FILM INDEX continued
Trainspotting (18) (Danny Boyle, UK, 1995) Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller. 93 mins. John Ilodge's screenplay perfectly captures the desperate humour of Irvine Welsh's novel, keeping the episodic structure of junkie scenes for the first half, before
,concentrating more on Renton in London in
the later stages. Fast and stylish direction,
creative soundtrack and acting that‘s off-the-
rails excellent. A cinematic blast from beginning to end, which also shows a complex understanding of the lure and fatal consequences of drug-taking. Edinburgh: Cameo. '
TwentyFourSeven (15) (Shane Meadows, UK, 1997) Bob lloskins, Bruce Jones, Frank Harper. 97 mins. A down and out (lloskins) sets up a boxing club to give the locals a sense of purpose, but tragedy is always lurking. Shot in dazzling black and white, this is almost certainly the most notable portrayal of Nottingham since Albert Finney refused to be ground down in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. lloskins is marvellous in this harsh and beautiful ﬁlm. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Umberto D (PG) (Vittoria De Sica, Italy, 1952) Carlo Battista, Maria Pia Casilio, Lena Gennari. 89 mins. An elderly civil servant can hardly afford to pay his rent, but refuses to part with his pet dog. Writer and director team Cesare Zavattini and De Sica from Bicycle Thieves? here produce another moving ﬁlm from an everyday human drama, the plight of the old in a society that fails to adequately care for them. Edinburgh: Lumiere.
The Virgin Suicides (15) (Sofia Coppola, US, 1999) James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst. 97 mins. Francis's daughter Sofia directs this story of ﬁve teenage sisters living in the suburbs in the 70s. When one attempts suicide, this secretive family draw ever closer. Part of the London Film Festival on tour. Glasgow: ()dcon.
Virus (18) (John Bruno, US, 1999) Donald Sutherland, Jamie Lee Curtis, William
Baldwin. 99 mins. This time the nasty infection that needs to be eradicated is the human race, targetted by an alien lifeforrn which beams down to a satellite-tracking ship. Sci-ﬁ movie as surrogate haunted house horror ﬂick, with the characters picked off one by one: we've seen it in Alien, Event Horizon and Deep Rising. Stirling: Carlton.
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. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith. Stirling: MacRobert.
Warren Miller's Fifty (PG) (Warren Miller, US, 1998) 90 mins. From Alaska to Switzerland, Chile to Norway, Miller‘s camera crew ﬁlm the most breathtaking snowridering action. Includes skiing's biggest wipeouts. St Andrews: New Picture House.
The Water Babies (U) (Lionel Jeffries, UK/Poland, )James Mason, Billie Whitclaw, Bernard Cribbins. 92 mins. Unexceptional children's fantasy mixing animation and live action, in Kingsley’s story of a young chimney sweep in Victorian London who runs away to a magic pool and a series of underwater adventures. Galashiels: Pavilion. Stirling: Carlton. Wayne’s World (PG) (Penelope Sphecris, US, 1991) Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, 'I‘ia Canere. 95 mins. Two heavy metal dorks hit the big time when their public access cable show is snapped up by a greedy 'I'V exec for national primetimc. Crammed full of'l'V and ﬁlm pastiches, this US phenomenon has far more hits than misses, while Wayne and Garth revel in an even wackier vocabulary than cinematic
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Who Plucked Feathers Off The Moon? (15) (Christine Carriere, France, 1999) Laetitia Ferreira, Angele Guedra. 101 mins. In a small town in Northern France, two teenage sisters make it their responsibility to look after their bereaved father after their mother dies of cancer. Hopeful, ultimately optimistic movie despite the heavy subject matter. Part of the French Film Festival. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Wild Wild West (12) (Barry Sonnenfeld, US, 1999) Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh. 106 mins. Based on a cult 60s American television series, this is, in essence, James Bond transferred to 19th century America. Secret agents James West (Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kline) set out to save America from Dr Arliss Loveless (Branagh), a Southern States villain. Like Smith and Sonnenfeld's Men In Black, Wild Wild West combines comic banter between its leads with an oddball plot and imaginative special effects. Unfortunately, the result is nowhere near as inspired. Edinburgh: ABC.
The Winslow Boy (U) (David Mamet, US, 1999) Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam. 111) mins. It has surprised many that David Mamet should adapt Terence Rattigan's very British period drama, based on an event which caught the public's imagination in 1912. The boy in question is expelled from naval academy for allegedly stealing a postal order, much to the consternation of his upper middle class family. The cast are roundly superb, evincing as much control as their director. Although the proceedings seem a little cold, that's Mamct's way. What astonishes is the sheer style and skill on display. Edinburgh: Dominion.
