Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on February 19, 1985 · 48
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 48

St. Petersburg, Florida
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Tuesday, February 19, 1985
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g,., t, tll,f,fn,t-.fTr,t,.,,,, w m m m ! n nvnv 4d ST. PETERSBURG TIMES TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19,1985 Hello, Hollywood get us rewrite By TOM SABULIS SrPetarsburg Times Movit Critic The title The Mean Season refers, to the humid days of Florida summers when the weather turns ugly and sometimes takes the populace with it. The string of random murders terrifying Miami in this new movie is supposed to be one of those twisted, heat-provoked crime waves that tax conventional investigative logic and police manpower. THOSE FAMILIAR with Florida's dog day afternoons know well the sticky, thunder-punctuated environment director Phillip Borsos is dealing with. Consequently, they won't be the least bit surprised when The Mean Season turns out to be all wet. The Mean Season, based on a novel by Miami Herald reporter John Katzenbach, tells the story of the peculiar relationship between a burnt-out newspaper reporter and the serial killer who wants to use the journalist as his "conduit to the public." The killer telephones Malcolm Anderson (Kurt Russell) when Anderson writes a moving account of the first slaying. After convincing Anderson he means business, the murderer says he will inform him of future killings, thus giving Anderson a number of controversial scoops in which the reporter plays an increasingly important role. Things get more uncomfortable later on when the killer mentions that he knows where Computer seminar The Service Corps of Retired Executives, SuncoastPinellas Chapter 115, will present "Computer Ease," a computer seminar, on Tuesday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The seminar will be held at the St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. A fee of $10 will be charged to cover the cost of advertising, printed materials, supplies, expenses and coffee. 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I nliiralrd of Florida llmipiPnjdm-tKinliisUillalion Phone 1-800-533-2664 J02 N. Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33606 REVIEW mouie The Mean Season Cast: Kurt Russell, Manel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Richard Masur Director: Phillip Borsos Screenplay: Leon Piedmont Rating: R, brief nudity, vulgarity Running time: One hour, 35 minutes Theaters: Tyrone Square 6, Countryside 6, Mustang Drive-In Excellent Very good Good Mediocre Poor Anderson and his girlfriend (Mariel Hemingway) live and Anderson becomes so obsessed with his part in the drama that he loses his objectivity. Some obvious questions need to be answered here. Would the newspaper and the police really allow this relationship to develop to the extent that it does? Would anybody with any brains, especially an experienced cop reporter, allow his loved one to stick around unprotected after she was threatened by a kook like this? Considering the growing length of the crucial conversations, couldn't police trace the phone calls and nail the killer? NAGGING PROBLEMS like these tend to obscure the bigger point The Mean Season tries to make about the growing rift between Anderson's journalistic ambition and a newspaper's responsibility to the public. Basically, if we don't believe the film's premise, why should we pay attention to its purported message? The movie's critical flaw is that Borsos and screenwriter Leon Piedmont show little respect for the viewer's intelligence. To spark the thriller, they include a number of cheapjack, De Palma-esque tricks that turn up like so many trap doors and false bottoms in an amateur magic act. The director builds suspense effectively, but he ought to know when to quit. 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