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'The Lady From Shanghai'
Orson Welles' 1948 classic shows at the Michigan Theater tonight.
Welles stars as a seaman who gets involved in a murder mystery
aboard the yacht of a rich man, Everett Sloane, and his wife, played by
Rita Hayworth. The film starts at 7 p.m. and is $5 for students, $6.50
for others.

Tuesday
January 28, 1997

All i*s disappointing 'In Love and War' _

A

13y Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
Converting a true story of love and innocence into a
tale for a broad audience sometimes can move such an
audience to tears. It can pose identifiable aspects of
passion and deceit, so much so that it can be one of the
most profound films of___________
our day. R.EVI
Other times, the story
does not have the effect ofInLv a
s intent, and the result isInLv
blend of underdeveloped 9
feelings that have no such at showcase
impact. It attempts to
combine the most heart-wrenching elements, but it
only manages to prompt a mere sigh.
Take the Ernest Hemingway story, "In Love and
War," in which the love felt by one of
America's foremost writers is mangled
and tried against the odds. He has
expectations that only precede an
Smense downfall, and like
Femingway, we are disappointed in the
course of events that transpire.
The difference, however, is the
emotion in which the story is told
and that in which it is perceived. We
travel through Europe during World
War I from not only the eyes of a
young and bewildered newspaper
writer, but also those of a nurse
whose concepts of life are far ahead
of her time. Hemingway (Chris BullIock _
*'Donnell) arrives in Italy with the Red Cross only
as a morale booster for the Italian regime. IHe has
idealistic principles that make him hunger for the
front lines of World War I. The truth that no pre-
conceived notions have ever fully matched realistic

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outcomes never phases his soul.
He is vulnerable to war's greatest pains, and acts
without logical thinking. It is obvious that Hemingway
looks for trouble, but it's the kind of distress that stems
from a big heart that overwhelms reasoning. The
debonair and innocent-looking Chris O'Donnell has
the perfect facial expressions to fit the
mood, and his excitement matches the
EW naive notions of an American dreamer,
ld War but his personality does not quite seem to
parallel Hemingway.
Before our young soldier even
id Briarwood encounters trouble, we know that he is
bound for disappointment. Perhaps this
is one of the film's greatest setbacks. Depending, too,
on one's knowledge of Hemingway and his life, the
details and characters are almost disappointing. It is
highly anticipated emo-
tion that is never devel-
sooed. iainmsngvthne
soed.andineversnder-e
magic that accompanies
the story of love it aims

plot unfolds.
The dynamics between Ernie and Aggs is nothing
spectacular. He was in the hospital for what seemed
like an eternity, and the entire time, it's hardly as if she
gave him the time of day. She was the eye of many a
man's affection: Hemingway, his pal Henry Villard
(Mackenzie Astin), and a suave Italian doctor named
Domenico Caracciolo (Emil io Bonucci).
Whether or not Agnes was as lofty as she was por-
trayed is a mere facet of history. The lack of continu-
ous compassion between all of the characters hinders
the film's success and makes its emotions like a roller-
coaster that constantly varies.
Thle story itself has great potential, and that it is
based on truth rather than fiction eliminates the
fantastic elements that embellishes average tales of
woe. One of the film's redeeming qualities, howev-
er, lies in knowing that what
occurred on the screen did at one
' > point actually occur in the past. It
S was based on the novel "Hemingway
in Love and War: The Lost Diary of
Agnes von Kurowsky," written by
Hemingway's lifetime pal, Henry S.
Villard, and James Nagel.
Bullock is classy as the savvy Agnes
but class and emotion do not always go
together. She is the heart of the story,
and her confusion creates its demise.
"In Love and War" has the potential
to be a great tear-jerker, but it never
explains the characters enough to build
- up the water supply. The base for the
story is interesting and enjoyable, butsby the time we
are acquainted with the actors, someone leaves and the
film is over. It is a realistic story that is a regular story
of love; it is highly anticipated and never fully meets
expectations.

texplore.
51 When Hemingway is
wounded while i nvesti-
gating and befriending
Italian front line sol-
diers, he finds himself at
the helm of Agnes von
Kurowsky (Sandra
Bullock), an Americaustrsfretoan O'Donnell
Italian war hospital. Upon first sight, Hemingway falls
in love, or so he says, and before we know it he has
proposed marriage. The thought that Bullock pro-
posed in "Speed," of whether relationships created in
traumatic situations can last, crosses our mind as the

"in Love and War" stars Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell smooch.

