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24 Thursday, February 20, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Not Exactly a Movie Review No special effects here. No sir! This was the real stuff-- the way it really was. Total, absolute disaster. The town's flattened. The mountain's gone. The creek's a roaring river. In the very end, the good guy kisses the girl, but no movie is perfect. Dante's Peak is a grand disaster movie about a volcano and the brave young scientist who tries to warn the citizens and save the town. Every male in the audience will imme- diately fall in love with the woman mayor of the threatened community. She has a couple of kids: a girl who makes a fellow yearn for a return to his golden, preteen years and a boy who ought to be tied to a tree and beaten frequently to keep him from doing childish and dangerous things. Our movie attendance is generally restricted to once a year, when we're on vacation. Modern movies either bore me or confuse me, unless they're a real slice-and-dice ex- travaganza, in which case my wife, Shirley, won't go. We were in town the day before Valentine's Day, and I thought maybe Shirley might want to forego the usual joys of a fun-filled day perusing the many offerings of the hardware emporiums and maybe do dinner and a show. (Just like going on a date, you know?) In Victorville, California (which, as you know, is our clos- est California city) there's a mall with a theater complex that shows several movies simultaneously on different screens. The well-advertised Date's Peak was showing at a matinee and it worked out that we could eat a Chinese meal in the food court and then take in the show. The lunch was pretty good, although eaten in all of the style and grace of a McDonald's at high noon. It was a short, air-conditioned walk to the theater and only a brief wait in line for the popular movie. The popcorn was fresh and I'm certain it was the good kind of popcorn and not that awful kind that the Greenies have been warning us about. After watching what seemed like an hour of advertise- ments for coming movies the main show began. Began does not even begin to describe how the movie starts. (WowV lfthis is how it starts, where can it o from here?) In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Doughtery Dante's Peak is a finely distilled essence of every disaster movie that ever there was. There's this little town in the Northwest (I think Mt. Saint Helens). There's this handsome and brave young scientist (volca- nologist) who discovers that the nearby dormant volcano known as Dante's Peak) is going active. There's the young scientist's government boss who determines that active volcanoes are politically incorrect. There are the town boosters who believe that eruptions are bad for business. There's the old grandmother living on the mountain who won't leave home, because she's lived there all her life. You get the picture. Add a few town meetings where the brave young sci- entist tries to warn the villagers. Add a bunch of other scientists who say the mountain is okay. Add some real creepy stuff that will be keeping me out of hot springs for a while. The movie rolls briskly along, replaying all the disaster movies that ever there were. At a town meeting we see the young scientist being roundly condemned by the town's business leaders and even by his own boss. We in the audience know that the brave young man's theory is right, that Dante's Peak is about to blow. But nobody else believes the scientist and even the warm and loving lady mayor has her doubts. In the heat of the rowdy meeting we almost expect to hear the brave young scientist shout, "We have to close the beaches. There's a great white shark out there! Wrong movie, I know, but you get the idea. And then.., And then... There is totally no way that what we see on the screen could be the result of special effects! If anything, the producers could have dropped an atomic bomb into an extinct volcano. Never could what we see have been created by motion picture technicians! The eruption is real. The ash fall is real (so real it made the popcorn gritty). The scenes of the flooding rivers are entirely authentic. The pictures of the ensuing disaster are so spell-binding that the movie would be enjoyable without a sound track. And our young scientist is a hero beyond heroism. He is brave. He is determined. He is smart and cool in the presence of all-encompassing danger. Of course, the lady mayor is properly impressed. After months of watching videos on the small screen, the awesome wonders of Hollywood at its finest, in full color MonsterVision with Pierce-Your-Skull Sound Sys- tems is like awakening to a brand new world. It was a glorious experience and a great afternoon with Shirley. For a few hours of absolutely enjoyable escapism, Dante's Peak is a must-see. A side note for those of you who may still be doing real "movie dates." The end credits roll on forever. The theater empties quickly and being all alone in the empty auditorium with a special companion provides an excel- lent opportunity to engage in a bit of physically expressed affection. Y ROCK & SAND 727-1490 Decorative Colored Rock All Natural Colors *DecoraUve Landscaping* Rock Gravel Boulders Sand In over 100 colors & sest! Green Reds Golds * Whites Blacks Browns * Purples * Rose or Mixes Sandstone * Flagstone * River Rock We also Design and / or Place Rock or.... 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