comedic frenzy. Though the early scenes provide a vicious parody of the adman‘s world there soon begins a slide into screaming incredulity as Grant‘s boil metamorphoses into a yuppie bastard second head. But the film'sinarticulate anger does tackle the immediate problems of today‘s society: precisely what‘s lacking in any number of white-suited efforts decorously fretting about our colonial past. Glasgow: GFl'.
I Identification Of A Woman ( 18) (Michelangelo Antonioni. ltaly. 1982) Thomas Milian. Daniela Silverio. Christine Boisson. 131 mins. Divorced ﬁlm-director Milian is looking for an image ofwoman for his next feature. and he drifts along through liaisons with aristocratic Silverio and young actress Boisson. Although the central theme is fairly slight. there‘s enough attention to the architecture and landscape and the use of colour to mark this out as an authetic Antonioni. including one classic sequence of fogbound mystery. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I I'm Gonna Gil You Sucka ( 15) (Keenan lvory Wayans. US. 1988) Keenan lvory Wayans. Isaac Hayes. Jim Brown. 89 mins. In this zippy spoof of the Seventies blaxploitation cycle. writer/director/star Wayans returns home from the army only to ﬁnd the ghetto hooked on gold chains and his own brother a recent o.g. (over-golding) victim. Reuniting former tough guys and blaxploitation icons Brown and Hayes. he decides to go after the white Mr Big who controls the market. enlisting the help ofsuperpimp Antonio Fargas (aka the one and only Huggy Bear) along the way. Wayans hits several right notes of absurdity in this admittedly patchy send-up of an already ridiculous genre. which ranks alongside Robert Townsend‘s Hollywood Shufﬂe in its comic revision of the place of black material in the US film industry. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1989) Harrison Ford, Sean Connery. Alison Doody. Denholm 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: UCl East Kilbride.
I I've Heard the Mermaids Singing ( 15) (Patricia Rozema. Canada, 1987) Sheila McCarthy. Paula Baillargeon. Ann-Marie McDonald. 81 mins. The slightly scatterbrained. socially maladroit Polly lands a secretarial job in a fashionable art gallery and tumbles into a platonic crush on her employer Gabrielle. Although intimidated by the woman and her surroundings. Polly eventually sees that judging yourself by other people‘s standards is worthless. Funny and touching feminist fantasy which proves that good writing, wit and imagination can make up for a lack of finance. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Kiss Oi The Spiderwoman ( 15) (Hector Babenco. US-Brazil. 1985) William Hurt. Raul Julia. Sonia Braga. 119 mins. Two men share a prison cell. each of them in their own way victims of an unspecified fascist regime. One is a flamboyant homosexual. the other a macho revolutionary. The pain oftheir confinement eventually brings mutual understanding. love. and a change of roles. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Last Year In Marienbad (U) (Alain Resnais. France‘ltaly. 1961 ) Delphine Seyrig. Giorgio Albertazzi. Sacha Pitoeff. , 93 mins. Evocative and enigmatic tale ofa man who meets a woman in a rambling hotel. and believes he had an affair with her the previous year. Past blends with
present to the point where they are indistinguishable. and you can only really enjoy it ifyou don‘t worry too much whether they did or didn‘t. Not one for Blind Date enthusiasts. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
9 I Lethal Weapon (18) (Richard Donner, 9 US. 1987) Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey. 109 mins. Gibson is a
widower psychotically bent on revenge
(any resemblance to Mad Max being purely incidental). while Glover is a middle-aged. middle-class family man. Formula buddy cop movie. lifted just above the average by its touch of humanity and charismatic performances. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street.
