mammoth desert epic. restored to its director's original cut and the big screen. where ﬁlm- making on this scale belongs. O'Toole‘s debut as the enigmatic adventurer still impresses. but apart from the majestic action sequences. it‘s the disturbing sense of clinical and cold-blooded violence hanging over the highly literate characterisation that today seems especially striking. Central: MacRobert.
I I.” of Faith (PG) (Richard Pearce. US. 1993) Steve Martin. Debra Winger. Liam Neeson. 107 mins. As the charismatic leader of a travelling preacher show. Martin would seem to be cut out for this role. but when the movie switches from him duping Bible Belters to his 'leap of faith' following real miracles. then it becomes nonsensical. Either satirise the Charlatans or say they have genuine powers - to hop from one to the other mid-movie alienates believers and sceptics alike. See review. General release.
I Leon The Pig Farmer (15) (Vadim Jean/Gary Sinyor. UK. 1992) Mark Frankel. Brian Glover. Janet Suzman. 96 mins. A highly kosher comedy in which young Leon (Frankel) discovers that he's not the Nice Jewish Boy he thought he was. but the result of a botched artiﬁcial insemination experiment. His real daddy is a Yorkshire pig breedef- Edinburgh: Odeon. -
I Uglit SIM (15) (Paul Schrader. US. 1991) Willem Dafoe. Susan Sarandon. Dana Delany. Mary Beth Hurt. 103 mins. Writer/director Schrader returns to terriﬁc form with this tale of a drug courier searching for meaning in a broken urban world. Dafoe is superb as John Le Tour. a latterday cousin to Schrader’s creations in American Gigolo and Tari Driver. Tough and intense. it is the most involving ﬁlm from this major American ﬁlmmaker for quite some time. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I Lolita (15) (Stanley Kubrick. UK. 1962) James Mason. Shelley Winters. Sue Lyon. 152 mins. Glum version of the Vladimir Nabokov novel in which hapless. middle-aged professor Mason becomes besotted by the charms of precocious nymphet Lyon. A strange blend of murder. lust and obsession with impressive moments and ﬁne acting. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Manhattan (15) (Woody Allen. US. 1979) Woody Allen. Diane Keaton. Mariel Hemingway. 96 mins. Woody wanders through the female jungle of New York in search of a perfect soulmate after the demise of his marriage. Sublime comic delight with a soulful Gershwin score. Edinburgh: Cameo.
l3 Hyde Perk Corner, Leeds
L86 IAF. Tel (0532) 743753. Open 9.30-5.30 Mon-Set
and until 7.00 on Thursdays
11 WEST CROSSCAUSEWAY EDINBURGH
20 The List 9—22 April 1993
I It “I! (PG) (Michael Gottlieb. US. 1992) Hulk Hogan. Sherman Hemsley. Austin Pendleton. 84 mins. Hulk Hogan follows the successful Suburban Commando with a ﬁlm that owes something to Home Alone. This time he's a bodyguard roped into looking after two destructive kids who like nothing better than setting booby-traps for their nannies. For the kids only. General release. I Monty Python's Meaning 0i Ute (18) (Terry Jones. UK. 1983) John Cleese. Graham Chapman. Michael Palin. Eric Idle. 103 mins. Ragbag of occasionally gross Python sketches loosely following this mortal coil from womb to grave. Watch out for the exploding Mr Creosote. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I “3.45: 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: Cameo. I I! Father IS Corning (18) (Monika Treut. USA/Germany. 1991) 82 mins. An aspiring actress living in New York receives an unexpected visit from her Bavarian father in this comic sexual odyssey. With Cheryl Farthing‘s short Rosebud. Glasgow: GET. I I! Dill Private Idaho (18) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1991) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richett. 105 mins. Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I and 2 are given a sleazy. contemporary twist in Van Sam's follow-up to the admirable Drugsrore 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: Cameo. I New Jack City ( 18) (Mario Van Peebles. US. 1991) Wesley Snipes. lee-T. Allen Payne. Chris Rock. Mario Van Peebles. 101 mins. Rapper Ice- T plays an undercover cop dedicated to smashing a powerful gang who run a drugs empire. But when his cover is blown. a series of violent confrontations follow. Director Van Peebles delivers a gripping work of ﬁction based on a frightening world of fact. while packing in an impressive quotient of Uzi ﬁre and hot babe action. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse. I Ilﬂht M the UVIIQ Deed ( 18) (Tom Savini. US. 1991)Tony Todd. Patricia Tallman. Tom Towles. 96 mins. Not as influential as Romero‘s original. but this remake by horror sf x grandmeister Savini is more intelligent and terrifying than the other zombie rip-offs that have oozed their rotting flesh onto the market. With a heroine in the Ripley mould. it‘s toughened up for an apocalyptic scenario. See
review. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. All ULis.
I light On Eﬂtt'i (15) (Jim Jarmusch. US. 1992) Winona Ryder. Beatrice Dallc. Gena Rowlands. Giancarlo 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 aftenaste. Glasgow: GET.
