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by Scott Moore
The main reason I wanted to
see Striking Distance was that
it was filmed almost entirely on
location in Pittsburgh, my
hometown. Not a whole lot of
movies are made there: the
airport scenes in Silence of the
Lambs were shot in the now
closed Pittsburgh International
Airport, and an obscure film
called The Fish That Saved
Pittsburgh was shot in my old
high school's gym. So, I drove
to my local theater to see Bruce
Willis' latest flick.
Striking Distance is a good
action film. It contains all the
basics: car chases, murder, fist
fights, and, of course, FIRE! I
must admit, I was glued to my
seat during the most exciting
portions of the movie.
The film's plot concerns Tom
Hardy (Bruce Willis), a fifth
generation Pittsburgh police
officer. Through the course of a
murder investigation, Hardy is
demoted from homicide detective
to river rescue patrol when he
openly questions whether the
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think of the new Dead Youth
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DB: I agree. They are worse
4( than the NKOTB. I couldn't
)11, even hear the vocals.
Stank: There were actually
* voices on that? I read the
lyrics but I didn't hear any
words on the tape.
DB: When I read the lyrics I
41 laughed. But when I listened
"ft to it, I got pissed.
They have no talent and should
* never have been signed.
Stank: I could not believe
that there was more than one
* song listed on the tape. It
sounded like one continuous
211 9 blur.
DIN: Songs like "Castration,"
Whonfied, lN and "Rectum
IQs Wreckage" were funny reading,
but sounded like pure
4g • distortion!
20, Stank: rd discuss the lyrics,
but they were too demented
even for college students.
* DB: Death metal:at its worst.
20 11 They really SUCK!!
41 •*They get one skull for
Ilbar scumming a recording
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department has brought in the
wrong man for a series of
killings that included the death
of his father.
A new murder spree convinces
Hardy that he was indeed correct,
and sets him once more against
the system. The rest of the
movie deals with Hardy's
struggle to prove to the city that
he knows the truth behind the
Striking Distance features
more than just action and
adventure. Issues of family ties,
loyalty and honor are addressed
with conviction. An attempt at
casting Willis in a romantic
situation falls flat, but the
movie is good enough for this to
be overlooked. Sarah Jessica
Parker delivers a decent
performance as Jo Christman
(Hardy's love interest), but the
movie is obviously Willis'
I hope that Striking Distance
is the beginning of a well
deserved comeback for Bruce
Willis. After Hudson Hawk, he's
going to need all the help he can
DB: Pestilence, cool name
Stank: These guys have excellent
guitar rifts. They really keep you
DB: Yeah, they are good. Reminds me
of Possessed, but they didn't have the
killer instinct that Possessed did.
Stank: Their sound is a new approach to
the same ideas as other death metal bands.
Their technical ability is really
STANK AND DIRTBAG
ACCORDING TO STANK AND
DB: Patrick Uterwijk and Patrick Stank: They definitely have potential. 4(
Mameli do add an unique twist with the DB: But for now they are the average
guitar synthesizers, but I think they are off run-of-the-mill death metal band. Good N
the mark. They can't make up their minds luck and get better.
as to whether they want to play fast or
slow. Their songs sound quite similar, **Pestilence spheres 2 skulls. **
but they get your head banging. "Mind
Reflections" is definitely the best song on
Stank: I agree, but this was the first
time I heard a guitar synthesizer in death
metal and it was cool.
DB: Hopefully these guys will tighten
up and make it. They're good musicians,
the rhythm section is tight and
Thursday, September 23, 1993
THE MUSIC WORLD
ACCORDING TO STANK
AND DIRTBAG WILL
APPEAR EVERY OTHER
WEEK IN THE