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Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996 - File 022. 1996-05-31. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/515/show/507.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date May 31, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE/ MAY31. 1996 21 in n □ r"j TAKE ONE (Movie Reviews) ■A □ □ O DOD D'O D □ □ □ □ □ □ "Ej Mission: Impossible (MI) kicked off the summer season of high-profile films slated to be released within Ihe nexl month. With the phenomenal success of Twister and the record breaking opening weekend tallies of MI. this could be a record breaking year for filmdoms annual revenues. Amidst all the hype regarding big films, some of ihe smaller independent movies and foreign/art house films get losl in the melee for media hyperbole to become king of the box- office. One of those films is Nobody Loves Me (German), a somewhat complex slice of life dramedy that is certainly unique. Both films exemplify the strengths and weakness of their genre. Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places Nobody Loves Me. a box-office hit in Germany will have it's Houston run, for one week only, exclusively at ihe Landmark Greenway Theatre. The film can best be described as a black comedy. Maria Schrader portrays Fanny Fink, a 29 year old woman who is obsessed with the notion that if she does not find a husband before she's thirty, she is more likely to gel hit by an Aiom bomb. An airport security belt operator, Fanny's job is frisking passengers as they travel. Enter Orfeo de Altamar (Pierre San- oussi-Bliss), a man covered in body paint whom Fanny gets sluck on ihe elevator with. Turns out Orfeo is a psychic and palm reader who happens to moonlight as a drag queen at a local gay bar. Orfeo is dating the local anchorman of ihe evening news, One evening Fanny visits Orfeo to determine her fate with men. Orfeo informs thai she will meel someone special, but she must initiate the affair successfully because this is her last chance. Orfeo describes ihe man m detail and says n will relate somehow io (he number 23. Meanwhile, a new building manager arrives that matches Orfeo's description. Fanny, of course, believes she musi do everything and anything to succeed, noi realizing lhat her efforts will most likely have the opposite effect. The building manager Loihar (Michael von Au) is a heartless womanizer who has managed io abduci all of the pets in the building and brought them to the pound because the leases stipulated no pels allowed. Lothar also can't sleep alone and has a harem of woman available to sleep with him. Fanny goes to extraordinary lengths to appeal io ihis man including driving her car head on into his so that she could end up lending him her car. Finally, she just seduces him. Had she just done thai in ihe beginning, il would have saved her and us a considerable amount of lime. Subsequently, Fanny—who wants to surprise Lothar. dons a negligee, gets in the trunk of her car wilh bottle of wine in tow and waits for him to go on his daily drive lo a secluded area for relaxation. Prediclably. Fanny is the one who gets the surprise of her life. The problem with ihis film is thai ii makes a mockery of women. The notion that a woman can't get through life without a man is prevalent in throughout the movie. Il denigrates plausibility and perpeluaies stereotypes. The film does manage to convey some thought provoking messages about love and death. Throughout ihe film, Fanny is enrolled in a class on how io die, not a suicide class, rather a class on Ihe preparation process for death. Fanny's mother is [here for comic fodder. She writes novels and goes into tailspins when she comes across negative reviews. The scenes wilh Fanny and her mother are hilariously absurd, and very funny. Fanny's friendship with Orfeo is the core of Ihis film. Orfeo's anchorman lover has left him for another man, Lothar has evicted him because his rent is in arrears, and he is dying. Orfeo is not dying of AIDS, he is from another world and is nearing for his departure to return. In order to return, he must die first. Fanny nurses and lakes care of Orfeo until his death. Their friendship was as intimate as any relationship between two people could be wiihoul sex. Finally, Fanny realizes something the audience knew from ihe beginning. You can'l go looking for love, il will happen in due lime. Nobody Loves Me is a complex and whimsical film that manages to frustrate and enlighien you at the same time. At times poignant, this ** film is a mixed bag of pop psychology. Mission: Impossible Offe rs Unbelievable Escapist Fun Predictability is certainly not one of Mission: Impossibles strong points. The heavy plol iwists in this thriller border credibility. The movie opens with a bang and manages to entertain throughout, despite some unbelievable scenes. Tom Cruise is in fine shape in this, his latest blockbuster. Ml has a stellar casi. including Emilio Estevez, Ion Voighl and Vanessa Redgrave among others. Redgrave is this films strongest point. Her portrayal of Max. one of ihe movies villains is brilliant. Redgrave is one of the best actresses, if not the best, of our generation. Redgrave's performance as the conniving, manipulative and menacing Max is convincing. chilling and devilishly delightful Mission: Impossible is a fun movie. The plot is thin, unbelievable and somewhat ludicrous, yet the movie manages to move along ai rapid pace with its special effects and stunts extraodin- aire. Ii would be easy for a critic to tear this movie aparl. but we would somehow be missing the point. Some films are meant to be pure escapist fun. Realism has nothing io do with it. The audience wants io be taken on a thrilling exciting ride. This film delivers the goods. There is a scene in the film where Cruise and company have lo break inlo CIA headquarters. While the film manages to make Ihe task of infiltrating Ihe CIA seem relatively simple, it is the films most suspensful scene. Another plus is ihe many plol twists that titillate you and keep you guessing until the end. Mission: Impossible is a *** film that is presold, has a great cast, and promises to be one of the years biggest hits. Besides. il has Tom Cruise, who seems to have been working out lately. Ai any rale, ii is a fun ride as long as you don'l lake il seriously. KEEP US POSTED! Send your organization's news and meeting information to the HOUSTON VOICE for our Community Calendar and Bulletin Board. SI 1 Westheimer, Suite 105/Houston. TX. 77006; Fax 529-9531; Phone 529-8490.
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