us how this young group of multi-millionaires feniale-friend^fll^ f i ; • j J f % \\ ? s ? I \\
THE R j y ^ N E L S O N , y i Au i
- S U " 33
n - s j t» ; .•
doesn't know how to handle the sudden influx "Boiler Room was written and directed by
of wealth. Seth is invited to a co-worker's 27-year-old first-timer Ben Younger and I don't
house, which is a large one somewhere in the think he had a clue what he was doing. Anyone
Hamptons I would assume. Once inside, he who knows anything about real boiler rooms
notes there is nothing in any of the rooms knows that this flick is a fantasy and then some.
except for a tanning bed and a large television "Glengarry Glen Ross" didn't glamorize the
(that's what guys like this enjoy doing in their seedy side of selling false real estate (or stocks
John Nelson thinks that although the new film spare time besides consuming large quantities in the case of "Boiler Room"). Yes, it was a
"Boiler Room" tries its hardest to sell, sell, sell - it of alcohol I guess). Playing on the TV when well acted film, but the characters were all
losers and when you looked at them, you
Seth walks in is a scene from "Wall Street"
never quite manages to close the deal. with Michael Douglas' Gordon Gecko spout- understood that, in another life, they would
ing off Wall Street lingo that no layperson have all been car salesmen. "Boiler Room"
Right now in theaters, Negotiator") who can't really associate himself could ever understand. And what are these obscures that idea by casting a bunch of pretty
audiences have two with a criminal. So Seth stops being a card impressionable youths doing? You guessed it. boy movie stars and making their life of glam-
choices. They can buy dealer and turns to stocks, applying for a job at They're quoting every line ... verbatim. I guess our attractive. Trust me, it's not. Middle class
tickets to second-run a firm called J.T. Marlin so he can make an they have to learn how to ruin people's white men don't generally make up the staff of
Oscar nominees like honest living (and become a millionaire of lives somewhere. these places. And the child of a federal judge
"American Beauty" if course) to impress dear old dad. J.T. Marlin Superstud Ben Affleck ("Armageddon") fills would definitely not be a typical employee.
they missed them the first isn't on Wall Street, though - it's off exit 53 of the screen in a bit role as the "homage" to Younger's movie itself is, however, interest-
time around or want to the Long Island Expressway and is a boiler "Glengarry Glen Ross." He plays Jim Young, a ing to watch and filled with bright-eyed ener-
"look closer" a second room filled with 50 or so millionaires who are 27-year-old multi-millionaire who gives the getic performances and a soundtrack of hip-
time, or they can spend under 30. Nothing suspicious about that ... recruiting speech to Seth's class of trainees at hop standards that work extremely well. I do
their money on a wide range of new releases right? Seth has found the perfect job to solve J.T. Marlin. If I hadn't seen Alec Baldwin so beg him, if he gets to direct again, tofindsome-
that have one tiling in common - they are bad his father problems. It's legitimate (yeah right) stylishly play the same role in "Glengarry," I thing original to say. I would tell him, "Ben,
films disguised as something worth watching. and lucrative ... or is it? Seth's problems have would have been impressed with Affleck. But struggle to avoid fatherly cliches and the
To be honest, I haven't seen everything that's only begun, because* while J.T. Marlin is defi- instead, I was dismayed at how easily an actor annoying pattern I've seen lately ("Fight Club"
playing in theaters right now, but the few that I nitely a place to make money, the stocks they can just imitate someone else's performance on for example) of the movies trying to make us
have seen do have that one thing in common. are selling are anything but genuine. screen. Boo. Hiss*. feel sorry for well-bred middle-class white
Last week, it was "The Beach," Leonardo I didn't buy this movie for a second. The There are some good performances in guys. Sorry. I'm one of them and I just don't
DiCaprio's grand (blah) return to the big enure thing was just a mixture of rip-offs from "Boiler Room," especially that of Ribisi, who believe it. You'll feel better about yourself and
screen. This week, it was "Boiler Room," a other movies and unbelievable circumstances moved me before as the doomed medic in your movies if you do that Ben. Trust me."
testosterone-addled flick about a bunch of une- that didn't pan out. Any movie lover knows "Saving Private Ryan." He's not the most Avoid "Boiler Room" like you avoid those
ducated money-hungry losers disguising them- that the two definitive films dealing with men attractive movie star, but he's got charisma and telemarketer calls you get every day of your
selves as the 21st century's idea of the perfect like these are Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" (the talent, which works for me (and for anyone life. If someone calls and asks if you want to
businessman - make a lot of money and every- upper class) and David Mamet's "Glengarry who believed him as Phoebe's brother on TV's see it, tell them you're not home or that you
thing else will be all right. Glen Ross" (the lower class), the latter being "Friends"). Rifkin chews a lot of scenery as already have seen it. Don't waste your money.
