Malkovich) are treacherous 18th century aristocrats weaving a web of erotic duplicity around one another. Frears makes a notable Hollywood debut. guiding his east through a difficult set of narrative pirouettes. Yet for all the pent-up emotion on screen. little fervour seeps through. and the result is rather cold and calculating. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dead Calm (15) (Philip Noyce. Australia. 1989) Sam Neill. Nicole Kidman. Billy Zane. 96 mins. A psycho on the seven seas disturbs a young couple trying to get away from it all on acruise along the Barrier Reef. First rate suspense follows. in this canny mix ofon-ship claustrophobia and wide open seascapes from Aussie new waver Noyce. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I The Delinquents ( 12) (Chris Thomson. Australia. 1989) Kylie Minogue. Charlie Schlattcr. Angela Punch McGregor. 90 mins. Our Kylie gets a lot off her chest and gets away from her ultraclean image in this powerful tale of Antipodean adolescent amour. Cuddly Kylie plays Lola Lovell. the girl who breaks the conventions of small town 1957 Australian life by running off with her boyfriend (Schlatter). Beset by a high cliche quotient. it is hardly the shocker it has been painted. Strathclyde: Kelburne.
I Distant Voices, Still Lives ( 15) (Terence Davies. UK. 1988) Freda Dowie. Pete Postlethwaite. Angela Walsh. Dean Williams. 85 mins. 1n the Liverpool ofthe late Forties and early Fifties. a working class household perseveres through domestic violence. death and marriage. A brilliantly made tribute to the Davies family‘s experience. and a requiem for a way of life now past. by one of the most gifted cinematic artists this country now possesses. Edinburgh: National Museum. I Driving Miss Daisy (U) (Bruce Beresford. US. 1989) Jessica Tandy. Morgan Freeman. Dan Aykroyd. 99 mins. An extraordinary nine Oscar nominations for this film adaptation ofAlfred Uhry‘s Pulitzer-winning play. charting the relationship between gentlewoman Tandy and her chauffeur’Freeman. The narrative spans several decades of gradually shifting attitudes and developing racial consciousness. This affecting mosaic of everyday pride and prejuduce revealsa deeply-laid insight into human behaviour, presented throughout with wonderful pacing. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.
I Dumbo (U) (Ben Sharpsteen. US. 1941) 64 mins. The rest of the circus animals make fun of the little elephant with the huge ears. but he discovers they have a use after all. Classic Disney: timeless entertainment. Central: Cannon.
I Earth Girls Are Easy (PG) (J ulien Temple. US. 1988) Geena Davis.Jeff Goldblum. Michael McKean. Charles Rocket. 100 mins. A small spaceship crash-lands in a Californian manicurist‘s swimming pool. Out step three furry aliens to enjoy the plastic delights ofbeach culture and. once they shave off their fur. the attentions of the native girls. Emphatically. but quite creatively. tasteless musical comedy which, on the whole. does a good job of lampooning the social whirl in which consumption is king and jargon the language of fools. Forsure. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Easy Bider(18) (Dennis Hopper. US, 1969) Peter Fonda. Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. 94 mins. Artlcss. archetypal road movie in which two dope-loving bikers travel the highways and by-ways of America. Dated cult attraction with Nicholson stealing the show as a boozy lawyer persuaded to join up for the trip. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Erendira (18) (Ruy Guerra. France/Mexico, 1982) Irene Papas. Claudia Ohana. Michel Londsdale. 105 mins. Bizarre. surreal adaptation from
Gabriel Garcia Marquez‘s novella. this near-Greek tragedy with its fairytale qualities follows the adventures of innocent teenager Erendira. turned into a whore by her wicked grandmother for accidentally burning down their hacienda. Featuring deliberately over-emphatic performances. the film‘s overload of symbolic imagery makes its visual eccentricity quite memorable. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I ET (Steven Spielberg. US. 1982). Dec Wallace, Henry Thomas. Peter Coyote. 115 mins. An alien creature gets stranded on earth (the opening sequence of threatening legs and ﬂashing torches is beautifully done). where he is adopted by some kids. who help him construct a communication device to summon back his spaceship. All the little guy wanted to do was go home. but Spielberg made sure he had lots of cute and agreeable adventures first. and slipped in the most tear- jerking psuedo-death since Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book for good measure. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask ( 18) (Woody Allen. US. 1972) Woody Allen. Lynn Redgrave. Burt Rynolds. Gene Wilder. 87 mins. Ragbag ofsmutty sketches sending up the pomposity ofthe sex manual. Lots of lowlights include Gene Wilder finding sensual satisfaction with a sheep. but the concluding section set inside a penis during intercourse with Allen as a reluctant sperm is a bit ofa hoot. This was before Mr Allen became a serious American film director. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I The Evil Dead (18) (Sam Riami, US. 1982) Bruce Campbell. Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker. 85 mins. Five unsuspecting youngsters head off for a healthy weekend in a mountain cabin. only to fall foulof wicked demons whose purpose is - wait for it — wholesale slaughter. Every horror cliche is exploited and subverted in this stylish . cheapo schlocker-shocker made with imagination by an inventive young team. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Evil Dead 2: Dead Before Dawn (18) (Sam Riami. US. 1987) Bruce Campbell. Sarah Berry. Dan Hicks. 84 mins. Bruce ‘fastest axe in the West’ Campbell and another selection of hardy citizens gird their loins and set their Chainsaws running for another ding-dong battle with the evil forces in the woods. Less gruellingly relentless than the original. this was the smart trash hip hit ofthe year. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Exorcist (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. Glasgow: Grosvenor. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I The Fabulous Baker Boys ( 15) ﬁ (Steve Kloves. US. 1989) Michelle Pfeiffer,.leff Bridges. Beau Bridges. 113 mins. See Feature. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon, Salon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelburne. UCl Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.
I Family Business ( 15) (Sidney Lumet. US. 1989) Sean Connery. Dustin Hoffman. Matthew Broderick. Rosana de Soto. 110 mins. From the titles down this is Connery‘s ﬁlm. As old Granpa McMullen. he swears. drinks. womanises and hangs his arms out of police cells a lot. It is a role he looks good in. Hoffman. has a harder time playing the crime-spurning son though Broderick. as the grandson. stands up well to his elders and betters. Together they get involved in a foolproof heist dreampt up by the grandson. Once old Sean gets banged up however, the film loses its way and slides into a mire of sentimentality. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.
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