1991 ) Tom Berenger. Bob Hoskins. Greta Scaachi. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. 98 mins. Emerging from a car crash with
body and mind intact. but with no memory 3
ofthe events leading up to the ‘accident‘. Dan Merrick (Berenger) tries to piece together his life using only contradictory scraps of information. By Iettingthe audience know only what Merrick does. Petersen (director of the acclaimed submarine epic Das Boot) cranks up an intelligent and exciting mystery thriller. General release.
I The Singing Ringing Tree (U) (Francesco Stefani. East Germany. 1958) 73 mins. Imaginative adaptation of the Grimm Brothers‘ tale. in which Princess Thousandbeauty's suitor prince has the unenviable task of supplying her with said vegetation in order to win her hand. Glasgow: GF'T.
; I Stepping Out (PG) (Lewis Gilbert. UK.
1991) Liza Minnelli. Shelley Winters.
f Julie Walters. Robyn Stevan. I32 mins.
Minnelli is the has-been ex-showbiz dancer (this is fiction. honest). now reduced to teaching a beginners‘ tap class. During the process ofgetting her group of social misfits ready for their big performance in a charity show. she has to
convince them to work as a team. he better '
people. revive her own dream ofthe spotlight. etc. etc. Despite a couple of uptempo set pieces. the film drags along. shackled to Gilbert's lacklustre direction and a plot that seems to demand endless rehearsal scenes. Central: Regal. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I La Strada ( 15) (Frederico Fellini. Italy. 1954) Guilietta Masina. Anthony Quinn. Richard Basehart. 115 mins. Fellini's wife Masina is unforgettable as a simple-minded girl in love with larger-than-life circus strongman Zampano (Quinn). who dies ofa broken heart when he kills the gentle tightrope-walker (Basehart) who had befriended her. Painful story ofloneliness and isolation whose vividly seedy small-town backgrounds never allow sentimentality to set iit. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
i I Switch (15) (Blake Edwards. [38. 1991)
Ellen Barkin. Jimmy Smits. JoBeth
: Williams. Perry King. l03 mins. Undistinguished comedy from the director
of Victor." Victoria. again covering areas of
male, female role reversal. A notorious. recently deceased womaniser is returned , to Earth in the body of a woman ( Barkin)
and is given the chance to redeem himself if he can find any woman whogenuincly liked his previous incarnation. Barkin's use of male body language is convincing. but Edwards tends to overdo the visual gags and completely fails to answer any of the questions raised. General release (Week 3).
I Tales From The Darkside ( 18‘) (John Harrison. US. 1990) Deborah Harry.
. Christian Slater. William Hickey. Rae
Dawn Chong. 93 mins. Superior horror compendium has young Timmy delaying his captor (Harry) with a few stories while
she plans to fatten him up and cook him for dinner. The individual segments — one from Arthur Conan Doyle. another from
Stephen King and the third a screen original — are better and more balanced than most in the genre. Tight pacing from director Harrison and breath-taking effects from the K.N.B. Group give a contemporary edge to old-fashioned tales of dark morality. Edinburgh: [JCI Strathclyde: L'CI East Kilbride.
I Tatie Danielle (15) (Etienne Chatiliez. France. l99())Tsilla Chelton.Catherine Jacob. Isabelle Nanty. l 10mins. The apparently charming old dear with her dog
. Garde-a-vous and her beleagured
housekeeper Odile proves to be far front
§ charming. particularly after her relations
decide to move her with them to Paris.
Once there. her malicious ways grind their
innate bourgeois decency to powder. until she meets her nemesis. . . It allsounds rather enjoyable. and Chelton's
performance in the title role is ajoyous creation. but a sadly predictable and underwrought structure take the bite out of a promising-looking satire from the director of Life Is A Long QuietRii'er. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Teen Agent (PG) (William Dear. US. I991) Richard Grieco. Linda Hunt. Roger Daltrey. Geraldine James. Michael Siberry. 89 mins. While on a college field trip to France. Richard Grieco (star of TV'sZI Jump Street) is mistaken for a top secret service man and finds himself in a world of spies. lies and hi-tech armoury. A creaky Bond spoof that revels in having adversaries called Ilsa Grunt and Augustus Steranko. and which will leave all Roger Moore fans reasonably stirred. if not exactly shaken. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCIs.
I Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (PG) (Michael Pressman. US. 1991 ) Paige Turco. David Warner. Ernie Reyeer. 87 mins. A quick return for the original shell-suits. although with less plot and less violence than the original. The evil Shredder has decided to grow a couple of mutants ofhis own. and it seems thatonly our four adolescent amphibians can save the day with the odd pizza reference and a truly dire ‘Ninja Rap‘ (with the painfully embarrassing Vanilla Ice). Time to hang up those shells. dudes. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Terminator 2: Judgement Day ( 15) (James Cameron. US. 199] ) Arnold Swarzenegger. Linda Hamilton. Edward Furlong. Robert Patrick. 136 mins. The most expensive film ever made. In a reprogrammed role that says much about his changed image since the first movie. Arnie becomes the underdog fighting to protect mother and child from another more advanced cyborg. With an element of uncontrived human compassion lurking throughout the gloriously expensive action sequences. as Swarzenegger‘s cyborg develops human feelings. this is more than just a SI()()million fairground ride. Edinburgh: L'CI. Strathclyde: L'CI (Iydehank.
I Thunderttirds Ate Go (U) (Gerry Anderson. UK. 1966) Scott. Virgil. Alan Brains. Lady Penelope et al. 90 mins. The first and wittiest of the Thunderbird spin-off movies. The 21st century version of the Shadows more than makes up for what is otherwise little more than the dragging out ofone of the TV episodes. A must for all Gerry Anderson fans. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Time Of The Gypsies ( 15) ( Emir Kusturida. Yugoslavia. I990) [)avor Dujmovic. Bora Todorovic. I.jubiea Adzovic. Sinolicka 'l‘rpkova. Iilvira Sali. 142 mins. In a rough but fecund Yugoslavian gypsy community. young Perhan ( Dujmovic) lives w ith his grattdma and aspires to tnarty Azra (Trpkova). but is too broke. When the mysterious Gypsy Sheik Ahmed (Todorovic) arrives in town. he sees a chance to better himself. and returns with him to Italy fortutoring in dirty dealings. Teeming with life and spectacularly scored. this is a gritty. brutal comedy: epic in scope and hugely enjoyable. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Tokyo-Ga (Ii) (Wim Wenders. Germany. I984) Chisu Ryu. Yuharu Atsuta. Werner Herzog. 95 mins. Moving diary account of Wenders' impressions of Tokyo. which shows the influence of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro ()zu. The bizarre images of the Japanese at play are interspersed with interviews with ()zu's lead actor attd cameraman. Glasgow: (il’l’.
I Toto The Hetot15)(Jaeoy'anl)ormael. Belgium. 1991 ) Michel Bouquet. Mireille Perrier. Jo De Backer. 9() mins. Fresh from film festival success (the Chaplin Prize at Edinburgh and the Camera D‘()r at Cannes) Van Dormael's intelligent first feature goes out on general release. Elderly Thomas reflects on his life. beginning with his rescue as a baby from a hospital fire. an event which he believes
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