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Monday
February.2, 2004
arts.michigandaily. com
artseditor@michigandaily.com

ARTS

5A-

Courtesy of Comedy Central
Oh no, Antonio it's too sexy ... too sexy ... oh, screw you guys, I'm goin' home.
Foul-mouthed toon
returns on DVD

Courtesy of Sony
This movie
wasn't as
bad the first
time 1 saw it
..when it
was called
"Bring It
On."

By Todd Weiser
Daily Arts Writer
D V D RE'E
Respect their authoritah! Following
around four little fourth-graders for a
third time, co-creators Matt Stone and
Trey Parker had difficulty balancing
their time between their critically

SOULLESS TRAIN
B2K FLOP IN FILM DEBUT

By Mary Hillemeier
Daily Arts Writer

acclaimed film
"South Park: Big-
ger, Longer and
Uncut" and their
Comedy Central
hit. Season two
saw an increase in
popularity for
Cartman, Kyle,
Stan and Kenny,

South Park:
The
Complete
Third
Season
Paramount

MOVIE REVIEW
Anyone who is in the mood for a 95-minute
B2K music video complete with slow-motion
shirtless dancing and a sun-bleached Wade Rob-

son cameo is going to love
"You Got Served." The rest of
us should just forget it ever
happened.
To be fair, "Served" makes
no pretenses about the target
audience. With such promising
advertising taglines as "Make

You Got
Served
At Quality 16 and
Showcase
Sony

ton and Omarion, brothers and until recently
members of B2K) are captains of the toughest
underground dance crew in Los Angeles. Issues
materialize when David pursues Elgin's sister
(Jennifer Freeman, from a recent B2K music
video - obviously accounting for their red-hot
chemistry) and further outside pressures threaten
the brotherhood of the group.
A veritable land mine of paper-thin stock char-
acters emerge, from a no-nonsense grandmother
spouting cliches to the sketchy back-alley drug
lord dressed in all black with just the right
throaty scratch to his voice.
Rivalry for David and Elgin's crew arrives in
the form of the team's arch-nemesis: Goofy, rich
white boys who spit out sorry attempts at street
slang as their frosted tips glisten in the Califor-
nia sunlight. Will Elgin and David manage to
resolve their differences in time to unite against
the annoying racial stereotypes and win the Big
Bonre c ntest for a annd rize of $50009?

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usic montages, dance-offs and lots of skin,
aying that no one will remember to actually
y attention to logistics. Director Chris Stokes
oes have some excellent dance footage to work
ith but every time he pauses to develop the
ot, the rancid dialogue obliterates any sem-
ance of momentum.
Most entertaining by far are the dancing
quences. Fast-paced cinematography and
tchy tunes keep these scenes popping, although
e energy generated here only further condemns
e rest of the so-called action.
Further jeopardizing its own potential to be
ken seriously, somewhere along the way
erved" morphs into a hybrid MTV plug and
11 phone commercial. Product placement takes
a new meaning as cellies parade across the
reen in every shape and color and familiar
TV faces Robson and VJ La La Vasquez dom-
ate the last 20 minutes of screentime.
Often boring, anticlimactic and just plain
diculous, "Served" shows the numerous prob-
ms behind recording artists' hunger to conquer
e big screen.

but it was also the worst of the show's
seven seasons. Season three visibly suf-
fers due to the extended work habits of
Stone and Parker. Yet, with several clas-
sic episodes proving a possible future
beyond the genius of season one, it's the
show's most important year.
After nrntst nfrnm fans Stne and

crucifixion of a very hungry Cartman
in the "Spontaneous Combustion"
episode and the penis-envy satire of
Japanese toymakers/Pearl Harbor
bombers in "Chinpokomon," what else
do you need? Besides Cheesy Poofs, of
mi rc e

your move," and "If you want respect, you've got
to take it" teamed with appearances by Lil' Kim
and Steve Harvey, how could a true teenage MTV
addict not be intrigued? Still, someone should have
stennnd to reali e that a filmw hic h n ld inst as

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Parker are finally aboard for show com- easily be a 15-minute TRL feature has limited The suspense is maddening. ri
mentaries. Each runs about five minutes Show: **** promise in the feature film arena. "Served" takes its cue from the dance- len
in length and are the only special fea- Picture/Sound: **** Best friends Elgin and David (Marfquis Hous- obsessed films of the '80s, hedging their bets on th
tures included. Still, when you have the Features: **
Sun sets on aging 'Medal of Honor' series with fourth game

By Adam Rottenberg
Daily Arts Editor

Following in the footsteps of "Saving Pri-
vate Ryan's" brutally realistic retelling of the
invasion of Normandy, Electronic Arts began
its "Medal of Honor" games, a first person
shooter that places players directly into
World War II situations. The fourth install-
ment in the popular series moves the game-
play into a new place for action, the Pacific
theater.

Fans waiting patiently for a serious
upgrade for "Medal of Honor" and its aging
gameplay and graphics
will be extremely disap- M
pointed. What was once Medal of
a refreshing and interest- Honor:
ing take on the first per- Rising Sun
son shooter now has GameCube, PS2
antiquated visuals and and XBox
game objectives. Instead EA
of improving upon
"Medal of Honor: Frontline," EA took the
easy route, choosing to release basically the
same game with a new scenario.

The storyline is laughable and the nonsen-
sical, scripted encounters have little impact
on the plot. Most of these meetings lead the
player to the next task in the game, but
almost all of the tasks are menial and don't
feel realistic at all. The opening sequence,
featuring an escape from a ship in Pearl Har-
bor, is the most exciting the game offers.
Unfortunately, the rest of "Rising Sun" does-
n't compare to this one moment of interest-
ing gameplay.
The control scheme remains largely
unchanged, which is a good thing. The true
faults in the game are seen in the incredibly

ugly graphics. A few years ago when the last
game was released, graphics like these could
be forgiven, but not anymore. The back-
grounds look like cardboard cutouts and the
enemies barely distinguish themselves from
each other. The enemy Al is incredibly stupid
when compared to quality first person shoot-
ers like "Halo," as the Japanese troops never
do anything more than fire at you.
"Medal of Honor: Rising Sun" is an
unnecessary sequel that exposes the faults of
the previous games. For World War II buffs,
"Rising Sun" may entertain, but it is an unin-
spired game for everyone else.

Courtesy or EA
Stop, or my mom will shoot.

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