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14 A - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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A few goo
SI lndy TaylorFabe and Lyle Henretty
Dail drts Editors
IT-ockbusters. Teen sex romps.
Q 'k solid comedies. Usually, these
=asaples of the summer film crop.
<1Wkver, a blight seems to have rav-
ig-d this summer's offerings, with
au-par action movies flooding the
heat'ers along with jackass comedies
thatgo beyond the normal accepted
Tet of stupidity. Fortunately, there
. rv a few old stand-bys and new
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d films slip through the cracks to save a summer of tripe

faces that came through for those of
us that continued to go to the theaters
after "Tomb Raider." The following,
are the few diamonds in the rough
that kept us entertained and moved in
a summer of schlock.
1. Shrek - It's a rare treat to find
a film that truly entertains little kids,
college students and adults. In the
grand tradition of "Pee Wee's Big
Adventure," "Goonies" and "Bill and
Ted's Excellent Adventure," "Shrek"
manages to bridge the gap between

sophisticated humor and fart jokes.
Mike Myers lends his voice as the
hermit-like ogre Shrek, who is forced
to come to the aid of all of the fairy
tale creatures of the forest when Lord
Farquaad exiles them to Shrek's
swamp. In the process, he begins to
appreciate that there is more to life
than making candles out of his ear-
wax. The animation in the film is
phenomenal, and the abundant and
sometimes blatant cracks on Disney
are fun to pick out. "Shrek" is a fur-
ther example of how animation films
don't necessarily have to have lack-
luster plots and dialogue like some
movies this summer that I could
name. (I'll give you a hint; it begins
with the letter "Final Fantasy."
2. Ghost World - Thora Birch
and Scarlett Johansson appear to be
stock teen angst characters and show
the reality and humanity of being
"alternative." Steve Buscemi turns in
the most touching performance of his
career as a middle-aged schlub who
befriends Birch's Enid. After their
high-school graduation, the two girls
plan to move in together and start a
life fighting the establishment.
Though as Johansson realizes that a
job in a coffee shop is necessary to

make a living, and Enid sees only
Bucemi's Seymour as her future, the
trio must face their fears of living out
life on Earth. The acting is tremen-
dous, and Terry Zwigoff's ("Crumb")
careful direction keeps the movie
from slipping into the "coming of
angsty-age" schmaltz that often
plagues films of this sort. Just as the
independent movemept is becoming
about as alternative as Coca Cola, it's
nice to see a film that takes its own
path and doesn't end on a happy
note.
3. Kiss of the Dragon - In the
era of wire fighting and computer
enhanced effects, a good old fash-
ioned, street fighting movie has all
but been forgotten. Leave it to Jet Li,
the small but unbelievably tough
martial artist (and this is without
hyperbole) whose moves are so fast
that he blurs the film. In this film, Li
plays a cop who is enlisted to help
French police in a sting but is double
crossed and must take to he streets to
survive. With one of the best opening
scenes in recent film, this film sets a
new standard for fight and chase
scenes to which all future ones
should be compared. The violence in
the film is extensive and graphic, but

courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Jet Li (center) dishes it out to some rude Frenchmen in "Kiss of the Dragon."

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