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10 -'Ihe Michigan Daily - Monday, May 17, 1999

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hours and got their 12 tickets, so
why t* 41-day sleepover?
"It's like getting a part of my child
hood back after all these years,"
Eckhart said. "I'm going to sit in a
dark theater for two hours, and I'm
going to love it. It's going to make
me happy. It's not like I live and
breathe the 'Star Wars' experience
or anything. It's more like being a
part of a huge experience at the end
of the century."
So, now what?
"I'm going to sit here and get
myself the best seat in the house,"
Alter said.,
On Wednesday, May 19th, at
exactly 12:01 a.m., their one year,
six-month and 48-day wait wil be
over. Their Y2K countdown clock
will stop, and they will witness
what, to them, is history in the mak-
ing.
OK, so maybe they are just a little
bit eccentric.
Just a little.
Daily Arts
763-0379

SLC Punk
Sony Pictures Classics
At Ann Arbor 1 & 2
"SLC Punk" is a humorous, loud,
crazed, in your face comedy that
touches upon some very esoteric,
thought provoking questions, such as
what life's true meaning and our exis-
tence within it.
Set in Salt Lake City, Utah in the
'80s "SLC Punk" is a portrait of a
recently graduated non-conformist,
Stevo (Matthew Lillard, "She's All
That"), who's faced with some major
life decisions. Stevo's father
(Christopher MacDonald) is an ex-
hippy lawyer and wants him follow in
his footsteps and attend Harvard Law
School.
Questions whether there is more to
life then being an anarchist and rais-
ing hell with his antisocial best
friend, "Heroin" Bob (Michael
Goorjian), whose hatred of needles
earned him the name, continue to
plague Stevo. From discussing the
disgust of hicks to the benefits of
holding an anti-establishment stance,
nothing seems to convince Stevo to
remain anti-government and loyal to
his punk friends.
Writer/director James Merendino's
flashback shots of flashbacks -

along with the irony
chists existing in
Mormon country -
unusual yet interestini
the connection in tI
rather weak between
drinking at the same
hatred at the "system
League, the overall i
film and its deeper me
ing.
Trippin'
Rogue Pictures
At Showcase
*
The latest trend in
be the focus on the tri
tions of the days of hil
the senior prom to gra
time heartbreaks. Hi
made a place for itself
Among the ranks of
popular high school
new release, "Trippin
"Trippin'," starring
("Clueless"), Dear
("Cosby Show") and
is a typical high scho
a suburban L.A., wi
twist. Greg (Richmon

of punks/anar- the mill "nice guy," has a crush on the
the heart of hottest and most popular girl in
makes for an school, Cinny (Cambell). His one
g set-up. While wish before he graduates is for Cinny
he plot seems to go to the prom with him.
Stevo's "tough" Unfortunately for Greg a few obsta-
time vehement dles stand in his way, namely Cinny's
n" and the Ivy boyfriend and Greg's non-college
ntensity of the bound future.
caning is amaz- In effort to impress Cinny, Greg
applies to college and lies about his
Neshe Sarkozy admittance to UCLA. Not surprising-
ly, his plan backfires.
June, Greg's best friend, is the
other main character. He plays your
typical hormonal driven high school
boy. With a one-track mind focusing
on the present only, June finds him-
self in trouble with the local drug-
dealer and his prom date's jealous ex-
films seems to boyfriend.
als and tribula- Although "Trippin"' produces a
gh school, from couple laughs, overall this movie was
tduation to first a complete failure. Not only does it
gh school has fail to accurately portray high school,
f in Hollywood. but it's not funny. The jokes are typi-
these ever so cal and geared for an unintelligent
movies is the audience. This film is predictable
"'" down to last scene, lacking any brain
Donald Faison stimulation for viewers.
n Richmond The young actors are the film's
Maia Cambell, only saving grace. These freshman
ol movie, set in actors are able to entertain audiences
ith a homeboy throughout this ridiculous film.
d), your run of "Trippin"' attempts to portray high
school in a comedic way but because
of the lack of substance and reality,
this film is nothing less than a disap-
pointment.

while it may seem a little more
geared towards younger audiences
than "Antz" (the other computer ani-
mated bug movie of this past fall), "4
Bug's Life" is a children's movie that
can be enjoyed by all.
No matter how hard he tries, Flik,
an ant, just can't seem to get anything
quite right. When the movie begins,
he's testing out a new grain gathering
invention as the other ants are work-
ing furiously to accumulate food for
their offering to the evil grasshop-
pers. Soon after, a mistake by Fit
ruins the offering and puts the ants tn
hot water with the grasshoppers. Flik
then hits the road in search of bigger
bugs to help his fellow ants overcome
the grasshoppers.
The animation here is breathtaking
- the colors, shadows and movitg
frames are comparable to the work in
a live action movie and all help to
make "A Bug's Life" a virtual feast
for the eyes. Another highpoint is
Kevin Spacey's sinister voicing o
Hopper, the leader of the grasshop
pers and primary tormentor of the
ants.
In terms of extras, the DVD ver-
sion of "A Bug's Life" comes with a
few items of interest to fans of the
film. Included. are both sets of out-
takes that appeared during the credits
when the film was in theaters and the
Academy Award winning short
"Geri's Game." The outtakes were
brilliant touch that spruced up the
ending and it's nice to be able to see
both sets. In addition, the overall
quality of the image is very sharp -
and is available to watch in both a
widescreen and full frame format.
"A Bug's Life" is one of the few
children's movies that appeals to all
ages, and, as a result, is a very worth-
while pickup on DVD.
Matt Barrett

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