FILM LISTINGS continued
Mouseltunt (U) (Gore Verbinski. US. I997) Nathan Lane. Lee Evans. Christopher Walken. 98 mins. Lane and Evans play hapless brothers who inherit a decripit mansion. but when they decide to renovate auction it. a resident rodent is not willing to be evicted. An excellent blend of Laurel and Hardy slapstick and black humour. Mouse/lion is sheer entertainment and has some real belly laughs. The tone and the pacing are spot-on throughout. and the sets and special effects are the icing on the cake. Edinburgh: Odeon. Irvine: WMR. Kilmarnock: Odeon.
My Son The Fanatic ( I5) (Udayan Prasad. UK. I997) Om Puri. Rachel Griffiths. Stellan Skarsgard. In Hanif Kureishi‘s screen adaptation of his own short story. put-upon Bradford taxi driver Puri is caught up in a domestic battle that pits pits whisky and Louis Armstrong against the Koran. Those expecting another rock ‘n‘ roll rites of passage tale a la "Ht/("Ill ()fSu/mrhio may be disappointed. but here is an absorbing account of conflicting moralities and generational tensions in [in rle .viet'le Britain. East Kilbride: Arts Centre. North By Northwest (PG) (Alfred Hitchcock. US. I959) Cary Grant. Eve Marie
Saint. James Mason. Martin Landau. I36 mins.
Quintessential Hitchcock comedy-actioner with Grant perfect as the everyday adtnan pitched into a freewheeling espionage adventure. where nobody believes his innocence but he finds self-worth and romance along the way. Classic sequences abound. including the crop-dusting routine and the Mount Rushmore climax. Brilliant entertainment. Glasgow: GFT.
The Object Of My Affection (I5) (Nicholas Ilytner. L'S. I998) Jennifer Aniston. Paul Rudd. Nigel Hawthorne. lll mins. Nina falls for George and. as it the way of Hollywood romantic comedies. there's a major obstacle lying in the way of true love. This time. however. the complication has a twist - he's gay. The film plays against its genre by being more concerned with the pain of unrequited love than with romantic fulfilment. but there‘s a blandness that prevents it from being truly successful. Glasgow: Odeon Quay.
Paulie (PG) (John Roberts. US. I998) Jay Mohr. Tony Shalhoub. Gena Rowlands. 9| mins. Caged in a research institute. Paulie the parrot relates his life-story: from helping a little girl with a stutter to a series of adventures with various adults. Neither as immediately cute nor as bizarrely inspired as Babe. Paulie nevertheless marks a step in the right direction for the DreaiiiWorks studio. Jay Mohr's vocal talents give the parrot a streetvvise sense. wile the mix of live action and animatronics is always realistic. Glasgow: UCI Clydebank. lidinhurgh: Dominion. UCI. Greenock: Waterfront. Irvine: Magnum.
Paws (l’(i) (Karl Zvvicky. Australia/UK. I997) Nathan C avaleri. Emilie Francois. voice of Billy Connolly. 83 mins. Clever doggie PC is on a mission to deliver a computer disc. biit is being tracked down by the unpleasant baddie who killed his master. Befriending computer vvhiu kid Inc. the mutt links tip to a voice simulator arid starts talking with the broad twang of Billy Connolly. Some genuinely funny moments allow for a whole range of teenage crises to be dealt with in an uncriiigcvvorthy fashion. Ayr: ()deon.
Point Blank ( IS) (John Boorman. US. I967) Lee Marvin. Angie Dickinson. Keenan Wynn. 92 mins. Rev cage-ridden Marvin is bent on iiistiI’y mg his dreamlike existence and turning the tables on the mysterious criminal ()i'ganisatiou vv hich employed him in this tense. vv ell crafted thriller that boasts ati imaginitive and influential treatment of time. Booimaii's impressive first American feature is made memorable by Marvin's brilliant portrayal of an outmoded gunman confusedly taking on a world overrun by technology. (ilasgovv. (iI-T. Stirling: MacRobert. Psychomania t IS) (Don Sharp. L'K. I972) (ieorge Sanders. Beryl Reid. Nicky Henson. 9| mins. Aside truth the dubious honour of being the first British Hell's Angels filtn.
I’m lionionio works as a black comedy (albeit not always intentional humour). The gang leader of The Living Dead discovers how to taste the dead. so he kills himself. is buried with his bike. and promptlv ressurects himself. \\'heie does he take off to. like a bat oiit of hell "lo see dev il-vvorshipping mum. Reid. of couise. Strange tun. (ilasgovv: King Tut's.
