The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on March 19, 1991 · 35
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 35

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S m TUESDAY MARCH 19 1991 THE MIAMI HERALD SC Perfectly dreadful film debut By JUAN CARLOS GOTO Herald Entertainment Writer Martial arts movie hunks are at their worst when they have that attitude Not the I-have-the-fast-est-round-kick attitude that's common but the benevolent more-cen-tered-than-thou philosophy Like Jeff Speakman Paramount Pictures' new prepackaged chop-and-kick star who appeared on the Paramount-produced Arsenio Hall Show last week and informed us that kenpo karate the fluid lyrical style he practices is "not about whose butt you can kick" It's about logic and being at peace with yourself Yeah That's why we're subjected to 80 minutes of butt-kicking — most of it contrived and flatly staged — in Speakman's embarrassing debut The Perfect Weapon Speakman is handsome and personable and can read lines but he's hopelessly invisible The guy has the charisma of rice paper Regardless elaborate fight scenes are the meat of B-movie martial arts flicks — the "money" sequences — and that's where Perfect Weapon fails Producer-director Mark DiSalle who previously brought us the more promising Jean-Claude Van Damme clouds Speakman's physical talents with moral mumbo-jumbo Perfect Weapon can only conjure the standard cowboy revenge formula Speakman playing a character named Jeff rides into town in his Ford Mustang and is forced to pay back a local Korean mobster for kill- sir An odd angry arts-center meeting NO CHARISMA: Jeff Speakman is Paramount's new chop-and-kick star MOVIE REVIEW THE PERFECT WEAPON (Ftt Cast: Jeff Speakman John Dye Mako Professor Toru Tanaka Director: Mark DiSalle Screenwriter: David Campbell Wilson Producers: Mark DiSalle Pierre David Cinematographer: Russell Carpenter Music: Gary Chang A Paramount release Running time: 80 minutes Violence profanity ing a friend The only character worth watching is a hulking hit man played by six-foot 350-pound Professor Toru Tanaka (Darkman) Forget interesting plot turns At one point Speakman — whose character is really the Perfect Idiot because he falls for tricks the audience can see coming a mile away — approaches three guys in a gym and says "I wonder if I could kick your ass" So much for the benevolent philosophy grasshopper Someone call David Carradine GAIL MEADOWS THE ARTS Scorsese his GoodFellas win top British film prizes Scorsese LONDON — Reuter — Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas and the Oscar-winning Italian film Cinema Paradiso swept the British Acad emy film and Television Awards GoodFellas Scorsese's violent portrayal of Mafia life in New York City won the best film award in Britain's equivalent to the Oscar on Sunday Scorsese was named best director for his film which also took the award for best screenplay Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tor-natore's study of the relationship between a film projectionist and a young boy in a small town in Sicily which last year won an Oscar for the best foreign film took four BAF-TAs including prizes for Philippe Noiret who played the projectionist and Salvatore Cascio as the boy for best actor and best supporting actor The film also won awards for best score and best foreign language film British-born Jessica Tandy was named best leading actress for Driving Miss Daisy adding to the Oscar she won last year for the role Whoopie Goldberg won best supporting actress Ghost The Academy presented its highest accolade the Fellowship Award for outstanding contribution to the film industry to French director Louis Malle whose films include Pretty Baby (1978) Atlantic City (1981) Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) and Milou en Mai (1990) British actress Deborah Kerr whose film career has spanned half a century received a standing ovation when she was given a special award by BAFT A In a surprising display of temper that left some observers wondering whether their fight was with each other or the Metro Commission members of Dade's Performing Arts Center Trust Monday undid and redid several propos- als previously — — — — — thought to be set in stone The trust then voted to essentially scold the commission for interfering in decisions it had asked the trust as its advisory body to make — all this the day before the commission is finally to vote on several key issues to move Dade's planned arts complex forward It was difficult to tell who was seething the most or where matters had taken such a vitriolic turn Lawyers Bernard Jacobson John Schulte and Parker Thomson who has chaired the 32-member panel since its appointment by the Metro Commission in late 1988 seemed equally annoyed with each other Jacobson put forth one motion after another winning approval on every one of them and Schulte insisted that the county was making a mockery of the trust's mission to design finance construct and operate a facility Finally after almost two hours Thomson put his head in his hands and called it quits "Thank you for coming" he said to the 16 members who showed up for the session at the Metro-Dade Government Center There was no motion to adjourn no signal that the meeting was about to end only exceedingly frustrated members trying to alter what Jacobson called "a totally flawed plan" for the commission's vote today "We're being sidetracked" Jacobson complained to Thomson "Please have the trust tell the commission that we want a contract that describes the trust's responsibility to design finance construct and operate an arts center and that it's solely the responsibility of an autonomous trust This is not unbridled autonomy it's subject to county rules" Among Jacobson's complaints: the fact that the proposal — drafted by county staffers under Thomson's guidance — calls for an executive director to "serve at the pleasure" of both the trust and the county manager "There's nothing more absurd in my view than to have an executive reporting to two masters" Jacob-son said His motion — to have the director answer solely to the trust — sailed through Then in a slap at Metro staffers who had recommended that county interviewers locate the perfect candidate for executive director the panel voted — again — to hire a head-hunting agency Whether its action will have any impact on the commission today is anyone's guess The sole member who voted against the scolding — Arnold Jaftee — is a law partner of HSbB 'BifllL SHBb 6 jIhlw i He's a student mistaken for a spy Now all he has to do is rescue a beautiful girl save all of Europe and graduate from high school J No problem RICHARD GRIECO FLOORS COULD He's having the adventure of someone else's life PG 13 Music critic James Roos' review of The Passion of Jonathan Wade which opened its Greater Miami Opera run Monday will appear in Wednesday's Herald SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT Admission to the April 5 Subtrop-ics Music Festival concert featuring avant-garde composer John Cage will cost $8 ($5 for students senior citizens and artists) A story in Monday's Herald incorrectly reported it would be free Also Monday an incorrect time was given for the Temple Beth Am children's concert The concert will begin at 3 pm Sunday ? UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA s55 MUVICO CALIFORNIA CLUB 6 652-8558 Commissioner Joseph M Gersten's In other action the panel: Voted to increase the number of people who will make the day-today decisions governing the $1697 million arts complex from 18 to 22 largely to accommodate complaints from Miami and Miami Beach commissioners that they were forking over convention tax dollars to help build the complex but being slighted as participants on the operating panel Voted to separate the issuance of bids on the acoustician theater consultant and cost consultant for the project from that of an architect Architect Raul Rodriguez complained that there had been pressure from The Miami Herald's parent company Knight-Ridder which is offering land for the planned complex to accept 345 acres immediately west of the Herald building as sufficient for an opera-ballet theater and a symphony hall "I suggest we not bow to that pressure' Rodriguez said "Let the architects design what they will Then say to Knight-Ridder 'Are you willing to give the land we need! or aren't you?' 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