I Olivier Olivier ( 15) (Agnieszka Holland. France. 1992) Francois Cluzet. Brigitte Rouan. Gregoire Colin. 105 mins. The latest from the director of Europa Europa is based on a true French newspaper story of a boy who went missing. only to turn up six years later as a Parisian rent boy. An intriguing. evokatively photographed depiction of family tensions. Bizarre bizarre. See review. Glasgow: GET.
I One False Move ( 18) (Carl Franklin. US. 1992) Bill Paxton. Cynda Williams. Billy Bob Thomton. 106 mins. Tight li‘l crime thriller in the Jim Thomson mould begins with a brutal set of drugs-related slayings. but soon becomes a fascinating character study as a trio of crooks head towards a small town in Arkansas and the cops who await them. Excellent performances all round. particularly Paxton as the over~zealous. but not wholly innocent. Southem sheriff holding his own against the boys from LA. See preview. Glasgow: GFI'. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Orlando (PG) (Sally Potter. UK. 1992) Tilda Swinton. Billy Zane. Quentin Crisp. 92 mins. A male Elizabethan courtier begins a joumey of self-discovery that involves four centuries and a sex change. Swinton‘s simple but unique beauty captures the androgyny of the perfect Everyman/woman. while director Potter creates from Virginia Woolf’s novel a humorous and visually splendid succession of episodes that is a constant joy to watch. At last. a literary ﬁlm rather than a literature substitute. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Penthouse (15) (Bernard Rose. UK. 1988) Charlotte Burke. Ben Cross. Glennc Headley. 92
mins. Spellbinding contemporary fairy tale about a young girl who enters the house she has sketched in her dreams to ﬁnd fear and friendship. Avoiding Freddy Kruger crassness as you can go. Rose (whose Candyman is equally inventive) creates a bogeyman from the child‘s estranged father. The arty end of horror fantasy doesn‘t come better. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I PetBerrettend eillyThe Kill (18) (Sam Peckinpah. US. 1973) James Coburn. Kris Kristofferson. Bob Dylan. 106 mins. Bloody version of the Western legend. with Peckinpah and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer reaching for a moody. brutal American tragedy. only to have their work re-edited by the studio. Dylan fans will want to catch him in a decent stab at acting. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Patriot MUS) (Philip Noyce. US. 1992) Harrison Ford. Sean Bean. Anne Archer. Patrick Bergin. 121 mins. Follow up to The Hunt For Red October ﬁnds Tom C lancy‘s hero Jack Ryan being tracked down by the brother of an Irish terrorist he killed while on holiday in London. Some good. tense set pieces — particularly the hi- tech “kill by satellite‘ sequence — but its meddling use of Irish politics and unwillingness to condemn the IRA make it of slightly dubious merit this side of the Atlantic. Glasgow: Mercat. I Peter‘s Friends ( 15) (Kenneth Branagh. UK. 1992) Kenneth Branagh. Stephen Fry. Emma Thompson. 102 mins. A decade after their last performance together. a varsity revue team reunite for a New Year break and discover that career security is no match for happy relationships. A highly assured. extremely funny and deceptively touching character drama. whose only fault is that it sends up Branagh's media image a little too knowingly. Fife: Adam Smith.
I The Quince Tiee Sun (U) (Victor Erice. Spain. 1992) Antonio Lopez. Enrique Gran. Maria Moreno. 139 mins. A grouchy old artist sets out to paint the quince tree in his garden and a couple of his mates come round. Sounds pretty deadly. but the viewer soon ﬁnds watching the artist at work utterly compelling. to the extent that the tiniest event becomes a crucial incident. A majestic ﬁlm experience. Or the Emperor‘s new clothes syndrome. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Reservoir 0098(18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel. Tim Roth. Michael Madsen. 100 mins. A gang of hoods. known only to each other by colour-coded nicknames. meets at an abandoned warehouse to ﬁgure how out their rigorously planned heist went so drastically wrong. The best debut in years from writer-director Tarantino. whose stylish violence seduces the audience into complicity. Brilliant in every sense of the word. Glasgow: OFT. Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I A River Runs Through it (PG) (Robert Redford. US. 1992) Craig Sheffer. Brad Pitt. Tom Skerritt. 124 mins. A ﬁne. lyrical piece by director Redford describing the love and loyalty of two contrasting brothers in Montana early this century. Based on Norman Maclean‘s semi- autobiographical novel. it fuses the Scots Presbyterian lifestyle of American settlers with an true understanding of nature. Wonderful performances. beautiful photography: altogether a perfectly crafted ﬁlm about human relationships. Edinburgh: Dominion.
I The llociry ilorror Picture Show ( 18) (Jim Sharman. UK. 1975) Tim Curry. Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick. Meat Loaf. 1(X) mins. The cult ﬁlm to end all others. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The ﬁlm has its moments. and Curry is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Furter. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Romper Stamper ( 18) (Geoffrey Wright. Australia. 1991) Russell Crowe. Jacqueline McKenzie. Daniel Pollock. 89 mins. A group of Nazi skinheads in Melboume ﬁnd their numbers dwindling when they get caught up in a street war with local Vietnamese. Hand-held camera shots draw the audience into the frenzy. letting them reject the skinheads‘ views with moral certainty rather than blind emotionalisrn. A ﬁlm that pressurises viewers into addressing the issues involved. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank (maybe: check with cinema).
