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IRT EXN1BINON"
The School of Art & Design's Slusser Gallery will
show the paintings of Mignonette Yin Cheng,
marking her retirement after 33 years as profes-
sor of painting at the University. The exhibit
opens Sunday, June 2, and runs through June 27.

ARTS

Wednesday
May 29, 1996

Mission: Impossible' disappoints Fashionably tacky British
Bybmth. -band Pulp comes to town

Mention the words "Mission:
Impossible" and the familiar strains of
the theme song by Lalo Schrifin come
to mind., The show has become an icon
of pop culture, as we came to expect
danger, excitement and thrills in watch-s
ing the television show.
On May 22, the IMF team came
back, after a six-year hiatus from the
television show. The brainchild of pro-
ducers Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner,
the film stars Cruise and was directed
by Brian De Palma.,
The movie opens with the team in
Prague, Czechloslavkia attempting to "Mission: Impossible" isn't short on action
track down a former Russian spy. The
spy held a copy of a "knock" list, a list of The one mainstay throughout both
the tog secret agents in the world. It was "Mission: Impossible" shows was Peter
up to the team to get it back. Not only Graves' Jim Phelps. Loyalty, duty, and
were they to do that, but their task was honor were words to describe him, and
also to follow the spy viewers admired the
to the jump point and KEVI Ew opening credits
nab both the spy and when saw him with
the buyerto whomhe Impossible thelit match. We had
Dietdby Brian Or Palma
was to sell it. with Tom Cruise, Jon voight and come to identify
With reliable Jim ving Rharnes with his character,
With reliable Jim At riaraanisrlei ti
Phelps (Jon Voight), *and his role in this
at the helm, the team movie seemed to be
embarks on its mission. Unfortunately, a contradiction in terms.
the mission is a decoy, and the team gets Another missing characteristic was
knocked off one by one: Jack (Emilio the element of teamwork. If there is one
Estevez) is caught in an elevator shaft, message coming from this movie, it is
Jim Phelps is shot, Hannah is killed ina "Trust no one." This film is a Cruise
car explosion and Sarah is stabbed. vehicle, as the rest of the Mission:
Only Phelps' wife Claire (Emmanuelle Impossible force, with the exception of
Beart, in her American debut) and Ethan Luther, dies. Cruise is typical Cruise in
Hunt (Tom Cruise), survive. With this film; his performance is not any-
eighty percent of the team dead, Hunt is thing special.
left to find out what went wrong. The writing is also suspect. The

By Heather Phares
Daily Arts Writer
"Revenge is gonna be so sweet?'
sings Jarvis Cocker of Britpop sensa-
tion Pulp. He should know: Since 16,
Cocker has worked on the band's mix
of sex, glamour, dirt and desperation,
spending that time close to poverty and
closer to obscurity.
Last year, however, saw a fairy-tale
turnaround for Pulp. "Common
People," a working-class hero of a sin-
gle, and the great album "Different
Class," made Pulp huge in the U.K.,
n - here, Cruise flees from certain doom. Cocker especially. Revenge is indeed
sweet for him. Now Pulp crosses the
writers attempted to break the movie Atlantic to tour the States, buoyed by

into two subplots, one dealing with the raves from the British press, and by the it's those crazy Brits, the glammy Pulp.
mole hunt, the other one dealing with American success that Pulp's fellow
Phelps. This made the plot jumbled and countrymen Oasis enjoy. PREi VIEW
hard to understand in places. The group's musical roots are fash- Plp
The film had its positives. Venessa ionably tacky - disco, glam-rock and St. Andrew's Hall
Redgrave's performance as an arms new wave. Synths, twangy guitars and Friday,May 31
dealer was excellent, along with the pounding beats provide a deceptively (3ors9opeM at o in
typically cool Ving Rhames (of "Pulp upbeat foil to Cocker's detailed lyrics.
Fiction" fame) as Luther, who allies The strutting guitar riff on "Disco 2000"
himself with Hunt. De Palma's direct- could be a souped-up T. Rex lick ... or a the cute ("If fashion is your trade, then
ing kept the film going at a high veloc- rip-off of Laura Branigan's '80s hit when you're naked I guess you must be
ity, and the location photography in "Gloria." Ballads like "Something unemployed," from "Underwear") to
Prague and London was wonderful. Changed" could be from the soundtrack the nasty ("Laugh along with the com-
This review is a warning to all peo- of some lost '60s romance movie. Pop mon people, even though they're laugh-
ple wanting to see this film: Do not be hooks and irresistible arrangments make ing at you" off of "Common People
fooled! If you are going to seea straight each song a compelling one-act drama. slamming a rich girl's slumming"),
spy movie and have no knowledge of As for Cocker's lyrics, he put it best Cocker's lyrics are spellbindingly good.
the show, you will enjoy this movie. For in an interview in Vox Magazine: "If But as its March appearance on "The
those who are expecting a "Mission: you write a really good song, it can have Late Show" proved, Pulp's live perfor-
Impossible" movie with similarities to as much impact as a novel?' "Different mances are crucial to understanding the
the television show, however, you will Class" holds a library's worth of bon band's phenomenon. As a frontman,
come away disappointed, as I did. mots and devastating put-downs. From Cocker is witty, sexy, theatrical, a bit
nerdy and profoundly charismatic, while
the rest of the band (guitarist/violinist
Russell Senior, keyboardist Candida
A 4 11 0 , 6D oyle, b assist S teve M ackey, guitarist
Mark Webber and drummer Nick
EE G LA SSES Banks) contributes to Pulp's image of
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