documentary; West Highland Animation‘s Bat'ntighearna Labhut'r has 17th century roots; John Harper‘s The Letter shows a sad. lonely man; Video in Pilton 50+ Group‘s Just Out Of Reach examines the daily problems facing the disabled; Tilleadh and Mather Na Maine reveal David Hutchison's Highland childhhood; and Nigel Kent'sAround With Sean parodies Sean
Connery '3 Edinburgh. See preview. Glasgow: GFT.
I Bread Canyon (15) (Lawrence Kasdan. US. 1992) Kevin Kline. Mary McDonnell. Steve Martin. Danny Glover. 134 mins. Kasdan‘s 905 retort to his earlier The Big Chill looks at the fears and anxieties of successful white professionals against the background of a disintegrating society. The contrast between the rich and poor doesn‘t always work - there are as many sentimental subplots as effective sequences - although the end result has to rank as a major American movie. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse.
I The Hand “at Rock: The Cradle ( 15) (Curtis Hanson. US. 1991) Rebecca De Mornay. Annabella Sciorra. Matt McCoy. 110 mins. Nanny manages to con her way into the home of the family who inadvertantly caused her husband‘s suicide and her own miscarriage. and soon begins to show psychotic tendencies. Despite implausible plotting. director Hanson cranks up the tension and delivers a slap-bang ﬁnale. In other words. beautifully crafted mainstream trash. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: UCl. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Hear I! scan (15) (Peter Chelsom. UK/lreland. 1991) Adrian Dunbar. Ned Beatty. Tara Fitzgerald. 103 mins. Devious but loveable promoter Mickey (Dunbar) tries to win back his reputation and the woman he loves by booking famous lrish tenor and tax fugativc Josef Locke for his Liverpool nightclub. A modestly charming British production that is fun if you're not expecting some sort of all-time classic. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Hoot (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1991) Robin Williams. Dustin Hoffman. Julia Roberts. Bob Hoskins. 135 mins. The combination of Robin Williams. Steven Spielberg and Peter Pan proves to be as successful in practice as it appears in theory. if the ﬁlm is watched in the proper childish frame of mind. The story of a grown-up Peter rediscovering his true identity allows for some fortysomething pondering. but primarily it‘s an excuse for a magical journey around pirate ships. lost islands and colourful ﬁghts. Sure. it‘s formulaic: but Spielberg's ingredients are richer and more wonderfully cinematic than anyone else‘s. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Rewards Earl (PG) (James Ivory. UK. 1992) Anthony Hopkins. Vanessa Redgrave. Helena Bonham Carter. Emma Thompson. 142 mins. After a succession of dreary Forster clones. the British ﬁlm industry gets round to tackling his masterpiece. and one of the most important novels of the 20th century. The story. centring on the marriage between a wealthy and reactionary old duffer and an emancipated younger woman. is a complex family chronicle told with clarity and compassion. At last a cinematic period drama that exudes excellence. with some finely crafted performances to match. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Dominion. IJeaa De Florene (PG) (Claude Berri. France. 1986) Gerard Depardieu. Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. 121 mins. Provence. duringthe 1920s. Depardieu‘s indomitable hunchback struggles against impossible odds to make a success of his inherited farmland. unaware that his neighbours are plotting to drive him from his land. Beautifully photographed. with ﬂawless performances. this is a towering tribute to the highest aspirations of French storytelling. A BAT-TA winner for the ﬁlm of the year. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I rm Pea (18) (Andre Techine . France . 1991) Philippe Noiret. Emmanuelle Beart. Manuel Blane. 115 mins. Resourceful former stretcher-bearer Pierre (Blane) leaves his provincial home and comes to Paris and ﬁnds a world where violence and kindness exist in equal measures. Grittin realistic. coming-of-age tale with a ﬁne performance by Bean (Manon des Sources) as Pierre‘s prostitute girlfriend. Glasgow: GFI'.
I III.“ loves/18) (Carl Schenkel . US, 1991) Christopher Lambert. Diane Lane. Tom Skerrit. 114 mins. Bizarre serial murders begin when a chess championship comes to a small town; one of the players is the prime suspect. Below average thriller without thrills takes a non-exploitative stance and ends up pleasing no one. Don't be drawn by the wonderfully stylish title sequence: it’s downhill all the way after that. See preview. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. A11UC15.
