Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I Aardman Animation (PC) A selection of household favourites from the award-winning team. including Creature Corn/or“, A (irarul Day Out. War Story. Neil. My Baby Just (‘tll'tW For Me. Ideal. (Ioine lit/tripped and The ll'rong Trousers. iidinburgh: Cameo.
I The Adventures or Priscilla, Queen or The Desert ( l8) (Stephan lilliott. Australia. 199-1) Terence Stamp. lltigo Weaving. Guy Pearce. 103 mins. Two transvestites and a trans-sexual learn tip for a trip across the Australian outback for a drag show iii Alice Springs. Serious isstres pop tip from time to time. btrt the emphasis is on the camp humour of the in-bus bitchiness and outrageous musical set-pieces. lidinburgh: Cameo. life: New Picture House. Robin's.
I Bad Boys (l5) (Michael Bay. IS. 1995) Martin Lawrence. Will Smith. Tea Leoni. 103 mins. When a criminal mastermind completes a huge drtrg heist. Leoni is the only witness to the accompanying rntrrder. btrt she‘ll only talk to cop Smith. Smith's out of the ofﬁce. so partner Lawrence assumes his identity. and the two buddies with badges have to keep the swapped role stunt up until trial date. Plenty of opportunities for comedy and action are made the most of in this new [X)Sl-.\Illl'pll_\' black cop franchise. General release.
I Before Sunrise ( 15) (Richard Linklater. US. 1995) Julie Delpy. lithan llawke. Andrea Iickert. 101 mins. American lnter-Railer' llawke and French student Delpy are the strangers on a train who strike tip a chance conversation and spend a night wandering around Vienna. The actors give career-best performances while director Linklater veers into [Eric Rohrner territory with a funny. sweet and fundamentally wise movie. Strathclyde: l'Cl Clydebank.
I Beneath The Valley Of The llltravixens ( 18) (Russ Meyer. US. 1970) Dolly Read. Cynthia Myers. Marcia McBroom. John LaZar. 109 mins. Mad Meyer's ﬁrst dip into tinseltown's big bucks allowed him a surprisingly free hand with the big breasts. and the resultant romp through all-girl pop-star mania is as irrepressiny ftill of sleaze and wildness as his earlier oeuvre. Glasgow: Gf-T.
I The Best Of British Animation (15) 90 mins. After four British ()scar wins for the Best Animated Short Filrrr in five years. no one could argue that we weren't world class in at least one area of ﬁlinmaking. This superb programme consists of Jukebox. Britannia. His Comedy. The Big Story. 'I’riang/e. Tales From The Vienna Wood: Stille Nae/i! III. Save Me. Jumping Joan. Pih ((- I’og and Ali Book Is Here. with highlights The Sound ()fMurir' (Phil Mulloy's 1994 Edinburgh Film Festival winner) and Bob 's Birthday (Alison Snowden and David Fine's 1995 Oscar clrarrip). Iidinburgh: Filmhotrse.
I Beyond Rangoon ( 12) (John Boorman. US. 1995) Patricia Arqtrette. Frances McDormand. Spalding Gray. 100 mins. An American physician (Arquette). travelling through Asia. stumbles upon the law less military dictatorship of Burma and the mass slaughter can‘ied out there in the late 1980s. Arqtrette manages to come through it all with a toughness that‘s credible. btit Boorman overdoes the violence
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done against her and others. The sweeping landscapes have a powerful beauty. btit ultimately the political lecturing becomes too much even for such an impressive canvas to bear. See preview. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. L'C‘l. Strathclyde: ()deons. L’Cls.
I The Big Blue ( 15) (Lite Bessori. France. 1988) Rosanna Arqrrette. Jean-Marc Barr. Jean Reno. 120 mins. Barr and Reno. friends since they were children. ate divers competing to reach the greatest depths without the aid of breathing equipment. and also rivals for the romantic attentions of Ms Arqtrette. A commercial smash in its native France. Besson's film is a stunningly photographed visual experience in varying shades of blue. liven if the plot is a load of tosh. the dolphins are nice. lidinburgh: Filmhotise.
