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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment Januanj15,1988 I NC News Service Columnist The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of you will see. REPEAT REFRAIN ps. Even Take alook aroundfNow ethe direc, It's the reason we are alive. tion/Adjust the /Try a new transhltloJDon't Recorded and written by Carly Simon dings occur between pnts and teens. Both may leek at your man/In the same old way/Take a new Copyright (c) 1987, Arista Records Inc. fail to understand each other's needs. picture/Just because you don't see shooting For such difficulties, the song offers good ad- sters/Doesn't mean it isn't perfect. Are life's best things right before your eyes? vice: "Take a new picture." All involved may REFRAIN: It's the stuff that dreams are made of Carly Simon's "The Stuff That Dreams Are have lost sight of each person's value and worth. It's the slowest, hidden  Made Of" reminds us that we sometimes fail to see Parents sometimes forget how the stress of It's the stuff that dreams are made of * It's the heart and soul's desire It's the stuff that dreams are made of. So it's this about your best friend/She's got a brand new shiny boy/And they're moving out to Malibn/To play with those pretty toys/And you feel dosed in by the same four walls/Same old conversations/With the same old guy/You've known for years/Use your imagination/And you will See. REPEAT REFRAIN What if your prince/On the horse in the fairy tales/Is right here in disguise/What if the stars that/You've been reaching so high for/Are shining the good already present in our lives. We begin to adolescence affects their sons and daughters. Teens dream about a better life full of changes and dif- need to remember their parents' lifelong contribu- ferent people, tions to their welfare. Indeed, at times we need to make major With this new perspective, sit down once changes to improve things. Often, however, we on- more and talk through the problems you are facing ly need to "adjust the tuning" of our perspective with your parents .... to rediscover what is good in our lives, Ms. Simon suggests that we start onr tuning Seeing the good in others first depends on ap- process by re-examining those we live with. To clarify the point, she presents the situation of a marriage grown stale. One person in the relation- ship dreams of some "prince" entering her life and saving her from the boredom that she now ex- periences. The song asks. What if the prince is there preciating the, value in yourself. Let the stuff your dreams are made of reflect your own dignity and the special ways that others bring meaning into your life. Your comments always are welcome. Please address to: CharlJe Martin, I218 S. Rotherwood inhis eyes/Don't look at yourself/In the same old already? Too often we allow familiarity and the Ave,, Evansville, Ind. 47714, way/Take another picture/Shoot the stars off/In problems of day-to-day living to cloud our vision. your ownback yardfD0n't look any further/And We become blind to the worth and value of those Copyright (c) 1988 by NC News Service u i I I i I i i i Film features comic's bizarre brand of humor HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- "Good Morning, Vietnam" (Touchstone) revisits the start of the American military build- up in South Vietnam as seen from within the U.S. Armed Forces radio station in 1965 Saigon. Robin Williams stars as Adrian Cronauer, a non- conformist disc jockey transfer- red from Crete to Vietnam by a general who believes his wacky sense of humor will boost troop morale. The general's subor- dinates who run the radio sta- tion, however, find Cronauer neither funny nor cooperative and determine to get rid of him. There is also a thin plot in- volving Cronauer with several Vietnamese civilians, notably a young woman, who will see him only with chaperones pre- sent, and her brother, who becomes the instrument for Cronauer's dismissal from the station. Directed by Barry Levinson, the serio-comic movie is essen- tially a vehicle for Williams' bizarre brand of humor. Though many of his comic monologues are hilarious in kidding politicians and the military, a good number are foul-mouthed and raunchy. Set within the context of the obscenity of war, however, such humor proves somewhat less offensive than if delivered simply as stand-up comedy. The locker-room trashing of the military and all other forms of authority, including the pope, carefully avoids taking an anti-Vietnam War stance. In- stead it looks at the war from the point of view of those soldiers and civilians who were its victims. Because of its sexual references, rough language and various irreverences, the U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Robin Williams stars as Adrian Cronauer, an irreverent radio disc jockey who is shipped to Saigon on the eve of the Vietnam war to boost morale among the troops in the new comedy-drama, "Good Morning, Vietnam." --(c)MCMLXXXVII Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved. : programs." Dr.Thomas Radecki, chairperson and research direc- tor of the coalition, said in a Jan. 7 telephone interview that the report was based on a study of the first eight weeks of the 1987 fall TV season. "Not one single Saturday morning cartoon features war themes," the coalition said. However, it still criticized car- toon shows such as "The Smurfs," "My Pet Monster," and "Gummi Bears" for airing "moderate amounts of slapstick violence. ' ' The coalition, which has been counting instances of violence in TV programs since 1980, said that the ratings for prime time shows did not in- clude any high violence pro- gram in the Neilsen top 20. "Hunter," a popular program which the coalition said averages 23 violent acts per hour, held only 22nd place in the ratings, the coalition said. The coalition also reported that not only are violent pro- grams falling in popularity, they also are appearing less and less on network television. In 1985 50 percent of all prime time programming was violent. In 1987, only 34 per- cent was, the coalition said. Prime time violence peaked in the 1985-1986 time period, it said. The coalition praised "The Cosby Show," "A Different World," "Growing Pains," "60 Minutes" and "Family Ties," for "teaching positive messages." The five programs are consistently listed in Neilsen's top 20. The coalition said that "At current rates, the average American will still view some 45,000 murders or attempted murders on TV by the age of 21." $chnitztibank RESTAURANT WASHINGTON (NC) -- Violence on network television is on the decrease, especially on Saturday morning cartoons, a citizen watchdog group reported. The decrease also was seen in prime time programs, accor- ding to the group, the National Coalition on Television Violence, based in Champaign, Ill. The coalition reported the decrease in a press release and credited it to "widespread and still growing protest against violent entertainment" and the "high quality of non-violent By SR. MARY ANN WALSH NC News Service Television violence is on the decrease, says watchdog group