The Secret OfNimh and All Dogs 60 To Heaven. cements his place at the forefront of children's animation M'th this tale of a boy‘s search for the singing rooster that will save his farm from flood and eternal night. Full of colour and song. Edinburgh; filmhouse. '

ISIIeHOIThe Labs (18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1991) Jodie Foster. Anthony Hopkins. Scott Glenn. 1 19 mins. Following a series of horrific serial murders. imprisoned psycho-killer Hopkins is released to help Foster and Glenn's FBI agents track down the culprit. Adapted from a novel by

is a subtle but scary suspense shocker. with two excellent performances and great narrative drive. Edinburgh: Cameo. UCI. Strathclyde: UCi Clydebank. I The Song Remains The Same (PG) (Peter Clifton & Joe Massot. UK. 1976) Jimmy Page. Robert Plant. John Paul Jones. John Bonharn. Peter Grant. 136 mins. Now look. if two-and-a-quarter hours of bangin' yer heid to the metal mania of a long-defunct rock dinosaur appeals. then that‘s okay. We don't want to put you off (if you‘re a hardcore Zeppie you'll go anyway). but the 1973-vintage concert footage is positively absorbing compared to the ludicrous wish-fulfilment fantasies someone let the band members and manager Grant commit to celluloid. Edinburgh: Cameo. lSaowWhltuedthe Smanaris(U)(Wali Disney. US. 1937) With the voices of Adriana Caselotti. Harry Stockwell. Lucille La Verne. 83 mins. One of the most enchanting and influential of animated features. The central character is a mite wet but the individualistic dwarfs. memorable songs. superbly crafted backdrops and characters make this an essential cinematic experience. General release. I Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (PG) (Nicholas Meyer. US. 1991) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForrest Kelley. James Doohan. 109 mins. The usual bunch of old codgers boldly go in search of new plotlines but instead come up with an intergalactic variation on our own superpower peace talks. Throw in a renegade Klingon or two and the old mutual mistrust and tacky dialogue hits ham factor eight . . . and rising. Forget the grandiose aspirations and enjoy as a piece of undemanding pantomime. Strathclyde: Magnum. I Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot (PG) (Roger Spottiswoode. US. 1991) Sylvester Stallone. Estelle Getty. JoBeth Williams. 87 mins. The cinematic error that is Stallone‘s comdey career continues apace. This time he‘s an LA cop whose mother becomes the key witness to a murder. Cue lots of shots of an old lady in a jogging suit with a big gun. Ha. ha. ha. as they say. Believe it or not. British-bom director Spottiswoode once made the excellent Sandinista revolution drama Under Fire. See review. General release (Week 2). I Svankmeier Films (PG) A selection of J an Svankmejer‘s wonderful films. spanning three decades. will be used to illustrate this talk on his art, given by Michael O‘Pray. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Terminator ( 18) (James Cameron. US. 1984) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Michael Biehn. Linda Hamilton. 107 mins. In 2029 machines have allbut conquered the planet but a saviour is at hand in the form of a new human leader. The machines respond by sending Schwarzenegger‘s cyborg back in time to 1984 on a mission to kill the future leader‘s mother. inventive. excitingly-paced science-fiction adventure with a notable performance from Arnie in his first villainous role. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Terminator 2: Judgement Day ( 15) (James Cameron. US. 1991) Arnold Swaneneggcr. Linda Hamilton. Edward Furlong. Robert Patrick. 136 mins. The most expensive film ever made. In a reprogrammed role that says much




Thomas Manhunrer Harris, Demme‘s film version f

: In the celluloid reality at Hollywood,

2 the world is populated by only two

kinds of gay characters —the chirpy chappy next door, with a never-ending " supply oi one-liners to cheer up the

. slowly but surely being tracked down

1 by a gaggle of Oscar winners. Given the -

power oi the cinematic image, this level of stereotyping Is more than dangerous, undoing years of

g campaigning work by gay rights pressure groups.

Outside of the mainstream, however, groups and individual filmmakers are building up an acclaimed body of work L that challenges preconceptions with insight and humour. The 6th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which ran at the National Film Theatre at the end of March, proved this with an impressive array oi shorts, ieatures, retrospectives and talks by contemporary gay filmmakers. Selected programmes from the Festival make their way north oi the border this month, with events at the Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh Filmhouse.

Highlights include P.J. Castalianta's Together Alone, which was voted Audience Favourite at last year’s prestigious San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and Times Square, a cult lesbian film made in 1980 by Allan Moyle, who went on to direct last year’s low-key hit, Pump Up The Volume. Details oi times, screenings and personal appearances can be found in the Film index and Film listings. (Alan Morrison)

The List. in conjunction with the GFT and Filmhouse, has a selection of Festival goodies to give away. First prize is a Festival T-shirt and a pair oi

hetro hero/heroine, or the deviant killer ,

John Greyson's The Making of Monsters, one ol the shorts in the Caught Looking programme.

tickets for one of the screenings, second prize is a T-shirt, and third prize is a pair oi tickets. All prizes apply to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. All you have to do is answer the iollowing question by Tuesday 14 April, when the draw will take place.

Which independent gay Iiim.


released in the UK last year, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival?

Send your answers, along with your name, address and daytime/evening telephone numbers, to FILMFEST COMPETITION, The List, 14 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TE.

