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CIssicaI concert
The University Phiiharmonia Orchestra will be performing at Hill
Auditorium this evening. Led by conductor Pier Calabria, the ensemble
will provide a fine moment for students to hear something other than
the same old rock 'n' roll. The free show kicks off at 8 p.m.

Tuesday
l-qOctober 7,1996

Hanks leaps into directing,
does 'That Thing!' so well

Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly star in the captivating new movie, "Bound."

Noir film is 'Bound' to be a classic

Bryan Lark
ly Arts Writer
Starring Jennifer Tilly and Gina
,Gershon, "Bound" possesses the power
to tie you up and hold you prisoner for
"two amazing hours in a dark, taut, vio-
lent, stylish and daringly original envi-
ronmnent that echoes the great classics
of film noir
Bound for status as a modern classic.
the film revitalizes the now formulaic
story of two passionate lovers conspir-
iig to steal millions of dollars from the
mob by being simultaneously smart,
sexy, scary and
superb -- making
the fact that the RE
'lovers are both
female incidental.
C.r i m e ?'
Lesbianism? Bob
ole be warned!
Beginning with dizzying shots of the
,inside of a closet, tough protagonist
Corky (Gershon) is introduced -
bound and gagged among endless gar-
ments and hundreds of high-heeled
shoes, ironic for the brutish ex-con.
. r By the time you can say "flashback."
Gorky, tattooed and dirty, is in an eleva-
tor with obvious mobster Ceaser (Joe
Pantoliano) and his moll Violet (Tilly),
'ryo people who practically reek of
laundered money and Italian food.
Unbeknownst to Ceaser, the sparks
are flying between the female passen-
gers riding to the 10th floor, their chem-
istry and passion firmly established
within moments.
The seduction begins when Corky's
apartment is visited by a neighborly
Violet, replete with coffee and a low-
cut blouse to complain about the noise
Corky is making with her drain clean-
equipment.
The seduction continues the next day
Multimedia
opera
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By Stephanie Gilckman
For the Daily
Meredith Monk's performers have
nowhere to hide. The 10 singers /
ncers, two instrumentalists and two
children who make up the diverse,
highly skilled cast of Monk's newest
multimedia opera, "The Politics of
*Quiet," project only themselves from
an overwhelmingly white set.
Simplicity, blankness, a void ... Monk
initially scares us with her vision of
community and tradition as we
REVIEW
Meredith Monk
Power Center
Oct. 4 & 5. 1996

when Violet loses an earring in the
kitchen sink and beckons Corky and her
drain-snake (no innuendo there or any-
thing) to come rescue the precious
adornment.
After the earring scare ends, the fore-
play begins in Violet's posh Mafia pad.
Comparing and admiring tattoos, Violet
and Corky are soon in the throes of pas-
sion on the couch - wait, make that the
floor - but are soon interrupted by
Ceaser.
Sometime between witnessing
graphic Mafia-style punishments and
exchanging long-
ing glances,
V I E W Violet and Corky
consummate their
Bound relationship in

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one of the most
teasingly tasteful
love scenes in

recent memory.
With their bliss escalating, the beau-
tiful, intelligent pair forge a touching
(no pun intended) partnership that is
cemented when Ceaser returns from an
assignment with bloody bundles of cash
that add up to more than 2 million.
Violet and Corky see the cash as an
opportunity to be together without their
present volatile, mob-tied lives and
derive a brilliant, flawless plan to seize
the money from mob middleman Ceaser.
Without giving away the rest of the
unpredictable plot twists, everything that
could possibly go wrong does in a fast-
paced, enjoyable way that garners both
screams of delight and gasps for air.
During the flinging of many punches
and the firing of countless bullets,
Violet and Corky learn to love and trust,
and Ceaser learns more than he wanted
to about the female psyche.
Overflowing with attitude, "Bound"
puts its own unique spin on the dark
crime films of the 40s and '50s, mas-

terfully creating a world of high style,
convoluted plots, forbidden love, men-
acing shadows and a wrenching sense
of paranoia.
In fact, "Bound," the visually stun-
ning directorial debut of "Assassins"
scribes The Wachowski Brothers,
seems like the classic crime thriller that
film noir staples Burt Lancaster and
Barbara Stanwyck never made.
However, tough guy Burt Lancaster
probably would have never played a
parolee wearing little more than a beau-
ty mark, a sports bra and a smile. And
femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck most
likely never seduced a man by deliver-
ing a breathy line like, "l have a tattoo.
Would you like to see it?"
The innovative plot, cool imagery,
noir sensibilities and decidedly '90s
attitude are but a few of the many
incomparable assets of "Bound."
As Violet, the squeaky voiced and
sensual Tilly has never been this believ-
able as anything but a cartoonish air-
head.
Gershon delivers a performance that
exudes hard-shelled vulnerability and all
but erases the campy Cristal she
bumped-and-grinded through in the sex-
laden, yet not very sexy "Showgirls."
Pantoliano, who has made a career
of being an insignificant weasel in
films like "The Fugitive" and "Bad
Boys," marks his promotion to leading
man-weasel with his portrayal of the
harried, clueless Ceaser.
Though definitely not Oscar-friendly
or blockbuster material, "Bound" is
nonetheless a wonderfully worthy film
that smashes taboos, crosses genres and
manages to arouse, surprise and sicken
in a one-of-a-kind movie experience.
Trust me, after experiencing
"Bound," you will not view Jennifer
Tilly, Gina Gershon, sex scenes, toilets,
yard clippers or white paint in quite the

