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cable TV show. Oblique shots of objects and body pans in close-up. coupled with fragmented soundtrack noises make this a skilfully structured exercise in cinematic unease. Fascinating. scary and brilliantly photographed. this is a surprise contender for film of the year. Edinburgh: Filrnhouse.
I Pulp Fiction ( l8) (Quentin Tarantino. US. I994) John Travolta. Samuel Jackson. Uma Thurman. Bruce Willis. 150 mins. Much more ambitious than Reservnir Hugs, the most awaited second feature of the 90s has many scenes that crackle with Tarantino wit. and a few others that fall ﬂat as the writer-director bravely experiments. Interlocking stories in the pulp crime manner concern hitrnen. ailing boxers. gang bosses and their molls. drug Trends. and assorted riff-raff. A surprise Cannes Palme d'()r winner is a trip. all the way. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Red Firecracker. Green Firecracker ( 15) (He Ping. China/Hang Kong. I993) Ning Jing. Wu Gang. Zhao Xiourui. II5 mins. A lowly artist falls in love with the female head of an explosives factory. causing jealousies and
. tension when she awakens her repressed sexuality and emotions. Like most Chinese
period films. this has beautifully composed frames. but the affair takes too many melodramatic turns. The same pretty costumes are travelling down the same thematic roads. Glasgow: GET.
I La Reine Itargot ( l8) (Patrice Chereau. France. I994) Isabelle Adjani. Daniel Auteuil. Jean-Hughes Anglade. 145 mins. A forced wedding between the Protestant Henri de Navarre and the Catholic Marguerite de Valois can't calm 16th century France's religious wars or stop the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre.
for the costume drama crowd. but it's a subtitled spectacle that is remarkable in its scope. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Rob Roy (l5) (Michael Caron-Jones. US/UK. I995) Liam Neeson. Jessica Lange. Tim Roth. I30 mins. When he is betrayed by the Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) and a maliciously psychopathic Englishman (Roth). Rob Roy MacGrcgor is determined to win back the honour of his name. Alan Sharp's script is rich.
that famous red suit. divorced toy company executive Scott Calvin discovers a clause that means he's legally bound to be Santa from that moment on. TV star Allen (Home Impmvemenr) is a competent lead in this upbeat festive tale that tries hard to appeal to the widest possible audience. General release.
I Seven ( l 8) (David Fincher. US. l995) Brad Pitt. Morgan Freeman. Gwyneth Paltrow. l27 mins. The outline is familiar - two cops track down a serial killer — but Se’t'r'lt is a step ahead of its rivals. From its opening title sequence onwards. it's an extremely dark movie which winds through the most twisted recesses of human nature. Each death is a graphic interpretation of one of the seven deadly sins. giving Alien 3 director Fincher the material for an intense stylistic exercise in horror. See feature and review. General release.
I Shanghai Triad (I5) (Zhang Yimou. llong Kong/(‘hina/France. I995) Gong Li. Wang Xiao Xiao. Li Baotian. 108 mins. A young boy becomes a triad boss's underling and witnesses the ongoing conﬂict between the gangs as well as the ternpcstuous romance between the
i godfather and his quick-tempered moll. There's plenty of gloss. but not a lot going on underneath
the superficial sparkle. It's certainly watchable. but Zhang is rather in need ofa new direction. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Shawshank Redemption (IS) (Frank Darabont. I'S. I994) Tim Robbins. Morgan Freeman. Bob Gunton. I43 mins. Banged up for a crime he didn‘t commit (ain't they all?) quiet man Robbins plans a slow but effective revenge
. on the unnecessarily harsh prison regime. Freeman excels as the fellow con with an uncanny knack for procuring desired items. The Chereau's breathtaking epic is perhaps a tad gory g
film is certainly overlong. but the apocryphal feel to the storytelling and the period detail are well handled in what is. ultimately. a very ﬁne movie indeed. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Sherlock Junior (U) (Buster Keaton. US. I924) Buster Keaton. Kathryn McGuire. Joe
Keaton. 45 mins. A cinema projectionist spends his life daydreaming that he is a great detective.
witty and literate; Caton-Jones‘s direction injects
a little action. but doesn't pander to Hollywood; and all the perfonnances are wonderful. A stirring epic which refuses to compromise. making it one of the best ﬁlms about Scotland and the Scottish psyche ever made. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Rocky Horror Picture Show (18) (Jim Shannan. UK. I975) Tim Curry. Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick. Meat Loaf. 100 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. Futter. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Round MIMIﬂhI (15) (Bertrand Tavemier. US/France. 1986) Dexter Gordon. Francois Cluzet. Lonette McKee. l33 mins. Late l950s Paris. and a young French jazz fan plays willing minder to bebop legend Dale Turner. engagingly played by real life maestro Gordon. lest he drink his weary body into the grave. Relentlessly touching character study with some fine music. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I'S. I985) Dudley Moore. John Lithgow. l()8
mins. Cuddly Dudley and Father C. himself in the same movie? One to entertain the younger viewers. or those with a high crassness threshold. Fife: MGM.
I The Santa Clause (U) (John Pasquin. (‘8. I994) Tim Allen. Judge Reinhold. Wendy Crewson. 98mins. When he unknowingly dons
and one day actually ﬁnds himself in the movie he's projecting. The silent master proves his knowledge of cinematic form and. in tenns of stunts and laughs. leaves everyone else standing. Glasgow: GET.
:' I Short CHIS (I8) (Robert Altman. US. I993)
Andie MacDowell. Tim Robbins. Lily Tomlin. Tom Waits. et al. l8? mins. Long and absorbing. Altman's patchwork approach shifts Raymond Carver's shon stories to Los Angelcs. a city socially and geologically on the point of falling apan. The stories cross over. character‘s lives rub together. threads are picked up after
receeding for a while — this is classy soap opera
at its best. with ﬂawless acting and construction. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Singing Ringing Tree (U) (Francesco Stefani. East Germany. I958) 73 mins. Imaginative adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' tale. in which Princess Thousandbeauty's suitor prince has the unenviable task of supplying her with said vegetation in order to win her hand. Glasgow: GET.
I Something To Talk About (15) (Lasse llallstrom. US. I995) Julia Roberts. Dennis Quaid. Robert Duvall. 106 mins. Roberts is the wife and mum who kicks out husband Qttaid
when she realises he‘s been playing around. I Santa Claus: The Movie (PG) (Jeannot Swarc.
thereby forcing her parents (Robert Duvall and
Gena Rowlands) to assess their own marriage.
llallstrom. director of What's Eating Gilbert
(Ira/rel). comes up with a simply plotted.
beautifully cast domestic rneiodrama. See
review. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh:
Dominion. MGM. UCI. Strathclyde: UCls.
I Star Trek Generations (PG) (David Carson. US. 199-1) Patrick Stewart. William Shatncr.
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