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sympathy that she has shown in previ
ous films, such as “Untamed Heart.”
While she does not do a bad job, her
acting is less than remarkable.
Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter
Wright, the Boston shoe salesman who
falls for Faith and claims a pseud
plays the same doe-eyed “look at me,
I’m sensitive, really” guy that he played
in “Heart and Souls” and “Chaplin.”
Supporting actors Bonnie Hunt,
Joaquim De Almeida, Fisher Stevens
and Billy Zane do little else but feed
lines to the leads. Hunt and De Almeida
add a subplot of mutual attraction as
Kate and Giovanni respond to the heat
of passion, and De Almeida’s charac
ter treats Kate much as hischaractcr in
“Clear and Present Danger” did.
The redeeming qualities ofthe film
that save it from the depths of perdi
tion are the direction of Norman
Jewison and the cinematography of
While not up to the standards of “In
the Heat of the Night” or “A Soldier’s
Story,” Jewison attempts, and fails, to
capture the same romantic comedy
spirit of “Moonstruck.”
Nykvist shows his considerable
skill in lighting and the use of color to
accentuate certain scenes. He is a tal
ented director of photography whose.
credits include “What’s Ealing Gil
bert Grape,” “Chaplin” and “Sleep
less in Seattle.”
While on the surface this is a nice,
enjoyable, romantic comedy for a bor
ing weekend night, the lack of weight
of acting hurts it. What docs more
damage is thecliched snap resolution
of everything at the end.
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For most new bands, the art of
creating a solid debut album is not
an easy task. Suddenly, “if at first
you don’t succeed” becomes more
harsh reality than fiction.
Artists including Lincoln hero
Matthew Sweet and Toad the Wet
Sprocket were able to rebound from
pathetic debut efforts and release
impressive sophomore albums.
Such is the case with the Ten
nessee quartet The Judybats. who
may have hit paydirt with their
fourth release. “Full-Empty.” Al
though the band's debut album.
“Native Son,” raised a number of
college radio eyebrows, the band
could not help sounding as if it had
just received their shiny new gui
tars and drums the previous Christ
Now, times have changed. The
Judybats have grown up. and in
turn released a fine alternative al
bum. The sound is crisp, loud and
solid, thanks mostly to a recent
lineup change that brought in an
element missing from other albums:
a strong lead guitar.
All of this has been done without
sacrificing what The Judybats truly
are — acoustic guitar alternative
Chief songwriter Jeff Heiskell
continues to explore the rocky side
of love and relationships on “Full
Empty,” but instead of finding a
nice corner in which to curl up and
die, Heiskell has chosen to give
love the middle finger.
“Are you miserable? Are your
demons tangible? / Can we tie them
down and question their sincerity?
/ Hey, could you cop that pained
expression once again for camera
On the song “Stupid Cute”
Heiskell finds the courage to make
fun of himself in the wake of lost
“You turned me stupid cute /
When you gave me the boot for
With bad weather on the way.
you might as well be locked in
doors with some decent music. If
your alternative music palate finds
a Counting Crows/Lemonhcads
‘sound more acceptable than Nine
Inch Nails/Smashing Pumpkins,
then The Judybats “Full-Empty”
would be money well spent.
— Michael Lehr
Big Head Todd & The
Those who caught on to Big
Head Todd after the success of the
single “Bittersweet” may be turned
off by “Strategem.”
There’s no track as hummable,
likeable and gripping as “Bitter
sweet” was on thei r last CD, “Sister
Sweetly.” While “Sislef Sweetly”
had some of the best rock moments
of last year, there were parts of the
disc you couldn't help but skip over.
That’s not the case, however, on
“Strategem” is a definitive al
bum. In order to appreciate such a
release, you have to listen to it en
tirety. A more mellow release than
“Sister Sweetly,” “Strategem” never
really fully rocks. Instead, the group
relies more on subtle guitar riffs
and introspective lyrics.
Their lyrics touch on familiar
Big Head Todd subjects: yearning.
isolation and failing relationships.
In their liner notes, the band said
their verses were attempts at
“koans.” They identified a koan as
a Buddhist meditation aimed at
emptying the mind of thoughts.
Tracks such as “In the Morning”
and the title track achieve their at
tempts at konage perfectly.
The only problem with such a
cohesive release is that some of the
songs sound identical to each other.
“Strategem” does, however, reward
the listener with repeated listens.
Given two or three listens,
“Strategem” sounds better by the
“Strategem” was recorded at the
Boulder Theater, an area where Big
Head Todd feels most comfortable.
Theircomfort shows throughout the
Most of the tracks were recorded
live. Most of the songs on the disc
will fit perfectly into their live
shows. If you ever have a chance to
sec these guys live, do so, sell
Elasma and do a Harris study if you
Guitaristand vocalistTodd Park
Mohr, bassist Rob Squires and
drummer Brian Nevin sound like a
true band on this release. All of the
rhythms compliment each other.
This is a great release to take on a
very long bike ride or drive through
— Sean McCarthy
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His little brother, Joshua (Bokecm
Woodbine), has just been released
rom prison, and like his father. Joshua
s resentful against the entire world,
ncluding his own family.
Meanwhile. Jason falls in love with
Lyric (Jada Pinkctt), a woman who
wakes him up to things he had never
thought of before, such as birds, sun
sets and getting naked by a lake.
Problems are compounded when
Lyric’s half-brother Alonzo brings
Joshua into the world of high-stakes
crime by including him in his group of
cronies for a bank heist.
Let’s sum up; good kid has chance
to leave with hisdream woman—and
EVERYONE is telling him to leave
— but he feels that he should stay to
help his family, and there's also the
intrusion of the criminal clement into
Hasn't all of this been done be
The ending is very violent, which
actually adds an clement of reality,
but still ends tied up in the metaphori
The commercials for “Jason’s
Lyric” make the movie look like it is a
love story, but the relationship is given
very little development beyond the
way Lyric makes Jason feel.
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