increasingly distinguished-looking career but performed with the usual easygoing delicacy and piquant wit. Edinburgh: Filmhouse I Gothic ( 18) (Ken Russell. UK. 1986) Julian Sands. Gabriel Byrne. Natasha Richardson. 87 mins. Shoddy. irritating Russell farrago with assorted Romantic poets pumped full of drugs and telling ghostie stories in a night of hysteria that was to inspire Mary Shelley's Frankenstein among others. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

I Highlander ( 15) (Russell Mulcahy. US. 1986) (‘hristopher Lambert. Sean

Connery. Beatie [idneyz 116 mins. A

handful of immortals battle through the

centuries to win a mythical prize. Daffy fantasy adventure executed with some dizzy style. Edinburgh: EUFS

I Hope and Glory ( 15) (John Boorman.

l'K. 1987) Sarah Miles. Davidllayman.

Ian Bannen. 112 mins. Adeceptively

simple but perfectly crafted slice of

wartime nostalgia that paints a warm and witty portrait of the childhood of the boy

who would be John Boorman. Now a

leading contender for the ()scars and the

BAI’I‘AS. Glasgow; Salon. Edinburgh;

Dominion. Strathclyde; (‘annon I House of Games ( 15) (David Mamet. US. 1987) Lindsay (‘rouse. Joe Mantegna.

Lilia Skala. 102 mins. A workaholic psychiatrist. the author of a bestseller on compulsive behaviour. becomes hopelessly interested in a group ofcon men and the scams they perpetrate on gullible suckers. Attracted by the vicarious thrill of their games. she is eager to graduate from observer to participant but then finds that herlighthearted escapism has led to larceny. intrigue and murder.

Although slow to start this develops into a gripping and pleasurably serpentine thriller of ingenious plot twists. hard-boiled (‘handleresque dialogue and surprise double-crosses. A (‘hinese box of a film to be seen and savoured. Glasgow; Gl’l'

I Housekeeping ( PG) (Bill Forsyth.

Canada. 1987) (‘hristine Lahti. Sara

Walker. Andrea Burchill. 1 16mins. Scrupulously faithful to the Marilynne Robinson novel. Forsyth‘s film tells oftwo orphaned sisters who are entrusted to the custody of a succession ofgeriatric relatives before the arrival oftheir

eccentric aunt Sylvie . . .

Literater scripted. confidently directed. beautiflly photographed and performed with sensitive insight. Highly recommended to the discerning palate. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I I've Heard the Mermaids Singing ( 15) 47 (Patricia Rozema. Canada. 1987) Sheila McCarthy. Paule Baillargeon. Ann-Marie MacDonald. 81 mins. See panel. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Invaders From Mars (PU) (William Cameron Menzies. L'S. 195-1) llelena Carter. Arthur Franz. 82 mins. Martians invade Anytown USA by hypnotisingthe locals. Visually interesting sci-fi on a miniscule budget. but steel yourselffor one of the most excruciatingperformances from a child actor in screen history. Glasgow; (iFI‘

I Invasion of the Bodysnatchers ( 18) (Don Siegal. US. 1956) Kevin McCarthy. Dana Wynter. 8() mins. Aliens take over atown in the Mid-West by surreptitiously replacing the inhabitants with indistinguishable replicants while they sleep. Totally convincing. intelligent treatment of familiar material. obliquely treating 195(ls‘ American anti-Communist hysteria.

I Johnny Dangerously (PG) (Amy lleckerling. US. 1984) Michael Keaton. Griffin Dunne. Maureen Stapleton. 90 mins. Amiable but limp gangster spoof that sends up the old Cagney/Bogart classics with little sense of style and only a good-humoured desire to be liked. Strathclvde; Haldane Film Society

IThe Journey. Part I (PG) (Peter Watkins.


Stakeout (15) (John Badham, US, 1987) Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madelaine Stone, Aidan Quinn. 100 mins. Dreyfuss and Estevez are two honest, decent and unconventioanl cops given the task of setting up a stakeout on the home of the ex-girlfriend (Stone) of escaped method-acting convict Aidan Quinn. Dreyfuss falls for her so we get a little moral dilemma with our romance, then the bad boydfriend returns and we get a shoot-'em-up finale.

