The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 22, 1998 · Page 25
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FRIDAY MAY 22, 1998 THE SAUNA JOURNAL encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 'SEINFELD' / D3 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 rr: MOVIES MONSTER BLACK DOG ** MID-STATE RATED PG-13 Meat Loaf stars as a nasty villain who menaces trucker Patrick Swayze. BULWORTH CENTRAL RATED R Warren Beatty plays a California senator who sickens of the political process, flips out and buys a contract on his own life. Expecting to die, he feels free and begins to say exactly what he thinks. It's a liberating experience. The movie is abrasive, outrageous and politically incorrect. CITY OF ANGELS *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Nicolas Cage stars as an angel and Meg Ryan is a heart surgeon who, in a moment of despair, can see him. They fall in love. DEEP IMPACT It's lean! It's mean! But there's little special about the new 'Godzilla'film except for the multimillion dollar effects CENTRAL RATED PG-13 A comet is headed for Earth and will destroy all life unless a space crew can blow it up first. Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood and Morgan Freeman star. FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS * MID-STATE RATED R Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro star as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and his Samoan attorney, in a saga about two Vegas visitors who are addled beyond repair in a nonstop zonked-fest. I GODZILLA CENTRAL RATED PG-13 The much-hyped monster finally lumbers into view, but creates too few thrills along the way. Matthew Broderick (as a nerdy scientist) and French actor Jean Reno (as a French secret service agent) help track the monster, which destroys a good deal of Manhattan. The finale has more zip than the rest of the picture. Overall, though, "Godzilla" is like a houseguest that overstays his welcome. THE HORSE WHISPERER *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Kristin Scott Thomas drives her daughter and her horse, who were spooked after a riding accident, West in search of a legendary horse trainer (Robert Bedford), who indeed has a healing touch. Too long, but redeemed by the majestic settings and the genuine feeling. ; MAN IN THE IRON MASK **Va SUNSET RATED PG-13 Leonardo DiCaprio plays a dual role: The arrogant young Louis XIV, and his twin brother, kept in an iron mask to disguise his identity. MA VIE EN ROSE „ *** ART CENTER CINEMA RATED R Ludovic is a 7-year-old boy who thinks he is a girl. His insistence on dressing up in girls' clothes causes consternation for his parents and three siblings. Not about sexuality (Ludovic hasn't a clue), but about gender: Why are adults so threatened by little boys who won't act like little men? 9 PRIMARY COLORS **** CENTRAL RATED R This savvy film looks at a presidential hopeful and his wife who resemble certain White House inhabitants. The movie moves from satire to something far deeper almost effortlessly. H QUEST FOR CAMELOT ** MID-STATE RATED G The animation isn't vivid, the characters aren't very interesting, and the songs are routine in this animated feature about a girl's quest for Excaliber. m TITANIC **** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 James Cameron's film of the tragic voyage is in the tradition of the great Hollywood epics. It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted and spellbinding. • THE WEDDING SINGER * SUNSET RATED PG-13 Adam Sandier plays a wedding singer who falls in love with a waitress (Drew Barrymore). From Wire Service Reports "Godzilla," an American update of the classic Japanese monster, opened this week in theaters across the country. Scripps Howard News Service Bigger may not be better By CHRISTOPHER BORELLI Toledo (Ohio) Blade The Associated Press This Is a scene from "Godzilla." The monster, inspired by a pet iguana, starred in 22 Japanese movies. odzilla trudged through the i lobby of the Radisson Hotel s in Arlington Heights, 111. He | had an unfiltered Camel I wedged tight between his ' wrinkled fingers and a bored look on his creased face. Two hotel clerks did not look up from their computers as he passed. Godzilla was headed for the hotel bar. He dropped into a maroon leather booth, leaned back, pulled on his cigarette, and exhaled a thin ray of smoke. No fire. A fortyish woman approached and asked sheepishly for an autograph. Godzilla scribbled his name, smiled blandly, exposed some teeth and returned to his cigarette. Even out of costume, sans the bumpy Latex scales, fans bothered him — then again, he agreed to be here, at the second annual Godzilla fan convention, "G- Con." This was last summer. Godzilla was humid. Another autograph — this time, a 9-year-old boy. The boy's father gazed on Godzilla with awe. "It's kind of weird and amazing to see him here," the man said, "in the suburbs!" Godzilla yawned. Without the thick baggy suit, Godzilla is Haruo Nakajima, 69, a small Japanese man with a wide face, a huge bald head, and thick glasses. He's the Wizard of Oz of Godzilladom. Nakajima was in the Godzilla costume for almost 20 years — from 1954 to 1972, in 12 movies. He lives now on a government pension. In his heyday, he crushed hundreds of toy armies and altered the cardboard Japanese landscape a dozen times. His Godzilla suit was so heavy and hot he once passed out in it and collapsed on a miniature model of Tokyo, taking out the entire waterfront district. The reality is always more humbling than the myth. Which is where Hollywood comes in. He's lean and mean Wednesday, after a year of relentless hype, after four decades of Godzilla, TriStar released the first American Godzilla flick, a $120 million special effects extravaganza with a sleek, computer-generated Godzilla trashing New York City. Oh, yeah, Matthew Broderick is in it, too. And ... there will be no Latex costumes used in the film. This is the not-so-subtle message filmmakers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") have been sending since last summer: Our new Godzilla isn't cheesy. See COLOSSAL, Page D3 • ;'* •'*' i • ,j ft n Si I ; ; V . T TELEVISION PBS special traces 50 years of humans vs. cancel Battles waged on personal, medical fronts are profiled in four hours on television By LYNN ELBER The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — With impeccable timing, the PBS documentary "Cancer Wars" arrives on the heels of the latest scientific discovery raising hopes that the disease might be vanquished. "Cancer Wars" traces the political, social and medical response to the illness over five decades. It offers perspective and a reminder that caution should temper both optimism and fear. The public tends to follow cancer research sporadically — "some 'cure' that is front and center for a few months, or some cause or scare," says executive producer Richard Thomas. "We don't get the whole thing over 50 years, in context. That's what we aim to do." The ambitious program, in four hour- long parts on consecutive Monday nights starting next week, ventures well beyond the scientific arena. The show is to air at 9 p.m. on Salina cable Channel 8. The plural in the title is a tip-off, Thomas says: With so much at stake — lives, money, power, ego — there's more than one cancer-related war going on in America and abroad. It's people vs. the disease, alternative vs. conventional medicine, and public welfare vs. corporate and political interests. Not to mention, us against ourselves. "There's a war on our own misguided personal pleasures," Thomas says, including efforts to break people of the deadly smoking habit and alert them to the skin-cancer risk of sunbathing. Another combat zone: the one involving industries such as uranium mining, asbestos and pesticides and the lawmakers who attempted, or avoided, imposing restrictions on them. Within medicine itself, we see not only the unorthodox pitted against the mainstream, but pioneers — like Dr. Bernie Fisher, who fought to get lumpec- tomies recognized as an alternative to mastectomies — against the medicalres- tablishment. i "Cancer Wars" opens in the 1940s with an examination of how scientists began identifying the causes of the fearejl, mysterious disease and how the pub'lfc and policy makers were convinced ;it could be fought. Groundbreaking work by researchers in Nazi Germany that linked cancer; to smoking is detailed. It would take tjwo more decades for the U.S. surgeon genti:- al to make the tobacco-cancer connectipji. The documentary goes on to examine the birth of the landmark 1971 Caneer Act, treatment advances, alternative therapies and the effort to control environmental pollutants. * SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (785) 823i6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjjhaag@sal)*urnal.com

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