By Bryan Lark
Daily Arts Writer
"That Thing You Do!" is the wonderful fable of a four-man,
one-hit band that does that thing they do with a song called
"That Thing You Do!" The song becomes the thing to do in
the summer of 1964 and is definitely the thing you should do
in theaters this fall.
If you find all those unspecified things overwhelming,
here's the extended version.
"That Thing You Do!," written and directed by newly dis-
covered Renaissance man Tom Hanks, is a simple, spellbind-
ing, poignant comic romp through the music industry in the
mid-'60s, focusing on the birth and
sudden fame of the one-hit Wonders.
The ballad of the band begins in con- R1
servative Erie, Penn., where a quartet of
young musicians is anticipating its first A/
gig as a talented, yet nameless unit.
Considering such forgettable names
as the Chordvettes and the Heardsmen. At Sri
the band consists of brooding, hunky
frontman Jimmy (Jonathon Schaech), wisecracking, sex-
starved guitarist Lenny (Steve Zahn) and a timid, future
Marine bass player (Ethan Embry), known enigmatically as
"The Bass Player."
Desperately needing a drummer, the three band members
call on old friend Guy (Tom Everett Scott) to take over as the
heartbeat of the band and save their collective butt.
Practicing as a group for the first time, Guy suggests The
Wonders as the best name, but falsely intense Jimmy deems the
name too pedestrian and alters it to The Oneders, which every-
one else hilariously mispronounces as The Oh-Nee-Ders.
Nervous at the inaugural performance, Guy unwittingly
speeds up Jimmy's favorite melancholy ballad. "That
Thing You Do," turning it into the upbeat, toe-tapping
tune that becomes The Oneders' signature
and will have audiences singing along
and struggling to get it out of their heads.
"You-oo-oo, doing that that thing
you do-oo-oo ... ." Aaaah!
Before you can sing an entire
verse, The Oneders record "That .,
Thing You Do!" and word of the,
song and the band members'
dreamboat status carries across
the country like cries of torture
in Kathie Lee's sweatshop.
The band gets signed to
PlayTone Records by smooth-
talking hipster Mr. White
(Tom Hanks, looking
like he's eaten too
many of Forrest's
chocolates), who
promptly changes
its name back to
The Wonders and
offers them a degrad-
ing but lucrative space
on The PlayTone.
Galaxy Of Stars tour
of state fairs.

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Along with Mr. White, Jimmy's ever-present girlfriend.
Faye (the seemingly omnipotent Liv Tyler), and a cavalcade
of matching suits, The Wonders embark on a whirlwind rise
to phenomenal teen-idol fame that rivals that of The
Monkees. Whoa, now that's famous!
Their unexpected celebrity and lofty placement on the
Billboard chart lands The Wonders in Los Angeles, where
money, opportunity and beach blanket bimbos abound,
Predictably, all the giddy tension between the band and
their flunkies culminates in an explosion of sobering realiza-
tions about the record industry, their fans and each other,
leaving The Wonders no choice but to face the music.
Nostalgic without a sentimental
"Those were the days ..." voice-over
VIEW and catchy without being kitschy, the
That Thing film is an authentic, impressive debut
You Do! feature from everyone's "Bosom
Buddy" Hanks, but will not garner
him another Oscar. (As if he needs
wood and Showcase another ... Share the wealth funny-
man!)
Though Hanks is adept as writer / director / actor / janitor
chiropractor / God knows what else, the real asset to this
film isthe attractive, talented, young, largely unknown
ensemble.
As the original members of the band, Scheach, best known
as Winona Ryder's dim-witted, often wet and shirtless love
interest in "How To Make An American Quilt," Zahn of
"Reality Bites" fame and Embry of the doomed "Empire
Records" all manage to show great comedic timing and con-
siderable dramatic skill, while lip-synching to the compul-
sively likeable title tune in absurd '60s getups. Now that's act-
ing!
Aerosmith offspring Tyler also makes an impression as the
lusciously supportive Faye and more than lives up to her hype
as a leading lady of the future.
Showing the greatest potential to be
a star is the eerily Tom Hanks-In-
"Splash"-esque Scott who is funny.
charming and believable as Guy, the
one who makes "That Thing"
go right for the Wonders.
An innocent, heartfelt and
witty tale of friendship,
romance, dreams and the
price of fame, "That Thing
You Do!" is quite like anoth-
er widespread musical phenom-
enon, the Macarena - fun-for-
all, sure-fire hit with a good
beat.
But quite unlike the
Macarena, movie-goers
will probably not wish
"That Thing You Do!" back
to the hell that spewed it
forth by next week.
Undoubtedly, "That
Thing You Do!" will be
doing its entertaining
thing to you for many
years to come.

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