I m Ian (PG) (John McTiernan. US. 1991) Sean Connery. Lorraine Bracco. Jose Wilker. 105 mins. Change of tack for top action director McTieman and Scotland‘s favourite son in this tale of a scientist whose elusive cure for cancer lies within a patch of rainforest due for ‘development‘. Connery and co-star Bracco never quite hit it off as a screen duo. but the photography and Big Tam's inimitable charm make for a damn good cinema sitting. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. UCl. Borders: Kingsway. Central: Regal. I lorei Le Vle (18) (Bertrand Blier. France. 1990) Charlotte Gainsbourg. Anouk Grinberg. Gerard Depardieu. Michel Blanc. 117 mins. Two French teenagers embark on a road journey that takes them back to the Occupation as well as acrossthe country. Blier's ferocious wit takes on big themes like AIDS and the Holocaust. creating an effective but self-conscious blend of buffoonery and sobriety. Glasgow: OFT. I illshirne (15) (Paul Schrader. US. 1985) Ken Ogota. Kanji Sawada. Yasosuke Bando. 120 mins. Fascinating examination of the life and work of controversial Japanese writer. director and militarist Yukio Mishima. Stylised sequences from his novels are placed alongside documentary-style re-creation. with the action swept along by a powerful Philip Glass score. Cold but rewarding. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Monsieur iiulot's Holiday (PG) (Jacques Tati. France. 1953) Jacques Tati. Nathalie Pascaud. Michelle Rolla. 91 mins. M. Hulot. the bachelor with the accident-prone touch. arrives at a jaunty coastal resort and devastation very soon ensues. Comic timing at its most irresistible . as Tati gets away with a number of memorable. slow-buming gags. all undercut by the stabbing notion that we all have an uncle exactly like Hulot. Glasgow: GFI'. I No.45: Angel of Vengeance (18) (Abel Ferrara. US. 1980) Zoe Tamerlis. Albert Sinkys. Darlene Stuto. Helen McGara. 84 mins. No one is better than Abel Ferrara at taking low budgets. sleazy material and dodgy actors. and making them into a diseased urban art form. After being raped twice in one day. a mute girl goes out on nightly jaunts blowing away chauvanist scum. Like its predecessor. the much misunderstood Driller Killer. it‘s full of wit. pace and a numbing portrayal of contemporary violence. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I I1 Cousin Vinny (15) (Jonathan Lynn. US. 1992) Joe Pesci. Marisa Tomei. Fred Gwynne. 1 19 mins. Two New York students visiting the Deep South are charged with a murder they most certainly didn't commit. Enter rookie lawyer Vinny Gambini (Pesci). and it's a test of can-do ltalian-American guile against the old-fashioned Southern gentility of Fred Gwynne‘s currnudgeonly judge. A howlingly funny character comedy that at last lets Pesci carry a movie on his own. Thoroughly recommended. See review. General release. I .1 Girl (PG) (Howard Zieff. US. 1991) Macaulay Culkin. Dan Aykroyd. Jamie Lee Curtis, Anna Chlumsky. 102 mins. A millionaire and not yet in his teens - don't you just love Macaulay Culkin (he said through clenched teeth). This time he‘s sorting out the lives of his tomboy neighbour and her widowed mortician dad. A kiddies‘ romance with a (literal) stingin the tail. Also with the best character name in
recent months (can you imagine admitting to knowing someone called Vada Sultenfuss?) Glasgow: GFI‘. I My Own Private Ideho(18) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1991) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richert. 105 mins. Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I and2 are given a sleazy. contemporary twist in Van Sant‘s follow-up to the admirable Drugstore Cowboy. Screen heart-throbs Phoenix and Reeves make brave career moves by playing a rent boy and the preppie layabout object of his affections. but to good effect. A compelling. idiosyncratic. left-ﬁeld gem. Glasgow: GFT. Fife: Adam Smith. I Iystery‘lrein (15) (Jim Jarmusch. US. 1989) Masatoshi Nagase. Nicoletta Braschi. Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Joe Strummer. 