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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 28, 1990 - Page 7

Got some time to-


Predator 2 T
dir. Stephen Hopkins


by Brent Edwards
The best thing about Predator 2 is
its tag line: "He's in town with a
few days to kill." That's amusing.
Look at the poster, read the funny
line, glance at the scary photo and
then go see a different film. If you
want to be scared, have someone say
aBoo!" to you; if you want to be
kept at the edge of your seat, see
Quigley Down Under; if you want
to see wit in the face of danger,
watch Mr. Belvadere - they will
have the same effect as this sequel.
A In the last film, a hunter from
outer space battled the bulky
Schwarzenegger in a hot jungle.
This time, a new alien takes on
Danny Glover in the even hotter
streets of Los Angeles (another jun-
gle, get it?). Glover's reputation as a
talented actor, which has been in-
creasing with each new film (Lethal
Weapon 2, To Sleep With Anger),
hits a brick wall here with lines like,
"You're cutting off my dick and
shoving it up my ass," something
he should have said to script writers
James and John Thomas.
The Thomases have created an
*L.A. of 1997 that is being terrorized
by two warring drug gangs, pre-
dictably despicable enough so that
the audience isn't too heartbroken
when the Predator skins them and.
rips out their innards. The police
unit in charge of fighting the gangs,
aid eventually the Predator, consists

of Glover as a brave and dedicated
Lieutenant; Maria Conchita Alonso
as a butch cop who's tougher than
most of the men; Ruben Blades as
Glover's long-time partner who gets
gutted by the alien and inspires
Glover's vengeful wrath; and Jerry
Lambert as the cocky new member
on the force who must be turned into
a team player.
Sound like the cast of every bad
TV cop show and movie ever made?
If not, how about the special federal
government force trying to take ju-
risdiction away from Glover, the po-
lice chief (Kent McCord of Adam-
12) who reprimands Glover for inter-
fering with the special force, and the
irritating reporter (loud mouth Mor-
ton Downey, Jr.) who keeps getting
in the way of the investigation. Ob-
viously, the writers are trying to
keep the audience from confusion by
being as unoriginal as possible.
Of course, most people who see
this will only want originality in the
violence. The opportunities to make
this Predator more interesting than
its predecessor were abundant, par-
ticularly given the urban setting, but
the result is just a couple interesting
gadgets and more infrared visuals. A
cat-and-mouse game between the
Predator and Glover is hinted at but
sees no realization other than an all-
out brawl at the end. Glover does the
job as an action hero, but he's no
Arnie and his lines are no Arnie-
isms. "That's right, asshole, shit
happens," just doesn't do it. Maybe
he needs an accent.

uhr breaks up week
by Jessica Bucholtz
Thursday's classes aren't all that important.
This is one of the theories behind Laughtracks, a student-run improv
comedy show that takes place Wednesday evenings in the University
Laughtracks began in 1980 and has been making University students
laugh ever since. This show features two or three student comedians who
strut their stuff for their fellow stressed-out peers. A professional
headliner follows. These pros work the Detroit and Chicago circuit.
Since its inception, Laughtracks has been making a growing number
of people chuckle. Since last year, the shows have been upped from an
every-other-week rotation to every Wednesday and the participants usually
perform to sell-out crowds.
The co-producers of Laughtracks, Jennifer Balaban and Eric Kurit, are
both quick to praise the show they organize. Balaban, an LSA
sophomore says, "Personally I think for three dollars it's the best
entertainment on campus. If you went to a real comedy club to see the
headliners we bring in you would have to pay twice or three times as
much. It's just a lot of fun."
To celebrate these years of making students laugh, Laughtracks is
having a special show tonight dubbed the "Laughtracks Welcome Back
Show." The show will feature the past Laughtrack committee chairpeople
who went on to become professional comedians - Harry Artin, Peter
Berman, Eric Champnella and Tom Manion. The show will be hosted by
the student comedian who is likely to follow in these performers'
footsteps, Tom Franck.
But Laughtracks is not just for comedians who are L.A.- or New
York-bound. Just ask Christoph Winarski. Winarski, an engineering
senior, is one of the few and proud University students who has
performed at Laughtracks. As a junior he tried out for UAC's Comedy
Company and didn't get in. "Earlier I had made the decision that if I
didn't get into Comedy Company I would do Laughtracks," he says. So
Winarski opted to garner laughs in a stand-up format. His first time
performing was last March, and he says he tries to do it once a term.
Winarski is also a big fan of Laughtracks. He explains: "It gives
people a chance to do stand-up, which is hard to find. You don't have to
have a lot of commitment to it; you just come up with material, tell
some friends, and do your thing. Being able to make other people laugh
is a great honor."
For Winarski, Laughtracks is also a great release from the pressures of
being an electrical engineering student. He says it allows him to "express
the lighter side of his personality." Winarski encourages anybody with a
flair for comedy to give Laughtracks a try and explains his attraction to
the medium: "Basically, comedy keeps me insane."
LAUGHTRACKS happens every Wednesday in the U-Club. Tonight's
WELCOME BACK SHOW begins at 10 p.m. Cover is $3.