I Blade Runner ( 15) (Ridley Scott. L's. 1982) Harrison Ford. Rulger llauer. Sean Young. 1 17 mins. A tough cop tracks down a group of malfunctioning androids in this gritty hi-tecli retread of Raymond Chandler. executed with Scott's customary visual flair. and with strong performances. especially from Ford and llauer. Btrt try following the confusing plot ﬁrst time around. Edinburgh: Cameo.
; I l.e Boucher ( IS) ((‘Irtttdc (‘habtoL France/Italy. 1970) Jean Yanne. Stephane Atrdrari. 93 mins. In a small French provincial
town. a timid butcher courts an equally unassuming schoolmistress as a series of brutal slayings shocks the local community. Part llitclrcockiarr thriller. part character study. this is ('habrol at his exquisite Gallic best. Glasgow: Gl’l‘.
I The Brady Bunch Movie t 12) ( Betty 'I‘hottias. LS. 1995) Shelley Long. Gary Cole. Michael McKean. 98 mins. 'l'he makeshift Brady household is caught in a 70s timewaip of flares. groovey chicks and parental homilies. so while trying to pay off their back taxes. their anachronistic attitudes clash with the moral ambiguities of the 90s. Kitsch and absolutely hilarious. this is the one TV-to-big-screen transition that has worked a treat. Glasgow: MGMs. lidinburgh: MGM. 1,'(‘l. Strathclyde: liCls.
I Bram Stoker's Dracula ( 18) tt-‘t-aneis Ford Coppola. US. 1992) Gary Oldman. Winona Ryder. Anthony Hopkins. 128 mins. More gothic love story than otrt-and-otrt honor. Coppola's version is not the strict Stoker adaptation that many had hoped for. htit is a visual feast nonetheless. Oltlman taps his own dark. sexy.
stormy self to create a powerful btrt sympathetic
monster. while the rest of the cast range from the ineffectual to the overbearing. A rich and substantial vampire movie for our times. Edinburgh: ('ameo.
I Bride or The Monster ( l8) (lid Wood. US. 1953) Bela Lugosi. Tor Johnson. Loretta King. ()9 mins. Also known as Bride ()f The Atom. this Wood stinker has Lugosi in mad scientist mode. making mutants in his atomic lab. Watch out for that rubber octopus in the climactic moments. Glasgow: OFT.
I Captives ( 15) (Angela Pope. UK. 1995) Tim Roth. Julia Ormond. Keith Allen. 99 mins. Despite its BBC roots (writer Frank Deasy also scripted the award-winnirrg The Grass Arena and director Angela Pope has an impressive
television CV). this British feature certainly
deserves a big screen airing. not least for the excellent performances of its stars. ()nnond is a dentist who falls in love with a prison inmate (Roth). btit ﬁnds herself caught between romance and thriller suspense when she sets about uncovering the details of his crime. With animated shon Going Equipped. Central: MacRobcrt.
I Circle or Friends (15) (Pat O'Connor. US/UK. 1994) Chris O'Donnell. Colin Firth. Minnie Driver. 102 mins. A group of friends meet and socialise together as a relief from their college studies in Dublin. with love and disappointment inevitably rearing their heads. A slice of life in 1957 Ireland — so parochial it might as well be another planet — ()‘Connor's adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel is faithfully recreated btit too lightweight. Glasgow: Odeon. I Clerks (18) (Kevin Smith. US. 1993) Brian O'llalloran. Jeff Anderson. Marilyn Ghigliotti. 90 mins. Just when you were sick of the very sight of the word ‘slackcr'. along comes Clerks and gives the whole commercialisation of the Gen X lifestyle a good hard kick tip the
backside. Kevin Smith's hilariously foul
dialogue pops up the exchanges on life. sex and everyday living between bored convenience store check-out assistant Dante and equally bored video store manager Randal. Central: MacRobert.