113 mins. J amusch‘s ﬁrst colour feature. like his earlier ﬁlms. draws heavily on a beat-inspired road-movie genre. Three seperate groups of ill assorted people drift through Memphis. in a trio of interlocking vignettes that examined their various experiences in the city that boasts of the blues and Graceland. Glasgow: GFI‘. IPenl. Loci. lornhntiAVlhole LotOiOtherBlris (18) (Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 1980) Carmen Maura. Eva Silva. Olvida Gara. 80 mins. Written while Almodovar still had his day job at the National Telephone Company. this is the work of a young director at his wildest. An advertising exec (Maura) who masterminded a campaign for a revolutionary pair of panties begins a sado-masochistic relationship with a spikey-haired chanteuse. A must for Pedrophiles everywhere. See review. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Peter Pan (U) (Hamilton Luske/Clyde
Geronimi/Wilfred Jackson. US. 1953) With the voices of Bobby Driscoll. Kathryn Beaumont. Hans Conried. 76 mins. Disney version of the J .M. Barrie story flies through the air in a well-timed holiday release. Good enough for a cartoon. poor as a version of Barrie. Those who lauded it while condemning Spielberg‘s Hook may well have to eat their words. i suspect. General release. I The Film (12) (Gillies Mackinnon. UK. 1992) Robin Wright. Aidan Quinn. Albert Finney. 108 mins. A young woman causes scandal in her small lrish village when she refuses to name the father of her newborn son; events only get worse when a troupe of travelling actors pitches its tent and she falls for the leading man. Tenderly acted by a uniformly magniﬁcent cast and handled with care by the Scottish director of acciaimedTV ﬁlms The Grass Arena and Conquest of the South Pole. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Player ( 15) (Robert Altman. US. 1992)Tim Robbins. Greta Scacchi. Fred Ward. Peter Gallacher. 124 mins. Altman‘s satire on the wheeling and dealing of modern day Hollywood is more than just an excuse for cineastes to play trainspotter with the famous faces in cameo roles. It is also a terriﬁc thriller about a studio exec receiving death threats from a spurned writer. Tim Robbins is magniﬁcent in the lead role. while Altman manages to grin as he bites the hand that feeds him. Easily the best movie of the year. if not of the decade so far. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. All UCls. I Point ereet(15) (Kathryn Bigelow. US. 1991) Keanu Reeves. Patrick Swayze. Gary Busey. Lori Petty. 120 mins. Director Bigelow (Blue Steel. Near Dark) takes on Hollywood‘s action/adventure big boys at their own game and comes out on t0p. Reeves is the eager young FBI recruit on the trail of a group of latex-masked bank robbers who are known to be surfers. Board under arm. he heads for the waves. Bigelow tackles cliches of buddy partnerships. macho bullshit and thriller shoot-outs with fresh energy. creating a terriﬁc movie that has one foot in reality. the other in an absurdist world. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Powwow HIM (15) (Jonathan Wacks. US. 1988) Gary Farmer. Anthony Martinez. 90 mins. A Red Indian road movie no less. Buddy Red Bird (Farmer). radical tribal spokesman. hitches a lift across country with obese Philbert Bono (martines). whose only interest in life is food. but as the journey progresses the balance of power is to shift between the two indians. Glasgow: GFT. I Prince ofﬂine (15) (Barbra Streisand. US. 1991) Nick Nolte. Barbra Streisand. Kate Nelligan. Jeroen Krabbe. 131 mins. Glossy. romantic tale of a Southern boy in New York. falling in love with his sister‘s psychiatrist while revealing his traumatic childhood in order to help bring his twin back to health. While Streisand's direction is sometimes shaky and her own performance is a little too self-conscious. there is no doubt that she encourages career-best performances from her co-stars. Nolte. in particular. is worth the price of admission on his own. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I The Purple Bose DiCeIro (PG) (Woody Allen. US. 1985) Mia Farrow. Jeff Daniels. 84 mins. A dowdy waitress meets the man of her dreams when a matinee idol steps down off the movie screen and into her life. Unfortunately. the studio bosses are not amused as the character involved is their property. and the actor who played the role worries about the possibility of a paternity suit. Basically a one- joke movie. it's admirably worked out. offering a few barbs of wisdom on the illusory nature of romance. Glasgow: GFT.
