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July 08, 1982 - Image 7

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The Michigan Daily Thursday, July8, 1982 Page 7
r--A selection of campusfilm highlights

The Amityville Horror
(Stuart Rosenburg,1979)
There's nothing quite so bad as a
horror film that isn't scary. When
James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and
Rod Steiger stumble around their
haunted house, the typical audience
reaction is one of boredom. Even
weird, wailing music by Lalo
Schifrin can't help this one. (Thur-
sday, July 8; Michigan Theatre;

Singing' in the Rain
(Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)
You ain't heard nothing yet!, When
Hollywood finally turned to sound
movies, you either learned to sing
and dance or started pumping gas.
At least that's the way things look in
the quintessential musical that stars
Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in
the best performances of both
careers. "I'm singing' and dancin'
in the rain."(Friday, July 9; Lorch
Hall, 7:30, 9:30).
Pennies From Heaven
(Herbert Ross, 1981)
Combination drama-musical-
fantasy, this film contrasts the no-
win world of depression-era


Night of the Living Dead
(George Romero, 1968)
Though inferior to the sequel Dawn
of the Dead, Night of the Living
Dead manages to fill you with
repulsion and horror on a fairly sim-
ple level. It seems that certain dead
people can't stay dead, they just
wander around eating the living.
(Thursday, July 8; Michigan
Theatre, 5:15, 9:15).
The Point
(Fred Wolfe, 1971)
A delightful, fanciful animated story
of pride and prejudice. Backed by
several Harry Nilson songs, a young
boy named Obligo must face the out-
side world because he looks dif-
ferent. Along the way, the boy and
his dog Arrow, meet all sorts of
bizarre people. (Friday, July 9;
MLB 4, 7:30).

Godley & Creme -'Sneak
Attack' (Atlantic)
If you thought Kevin Godley and Lol
Creme's other albums were
schizophrenic, you haven't heard
anything until you've heard Snack At-
Unlike their other LPs since leaving
10cc, which were surreal montages of
sound borrowed from every source and
mixed into a mysteriously mild-
mannered potpourri, Godley and
Creme narrow their scope on Snack
Attack and even get specific in a couple
of instances. But if you think this
separation into songs with distinct
melodies and moods would reduce their
manic eclecticism, you're verywrong.
Side two, for e ample, jumps'from a
sweet and "true -Smokey Robinson
tribute to a Poe-like short story placed
in Another Green World setting. Then
it's on to a number that sounds for all
the world like The Platters Zappa-ed
out of their right minds. Finally, all hell
breaks loose in a psychedelic
recreation of catty party chatter that
must have one of the most ungodly
complex vocal arrangements in the
history of recorded music.
As if that weren't enough, the
majority of side one is composed of
peculiarly erudite updates of stories
taken from old Strange Tales comics.
The remainder of that side is composed
of a circuitously complex and
ultimately impossible verbal math
problem that flows into a tongue-
twisted tribute (I suppose) to Ralph
Records. (If it isn't meant for Ralph
Records, it certainly ought to be.)
True, the whole thing's damn near
psychotic at times, but it's just as
calmly and unshakeably professional

as you'd expect from these renegades
from 10cc. Godley and Creme sound
like they've been locked into a padded
studio with their own manufactured
paranoias a bit too long. But their
faultlessly sweet voices, backhanded
wit, impeccable musicianship, and
quirky mastery of studio technology
have so far proved more than equal to
the task of facing their own sonic
Altered States creations.
Trust me, though, the music isn't
going to be the problem in comprehen-
ding this album. It's going to be the
words. They're printed in full on the
back of the record jacket, so I'd suggest
you give them a look over before
picking up the record, just so you'll
know what you're getting yourself into.
Snack Attack is undoubtedly a journey
to be taken . . . but not taken lightly.
-Mark Dighton

Classif ieds

Steve Martin in 'Pennies From
America with the make-believe life
of Hollywood. Steve Martin handles
the serious stuff as well as the toe- -
tapping dance numbers with grace
and sincerity. (Saturday, July 10;
MLB 3, 7:00, 9:00).
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