FILM INDEX continued
The Trouble With harry (PG) (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1955) John Forsyth, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn. 99 mins. Black farce set in the New England woods in which various characters dig up and bury a body that just won't stay underground. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Universal Soldier: The Return (PG) (Mic Rodgers, US, 1999) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz. 100 mins. The Return sees Van Damme reprising his role as Luc Deveraux, the government designed cyborg super soldier. Years after fellow UniSoI Dolph Lundgren and everyone else from the ﬁrst ﬁlm were bumped off, the widowed Deveraux has become a father and is helping the government develop a new breed of soldier. Unfortunately, the soldier’s super computer SETH gets ideas of its own and marks Deveraux for termination. Glasgow: Showcase. Paisley: Showcase.
Varsity Blues (15) (Brian Robbins, US, 1999) James Van Der Beck, Jon Voight, Paul Walker. 105 mins. Van Der Beek leaves TV’s Dawson ’3 Creek to play a reluctant sports star in this reasonably uplifting highschool football drama set in small-town Texas. Such is the fervour there surrounding the sport, that the game’s heroes quite literally run the town - most conspicuously veteran coach Bud Kilmer (Voight), whose bullying and cynical practices endanger his own players. Glasgow: ABC, Showcase, UCI. Edinburgh: ABC. Paisley: Showcase. Vertigo (PG) (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1958) James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. 128 mins. Detective Stewart, a man with a fear of heights, falls in love with a woman who apparently commits suicide. When he meets her double, he becomes obsessed with the possibility that she is still alive. Extraordinary plotting in this undervalued Hitchcock study of romantic mania, with Stewart memorably cast against type as the distinctly on-the-edge cop. The Bernard Herrmann score is simultaneously lush and disturbing. Glasgow: GET. Walking In My Fathers Footsteps (15)
(Rémi Waterhouse, France, 1999) Jean Yanne, Guillaume Canet, Laurence cote. 90 mins. Part of The Martel] French Cinema Tour. See preview. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.
The War zone (18) (Tim Roth, UK, 1999) Ray Winstone, Lara Belmont, Freddie Cunliffe, Tilda Swinton. 99 mins. Very little will prepare audiences for this raw, no- holds-barred adaptation of Alexander Stuart’s controversial 1989 novel about incest and child abuse. The performances are roundly excellent and, particularly in the case of Winstone and Belmont, very brave. Roth and his cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey contrast claustrophobic tension within the walls of the family home with the wild elements outside to great effect. Painful, powerful drama. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
The Water Boy (12) (Frank Coraci, US, 1998) Adam Sandler. 90 mins. Simple Bobby Butcher (Sandler, of course) still lives with his mum at age 31. His work life? Don't exist - all he’s good for is being waterboy for a backwards college football team. Until the coach discovers an unrealised sporting talent in Bobby. Ahhh. Glasgow: GFI‘.
The Wedding Singer (12) (Frank Coraci, US, 1997) Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Christine Taylor. 97 mins. After his bride dumps him at the altar, Robbie (Sandler) puts 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 80$ soundtrack, and featuring some of the most amusing fashions since Boogie Nights, this is a genuine out-of—nowhere delight. Glasgow: GFI‘.
Wild Wild West (12) (Barry Sonnenfeld, US, 1999) Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh. 106 mins. Based on a cult 605 American television series, this is, in essence, James Bond transferred to 19th century America with secret agents James West (Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kline) saving America from Dr Arliss Loveless (Branagh), a Southern States villain who’s
never forgiven the North for the loss of his legs and his beloved ante bellum South in the Civil War. Like Smith and Sonnenfeld's Men In Black, Wild Wild West combines comic banter between its leads with an oddball plot and imaginative special eﬁ‘ects. Unfortunately, the result is nowhere near as inspired. Glasgow: Odeon Quay, UCl. Edinburgh: UCI. East Kilbride: UCI. Wintersleepers (Winterschlafer) (15)
(T om Twyker, Germany, 1999) Ulrich Matthes, Marie-Lou Sellem, Floriane Daniel. 123 mins. In Winter Sleepers’s opening scenes various characters get ready, steady and go, travelling by car, train and boat to a mountain ski resort town where their lives eventually collide. A threatening case of style over content is staved off by well-deﬁned characters and there’s plenty else to watch: breathtaking locations, stylish photography and Twykcr himself, a continued cineﬁle and horror movie enthusiast, who can’t help but make one of his characters a cinema projectionist in a ﬁlm that strives to be haunted by love and death. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Yellow Submarine (U) (George Dunning, UK, 1967) The voices and music of the Beatles. 90 mins. The Fab Four save ' Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. A real period piece these days, this exercise in garish psychedelic animation still remains a colourful (and safely non-addictive) trip for the kiddies, while everyone can sing along with the tunes. Glasgow: Odeon Quay.
Young Mr Pitt (PG) (Carol Reed, UK, 1942) Robert Donat, John Mills, Robert Morley. 118 mins. Biopic account of the Prime Minister’s stiff upper lipped conduct becoming during the Napoleonic era., originally conceived as a piece of WWII moral boosting propoganda. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Zero Kelvin (15) (Hans Petter Moland, Norway, 1995) 113 mins. The great Stellan Skarsgard’s polar traveller leads a team of three men isolated from the world in 19305 Greenland. And a good thing too - he’s a misogynist and his companions are a failed scientist and wimpy poet. Moland has just ﬁnished ﬁlming Aberdeen in well, Scotland of course. Edinburgh: Lumiere.
Film Listings are listed by city, than alphabetically by cinema. Film Listings compiled by Helen Monaghan.
ABC FILM CENTRE: GLASGOW
326 Sauchiehall Street, 0141 332 1592. Info: 0141 332 9513. CC booking: 0141 332 1592. £4.20 (£3.50 before 5pm). Student/GAP: £3.10. Child: £3.
MW Eyes Wide Shut (18) 1.10, 4.25, 7 40
South Park: Bigger, Longer 8: Uncut (15) 1.15, 3.40, 6.00, 8.50.
The General's Daughter (18) 2.00, 5.30, 8.20.
The Thomas Crown Affair ( 15) 2.00, 8.25.
Varsity Blues (15) 5.55.
Eyes Wide Shut (18)
South Park: Bigger. Longer 8: Uncut 15
Daily: 1.15, 3.40, 6.00, 8.50. The General’s Daughter (18) Daily: 2.00, 5.30, 8.20.
The Haunting (12)
Daily: 2.00, 5.30, 8.15.
The Thomas Crown Affair (15) Daily: 5.15, 8.15.
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 332 9513 for details and times.
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