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The Message w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment November 13 On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Columnist WINNING IT ALL Wl" i nn ng: AttJitude makes all the difference I'm close enoughB'm dosing in/Couldn't wait for this moment to come/.ouldn't wait for this day to begin/Don't be afraid/Got so much pride/And I've never been no looser/And I just can't lose tonight REFRAIN: Winning it all/Ain't gonna walk away/Giv- ing it all/No matter what you say/Deep down inside/I'm not going to lose today/Winning it all This time it's ri..y time has comeonna give ev- erything I got/rill it's over and victory's won/No sec- ond chance/No giving up/Because no one remembers a loser/And I don't intend to be one of those (REPEAT REFRAIN TWICE} Written by John Spinks Sung by The Outfield Copyright (c) 1992 by MCA Records Inc. The Outfield's "Winning It All" sounds like music from a pep rally. The song has no identified topic except "win- ning," However, with it's emphasis-on victory, we eas- ily think of athletic events. Yet, the song's message can easily be applied be- yond sports. A much more important question is: How do we become winners in life? The song takes an I-just-can't-lose attitude. The person in the song "couldn't wait for this day to begin" because "my time has come." He's "gonna give everything" he has "till it's over and victory's won." He ,eels that "deep down inside I'm not going to lose today." When it comes to winning, attitude makes a big difference. Whether it be an actual athletic event, taking a test in school or meeting some other life challenge, how we inwardly approach the situation influences our chances for success. Consider these suggestions. 1. Confidence comes from being prepared. Winners take extra effort to understand the chal- lenge before them. For example, suppose you face a major math test. A winner plans in advance how much time will be needed for study, determines which areas need added emphasis and confers with those who can help him learn difficult aspects of the test material. 2. Confidence does not mean cockiness. The song conveys a just can't-lose approach that is not part of a winning attitude. As I said, confidence comes from being pre- pared. Such confidence does not exclude recog- nizing that one's talent or preparation might not meet the challenge. Without acceptance of this fact, one is using arrogance to disguise the fear of losing that one actually feels. 3. Winning takes all" means having a perspective on the immediate task. including the sacrifices in reaching For instance, you may t courage within yourself to ask guy out. However, beyond this immedi challenge it takes tionship work, including the dress problems as they emerge. 4. Winners accept that they in every situation. They see loss as a learn more about themselves. They do not hide their ment in losing, but they work ing how to use this experience Consequently setbacks do from their goals. 5. Finally, winners are kind and res to others, no matter what the challen includes how they refuse to put themselves down if fail. They acknowledge the dignity human being, knowing that we can hel other be winners and find the selves. (Your comments are always welcom Please address: Charlie Martin, 182, Rockport, IN 47635.) ' 'Waterland' Reviews of 'Aladdin,' 'Jennifer 8, Bv HENRY HERX AND GERRI PARE Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- By heavily featuring Robin Williams' zany humor within a traditional fairy tale, this year's Disney animated holi- day entry, "Aladdin," is reaching for adults as much as children, The result is animation op- erating on two levels, where kiddies can get caught up in the fanciful story of young Aladdin and his magic lamp while grown-ups follow Williams as the voice of the genie doing his non-stop celebrity impersonations that are matched to lightning-fast sight gags. Either way, it's a treat, al- though the centuries-old fairy tale and the crazed comic sensibilities of the 1990s don't always mesh smoothly. Produced and directed by John" Musker and Ron Clements, the Disney anima- tion is a delight, with won- derfully inventive use of mo- tion, camera angles and perspective. The soundtrack includes five original songs that may not measure up to those in last year's memorable "Beauty and the Beast," but certainly are highlights in the movie. Particularly winsome is the outrageous "Friend Like Me," followed by a show-stopping number, "Prince Ali," both performed by Williams. But, meanwhile, the Ara- bian Nights story of young Aladdin {voice of Scott Weinger) in love with Princess Jasmine (voice of Linda Larkin] whom the Sul- tan's evil vizier (voice of Jonathan Freeman) plans to marry once he's wrested the genie away from Aladdin, zips right along. This is a sweet fairy-tale ro- mance with spirited adven- tures, the best of them set in a fearsome cave whose en- trance turns into a giant mon- ster's head. Luckily there's a flying carpet on hand ready to carry Aladdin and his mis- chievous monkey (voice of Frank Welker) through their perilous predicaments. Here is a family film that parents needn't vawn through, especially if thev enjoy Robin Williams' mad- cap monologues. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-I general patronage. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. (GP). The latest in rash of thrillers with paltry thrills is "Jennifer 8" (Paramount), about a cop on the trail of a serial killer whose next vic- tim may be the cop's love in- terest. Andy Garcia is the detec- tive obsessed with catching the mass murderer while, in- explicably, his colleagues all want him to drop the search. The stakes rise when he falls for a vulnerable blind woman (Uma Thurman) who was in the killer's presence just before her blind room- mate vanished. And the noose begins to tighten around the cop's own neck when he is framed for his partner's (Lance Henriksen) murder. Writer-director Bruce Robinson's script is so slop- pily plotted there are holes throughout the story and its resolution defies credibility. If you really want to raise some goose ]umps over a blind woman in mortal peril, Audrev Hepburn in "Wait Until lJark" (1967) is the one to watch. Because of brief violence, some menace, a flash of nu- dity and much rough lan- guage, the U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-III adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R  restricted. (GP). Drowning in a sea of guiltily repressed memories is Jeremy Irons in "Water- land" (Fine Line). As the movie opens, British high school teacher Tom Crick (Irons) realizes his mid- dle-aged wife, Mary (Sinead Cusack), has gone over the edge imagining she's preg- nant. Moreover, his students are complaining history is ir- relevant. His response is to reveal to them how history that is, his own adolescent personal history -- is so rele- vant it is now wrecking his marriage. What follows are jarring flashbacks from Crick's class- room in Pittsburgh to the re- mote English wetlands where he and his wife were teen-age lovers (played by Grant Warnock and Lena Headey). Tragedy ensued when Mary became pregnant and Tom's older, retarded brother (David Morrissey) dew.qoped a crush on her. Now, guilt about the secrets they still harbor is consuming t)aem both. Director Stephen Gyllen- haM's rambling, unmanage- able movie jumps back and forth, even awkwardly de- positing the students into the teacher's past to witness his troubled formative years. Such an unconvincing de- vice does not help Graham Swift's dense, introspOC 1983 novel translate we the screen. The story 0 gets bogged down in teacher's bleak il logues as he, too, teet the edge of a nervous down. However, the movie i! deniably rich in particularly the World era flashbacks shot on tion in England's Fens low, flat marshlands East Anglia meets Sea. The teacher's liberal tudes towards teen seeln odd in light of how astrous such behavior was him, yet the movie ends redemptive note that still possible where persists. Due to much discussi' sexual matters, a ual encounter and dity, the U.S. Catholic ference classification i' adults. The Motion Association of America is R -- restricted. (GP) [ I I I [ I II I III I HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS - SEAFOOD - CHICKEN (1) 768-6462.., LAR6EAR1 itOO]LS.. Haubstadt, lad. II Presented by the Mater Dei Drama Nov. 12, 13, 14 --- 8:00 P.M. Nov 15--- 2:00 P.M. St. Ben's Auditorium 530 S. Harlan Ave.