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The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, October 25, 2000 -- 9

inosaur icks et
he D.VD treatment

Matthew Barrett energy rush that the film gave view-
lily Film Editor ers in theaters is still present. This is .
one of those pictures that reminds us
about time, Steven Spielberg. what we really love about movies
l*y after years of making his the thrill of seeing dinosaurs on the
nry fans wait, Spielberg is big screen is one of the most memo-,
embracing the rable big screen moments of the past
DVD format decade for moviegoers. No one can
tand slowly create popcorn movies quite like
releasing his Spielberg and the director is click-
Jurassic films in what is ing on all cylinders here.
Park/The quiekly becom- "The Lost World" is a lesser Steven Spielbergdirected both human
lost World ing the dom i - sequel whieb is unable t o *t ak e World and Jurrasic Park. Whythe dino
nant form in the advantage of its talented and some- who had anything to do with
Grade: B h o m e - m o v i e what hipper cast - Julianne Moore, film. The documentaries are in
universal scene. This past Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite esting to watch as they lend a
summer, "Jaws" and Richard Attenborough all strug- amount of insight into the proces
hit the market, gle to get much out of their roles. As bringing the dinosaurs to the scre
and now with a whole, the movie feels like a cheap although they can get a little to
the release of imitation of the original and never is heavy at times. And should wef
"Jurassic Park" quite as suspenseful or scary as get what the driving force beh
and "The Lost Spielberg would like it to be. the "Jurassic Park" series is,
World," only the Both DVDs come with plenty of first trailer for the third installm
ndiana Jones" series and extra features which should please of the series, due in theaterst
schindler's List"remain untapped. viewers. The two discs contain summer, is included to remind
"turassic Park" is a joy to see on "making of" documentaries com- that in the end, dinosaurs are
* as the pure excitement and plete with interviews of everyone about green.
lighly-acclaimed baritone to
nake his UMS debut at Hill

URBANIA
Continued from Page 8
or even believable, but perhaps this
was a deliberate attempt to further
skew the viewer's sense of reality
and was actually ... no, I think not.
The only thing that saves this
movie from being a total disap-
pointment is the sardonically funny
Dan Futterman (best remembered as
Robin Williams' son in "The Bird-
cage").
As Charlie, his emotions seem
painfully real, but his authenticity
only serves to accentuate the medi-
ocrity of many of the other charac-
ters. Charlie doesn't seem to fit into
any previously determined stereo-
type, and the viewer is never quite

sure what he's going to do next or if
he's even sane.
"Urbania" has a mysterious film
noir atmosphere that is interesting
but predictable. The film borrows
heavily from other films of the
genre, and there are some
voyeurism sequences that could be,
right out of Hitchcock's "Rear Win-
dow."
The depictions of gay men in this
film transcend the silly caricature
that invade mainstream media, but
they are not enough to make up for
the failings of the film.
The ending is also somewhat dis-
appointing. Throughout the entire
movie, the plot seems to be building
toward some great reckoning, but
by the time it comes, it is expected.

as and animatronic dinosaurs in both The Lost
saurs needed direction is still unknown.
the
ter-
fair
s of
een,
ech-
for-
ind
the
ent
this
all

Jim Schiff
ily Arts Writer
rld-renowned Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel makes his
niversity Musical Society debut at Hill Auditorium
night. Known for the enormous power and conviction
his performances, Terfel consistently proves that his
acting ability and gorgeous voice
are a winning combination.
For an opera star as worldly as
Bryn Terfel, it comes as a surprise
Bryn that he grew up on a small sheep
Terfel farm in Wales. There, from an early
age on lie performed in several
Hill Auditorium singing competitions, known as
Tonight atS eisteddfodau. Since winning the
Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship in
1988, he has accumulated several
other awards, including the BBC
Music Magazine "Artist of the Year"
award in 1999 and a solo vocal
Gramophone award for An die
Musik. He also earned a Grammy
Award for Best Classical Vocal per-
le for his recording of Opera Arias.
We of Terfel's most acclaimed roles is that of
lo-zart's Figaro. He has had the opportunity to play
igaro in some of the world's leading opera houses,
dluding the Metropolitan Opera of New York, La Scala,
e Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Lyric
pera Chicago. A New York Times review of Le Nozze

di Figaro stated that "so confident was he in himself and
the easy power of his voice that nothing was exaggerated
.. it is hard to imagine a more satisfying performer for
the role."
Another landmark opera for the 34 year-old Terfel has
been Don Giovanni. He has been fortunate enough to
play Leperello and the title role. Terfel received notable
praise for both roles, but particularly for Don Giovanni.
The Financial Times declared that Terfel "is more than
just a singer: he is a dramatic presence ... it is not just
the supremely physical quality of Terfel's bass-baritone
that counts for so much in this part, but the intelligence
with which he uses it."
Terfel is also known for his ability to be a fighter,
both on stage and off. He is still recovering from severe
back pain that resulted from a herniated disc six years
ago. Though he underwent surgery to relieve the dis-
comfort, but he felt the pain again this February. Fortu-
nately, neither his voice nor his career suffered from the
surgery, and is back in tip-top shape for the current sea-
son.
In Wednesday's performance, Ierfel will perform
selections from Schubert, Schumann, John Ireland,
Debussy and several traditional Welsh songs. Ihe is sure
to use his exuberant on-stage charisma and powerful
voice through this wide variety of pieces. In Welsh
Magazine, Terfel has said, "you have to be yourself
when you appear on stage. I think that the audience
likes it more if they see a piece of you." The audieice
will luckily get to see a piece of the talented Bryn Ter-
fel tonight.

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