Jones‘ nordic adventure tale. with a splendid cast. luscious sets and superb special effects. Alas. the script doesn't match up. relying on rather tired silliness. and on violence toned down for the censor. with the result that the messages about war and human nature don't really come across. Strathclyde: Civic Centre Motherwell.
IThe Evil Dead ( 18) (Sam Riami. US. 1982) Bruce Campbell. Ellen Sandweiss. Betsy Baker. 85 mins. Five unsuspecting youngsters head off to a healthy weekend in a mountain cabin only to fall foulof
wicked demons whose purpose. is wait for 1
it. wholesale slaughter. Stylish. cheapo schlocker-shocker made with imagination by an inventive young team. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride. I The Exorcisl(18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 110 mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little obsessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. WMR Film Centre. I Exorcist 2: The Heretic ( 18) (John Boornian. US. 1977) Richard Burton. Louise Fletcher. Linda Blair. 1 10mins. The horror film that once turned heads receives an unworthy sequel in this silly mumbo-jumbo about priest Burton trying to understand the demons still lurking within the hapless Ms Blair. Strathclyde: WMR Film Centre. I Fatal Attraction ( 18) (Adrian Lyne. US. 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 and well acted if misogynistic I litchcock-style thriller. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. I Fellow Traveller( 15) (PhilipSaville. US/UK. 1989) Ron Silver. Hart Boehner. Imogen Stubbs. 97 mins. Intriguing big screen collaboration between the BBC and America's cable network l lB() features Silver as a screenwriter who finds himselfblacklisted by Joe McCarthy's IIouse IInamerican Activities Committee. He flees to find work in ﬂedgling British television. only to discover that one of his best friends back home. a major Hollywood star. has unaccountably committed suicide. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I Une Femme Est Une Femme(15) (Jean-Luc Godard. France. 1961) Anna ' Karina.Jean-PaulBelmondo. Jean-Claude Brialy. Godard‘s first film in colourscope (the marvellous Pierrot Le Fou was to follow). this is one in a seriesof his Sixties output that's dedicated to exploring the many moods of his then wife Karina. The narrative pits her against suitors Belmondo and Brialy in a manner reminiscent of MGM musicals. but formally the film is much more playful. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Friendshlp's Death (Peter Wollen. UK. 1987) Bill Paterson. Tilda Swinton. Patrick Bauchau. 78 mins. In the Middle East of 1970. Paterson‘s war correspondent rescues Friendship (Swinton) from the PLO. She claims to be a robot. sent on a peace mission from an alien civilisation. but can he believe her? Wollen combines an intelligent outsider's view of human follies with a vivid imagination and knowing humour to produce a highly enjoyable film. Glasgow: GFT.
I Ghostbusters 2 (PG) (Ivan Reitman. US.
1989) Bill Murray. Dan Aykroyd. Harold Ramis. Sigourney Weaver. 108 mins. Need a sequel? Who you gonna call'? The down-at-heel and discredited slimefighters are back in business. after mayhem once more breaks out on the streets of New York. The effects look less cheap this time. and ifyou liked it first time round you are on a winner here; if you were less than convinced. stay at
home — you've seen this one already. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Calcdonian. Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
I Great Balls of Fire ( 15) (Jim McBride. US. 1989) Dennis Quaid. Winona Ryder. Alec Baldwin. 107 mins. Goodness gracious. as Jimmy Savillc and Jerry Lee say. Quaid gives a defiantly eccentric impersonation of Mr Lewis in this cartoonishly energetic biopic. The music comes over with some vibrancy. though Quaid doesn‘t actually croon the lyrics. Ilowever. it looks decidedly uneasy when dealing with the star‘s scandalous marriage to his twelve-year-old cousin. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Hello Dolly (U) (Gene Kelly. US. 1969) Barbra Streisand. Walter Matthau. Michael Crawford. 129 mins. New York exactly one hundred years ago and a widowed matchmaker makes a play. or rather a musical. for a well heeled grain merchant. The extravagant sets and singing make it sumptuous if not satisfying. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street.
I Henry V (PG) (Kenneth Branagh. UK. 1989) Kenneth Branagh. Derek Jacobi. Paul Scofield. Judi Dcnch. 137 mins. There are inevitable associations with Olivier in K.B.'s choice offirst feature. but he emerges with some credit as both director and performer. This is a much muddier version than its predecessor. both in the scrappy turmoil of the battle scenes and in the tempering ofzesty jingoism with an appreciation ofthe human cost ofconflict. Portraying the young king as a careworn. rather sullen warrior. the film seems to offer a more complex reading of the text. even if Branagh‘s budgetary resources stint somewhat on the grandeur ofOlivier's charging horses. Glasgow: Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Dominion.
I High Sierra (PG) (Raoul Walsh. US. 1941 ) I lumphrey Bogart. Ida Lupino. Alan Curtis. 100 mins. Bogart‘s memorably intense evocation ofa gangster‘s‘ last stand pitched him intothc major league ofstardom. while the film as a whole (scripted by John Huston and
W. R. Burnett from the latter‘s novel) was a remarkable step forward in doomy. death-centred psychology that proved highly inﬂuential on the cycle offilms noirs it was to inspire. Edinburgh: Film Guild.
I Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1989) Harrison Ford. Sean Connery. Alison Doody. Dcnholm Elliot. 127 mins. The third and supposedly final instalment ofSpielberg's blockbuster series. in which the archaeological adventurer is joined by his father (Connery) for a romp through the Middle East in search of the Holy Grail. hotly pursued (as ever) by the Nazis. A rather dodgy quasi-Christian morality and a more-of—the-same-ish plot are offset by strong performances from Ford and Connery and technical bravura. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1984) Harrison Ford. Kate Capshaw. Kc IIuy Kwan. 118 mins. Yeah. yeah. yeah: you must know the score by now. This one was conceived as a prequel to Raiders ofthe LosrArk. The competition once more fine it hard going trying to keep up with the Jones in this ingenious adventure romp. However. perching on the edge ofyour seat for two hours tends to numb the brain as well as the bum. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Jesus 01 Montreal ( 18) (Denys Arcand. Canada. 1989) Lothaire Bluteau. Catherine Wilkening. Johanne-Marie Tremblay. 120 mins. Hired to revampa Catholic passion play. M. Bluteau enlists four actors from diverse sources. casts himself as Jesus. and sets to work on a stunningly radical version ofhis own.
Naturally. life begins to imitate art. but don‘t expect anything else predictable. because Arcand‘s follow-up to Decline Of The A meriean Empire is chockful of twists. surprises and incisive satire. Finely acted. elegantly filmed and always intriguing. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Kiss of Death (PG) (Henry Hathaway, US. 1947) Brian Donlevy, Richard Widmark. 98 mins. Bizarre. perhaps even disturbing film noir~cum-police procedural with Mature as a hubby torn between the Mob and his domestic duties and Widmark making an extraordinary debut as a gleeful psycho who chuckles as he pushes wheelchair-bound pensioners downstairs. Edinburgh: Film Guild.
I The Lalr 01 The Whlte Worm (18) (Ken Russell. UK. 1988) Amanda Donohoe. Hugh Grant. Catherine Oxenberg. Peter Capaldi. 93 mins. The Peak District. and the legend of the monstrous D'Ampton Worm transpires to contain some truth when Lady Sylvia Marsh (Donohoe) reveals her identity as the worm's immortal snake-priestess. her need for virgin blood explaining a spate of disappearances in the area. Mad Ken appears to have set out to make a piece of schlock. and here he more than succeeds. since the feverish sexuality ofthe dream sequences is infinitely more absorbing than his lacklustre attempts at tension. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Last Exit To Brooklyn ( 18) (Ulrich Edel. W.Germany. 1989) Stephen Lang. JenniferJason Leigh. Burt Young. 104 mins. Brutal. graphic and dynamic study of the steamy. seamy side of life in the dockland area of Brooklyn duringthe Fifties. Hubert Selby‘s once banned novel has made it to the screen more or less intact in a narrative strung together from his series of vignettes. A painful dissection. not for the faint-hearted. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Salon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
I Last Tango in Paris ( l8) (Bernardo Bertolucci. France/Italy. 1973) Marlon Brando. Maria Schneider. 130 mins. A young Parisienne meets a middle-aged man with whom she develops an increasingly violent and purely sexual relationship. One of the key films ofits decade. Bertolucci‘s powerful drama is a meditation on the expression and communication of personal identity through intense sexual contact. Edinburgh: Cameo. University Film Society.
I The Legend of The Holy Drinker(PG) (Ermano Olmi. Italy. 1988) Rutger Ilauer. Anthony Quayle. Sandrine Dumas. 128 mins. The streets of Paris. and an alcoholic tramp is offered 200 francs by an enigmatic stranger on the condition that he eventually returns the moneyto the chapel of St Theresa. but ofcourse the bottle stands in the way. Olmi hasturned Joseph Roth's novel into a charming an unlikely tale of spiritual redemption. with the casting of Guiness quaffer Hauer in the role of the dignified drunkard a felicitously ironic touch. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I Lethal Weapon 2 ( 15) (Richard Donner. US. 1989) Mel Gibson. Danny Glover. Patsy Kensit. 113 mins. Wooden return for Gibson as Vietnam Vet turned cop. looking like a cross between Aled Jones and Rambo. With Eric Clapton pounding away on the soundtrack. Lethal WeaponZ dredges up every action movie cliche the director and scriptwriters can think of. All escapist fluffofcourse. but nevertheless a disappointing follow-up to the original. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.
I Llle and Nothing 8111 (PG) (Bertrand Tavernier. France. 1988) Philippe Noirct. Sabine Azema. Pascale Vignal. 134 mins. France 1918. and Major Dellaplanc (Noiret) has the grisly task ofidentifying unknown soldiers‘ corpses. Among the relatives who come to seek their loved
ones are Irene (Azema) and Alice (Vignal). The sense of a bruised and battered people quietly coming to terms with life's continuity despite their griefis splendidly evoked. though the central romance. all suppressed passion and meaningful glances. is mini-series stuff and the humour may have lost something in translation. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I Lock Up (18) a (John Flynn. US.1989) Sylvester Stallone. Donald Sutherland. 106 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon, Salon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Allanpark. Cannon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. I Mad Max 2 (18) (George Miller. Australia. 1981) Mel Gibson. Bruce Spence. 94 mins.Exhi1arating post-Apocalypse adventure. with plenty grotesque imagery and vicious villians. Pure cinema (count the number ofwords 01‘ Max has to say) and the highpoint of the series. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Mad Max Beyond Thunderdorne (15) (George Miller & George Ogilvie. Australia. 1985) Mel Gibson. Tina Turner. 107 mins. Max is hailed as the new Messiah by a group ofchildren and faces the challenge ofTina‘s queen of Bartertown in this overblown disappointment. No shortage ofpigshit. though. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Magic Flute (U) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. 1974) Josef Kostlinger. Irma Urrila. Hakan Hagegard. 135 mins. Originally made for Swedish TV. Bergman‘s version of Mozart is set in an actual theatre where a modern audience watch an 18th century performance. The result is sympathetically attuned to the talents of his performers but still a fairly frothy addition to the Swede's canon of faithless anguish. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Manchurian Candidate (15) (John Frankenheimer. US. 1962) Frank Sinatra. Laurence Harvey. Angela Lansbury.
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