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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Entertainment January 6, 1989 ii t On the Record By CHARI, tE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist i  i,ii How can this new year make your life better? When It's Love Everybody's lookin' for somethin'/Somethin' to fill in the holes/We think a lot but don't talk much about it/Till things set out of control. How do I know when it's love?/I can't tell you but it lasts forever/How does it feel when it's love?/It's just something you feel together/When it's love/You look at every face in a crowd/Some shine and some keep you suessin'/Waiting for someone to come into focus/Teach you your final love lesson. How do I know when it's love?/It's just something you feel together. Ah/Oh when it's love/Ah you can feel it yeah. Ah/Nothing's missing yeah/Ah/Yeah you can feel it/Ah/Oh when it's love/Ah/Nothing's miss. ing/It lasts forever/When it's love/Ooh When it's love. Recorded by Van Halen Written by Edward Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Alex Van Helen Copyright (c) 1988 by Yessup Music Company What are you looking for in 19897 How can this new year make your life better? ttt t t t tt ttttttttt t ttttt t According to Van Halen's 1988 hit "When It's Love," everybody is "lookin' for somethin'." The song adds that the thing most people miss is real love for when you have love, "nothing's missin." If by love Van Halen means having genuine respect, trust and esteem for each other, I agree. However, this type of love begins first in the attitudes we have about ourselves. Until we can respect, trust and have esteem for ourselves, it is difficult to receive anyone else's love. Most people need to find ways to experience their worth. I encourage everyone to make 1989 a year to create more opportunities to see the best in themselves. However, reaching this requires that you set specific goals. The following suggestions might be helpful to your planning. 1. Set a goal that challenges your intellectual growth. Write it out. For example, sign up for . some lessons or classes in an area of interest that you possess but have not yet developed. 2. Volunteer two hours a month to serve an organization helping others. As you think about this, first clarify whom you would enjoy helping. tt t tt For example, do you have a special love for the elderly, the poor or children with special needs? Once you have determined what kind of group you would enjoy helping, ask  adult at your school or parish about organizations that help these people. 3. Discover more about your self-worth by in- creasing the joy in your life. Each week pick out one thing that you will do for yourself just because you enjoy the experience. Such an activity need not be expensive. For example, a walk in the park costs nothing but invariably enriches the soul. 4. Discover more of your worth by practicing being kind to yourself. Do this by refusing to put yourself down either in thought or in spoken word. Some of us are so used to putting ourselves down that we are not even aware of doing it. God gave us 1989 as an opportunity to find more of what we seek in life. Use this year as a chance to grow in loving yourself so you will have more to share with others. Yqur comments always am welcome. Please address them to Charlie Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635. CopyriRht (c) 1988 by NC News Service t ttt t tt tttt tt Hoffman gives winning performance in "Rain Man" By JUDITH TROJAN USCC Dept. of Communication Although it profiles an unusual and emotionally charged family bond, "Rain Man" (United Artists) is a cool and distancing film. And unlike the hilarious "Twins," which also unites' a pair of genetically mismatched brothers, "Rain Man" aims not for laughs but for a dramatic portrait of an extraordinary mentally disabled individual. "Rain Man" tracks the travails of shady Los Angeles car dealer, Charlie Babbitt {Tom Cruise), whose seat-of-the- pants business transactions have led him into big trouble with his creditors and customers. But this agony is temporarily tabled when his long-estranged father dies in Cincinnati leaving Charlie his prize rosebushes and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible, the original catalyst for Charlie's departure from home at age 16. Charlie is shocked to find that his father's $3.5 million estate has been left to his older brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoff- man), whom Charlie never knew existed. Raymond suffers from autistic savant syndrome, a behavioral disorder that sees him unable to make simple emotional contact with others but a genius-level connection with numbers. Raymond has been institu- "tionalized since Charlie's earliest memo, so the two are strangers. Charlie's debts and anger over his lack of in- heritance push him to walk Raymond out of his protected institutional environment and into a world with which he is ill-prepared to cope. Charlie hopes to sue for Ray- mond's custody and half of the inheritance, But as the two drive