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June 12, 1996 - Image 9

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SPIKE AND MIKE
"Spike and Mike's Original Festival of Animation"
is in town - laugh and be grossed out by some
of the world's best animation. Michigan Theater,
Friday 5 p.m. and Saturday 5 p.m. & 11 p.m.

AwuS

Wednesday (
June 12, 19967

Big Three' power action-packed 'Rock'

3y Gabe Smith Determined to seek justice, Hummel
)aily Arts Writer and a team of highly trained commandos
To this day, a cloud of mystery hangs hijack a weapons depot, steal several rock-
iver the closed maximum-security peni- ets armed with VX nerve gas, and com-
iary called Alcatraz. Home to such mandeer Alcatraz, taking 81 hostages in
otorious criminals such as Al Capone and the process.
ohn Dillinger, the With the rockets
irison was most KnVyi nw pointed at San
amous for the fact that Francisco, the only hope
1o one had ever 1 Diedic haelay lies in an FBI chemi-
'scaped alive from its wth Nicholas Cage, Sen cal/biological weapons
onfines. Alcatrazd Ed Harrs expert, Stanley
-losed in 1962, but Goodspeed (Nicolas
oday ferries bring Cage), and a top-secret
learly 1.3 million tourists each year to the federal prisoner named John Patrick Mason
sland prison. (Sean Connery), the only man known to ever
SNow, producers Don Simpson (who escape from Alcatraz. With the clock tick-
led before the movie debuted) and Jerry ing, this unlikely duo, escorted by a group of
3ruckenheimer ask you to step off the Navy SEALs, embarks on a mission to avert
'erry and envelop yourself in the mystery disaster.
if "The Rock." In this action thriller However crude and illogical this script
lirected by Michael Bay, Ed Harris plays is, its rough edges are smoothed out by
trancis Hummel, a highly decorated, yet Cage, Connery and Harris. All three add
lisgruntled, military general who is human textures to their characters, especial-
ngered over the fact that families of the ly Harris, whose Hummel is not evil but
nen whom he has lost over the years in rather a sympathetic antagonist. Connery's
:ert operations have been denied com- Mason is surprisingly similar to Hummel -
6sation. both are patriots and both have been

Guns, guns, bUtirHere Cage and Connery
exhibit support for the Brady Bill.
betrayed by their country. Cage's
Goodspeed is quirky and a smart aleck at
times.
Michael Bay pieced the action
sequences together like a strobe light, rarely
letting up on the audience from one action-
packed scene to the next. However, writers
Weisberg and Cook leave too many unre-
solved issues, including an infamous roll of
microfilm. The movie is at the very least,
entertaining, but ultimately it is the "Big
Three," Harris, Connery and Cage, that
makes this movie one worth seeing.

Cocteau Twins milk the Sanctum
Throughout the '80s, the Cocteau Twins created some of the most
beautiful and innovative music of the decade. Liz Fraser's uncanny
gossamer voice and Robin Guthrie's shimmery guitar work both gar-
nered acclaim and inspired bands. The band's latest work, "Milk and
Kisses" (Capitol), finds the band giving Its fans more of what they
want - hypnotic, dreamy music, awash in ethereal voices and liquid
guitars.
"Tishbite," "Violaine" and "Seekers Who Are Lovers," in particular,
reflect that airy loveliness for which the Cocteau Twins are renowned,
while "Rilkean Heart" finds the group adding acoustic touches to its
formula.
Along with the new album, fans can rejoice over the fact that the
Cocteau Twins return to the Detroit area for the first time in nearly .
three years, playing Pontiac's Sanctum on Friday, June 15. An experi-
ence not to be missed, the Cocteau Twins in concert is as rare - and
beautiful - as a blue moon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and It's an all
ages show. Call (810) 33&2828 for more information.
-By Heather Phares, Daily Arts Writer

'The Phantom' fails to cut through the cheese
By Prashant Tamaskar Diane Palmer (Kristy Swanson), the characters. This is usually a good thing,
Daily Arts 'riter feisty niece of one of Drax's foes. but for a production this shallow, aimed
What could one of New York City's Surprisingly, the comic-book-esque at comic-book fans and younger audi-
richest, most corrupt men want with storyline is not what brings about the ences, it amounts to suicide.
three ancient skulls made of precious downfall of this film. In fact, it goes However, the excellent performances
metals? To rule the world, of course! rather nicely with the overall tone of the by the two lead actors should not be
to get the skulls, he has to somehow movie. This is because "The Phantom" overlooked. Burdened by terrible writ-
ispose of a cunning jungle warrior in doesn't take itself too seriously. Rather, ing. the charismatic Billy Zane manages
purple, named the Phantom. it chooses to combine the mindless plot to shine by mastering the art of dry
Such is the corny plot of Simon with cheesy humor, most of which is humor. As Drax, the boisterous Treat
Wincer's new film, entitled "The provided by the title character. Williams is the perfect foil to the more
Phantom," based on the comic-book The problem is, at some point you laid back Phantom. And as for Kristy
superhero of the same name. When a sil- wish the film would take itself seriously, Swanson, well, she always has "Buffy
ver skull is stolen from a cave that the rather than remain a mere farce. The the Vampire Slayer."
Phantom (Billy Zane) is protecting, he mildly amusing action scenes are few Let's face it. The comic-book
does not realize what consequences may and far between, while the rest of the superhero genre is getting old. It
a se. Apparently, when it is combined film attempts to develop the plot and the isn't necessarily that audiences are
similar Jade and gold replicas, it
creates a forcefield more powerful than
alt of Earth's armies combined. Xatder
Drax (Treat Williams), the masterminid
of a scheme to find all of the skulls,
seeks lo use the power for evil. However, X M V U S E
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Consequently, little attention is actu-
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