I liaise The Red Lantern (PG) (Zhang Yimou. China/Japan. 1991) Gong Li. Ma Jingwa. He Caifei. Cao Cuifeng. 125 mins. Zhang. director of la Dou and Red Sorghum. again combines exquisitely beautiful photography with formalised melodrama. but this time creates one of the most moving ﬁlms to appear anywhere on the world circuit in recent years. Essentially the tale of a young girl forced to become a concubine and the jealousies she encounters in her fortress home. it also acts as a metaphor for the repression of individual passions in post-Tiananmen China. Glasgow: GFT.
I The Rapture (18) (Michael Tolkin. US. 1992) Mimi Rogers. David Duchovny. Patrick Bauchau. Will Patton. 102 mins. A telephone operator tires of unsatisfying casual sex and embraces a newfound belief that the world is facing imminent destruction. Tolkin's debut as writer-director is a flawed but provocative offering that never lets us dismiss the protagonist as a bible-bashing nutcase. Glasgow: OFT.
I Robinson Crusoe on More (PG) (Byron Haskin. US. 1964) Sticking closely to Defoe's original narrative structure this ingenious reworking of the old tale has Paul Mantee stranded on the red planet with only a monkey for company. Later however. a Man Friday turns up in the person of Vic Lundin. A surprisingly watchable effort with Death Valley doubling for the Martian landscape
and director Byron Haskin‘s Space-ﬁlm credentials (War of the Worlds. Conquest of Space and From the Earth to the Moon) standing him in good stead. Glasgow: GFT.
I Rollereeli (15) (Norman Jewison. US. 1975) James Caan. John Houseman. Maud Adams. John Beck. 129 mins. Sometime in the future. crowds roar with bloodlust while watching the lethal game of rollerball. Caan is one of the sport‘s top players. determined to retire. but pressurised to continue by the corporate bodies that control his world. The brutal game footage certainly thrills. but it‘s Caan‘s performance as a man struggling for freedom in an opressive society that takes the ﬁlm beyond an excuse for mere violence. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I lien ofthe Arrow (15) (Sam Fuller. US. 1957) Rod Steiger. Sarita Montiel. Brian Keith. 85 mins. Steiger undergoes a cultural identity crisis when he is accepted into a Sioux tribe. but ﬁndsit difﬁcult to live with their barbarism. An intelligent western that goes far beyond genre restrictions in terms of political and psychological content. while concluding that the lndians‘ code of ethics and religious beliefs are just as valid as the white man's. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I Bush(18)(LiliFiniZanuck.US.1991)Jennifer Jason Leigh. Jason Patric. Sam Elliot. 110 mins. A sleazy tale. set in the 705. of white cops on dope. An undercover narcotics duo ﬁnd that. to bust the baddies. you’ve got to play their game. and that line between criminal and crimeﬁghter is as ﬁne as the strips ofcoke that ﬂy up their noses. Despite a very unsatisfying ending. it‘s worth seeing for stand-out performances by Leigh and Patric. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Central: Cannon.
I Sleepwalker: ( 18) (Mick Garris. US. 1992) Brian Krause. Madchen Amick. Alice Krige.Jim Haynie. 91 mins. The ﬁrst original screenplay by Stephen King concerns a pair of itincrent. flesh-craving shape-shifters who are the last survivors of the ancient breed of Sleepwalkers. Shying away from exploring the material's dark desires. it concentrates instead on a slew of childish splatter setpieces. Makes a welter of bloodletting seem less threatening than a cat food commercial. General release.
I Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (U) (Walt 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. Fife: Glenrothes. Strathclyde: Magnum.
