Bastard-Face Johnston was the Film Sguad's toughest cop, but even he had to admit that the line-up in front of him was an ugly looking lot. The crime? it was obvious. They were the coming iortnight's new releases. The punishment? Some ot these guys were going to be looking atthe inside of a projection box tor more frames per second than even Johnston's tortured mind cared to comprehend.
I ARIEL (15) Taisto takes his redundancy pay and set: oti round the country in his dad's white Cadillac in this wry road movie from Aki Haurlsmaki, the filmmaker they're already ceiling The Wild Man 01 Finnish Cinema. Glasgow Film Theatre Tue 20 and Wed 21 Feb.
I A DRY WHITE SEASOH (15) It took this adaptation otAndre Brink’s novel about white South African conscience to bring Marlon Brando back to the screen for his lirst cameo in years, but the thrust ol the action lollows teacher Donald Sutherland's slow realisation ol the corruption throughout the Alrikaaner regime. See leature. Glasgow Cannon Sauchiehall Street and Edinburgh Cameo irom Fri 9 Feb.
I HONEY, l SHRUHK THE KIDS (PG) Latest Disney blockbuster has careless dad Rick htoranis doing exactly as the title suggests, courtesy at some very impressive ellects. Showing with the long-awaited new Roger Rabbit cartoon short Tummy Trouble. A double treat. See review. Wlde Odeon release irom Fri Feb 9.
I THE LOVELESS (18) Screening alongside the Kenneth Anger season, this rarer shown 1981 cult American independent is a classic look at Filties biker style from director Kathryn Digelow. Watch out tor Willem Daioe in hislirst leading role. Edinburgh Filmhouse Mon 19 Feb only.
I ROOFTOPS (15) Attempt at a contemporary New York musical irom 75 year-old director Robert Wise, who must surely have been more at home when he made West Side Story all those years ago. See review. UCls Clydebank and East Kllbride irom Fri 9 Feb.
I ROSALlE GOES SHOPPING (15) Latest and apparently last in the Percy Adlon/Marianne Slgebrecht trilogy that also includes Sugarbaby and Dagdad Cale, has the hefty hauslrau indulging in a little credit card traud to cope with the temptations oi America's consumer paradise. See leature. Glasgow Film Theatre Sun 11 to Sat 17 Feb; Edinburgh Filmhouse Sun 18 to Sat 24 Feb.
I SEA OF LOVE (18)Al Pacino is a worldweary veteran cop on the trail ota serial killer, Ellen Barkin the woman he meets through the personal columns in the process ol his investigation. While the two are soon ensconced in a steamy relationship, he has reasons to suspect that she might be the murderer. See
, leature. Cannons Glasgow and Edinburgh, UCls irom
Fri 16 Feb. I SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE lH BEVERLY HILLS (18) Paul Bartel's long-planned satire has TV soap siren Jacqueline Disset warring with (dead) husband, lriends and relatives over one weekend in her Hollywood mansion. And there’s trouble below stairs too in this pervy version oi La Regle du Jeu. See leature. Glasgow Odeon irom Fri 18 Feb. I SUR (15) Fernando Ezequiel Solanas won the Best Director prize at Cannes in 1988 tor this story tollowing a detainee's troubled )oumey home from prison alter the downtall oi Argentina's military junta. The brooding atmosphere is partly created by Astor Piazzolla's evocative tango score. Edinburgh Filmhouse Thur 8 to Sat 17 Feb. I WHEN I FALL Ill LOVE (15) This US box oilice ilop was about to go straight on to video under its original American title Everybody's All-American beiore someone at Wamers decided that Jessica Lange and Dennis Ouaid in a tamin saga about ordinary lootballing lolk was good enough tor the big screen alter all. See review. Cannons Glasgow and 'Edinburgh, UCls irom Frl16 eb.
