Shon Greenblatt. Yaphet Kotto. 90mins. Dearly i beloved. we are gathered here today to mourn the

passingofFreddy Kruger.child killer anddream LA

stalker. But the man whose bladed gloves put the

SiEBSeJnfing‘i’EiS‘e'ti'fiJf ‘ifti’fof‘t’i’ife‘i'i'é‘flfal" "W L“ We (‘3) (“mm 3"",

very poor epitaph indeed. General release. 7 France! 1991) Ammk Grinbe'gi

I no Britten(15) (Stephen Frears. us. 199()) : Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michel Blanc, Anjelica Huston. John Cusack. Annette Bening. Gem"! Depardieu. mins. Snakino 119 mins. Hugely satisfying noir melodrama.

centring on the relationship between three ' bemoan Shards 0' me maskes' streetwise ‘grifters‘ mob moll Lin (Huston). her humou'! "lssons 0' lendemess and estranged son. injured con man Roy (Cusacki. glowerlng intimations of mortality, the

and Roy's ambitious girl Myra (Bening). When gallows me fortunes 0' misty Lily decides to visit Roy in hospital. skeletons

start tumbling from closets. and their loose gripon - teenagers Joelle (Gflnbem) and

security begins to weaken. Rich. dark and very Camille (Galnsbourg) as they career

film‘mial- figmurshr gently)“ w from the 80s to the 40s and back again, man stvan za ). ungary . t t

Germany. 1988) Klaus Maria Brandauer. Erland swnching "om reality m

Josephson. lldiko Bansagi. 117 mins. Szabo fl'm'wm‘ln'a'“lm'wnhln'a'lllm-

completed his Brandaucr trilogy with this story Conscious of their own participation in

about a World War One casualty's developinggift a movie the" misad'emures

of clairvoyancy and his ambitious association with '

the Nazi Party. A strong central performance as puncma'ed words 0‘ disaain and

usual. but the material overlaps with thesuperior encouragement from a would-be arty

Mephisro so much that one wonders whether it ' difectof, aiong the way they take in

Merci La Vie: a ‘selt-conscious blend ol buttoonery and sobriety'. i

ggcccssm ‘0 mdkc ""3 "'m t" a” (“838W : Depardieu as a crazed venereal epater Ia bourgeoisie with the lerocity Or is its sell-conscious blend oi

. “my mom...“ it... mutton, it... i 18) : disease specialist, Michel Blane as of his wit, combined with the lolly skein bulloonery and sobriety the only means (Simon Wincer. us. 1991) Mickey Rourke. Don Camille's timid resistance-tighter oi sell-reflexive conceits that run tell at our disposal to approach the fihntsoganelsealf-‘ield. T;)m seeming-.1198 mins. ? lather and a sardonic cameo lrorn 3 throughout the piece, indicate his horrors at our century, given that I WSW: mg,:,’g‘;:,:.::'3:;;31:31::,;,,u,k';::::; F Jean-Louis Trintignant as a fiendish l awareness that even to contemplate post-modernist culture has shaken the | Johnson living out their childhood dreams) who ; Nazi ollicer. l the spectre of iatality on such a grand credibility and relevance 01 artistic

rob a bank torgood reasons. of course - but find i It sounds, to be sure, like an awlul : scale risks stretching the art of the endeavour to Its very foundations?

mfl‘g'ii‘ltfigl tumble, but Blier somehow contrives to i cinema beyond its limits. Even more so i Bller s probably content to take another triesto please everyone but ends up leavingno z manufacture a skewed logic lroln a . perhaps, in an era when the video drag on his pipe and let the answer one fully satisfied. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. i slightly dubious parallelling ol the l remote control zapper has radically hang in the balance. Which is exactly 0:: Burmesullmax 8925069186 ! Hotocaust and the Aios crisis, the i altered the viewer’s relationship with - what makes this work and this lilm so

. . ' s ) ) ' . - Eleanorcfgpoja‘ Mam" M‘afgn‘gwndu. over-riding theme being love’s ongoing ! the contours of visual storytelllntl. utterly remarkable. (Trevor Johnston) 97 mins. see review. eatnhuigh. tussle with death. Big themes all right, : So. in the and does Merci La Vie From 19 Jan: Glasgow Film Theatre-

I Honey I Shrunk The ltltlstui (Joe Johnston. us. but otters irrepressible desire to ' merely amount to a modish montage? , From 14 Feb: Cameo, Edinburgh.

