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ollection. Poursome sugar on me, baby.
The Cars -
Just What I Needed - Anthology
Rhino
This two disc anthology of the Cars is
ne of the most exciting greatest hits
ackages of the year, if not just for the
iusic, then for the awesome purple spar-
ling package. With the hits "Drive,"
Magic," "My Best Friend's Girl," and
iany, many more, "Just What 1 Needed"
ill be what the recipient of this gift says
>you.
UB40
The Best of UB40, Vol. I & II
Virgin
"Red Red Wine" broke this reggae act
ig in the States, but after they decided to
iake their dough simply from covers
ey made their millions. The two single-
isc greatest hits packages are sold sepa-
ately, and sure to be a hit at any white
eggae party.
The Beatles
Anthology I
Capitol
If you haven't heard (read page 6), the
seatleshave a new double CD out, with
ew and previously unreleased material.
ith early live tracks, studio out-takes
d twdnew songs,"Free As A Bird" and
Real Love," featuring John Lennon and
e thrqeliving Beatles, "Anthology I" is
erfect for Beatles fans, young and old.
his is the first installment of a three-part
Tries of collections over the next year.

Tom Petty
Playback
MCA
This six disc collection of Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers contains just about
every piece a Petty enthusiast could ever
want. It has three discs of regular release
material, one of them a B-sides compila-
tion, and two others of previously
unreleased material. For hours of stoned
enjoyment!
Various Artists
Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary
Def Jam
The R & B/rap label's influence for the
past 10 years has been very evident, and
has finally been captured with this four
disc box set. Thesetthoroughly chronicles
Def Jam's artists and their hip-hop hits.
For old-school family and friends, you
might want to consider some traditional
acts:
John Coltrane
The Heavyweight Champion - The
Complete Atlantic Recordings
Rhino
This seven-disc collection of John
Coltrane's Atlantic Records days is defi-
nitely the reigning champion of box sets
for 1995. With six discs of regular takes
and one of studio out-takes, the Coltrane
box offers a superb education to a curious
fan and a solid collection for even the
biggest Trane addict.
Rolling Stones
Stripped
Virgin
The Rolling Stones have finally bro-
ken down and recorded an all-acoustic
record of their older material and some

covers. "Stripped" throws in Stones clas-
sics like"Angie" and"Wild Horses" with
covers such as Bob Dylan's "Like A
Rolling Stone," to produce an all-out
entertaining album. The disc also con-
tains special CD-ROM tracks that in-
clude song lyrics and live videos.
Various Artists
That's Entertainment - The Ultimate
Anthology of MGM Musicals
Rhino
Rhino Records compiled the best ofthe
best for this six-disc collection of classic
MGM musicals. The set includes Oscar
winners, hits, out-takes and other rarities
by Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene
Kelly, Frank Sinatra and many more.
And for the more rebellious gift recipi-
ent, give the gift of love - punk rock.
Bad Religion
All Ages
Epitaph
The band that defined modem-day
California punk has released a greatest
hits album from their Epitaph years, with
some of their best studio and live mate-
rial. Perfect for any true or wanna-be
punker!
Various Artists
Punk Rock Xmas
Rhino
This holiday album captures the true
meaning ofthe birth of Christ with songs
like the Frogs' "Here Comes Santa's
Pussy," TVTV$'s "Daddy Drank Our
Xmas Money" and Pansy Division's
"Homo Christmas." Whip out the egg
nog and even Grandma will be slammin'
around the tree.

