kill his wife . . . and then double the amount by her if he‘ll reverse the hit. Scooting out of town with the money and the job undone. he bumps into the real killer. and his problems begin. A slick tale of double. triple and quadruple dealing that adds a comic twist to the tight Blood Simple atmosphere. Glasgow: GFT.
I Reservoir Dogs (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: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo. Fife: Adam Smith.
I lllppod 0H (18) (Martin Retjman. Argentina. 1992) Ezequiel Cavia. Mina Busnelli. Damian Dreizik. 87 mins. A teenager has his motorbike stolen from him at knifepoint. and so he begins a search for the person who ripped him off through the video arcades and dangerous streets of Buenos Aires. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT.
I Scala TV Event Part of the Filmhouse‘s September celebration of the recently deceased Scala cinema in London is this double bill of 60s television. First off is the pilot for The Champions. the tale of three scientists with ESP; next comes a classic Avengers episode. A Touch Of Brimstone. Sat 11 only. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Scent of I llama 15) (Martin Brest. US. 1992) Al 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. Fife: Robins.
I m (18) (Derek Jarman. UK. 1976) 86 mins. This early Jarman work. a homo-erotic piece about an early Christian martyr. is unusual in its use of Latin for dialogue. Filmed
naturalistically. it succeeds in meshing its themes. so that it is effective as a whole and on its various levels. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I 813.0 (15) (Steve Jodrell. Australia. 1987) Deborra-Lee Fumess. Tony Barry. Simone Buchanan. 92 mins. Asta (Fumess) is an independent barrister and a biker. whose motorcycle breaks down while she is travelling through the outback. She ﬁnds herself in a small town where a conspiracy of silence is covering up the gang-rape of a young girl. Asta takes on her case and becomes locked in a battle with the sheriff and the whole of the town's male community. Followed by a discussion on the portrayal of violence towards women on screen -— see Agenda. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Sleepless II Seattle (PG) (Nora Ephron. US. 1993) Meg Ryan. Tom Hanks. 105 mins. One of the most warm-hearted romantic comedies to emerge from Hollywood in years. again proving the talent of Nora Ephron. who wrote When Harry Met Sally. Newspaper reporter Ryan hears a radio talk show which features recently widowed architect Hanks. She‘s sure they are made for each other. but the whole of the United States lies between them. Date movie of the year. previewed here before its Fri 24 release. Meg Ryan interview next issue. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Sllver (18) (Philip Noyce. US. 1993) Sharon Stone. William Baldwin. Tom Berenger. 100 mins. Shazza moves into a modem New York appartment block. which has been the site of several murders. the perpetrator of which has been captured — along with several other indiscretions - by the in-house surveillance system. Self-censorship has pretty much done for the much-touted sex scenes in this supremely empty pile of old poo passing itself off as a ‘psychosexual mystery'. General release.
I The Supper (15) (Stephen Frears. UK. 1993) Colm Meaney. Tina Kellegher. Ruth McCabe. 90 mins. Don't expect the plusher production values of The Commitments with the latest screen version of Roddy Doyle‘s novels; instead. enjoy a hilarious comedy that never loses sight of its human heart. Sharon Curley announces her pregnancy but not the name of the father. setting the small Barrytown community into uproar. but bringing her family closer together. A gem. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I So. I Married All he WOHIS) (Mike Myers. US. 1993) The Wayne half of Wayne's World writes. directs and stars in this domestic serial killer spoof which hits the mark fairly often. A special preview screening before its October release. Fife: Robins.
I Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky. USSR. 1979) Alexander Kaidanovsky. Anatoly Solonitsyn. Nikolai Grinko. 161 mins. Tarkovsky‘s allusive adaptation of the Strugatsky novel about the aftermath of an alien visitation. The stalker is a man who is prepared to act as a guide through the contaminated area. but the director uses the Zone as a locale of very human desires and projections. Visually splendid and intellectually provocative. Stalker is one of Tarkovsky's most accessible ﬁlms. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Story of Hill Ju (12) (Zhang Yirnou. China. 1992) Gong Li. Lei Lao Fheng. Ge Zhijun. 100 mins. Zhang makes a departure from the opulent beauty of Ju Don and Raise the Red Lantern with this documentary-style tale of a shy. pregnant woman who refuses to accept the injustice dealt out to her husband. Again the role
of women in society is highlighted and again
Gong Li is superb as her resilience is pitted against the unfeeling authorities. A masterly performance. Fife: Adam Smith. Robins.
I Strictly Ballroom (PG) (Baz Luhmtann. Australia. 1991) Paul Mercurio. Tara Morice. Bill Hunter. 94 mins. Danceﬂoor hopeful Scott Hastings incurs the wrath of the Australian Dance Federation by using his own steps in competition. loses his partner and his friends. but ﬁnds love and artistic integrity with the local wallﬂower. The ultimate feelgood movie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Glasgow: GFT.
