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Nicole Kidman starred with husband Tom Cruise in "Eyes Wide Shut" and proved
that she is one of the best actresses around.
John Cusack soared in the air traffic controller romantic comedy
even though the film fell apart in the last 20 minutes.
The summer th
"Limbo" represented both the best and
worst of film this summer.
"Deep Blue Sea" proved fun and excit-
ing, if not a little bit low brow
By Ed Sholinsky and Adlin Rosli
Daily Arts Iditors
Summer is a time to relax, kick back
and not work too hard. For students espe-
cially, summer is a time to turn off our
brains and clear out space for the barrage
of information that the coming semester
has to offer.
And this brain drain of sorts applies to
the arts as well. During the summer peo-
ple anticipate summer blockbusters,
catchy music, beach books and reruns.
At the movies people had the option
between a slew of bad movies with big
explosions and plots so over used that
even toddlers are starting to recognize
them. For weeks this summer people had
the choice between seeing "Star Wars:
Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
again or catching "Tarzan" or "Wild
Wild West" or "A Midsummer Night's
Audiences didn't stay away either.
Rather they went to the movies in droves
-- even though "Wild Wild West" still
couldn't turn a profit - though most of
the movies that people saw were quickly
forgotten. Honestly, does anyone remem-
ber "Lost and Found" or "The 13th
Even art house theaters, which are a
haven during the summer months, pro-
duced rather dry fare. There were over
praised films like "The Dreamlife of
Angels" or "Limbo," but again, most
were like "This is My Father" or "Lovers
of the Arctic Circle," forgettable.
Sure, there were some definite artistic
statements, from Stanley Kubrick's
"Eyes Wide Shut" to Mike Figgis' "The
Loss of Sexual Innocence," but neither
lit up the box office (even with Tom
Cruise starring in the former). Audience
rewarded simpler fare like "Big Daddy"
and the excellent "Star Wars: Enisode I
- The Phantom Menace" instead of
going for more difficult and heady
movies. Not that this is unusual for the
summer, but it still bares mentioning.
Following in the footsteps of moviego-
ers, the music scene this summer wa:
also a hotbed for unchallenging and saff
music. To prove this, the music work
this summer went "pop!"
The Backstreet Boys, N' Sync, 98'
Jordan Knight, Joe McIntyre, Britney
Spears and Christina Aguilera, to name
few, dominated the radio airwaves, M
concert venues and Billboard sales a
Sadly, thanks to current populatior
trends, there is a large demographic o
puberty stricken youths in America wit
large allowances who promise that this
current fixation of boy bands and good
looking youth-targeted singers will no
end anytime soon.
With the economy presently flirti
with a tax cut, be warned that the you
allowance may grow and may prolong
the musical mediocrity affliction we ar
An undeniable trend that became this
summer was rock bands fronted by rap
ping singers. This was ushered by the
success of groups like limp Bizkit an
Although both acts loaded up very
thinly on substance and meaningfu
lyrics, the middle-class suburban males
of America lapped it up.
This group of youths finally found at
anthem through Limp Bizkit thanks t
the group's single, "Nookie," where the
group proclaimed, "I did it all for the
Nookie," and single handedly summed i
all for its fan base.
Other rock offerings this summer
such as Lit's debut album and Suga
Ray's new album, left the impression tha
the genre should not have bothere4
offer anything at all.
The Latin music community crashet
this summer's music scene in full force
when Ricky Martin made "Livin' Le
Vida Loca" an inescapable hit song
The vine snapped early for Disney's ani-
mated version of "Tarzan," and it land-
ed on our Worst of the Summer list.
HaC setJnsourtes of Holywood Pictures
Haley Osment Jones In "The Sixth
Toni Collette In "The Sixth Sense."