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 neverthelessa disappointing follow-up to the original. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. I Lock Up (18) (John Flynn. US, 1989) Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland. 106 mins. Frank (no relation to sergio) Leone is a model prisoner doing his porrdge. or granola as they call itover there. and minding his own. Suddenly he is whisked away to Gateway, and forced to shop for two years. err, placed at the hands of his sadistic adversary Drumgoole (Sutherland). Unfortunatelv the paper thin plot of this prison-film by numbers has nowhere to go, thus Sutherland treats Sly badly and Sly responds with his home spun gems of philosophy in his sweaty determination not to crack. The ﬁlm does have its more enjoyable moments and as short term sentences go, we get off pretty lightly. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. I The Lonely Passion OlJudith Home (15) (Jack Clayton. UK, 1988) Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller. 100mins. Cinematic adaptation of Brian Moore‘s highly-regarded novel. Smith in the title role plays a single woman in reduced circumstances who moves into a Dublin boarding house and gets to know the landlady‘s brother (Hoskins). While her attraction towards him grows, he sees in her the business partner he is looking for, but when the profound misunderstanding at the heart of their relationship is revealed the consequences are serious for them both. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre. I The Lost Boys ( 15) (Joel Schumacher, US, 1987) Jason Patrick, Corey Haim, Barnard Hughes. 97 mins. Anaemic comic horror as a Santa Monica teen falls into bad company in the shape of a mad, bad and dangerous-to-know gang ofvampires. Constant MTV visuals make this an altogether rcsistible affair. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I The Man With Two Brains (15) (Carl Reiner. US. 1983) Steve Martin. Kathleen Turner. David Warner. 93 mins. Zany Martin-Reiner romp in which the great man plays a brilliant brain surgeon driven to the depths of despair when he weds Turner. a man~hungry murderess with a penchant for driving elderly husbands to early graves and pocketing their legacies. Deliriously delightful. Edinburgh University Film Society. I Mapantsula (15) (Oliver Schmitz, S. Africa. 1988) Thomas Mogotlane. Thembi Mtshali. Peter Sephuma. 106 mins. Small-time Soweto thiefMogotlane is interested only in snatching handbags and carousing in local shebeens. However. when he is picked up and interned with a number oftrade unionists, his brutal experiences help him formulate a commitment to the struggle against apartheid. Filmed under the noses ofthe white authorities. this remarkable film is the most authentic screen representation
we have of life in the townships, and while a little lacking in narrative drive or emotional appeal. it generates quiet power from the total conviction of its hard realism. Edinburgh Film Guild.
I Masters Of The Universe (PG) (Gary Goddard, US, 1987) Dolph Lundgren. Frank Langella, Meg Foster. 100 mins. Deadly dull Star Wars-style rip-off, as the forces of good and evil battle it out for world domination. Disappointing lead debut for Lundgren. but what do you expect from a product designed to shift more toys? Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. I The Mission (PG) (Roland Joffe , UK, 1986) Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro, Ray McAnally. 125 mins. In 18th century South America a Papal Prelate is called in to resolve a territorial dispute between Spain and Portugal. His decision is dictated by the political climate in Europe and has harsh ramifications for a mission run by Jesuit priests. Both a study of male
. friendship and an exploration of man‘s
capacity for the noblest altruism and the most treacherous selfishness. An operatic ﬁlm of depth and considerable power. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank.
I Hississippl Burning(18) (Alan Parker, US, 1988) Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif. 127 mins. This study of racial hatred in the deep South of America stirred up a homet‘s nest of controversy, but gained six nominations and an Oscar. Despite its commercial context it remains a powerful thriller full of good intentions. and few mainstream directors would dare even to try and bring such a ﬂammable subject to the screen. Edinburgh: Filmhouse, Broughton Film Society.
I Monkey Shines (George A. Romero, US. 1988) Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil. 113 mins. A brilliant student is paralysed, and is given experimental therapy which also bonds him emotionally with a monkey. Trouble arises when the monkey starts committing murder on his behalf. This latest movie from George (Zombie trilogy) Romero is scary enough, but it relies more on the gore of Day Of The Dead than on the subtlety of his earlier work. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank.
I Moon In The Gutter(18)(Jcan-Jacqucs Beineix, France, 1983) Gerard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski, Victoria Abril. 126 mins. Depardieu is an increasingly obsessive dockworker on the trail of his sister‘s rapist while at the same time getting involved with the mysterious and ﬁlthy rich Kinski. A celebrated disaster, Beineix‘s difficult second feature boasts an operatic approach to the visuals but precious little emotional involvement. Fans of Diva should still see it. Glasgow: GFT.
I The Naked Gun (15) (David Zucker, US, 1988) Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban. 85 mins. Nielsen plays a disaster-prone LA cop assigned to ﬁnd the men who shot his colleague in a drugs bust, and protect our dear Queen at the same time, while also finding time for romance with secretary Presley. The makers of Airplane here operate on a similar principle: keep it fast, keep it marvellously dumb, and the comic dividends will eventually flow. Watch out for a great beaver gag and comedy cameos from Arafat, Gaddaﬁ and Gorbachev. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride.