I Laat Exltto Brooklyn (18) (Ulrich Edel. W.Germany. 1989) Stephen Lang. JenniferJason Leigh. Burt Young. 104 mins. Brutal. graphic and dynamic study of the steamy. seamy side of life in the dockland area of Brooklyn during the Fifties. Hubert Selby‘s once banned novel has made it to the screen more or less intact in a narrative strung
together from his series of vignettes. A painful dissection. not for the faint-hearted. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Lawnmower Iran (15) (Brett Leonard. UK/US. 1992) Pierce Brosnan. Jeff Fahey. Jenny Wright. 108 mins. Backward gardener (Fahey) is the subject of experiments to increase learning potential using drugs and Virtual Reality technology. Cue weird side effects and telekinetic powers. Unfortunately the plot (which has hardly anything to do with the Stephen King short story) is little more than a ludicrous twist on the Frankenstein format and is basically just there as an excuse for some admittedly stunning. computer-animated special effects. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Lethal Weapon 3 (15) (Richard Donner. US. 1992) Mel Gibson. Danny Glover. Joe Pesci. 118 mins. Gibson and Glover team up for the third time. going though the usual motions to track down a crooked real estate and narcotics boss. Dazzlineg original it is not. but the spectacular explosions. car chases. shoot-outs and comic relief from Pesci mean this one could run and run. General release.
I Llle laSweet(15) (Mike Leigh. UK. 1991) Alison Steadman. Jim Broadbcnt. Jane Horrocks. Claire Skinner. Timothy Spall. David Thewlis. 102 mins. Domestic cringe-drama which centres on a family with mismatched twin daughters (Horroeks and Skinner). an inefﬁcient caterer dad (Broadbcnt) and a generous-spirited mum (Steadman). Like all Leigh‘s work. the drama is laced with a bleak. almost cruel humour. but it's enjoyable. truthful and surprisingly optimistic. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Little lean Tate (PG) (Jodie Foster. US. 1991) Jodie Foster. Dianne Wiest. Adam Hann-Byrd, Harry Connick Jr. 99 mins. Seven~year-old Fred Tate is ostracised by his schoolmates and generally misunderstood due to the fact that he is a child genius. While succeeding in engaging both adults and children in the audience. Foster‘s directorial debut suffers from thematically one-sided characters — psychologist Wiest is purely academic growth. Foster (as the working-class mum) purely emotional. But Hann-Byrd as the kid is superb. Central: MacRobert.
I Love In The Time 01 Hysteria ( 18) (Alfonso Cuaron. Mexico. 1991) Daniel Gimenez. Claudia Ramirez. Luis dc lcaza. 94 mins. A modern day Don Juan gets caught up in what would be a typical sex farce situation ifdirectorCuaron hadn‘t given it a safe sex spin. Its treatmentof HIV issues is poised between bad taste and praiseworthy comic invention. Glasgow: GF'T.
I The Lover(18)(Jcan-Jacqucs Annaud. France/UK. 1991 ) Jane March. Tony Leung. Jeanne Moreau. 117 mins. In 1920s Saigon. a ﬁfteen year old girl has a steamy affair with a Chinaman twice her age. Er. . .that‘sit. Annaud‘s big screen translation of Marguerite Duras‘s autobiographical novel is fairly erotic for the ﬁrst half hour. then moves swiftly into relentless arthouse tedium. This really is the cinematic equivalent of wading through French literature of an intellectual bent. Strathclyde: Magnum.
I The Mllky Way ( 18) (Luis Bunuel. France. 1968) Laurent Terzieff. Paul Frankeur. Delphine Seyrig. 102 mins. Two tramps make a pilgrimage to a Spanish shrine and. on the way. meet various characters who expound the six central mysteries ofCatholic dogma. This is the fervent athiest director‘s most direct and mischievously anti-clerical treatment of organised religion. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The lalaalon (PG) (Roland Joffe. UK. 1986) Jeremy Irons. Robert De Niro. Ray MeAnally. 125 mins. In 18th century South America a Papal Prelate is called in to resolve a territorial dispute between Spain and Portugal. His decision is dictated by the political climate in Europe and has harsh ramiﬁcations for a mission run bchsuit priests. Both a study of male friendship and an exploration of man's capacity for the noblest altruism and the most treacherous selﬁshness. An operatic ﬁlm of depth and considerable power. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.
I My Certain VII" (15) (Jonathan Lynn. US. 1992) Joe Pesci. Marisa Tomei. Fred Gwynne. 119 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 ofcan-do ltalian~American guile against the old-fashioned Southern gentility of Fred Gwynne‘s curmudgeonly judge. A howlingly funny character comedy that at last lets Pesei carry a movie on his own. Thoroughly recommended. General release.
