I Edward II ( 18) (Derek Jarman. UK. 1991 ) Steven Waddington. Tilda Swinton, 1 Andrew Tiernan. Nigel Terry. 90mins. Christopher Marlowe‘s 16th century play was a tale of illicit love. jealousy and regicide. Jarman’s reworking of the script makes the central themes more relevant to the present day. with particular emphasis on the repressed love between Edward
and his friend Gaveston. Glasgow: GFT.
I Eight Men 001 ( 15) (John Sayles. US.
1988) John Cusack. John Mahoney.
Charlie Sheen. 120 mins. Chicago 1919.
and with baseball players unhappy about their mediocre levels of pay. gamblers approach the White Sox to fix the World Series. Disappointing effort from Sayles.
its attempt to blow the gaffe on America‘s
national pastime hampered by an 4 overabundance of plotting and a paucity of
character. Glasgow: GFT.
I Les Enfants Du Paradis (PG) (Marcel Carne. France. 1944) Arletty. Jean-Louis Barrault. Pierre Brasseur. 195 mins. Paris in the 1840s. Amid the seething heart of
the French capital‘s theatre street. a mime artist falls in love with the delicious but ﬂirtatious Garnace. One ofthe cinema‘s most extravagantly enjoyable
productions, this gorgeous elephantine wallow of a film is crammed with incident and compellingly curious Gallic comic characters. Glasgow: GFI‘. ' I The Exorcist (18) (William Friedkin. US. 7 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. ll()mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this hugelyeffective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Edinburgh: Cameo. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. l I Exorcist 2: The Heretic (18) (John Boorman. US. 1977) Richard Burton. Louise Fletcher. Linda Blair. 1 10mins. g The horror film that once turned heads receives an unworthy sequel in this silly mambo-jumbo about priest Burton trying to understand the demons still lurking within the hapless Ms Blair. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Fantasia (U) (Ben Sharpstcen. US. 1940) The voice of Deems Taylor; music played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. ' conducted by Leopold Stokowski. 135 i mins. Fully restored to mark its 50th anniversary. Walt Disney‘s semi-abstract i feature remains a unique and astonishing
, achievement. Almost equally lauded and
loathed. it contains some visually stunning - material as well as some rather embarrassing kitsch. but surely the most memorable sequence is TheSorcerer's Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse (endowed for the first time with pupils
; instead of button eyes). Edinburgh:
I The Fisher King (15) (Terry Gilliam. US. 1991) Robin Williams. JeffBridges. Amanda Plummer. Mercedes Ruehl. 137 mins. A suicidal former radio DJ
(Bridges) and a drop-out former professor
of medieval history go in search ofthe Holy Grail in contemporary New York. The visual splendour of Gilliam's previous movies — Time Bandits and Baron
Munchausen - is more restrained here. but
the blend of myth. satire and romance is strong. Unfortunately. the wonderful central performances by Williams and Bridges are let down by a cop-out. up-beat ending. General release.
I La Glolre De Mon Pere (PG) (Yves Robert. France. 1990) Philippe Caubere. Nathalie Roussel. Didier Pain.Therese Leotard. 105 mins. The first oftwo films based on the memoirs of Marcel Pagnol (of Jean De Florette/Manon Des Sources fame). this is a story of the remembered joys of childhood. focusing on Pagnol‘s father (Caubere), a successful schoolteacher. and on a summer holiday in Provence. where the young Marcel (Ciamaca) discovers the beauty ofthe countryside, the value of friendship and the sad fact that holidays come to an end. Charming and summery. ifsomewhat
sentimental. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
HANGIN’ WITH THE HOMEBOYS
Hangin' With The Homeboys (15) (Joseph B. Vasquez, US, 1991) Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguziamo, Nestor Serrano. 88 mins. While the title alone makes it sound like one long round of high volume Public Enemy, Uzi fire, gold chains and floppy hats, Hispanic-American filmmaker Josep B. Vasquez’s breakthrough feature turns out to be exactly the kind of movie the young Barry Levinson might have made had he been half-Puerto Rican and come from the South Bronx. No brooding drug war chronicle this, instead it’s about four guys out on the town on a Friday night, a film we’ve seen many times with a cast of nice middle-class white kids, but never quite with the crew we have here. Willie (Doug E. Doug) is unemployed, into Afrocentricity, and blames it all on the white oppressor; Tom (Mario Joyner) is a struggling black actor working in telephone sales while looking fortbat elusive big break; Vinny (Nestor Serrano) is the local Puerto Rican Don Juan who lives off his girlfriends and tries vigorously to pass himself off as Italian-American; Johnny (John Leguziamo) is a supermarket shell stacker who lacks the confidence to pursue the academic career of which he is undoubtedly capable. Together, in the trial and tribulation of an unexpectedly action-packed evening
Hangin' With The Homeboys: hilarious ensemble performances
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sortie uptown, they learn about the state of their friendship, the barriers surrounding their lives and the underlying racial tensions between black and Puerto Rican communities. Except that they don't quite realise it’s happening until the cold morning light hits the four of them.
Actually, by laying out the issues at stake in such a programmatic fashion, a reviewer fails to do justice to the movie’s most impressive characteristic, its ability to score meaningful points from, say, the dancing at a salsa party without it ever seeming like An Important Message is being driven home. With its hilarious ensemble performances, tart dialogue and recognisably human characters (with all the everyday feelings that that implies), Hangin’ With The Homeboys has the brilliant knack of letting you enjoy yourself so much that you’re not distracted by what a smart piece of work it is. Great entertainment, and don't be so surprised if you find yourself adopting some of the characters’ little catchphrases because, yes, it really is that addictive. (Trevor Johnston)
From 29 Nov: Edinburgh: Cameo. A special free preview screening for List readers only will take place at 2pm on
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I GoodFellas(18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1990) Robert De Niro. Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci. Lorraine Braco. Paul Sorvino. 145 mins. A return for Scorsese and De Niro to the creed of amoral violence seen in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Liotta plays llenry llili. 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? Winner of BAF'TA awards for best film.
director and screenplay. and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Joe Pesci. Glasgow: GFT.
I The Grass Arena ( 15) (Gillies MacKinnon. UK. 1991) Mark Rylance, Lynsey Baxter, Billy Boyle. Marian McLoughlin. 90mins. Scottish director MacKinnon builds on the success of Conquest ofthe South Pole with this adaptation ofJohn Healy‘s
autobiography. Rylance is outstanding as the man who overcame violent youth, alcoholism and vagrancy to become a renowned chess player. Emotionally powerful and. above all. honest winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Film at the 1991 Edinburgh Film Festival. Glasgow: GFl'.
I Hamlet (U) (Franco Zeffirelli. US. 1990) Mel Gibson. Alan Bates. Glenn Close. Paul Scofield. llelena Bonham-Carter. lan Holm. 135 mins. A young man returns home from university to find his father dead and his mother marrying his uncle. Then llamletsenior's ghost shows up. whispering to him of murder most foul. and it‘s all downhill after that. More than twenty years after Zeffirelli's Romeo Ana'Ju/iet comes this colourful and lively production of
Shakespeare‘s greatest play. with a very
strong. mostly British cast and the best performance in years from Gibson in the
1 title role. Glasgow: GFT. (,‘entral:
MacRobert Arts Centre.
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