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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 6, 2000-13A

Vell locks
down
viewers;
tosses out,
the key
By Matthew Barrett
Daily Film Editor
Serial killers tend to be one of the
ore popular subjects for movies
and lately the majority of the films
about this topic have been nothing
short of atrocious. The setup is often
the same - see a victim die, see the
police worry, see the killer capture
another victim, see the killer torture
the victim, play cat and mouse for 90
minutes and bada-bing you've got a
movie. "The Cell" makes little
ception to this formula, with its
twist beitg that
psychotherapist
R '< Catharine Deane
(Jennifer Lopez)
The Cell enters the
killer's mind
through some
Grade: C- virtual-reality
At Showcase type machine to
and Quaity 16 find the location
of the latest vic-
tim, who just
maybe - is still
alive.
One of the
main problems
with this movie
is that the killer, Carl Stargher (Vin-
cent D'Onofrio) is caught pretty
much from the get go, which reduces
much of the potential for suspense.
argher is also an underdeveloped
aracter such to the point that we
could really care less about him or
his victims. In addition, there's really
never much of a doubt as to how the
film is going to end -- by capturing
the killer so early on the makers
painted themselves into an
inescapable corner.
!opez does an adequate job with
her role but shows nowhere near the
vitality and feistiness that she
sought to her character in "Out of
Sight." As the actress continues to
dabble in other forms of entertain-
ment it's beginning to seem as if that

WEEZER
Continued from Page 11A
(www.weezer.net) on which new songs
the band should include on an upcom-
ing third album. The band has been
playing four new songs at each show on
the tour.
So devoted are the fans, they listened
reverently. Usually when a lead singer
introduces a new song, it's the best time
to use the bathroom so you don't miss
the songs you want to hear. It's almost
guaranteed that the bathrooms at St.
Andrews were empty when Cuomo
announced each new song. About the
only time he spoke during the set was
to introduce "Mad Cow," "Too Late to*
Try," "Peace and Quiet" and "Super-
star."
Wilson said he is pleased with the
new material.
"I like it. It's kind of a cross between
the two (albums.) None of the songs are
arranged as crazily as stuff on Pinker-
ton was. There are songs on Pinkerton
with like 15 chords, but this isn't really
like that as much. The songs are tighter.
But I think some of the ideas on Pinker-

ton were good - like don't just play
chords but have an actual guitar part,
and I think we're going to have more of
that on this release."
The end of the tour should also sig-
nal the beginning of a new album.
"I think we're going to start record-
ing in the middle of October. I'm not
sure if it's going to be in Los Angeles or
New York, and I think Rick Ocasek
(formerly of the Cars) is going to pro-
duce it. He was our first producer."
The band met in Los Angeles and
played club shows in relative obscurity
until releasing a self titled album in
1994 with Ocasek's help.
"We just sent him a tape. We couldn't-
think of anybody who would be a good
producer, so he was like the only guy
we could think of," Wilson said.
Sharp is not the only member with a
side project to work on - Bell's is a
band called the Spacetwins, Wilson's is
called the Special Goodness.
"Mikey's in it," Wilson said. "We
have a new drummer, Adam Willard, he
used to be from Rocket From the
Crypt," he said.
"I think we're going to try to come to
the studio early when Weezer's record-

"...we're going to
start recording in
the middle of
October."
- Pat Wison
Weezer
ing, and like do a couple hours each day
before they get there. Maybe we'll have
an EP by the end of that.
"I think eventually we want to open
some shows for Weezer, although it
might be hard to play two shows in a
row. It wouldn't be hard for me,
because standing up and strumming a
guitar isn't that hard, and I don't sing in
Weezer, so I wouldn't have to worry
about my voice, but it's going to be hard
for Mikey, because he has to play and
sing a lot"
But whatever side projects are going
on, Wilson said he will return to Weez-
er.
"It works good when we're in this
band," Wilson said.

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Jennifer Lopez stars as Catharine Deane in "The Cell."

role will be the lone highlight in her
acting career.
More disturbing is the perfor-
mance of Vince Vaughn as the man
heading up the FBI group in charge
of the case. Vaughn looks stale and
uncomfortable whenever he's
onscreen and always seemsto be in a
hurry to say his lines as soon as pos-
sible. He just doesn't seem at ease
with his character and it's looking
more and more as if he'll never
recapture the magic of his playful
turn as the coolest of the cool in
"Swingers."
Also appearing in small and
underwritten roles (read- they
needed the money) are Dylan Baker
("Happiness"), Jake Weber ("Meet
Joe Black") and Marianne Jean-Bap-
tiste ("Secrets and Lies").

This film's initial setup and the
alternate worlds that we enter
throughout the story afford first-time
director Tarsem Singh plenty of
chances to get generous with the
camera movements and scenery -
something he never takes full advan-
tage of.
Singh and the others behind the
film throw every trick in the book at
us including swinging the camera
around and playing with the film
speed and sound, but none of this
seems to further the story or the
film. And in the end the film's con-
cept is much more interesting than
the finished product. So if you're
bent on entering the mind of a serial
killer, let Dr. Hannibal Lecter be
your tour guide and rent "The
Silence of the Lambs."

Getting involved is easy<
The University Activities Center is the largest
student-run programming organization at the
University of Michigan. UAC's mission is to
provide quality programming thatis both enriching

and entertaining to students, faculty, and staff.

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