The talented Giovanni Ribisi leads a cast of the best testosterone-filled flick of all time (in Ribisi's father but manages to make the father Just wait patiently until the Oscars have come
mouthy wannabes in "Boiler Room" as a col- my macho opinion that is). "Boiler Room" somewhat sympathetic in the end. Nice sup- and gone, and then maybe Hollywood will get
lege dropout named Seth. Living in Queens, he manages to steal everything it has from these porting performances are given by Vin Diesel on with next year's race.
runs a back-door casino that brings in lots of two films while trying to pretend that it's real- (who also stars in this week's "Pitch Black")
dough and, according to his jaded value sys- ly paying homage to them. It's no big deal, and Nicky Katt (his character in "Boiler
tem, is something to be proud of (even though except for the fact that the writer/director of Room" is like night and day from his role in
it is extremely illegal). He's looking for his "Boiler Room" hasn't a clue what those two 'The Limey") as two of Ribisi's stock-trading
daddy's approval, even though pops is a feder- award-winning films were really about. friends. Nia Long ("The Best Man") is also
John Nelson has| never bought a single stock in
al judge (played by Ron Rifkin of "The There is a moment that is supposed to show along for the ride as the token female in this un- his life.
MUSIC/PREVIEW ports a visiting student from abroad, and an
outgoing student from Millbrook. Their
and Daniel Logan. There! Now you have no
excuse for those two left feet. Laurie and
special guest this year will be Maria Daniel will see to it that you get a right foot
Swingin' in Millbrook Stoianova from Bulgaria who is spending a
year in the village.
Maria and her hosts will be treated to
some of the best music to be heard in the
to replace that extra left one and, when The
Big Band Sound takes the stage at 8 p.m.,
you'll be well red, properly instructed, and
ready to swing the night away.
Bill B e r e n s m a n n previews the annual Hudson Valley by the band who has been "Getaway Dinner/Dance" means just
entertaining in venues such as West Point, that, for throughout the evening tickets will
Millbrook Rotary benefit for the International Youth the Mohonk Mountain House and the be drawn, the suspense will mount, and if
Exchange program, featuring a performance by Vanderbilt Mansion. Dave and his troops
will entertain with selections such as Basie's
yours is the final ducat remaining you will
be awarded a Millennium Weekend for two
The Big Band Sound. "Sweet Georgia Brown," Dorsey's "Marie," in New York City. This will include trans-
Ellington's "Satin Doll," Miller's "In the portation, theater tickets for two, and two
You've heard of 24/7. looked will be the compositions of Count Mood," and many more of your favorites. nights at the Marriott World Trade Center
Well, how about 25/70? Basie, Stan Kenton, Harry James, and the 01' blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, will be well Hotel with breakfasts.
As in 25 years of Dorsey brothers, Tommy and Jimmy. represented by vocalist Mike Amarello with You may reserve tickets to be picked up
playing the music Led by Dave Cole and Roger D'Aquino, his renditions of "I've Got You Under My at the door by calling Betty Thurst at (914)
America has loved for the 20 musicians (six on sax, four on trom- Skin" and "Fly Me To The Moon." 677-8010. Thej folks in Millbrook, Maria
over 70 years. Saturday bone, four with trumpet, plus guitar, bass, All this music is bound to create an and, of course, IDave and his Big Band will
evening, Feb. 26, piano and drums, and two vocalists) will appetite, and that will be amply satisfied by look forward t<) greeting you on Saturday
The Big Band Sound mount the stage at the grand old Thorne Slammin' Salmon of Millbrook, who will night. And hey, it's Leap Year! You can pop
'WttSmkH^ ^W will be performing the Building in Millbrook and perform for your provide a dinner of gourmet proportions the question to him.
melodies of Duke dancing and listening pleasure. including pastas, fowl, beef, and all the
Ellington, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and The occasion is the annual Millbrook amenities. Dinner will commence at 7 p.m. Bill emcees this event each year, and will be
Benny Goodman, at the Millbrook Rotary Rotary benefit for the International Youth after a cocktail hour of meeting and greeting, more than happy NOT to see your ticket drawn,
Getaway Dinner/Dance. Not to be over- Exchange Program, which each year sup- and Swing Dance lessons by Laurie Sepe which means ... YOU WIN!
TACONIC NEWSPAPERS • FEBRUARY 24, 2000 • 5
Thomas M. Tryniski
309 South 4th Street
Fulton New York 13069