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Pag e1-The Michgon C~oil IFri &F
y - r y, August 1, 1986
Aliens: Space-age 'Rambo' fizzles

platoon of very loud and very expen-
By Kurt Serbus dable Marines, who proceed to blow-
away everything on the planet with
A LL DIRECTOR James Cameron requisite Audie Murphy gung-hoism.
had to do was reign in his pen- In Alien, character revelations kept
chant for big guns and big body coun- pace with plot twists; in Aliens, the
ts (he directed The Terminator and only thing that gets revealed about
co-wrote Rambo) and he might truly the characters is that they've all got
have been the right man to film the balls. Big ones.
sequel to Ridley Scott's classy, The aliens themselves get a bum
classic thriller, Alien. He's got a deal, too. The original crew of the
definite flare for action sequences, Nostromo battled a hopelessly in-
and he even keeps a bit of the tension destructable creature which came up
and siege motif of the original. In this with a new defense everytime they
foul era of Rambo, however, the thought of a way to defeat it. In
commercial success of a~ picture Aliens, these things just throw them-
seems to be in direct proportion to the selves at the protagonists and get of-
amount of ammunition and ex- fed by the dozens. They become no
plosives used during the filming, and more formidable or fearful than, say,
it's with this mentality that Aliens hit the Vietnamese soldiers that got offed
the screens-big, brawling, - and by the dozens in Rambo, and that is
boring as hell. Cameron's ultimate failing-not that
Most of the suspense of the prequel he didn't create a worthy sequel to
derived from it's extreme Alien, but that in trying to take the
realism-thanks to some well-drawn story in a totally new direction, he
characters and some well-studied overplays his hand so blatantly that
character actors; the people on the he comes up with a movie devoid of
screen were real, making iden- fear. Devoid of decent characters,
tification natural and effective. In decent plotting, and decent suspense,
part two, Sigorney Weaver storms sure-but ultimately, devoid of even a
back to the aliens' planet with some few, good scares, and without that,
stock comic-book characters and a there's really no reason in the world
to see Aliens

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subjets iHthertinightulIsngs, year's Fables of the Reconstruction precise and entirely comprehensible,
FIat :515,5 1.6 7:159 ot e Pageant (I.R.S.) was a beautiful, far-reaching effort; which demystifies him to a degree,
HOWARD THE DUCK (PG) Life's Rich Pageant could not be but it was often too obscure, as the, but also drives this song home; it is
(No$25 eve1ng5onFi5 13 9 only.) any more appropriate a title for bandappearedalittletoolostintheir about the mechanization and in-
R.E.M.'s new album. While the band thoughts. In comparison, Pageant surgency of lhfe's rich demand.
---'" 510 0 continues to tackle a wide range of goes straight for the guts. In fact, "These Days" follows, possibly
LALCEAS(P subjects in their insightful songs, all critics may be pressed to find another R.E.M.s "My Generation." This is a
231 STATE 662s296 of the material fits neatly together in word besides "jangle" to describe furious, pounding song whose
FRIDAY THE 13th-Part VI (R) a rather uplifting, cohesive, and their sound. With a cleaner, stronger, spokesman sings, we are young
Vaityat2:15.5:15.7:15.9:15 definitely rock and roll sounding "rock" oriented approach for the despite the years, we are concer-
OUT OF BOUNDS (R) album. most part (this album was recorded in ned, we all hope despite the
aivo 0:00. 9:0 There's a very positive, dare I say John Cougar Mellencamp's home tes...take this joy wherever,
Dail aG 5E0,7:5G)3 inspirational feel to much of this new studio with producer Don Gehman), wherever you go.
THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE (G) material. While R.E.M. certainly and intelligent, thoughtful Despite its potentially depressing
Daily at 2:00,.3:45.5:30 maintain their realistic, often cynical songwriting, R.E.M. have created a theme, "Fall on Me" comes off as a
VAMP (R) point of view, they have dropped truly bewitching LP. gorgeous, plaintive prayer of a song.
(No $2.50 'eveni' n FTe13th Part VI only . ) much of the overly-experimental, The record opens with "Begin the Stipe, with the band chiming along in
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