The very frightening, deadly Predator, which lends its name to this film,
kinda looks like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Or is it Johnny Sokko's
Flying Robot?

PREDATOR 2 is being shown at
Briarwood and Showcase.

Al B. Sure!
Private Times... and the
Whole 9!
Uptown/Warner Brothers
Kyle West used to be so slick.
Sure!'s last record, In Effect Mode,
was easily his album as much as it
was his product's. The enveloping,
evocative atmosphere of classics like
"Off On Your Own" and "Nite and
Day" has been completely disre-
garded for more trite arrangements
and moods, notably the new single
"Missunderstanding." Al B. Sure!
and Kyle West have fallen into a cer-
tain complacency here, delivering
material that all sounds the same
and, worse, all sounds the same as
Black radio's boring status quo.
The difference between these two
records could also sum up the
difference between what "soul" is and
used to be. Forget "it's the singer,
not the song." Rather, "it's the
producer, not the singer," as West's
decision to leave all his technical
love-making tools in the shed leaves
Al B. Sure! clearly unable to produce
any organic passion to make up for
it (as if he had any).
Certainly, Sure! and West's de-
cision to leave behind the hip-hop
intellect of the last album for more
standard songmaking produces some
good work. "No Matter What You
Do," Sure!'s long-awaited ballad
with Diana Ross, can easily rest on
the mantle with R&B's most sultry
Not so good a career move is the
cover of The Eagles' "Hotel Cal-
ifornia." A few years ago, it was
Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly"
that was revamped with a masculine
voice and excellent re-interpretation
of the original song's mood. The in-

ertial Al B. Sure! is unable to add
anything relevant to this particular
cover, however. Even the most
spunky rhythm tracks on Private
Times get smoothed over with
painfully lethargic vocals, until it all
sounds like the collected works of
Freddie Jackson or Anita Baker.
Another frustrated question is that
of Sure!'s singing ability. His
crooning on tracks "Just For the
Moment" and "I Want To Know" ac-
tually is too ambiguous to give his
new turn for straight balladry the
conviction it needs. It is ultimately
quite difficult to say what Sure! and
West are missing on their new al-
bum. Either Al B. Sure! needs to
give his singing more character, or
Kyle West should work harder to
disguise this lack with his own fi-
-Forrest Green III

Continued from page 5
hero is pointless and unbelievable, a
wasted half-hour. And the romance
between Dunbar and Stands With A
Fist, the only white woman in the
film, is utterly predictable. Had
Dunbar fallen in love with an actual
Sioux, it would have been much

more satisfying and fitting with his
assimilation into Sioux culture. But
these failures cannot detract from the
film's beauty and accuracy. Like
John Wayne (The Alamo) and Mar-
lon Brando (One-Eyed Jacks) before
him, Kevin Costner has used the
Western to successfully combine the
roles of actor and director.
shown at Briarwood and Showcase.

In yesterday's newspaper, Forrest Green III's review of the X-Clan concert
misidentified the Kuumba representative who addressed the audience. His
name is Roger Fischer.

Al B. Sure! covers the Eagles' masterwork "Hotel California" on his new
album. This is an example of a bad career move.

Continued from page 5
"Detrimentally Stable" relies on a
clearly detached percussion sample,
possibly bebop, that makes it ab-
'sfractly fascinating to listen to. And
;"It's a Shame (My Sister)" is a direct
Sstatch from The Spinners with True
Iftiage crooning over the original
chorus (not to the greatest effect).
. , Following the trail of a number
of unappealing rap acts, among them
0 Manchester's MC Tunes, Down To
Earth proves conclusively that
lgnglish producers are neither dirty
nor insane enough to create truly
exciting rap music. Both "Monie In
the Middle" and "I Do As I Please"
are dying for the passionate interplay
of extremely contrasting levels of

bass and snare, creating the brilliant
excitement and conflict that only hip
hop can deliver.
There are some great saxophone
solos within, but Cox and Steele
clearly should make better use with
the almighty Roland TR-808. A
more kamikaze approach would have
made Down To Earth an absolutely
vital work in rap music. As it is,
Monie and her cronies are too in
tune, too logical, and too sane to
make a definitive mark.
-Forrest Green III

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