The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 27, 1998 · Page 26
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 26

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 27, 1998
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2 WEDNESDAY. MAY 27, 1998 APPLAUSE THE SALINA JOURNAL 'Bulworth' May be Hollywood's Most Radical Movie Ever William Arnold 1998 Seattle Post-Intelligencer In "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls," the newly published and perhaps definitive account of late '60s/early '70s film making, film journalist Peter Biskind credits 30-year-old Warren Beatty with single-handedly ushering in Hollywood's last golden era of film with his groundbreaking 1967 production, "Bonnie and Clyde." And the miracle of 61-year- old Beatty's new film, "Bui- worth," is that it's exactly the same kind of movie that made that era golden: a cheeky, big- budget production that marshals the full power of Hollywood to make a deeply personal statement. It's Hollywood's most politically radical movie since Beatty's "Reds" in 1981, and maybe its most radical movie ever. How the current non-radical movie-going generation — not to mention the newer crop of film critics whose idea of cinematic art is "Titanic" — will react to the film is impossible to predict. It's such a slap in the face to all of Hollywood's assumptions about what people want to see at the movies, and so calculated to make every political, demographic and ethnic group feel uncomfortable, that it seems designed for a quick death at the box office. On the other hand, there's something quite irresistible about the film. Its vision of America in the '90s is never candy-coated but its gallows humor is flat-out hilarious. And there's something positively exhilarating about the sheer audacity of the risk Beatty is taking here as a producer and a star — like watching Evel Kneivel trying to jump over what is obviously one too many barrels. The title character, U.S. Senator Jay Billington Bulworth of California, is the politician Beatty himself might have become had he run for the office in the '70s: a former Kennedy Democrat, antiwar activist and New Left strategist of the '60s who, over the years, has been corrupted by special interest money and compromised to spiritual death in the grueling subcommittees of Congress. As the film opens, Bulworth — facing a tough re-election campaign back home and financial ruin as a series of Asian investments appear to have gone sour — suffers a nervous breakdown. In his incapacitated state, he uses his special connection with an insurance lobbyist (Paul Sorvino) to take out a large policy on his life, then hires a hit man to kill him — in effect, to commit suicide in a way that his daughter can collect on the policy. Flying to L.A. for the last weekend of his re-election campaign, with no sleep or food for four days, Bulworth's dementia becomes more pronounced at the same time he feels a massive release from having to constantly lie. So in an appearance at a South Central church, he tells the black audience they don't have the money or leadership to be an effective political force and the Democratic Party really doesn't care about them. Over the next day and night, as his frantic campaign manager (Oliver Platt) climbs the walls, Bulworth's truth-telling becomes a mania: In Beverly Hills, he tells the mostly Jewish leaders of the movie business they're making violence-glorifying "crap." In a televised senatorial debate, he castigates (by name) big media companies, insurance companies, oil companies, the rich of America who SIOUX SHELTERS For Hay • Hogs • Machinery 24', 30', 36' or 42' wide by any length 15 Year Warranty on 10 oz. 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When Bulworth's antics move a drug dealer (Don Cheadle) to political activism, it rings embarrassing false. And the idea the greater California voting public would ever be swayed by his rap is fairly preposterous. The mechanics of the hit-man- thriller subplot are often clumsy and unnecessary, and the film's surprise ending also doesn't quite work as intended. Still, it works as a cry in the political wilderness, as a vision of an America that has tragically lost its way from the great awakening of the '60s. And it carries a poignant sense of authenticity that comes from knowing Beatty was as politically active in the '60s as Bul- worth, and his loss of faith in American politics is every bit as profound. It also works as a piece of technical film making. Like all of Beatty's films as a producer and director, it seems to have brought out the best in his chief technicians — production designer Dean Tavoularis ("The Godfather, Part II), cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("Apoc- alypse Now") and Ennio Morri- cone ("Bugsy") —who've created a visual and aural world that perfectly counterpoints the senator's scary vision of America as Paradise Lost. Most of all, however, "Bul- worth" works as a vehicle for Beatty's underrated skills as a comic actor. It's hard to think of another star who does self-deprecating humor so well, or who could communicate Bulworth's infectious sense of letting his hair down so effectively and happily. As he grows older and continues to lose his matinee- idol looks, it's ever more obvious that he's become Gary Grant's successor as Hollywood's top movie-star light comedian. Bulworth. Directed, produced and written by Warren Beatty. Cast: Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Jack Warden, Paul Sorvino, Don Cheadle. 