I Someone MUM Over Ie(15)(Rid1ey Scott. US. 1987) Tom Berenger. Mimi Rogers. Lorraine Bracco. 106 mins. Watchable. glossy thriller in which Berenger's recently promoted detective falls in love with a trial witness and her seductive lifestyle. Although sluggisth paced and overlong. the ﬁlm delivers a few crisp jolts and is held together by Scott‘s wallow in Manhattan chic and the very creditable central performances. Tentative proof that a human heart beats beneath this director's hi-tech glitz. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Split Second (18) (Tony Maylam. UK. 1992) Rutger Hauer. Kim Cattrall. Neil Duncan. Ian Dury. 90 mins. Hauer is out to avenge the death of ~ his partner - the killer is somewhere out there amongst the lakes of sewage and some other futuristic sets. Unfortunately. nobody mentioned to the cast that visuals are one thing and acting another. Ambitious home-grown attempt at creating a sci-ﬁ thriller which looks great in silken black and white . but runs out of steam well before the credits. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Stepkitie (PG) (Joan Micklin Silver. US. 1992) Hilary Wolf. Griffen Dunne. Margaret Whitton. Adrienne Shelley. 104 mins. Unsettled with her latest set of folks. thirteen-year-old Laura (Wolf) runs off to join her kindly step-brother at a lakeside resort. Soon family and step-family converge on the scene to help her with her crisis. Resembling a pilot episode for a particularly bland US sitcom and with plenty of platitudes on adolescence. it's a ﬁlm ﬁlled with self-satisﬁed yuppie cutouts who you just don‘t care about. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: UCI. I Streets 01 Fire (15) (Walter Hill. US. 1984) Michael Pare. Diane Lane. Rick Moranis. 94 mins. Hill's stylised futuristic rock fantasy ﬁnds a loner (Pare) rescuing former girlfriend (Lane) from a villanous street gang. Brash and loud - with music by Ry Cooder and Jim Steinman — it‘sthe kind of big action gloss that cinemas were just made for. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Tex Avery Cartoons (U) Violence. sexual undercurrents and an almost anarchic love of irreverance - all on a U certiﬁcate. Cartoon maestro Avery. creator of Daffy Duck and Droopy. has a classic oeuvre that has not diminished over the years. This rare big screen outing for his work includes the wonderful Red Hot Red Riding Hood. Glasgow: GF'T.
I Terminator 2: Judgement Dey(15) (James Cameron. US. 1991) Arnold Swanenegger.
A‘CELEBRATION OF MARY STUART
Saturdays 8th -15th - 22nd August 1992 The year 1992 marks the 45011 anniversary of the birth of Mary Stuart, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland and Pretender to the English throne. What more fitting tribute to Scotland's most romantic and tragic monarch than to celebrate her life in theatre, song and feast in the place of her birth, Linlithgow Palace? Linlithgow Trust have endeavoured to create a tapestry of music, dancing. tableaux, to recreate the story of the fairest of the Stewart line.
Performance 730pm. Tickets £750 include wine and sawuris.
AT THE ROYAL COURT OF MARY STUART
Saturday and Sunday afternoons 18th July to 30th August On Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 18th July to 30h August, Linlithgow Players re-enact the return of Mary Stuart to her birthplace, the Palace of Linlithgow from her early life at the Court of France. Combine your visit to Linlithgow Palace with the opportunity to see its ancient walls brought alive by the colourful splendour of Mary and her Court. Performance at 2.15, 3.15 and 4.14pm. No charge for performance - normal Palace admission charges only.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING FOR ALL
Wednesday evenings through August 1992 Come along and enjoy dancing in the unique environment of Linlithgow Palace's courtyard. Dance to the strains of live music around james V's beautifully-carved stone fountain. Young or old, experienced or not - fun for all! 51h and 12th August in Palace, 7.15pm, 19th and 26th August in Burgh Halls, 7.30pm. Tickets at door an evening prical £2 8 concssions include tea and biscuits.
QUEEN OF HEARTS
Sunday 6th September at 2.30pm and 730pm "Queen of Hearts", a one-character play about the vivacious yet unfortunate Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, sister of Charles 1, will be performed in Linlithgow Palace. Tickets £3.50
Tickets and further information phone Forth Valley Tourist Board 0506 844600 or The Secretary, 0506 842498
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