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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 7, 1996

KANE
Continued from Page 5A
Still, the notes survived, and
"Savages" was the result. And while it
hasn't miraculously solved the prob-
lems the Ffuaorani face, the book has
drawn more attention to the abusive
and intrusive hands of the oil compa-
nies working in the Amazon region, as
well as the often questionable interests
of the supposed "good guys" --- mis-
sionaries and environmentalists.
Today, Kane said, oil companies like
Arco, Oryx and Occidental continue to
develop the Huaorani territory. But
Kane still helps the Huaorani (who are

now in touch with Kane via fax, phone
and mail) with fund-raising and con-
tacts in the region. Unfortunately.
Kane is unlikely to make a return trip
to Ecuador: "There's a price on my
head," he said, "... courtesy of the oil
companies."
Environmental issues do not interest
everyone, but as Kane said, the
Huaorani struggle is about larger
issues. As Kane said there is one thing
we can all learn from the Huaorani's
plight described in "Savages": "An
understanding of the real cost -- in
terms of human loss and suffering - of
the sort of greed that has made it possi-
ble to live the way we do"'

Seagal,

Wayans

glimmer in 'Man'

By Ryan Posly
Daily Arts Writer
For some bizarre reason. Hollywood
continues to churn out the typical mind-
less action film that usually stars Jean-
Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal.
The type is familiar: Contrived plot
involving some evil bad guys who are
usually either corporate or government.
some sort of unbelievably good-looking

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love interest and
a partner or
friend who gets
either killed or
seriously wound-
ed. Steven Sea-
gal's new movie,
"The Glimmer
Man." is no
exception to this
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ie joins the cop already on the case,
detective Jim Campbell (Wayans), and
the two (contrary to popular buddy-
cop-film belief) become friends. When
Cole becomes a suspect, Campbell is
the only one who helps him, and
together they set out to solve the con-
spiracy that involves people in high
places.
One of the big jokes here is that
Cole is a
Buddhist, and he
VIE;W wears beads and
e Glimmer funky clothes
Man that are the butt
* of many a wise-
& 2 and Showcase crack., Seagal
himself is some-
thing of an enig-
ma. Always calm and speaking in a
low voice, he nevertheless will break
numerous bones at the drop of a hat,
never changing his expression. He is
the only action hero to suffer no
wounds at the end of the film; while
Arnold, Sly and Bruce are usually
heavily bandaged by the end of their
films, Seagal is always perfectly
coiffed and clean. This is why people
keep coming back to his films despite
their obvious shortcomings - he is
mysterious, ambiguous and unbeat-
able.
Wayans provides an ingredient that
Seagal's films have been sorely lack-
ing: Comic relief. Not only is Wayans
funny by his own right, but he brings
out a lighter side of Seagal that is
rarely seen in Seagal's previous films.
The relationship between the two

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surprisingly entertaining.
"The Glimmer Man" provided
Seagal with his first opportunity to
work with a partner, which added even
greater possibilities for the typical
buddy-cop banter and the differing
personalities to clash. Added is the fact
that his partner is played by Keenan
Ivory Wayans, which provides the
always fun black-white dynamic to the
film. Thankfully, however, this aspect
is underplayed, and the bulk of the
film is spent on the intricacies of the
plot.
Seagal plays detective Jack Cole.
who is transferred from New York to
the LAPD to help solve a gruesome
serial nrder case that bears suspi-
cious resemblance to that of "Seven."

"Thank God they didn't kill me off in the first 20 minutes of THIS movie!"

detectives is one of the more entertain-
ing things about "The Glimmer Man."
Unlike the usual black-white partner
antagonism that goes on in most films
of this type, Cole and Campbell like
each other, and their friendship turns
out to be more refreshing than one
might think.
"The Glimmer Man"'s relatively
unknown director is John Gray, whose.
most notable work to date was the boy-
and-his-gorilla film "Born to be Wild."
For having never directed a big-budget
action film, Gray handles the stars and
action sequences with a surprisingly
deft hand. It is certain, however, that

Seagal, also a producer of the film, 141
much more input than Gray would like
to admit.
Regardless of who was in charge,
there is no doubt that "The Glimmer
Man" is one of Seagal's most entertain-
ing films to date, which unfortunately
isn't saying much. The story, written by
first-timer Kevin Brodbin, doesn't stray
too far from the typical Seagal plot, yet
it is complex enoughi to sustain our
interest for 90 minutes. As buddy-ca
action flicks go, "The Glimmer Man'O
no "48 Hrs." or "Lethal Weapon:' but it
is far better than the usual Van Damme
or Seagal riffraff.

Fun 'Fargo' contest invites you to win!
Sure ... you know the movie, but do you know what state the beautiful city
of Fargo is in? This week "Fargo," directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starrind
Frances McDormand (pictured), is finally on a shelf in some video store near
you. The film also stars William H. Macy as a simple Minnesota car salesmen
who hires two lowlife criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap
his wife so that he can collect the ransom. The video release of this film has
been a long-awaited, much-anticipated event, and it is certainly worth celebrat-
ing. And it's a great reason to give you some FREE stuff - 'cause that's exact-
ly what the Daily Arts section has (here, in our deep treasure chest of goodies
and complimentary promotional items). So we bet you'd like a "Fargo" poster or
other memorabilia related to the outstanding film. Just stop by the Daily Arts
Office of The Michigan Daily (located on the second floor of the Student
Publications Building, 420 Maynard St.) and tell us where you think Fargo is. If
you are right (and you get here fast enough), you'll win a cool "Fargo" poster to
decorate that bare wall in your room. Supplies are limited, so get on in here.

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