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The Final Countdown
Next week check out the final summer
installment of Daily Arts. It will be full
of great stuff like "Iron Giant" and
"Bowfinger"reviews.

ARTS

Monday 1
August 2, 1999 i10

Ghosts bring with them a 'Sense' of greatness
d don't believe it. This is a Christmas one - including his mother Lynn (Toni
movie in the wrong season. Though Collette) - which is eating away at his
It's a shame it's taken the summer of creepy, intense and often scary, "The sanity.
1999 until almost August to turn around. Sixth Sense" defies classification just Though Crowe doesn't believe Cole
Starting with like it closest creative equivalent when Cole reveals that he can see ghosts,
"Eyes Wide Shut" "Jacob's Ladder." Crowe has to heal Cole to restore his
and "The Blair Written and directed by M. Night confidence. At the same time, though,

Witch Project,"
The Sixth continuing on
Sense through "Drop
Dead Gorgeous"
and "Deep Blue
At arsarwsod and Sea," summer of
Showcase o Friday '99 has culminat-
ed in the best film
in the last couple
of years, "The
Sixth Sense."
Though Disney
has been market-
ing "The Sixth Sense" as a horror flick,

Shyamalan, "The Sixth Sense" starts
with psychologist Dr. Malcom Crowe
(Bruce Willis) and his wife Anna (Olivia
Williams) celebrating Malcom's award
for his work with children. Vincent Gray
(Donnie Wahlburg), an old patient of
Crowe's, crashes the party and tells
Crowe that he failed to help him, before
shooting the good doctor and killing
himself.
The next fall Crowe approaches eight-
year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment)
who is having the same problems as
Gray. Cole has a secret he won't tell any-

Crowe also has to work on saving his
marriage and stopping his wife from
falling in love with another man.
Not only will "The Sixth Sense" thrill
you, but it will break your heart. It proves
that filmmakers don't have to take the
edge off of a film to give ita dose of sen-
timent. Instead Shyamalan blends these
elements into a packagethat doesn't reek
of Hollywood.
Shyamalan's writing and direction
are wonderful, and he gets tremen-
dous performances from his cast,
particularly Osment and Collette.

Eclectic mix gets warped

By Jonah Victor
Daily Arts Writer
An action-packed carnival of
punk, swing, hip-hop, rap and ska
descended on
downtown
Pontiac as over
,a 30 bands per-
rped formed in the
Tour 1999 1999 Warped
Phoenix Plaza Tour. With six
July 25,999 stages there was
hardly a moment
to rest during the
eight hour festi-
val. Some of the
best skateboard-
ers in the nation
showed their
skills while fans
had the opportunity to mingle with

band members in the bazaar of mer-
chandise booths.
It was Detroit's Atomic Fireballs
who really got things heated up.
Their swinging jump-blues rivaled
any other band that day for its punk
energy.
"The crowd here today is great,
there's something about Detroit,"
said the singer of the Bouncing
Souls, who kept the party going with
their pop-punk. He was excited to
see his favorite Detroit band, the
Bumpin' Uglies, on the local stage.
"This is fun, the Warped Tour, yeah.
Why not?"
Rapper Ice-T changed up the pace.
While he delighted some, he appar-
ently annoyed many others. Backed
by an excellent band, the Black Eyed
Peas were the more interesting

MicHELLE SWENIS/Daly
A skateboarder got warped last week.
rap/hip-hop group on the tour.
Less Than Jake brought the show
to a climax with their intense ska-
metal-punk. A costumed crew began
spraying silly-string, shooting water
guns and launching water balloons at
thousands of dancing and moshing
fans. The fire-breathing Mr. Skull
brought the adrenaline rush to a
close with a blast of flames.
The pioneers of '90s swing, Royal
Crown Revue, cooled things down
with their jazzy "gangster bop."
Despite the intense heat and wearing
their trademark leisure suits, the
entire band sounded excellent as
they played some of their best mate-
rial.
"The Warped Tour is a sort of
rolling party," said guitarist James.
"It's a bunch of young people look-
ing for something to be a part of, but
don't know what it is."

Courtesy of Hollywood Pictures
Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment star in the thriller "The Sixth Sense."
The only fault to Shyamalan to admission; "The Sixth Sense" is one of
charge with is one or two dialogue these movies. Not only does it restore
hiccups. your faith in summer films, it gives you
Few movies are worth the full price of hope for movies in the future.
Nile resists labeling.
By Adfin Rosl dio) demonstrate that the group has
Daily Arts Editor subtly bolstered Spire's claim of the
Musicians hate labels. Let's face it, group's loose affiliation with death
labeling causes a band to fall within a metal.
narrow pigeonhole and leaves it open to Nile's strong commitment to deliv-
being ridiculed and slandered when it ering an excellent live performance
defies or goes outside that label. South has led it to embrace electronic toys
Carolina's Nile knows this predicament into its fold. Eerie samples and
all too well with it being labeled a death demonic screams that embellish
metal band. Nile's album horrifically come to
So what that the group utilizes subter- life thanks to the group's trusty co
ranean growls as its vocal delivery? And puter hooked up to Spires' foot
so what that the guitars and drums are switch and guitarist Sanders' arsenal
played brutally fast? Evident on Nile's of guitar synths and pedals.
debut album, "Amongst the Catacombs 'The technology is there you know?
of Nephren-Ka,' being 'death metal' You just need to know how to use it.
seems to be more coincidental than We've been practicing with it fer years
intentional. now and what do you know?'You knock
"We actually got really sick of being on wood and I think we're really getting
called 'death metal' so we came up with the hand of it," said Spiers. Sanders'
our own term, 'ithy-phallic metal!"' usage of all the gadgets while perfo
joked Nile's bassist Chief Spires. ing is also something Spires ackno
"Which basically means 'hard dick edges as something to see as, "he ends
metal' which is based on an Egyptian up doing a crazy dance keeping track of
word for 'very strong phallus."' Nile is all the tools"
rounded up by guitarists Karl Sanders, Also a step in defying conventions of
Dallas Toler-Wade and drummer Pete the death metal label, Nile has adopted
Hammoura. the Beatles' approach to its presentation
The group's heavy leaning on as all its members share vocal duties. "I
Egyptian and Middle Eastern history may be the one who talks to the audi-
as lyrical and musical fodder, utiliza- ence, but overall really me and the guys
tion of guitar synths, computer gen- all get to share the vocal parts. It really
erated sounds and a multitude of gui- lets us present Nile as a band and not
tar pedals (both live and in the stu- 'Chief Spites' bust' or 'Karl Sands
bed' ornything like thsat," eoncludes

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