109 mins. The young and infuriatingly talented director of Sui/rebound returns with something completely differentza punk-era version of .N'rislrvr'lle brimming with raw energy. a multiplicity of characters and the expected interlocking stories.
Critic-dividing jamboree hailed as a serious work about 'the end of an era and the coming dow n to earth out of the orbit of fun-seeking irresponsibility ' or dismissed as a loosely directed seriesol diverse elements lacking ‘style and subtlety’. A certain sympathy withthe punk ethos probably helps. Iidinburgh: Cameo.
I Les Entants Du Paradis ( l’(i ) ( Marcel Carne. France. 194-1) Arletty. lean-Louis Barrault. l’ierre Brasseur. 195 mins. Paris in the 18-111s. Amid the seething heart of the French capital's theatre street. a mime artist falls in love with the deliciousbut flirtatious Garnaee. ()ne of the cinema's most extravagantly enjoyable productions. this gorgeous elephantinc wallow ofa film is crammed with incident and compellineg curious ( iallic comic characters. lidinburgh: l-‘ilmhouse.
IThe Exorcist( 18) (William 1-‘rietlkin. t's‘. 1973)1illen Btrrstyn. Max \‘on Sydow. Linda Blair. 11(lmins. liarnest priest \‘on Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl Blair in this hugely convincing and effective searefest that has stood the test of time. lidinburgh: ( )dcon. I Family Viewing ( 18) (Atom ligoy am. Canada. 1987) David llemblen. Aidan Tierney. (iabrielle Rose. 8oniins. Alienated youth \'an (Tierney ) lives with his father and step-mother in hi-tech surroundings and while he concocts a scheme to have his grandmother secretly removed from care. his father has a private eye put him under electronic surveillance.
Atom Egoyam's second feature. winner ofthc Canadian Film ()f'I'he Yearat home. is a complex investigation of the possibilities of alternative family groupings. and at the same time a study of mediated experience in the computer age. Fascinating stuff. announcing the arrival ofa talent ofsignificant cinematic vision. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Fatal attraction ( 18) (Adrian Lyne. 178. 1987) Glenn Close. Michael Douglas. Anne Archer. 119 mins. Happily married lawyer Douglas discovers the high price of infidelity when his casual one night stand turns out to be a dangerously psychotic woman who will stop at nothing to gain her man‘s affection. Glossy. well-acted misogynistic Hitchcock-style thriller. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank ill.
I Ferris Bueller's Day Off( 15) (John Hughes. US. 1986) Matthew Broderick. Jennifer Grey. Charlie Sheen. 103 mins. A sunny Spring day in Chicago is far too good to spend locked in a classroom so the irrepressible Ferris Bueller feigns a malady. cuts classes and promises his two best friends a day to remember.
Characteristically uneven lltrghes teen comedy that scores with fresh dialogue and appealing characterisations. but has the drawback of some laboured farce and the need to make meaningful statements. Glasgow: GFT.
I A Fish Called Wanda ( 15) (Charles Crichton. UK. 1988) John C1eese.Jamie Lee Curtis. Kevin Kline. Michael Palin. Tom Georgeson. 108 mins. Stuffy English lawyer Archie Leach (Clcese) gets unwittingly involved with a gang of diamond thieves. including brash American Kline and stammering animal lover Palin. because he has access to information that will help them lay their hands on the swag. Glamorous Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) steps in to romance him into talking. but love is to rearits head.
Remarkably effective comedy. with the absurdly black humour of the Python generation given a narrative control and
The Hidden (18) (Jack Sholder, US, 1988) Michael Nouri, Kyle MacLachlan, 97 mins. Forviewers of a nervous disposition, orthose whose last visit to the cinema was A Room With A View, The Hidden is definitely not recommended. But, lovers of high octane, low-lite science-fiction sleaze will find it totally irresistible.
A thoroughly ingenious scenario by Bob Hunt features Kyle (Blue Velvet) MacLachlan as an unusual FBI agent involved in the search for a vile alien organism that can inhabit and transform the most mild-mannered of citizens into amoral killers and thieves with an unquenchable appetite for mayhem, fast cars and loud music. If cornered, the organism can merely slither into the next unsuspecting human frame and begin its rampage overagain.
The chase is joined by overworked Los Angeles detective Nouri who can comprehend neitherthe nature of his opponent northe strangely unemotional personality of the distinctly odd Mr Maclachlan who has a suprise of his own in store before the
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night is out. i
A combustible cocktail of adventure, thriller and black comedy, The Hidden is all the more remarkable in that its sureiooted sense of pace and brio is the work of Jack Sholder, previously responsible torthe worst oi the Elm Street movies. Here, the film zips along dispensing violence, gallows humour and suspense at an
entertainineg alarming rate.
Merrily pillaging from the likes of The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Terminator, reminiscent of Repo Man, The Hidden is imaginative, visceral, outrageous and wonderfully exhilarating. Unlikely to win any Oscars or respectable favour but great cinematic tun. (Allan Hunter)
sense oitiming that only a veterans steady hand could provide. And it makes a wonderful romantic lead out of the rather unlikely MrClcese. (ilasgow : Cannon Sauchichall Street. lidinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. Central: Caledonian. Regal. Strathclyde: :\.\l('(‘lydebank 111.
I Flowers in the AttiCt 15 1 (Jeffrey Bloom. CS. 1987') Louise Fletcher. Victoria 'I'cnnant. Kirsty Swanson. 92mins. locked in an attic by their dow n-at-heel widowed mother. two children are subjected to a reign of terror by their wicked granny . When their mama gainsan inheritance the whole family should become fabulously rich. but will the kids live to see the money 1’
Absurd gothic farrago which incredibly botches Victoria Andrew s’ already pretty hokey bestseller. iidinburgh: ()deon.