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 $100 million fairground ride. Edinburgh: Cameo. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. I Thelma & Louise (15) (Ridley Scott. US. 1991) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitel. Michael Madsen. 129 mins. The buddy/road movie genres are turned on their heads as Sarandon and Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. On one level. the film is the critical catalyst that had the feminists cheering and put the stars on the cover of Time magazine; just as importantly. it‘s an accessible piece of entertainment with excellent central performances. Edinburgh: Cameo. I This is Spinal Tap ( 15) (Rob Reiner. US. 1983) Christopher Guest. Michael McKean. Harry Shearer. R.J. Parnell. Ed Begiey Jr. 82 mins. Certainly the most ingenious. accurate and funny of all spoof rockumentaries. with wonderfully spontaneous dialogue. convincing fly-on-the-waii camera work. self-penned heavy metal parodies. and of course the amp that goes to 1 1. Edinburgh: Cameo. IThunderbirdsAre 60 (U) (Gerry Anderson. UK. 1966) Scott. Virgil. Alan Brains. Lady Penelope et al. 90 mins. The first and wittiest ofthc Thunderbird spin-off movies. The 2lSI century version of the Shadows more than makes up for what is otherwise little more than the dragging out of one of the TV episodes. A must for all Gerry Anderson fans. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Tlrne Bandits (PG) (Terry Gilliam. US. 1981) Ralph Richardson. David Rappaport. Sean Connery. John Cleese. lan Holm. 116 mins. A young boy (Craig Warnock) is escorted through

time and space by a band of dwarves. meeting legendary heroes along the way before a final confrontation between good and evil. lmaginitive comic fantasy on a modest budget. but a scriesof witty guest spots and (iilliam's richly detailed screen style win the day. (ilasgow: (ii-'1‘. ITogether Alone 1 18) (PJ. ('aslallanela. US. 1991 ) 85 mins. Two men in a room dichss the consequences of their brief but passionate sexual encounter and discover they have more in common than they had thought. The restrictive scenario succeeds in giving a sharper focus to this award-winning monochrome exploration of gay sexuality. With Cathy Joritz's animated short GiveAlDS the Freeze. (ilasgow: (ii-'1‘. I TOlO The Hero ( 15) (Jaco Van Dormael. Belgium. 1991) Michel Bouquet. Mireille Perrier Jo De Backer. 90 mins. Elderly Thomas believes that his rescue as a baby from a hospital fire caused him to be mixed up with another child. with the result that he feels that he should be enjoying the comfortable existence of rich neighbour Alfred. Past and present. childhood and adulthood. are edited together to create a wonderfully absorbing whole. Van Dormael‘s debut scooped several of 1991 's film awards around Europe. Edinburgh: Filmhousc. ITheTwoJakes(15) (Jack Nicholson. US. 1990) Jack Nicholson. Harvey Kcitel. Meg Tilly. Madeleine Stowe. 132 mins. Troubled sequel to Roman Polanski‘s Chinatown sees Nicholson‘s private eye J.J. Gittes caught up in murdcrcase involving sleazy LA corruption and a few uncomfortable memories for the drawling one. Intelligent script. again by Robert Towne. fleshes out the original characters but builds a plot that is just too damn complicated. Nevertheless. it makes for a stylish and intriguing alternative to typically formulaic sequels. Edinburgh: Cameo. I We Will Rock You (PG) Freddie Mercury. Brian May. Roger Taylor. John Deacon. 76 mins. Bis-mil-lah! Fearless Freddie and his latex leotard

run through all yer favourites with the boys from

the band. ()ne for the fat-bottomed girls among you. Both scecnings to raise funds for (‘rusaid

(ilasgow: (ii-T. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I What Have l Done To Deserve This? (Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 198.1) (‘armen Maura. Luis liostalot. 100 mins. From the camera that brought you Women On The verge. .. an earlier.m0re

surreal vision of desperation. sex and bizarre familialinteractionsinmiddle-class Spainfi’he.

w central role is again played by a distracted Maura.

this time as a housewife coping with her : depression and her ghastly family by taking a wee

snort of cleaning fluid with her prescribed

amphetamines. Another gem. Edinburgh:


I Wind in the WIIIOWS ( L’) ((‘osgrave Hall. UK. 1983) With the voices of David Jason. Michael . llordern. lan Carmichael. 85 mins. Rai.'l‘oad.

Badger and Mole spring to life via the highly developed techniques ofexperienced children's television animation company (‘osgrovc Hall. Edinburgh: Filmhouse,

l A Woman Under the influence ( 15) (John Cassavetes. US. 1975) Gena Rowlands. Peter Falk. Matthew Cassel. 146 mins. Domestic drama 1 centring on a married couple very much in love but unable to communicate. When outside confusions intensify. inner emotions escalate to the level of madness. Restrained and closely focusst filmmaking that brought Oscar nominations for Cassevetes and Rowlands. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I The Year My Voice Broke ( 15) (John Duigan. Australia. 1987) Noah Taylor. Loene Carmen. Ben Mendeisohn. 105 mins. Small town boy in 1962 New South Wales grows up to understand his soulless environment through typical teenage disillusionment. But Duigan's great strength here is the dark. unpredictable irony which offsets the cliches inherent in adolescence movies. Edinburgh: Cameo.

22 The List 10- 23 April 1992