I Clockwork Mice (15) (Vadini Jean. UK. 1995)
2 Ian Hart. Ruaidhri Conroy. Catherine Russell.
100 mins. An idealistic young teacher is thrown in at the deep end when he starts work at a special needs school. but he connects with one of the most troubled boys through their shared love of cross-country running. Director Jean allows
the leads - two excellent performances from
Hart and Conroy - space to build their characters and shows a surprisingly light touch when dealing with strong material. Sympathetic. With its own self-limited appeal. lidinbtiigh: MGM. I Congo ( 12) (Frank Marshall. US. 1994) Dylan Walsh. Laura Linney. Tim Curry. 108 mins. This misbegotten morass of half-baked ideas. crass miscalculation and sheer stupidity is an awful warning to those who tliotiglit Michael Crichton (whose source novel is the only 'star‘ on offer) could do no wrong. There's a talking gorilla. a ring whose design leads the way to ajungle diamond mine. killer primates and a volcanic earthquake for a ﬁnale. but none of it works for a moment. See review. General release.
I Crumb ( 18) (Terry Zwigoff. US. l994) 119 mins. Comic artist Robert Crumb has remained resolutely part of the counter-culture since he started drawing in the Mk. In this fascinating and personal ﬁlm. long-time friend Zwigoff tries to explain the cartoonist's disturbing output. finding a casual connection between childhood. madness and creativity. btit skimming over legitimate concern at his portrayal of women. See review and feature. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Demon Knight ( 18) (l-Irnest Dickerson. US. 1995) Billy Zane. William Sadler. Jada l’inkett. 93 mins. A feature-length horror movie derived from the HBO cable series 'Iales I’roin The Crypt (itself based on the li.(‘. Comics from the 50s). this ﬁnds fugitive Sadler and assorted llophouse inmates under siege from The Collector (Zane). Spike Lee cinematographer Dickerson displays a reasonable flair for the genre. btit the action is predictable. the sfx merely adequate and the fright quotient far too low. Central: Allanpark.
I Destiny Turns On The Radio t 15) (Jack Baton. US. 1995) Dylan McDermott. Nancy Travis. Quentin Tarantino. 110 mins. An escaped con comes back to his Las Vegas home to reclaim his girl and his money. only to discover that he's lost the former to a club owner and the latter to a Fate-like ﬁgure. played by 'I'arantino. An errrbarrassrrrent for all involved. with ridiculotrs pseudo-New Age mystical lines. There's only one reason that this even got a release. so anyone suffering from bouts of Tarantino fatigue need not apply. Edinburgh: UCI.
I Disclosure ( 18) (Barry Levinson. US. 199-!) Michael Douglas. Derni Moore. Donald Sutherland. 128 mins. High-flying computer hardware exec Douglas is beaten to promotion by former flame Moore. whose subseqtrent attempts to get his pants off brings about allegations of sexual harassment. The spark point in Michael Crichton's source novel is only one factor in this corporate suspense thriller. which is as slick. professional and empty of sure-footed morality as you would expect. That said. you'll stay glued to the screen. Glasgow: GFT.
I Dumb And Dumber ( 12) (Peter Farrelly. US. 1994) Jim Carrey. Jeff Daniels. Lauren Holly. 102 mins. Brainless limo driver Lloyd (Caney) drags equally intellectually challenged roommate llarry (Daniels) to Aspen in search of the beautiful Mary. not knowing the suitcase he's can‘ying contains the ransom for her husband's kidnappers. There's nothing patronising about these guy's sheer stupidity - this is aimless. ptrerile. shamefacedly hilarious stuff for people who didn't understand the jokes in ll'ayne's World. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead.