1989) Rick Moranis. Matt Frewer. Thomas

Brown. Amy O'Neill. Robert ()liveri.Jarcd Rushton. 92 mins. Hapless father and would-be

inventor (Moranis) doesjust what the title Ntwak, 95 mins, An architectural theorist arm-cs i I Had M812 ( 18) (George Miller. Australia. | l-C-‘llc NlCISCn- l’rlSClll“ PVCSICM Ricard" suggests. The find themselves cut down 10 in a small-town and becomes equally cnraplurcd i 1981 ) Mel Gibson. BTUCL‘ SpchC. 94 mins. Montalban. 85 mins. Nielsen PM.“ size(a quarterofaninch) and swept out withthe withtt 19th century cast-iron building andthe- wife tixhilarating post-Apocalypse adventure. with tlisitstcr-pronc LA Copztssigncd tofindthc men trash. Their mission: to escape from the garbage of a former college chum. with dramatic plenty grotesque imagery and vicious villians. who shot his colleague in a drugs bust. and protect bag and somehow attract theirfather's attention consequence-5ft" allcmiccmcd Astumcdtinand Pure cinema (count the number ofwordsol' Max our dear Queen at the same time. while also

to their height problem. Well. we might think it's unsettling adult entertainment as you‘ll come has to say) and the highpoint of the series. finding time for romance with secretary Presley. Old hi" bl“ Wall Disnac- Edinburgh? Filmhi’USU across in mainstream cinema. Glasgow: (‘annon lidinburgh: Cameo. I 'lhc makers of Airplane here operate on a similar I Hot: La Vie ( 15) (Mamoun Bagdadi. France. Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. I Manhuntorl 18) (Michael Mann. US. 1987) principle: keep it fast. keep it marvellouslydumb. 1991 ) Hippolyte Girardot. Rafic Ali Ahmad. Strathclyde: L’(‘1(‘Iydebank. William 1.. Petersen. Tom Noonan. Brian (‘ox. and thc Comic dit‘ltlcnds Will eventually flow. Hussein Sbcity. 97mins. AFrench Into Lilo and Death oi Colonel Blimp(U)(Mich;tc| Kim Griest. 119 mins. FBI agent Petersen returns Edinburgh: Comm.

photo-joumalist. sent to cover the war in Beirut. Powell & timeric Pressburger. UK. 1943) Roger from psychiatric treatment to face another case. . "10 Nu“ Gil" 2 1/2 ( 13) (David Zuckcr. USA

is taken hostage by Arab terrorists. themselves 1,ivcscy.[)cbomh Kc”, Anton walbmok, 163 using his customary technique for tracking down 1991 l LCSliC NiClSCn. l’riSCillit Presley. Robert

the ViCtimS Olthc ongoing confliCt. Based on the mins. ()ne of the great British films. this isan serial killers by recreating their train ofthought. (ioulet. George Kennedy. 85 mins. 'lhe nasty

true life cxperiencesof Roger Auque and With it ecstatic. uplifting celebration and. paradoxically. 1n the past this has proved all too wearing on his lCfldCtS Of the coal. oil and nuchitr industries have Lebanese director. the film has a gritty reality that critique of the essence- tit Britishncss. ()utwittcd own mental state, and when faced with evidence hatched a fiendish plot to trick President Bush concentrateson individuals rather than the larger through ‘chcating' in a 1943 Home (mm-d (if it kiiicr who Siays whole families over)- iunttr . into carrying out an extremely unsound energy issues. A one-off preview screening before the cxcrcisc‘ (sent-mt (‘1ch wynnct‘amty mom-ti,- tm cyctc‘ he finds himgcn‘ back (in the brink, * policy. But they hadn't reckoned on the inimitable film Opens "c" momh- Glasgi’W GFT- hislife. military career and love ofa special ('onvincingand disturbing adult thriller with ithlllthSOllilCUlCiiitm l‘tilnk Urchin- LL‘SllC

I “01 3'10” ( 12) (Jim Abrahamsi US. 1991) woman. concluding that his gentlemanly notions effortlessly stylish use of the wide screen. NlCISCn 15 milk (in [UP form "8 ht“ hunglcsthrough Charlie Sheen. Cary Elwes. Valeria Golino. i of ‘fair play‘ have become outmoded. lidinburgh: Filmhouse. liimc10k“-PJNYW‘WNlliltlwndlustfml’rlSClllil Lloyd Bridges. 87 mins. 1n the hands of. say.Tony Magnificent. (nasgtiw; (in: . flotation18)(pcdmAimttdtmtr‘spain‘ 1986) Presley with a (‘lotlseau-llke efficiency.