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FILM
Continued from page 1.
So, unless you are going home to the sun
and warmth of Florida or you are return-
ing toTexas - home of the world-fa-
mous Alamo Bowl featuring the wonder-
ful Wolverines - you are in luck. There
are enough movies coming out this win-
:er to please each and every finicky film
ran.
The official "Holiday Movie Season"
ictually began last week, when a series of
>ig-budget movies were released with
reat fanfare. Led by "Toy Story," the
irst entirely computer-animated feature
Im ever produced, all of the picture that
pened over the Thanksgiving weekend
iad profitable runs. These included the
ohnny Depp thriller,"Nick ofTime," the
angster saga, "Casino" and the buddy-
op flick, "Money Train."
The success of these initial entries into
his year's flock of winter films is a posi-
ive sign that similar motion pictures will
lo as well. One such notable movie is the
ction-orama, "Heat" (scheduled to be
eleasedon December 8), starring Robert
)e Niro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer. Di-
ected by Michael Mann -previously of
Miami Vice" fame - this flick prides
:selfasthe reunion ofDe Niro and Pacino
ho previously co-starred in "The God-
ather, Part II" (1974). Jean-Claude Van
)amme's latest opus, "Sudden Death"
December 22), however, may be just
iat at the box office -too much blood-
nd-guts for the average family holiday
udience.
Another star-studded crime story to
tme out will be "Things to do in Denver
'hen You're Dead" (December 1), star-
ng Andy Garcia, Christopher- Walken
rd Steve Buscemi. Like "Kiss of Death"
3d "Desperado" before it, this film is
ire to please anyone taken with the re-
:nt crime genre/Tarantino craze.
Speaking of young Quentin, the mae-
ro himselfhas anew film coming out-
e black comedy "Four Rooms" (De-
ember 25). Held-over from planned re-
eases in October and November, this
ilm has received relatively cool press,
lespite its platoon offour up-and-coming
i rectors (one being Tarantino) and mega-
tars Bruce Willis, Madonna and Antonio
3anderas.

Other comedies, however, should fare
better. All remakes orsequels ofone form
or another, Walter Matthau and Jack
Lemmon's "Grumpier Old Men" (De-
cember 22), "Father of the Bride Part II"
with Steve Martin (December 8) and di-
rector Sydney Pollack's retelling of the
classic Audrey Hepburn romance movie,
"Sabrina" (December 15), starring
Harrison Ford, may prove to be the real
winners this holiday season. Funny mov-
ies, after all, tend to be the most popular.
But don't count on Mel Brooks' tired
satire,"Dracula: Dead and Loving It," to
stand up in the same class with its more
promising peers.
Ifbizarre fantasy movies areyourthing,
then two films this winter should fit the
bill. Literally taken straight off the pages
of a children's book, "Jumanji" (Decem-
ber 15) - starring Robin Williams as a
man trapped inside a strangejungle board
game - should dazzle your senses with
expensive special effects and a fantastic
plot. At the same time, ex-Monty Python
player Terry Gilliam's absurd futuristic
epic, "Twelve Monkeys," will also help
sharpen yourintellect and sense ofadven-
ture. This film stars super-popular Bruce
Willis and Brad Pitt, and it should be a
highly-anticipated event for fans of
Gilliam's previous works such as "Bra-
zil"(1985)and"The Fisher King" (1991).
But the really significant movies re-
leased at this time of year are meaningful
dramas and complex, classic theatrical or
literary productions that are lifted to the
big screen. It is these films that gain the
greatest critical acclaim in the winter,
thus leading us into the next Academy
Award gala in late-March.
This holiday season, younger talents
will be on particular display in a number
ofnew films. John Travolta will appear in
the second of his post-"Pulp Fiction"
movies, namely "White Man's Burden"
(December1), opposite racist factory boss
Harry Belafonte. Jennifer Jason Leigh
will star in the so-called "grunge drama,"
"Georgia," as a talent-less woman who
aspires to be a rock star.
Her former "Fast Times at Ridgemont
High" (1982) co-star, Sean Penn, will
also be appearing at your local cineplex.
He directs Jack Nicholson and Anjelica
Huston in "The Crossing Guard" (De-
cember 1), about a depressedjeweler who
seeks to murder the drunk driver that
killed his daughter. Then, in actor Tim

