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The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i i i Entertainment On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Columnist Do your part in fighting AIDS THE LAST SONG deficiency syndrome. Proceeds from the song are being donated by John to the health care needs of Yesterday you came to lift me up/As light as people suffering from this disease. straw and brittle as a bird/roday I weigh less As I write this column, I have in mind an than a shadow on the wall/Just one more whis- idea proposed by Louise Hays, a writer and low per era voice unheard ingchannel God s healing. Her books and work- Tomorrow leave the windows open/As fear grows please hold me in your arms/Won't you help me if you cano shake this anser?/l need your gentle hands to keep me calm REFRAIN: 'Cause I never thought I'd lose/I only thought I'd win/I never dreamed I'd feet/This fire beneath my skin/l can't believe you love me/I never thought you'd come/I guess I mis- judged your love/Between a father and his son Things we never said come togetherfrhe hidden truth no longer haunting mefFonight we touched on the things[rhat were never spoken/That kind of understanding/Sets me free (REPEAT REFRAIN) shops have helped many. She thinks that when we write about this dis- ease, we should use lower case letters, as in "aids," not AIDS, because capitalizing the term appears to give too much power to the disease to allow it to terrorize us so much that we cannot treat those who have the disease with compas- sion. We need to be educated about the disease. We also need to continue to love those who have it. The song tries to help us understand what it is like for families whose sons or daughters have this disease. John presents a moving account of reconciliation between a son and father. Together they find a way to face the son's impending death. The son knows that neither of them can stop "this fire beneath my skin." Yet, "tonight we touched on the things that were never spoken." For this dying man, the sharing brought deep healing, for "that kind of understanding sets me free." He now realizes that "I guess I misjudged Written by Elton John and Taupin Sung by Elton John Copyright (c) 1992 by Big Pig Music Ltd. A friend asked me to review Elton John's .... love between a father and his son." current hit "The Last Song." Even though acquired immune deficiency She told me that John has dedicated the syndrome is one of the fastest growing diseases on our planet, you may not personally know someone who has the response compassion. Jesus gives us the perfect pl bringing his love to lepers, the dread disease of his time. As teens, you might feel that that you can do for people with ac( mune deficiency syndrome. However. it take to discount the value of us has a part in bringing more of God's our world. For example, skip buying one soft dri week and donate the 1 ing to find a cure for cling your family's or school's a Give the money gained to an organ: supporting families who have a from the disease. If you give the money, ask a member of your staff or an adult at your school. The song reminds us of the power healing. Ultimately, love is stron form of fear that haunts our hearts. Today, give God's healing. No compassion or caring is ever lost, Allow' to be one more way that God is healing our human family. (Your comments are always Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3 Rockport, IN 47536.) The year in moyies Quality films few m 1992, but worth the effort!00 trial for the a arent II!!i killing of his PPing br!i On less problematic =',', Jonathan ("The Silence q:l Lambs") Demme's "Ci! Bobby" is a fine portrait !i activist rector who reJ' tireless in combatting Ji injustice, while Barbara : pie's "American Drel;l, chronicled the human co# workers and an entire   e t*, mumty when manag,.,;b seeks to increase prottt By GERRI PARE Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Dis- cerning moviegoers in 1992 had fewer choices than ever in finding quality fare at the local bijou -- although for- eign films provided some un- usual alternatives. While these movies are not readily available in every community, they deserve to find a greater audience and, consequently, wider book- ings. The fact remains many of the year's most satisfying movies came not from the monied major studios, but from abroad. Foreign does not -- neces- sarily  mean coping with subtitles. Several English-lan- guage movies produced abroad, such as "Flirting," "Howards End," "Hear My Song" and "Enchanted April," required only a small adjustment to the cadence of Irish, English or Australian accents. The effort was well worth it. These movies pre- sented characters, who in the course of the story, faced problems that brought out the best in them or those around them, reminding us of our own potential for growth. Another outstanding exhm- pie is "The Ox," from Swe- den, the powerfully uplifting story of a desperate farmer who sins against his tiny community and is eventually forgiven by them. The re- demptive theme is superbly treated in a film rich in drama that is conveyed in ex- quisite cinematic terms. China's "Raise the Red [antern" also matched extra- ordinary visuals to a tragic story of women at the mercy of a feudal society that en- couraged them to compete against each other in dehu- manizing ways. "Rasped," from the former Soviet Union, is a startling look at that government's monstrous denial of the Cher- nobyl nuclear explosion's ef- fect on the populace. Just a few short years ago, this fact- based, compellingly made drama could never have been made or released. "The Best Intentions," "Close to Eden" and "The Man Without a World" were other examples of singular films with a vision not hand- cuffed to maximizing box-of- fice receipts. The year's most disturbing trend, however, was the re- lease of so many tawdry, ex- ploitative Hollywood thrillers. Topping the list, of traviolent climax. A 10- trashiest list, headed by "Basic Instinct," would in- clude "Consenting Adults," "Whispers in the Dark," "In- nocent Blood," "Traces of Red," "Unlawful Entry," "Under Suspicion," "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle," "Single White Female" and "Poison Ivy," with several other titles qualifying for dis- honorable mentions. Most faded fast at the box office, so one can hope this type of film will be seen a failed fad in the future. Hollywood did manage to churn out some spiffy popu- lar entertainment, often in- spired by fact or real-life inci- dents. "A League of Their Own," "A Few Good Men," "A River Runs Through It" and "Lorenzo's Oil" were ex- ceptional motion pictures. A smaller-scaled story, "The Waterdance," which dealt with four wheelchair-bound patients in a rehab center, also covered a great deal of emotional and spiritual terri- tory with insight and hon- esty. Disney's tremendous suc- cess with "Beauty and the Beast" and the current hit sta- tus of "Aladdin" bodes well for family viewing. The com- pany, realizing the financial potential of this neglected au- dience segment, is planning to produce more G-rated films. Quality makes the dif- ference, however, as several animated family films in '92 were not particularly em- braced by a public that recog- nized something lacking in "Rock-a-Doodle," "Ferngully ... The Last Rainforest," and "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland." Documentarians turned out some fascinating films last year, led by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's "Brother's Keeper," the riveting study of the elderly, illiterate Ward brothers, one of whom stood any means possible, t .# And so, in a year o u,. t, dismal Hollywood prOd; one of the best films l.s  cisely about the shallOV ;bs of moviemaking !n. LII # Land "The Player' ]' applauded for taking rt wood to task, and if tla players there were to he'd; message there would b t 6 need to look outsidOi';It0 moviemakinl capital ;fls world for entertaining i' of depth and course, was the pathetic "Basic Instinct," which de- I  "Where customers send their friendS' II spite its frequent graphic sex- I rated R  not NC-17, no one under 17 admitted -- by the IIc,,= i.-a.iC/ ] I'"-" I ---)mm &  _ I L MotiOnAmericaPictUreand AssociatiOnwent on thef Z,,II-   0 AL,, II [ i@P  D ] ] ll pen before saamg *asner BB I 1 [ achieve blockbuster status, n I 0 US 231 SOUTH -- IBP[I, IN -- 482-2222 ! A doze ot s0,a te, s Urn. oe " n her thrillers of- M t" ,,,,' ,,,- nl ] .t.=_,v.z. 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