20th Century-Pox. 107 minutes. Rated R for language and some violence. Grade: A Review of Hanson's "Garaged Richard L. Eldredge 1998 Cox News Service "3 Car Garage" Hanson. Mercury. 11 tracks. Grade: C- Hanson 'Garage' needs cleaning This pop music archeological dig produces little of interest to anyone but the most devout Hanson fan. "Garage" is a collection of demos that Ike, Zac and Taylor recorded in 1995 and '96 prior to their million-selling major label debut, "Middle of Nowhere." There's a reason why only three of "Garage's" tracks made it onto "Nowhere." Most fascinating, though, is an early version of "MMMBop," which proves that even without a label and producers like the Dust Brothers, these kids could .write and play infectious pop. Best advice: Save your allowance for the real second Hanson album. Don't blame the kids for this. "Garage" fairly reeks of the machinations of record company execs sporting diamond dollar-sign stickpins. Sewing & Vacuum Center 340 S. Broadway 825-0451 M-F 9-5:30 Sat. 9-5:00 Bernette 006 Serger The Most Popular Serger • 4/3 Thread • Built-in Rolled Hem • 5 Year Warranty PSM Mfg. sugg. retail $899 HEALTH CARE PROS RN'S, LPN'S, CNA'S Full and part-time positions available with the fastest growing temporary medical staffing agency in Kansas. Also seeking full-time staffing coordinator and office support staff. Call Jobs Plus-Med for appointment, 888-663-4567. v^i^^ STOP \s all tt takes to handle your various insurance needs . • • Hfe ' home, car, farrn.buslness^ Jean Curry ^ 2737 Belmont Blvd.® (785)823-5129 Q We'll always H be there for you. ^, /M^ Shelter Insurance Co».. Home Off cei Columbia. MO Home Awnings • Carports Business Awnings • lateral Arm Awnings Entrance Canopies • Tarps, Sun Shades Patio Covers • livestock Curtains Free Estimates Toll free 1-888-825-5280 r HRM..I . Grand Bldg.l Salina, KS ) 825-5280 • Cherry Limeade • Cherry • Lime . • Strawberry Daiquiri • Hawaiian Punch • Raspberry I 9th & Kirwin '•'•* '* ^\*** it is in the unopened package or container. Sponsored by Crime Prevention Committee of the Ail-American Prevention Partnership, the Salina Police Department and the Salina Journal PRESCRIPTION SHOP 601 E. Iron • Salina • 785-827-4455 How to Be 3 Better Spectator' Remember ttat children plsy organized sports for their own fun. They sre not thereto entertain you, gnd they sre not miniature pro ' athletes. Be on your best behavior. Don't use profane language or harass players, coaches or officials. Applaud good plays by your own team AND the visiting team. Show respect for your team's opponents. Without them there would be no games. Never ridicule or scold a child for making a 'mistake during a competition. Condemn the use of violence in all forms. Respect the officials' decisions. Encourage players to always play according to the rules. Source: "YMCA Spectator's Co4e," YMCA. PARENTS' KIDS CALENDAR May 31st, 3 p.m. Memorial Service, Jerry Ivey Park. The whole family will enjoy music, speakers, refreshments and a special floral tribute to honor someone you've lost in your life. For details call Hospice of Salina, 825-1717. Monday, June 1, 10 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Stand for Quality Child Care, Kenwood Park by the train. Enjoy live entertainment. For details call Salina Child Care Association, 827-6431. Mondays, June 1 • July 6, 6 • 8 p.m. Positive Discipline - Parent Training Mondays, July 13, 20, 27 ; 6 - 8 p.m. Winning at Parenting FREE summer parenting classes are sponsored by CAPS, First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. 8th. Reservations required for FREE childcare, call 825-4493. June 1 • July 31 Summer Reading Program, "Be a Kansas Star - READ!" Programs, games, contests, all ages. Salina Public Library Children's Dept.; 825-4624; registration ongoing beginning June 1. June 3-5 Cub Scout Day Camp for Grades 1st thru 4th at Lakewood Park. For details call Matt at the Boy Scout office, 827-4461. June 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Budgeting & Money Management June 23, 6:30 p.m. • 8:30 p.m. Credit Facts Provided by Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc., 1201 W. Walnut. For reservations or more information call 827-6731. Child Abuse Prevention Services CAPS...Morning Out for MOMS/DADS, Every Tues. &Thurs., 9 a.m.-ll:30 a.m., 1st United Methodist Church,-122 N. 8th. Reservations required for FREE childcare, ^ call 825-4493. Heartland Healthy Families, Grandparents Group. Free monthly meeting for parents of teen parents. Learn ways to cope with the emotions, conflicts and joys that can arise when teens have children. Call Carolyn at 452-4590 for details. Ashby House, Life Skills Classes. Includes budgeting, nutrition, responsive discipline, job readiness, house cleaning tips. Call the Life Skills Coordinator at 826-4935. Offered by Salina Parks and Recreation,& the Salina Safe Kids Chapter. Bike Helmets $10.00 each. Call 826-7434. Salina-Saline County Health Department, 125 West Elm. Family & Children Services. Immunizations for Children and Adults; Well- Child Clinics (physical assessments for children 0 to 20 yrs.); WIC (Women, Infants and Children nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 yrs. of age); Family Planning Services; Expectant Parents Classes (early pregnancy and late pregnancy sessions). Please call 826-6602 for information on clinic dates & times. Salina Cares Health Clinic, 125 W, Elm, Clinic Hours, Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m. to close. Must call 826-6609 for appointment. Sliding scale fee. Coordinated by Salina Area United Way. Pizza Service Salina Regional Health Center ^Salina Journal

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