characters who have less dimensionality than at Walt Disney cartoon - only an undemanding audience would let this go and be satisfied with the film overall. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
The Boy Who Stopped Talking ( PG) (Ben Sombogaart. Netherlands. J996) l()5 mins. When war threatens the lives of a young Turkish boy named Memo and his family. his father moves his family to a safe haven in Holland. However. Memo doesn't want to leave behind his village. friends and job and undertakes a decidely non-verbal protest. Glasgow: GFT.
Breaking The Waves (l8) (Lars von Trier. Denmark/France. I996) limin Watson. Stellan Skarsgard. Katrin Cartlidge. l58 mins. ln aclose-knit Calvinist community in the north of Scotland. at young woman faces banishment from the church when she makes a self—sacrificing pact with God in order to save her husband's life. Unlike von Tricr’s austere arthotise works (Intro/m). this intimate melodrama is raw and exposed. liinotional connection transcends everything else in one of the most moving films ever made. Glasgow: Gl’l'. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.
Brewster McCloud (Robert Altman. US. l970) Bud Cort. Sally Kellerman. Michael Murphy. l()5 mins. Altman's unexpected follow-up to M"A“‘S*H is a bizarre. btit largely successful fantastic satire. Cort is an Icarus-like character who attempts to defy the law of gravity. while Altman regular Kellerman plays his guardian angel and the underated Murphy a cop connecting bird shit and murder. Glasgow: l-‘leapit at King Tut's.
Buffalo 66 (IS) (Vincent (iallo. US. 1998) Vincent Gallo. Christina Ricci. Angelica Huston. l |() mins. Life for Billy Brown is so awful that he reconstructs himself from lies upon his release from a five year prison spell. Kidnapping a young girl named Layla. Brown concocts a story for his parents. whom. it turns out. bear very little love for their son. Gallo has a black sense of humour and finds absurdity in the lives of the film's lower-class American characters. It becomes clear that Buffalo ()6 is a deeply life- affirming film. See review. lidinbtirgb: Cameo.
Bullitt ( l 8) (Peter Yates. US. l‘)(i8) Steve McQueen. Robert Vaughn. Jacqueline Bisset. ll4 mins. The movie with the famous car chase tip and down the streets of San Francisco - the best of its kind in cinema history. Bull/It also shows McQueen at his coolest: the cop who can't be bought by corrupt senator Vaughn. btit who finds time for love with hippy girlfriend Bisset. lidinburgli: l5ilmliouse.
Caravaggio ( IS) (Derek Jai'iiian. UK. IQSGJ Nigel Terry. Sean Bean. Tilda Swinton. 90 mins. Jarnian's biographical study of the brilliant Italian Renaissance painter centres on the artist's triangular relationship with a low-life gambler and his prostitute lover. a passion that is to result in murder. Ambitious and accessible work that finds a delicate. cinematic equivalent for the subtle shadings of in Caravaggio‘s bl'llSJthirk. Glasgow: Gl’l'.
Casablanca (PG) (Michael (.‘urtiz. L'S. 19-12) Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman. l)ooley Wilson. MD mins. Yoti must remember this Bogart being impossibly noble. Bergman torn between two lovers. (‘laude Rains playing both ends against the middle. dcy ious Nazis. a fogbound airport. a piano-player tiiikliiig that tune. ..-\ wonderful hill of beans. lidinbtirgh; l’ilmhouse.
Clubbed To Death ( l8) (Yolaiide inuberman. l-"rance. l‘)‘)7) lilodic Bouchez. Beatrice Dalle. Roschdy '/.em. 90 mins. Falling asleep on the last bus home. Lola finds herself stranded in art unknown part of Paris. where she meets an enigmatic. Arab guy and is sucked into the city's techno nightlife. With its hand- held camera and techno soundtrack. the stylish ('luli/ier/ 7;; Deal/i is more of ati atmospheric poitrait than a narrative piece. lidinburgh: Cameo.
Cousin Bette i I Si (Des .‘ylc:\nuff. (’8. “)98) Jessica Lange. lilisabetli Sliue. Kelly .‘ylacdonaltl. IUX mins. ('ousin Belle brings a wicked whiff of spirit to the world of period drama. Based on a Hal/ac novel. the storv centres on middle-aged spinster Bette. '
whose status as poor relation is compounded when her more favoured cousin dies. Widower Hector Htilot offers her the position of housekeeper. btit. when she is emotionally betrayed by Hulot's daughter Hortense. Bette constructs a plan of revenge. The witty script picks away at the hypocrisies of the aristocracy while the pacy' direction drives us effortlessly towards the inevitable and satisfying conclusion. Glasgow: ABC Film Centre.