Spencer
vxplodes
with 'Worry'
The Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion
Now 1 Got Worry
Matador
* Following their stellar, ultra-sexy
1994 album, "Orange," the Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion return with a faster,
noisier interpretation of the blues in
"Now I Got Worry:' While not quite as
catchy or excellent as "Orange," the
new album is nonetheless a pleasure to
listen to and a worthwhile possession.
Commencing with a howl from
vocalist/guitarist Jon Spencer in
"Skunk," "Now I Got Worry" quickly
'Occelerates into the band's unique
hybrid of funk, punk, blues. and soul, all
the while sung by Spencer in his Elvis-
like manner. Guitarist Judah Bauer and
drummer Russell Simins back up
Spencer nicely, as the trio tightly blis-
ters through the rest of the album.
Some highlights of "Now I Got
Worry" include "Chicken Dog," a col-
laboration with Rufus Thomas of
"Funky Chicken" fame; "R.L. Got
qoul," a tribute to Mississippi blues
great R.L. Burnside, with whom the
band collaborated for an album, "A Ass
Pocket of Whiskey"; and "2K(indsa
Love, a high-tempo song that's the best
extension of the good times of
"Orange:'~
-Aaron Rennie

Reviewing 1996's rock myths

By Aaron Rennie
Daily Arts Writer
Throughout the great and colorful
history of rock 'n' roll, there have been
a slew of interesting myths.
Perhaps you have heard some of these
gems: Ozzy Osbourne biting the head
off a live bat onstage (true, in Des
Moines, Iowa, in 1982. for which he
received 14 rabies inioculations in the
muscle wall of his abdomen) or Keith
Richards having all his blood replaced in
a Swiss detox center in 1974 (false, he
made it up as a joke when people asked
him how he
cleaned up his
"human labo-
ratory"). The
great tales of
lore, however,
have contin-
ued into the
present, so
good look at
some of them,
shall we'?:
Myth No. Nirvana
1: At least-
one of Better Than Ezra, Collective
Soul, Crash Test Dummies, Candlebox,
Deep Blue Something, or Dishwalla
will score another hit single.
Fact: Not a chance in hell -= one
can't make two Faustian pacts.
Myth No. 2 (heard last summer):
"Hey, man, did you hear? The drummer
from the Pumpkins OD'd on smack and
the non-Billy Corgan guitarist got
arrested for possession!"
Fact: That friend of yours "in the

know" was niistaken, as it was a key-
boardist touring with the Smashing
Pumpkins who sadly died, and Jimmy
Chamberlain (the drummer) did not -
he merely got sacked by the rest of the
band for being a liability. And while
James Ihia (the other guitarist) may look
strung out at all times, he was not
arrested and is still going strong, crack-
ing jokes that sail over your head and
making those weird facial expressions.
Myth No. 3: Nirvana and R.E.M.
were going to tour together and alter-
nate headlining (a Ia Guns N' Roses and
Metallica in
1991) before
Kurt Cobain 7
committed sui-
cide in 1994.
story, one
Michael Stipe
acknowledged
himself in an
interview last
year.
"Releasing R.E.M.
"Zooropa" was
bad enough, but now U2 are complete-
ly going off the deep end with their new
album, abandoning their fan base!"
Fact: Well, "Zooropa" was a bit of a
disappointment, but don't worry your
pretty little head, as "Pop" supposedly
will mix a good amount of sweet bal-
lads -in the vein of "With or Without
You" and "One"- with stellar dance-
able-rock, like the excellent first single,
"Discotheque."~
Myth No. 5: Liam Gallagher of

Oasis is a complete tosser.
Fact: True, as evidenced by his taking
the whole "Beatles" thing a bit too far,
flicking a cigarette ash on the head of
Fab Four rival Mick Jagger at the Q
Awards in London in November. But the
lad can sing, though (at least when he's
not getting arrested for being "ch~ained
to the mirror and the razor blade," as he
was the night of the ash incident),.
Myth No. 6: Americans have spent
33 percent more money buying 15 mil-
lion copies of Alanis Morissette's
"Jagged Little Pill" than President
Clinton and
Bob Dole
spent .com-
bined on
their 1996
campaigns.
Fa ct:
Horribly,
horribly true,
as pointed
'"Spin", arti-
cle.
Myth No.
7: Bush and "In Utero" produce Steve
Albini.= Nirvana.
Fact: Yeah, and Pamela Anderson
doesn't need a talent implant.
Here's' hoping that 1997 is as fruitful
a myth-creating year as those 4n the
past, and those who make the, news
come in the form - of the good
(Radiohead, U2, and James all have
new records coming out), the fat
(Screaming Trees), and the funny
(Beck).

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released "Now I Got Worry."

September 67
Lucky Shoe
The Enclave
September 67 is songwriter/guitarist
Shannon Worrell and drummer Kristin
Asbury. Under the watchful eye of pro-
ducer David Lowery (of Camper Van
Beethoven and Cracker fame), and with
the in-studio instrumental help of
friends such as former Dashboard
Savior Rob Veal, these two women have
crafted a solid, folksy debut album.
Lyrically, Worrell details relation-
ships, both familial and romantic, with

a keen attention to subtlety and nuance.
The often foreboding or troubled lyrics
bubble just under the surface of the
upbeat, hummable folk-pop melodies.
Musically, their sound is much bigger
than their numbers would suggest, aug-
mented by several session players on
bass, additional guitar and the occa-
sional violin. The tracks "Hazel Motes"
and "Poor Boy" are standouts, catchy
but not fluff.
Overall, while "Lucky Shoe" offers
little that is unique and certainly noth-
ing remarkable, it is a solid debut.
- Anders Smith-LindalI
See RECORDS. Page 8

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