I The Flyt 18) ( David Cronenberg. t 1986) .1eff(ioldblurn. (ieena Davis. Brilliant reconccptualization ofthc original 1958 camp classic with (ioldblum highly effective as the scientist w hose experiments in teleportation go disastrously wrong. and Davis no less impressive as the love of his life. Special effects strperlativcly revolting. tension sustained throughout. Iidinburgh: ()dcon. Cameo.
I German Experimental FilmS( 15) ()rganised in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute (ilasgow. this screening of award-winning avant-garde shorts by Berlin filmmaker Christoph Janetzko will feature Hollywood Klllt’rl .110. a multi-laycred bringing together of movie references and a number of peculiar personal episodes to create a self-reﬂexive montage. and the ftrll programme will be introduced by the director himself. (ilasgow: (if’l‘
I Good Morning Vietnam ( 15 ) ( Barry Levinson. CS. 1987) Robin Williams. Forrest Whitaker. 'I‘ung 'l'hanh 'l‘ran. 121 mins. At last getting the specially tailored role his improvisatory comic talent deserves. Robin Williams gives a dazzling performance as iconoclastic armed forces radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer. assigned to 1965 Saigon and soon creating headaches for the military top brass. His morning show. with its healthy dosesof soul music and outbursts of way-out . quite irreverent humour explodes their cosy notions of broadcasting standards. but
makes him a hero amongst the ordinary fighting men.
While the more serious aspects of the film. its attempts to examine the clash of two cultures and intimate the escalation of the Vietnam conﬂict. can seem a little flat. this is probably because Williams' stintson the radio mike are so hilariously electrifying they leave the rest ofthc movie standing. Watch out for a host of fine supporting performances. and director Levinson's always winning way with dialogue. Glasgow: ()dcon. lidinburgh: ()dcon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 111.
I Hairspray ( Hi) (John \V'aters.L'S.1987) Ricki Lake. Divine. Debbie Harry. Sonny Bono. 92mins. Baltimore. 1962. L'proar breaks out on the Dance Council oftop 'IV pop extravaganza 'I’he Corny Collins Show when hefty teen queen Ricki Lake deposes the former star of the show, and begins to make friends with (gulp) black people. thus breaking down the programme's strict racial segregation. L'nﬂagging entertainment as former trash king Waters does his own bizarre version of mainstream comedy. Definitely one of the fun movies of 1988. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Hannah and Her Sisters ( 15) (Woody Allen. US. 198()) Mia Farrow. Michael Caine. Barbara Hershey. 107 mins. An achingly funny. insightful and well cast celebration of some surprisingly upbeat romantic pcrambulations within a family circle as only Woody knows how. Glasgow: Gl’f. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Hellraiser( 18) (Clive Barker. L'K. 1987) Andy Robinson. Claire Higgins. Ashley Laurence. 92 mins. A horror picture with a well-constructed plot. strong characters. haunting images and special effects that actually serve the storyline. Minor blemishes along the way. but an auspicious debut from writer Clive Barker. Edinburgh: Cameo. ()dcon. I The Hidden ( 18) *1? (Jack Sholder, US. 1988) Kyle MacLachlan. Michael Nouri. Clu Gulager. 97 mins. See caption review. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 10. I Identification 01A Woman(18) (Michelangelo Antonioni. Italy/France. 1982)Thomas Milian. Daniela Silverio. Christine Boisson. 131 mins. Milian plays a film director at a loose end forthe
subject of his next film. who he hits upon
the notion of questing after the ideal woman. a search which seems to take tip much of his personal life.
Fragmentary latterday Antonioni that somehow seems to add up to more than one expected. once all the pieces has e fallen into place. Perhaps the surrrptuous use ofcolour. and the film's brooding eroticism help. iidinburgh: Cameo.
I Jagged Edge ( 18) ( Richard .‘ylarquand. L'S. 1985)(ilennClosc..left Bridges. Robert Loggia. 11191nins. Bridgesstands accused ofthe brutal slayingol his wealthy Wife. Close is the defence law yer w hose involvement with her client dangerously mixes business with pleasure. Arrtiquated. unremarkable courtroom wlrodunnrt. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Jan SvankmajerShorts‘t‘hree programmes ofshorter material by the extraordinary Czech film-maker w hose disturbing creations from all mannerol everyday objects has prodtrccd an animation style whose dark sur realism casts a new light on our waking experiences. Iidinburgh: l'ilmliotlse.
I Jean De Florette(P(i)((‘1auaeBern. France. 198(3) ( icrard Depardrcu. ers Montand. Daniel Auteuil. 121 mins. Provence. during the 192(ls. Depardreu‘s indomitable hunchback struggles agarrrst impossible odds to make a success of his inherited farmland unaware that his apparently friendly neighbours are secretly planning to drive him from his land.
Beautifully photographed with flaw less performances. this is a towering tribute to the highest aspirations of traditional French storytelling. A recent BAI-‘i‘A winner as the film of the year. (ilasgow: GFI'.
I Jungle Book (1') (Wolfgang Reitherman. CS. 1967) With the voiccsol George Sanders. Louis l’rima. '78 mins. Growing up in the jungle. young Mowgll learns from the animals around him. Enjoyable latterday Disney. a long way after Kipling. but the songs are wonderful. Glasgow: ()dcon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: Rialto.
IThe Last Emperor( 15)(Bernardo Bertoltrcci. ltaly China. 1987) John I.onc. Peter()'Toolc. Joan Chen. 102 mins. Peking. 19118. a three year-old boy ascends to the imperial Throne to become the ‘Lord of'l‘en 'l‘housand Years‘. A mere 59
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