I IV Oil Private Idaho ( 18) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1991) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richert. 105 mins. Shakespeare‘s Henry IV Parts I and 2 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride. I llakerl Leach (18) (David Cronenberg. US. 1992) Peter Weller. Judy Davis. lan Holm. Roy Scheider. 121 mins. Body horror maestro takes on the near impossible task of ﬁlming William Burroughs' controversial novel The Naked Lunch and comes out with a cinematic masterpiece. Elements from Burroughs' own life merge with a surreal narrative and the book‘s bizarre. drug-induced sexual imagery. leavinga bewildered. but impressed. audience in their wake. By no means easy watching. but well worth the effort. Edinburgh: Cameo. I llaahvllle (15) (Robert Altman. US. 1975)Ned Beatty. Karen Black. Keith Canadinc. 161 mins. Altman‘s wonderful tapestry about the lives and longings of 24 protagonists is more than a country music epic; it is an exhilarating experiment in freefonn ﬁlmmaking. aided by superlative performances and an underrated soundtrack. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The NM Boy: (PG) (Kenny Ortega. US. 1992) Christian Bale. Robert Duvall. Ann-Margaret. 95 mins. Set in the New York of 1899. The News Boys tells through song and dance the true story of the city‘s paperboys‘ successful strike against the proﬁt-hungary press barons. It‘s all transﬁxingly awful. but curiously entertaining as a result. a sort of big screen Springtime For Hitler for a new generation. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. I II“! On Earth (15) (Jim Jarmusch. US. 1992) Winona Ryder. thatriee Dalle. Gena Rowlands. Gianearlo Esposito. 129 mins. Los Angeles. New York. Paris. Rome. Helsinki. Five cities. ﬁve taxi rides, ﬁve chance encounters. The director of Mystery Train and Down By Law pushes aside narrative and goes instead for visual uniformity in a claustrophobic setting. Character studies with a mildly philosophical aftertaste. Edinburgh: Cameo. I In lea Are Lefl(18) (Alberto Fischerman. Argentina. 1991 ) Guiliano Gemma. Georgina Barbarossa. Katja Alemann. 92 mins. Ana. a single mother and industrial engineer. voices her dissatisfaction with men along with her women friends at a local bar. When her fantasy lovertums up at her workplace in the ﬂesh . life takes an unusual twist. Glasgow: GFT. I llolm 011(15) (Peter Bogdanovich. US. 1992) Carol Burnett. Michael Caine. Christopher Reeve. 104 mins. A highly frantic farce about the backstage antics of a second-rate company performing a highly frantic farce. The Americanisation of Michael Frayn‘s West End comedy wears a little thin pretty soon. Glasgow: GFT. I Peter Pelt (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 Playboy: ( 12) (Gillies Mackinnon. U K. 1992) Robin Wright. Aidan Quinn. Albert Finney. 108 mins. A young woman causes scandal in her small Irish 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 acclaimedTV films The Grass Arena and Conquest of the South Pole. Edinburgh: Cameo. IThe 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 cincastes 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: Odeon. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. Borders: Kingsway. Fife: New Picture House. IThe M 01 0ae(12) (John G. Avildsen. US. 1992) Stephen Dorff. Armin Mueller-Stahl. John Gielgud. A young Afrikaaner boxer begins teaching English to underprivileged township kids and becomes a thorn in the side of the white regime. Hollywood crassness hits an all-time high as Rocky meets Cry Freedom. General release.
I Queen: We Wlll Rock You (PG) Freddie Mercury. Brian May. Roger Taylor. John Deacon. 76mins. Bis-mil-lah! Fearless Freddie and his latex leotard run through all yer favourites with the boys from the band. One for the fat-bottomed girls among you. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Balsa The Red Lantern (PG) (Zhang Yimou. China/Japan. 1991) Gong Li. Ma Jingwa. He Caifei. Cao Cuifeng. 125 mins. Zhang. director of Ju 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 concubinc 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Iﬂlﬂ-Reﬂ(15)(Ken Loach. UK. 1991)Robert Carlyle. Emer McCourt. Ricky Tomlinson. Jimmy Coleman. 94 mins. A lighter-than-usual investigation of British poverty from our foremost political director. written from ﬁrst-hand experience by former labourer BillJesse.
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