I Easy Rider (18) (Dennis Hopper. US. 1969)
Peter Fonda. Dennis Hopper. Jack Nicholson. 9-1 rrrins. Aitless. archetypal road movie in which two dope-loving bikers travel the highways and by-ways of Arrierica. Dated cult attraction with Nicholson stealing the show as a boozy lawyer persuaded tojoin tip for the trip. Glasgow: GFI‘. I Ed Wood (15) (Tim Burton. US. 1994) Johnny Depp. Martin Landau. Patricia Arqtiette. 123 mins. Burton's fondly atmospheric homage to the so-called ‘worst director of all time' is his best ﬁlm to date. It's more than a biopic pastiche. however: the emotional heart of the ﬁlrii is found in the genuiner caring relationship between Wood and the dying. drug-addicted Bela Lugosi (a marvellous Martin Landau). Depp plays Wood as a bundle of energy and innocent romanticism. capturing the spirit of dogged detennination that makes the subject such an appealing character. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Eden Valley (15) (Amber Productions. UK. 1994) 95 mins. Another intimate portrait of a British working class community by the Newcastle-based CU-OpCI'ililVC Amber Films. lloggy has long since abandoned his wife and family to live in a caravan and raise horses. btit when his teenage son turns up with a prison sentence hanging over him. it's time to ptit their fragile relationship to the test. Followed by a discussion by members of the Amber production team. Glasgow: OFT.
I Exit To Eden (18) (Garry Marshall. US. 1994) Dana Delany. Rosie O'Donnell. Paul Merctirio. 115 mins. A couple of LA cops go to a sex paradise resort to track down a photo-journalist with the only known pics of a faceless smuggler. But soon the villain and his sidekick are on the
Catch the best Film this fortnight.
I Fun More distanced than Heavenly Creatures. this compelling ﬁctional portrait of two teenage female killer's uncovers a bleak social backdrop to modem America. (Ilasgoiir: (IFT. Edinburgh: film/rouse.
I The Brady Bunch Movie Even if you’re not familiar with the US TV series. you’ll laugh yourselfsilly as the kitsch hornilies of the 70s clash with the reality of the 90s. General release.
I Rob Roy When he is betrayed and his homestead burned. Rob Roy MacGregor ﬁghts to win back the honour of his name. Alan Sharp's script is a masterpiece; Michael Caton—Jones's ﬁlm is intelligent. literate and entertaining. General release.
I Jaws Twenty years on. Spielberg's shark is still terrorising the waters and Roy Scheider's cop is still finding it hard to convince the mayor that there’s a razor—toothed killer on the loose. Edinburgh: F ilnrhouse.
I Hoop Dreams An exemplary documentary following two American teenagers through the ups and downs of life as they struggle to free themselves from the ghetto via a basketball scholarship. Glasgow: (31773
I The Best Of British Animation A new programme of short animated works including Phil Mulloy's The Sound Of Music. last year's Post Office McLaren Award winner at the Drarnbuie Edinburgh Film Festival. proving the UK is world class in this ﬁlm-making ﬁeld. Edinburgh: Film/rouse.
trail too. There's only a few pretty bods and the odd funny gag on show in this lackltrstre effort. which fails to get past the soft porn sitcom level. See review. Glasgow: MGMs. lidinbur‘gh: MG.\1.Strathclyde: UCls.
I Exotica ( 18) (Atom ligoyan. Canada. 1991) Bruce (ireeriwotxl. Mia Kirschner. lilias Koreas. 101 mins. A brooding set of troubled souls w ho collect in a strip club are linked by a dark event in their pasts. ln away. ligoyan's ﬁlm. despite its setting. isn't about sex at all. It certainly doesn't allow the viewer to escape into fantasy. instead focusing on how these traumatised individuals cope with their personal sense of loss. The ﬁlminaker's most accessible ﬁlm to date. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Eyes Without A Face Les i'eux Sir/tr Visage (18) (Georges Franju. France. 1959) Pierre Brasseur. Alida Valli. Fdith Scob. 90mins. A plastic surgeon perstrades his devoted female assistant to kidnap and murder beautiful girls whose facial tisstie he is using to graft onto his daughter. disﬁgured in a car crash. A horror movie that retains a distinctively [European poetic qtrality. Fife: Adam Smith.
I First Knight (PG) (Jerry Zucker. US. 1995) Richard Gere. Sean Connery. Julia Urmond. 132
mins.Without the action set pieces of other