Cube (15) Vincenzo Natali. Canada. HMS! 92 mins. Six people awake in a cubic chamber with a door in each wall. They have no memory of how they got there. but qttickly learn they are iii a maze of similar cubes. many of which are booby-trapped with lethal devices. Should they attempt to escape'.’ And how“? The execution of (“lie is as ingenious as its concept. It's also a fine example of creativity on a modest budget (Told. calculating. mischievous fun, Sec preview and review. (ilasgow- (il-‘l'. lidinburgh: l-‘ilnihouse.
The Daytrippers ('15) (Greg Monola. t‘S. l‘)‘)7l Hope Davis. l.iev Sclireiber. l’arker l’osey. 87 mins. Strained as a family unit. the Malones ptill together w hen daughter liliza suspects her husband is having an affair. So begins a chaotic and disputatious trawl through New York iii a station wagon. Mottola's script is as painfully incisive as it is funny and compassionate. 'lliat it succeeds as a film is thanks to its talented cast. who revel in the psychological subtleties of their parts. lidinburgli: ('ameo. Deliverance (IS) (John Boorman. [’S. l‘)72) Burt Reynolds. Jon \‘oight. Ned Beatty. 10‘) mins. 'llie city slickcr's worst nightmare comes true for four businessmen taking a canoeing holiday in backwoods America. Homicidal locals. white trash poverty. poisoned environments »— the unsettling atmosphere builds. going through great action moments and chilling images. Who can forget the banio duel between Ronny Cox and that spooky blank-eyed boy‘.’ lidinburgli: l'ilttihouse.
Divorcing Jack ( ISi (Day id (‘ai'i‘rcy t'ls'. 1998) David 'l‘hewlis. Robert Lindsay. Laura Fraser. l l() mins. 'llie year is 109‘) and the independent state of Northern Ireland is united around slick l’rime Ministerial candidate Michael Brinn. The focus is on journo l)an Starkey and his failing marriage. his boozing and his infidelity with aii art student called Margaret. Margaret gets murdered and Starkey find himself wanted by the IRA. the 1'\'l5 and the Rl'('. Why are they after him and w hat do \laragai'ct's dying words mean ‘ lite pll/IJL' esteiids to all quarters of the tiew state and ends in treachery and explosions. See res iew Glasgow: ()deon ()uay. l‘fl ('lydcbank. Virgin. lidinburgh: l'('l,
Dr Dolittle (l’(i) (Betty 'l'hoiiias. l’S. l‘)‘).\',i liddie Murphy. ()ssie has it's. ()liyer Plan. 85 mins. .-\ turkey with Rex Harrison in its original forth. and still pretty due this time round. This wild family adventure offers crude bottom humour for the liti/ir' audience. btit the talking animals gimmick battles with cheesy morality and nothing comes together Overall. the film might have benefitted from a simpler. less snappy and more family orientated tale. while Murphy ‘s comic judgement has again become decidedly questionable. (ieneral release
Enter The Dragon ( Isl (Robert (‘lotise L'S/HK. 1973) Bruce Ice. John Saxon. Shih Kien. Jim Kelly “8 units first in a spate of kung-fu films that weie to spawn playground imitators throughout the Seventies. Bruce infiltrates a martial arts crew conyei'giiig on llong Kong in the course of his inquiries into an opium ring. Hard-hitting and doubtless ptit on in time for ('hristmas Choppers, lidinburgli: Filnihouse.
Exodus ( l5i (()tto l’i'emingei'. l'S. l‘)(i(li Paul Newman. liya .‘ylai'ie Saint. Ralph Richardson. 330 mins. 'llie litii'opean emigre‘s adaptation of leon l'i‘is‘ iiiauioth. bestselling noyel about the founding of modern Israel. lipic in scope. it cautious in approach. l’remingei”s film is nonetheless spellbinding. .»\ Hollywood blockbuster the way they don't make ‘em any more (ilasgow': (il’l‘.
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