I Sentinel (15) (Darrell James Roodt. South Africa. 1992) Leleti Khumalo. Whoopi Goldberg. Miriam Makeba. 119 mins. Unlike traditional escapist musicals. this one confronts real political and racial problems without flinching. Filled with township music that celebrates life over hardship. it tells of a young girl whose dreams of peace and stardom are shattered when she becomes caught in a whirlpool of hate. Real Soweto settings underline the message and unnerve the audience. Extraordinary. shocking and uplifting. See Screen Test. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Scent ot a Woman (15) (Martin Brest. US. 1992)A1 Pacino. Chris O'Donnell. James Rebhom. 156 mins. A blind. alcoholic ex- serviceman and a scholarship college boy spend
Thanksgiving Weekend in New York and ﬁnd themselves in a series of funny and moving adventures which ﬁnally lead them to come to terms with their true selves. Overlong in its opening and closing scenes. this is still one terriﬁc movie. with what is possibly Pacino's best performance in a distinguished career. General release.
I Shadows and Fog (15) (Woody Allen. US. 1991) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. John Malkovich. 86 mins. Late release for Allen's homage to/pastiche of early Fritz Lang. Allen is the innocent Kieinman. forced to join a vigilante group when a serial strangler terrorises an anonymous mittel-European town in the 19
A showcase for the writer/director‘s talents for dark tragedy and one-line slapstick. Edinburgh: Catneo.
I Simple lien (15) (Hal Hartley. US. 1992) William Sage. Robert Burke. Karen Sillas. 104 mins. Two mismatched brothers go in search of their athlete-turned-radical father. whose absent presence acts like Godot to their Estragon and Vladimir. And. as in the stage piece. it's the wordplay (Hartley‘s patented ear for quirky dialogue) and wayward philosophising en route that becomes more important than the journey itself. Central: MacRobert.
I SW Act (PG) (Emile Ardolino. US. 1992) Whoopi Goldberg. Maggie Smith. Harvey Keitel. 100 mins. When Nightclub chanteuse Deloris (Goldberg) sees her gangster boyfriend murder an underling. she goes on the run and ends up in as the unlikely new member of a nearby convent. A bit like Some Like It Hot meets The Sound Of Music. except the songs hark back to Motown and are by far the best thing about the movie. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Soft Top, list! Shoulder (15) (Stefan Schwartz. UK. 1992) Peter Capaldi. Elaine Collins. Richard Wilson. 91 mins. A Scot living in London has to return home to his native Glasgow for a family party. but meets various hazards on the road north. not the least of which is the slightly bizarre Yvonne. Capaldi‘s script perfectly captures that typically Scottish balance of innocent chamt and sly humour. Not in the fast lane. perhaps. but motoring steadily towards its destination. Central: MacRobert.
I Splitting Heirs (15) (Robert Young. UK. 1993) Eric Idle. Rick Moranis. Catherine Zeta Jones. 90 mins. In this sorry effort. Idle is a humble city broker who ﬁnds out he‘s really the lost Duke of Bournemouth. a title currently usurped by American tycoon (and his boss) Moranis. Cue big bosoms. romantic complications. national and ethnic stereotypes. etc. etc. Imagine Kind Hearts and Coroners rewritten for idiots. General release.
I Storm 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 undernanding pantomime. Glasgow: Mercat.
I Star War: (PC) (Gorge Lucas. US. 1977) Mark Hamill. Carrie Fisher. Harrison Ford. Alec Guinness. 121 mins. A long time ago in a galaxy far away. a band of young heroes ﬁght to rescue a princess and save her planet from destruction. Hugely influential and successful space epic: a modern fairytale with laser swords. Fife: New Picture House.
I Stay Tuned (PG) (Peter Hyams. US. 1992) John Ritter. Pam Dawbcr. Jeffrey Jones. 89 mins. Couch potato Roy Knable and wife getted zapped into TV Hell and have to survive 24 hours of deadly game shows and other broadcast spoofs in order to return to the real world. Basically an excuse for a succession of lame parodies. it plays to the attention span of TV audiences by never being in one joke situation for more than a few minutes. Try another channel. Edinburgh: CC].
I The Stepfather ( 18) (Joseph Ruben. US. 1987) Terry O‘Quinn. Shelley Hack. Jill Schoelen. 89 mins. O'Quinn is a deceptively mild-mannered fellow hoping to establish the perfect all-American family. However. he turns out to be a sick psycho with a penchant for marrying and dicing vulnerable widows. Taut and humorous with the familiar mastery of Hitchcock always within sight. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Stentether 2 ( 18) (Jeff Burr. us. 1989) Terry O'Quinn. Meg Foster. Jonathan Brandis. 86 mins. Terry Blake. not exactly your model parent. breaks out ofjail and attaches himself to another single parent family in order to fulﬁl his psychotic desire to keep the unit intact. As good as the original. with O'Quinn a chillingly effective baddie. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Tetsuo 2: The eodyhernnier t 18) (Shinya Tsukamoto. Japan. 1992) Tomoroh Taguchi.