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I Abba The Movie (U) (Lasse Halstrom, Swe/Australia, 1977) ABBA, Robert Hughes, Tom Oliver, Bruce Barry. 95 min. Made at the height of their popularity, the wafer thin plotline consists of the four Swedes being pursued across ()2 by a Sydney DJ. Dancing Queen, Waterloo. S. 0.5. , etc. Takes you back eh? No thanks. Edinburgh University Film Society. ll Allen (18) (Ridley Scott, US, 1979) Sigourney Weaver, lan Holm, John Hurt. 1 16 mins. Agatha Christie in outer space at; a freighter lands on a mysterious planet and is ingeniously invaded by a ravenous intruder which proceeds to chomp its way through the cast list. Edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller with a strong cast and ghastly special effects. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Aliens ( 18) (James Cameron, US. 1986) Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn. 137 mins. Revived from a 57-year snooze in de ep space, Warrant Officer Weaver is ca ioled into joining a marine rescue mission to the planet that is home forthe original alien beastie. Unrelentingly paced with a terrifically gutsy pe rformance from Weaver, this ne rve-shredding sequel not only matches its predecessor but cannily surpasses it. An Oscar winner for special effects. Edlinburgh: Filmhouse. I Angel Heart ( 18) (Alan Parker, US, 1987) Mickey Rourke. Robert de Niro, Ch arlotte Rampling. 113 mins. Scruffy, unzshaven private eye Harry Angel is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre to track down a missing Fortics crooner who has rerleged on a life-or-death deal. His investigations lead him to a seedy New Orleans dominated by voodoo cults and extremely dead bodies in this uncomfortable mating of visceral gore and moody film noir, with some ingenious if nasty twists in the plot. Strathclyde: UCI Cl) debank. I Kenneth Anger Season: Programmes 2 a 3 A celebration of the work of the notorious underground film-maker. Who. according to an interview in the last issue of The List regards most of the stories that you may have heard about him as true, which is strange as there are some pretty wierd stories about him. The programme brings together some of his ritualistic imaginative and influential films. Programme 2 includes Scorpio Rising part of the never ﬁnished Pace Moment as well as a couple of Bruce Baillie shorts. Programme 3 has Georges Melies‘ Trip to the Moon, Anger's own Rabbit’s Moon and In vocation of my Demon Brother as well as extracts from Jarman's The Lastof England. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Is Annie Hall (15) (Woody Allen, US, 1977) Woody Allen, Diane Keaton,Tony Roberts. 93 mins. Warm, wistful, wonderfully witty Woody discourses on love, death and life in the Big Apple in this multi-Oscar-winning autobiographical comedy-romance. Glasgow: Grosvenor. ll Ariel (15) (Aki Karismaki, Finland, 1988) Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpaa. 112 mins. Laid-off, laid-back miner Pajala takes his redundancy money and his dad‘s convertible and heads off across Finland, ﬁnding himself some work as a docker and a relationship with a single mother. Austere road movie with existential trimmings and a sense of fun in the soundtrack. Glasgow: GFT. I Back To The Future Part 2 ( PG) (Robert Zemeckis, US, 1989) Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson. 108 mins. Finishing with a big tease sequence of highlights for the mid- 1990 scheduled Back to the Future Part3, this could be the longest movie trailer in
Hollywood history. Once again Michael has to outfox Biff. this time zooming forwards as well as backwards in the time machine. Directed and played with terrific verve. BTF2 moves so fast from one set-piece to the next that there's no time to reﬂect on the basic ridiculousness of the plot. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
I Bad Taste ( 18) (Peter J ackson, New Zealand, 1983-7) PcterJackson, Mike Minnett. Terry Potter. 93 mins. Painstakingly assembled by Jackson every weekend over a four year period; he and the cast had day jobs during the week. Rarely has intergalctic carnage been presented with such charm and humour. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dagdad Cate (PG) (Percy Adlon, US/W. Germany, 1988). Marianne Sagebrccht, C.C.H. Pounder. Jack Palance. 108mins. The wonderful Sagebrccht stars as a redoubtable German lady who leaves her husband in the middle of the desert and settles down with the folks at a run-down motel, where proprietress Pounder has also recently lost a spouse. The two women rc-invent themselves through their friendship, and transform the place into the bargain. Adlon displays a warm and charming sympathy with the quirks of his oddball but convincing characters, and shapes a beguiling tale from the most basic of materials. Glasgow: GF’I‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Datman (Tim Burton, US, 1989)Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Bassinger. 120 mins. In which Burton achieves the impossible by creating a product which lives up to possibly the biggest hype job this century. Nicholson is on top form: psychotic. witty and zanier than ever; but the real triumph is Keaton‘s. With less screen time than the Great Upstager, he produces a performance of memorable subtlety and power, which gives a new credibility to the Bruce Wayne/Batman character, while remaining true to the comic strip. With eerie angular design by Anton Furst, a terrific score by Danny Elfman, a suitably wacky script and a strong supporting cast. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.
I The Bear (PG) (Jean-Jacques Annaud, France. 1988) Bart, Douce, Jack Wallace, Tcheky Karyo. 98 mins. Simple, unscntimental narrative follows the experiences of two bears, a big adult kodiak and a young orphan cub, as they are pursued by two hunters. Cleverly filmed to capture the bears acting naturally, this insightful record of their point of view makes a moving plea for the decent treatment of all animals and is highly entertaining as it goes about it. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street.
I The Belly OtAn Architect ( 15) (Peter Greenaway, UK/ltaly, 1987) Brian Dennehy, Chloe Webb. Lambert Wilson. 118 mins. Distinguished American architect Stourley Kracklite arrives in Rome to mount an exhibition in memory of his 18th century predecessor Etienne Louis Boulce. Gradually. as his health deteriorates, he becomes convinced that his faithless, pregnant wife is trying to poison him. A majestic performance by burly Dennehy adds a brutal emotional streak to this typically elegant Greenaway maze, which makes excellent use of sumptuous Roman locations. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Les Riches (15) (Claude Chabrol, France/Italy, 1968) Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stephane Audran, Jacqueline Sassard. 99 mins. An architect falls in love with both halves of a lesbian couple , but the emotional cruelties which result bring about horror and despair. Chabrol loads an apparently superficial story with his distinctive wit and with a bleak, obsessive darkness which gives it hidden depths. Edinburgh: French Institute.
I Digioot and the Hendersons (PG)
14 The List 9 - 22 February 1990