I Super Mario Bros (PG) (Rocky Morton/Annabel Jankel. US. 1993) Bob Hoskins. John Leguizamo. Dennis Hopper. 105 mins. The ﬁlm of the video game featuring ltalian pipe-menders plumbs new and tedious depths. In a parallel world. they try to rescue a princess from a lizard-like baddie. but our heroes are lost in over-designed sets and variable special effects. More holes than a drain-cover. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Teenage Mutant lllnja Turtles 3 (PG) (Stuan Gillard. US. 1992) Elias Koteas. Paige Turco. Stuart Wilson. Another Turtles movie! A prospect as appealing as a pizza slice reheated for the third time. This time. they're back in 17th century Japan in order to save April. Fresh locations won't stall the diminishing returns as kid's fadish attentions have turned elsewhere. ~ln a straight reptile vs reptile battle in the summer cinemas. those turtles are going to squashed under the dinosaurs feet. ninja skills or not. General release.
I The Tenninator/l’ermlnator 2 ( 18/15) (James Cameron. US. 1984/91) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Linda Hamilton. 107/136 mins. First. the Schwarzenegger cyborg is sent back in time to 198-1 on a mission to kill the future resistance leader‘s mother. Then. in a reprogrammed role that says much about his changed image since the ﬁrst movie. Arnie becomes the underdog ﬁghting to protect mother and child from another more advanced cyborg. Great sci-ﬁ shenanigans with escalating budget. Central: MacRobert.
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. ()n 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 perfonnanccs. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I This Boy’s life (15) (Michael (‘aton-Jones. US. 1993) Robert De Niro. Ellen Barkin. Leonardo DiCaprio. 115 mins. The boy from Broxbum directs Hollywood superstars in Tobias Wolff's autobiographical tale of growing up in 50s America with a violent stepfather. Young DiCaprio virtually acts De Niro off screen in this enjoyable. if a little predictable. coming-of-age tale. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. All UCls.
I The Tlll Drum Die Bleclttmmmel ( I 8) (Volker Schlondorff. W.Germany. 1979) David Bennent. Mario Adorf. Charles Aznavour. 141 mins. Compelling screen version of the Gunter Grass novel about a young boy who refuses to grow up as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
ITWMWM(I8)(Cuba.1991)100 mins. Five different visions of contemporary women in Cuba from ﬁve very different ﬁlmmakers. Each story reﬂects the country's macho culture and the various stages of life and love. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT.
I M Lane Blacktop (18) (Monte Hellman. US. 1971) James Taylor. Warren Oates. Laurie Bird. 101 mins. Two young hot-rodders travel across the States. picking up race bets on the side and setting up an on-going dual with the owner of a Pontiac. Challenge becomes obsession as the landscapes ﬂy past. Rivetting. self-absorbed ﬁlrnmaking from a one-off creative force. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Unforgiven (15) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1992) Clint Eastwood. Gene Hackman. Morgan Freeman. 123 mins. Clint returns to the saddle as a former killer. tamed by his late wife. but pressed intojoining a bounty hunt which takes him to the town of Big Whiskey and into the presence of its sadistic sheriff (Hackman). A darkly disturbing western which destroys the genre's traditional notions of clear-cut good and evil. instead presenting violent acts as physically and psychologically painful for victim and perpetrator alike. Central: MacRobert.
I Wayne’s World (PG) (Penelope Spheeris. US. 1991) Mike Myers. Dana Carvey. Rob Lowe. Tia Carrere. 95 mins. Two heavy metal dorks hit the big time when their public access cable show is snapped up by a greedy TV exec for national primetime. Crammed full of TV and ﬁlm pastiches. this US phenomenon has far more hits than misses. while Wayne and Garth revel in an even wackier vocabulary than cinematic ﬁrst cousins Bill and Ted. They‘ve shot. they've scored! Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Wings Of Desire (15) (Wim Wenders. W. Germany .1987) Bruno Ganz. Otto Sander. Solveig Dommartin. Peter Falk. 127 mins. Restless angel Ganz on duty over Berlin takes a tip from American movie star and former angel Falk on the possibilities of crossing over. and follows his mentor's path to consummate his relationship with beautiful circus acrobat Dommartin. Gorgeou's black-and-whitc photography and a sensitive feel for the people and places of Berlin grace this thematically rich and uncharacteristically optimistic slice of Wenders enchantment. Highly recommended. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Young Americans ( 18) (Danny Cannon. UK. 1993) Harvey Keitel. Craig Kelly. Thandie Newton. 109 mins. An American cop comes to London to help with a police investigation into dmg-linked Clubland murders. Glossy. stylish and in-your-face ﬁlmmaking: 25-year-old Danny Cannon pr0ves himself a rare British talent. delivering a thriller that is aimed at the heart of young UK audiences. A special preview before its October release. Fife: Robins.
I labrisltle Point ( 15) (Michaelangelo Antonioni. US. 1969) Mark Frechette. Daria llalprin. Rod Taylor. Paul Fix. 110 mins. Rambling would-be epic of anti-establishment America. with mellow visuals loosely draped on a plot in which Frechette ﬂees accusations of police murder. steals a plane. takes in the sights of the Nevada desert. picks up Halprin. makes whoopee with her in Death Valley. then returns home to face the music. Beautiful and occasionally intense (Sam Shepard was one of the several writers). but a little over-immersed in late-60s trippiness. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
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22 The List 10—23 September 1993