Scott. this could have been 2: star-Spangled action I Lilo ls Sweet ( 15) (Mike Leigh. UK. 1991) i Assumpta Serna. Antonio Banderas. Nancho Edinburgh WINCH-

adVCntUI'Cl in the hands Ollim Abraham-9. Alison Steadman. Jim Broadbent . Jane Martinez. 1iva('omo. 9o mins. Less uproarious - "'0 N33" Gill1)(L\5<‘hrt’t‘k/lt‘ltMudt'llt’nil’U) however. it becomes anothcrfllfplanfi'“ TOP Horrocks.(‘1airc Skinner. Timothy Spall. David j than the works that established his commercial (MlChiiCl VCThtWVCn- (it‘rnlitny- 199”) 1.6m! 5'5'9'5W’f1halscnd5 UP the mad“) Wmldt’f Thcwlis. 102 mins. Domestic cringe-drama which 1 reputation. this is Aimadovar at his most intensely Slilllc» Mimi“ Bitumtliirmcr- MlCh‘Wl Gill". fighter Pllms- Thankfuny ‘hc raPld‘flrc W" and centres on a family with mismatched twin dark and ecstatic. 'Ihemes of sex and death merge “Elm: RClnhéttd MUllCr Fde Stillktitlllh- 93 mm. Visualgags 5W“: as manyhlts “misses-but daughters(Horrocks and Skinner). aninefficient l around apervyex-bullfighter. hissexuallv Ani’hlcul‘mahlc 1"“"18 “Oman “'1115'091” ' POSPGUlfwarllmlngand anadllnuhal billSllitS caterer dad(Broadbent)anda generous-spirited ' confused pupil andthe latter‘s‘ murderousdefence ilCCliilm ii" h9rc‘“‘*1’“"lll"8- "ndiili’ncccmharkfi i ‘the mother ofall movics‘ kick it into a rather mum (Steadmgtn), 1,ikc;t|||,cigh‘s work, the lawyer. ()uite delirioust amoral. Edinburgh: upon a project called 'My Town In The 'lhird dubious satirical league. General release. drama is laced with a bleak, almost cruel humour. Filmhouse. Reich‘. The film's charm lies not just in the ghastly : Ill'l The Realm 01"“ 3011808 AiNo (.‘orrlda( 18) but it's enjoyable. truthful and surprisingly l IMeetlngVanusl12)(tstvanSzabo. UK/USA. embarrassmcm PCTWPSCQUCN ’CWilTCh CVOl‘CSi i (Nagisa Oshima. Japan. 1976) Tatsuya Fuji. liiko optimistic. Edinburgh: Cameo. ' 1991 ) Glenn (lose. Niels Arestrup.1irland bl" l" W Wit." VCTP‘WVC” mmmu‘iuy Undermine-8’ l Matsuda. 105 mins. At last deemed fitfor lLondon KIIIS Mo(l8)(11anif Kureishi. UK. 1991) J sephson. 119 mins. Zoltan unknown theitUdlcncc‘SCXPCCli'lli’m-and "cvcritllOWSth l certification. ()shima's shockingly erotic film can Justin Chadwick. Steven Mackintosh. timer Hungarian Conductor. is given the chance to ScrliluanS-‘i “1 hi5 Whit“ 1“ 9'0"“ his SCNSC 01 i now be publicly screened. In the militarist Japan McCourt. 105 mins. Bungling drug hUstler ('lint conduct Wagner's 'I‘annltauser in Paris: lstvan humt’ur-(313580)“(5F175tr3‘thlydC3 U“ [535‘ l of 1936. a couple enclose themselves in theirown (Chadwick) needs new shoes so he can get a Szabo. a well-known Hungarian director. directed Kilbrldc- l sensual world. their passion escalating until only straight job. but before then must go through a the same Wagner masterpiece in the same I "o‘lonm (PU) (FW Murmur German)? 1922) death can provide the next orgasm. Masterly I series of mildly amusing tediously annoying European capital a few years ago. From its Ma" SChWCkv AICXide' (immWh- GUSWV "0“ i though necessarily extremely explicit look at the g escapades with druggie chums. Kureishi’s autobiographical roots. Meeting Venus builds into wangcnhClm- 72 mlm- SChrCCk 1‘ 1' "lily power of sexual arousal. which has attracted directorial debut has the feel of a ‘slice oflow-life‘ a metaphor for the squabbling of a unified icrrlfylnfl figure “5 Bram Sli’kcr's 13mm“ l controversy throughout the world. Edinburgh: , piece by someone who hasn't a clue what he‘s Europe. but despite the great music. it's let down Vampire. '99le m9” “kc 1' Skinned bi“ man a I Filmhouse. talking about. Edinburgh: Cameo. by a tacky and distracting love subplot. Glasgow: human being A Wimdcrfuuy Visual mm’lci Willi Irholrldlall nuhnottlsitSean Penn. us. 1991) i ILookWho':Talk1ng(12)(AmyHeckerling.US. (iFI‘. twistedshadowxandscxual undercurrcmsplacing . David Morse. ViggoMortensen. Valeria Golino. i 1989)John'1‘ravolta. Kirstie Alley.()|ympia lMorcl La Vie ( 18) (Bertrand Blier. France. 199(1) ll WC” above the Kinski 'llcrlog remake.