I The Neverﬁnding Story (PG) (Wolfgang Petersen, US/W. Germany, 1985) Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Moses Gunn. 94 mins. Lonely young boy Bastian starts to read a mysterious book, and is miraculously drawn into the pages to undergo an exciting and dangerous adventure in a land of fantasy. Passable ' adaptation of the Michael Ende bestseller. with plenty of cute furry folk to engage the kiddies. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Nine-And-A-Hall Weeks (18) (Adrian Lyne, US, 1985) Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger. 113 mins. Divorcee Basinger becomes a slave to love and lust when she
succumbs to the stubbly charms of commodities broker Rourke. Empty-headed and disturbing designer bonking. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I 99 River Street (Phil Karson, US, 1953) John Payne, Evelyn Keyes. Frank Faylen. Brad Dexter. 84 mins. A taxi driver ﬁnds himself participating in a diamond robbery, with some exciting but unremarkable results in this formulaicﬁlm noir, which is not quite the classic it‘s reputed to be. Edinburgh: Film Guild.
I Oliver And Company (U) (George Scribner, US, 1989) With the voices of Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Dom DeLuise, Bette Midler. 74 mins. Disney studios' free adaptation of Dickens‘ Oliver Twistis set in modern New York, with Oliver asa cute kitten hanging out with a bunch of Streetwise dogs. The Artful Dodger is played by pop-singer Joel, while La Midler turns in a pampered poodle. The usual Disney charm prevails, though Dickens‘ cutting edge is blunted somewhat. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Cannon, UCl Clydebank, UCl East Kilbride.
I Pandora's Box (15) (G. W. Pabst, Germany, 1929) Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Gustav Diessi. 98 mins. Jolly Teutonic monochrome, in which a woman kills her boyfriend and goes on the game, only to run into an unfortunate scrape with Jack the Ripper. Surprisingly enjoyable piece, with terriﬁc performance from Ms Brooks. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Parenthood (15) (Ron Howard, US, 1989) Steve Martin, Diane Wiest,Jason Robards, Rick Moranis. 124 mins. A ﬁlm apparently derived from the experiences of Ron ‘aeMr Nice Film‘ Howard, the ex~Happy Days star. Our Steve, ex-Happy Feet star, is in his element as a lovablejerk trying hard to be a good dad. However, the climactic montage where every member of the cast is either giving birth or cuddling some cute wee baby in glutinous slow-motion had our critic reaching for his Sten gun. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge, Cannon Sauchiehall Street, Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Cannon, Dominion. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank, UCl East Kilbride.
I Paris, Texas (15) (Wim Wenders, US/W. Germany, 1984) Harry Dean Stanton, Natassja Kinski. Hunter Carson. 144 mins. Missing for four years, middle-aged loner Stanton turns up in the Texan outback, and is later reunited with his son. The two embark on a trek across America to ﬁnd his estranged wife, the young boy‘s mother. Wenders‘ coolly dislocating visual sense of combines with writer Sam Shepard’s version of America's desolate heartlands to produce a moving story of personal alienation. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Paris Vue Par... (15) (Chabrol, Rohmer. Godard and others, France, 1965) Barbet Schroeder, Joanna Shinkmus, Stephane Audran. 98 mins. Shot in 16mm in various parts of the city, various lions ofthe Nouvelle Vague contribute six rather slight vignettes offering a kaleidoscopic mid-Sixties view of the French capital. Edinburgh: French Institute.
I Pennies From Heaven (Herbert Ross, US, 1981) Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper. 81 mins. Condensed US ﬁlm version of Dennis Potter‘s epic television play, which manages to retain the essential mix of humour, musical fantasy and harsh social realities which distinguished the original, and does so with considerable style. Entertaining, if not equal to the British version. Edinburgh University Film Society. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre. I Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (PG) (Paul Bonerz. US, 1989) George Gaines, G.W. Bailey. Matt McCoy. 90 mins. The laff-a-minute boys in blue take on acrime ring in this latest instalment ofthe series that explores new depths in infantile comedy. Strathclyde: WMR Film Centre. I Repo Man ( 18) (Alex Cox, US, 1984)
20 The List 23 February — 8 March 1990