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Wednesday, February 3, 1999
Koontz's novel Fear Nothing is nothing to fear
SHELBI WESCOTT
StaffWriter
Suspense, mystery and sci­
ence fictiôn books are my fa­
vorites to read. Nothing is more
enjoyable than curling up late
at night with a book intended
to give you goosebumps.
My criteria for a good sus­
pense novel has two elements.
First, the story must hold my
interest until the last page.
Second, is must have the abil­
ity to frighten me (which isn’t
very difficult).
Unfortunately,
Dean
Koontz’s new book, Fear
Nothing, fails to achieve either
of those elements.
The story takes place in a
small ocean community called
Moonlight Bay. A 28 year old
man, Christopher Snow, suf­
fers from a rare genetic disor­
der that makes him sensitive
to light. So, Chris must spend
his whole life in darkness.
Following the mysterious cir­
cumstances surrounding his
father’s death, Chris begins to
uncover details about a con­
spiracy involving his family
and genetic testing at a local
army base.
The first part of the book was
intriguing. I enjoyed following
Chris on his crusade for truth.
Half-way through, however, the
novel took a turn for the worse.
The antagonists turned out to
be genetically enhanced mon­
keys that had escaped from a
lab. Even though they were
supposed to be vicious killers,
our young hero was never in
jeopardy.
The second part was also in­
credibly predictable. I had the
mystery solved long before
Chris Snow did. It’s frustrating
to read a book where you are
smarter than the main charac­
ter.
I will give Koontz some
credit for attributing human­
like intelligence to house cats
and Labrador dogs. Most pet
owners talk to their animals (I
do,) and the idea of them being
able to understand and commu­
nicate back fascinates me.
Koontz is a remarkable sto­
ryteller. Those interested ip his
work should read some of his
best pieces: Watchers, Phan­
toms, or The Mask.
Koontz's mixture of science
and suspense is usually quite
gripping. However, this time I
was disappointed by the pre­
dictability of the story. Fear
Nothing misses the mark.
Varsity Blues succeeds in giving football a good name
Jon Voight and James Van der
Beek score good performances
ANGIE DASCHEL
Associate Editor
I hate high school football. I
don’t like the players, the
coaches, the pep rallies, the
cheerleaders, or even the ugly
letterman jackets. That is why
it pains me to admit this: I loved
Varsity Blues. The film’s plot
doesn’t stray far from the ba­
sic formula that every sports
movie uses, but I was hooked.
James Van der Beek
(“Dawson’s Creek”) plays
Johnathan Moxon, a second-
string quarterback for the West
Canaan Cougars^ a football
team with 22 division champi­
onship titles that is led by a de­
manding coach (Jon Voight,
Mission Impossible). The
small town of West Canaan has
only one interest: football. The
boys that play for the team are
allowed to do anything they
want, since they are the town’s
heroic claim to fame. They
drive around naked, steal po­
lice cars and party like it’s
1999, and never get in trouble.
When the team’s star quar­
terback gets injured, Van der
Beek gets a chance to show
everybody how good he is. He
soon discovers that being the
star has some surprising perks,
which include being seduced
by a gorgeous cheerleader
wearing nothing but a
whipped-cream bikini. There
are also numerous disadvan­
tages, mostly having to do with
their win-or-die coach.
If you can overlook Van der
Beek’s larger-than-normal fore­
head and his incredibly fake
southern accent, then you’ll
enjoy Varsity Blues. Like other
MTV Films productions such
as Joe’s Apartment and Dead
Man on Campus, this movie
won’t solve any problems,
raise social awareness about a
certain topic, or make you think
too hard. Varsity Blues has
one purpose: to entertain.
Isn’t that what movies are sup­
posed to do?
Afeiv video rentals: Rush Hour and 54
ANGIE DASCHEL
Associate Editor
niest movies to come out in
1998, and it shouldn’t be
missed on video.
The creators of Rush Hour
The late 1970s were a time of
did their homework. Movies drugs, disco and casual sex.
like Lethal Weapon, Grumpy Studio 54 in New York City
Old Men and Thelma and combined all these elements to
Louise scored well with their create the night club for every­
audiences because of the chem­ one who was anyone to let it
istry between the partner char­ all hang out. 54 tells the story
acters in the movie. Rush Hour of Shane, a young man from
is effective because Jackie New Jersey played by cutie
Chan and Chris Tucker each Ryan Phillipe (7 Know What You
compliment the other’s talent Did Last Summer).
without upstaging.
Shane is allowed entrance
Tucker plays an unruly into the exclusive club by the
LAPD cop who gets assigned owner, Steve Rubell, played by
to show Chan, a Hong Kong Mike Myers. After seeing the
policeman, the city and to keep strangely enticing world of
him from meddling in an FBI Studio 54, Shane lands a job
kidnapping case. Of course, there as a bartender. Shirtless
Chan and Tucker become inter­ and muscle-bound, the bar­
ested in the case and try to tenders have access to any­
solve the crime themselves.
thing they desire. Neve
Fast-talking and bug-eyed, Campbell has a surprisingly
Tucker is at top comedic form small role as a soap star who
in Rush Hour . Taking into ac­ tries to further her career at
count that Chan does most of Studio 54. Salma Hayek plays
his own stunts, he delivers an a coatcheck girl/aspiring disco
amazing physical performance. singer.
Rush Hour was one of the fun­
Although 54 is visually stun-
ning and tells an interesting
story of sex, drugs and rock
and roll, it could have been
longer, because the plot wasn’t
developed fully. Campbell is
used mostly as a visual prop
because she doesn't do much
more than smoke and drink, and
Hayek's attitude quickly be­
comes annoying. However, to
miss this movie would mean
missing Myers give a wonder­
ful performance as a pill-pop­
ping homosexual.
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