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AS IN FLAGRANT FAILURES

Dr. T': The T stands for terrble, trite and trash...

By Leslie Boxer
Daily Arts Writer
Througihout his care
Altman has ne ver portray
welL In fact, his films h

such awful women{
Dr. T&the
Women
Grade: F
At Showcase
and QuaIcy 16
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cha rac
has
accus
a n
Yet Al
est fil
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is a
womler
is
atte ml
fv the
tain d
his a
paint
realist
of

works at the JFK conspiracy museum
and must be involved in all of the
wedding decisions and his sister
:r, Robert (Laura Dern) is a drunken-divorced
ed women mother of three girls. In addition, he
ave created is the most popular gynecologist in
ters that he town and seems to service every
been Dallas socialite. His staff is all
ed of being women and his head nurse (Shelly
nisogynist. Long) has a crush on him.
tman's lat- All of the women in Sully's life are
m, "Dr. T. identical: They are upper class, well
Women," dressed, non-discript ladies. That is,
ill about until he meets Bree (Helen Hunt),
n -- there the one woman who is different from
even an all of the rest. Bree is an assistant
pt to glori- golf-pro who knows what she wants
m to a cer- and does not just want to be taken
degree. In care of by a man - she actually has
ttempt to a mind of her own. Sully is refreshed
a more by this women and falls for her
ic portrait effortless charms.
women, Of the many characters in this
v to tell a film, only four are men. Richard
dless driv- Gere, and his three golfing/hunting
d nowhere friends. The three friends are indis-
tinguishable and essentially have no
Dr. Sully role other than to show that Sully
ist, whose does know some men. Needless to
on women. say, these men fade into the back-
g husband, ground easily amidst the brightly
h Fawcett) colored, animal print wearing, fur
s mentally toting, Dallas women.
ter (Kate Sully seems to truly revere
is getting women. He names his hunting rifle
s a lesbian, after a women, he believes that each
Tara Reid) one is special, unique and should be
Ladies Manj

Courtesy o A rtsan
Richard Gere and Shelly Long in the same scene? Can the camera capture such presence?

CouResy of Cit stm PBur
We're Pedro the Lion, we play music you've probably never heard of - it's called e
Indie-roCkstars
Pedro the Lion play
t m P
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Altman has lost his abilit
ood story. "Dr. T." is mmi
l -- it is long, boring an
ar entertaining,
Richard Gere plays
Traivis. a Dallas gynecolog
life is completelv focused
U'e is a doting and lovini
who loves his wife (Farra
so much that she become
'ill. Nis eldest daughi
ludsonl), a cheerleader,
m arried ex en though she is
his y oungest daughter ('1

cherished. He seems to be Robert
Altman's alter-ego with respect to
women. Yet even with all of his def-
erence to the greatness of women, he
sees them as creatures that need to be
watched over and taken care of. This
is why Bree, a self-sufficient women,
is so amazing to Sully. What is most
disturbing is the way Sully's patients
conduct themselves in his waiting
room. Altman has made these Dallas
women revolting -- they are all shal-
low and impatient and whine like lit-
the girls. Each of the office scenes
!st belongs inz
started to feel sorry for Tim Meadows,
who stars as smooth-talkine ladies man
Leon Phelps, because after toiling as
"the black guy" on SNL for like 1()
years, you'd like to see him find some
success, rieht? But thcn I remembered
. that Meadows co-wrote the Script. so he
real ly has no one to bame for its "Night
at the Roxbur'' level of ineptitudel but
himself.
This film has all the quality of a bus
station skank.
- Di/t' Arts Editoirs t Gabe Fajurr
and Matthew Burrrett contributed to this
r'E'1 te'tt'

are painful.
Regardless of the way Altman por-
trays women, the film is terrible.
The plot is suspect, the dialogue is
pretty poor and the ending makes no
sense. Overall three pretty negative
features for the film. I believe that
the movie is simply a vehicle for
Altman to capture a live birth on
camera. It is the one scene that is
pretty remarkable -but I'm sure if
all you want is to see a live birth,
your parents have some pretty good
footage.
the garbage

Uy Chris Kula
1): i : lx Arts Far

includes the Stuart Smalley picture aid
the "It's Pat" movie. The script was

Um yeah, this movie is what I call
nasty.
I had the lights turned dowxn lowx, I
had my bottle of iCarvassier. I even had
a lady ooh, it-s a lady --- bnv side.
I was all ready for "The Ladies Man."'
tile nevest film in the proud tradition of
"Saturday Night Livc" sketches-turned-
movies.
Instead, I got a shit sandwich.
"The Ladies Man" just might be the
most unfunny of any SN L film, and that

The Ladies
Man
Grade: F
At Showcase
and Quality 16

attrocious, the
jokes 'were stale
and the plot is one
of cookie-cutter
fashion. Even Will.
Farrell, one of the
three or four fun-
niest men il the
world, turned in a
pitiful showing.
As long periods
of laugh-less
silence passed, I

By Andrew Klein
Daily Arts Writer
"If you want to ask any questions, go
ahead and I'll try to answer them hon-
estly," said Pedro frontman and primary
songwriter David Bazan during a pause
in the music as he tuned his guitar. In
his timid. quakinig voice, Bazan
responded to a question about his mar-
riage, first with a casual avoidance and
then with the
k. ga g truth: "There's lot
z, more conflicts
. '""""than I could have
Pedro the imagined.
Lion BItt it's really
Blind Pi good" This is the
Oct. 16. 2000 type of honsty
that fans have
coce to expect
from Pedro the
Lion. The band's
strategy is simple
1 and honest and so
far it is like most
things simple and
honest, hidden and cherished..
Since the band's first release, 1996's
"Whole," the band has emerged out of
the thick, weeping willow fields of
indie-rock to become on of the most
critically acclaimed bands of the genre.
In 1998, their first full-length album
"It's Hard to Find a Friend" earned
them a spot in Spin's "Top Ten Albums
You Didn't Hear." The band's most
recent albun, "Winners Never Quit,"
recorded by Bazan in his basement
allowed him to take the time to produce
what he had in mind rather than letting

it develop out of what happened in th
studio.
On stage, Pedro the Lion came ol
the same as they do o their albums
With little more banter than "thanl
you," what the audience saw was thre
guys playing mostly soft, melodi
songs about failure and broken relation
ships. It was only Bazan's appear
that really contributed to the live per
formance. Contorting his face for th
high notes and singing with eyes shut i
was possible to feel the tired calm, tha
the songs conveyed as the crow<
showed by nodding their heads slowl:
along to a mix from the band's cata
logue.
The band ran through such highlight
as the painfully sad "Winners Neve
Quit" in which Bazan sings, "Count
blessing / that you're such a fail
you're second chance / might neve
have come." The band did break thi
routine of slow simplicity for "A Mini
of her Own" in which Bazan tells the
narrative of a man murdering his wife
which includes the eerie repeated lyrics
"You put down that telephone / you're
not calling anyone" as the crashing
music becomes disjunct. The song
offered a perfect example of the ba"
powerful narrative capabilities. c
much so that at the end of the song i
was hard to look Bazan in the eye anm
see him as the same man who moment
before talked about how great marriage
is.
A Pedro show is not something tha
you get excited for and come out o
feeling exhilarated. If you do, you hav
mnissed the point.

Courtesy o Paramount
Hello, Ladies Man? My query is, "How
will you ever get freaky with a lady
after they see your horrible movie?"

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