The World Is Not Enough (12) (Michael Apted, US/UK, 1999) Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle. Denise Richards. 128 mins. A nuclear scientist with shapely curves, an international terrorist impervious to pain, a slick British spy who delivers his innuendo with a touch of apology in his voice. The nineteenth Bond movie is distinguished by a number of plot twists not usually squeezed in between spectacular but uninspired action set pieces, which increases involvement with the peripheral characters. General release.
Yellow Submarine (U) (George Dunning, UK, 1967) 90 mins. 'l'he 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. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.
FILM REVIEWS New releases are reviewed on pages 28-30.
Short reviews of all other films showing this fortnight are in the Film Index, pages 31-36
Key to Film Listings
[D] indicates that wheelchair access is available, though prior notification is advisable. [E] indicates the availability of an induction loop for the convenience of hearing aid users. AMIPM is not given in Film Listings. 12.15 is between noon and 1pm.
00.30 is between midnight and 1am.
DAILY refers to screenings which take place on all seven days of the week. MAT refers to an additional matinee screening, starting before 6pm.
EVE refers to an additional evening screening.
LATE refers to an additional late-night screening, starting after 10.30pm.
Film Listings are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Film Listings compiled by Helen Monaghan.
ABG, MUIREND: GLASGOW
380 Clarkston Road, Muirend, 0141 633 2123. Info: 0141 637 2641. £2.80 (£2 before 5pm Mon—Fri). Student: £2.20 (Mon-Thu). Child/CAP: £2.
Gregory's Two Girls (15) 5.50, 8.35. The Blair Witch Project (15) 4.30, 6.30, 8.45.
The Sixth Sense (15) 5.45, 8.30.
ERIQAY 12—THURSQAY 25
Ed TV (12)
Daily: 5.15, 8.15.
Also matinee Sat & Sun: 1.45. Fight Club (18)
Daily: 4.55, 8.00.
Also matinee Sat & Sun: 1.15.
Tarzan (U) Matinee Sat & Sun: 12.55. The Sixth Sense (15)
Daily: 5.45, 8.30. Also matinee Sat & Sun: 3.05.
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 637 2641 for details and times.
New ﬁlm due to open on Fri 26 Nov: The World Is Not Enough (12)
GLASGOW FILM THEATRE
12 Rose Street, 0141 332 8128. Cafe/bar. All performances bookable. [D]. [E]. Sun—Fri matinees: £3.50 (£2.25); Sun—Fri evenings £4.50 (£3.25). Sat matinees: £3.50 (£2.25); Sat evenings £4.50 (no concessions). Saver tickets available, call box ofﬁce.
FFF denotes French Film Festival screenings.
THURSDAY 18 NOV
1.Ratcatcher(15) 3.00, 6.30, 8.45. 2. Place Vendome(15) 3.30, 6.00, 8.30.
FRIDAY 19 NOV
1.Ratcatcher(15) 3.00, 6.30, 8.45. 2. Love Tangles(15) FFF 2.00, 8.00. A Minute 0 Silence (18) FFF 5.45.
SATURDAY 20 NOV
1. Casper (PG) 12.30.
Ratcatcher (15) 4.15, 6.30, 8.45.
2. My Father, My Mother, My Brothers And Sisters (12) FFF 2.30.
Midnight Test (15) FFF 6.00.
Don't Let Me Die On A Sunday (18) FFF 8.30.
SUNDAY 21 NOV
1. Love Affairs Usually End Badly (15) + Augustin. King Of Kung Fu (15) FFF 2.30.
Hometown Blue ( 15) FFF 5.45. Children Of The Century (15) FFF 8.15.
2. Ratcatcher (15) 3.00, 6.30, 8.45.
MONDAY 22 NOV
1. Ratcatcher (15) 3.00, 6.30, 8.45. 2. Children Of The Century (15) FFF 2.30.
Short Cuts (15) FFF 6.00.
All For One (15) FFF 8.30.
TUESDAY 23 NOV 1.Ratcatcher(15) 2.15, 4.15, 6.30, 8 45
2'. Hometown Blue (15) FFF 2.30.
A Brother (18) FFF 6.00.
A Considerab e Disturbance (15) FFF 8.30.