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Thanksgiving
In case you got, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Go eat some turkey,
stufifg, cra1berry sauce, sweet potatoes and whatever else floats
your Mayflower. Find a feast and act out your own version of the
Pilgrms landing on Plymouth rock and chowing down with the Native
Americans. Yu choose the time and the place. Call Mom for more
informatio.

Wednesday
November 27, 1996

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6unk originals Descendents return

t I think there's a different Aukerman said. Punk rock Icons the Descendents play St. Andrew's Hall on Saturday.
Being popular won't stop Nada Surf

Weezer, and gave him a tape of the Spanish record-
ings. He liked it a lot, decided to produce "High/Low,"
and the rest is history.
"High/Low" is a blast of power-pop energy which
can be likened to the style of Sonic Youth's "Dirty"
days, a comparison which flatters Lorca. "I love Sonic
Youth," he exclaimed. "They're
definitely an influence, just
SE V I E W~ because of the dissonance and
Nada Surf they're really arty. They just
ght, doors open at 5:30 seem to make really interesting
drew's Hal with Jawox music, you know?"
Tickets: $I Most of the lyrics on
"High/Low" are ambiguous and
poetic at times, which makes the songs that much
more interesting. "1 think a lot of the songs are about
... the theme of the way that you actually are and how

dph Flennes and Kristen Scott Thomas cut the rug in "The English Patient."

'Engli~sh Pa
manCe
By Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
Lately, a true romantic masterpiece
that combines elements of passion, con-
spiracy and drama, has been missing
from theaters. The film, lacking the lofty
topics that plaque frivolous love stories,
h somehow van-
iW into the R1
depths of cinematic
grace - that is,
until "The English
Patient" waltzed
onto the big screen. At Br
With its dynamic
cast of characters and heart-wrenching
plot, "The English Patient" pulls not
only at one's heart strings, but also one's
pA etive on life, love and relation-
s p& It enwraps audiences in the mis-
eries and the ecstasies of war, while also
revealing that destiny depends on more
than sudden desires.
This passionate story centers primar-
ily on two lives, Hana and her beloved
patient, in post-war Europe. Hana
(Julidtte Binoche) loves too much and
believes she has some peculiar jinx that
kills, everyone who loves her. She
e ounters this man (Ralph Fiennes) in
Wcare facility, who claims he cannot
remember his name; he has been
burned severely, and he is barely alive.
The relationship between them is a
stunning portrayal of two love-torn
individuals who are bound by despair
and hope to overcome the tragedy of
death. It is immediately one of amazing
understanding and devotion because
both understand the incredible devasta-
t that follows the loss of one's
sMored mate.
The plot is a bit of a mystery; each
scene is a single facet of an amazing
landscape that is not complete until the
end. The audience is left to speculate
much of the dramatic details, as little
innrntn ;cPni-1 i~nt d A~c

ti u'puts
ack 1n film
ing _ compassion. She is innocent, yet
intelligent, and immensely captivating.
A visit from a mysterious character,
creates some apprehension from the
two. Caravaggio (William Dafoe) is a
bitter man, who seeks revenge for his
betrayal in the sickly man. Dafoe con-

together for 14 years now."
Lorca explained how the current lineup of Nada
Surf came to fruition. "When we were 17 or 18, we
used to see this band in New York play all the time.
They were called the Fuzztones, and Ira was their
drummer" he said. "They were so good, and we used
to always watch them play and think, oh my god, if we
had a drummer like that - and now we do!"
Lorca, Caws, and the band's original drummer
recorded an album in Spain, Lorca's homeland, which
featured some of the songs found on "High/Low." A
Spanish mini-label decided they wanted to sign Nada
Surf. They had also decided that the tape was so good
that they wanted to make them big stars, even though
they couldn't possibly ever do that, being a micro-
indie with almost no distribution. "They decided they
wanted worldwide riots," Lorca said. "They wanted
four albums and blah blah blah ... it was too weird."
Nada Surf pulled out of the deal and came back to
the United States, where they hired Elliot to be their
drummer. They happened to bump into the Cars' Ric
Ocasek, producer of acts like Bad Religion and

you see yourself, and who you think you should be'
Lorca said. "There's so many things that stop people
from doing what they should be doing."
Nada Surf's big hit, "Popular" actually is just an
observation, because Caws and Lorca went to special
schools growing up. "It's not about us," Lorca
explained. "There were never any cheerleaders at our
school, or never any quarterbacks. For us, it's pretty
much like we're on the outside looking in, and that's
just the social anthropology of high school.'
Even though MTV has apparently created a hump
high enough that most bands couldn't get over it with
the overplaying of "Popular" Lorca said it's not a big
deal. "I don't really worry about that," Lorca said.
"We've sold 200,000 records. That makes me pretty
happy. At least everybody that I know that has
("High/Low") likes the rest of the album at least as
much as 'Popular,' if not more."
Lorca said he's not a big fan of radio and the label-
ing of music, but that it's a fact of life. "Alternative?
Alternative is the mainstream. What the fuck is that?
How could the mainstream be alternative? That's like.
fresh frozen," Lorca exclaimed. "That's like light, yet
filling. It's just total crap and that's what radio does."
"If anything, it makes me happy to realize I'm tak-
ing a little airplay away from Metallica or Bush. I talk
to so many people and I say (I hate them), and they get
so offended. They suck. You can quote me on that."
Another band who hates Bush. How fun.
Just because they get airplay, don't count out Nada
Surf yet. Their live show is intense and extremely
energetic, and they could really surprise you. Their
new single, "Treehouse,' is a little more indicative of
what you'll hear from this band, so check out the show
and see for yourself why Nada Surf has more to offer
than one hit and a crappy gimmick.

Nada Surf ikes to dry clean T-shirts and flannels.

EVIEW
The English
Patient
iarwood and Showcase
further enhanced

tradicts the placid
values of Binoche
and Fiennes, with
an acceptable con-
trast to their tran-
quill ity.
Each emotion of
the characters is
by the film's cine-

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matography. The classic designs of a
devastated Europe demonstrate a talent-
ed presentation of cinematic style. The
film's producer, Saul Zaentz, won an
Academy Award for "One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest," and "Amadeus;"
director Anthony Minghella ("Truly
Madly Deeply") displays artistic class
in this love story.
"The English Patient" brings hope
to the forgotten dramatic film. The tal-
ented actors portray forgone love with
the elegance of the classic motion pic-
ture. Fiennes, Binoche and Dafoe are
superb in their roles, making the film's
length almost forgettable. The com-
passion is a mystical blend of honesty
and deception; "The English Patient"
is an intimate look at the utter despair
of love.
"DISNEY MAGIC HAS
DONE IT AGAIN!!"
-Ron Breengon
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