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Saturday Night Fever ( I8) (John Badham. US. I977) John Travolta. Karen Lynn Gorney. Julie Bovasso. I I9 mins. Remember the Bee Gees music. the white suits. the days when Travolta was a promising young talent? Nostalgia rules again with the revival of this rather ordinary teen rebellion/dance mini- classic in which an ordinary working-class youth finds the only meaning in his life during his energetic peregrinations on the weekend dance floor. Edinburgh: Cameo. Scaramouche (PG) (George Sydney. US. I952) Stewart Granger. Janet Leigh. Mel Ferrer. I I8 mins. Errol Flynn wasn't the only swashbuckler in Hollywood. Fourteen years after Flynn donned his green tights. Britain's own hero. Granger. wielded sword and smirk to great effect in this riproaring tale of revenge. In order to avenge his friends death. Granger must hon his fencing skills. biit reckons without - a possibly incestuous - relationships with Leigh. Glasgow: GI-T.
Six Days. Seven Nights ( l2) (Ivan Reiiman. US. I998) Harrison Ford. Anne Heche. David Schwimmer. I02 mins. Ford is a dissolute pilot. content with island-hopping jobs in the south Paciﬁc: Heche is the single-minded magazine editor with whom he unexpectedly ends up stranded on a desert island. Will bitchy comments and knockahout humour lead to romance? The stars make a winning screen couple. although the film itself settles for easier comedic Options and light-hearted adventure. Glasgow: ()deon Quay. Showcase. UCI Clydebank. Edinburgh: UCI. (ialashiels: Pavilion. Paisley: Showcase.
Sliding Doors (I5) (Peter Howiit. UK. I998) Gwyneth Paltrow. John Hannah. John Lynch. 99 mins. Mousy-haired PR executive Helen gets fired and discovers her handsome Irish boyfriend is a two-timer. Blonde PR woman Helen is more successful and dates a handsome Scot. This sharply observed romantic comedy splits Helen's life iii two when she misses/catches a tube train. Utterly entertaining. and one of the best British movies of I998. Glasgow: Odeon City Centre. Showcase. Edinburgh: UCI. Paisley: Showcase.
Spiceworld: The Movie (PG) (Bob Spiers. UK. I997) The Spice Girls. Richard Ii. (irant. Alan Cumming. 93 mins. ‘A 90s Ilanl Dot 's Night. with a pinch of Spinal 72m and a little Speed thrown in.‘ says the publicity material. The story chronicles the hectic tive (lays in the lead-up to the girls' first live concert at the Royal Alben Hall and. on the way. crams iti so many celebrity cameos. you get the sense this could be the big screen equivalent of Noel 'v House Party. Of course. plenty of hit sotigs are included too. Stirling: MacRobert.
Star Kid (PG) (Manny Coto. L'S. I997) Joseph Mazzello. Richard (iilliland. Corinne Bohrer. l00 mins. Shy. bullied Spencer (Jttrttsvit' Park's Mauello) discovers an alien Cybersuit a voice and personality of its ovvn. Climbing inside. he gets back at his school nemisis. but finds himself up against a deadlier foe when he faces intergalactic tough nuts. the Broodwarriors. Clearly aimed at pre- adolescent boys who want to fill otit their underdog fantasies. Star Kid is a better than average kids movie. (ilasgovv: L'Cl
The Sweet Hereafter ( I5) (Atom ligoyan. Canada. I997) Ian Holtn. Bruce (ireenvvood. Sarah I’olley. l l() mins. When a small community is torn apart by a school bus accident that claims the lives of most of their
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children. an ambiguous lawyer with family troubles of his own comes to represent them in a compensation case. The film unfolds in a patchwork of flashbacks and set-pieces. biit it's Holm's beautifullyjudged performance that‘s the bedrock oftbe film. As a study of helpless grief. it's rarely been bettered. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Take Two 60 mins. New collection of video and performance work by emerging artists. organised by Film and Video Umbrella as a follow-up to Fresh two years back. Contributing artists include: Stephanie Smith & Edward Stewart. John Wood & Paul Harrison. Katharina Wibmer. Yael Feldtnan. Ane-Marie Copestake and Cecilia I’arsberg. Edinburgh: Filmbouse.
TwentyFourSeven ( I5) (Shane Meadows. UK. I997) Bob Hoskins. Bruce Jones. Frank Harper. 97 mins. A down and out (Hoskins) sets tip a boxing club to give the locals a sense of purpose. biit tragedy is always lurking. Shot in dazzling black and white. this is almost certainly the tnost notable portrayal of Nottingham since Albert I-‘inney refused to be ground down in Salim/av Ni ghi. Sunday Morning. Hoskins is marvellous in this harsh and beautiful film. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. X-Files: Fight The Future Yet another cult 'I'v series hits the big screen. Released almost simultanemisly with The Avengers. 7711’ X - Files movie is almost a US clone of the British telly show. featuring as it does two special agents. boasting tantilising sexual chemistry. who investigate government conspiracies. supernatural occurances and extra-terrestrial v'isilalions. Series creator Chris Carter and regular director Bowman have collaborated on the series' big screen debut. promising to reveal a few secrets and develope the chemistry between the leads. See review and David Duchovny feature next issue. Thursday previews.