Robbins' directorial debut, "Dead Man
Walking" (December 29), Penn plays a
death-row murderer who befriends nun
Susan Sarandon in his final days on Earth.
A troupe of young African-American
phenoms - including Whitney Houston
and Angela Bassett - stars in the film
version of Terry McMillan's 1992 best-
seller, "Waiting to Exhale" (December
22). Meanwhile, fellow actress Geena
Davis will be battling hordes of pirates in
the expensive and highly-anticipated ac-
tion-drama, "Cutthroat Island" (Decem-
ber 22). Directed by Davis' husband,
Renny Harlin of "Cliffhanger" (1993)
fame, this is a picture that, although mired
in controversy and disaster of almost-
"Waterworld" proportions, should also
.serve to satisfy our thirst for extravagant
adventure flicks.
For the classical literature fan, a few
releases are also sure to please. Emma
Thompson and Hugh Grant star in the big
screen version of Jane Austen's classic,
"Sense and Sensibility" (December 13).
Laurence Fishbume and Kenneth Branagh
lead the cast as Othello and lago, respec-
tively, in Shakespeare's tragedy,
"Othello" (December 14). And agroup of
lesser-known actors- Nigel Hawthorne
and Annette Bening among them -bring
that classic dramatist's "Richard II "(De-
cember 22) to a theater near you. All
would be nice films to see in preparation
for your various pre-contemporary litera-
ture courses next term, wouldn't you say?
When all is done, however, Oliver
Stone's biographical picture, "Nixon"
(December 20), may turn out to be the
most talked-about film this year. Contro-
versial for its look at the perplexing leader,
as well as for Anthony Hopkins' casting
in the title role, this movie is sure to raise
some eyebrows. Then again, several of
Stone's pictures-from "Platoon" (1986)
to "JFK" (1991) to "Natural Born Kill-
ers" (1994) - have been highly contro-
versial in the past.
While looking for the right movie to
see, keep in mind that the openings of
some of these films may be delayed, or
the December releases will only occur in
New York or Los Angeles (Ann Arbor,
for instance, may have to wait forsome of
the less-popular films). Either way, it
should certainly be an exciting month to
spend at home-- away, that is, from the
monotony of the TV and the endless
nagging of mom and dad.
think you can hear the stirring sounds of
the great musicians of the age.
Poetry fans on your list will be kept
happy all year with "A Year in Poetry"
(Crown, 1995) edited by Thomas E. Fos-
ter and Elizabeth C. Guthrie, who spent
seven years scouring to find a poem to fit
each day of the year. The result? A
collection featuring both established mas-
ters and new voices that ranks among the
best of recent poetry anthologies. Poetry
buffs will undoubtedly flip to March 23,
where a previously unpublished piece by
Henry David Thoreau appears.
Two other poetry collections are from
two of the most stirring African-Ameri-
can poets ofthe century. "Transbl uesency:
The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka"
(Paul Vangelisti, ed., Marsilio Publish-
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emarkably handsome edition. Not only
ompgling works of prose, the Rabbit
ovels can now be regarded as the
hronile of the average man in contem-
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decade and published at the beginning
f the next one; they became a kind of
Inning report on the state of my hero and
is nation." The new Everyman editions
Iso include seven other modern masters,
-om Toni Morrison's "Song ofSolomon"

teresting, complex and nearly mystical
novels from two of the literary world's
hottest names: Ann Beattie's "Another
You" and Kazuo Ishiguro's "The
Unconsoled," both published by Knopf
earlier this year.
Iffiction isn't high on the interest list of
your loved ones, Houghton Miflin's "The
NPR Interviews: 1995" is sure to please.
Editedand with an introduction by host of
National Public Radio's "All Things of
Considered," Robert Siegel, the book is
packed with interviews on topics from
sports to politics and features the diverse
personalities of figures like Newt
Gingrich, Marv Albert, Tom Robbins
and Robert Zemeckis. In the NPR tradi-
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