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Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996 - File 009. 1996-12-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/915/show/890.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996
Publisher Window Media
Date December 27, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • 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 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Best and Worst in Movies The Best (Sleepers) By JON ANTHONY The Best 1. Sleepers —No contest This captivating drama is by far the best film of the year. Robert De Niro is magnificent as a priest who goes through emotional conflict between his religious vows and the bond of friendship. The brilliance of his performance speaks volumes in a scene where he his being sworn in as a witness as the camera pans between his facial expressions and the Bible. Jason Patrick and Brad Pitt co-star in this film about four young men and their horrid childhood experiences in a reform school. 2 Flirting With Disaster —Ben Stiller is wonderful in this unconventional film. Stiller stars as Mel Coplin. and adoptee. who sets out to find his biological parents. The ensuing pandemonium is riotous. With a stellar cast including Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin and rising star Tea Leoni. this is a whimsical delight aptly written and directed with sensibility by David O Russell 4. 3. The First Wives Club —A masterpiece it is not. It was not intended to be a classic, it was designed to make you laugh—and it does Bette Midler. Goldie Hawn and Diane Kea- ton give career reviving performances in ihis hysterical romp. Keaton is the surprise however Midler and Hawn have already demonstrated to the public and critics that they are comic geniuses, bui Keaton's ability at understating comedy shined through. As a result, her career has seen a resurgence as of late—well deserved, I mighl add. This comic tour de force was the years first blockbuster hit and was one of the more memorable films of the year. 4 Independence Day —Already the second largest grossing film in history. Independence Day compelled audiences to their seats. Wil Smith got Hollywood's attention in this big-budget adventure film. Expect to see more of him this year. The special effects were fresh and exciting. Independence Day is as good as it gets for this genre. 5. 101 Dalmatians —The marketing coup of the year. Disney used all its muscle for this updated version of the animated classic. Merchandise tie-in's, clothing lines, etc. No matter where you went, you were inundated. It worked. Dalmatians had the biggest opening weekend of any film in history. Glenn Close was de Li - ciously evil as Cruella De Vil. Dalmatians was meant to be an escapist fantasy and it procured the goods. 6 Twister —Steven Spielberg does it again. Twister, while thin on plot, swept into theaters and stirred a frenzy. It was exciting, mindless entertainment that played on your worst fears and the public's desire to see catastrophe. The real star of this film was the special effects and they were riveting. Helen Hunt stood out as the films heroine. She can be seen in an upcoming film with Jack Nicholson 7. Trainspotting —Truly one of the years most original films. An amoralistic tale surrounding the depths of addiction in Scotland. The film leaves very few addictions unturned—alcoholism, drug abuse (primarily heroin) and nicotine. It is an aesthetic film that resonates in your mind regardless ol youi personal moral forti tude. Movies are suppose to circulate the brain on occasion and this film accomplishes just that. 8. Ransom —This Ron Howard film starring Mel Gibson is mesmerizing. It's intense, realistic, pompous and chilling. Throughout it all you fell as though you've been on an emotional roller coaster ride and you have. One of Gibson's best performances. 9. Star Trek: First Contact —Resistance is futile, you must see this movie. The film incorporates all the elements that a fan of the genre would love. Lots of action, the Borg and overall excitement. Our resident trekky Carolyn says it is a must see. 10. Swingers —A terrific comedy about- young guys in L.A. on the prowl. Vince Vaughn redefines cool and sexy and Jon Favreau convincingly portrays Jon Fav- reau is a standout as the self-pitying hero in this lasciviously funny film. The Worst 1. Beavis and Bullhead —See our man about town, Christopher Lundquist's, review in issue 843 of The Houston Voice . Chris sums up the absurdity of this film in the title of his commentary: "uh...uh- huh...uh . hu-huh...this sucks!" Enough said. 2 Daylight —Stallone in another action adventure This one is a tunnel. How imaginative. Uh, excuse me. how boring and siupid. Stallone's saving grace is that his movies make big money in Europe, so the studio's shell out big bucks for him to keep churning out this junk Hollywood should do US all a favor and just release them in Europe and quit inundating our screens wiih ihe Stallone's latest attempl al resurrecting his "'king of action films" status. News Flash. Sly: The manile has been passed. Move on. 3 Dear God—The title says il all. only with a different emphasis as to con vey, oh no please. To be sure Greg Kinear is pleasing to the eye's but why can't the studios find an appropriate vehicle for his comical talents. He shined in last year's Sabrina. Tim Conway is the films saving grace, but even a comedian of his immeasurable talents can't save this concoction. It's a sad commentary when this is the best Hollywood has to offer one of this countries greatest comedians. Conway deserves more respect. 4. The Mirror Has Two Faces —-Streisand passed on Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart for this? Amazing! What was she thinking. Obviously, it was poor choice taking box office receipts into consideration. This is the first bona-fide bomb in the illustrious singer/actresses career. We expect more from the ultimate diva. Hopefully, we'll receive the goods on her next project: a sequel to The Way We Were with Robert Redford. Can't wait. 5. Space Jam —Sure it made buffo amounts of money. Warner Bros, has what could be one of filmdoms major assets—Looney Tunes Why, then, did they utilize these legend ary animated characters in such a ridicu lous contrived film which is more of an auto biography of Michael Jordan than any thing else. Because of the revenue it ascer tained, the studio is already planning another Looney Tunes venture. I hope i lives up to its moniker. The «$ ^Grta XLvr-iz so0y >w II HOUSTON, TEXAS •v^ Grand Opening! \p ,c> Formerly The Past Time New Owner! *£*. Come Join Us on Wednesday, January 15 at 12 noon 617 Fairview (at Stanford) • Houston • (713) 528-8102 ft
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