Dennis Hopper. Patricia Arquette. 135 mins. I Dukakis. 97 mins. Travolta plays stand-in papa to (‘harlotte Gainsbourg. Anouk Grinberg. Gerard (“3580* ("fr-

Penn's self-consciously earnest writing. directing : Alley's first baby. but is quicker to meet approval Depardieu. Michel Blane. 117 mins. See review. I om" "09"“ MOM“151(N0tmanJCWison. debut concerns the fraternal tensions ofa i from the little brat. via the voiced-over musings of I Mississippi Masai: ( 15) (Mira Nair. US. 1991) use 1991) Danny DL'VitO. Gregory Peck. respected local cop and an itinerant ne'er-do-well. l Bruce Willis. than he is from its confusedand Denzel Washington. Sarita ('houdhury. Roshan Peneli’Pc Ann Miller. Pip" Laurlc- lm mime A

A highly auspicious first film that capturesa i blinkered mama. (.‘rass. lowbrow and thus Seth. 112 mins. A special List/Cameo screening. “NC 10013": ‘0 CiltCh the 'RTCCd is 8mm. “"868” strong sense of place and character. Glasgow: ' extremely popular comedy whose sole redeeming See review. Glasgow: GFI‘. Of the late 808‘. JCWison'S latest has DeVito asa G . l feature is the natural charm of the trusty Travolta. I Mortal Thoughts ( 18) (Alan Rudolph. US. 1991) PTCdali’rY mimcyman ""1 ‘0 83in C(lmml “fit New IJFktlsi (Oliver Stone. us. 1991 ) Kevin Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Demi Moore. Glenne Headly. Bruce Willis. England wire Works- lmplausihlc romance begins

I Costner. Joe Pesci. Gary ()ldman. Tommy Lee I I Mad Max ( 18) (George Miller. Australia. 1979) Harvey Keitel. 102 mins. When pill-popping slob bClWCCn th diminutive corporate taidcr and his

Jones. 190 mins. Based on the theories ofNew Mel Gibson. Joanne Samuel. Steve Bisley. 93 BrUCe Willis is bumped off. family friend Demi lawyer adversary (Miller). while the script tries to Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison. Stone's mins. in a bleak. near future the forces of law and Moore voluntarily gives evidence to the police, draw attcntion to thc outmoded Major Statement epic account of what did or did not happen when ; order are barely able to suppress a reckless l But is her involvement really so straightforward? hill SUCCCCdS only in brimming it dUhiouS

President Kennedy made an untimely exit from bedlam rampaging on the highways of the state. i (‘o-producer Moore is obviously looking for the CCICbri‘ll‘m "f the 10.“ “(capitalism Central?

this world is enthralling. controversial and ' Weary and disgusted. supercop Gibson retires but next big thing after Ghost. and the risk seems to R983”-

over~argued. Scores high as entertainment. if not i returns with a purpose to avenge the murder by have paid off with this intriguing tableau of . "'9 P909" UM" "'0 sulni 131(WCS Cravcni

as a history lesson. General release. marauding bikers of his wife and child. Violent blue-collar buddydom and duplicity. Glasgow: use 1991) Brandon AdamS. livcrctt MCGill.

I Llobutraum ( 18) (Mike Figgis. L'S. 1991 ) Kevin stuff with death-defyingstunt work. Edinburgh: (iFI'. Wendy ROblCi AJ- Langcr. 102 mins. A tWiSICG Anderson. Pamela (iidley. Bill Pullman. Kim Cameo. I The flaked Gun ( 15) (David Zucker. US. 1988) world of cannibalism and child abuse awaits poor

20 The List 17 emanuaiy 1992