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Tuesday, July 6, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11

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1600 where a master violinmaker cre-
ates his masterpiece: The red violin. As
events unfold and time passes, we
absorb the red violin's enriching multi-
cultural experiences through the differ-
ent lives it touches.
the blending of these different time
periods (each with its own unique plot
line), which are enhanced by elegant
music, make this movie a masterpiece.
Girard carefully ties each era into the
next by continuously connecting the
past to the present partly through the
enigmatic twists of a tarot card reading,
and partly through presenting each new
"life" of the red violin as a puzzle piece
to the present (a violin auction in
Montreal). The film is a brilliant cre-
ation that stands out in the current glut
of summer movies.
Jeremy Salvatori

The boys from Sooth Park Incite a war with Canada after seeing an "R" rated film.

Adrien Brody and John Leguizamo star in t
Summer of Sam
Touchstone Pictures
At the Ann Arbor 1&2 and Showcase
"Summer of Sam" shocks. "Sam" is
director Spike Lee's latest film venture
and his furthest departure from his typ-
ical political commentaries.
'Sam" is an intimate portrait of the
ayton and Clarece neighborhoods in
New York City during its hottest, and
most dangerous, summer: The summer
of'77 -- the summer of the .44 Caliber
Killer, or the Son of Sam.
The film centers around the rela-
tionship between Vinny (John
Laguizamo) and Dionna (Mira
Sorvino). Vinny, a swinger and hair
dresser with a guilty conscience, sees
his marriage slipping through his
Ids just as the Son of Sam murders
b in. While cheating on his wife he
sees the killer and spends the remain-
der of the film in fear.
Vinny and friends, the police, and
just about everyone else has their list of
suspects and everyone is on a list.
While the Son of Sam murders are
not the central points of the film, they
do serve as an interesting back drop for
tl film. John Laguizamo's perfor-
ce is good, especially considering
his comedic background. The film is a
unique venture for Spike Lee content
wise and is pulled off well. "Sam" con-
tains Lee's trademark style, from his
personal cameo to his novel camera
angles. Though set in '77, the costumes
are period precise without being cliche
or flamboyant.
Though the film is gory, its use is jus-
tified. Overall, "Summer of Sam" is
exciting and atypical.
0 Brian Norr-is
An Ideal Husband
Miramax Pictures
At the Michigan Theater and Showcase
"An Ideal Husband" is the ideal date
et in 1895 England, Lord Arthur
y (Rupert Everett), a rich, hand-
some, and very charming bachelor, gets
pressure from is prudish father and a
multitude of bachelorettes to finally set-
tle down, citing him as the "ideal hus-

Courtesy of
he Spike Lee film "Summer
band." He falls in love wi
(Minnie Driver), the won
hard to get, but not bet
charm with the fairer sex
tage in saving Sir Robert
best friend, political r
"An Ideal Husband" i
movie you fellas won't n
see. This romantic come
short on either the roman
edy. The two central relati
film, Everett/Driver
Northam/Cate Blanchet
romance and chemistry, i
blossoming and stabilize
And Everett's one liner
hilarious, but steal the she
"An Ideal Husband" c
perfornances all around,
charm and wit to Julianne
trayal of the perfect vil
film's costumes and sets
nary and effectively fra
This film is definitely thi
er hit.
The Red Violin
Lions Gate Films
At the State Theater

f Touchetone Pictures Get Real
'of Sam." Paramount Classics
th Mrs. Mable At the State Theater
san who plays
fore using his '**
to his advan- "Get Real" is"a film that deals not
Shelton's, his only with the plight of being 16, but the
rputation and added challenge of being gay. This
rather unusual film addresses very real,
.s the kind of and yet somewhat unseen, aspects of
sind paying to life, many of which aren't always acces-
dy doesn't fall sible to everyone.
cc or the com- This gay coming-of-age tale is both
onships in the funny and heartbreaking. Steven (Ben
and Jeremy Silverstone), a 16 year-old with a high
, are full of IQ and absolutely no interest in sports,
llustrating the finds himself falling in love with beau-
ation of love. tiful John Dixon (Brad Gorton), school
s aren't only god and athlete. Apparently John feels
ow. the same way but has a harder time with
contains great his sexual orientation for fear of his par-
from Everett's ents and people finding out. The situa-
Moore's por- tion gets tougher for Steve and John in
lianess. The keeping their sexuality a secret when
are extraordi- the added romance and growing love
me the film. that they feel for each other becomes
s year's sleep- apparent.
"Get Real" is adapted from Patrick
Brian Norris Wilde's play, "What's Wrong with
Angry?" The predicament that Wilde
and director Simon Shore sets up is
both engaging and intriguing. Steven,
quiet and shy, has.somewhat of an easi-
er time accepting that he's gay than
John does. The filmakers do a terrific
job, as do the young actors, in making

This British film capt
realistic view of a world1
will never see. "Get R
about getting real in th
live our lives.
South Park: B
Longer & Unct
Paramount Pictur
Warner Brothers
At Showcase
You will most likely
next day. But somehow
Bigger, Longer and Un
gustingly vulgar and off
hard not to want to seen
Central's half-hour show
has been on cable for
years. Now with the rel
screen, the simplistica
toon not only remains tr
is a lot smarter then we
After watching th
Canadian film "Asses o
Park's leading personalit
Cartman and Kenny, wh
but goes to hell, becot
foul-mouthed than befo
escallates and soon Am
ing a cultural war on Ca
loud-mouthed midgetst
their own. "La Resistan

ures a true and parody of "Les Misarables," to try and
that most of us save the world from itself.
eal" is serious Director Trey Parker and
.e way that we producer/writer Matt Stone grab the
audience with perfect timing and the
Neshe Sarkozy never so subtle repetative use of vulgar-
ity which emminates right off the big
screen. Although "South Park"'s singa-
igger, ture songs, which include the fast paced
ut polka "What Would Brian Boitano
,,es and Do?" isn't intended to be a musical
most of the songs work very well. At
times, however, there is just too much
"South Park: Bigger, Longer and
Uncut"- a cartoon that is intended for
regret it the laughs has attitudes that are expressed
"South Park: in a presise and cleaver way. What is
cut" is so dis- apparent is that language still shocks us.
Pensive that it's The idea that a war erupts due to a
more. Comedy uncontrollable strong use of language
"South Park" introduces a morality debate within the
the past two film itself
ase on the big Neshe Sarkoz

animated car-
ue to form but
give it credit
e "R" rated
of Fire," South
ies, Kyle, Stan,
o not only dies
me even more
re. All of this
erica is declar-
nada. The four
turn and form
nce," a blatant

A masterpiece! Somptueux! the audience care equally about the
Director Francois Girard's new film, lives of both Steve and John. The ques-
"The Red Violin," travels through dif- tion that remains is whether both young
ferent times and cultures, and success- men will come out of the closet before
fully weaves these eras together so that they are found out.
the film's with a seemingly immortal
red violin actually gives YOU a sense of
immortality. You walk away from the
film with this trailing immortal feeling, * *"
thinking, "Wow, that was a damn good
The journey begins in Italy circa
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