very ordinary cabaret performers. Veteran piano duo Jeffand Beau draft in Ms Pfeiffer‘s smokey chanteuse to save their act‘s declining fortunes. but as the trio go on the road together. romantic and professional relationships are soon in turmoil. Crackling with some ofthe

mature picture. beautifully shot and scored. Glasgow: OFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Flatllners (18) (Joel Schumacher. US. 1990) Keifer Sutherland. Julia Roberts. Kevin Bacon. 111 mins. An arresting new adventure flick in which the bankable Julia Pretty Woman Roberts plus Messrs Sutherland Jnr and Bacon play a band of medical students exploring the fine line between life and death. By tampering with life support machines they‘re able to reach the moment when all the vital signs have stopped and the monitors are showing flat lines (hence the title). before being brought back by their associates but the side-effects ofthe process are to prove dangerously unexpected. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCl. Strathclyde: Cannon. UCI Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.

I Flesh Gordon ( 18) (Michael Benveniste. US. 1974) Jason Williams. Suzanne Fields. William Hunt. 84 mins. ()ut ofthis world. space-age sex spoof as our fearless hero conquers the universe with his amazing weapon. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride.

I Flesh Gordon 2 ( 18) (l loward T. Ziehm. US. 1990) Vincent Murdocco, Robyn Kelly. Tony Travis. William Dennis l lunt. 103 mins. in the early l97ils. you could get away with scxploitation comedies like Flesh Gordon, with hordes ofnaked women fleeing giant. phallic spaceships. gay robots and names like Master Bator. Today? Maybe it's the Safe Sex backlash; maybe it's capitalist decadence. Or maybe just maybe there‘s still a market for schoolboy humour. Roger and out. as the



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I The Garden ( 15) (Derek Jarman. UK. 1990) Tilda Swinton. Johnny Mills. Philip MacDonald. Pete Lee Wilson. Roger Cook. 92 mins. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Ghost ( 12) (Gerry Zucker. US. 1990) Patrick Swayze. Demi Moore. Whoopi Goldberg. Tony Goldwyn. l26 mins. An ersthwilc happy couple are split up when Patrick Swayze falls victim to a late night mugging. Not content merely to pass-on however. he returns to try and get back in touch with Demi Moore. via medium Whoopi Goldberg in order to warn her about some financial shenanigans. Jerry Zucker‘s amiable supernatural. comedy~drama has been the surprise box-office success of the year and is charming audiences here. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. UCl. Central: Allanpark. Caledonian. Regal. Strathclyde: Kelburnc. Odeon Ayr. ()deon llamilton. UCl Clydcbank; UCI East Kilbride.

I Glasgow Film And Video Workshops A programme of nine short. experimental films made in Glasgow by a total of 24 people with little or no previous filmmaking experience. These are the results of a four-week workshop in June. which was led by the Berlin-based experimental filmmaker Christoph Janetzko in conjunction with the Goethe Institute. With funding from the Citon Culture. the Festivals Unit. the Scottish Arts Council and the Scottish Film Council. the participants were encouraged to explore their personal visions freely. All are still actively involved in filmmaking. and some will be present to introduce their work. Glasgow: (EFT.

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22 The List 21 December 1990— 10 January 1991

Aw well, another twelvemonth gone already. Anotheryearwhere I didn‘t like the films everybody else liked as much as they liked them. The film critic’s prerogative, I guess. The time-honoured feeling that he or she is somehow smarterthan the public. Har bar, I don’t think. (Neither do we - Ed.) So here, in alphabetical order (with extra bonus cryptic comment), is the stuff I managed to bring myself to like this year. (TrevorJohnston) BLUE STEEL (Kathryn Bigelow): Happiness is a warm gun. What every woman wants. BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (Oliver Stone): From the king of patriotic gore. Yankee doodle Tom Cruise turns not so dandy. CELIA (Anne Turner): Hang ‘em high. Are you doing this at home children? CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS (Woody Allen): Best line of 1990: ‘Last time I was inside a woman I visited the Statue of Liberty'. ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY (Paul Mazursky): Got dem post-holocaust suburban homesick lovesick blues. THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (Steve Kloves): Makin’ Whoopee with Michelle. Fabulous indeed. GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese): Two and a half hours to the wise guy. Breathless but far from deathless.

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INTERROGATION (Ryszard Bujagski): Performance of the year from Krystyna Janda. A woman more sinned against than sinning. THE REFLECTING SKIN (Phlip Ridley): Young gun goes for it. Young frog bears the brunt. SILENT SCREAM (David Hayman): Performance of the year 2 from lain Glen. Made in Scotland. TROP BELLE POUR T0l! (Bertrand Blier): Schubert, Rousselot, Depardieu. Too marvellous for words. WILD AT HEART (David Lynch): Weird on top, but not quite up to Blue Velvet in the middle. Those we have also loved: Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore); Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant); The Freshman (Andrew Bergman); The Killer (John Woo); Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte); Roger and Me (Michael Moore); The Vanishing (George Sluzier).

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.Arabia (David Lean); Pierrot Le Fou

(Jean-Luc Godard); McCabe and Mrs Miller (Robert Altman)

Turkey of the Year: does the name Jean-Claude Van Damme mean anything to you?

mins. A return for Scorsese and De Niro to the creed of amoral violence seen in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Liotta plays llenry Hill. a real-life mafioso, while De Niro is his mentor in crime. And while the bullets. fists and carving knives fly. Scorsese brings us back to that unavoidable question yes. it‘s glamorous and lucrative to live this way. but can anyone really live with the consequences? Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon.

I Hardware ( 18) (Richard Stanley. US. 1990) Dylan McDermott. Stacey Travis. John Lynch. William llootkins. 95 mins. When Mo (McDermott) takes a broken robot home as a present for hisgirlfriend Jill (Travis). he little suspects that it will rebuild itself from their electrical appliances and declare war on humanity. Stanley‘s debut is a massively

over-the-top. plagiaristic fantasy of machine versus man. but no less enjoyable or imaginative for it. Mental metal madness. Glasgow: GFT.

I The Handmaid's Tale (18) (Volker Schlondorff. US. 1989) Natasha Richardson. Elizabeth McGovern. Faye Dunaway. Robert Duvall. 108 mins. Despite the excellent cast and the screenplay by Harold Pinter. Schlondorff‘s adaptation of Margaret Atwood's anti-Utopian novel disappoints. Set in near-future America. the plot revolves around the tribulations offertile white women. who are forced to act as child-bearers for the ruling elite. Predictable resistance-movement adventures follow the heroine‘s capture. and the novel‘s subtlety drowns despite everyone‘sefforts. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.