The undemanding viewer might call all this classical American cop movie material, but the cynic might complain tht it's singularly formulaic stuff offering routine comedy and action highlights. It certainly is easy to watch, bland entertainment centred around an old-fashioned star performance of hard-working charisma from Dreyfuss, who displays hiself equally at home with smartass one-liners and the

Sweden. 1987) Exhaustive and exhausting survey of the impact of the nuclear age on the common man. his attitudes and the lack of accurate information at his disposal. Ten families from around the globe are questioned on their feelings and their knowledge of what is happening often on their doorsteps. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

I Labyrinth (U) (Jim Henson. UK. 1986) Jennifer (‘onnelly. David Bowie. 101 mins. Angst-ridden teenage girl asks the Goblins to make off with hertiresorne baby brother. 1 hey duly oblige but she changes her mind and must make her way through demon Dave‘s mysterious labyrinth to recover the little mite. ()ccasionally inventive and fairly charming family film. Glasgow; Cannon (‘larkston Road

I The Last Emperor( 15) (Bernardo Bertolucci. UK. 1988) John Lone. Peter O’Toole. Joan Chen. 162 mins. Peking. 1908. a three year-old boy ascends tothe Imperial Throne to become ‘The Lord of Ten Thousand Years‘. A mere 59 years later. however. he dies a humble gardener in a (‘hina that is now the Maoist People's Republic.

Intelligent epic following the self-delusion and re-education of a man shaped by a supercedcd power structure. A little cold perhaps but the production and cinematography are ofsuch exquisiteness that one only wishes the film were longer. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon I Last Tango in Parls(18)(Bcrnardo Bertolucci. France-Italy. 1973) Marlon Brando. Maria Schneider. 130 mins. A young Parisienne meets a middle-aged


.1 ’-.’ s " I . ,, ( . 2 a.

bift-bang-pow side of things and probably saves the film from outright tedium in the process.

Forthe rest of the running time, Madeleine Stone cooks a lot when she's not taking her clothes off (do we detect a little sexual stereotyping here?), Estevez looks far too young for his part, and Quinn seethes with the intensity of a man who wishes he had a bigger part. OK, so the suspense situations are slickly handled, but the climactic gun battle in a sawmill is probably only marginally more exciting than the harbour showdown the film-makers originally closed the movie with before extensive re-shootlng. Oh, and there‘s a funny bulldog called Winston. Things have got to be pretty bad when a film needs a comic dog, and a film critic ends up writing about it because he can’t really remember much else. (Trevor Johnston)

man with whom she develops an increasingly violent and purely sexual relationship. One ofthe key films ofits decade. Bertolucci's powerful drama is a meditation on the expression and communication of personal identity through intense sexual contact. Brando excels. Edinburgh; Cameo

I Life Force ( l8) (Tobe Hooper, UK. 1985) Steve Railsback. Peter Firth. Frank

Finlay. 101 mins. Set in 1986. the arrivalof L

llallcy's Comet is the prelude to an endearingly dopey yarn about vampires from outer space drawing the very life force from our humble planet. Unashamed codswallop. Edinburgh: EUFS I The L081 Boys ( 15) (Joel Schumacher. US. 1987) Kiefer Sutherland. Dianne Weist. Corey Feldman. 98 mins. Disappointingly jokey and inconsistent attempt to inject fresh blood into an old genre as two brothers become involved with a seaside community infested with punkish vampires. Glasgow; Cinema. Strathclyde; Rialto

I The Loves of Robert Burns (U) (Herbert Wilcox. UK. 1930) Joseph llislop. 9()

mins. Extremely rare opportunity to view

this early sound musical biography ofthe other national bard starring Edinburgh-born tenor llislop. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Masters of the Universe (PG) (Gary Goddard. US. 1987) Dolph Lundgren. Meg Foster. Frank Langella. 10(lmins. Lethally dull Star Wars clone with the inspired plotline ofgood and evil battling it out for intergalactic domination. Strathclyde;Ke1burne I MISS Mary ( 15) ‘5' (Maria Luisa


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