills in the cover letter."


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find out what it means to be us.
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American Witer and Humorist

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