The Wedding Singer ( I 2) (I’rank Coraci. US. I997) Drew Barrymore. Adatn Sandler. Christine Taylor. 97 mins. After his bride dumps him at the altar. Robbie (Sandler) piits on a happy face at his day job — singing at other people‘s weddings. When his waitress friend (Barrymore) also suffers nuptual disappointment. an unexpected romance blossoms. Packed with a sublime 80s soundtrack. and featuring some of the most amusing fashions since Boogie .‘Vfg‘lllv. this is a genuine out-of-novvhere delight. (ieneral release.
Wednesday 19.7.61 (I’(i) (Viklot‘ Kossttkov'sky 's. Rttssttt. l997) 93 mins. Kossakovsky 's premise is straightforward: each of l()() St I’elersburg natives in this documentary shares his date of birth — Wednesday l9 Jtily l96l. Products of :i tumultuous period iii Riissiati history. for the group of 36-year-olds the struggle is apparent - '\\'ednesday's child is full of vvoe' — but the tone remains upbeat. A quiet. startling chronicle of oddity and stoic good humour. See review. lidinburgh: Iiilmhouse.
Wilde ( l5) (Brian (iilbert. L'K. I997) Stephen Fry. Jude Law. Vanessa Redgrave. I I7 mins. The casting ol l’ry as Victorian vvtt. novelist and playvv right Oscar Wilde seems almost
inev itable. and it pays off. vs tilt the actor getting beyond surface details to the intelligent. kitid man beneath. (iilbert's film is gritty in its portrayal of hoiiiosevttal relationships than most British period dramas. but first and foremost II is a moving story of tragic. obsessive love. Edinburgh: Flllllhtllhc.
Film Listings are listed by city. then alphabeticall b cinema. Film listings compile by Helen Monaghan.
ABC MUIREND: GLASGOW
380 Clarkston Road. Muirend. 0I4I 633 2I23.
Info: 0I4l 637 264I. £2.80 (£2 before 5pm Mon-Fri). Student: £2.20 (Mon-Thu). Child/OAP: £2.
Arma eddon(t2) 12.45. 4.I5. 7.50. Or Do ittle(PG) l2.I5. 2.30. 4.45. 6.55. 9.00.
Lost In Space(PG) 2.I0. 5.I0. 8.I0. The Magic Sword (U) I2. I0.
FRI AY l4-TH R AY
Dr Dolittle (PG)
Daily: I2.I5. 2.30. 4.45. 6.55. 9.00. The Avengers ( I2 )
Daily: noon. 2.I5. 4.30. 6.40. 8.50. Armageddon ( I 2)
Daily: I2.45. 4.I5. 7.50.
ABC FILM CENTRE: GLASGOW
326 Sauchiehall Street. 0l4l 332 1592. Info: 0I4l 332 95 I3. CC booking: 0l4l 332 l592. £4 (£3.20 before 5pm). Student: £3. OAP: £3. Child: £2.70.
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Armageddon(t2) MS. 4.30. 7.50. Lost In S ace(PG) L45. 5.00. 8.00. Dr Dolitte(PG) L30. 3.45. 6.00. 8.55.
Godzilla(PG) t.45. 5.00. 8.00.
The Castle(l5) MS. 6.00.
The Wedding Singer(I2) 3.30. 8.35.
FRIDAY l4—THURSDAY 20
Armageddon ( I 2)
Daily: I.l5. 4.30. 7.50.
Lost In Space (PC)
Daily: L45. 5.00. 8.00.
Dr Dolittle (PG)
Daily: L30. 3.45. 6.00. 8.55. Godzilla (PG)
Daily: L45. 5.00. 8.00.
The Castle ( I5)
Daily (except Thu): 6.00.
The Wedding Singer ( I2 ) Daily: 3.30.
Daily (except Thu): 8.35.
The x-Files: Fight The Future (I5) Thu previews: 5.55. 8.30.
FLEAPIT FILM CLUB
Further information available from Fleapit Film Club. PO. Box 47I l. Glasgow. G l2 8YF (SAE please). Email: fleapit(mdialpipexcom or http://members.tripod.coiii/~Fleapit
Psychomania ( I8) Mon t7 Aug. 8.30. U members (£3 tiietnbership available on night): guest tickets £2 iii advance. King Tut's Wah Walt Hut. St Vincent Street. 22| 5279.
GLASGOW FILM THEATRE
l2 Rose Street. (ll-II 332 8I28. Cafe/bar. All performances bookable. [D]. [E]. Matinees £3.25 (concs £2). Evenings £4.25 (concs £3 except Sat evening). All double bills - evening prices apply.
EIFF denotes Edinburgh Film Festival screenings.
THURSDAY 13 AUG
1. Point Blanktl5) I45. 3.45. 8.45. As Good As It Gets I I5) 5.45.
2. The Adventures Of Robin Hood (U) L30. 3.45. 8.30.