from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, Charlie is forced to put his needs aside for the very real demands of his autistic brother. Raymond's abnormal repetitive behavior and com- pulsive attachment to ritual and routine, certain foods, TV game shows, numbers and rigid time schedules drive Charlie up the wall until he accepts his brother for what he is and comes to love him. Director Barry Levinson {"Diner," "Tin Men"} is an ace with male bonding scenarios, so the strongest elements in this film are the scenes between Charlie and Raymond. Charlie's shrill Italian girlfriend Susanna {Valeria Golino} and his frenetic business dealings are an- noyances that add little and distract too much from the fascinating character study at hand. Hoffman gives another Academy Award-winning ac- ting turn as Raymond, wto is disarming and funny despite his frightening limitations and his inability to change to any degree. Cruise is believable and often powerful as the frustrated, unfocused Charlie. His evolu- tion from a self-centered manipulator to a man who finally finds a family member he cares to love is slow going and unsentimentalized. There is no requisite happy Hollywood ending. Raymond remains permanently locked within himself. And Charlie's rebirth while poignant is open- ended enough to make au- diences worry about his finan- cial future. As written by Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow and directed by Levinson, "Rain Man" is notable for its incredibly realistic portrait of autistic sa- vant syndrome as meticulously enacted by Hoffrnan, a brilliant actor whose skill with challeng- ing roles is always an occasion for cheers. Due to much profanity, a few intense but brief emotionally unhinged outbursts by the autistic protagorist and a fleeting off-camera sex scene that is heard not seen, the U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. 'The Goldsmith's Shop' ii i Movie based on pope's 1956 radio play premieres By AGOSTINO BONO NC News Service VATICAN CITY (NC) -- Ap- plause rang through the Paul VI auditorium as the name Karol Woityla appeared on the movie screen at the start of the film. The movie was "The Goldsmith's Shop," based on a 1956 radio play by Wojtyla, the man who later became Pope John Paul II. Starring Butt Lancaster as the goldsmith, the movie em- phasizes twin themes that have become hallmarks of the cur- rent papacy: the indissolubility of marriage and the power of love to overcome human dif- ficulties. The movie had a special premiere Dec. 19 at the Vatican before an invited audience of cardinals, archbishops, show business personalities and movie buffs. It was scheduled for international distribution in February. The movie is an "inspira- tional film" and its theme is relevant for today's world, said Michael Anderson, the direc- tor. "I happen to believe marriage is forever," he said at an im- promptu press conference prior to the Vatican showing. "In a day when the sanctity of marriage is violated almost hourly, it's important that this message of his be brought out," said Anderson, an Anglican. "Karol Wojtyla and his work capture very cleverly the prob- lems that face many married people today," said Anderson, whose films have won six Oscars. "It has something to say, .especially to young people," added the director. The Wojtyla play uses gold wedding rings to symbolize the permanence of marriage. Two couples buy their wedding bands from the same goldsmith, who accompanies the sales with some philosophizing that the value of the rings is not in the gold content, but in the peo- ple who wear them. Years later, when one of the wives tries to sell the ring to the goldsmith because her marriage is breaking up, he refuses to buy it, saying it has no value apart from the person who bought it. The woman decides to make another effort to rebuild her marriage and succeeds. Anderson said Lancaster ap- peared to be interpreting the role of the goldsmith as if the character were God. "But Burt never said this," Anderson said. Officially, Lancaster was playing "a goldsmith, with very special gifts," added Anderson. The director said the original play was "freely translated" to transform it into a movie script "acceptable to a modern au- dience" while retaining the spirit of the original. The original contained numerous lengthy monologues, which were poetic meditations by the main characters on the i i , i central themes. In the movie, the monologues are eliminated but the main thematic lines are part of the interacting dialogue among the main characters. It was like "walking a tightrope" to strike a balance between loyalty to the scene as intended by the author and "commercialism," said Ander- son. "If I erred, I erred on the side of non-commercialism," he said. Anderson, who met the pope several hours before the premiere, said the pope was pleased with the result. "He felt the spirit in which he had written it had been maintained," said Anderson. The pope did not attend the Vatican premiere, but had seen the film at a private showing several months earlier. 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