Temple has adopted a revisionist stance with the intention of dispelling the notion that the group were the stooges of an art school movement masterminded by self-proclaimed svengali Malcolm McLaren. Splicing TV ads and stock footage into interviews with the band and previously unseen live footage, Temple wants us to see the group as a genuine explosion of fury at the state of Britain towards the end of the 1970s. Ultimately, 'I‘he Filth And The Fury is eye candy that manages to tacitly conﬁrm the McLaren/M'estwood aesthetic vision. Glasgow: GI’I‘. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Final Destination (15) *t* (James Wong, US, 2000) Devon Sawa, Ali Lartcr, Kerr Smith. 98 mins. After a premonition Alex (Devon Sawa) manages to save a bunch of his classmates from a plane crash. As the survivors gruesomer pop their clogs one-by-one, it becomes apparent that death is playing catch-up. Disposable horror hokum, but the pace, irreverence and sick, black humour ensure the most entertaining teen slasher since the original Scream. General release.
A Fistful Of Dollars (18) **** (Sergio Leone, Italy/Germany/Spain, 1964) Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Marianne Koch. 100 mins. Based on Kurosawa's samurai classic Yojimba, the spaghetti western that set the ball rolling has Clint squinting into the sun as The Man With No Name. An amoral ﬁgure, he proﬁts from both sides as two duelling gangs ﬁght it out in a small town. Ennio Morricone's distinctive score underlines the stylish delight of the genre. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. A Fistful Of Dynamite (15) irks: (Sergio Leone, Italy/US, 1971) James Coburn, Rod Steiger. 133 mins. In this late entry into the Spaghetti Western cycle, former IRA explosives expert Sean (Coburn) teams up with peasant thief (Steiger) to take sides in the Mexican revolution. The emphasis on politics supposedly reflects Leone's growing disillusionment with Italian politics. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
For Love Of The Game (12) (Sam Raimi, US, 2000) Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly. 138 mins. Costner’s third baseball ﬁlm (See also Bull Bur/tam and Field ()fDreams) opens with legendary pitcher Billy Chapel about to play what may well become his last game. Chapel's got plenty on his mind: an injury to his arm, the impending sale of his team and his girlfriend (Kelly Preston) is about to move to London. So Chapel looks back over his career and love life and we get The Big Flashback. There‘s much to like in For Love Of The Game, which is resoundineg sentimental. See review. Selected release.
Frequency (15) *** (Gregory lloblit, US, 2000) Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell. 118 mins. A ﬁlm of two innings: first, the sentimental story of a long-dead, baseball-loving New York ﬁreman (Quaid) and his 36-year-old cop son (Caviezel), who due to freak weather conditions are somehow able to communicate via ham radio across a time- span of 30 years; second, an over-heated murder mystery involving the brutal slayings of young women in 1909. Scriptwriter Toby Emmerich 's intriguing concept opens up all sorts of fascinating possibilities, then plumps for the least interesting. See review. General release. Galaxy Quest (PG) *tit (Dean Parisot, US, 2000) Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman. 102 mins. In the ﬁlm, Galaxy Quest is a Star 'l‘rek-style series which ran for a short time years ago and has subsequently developed cult status. To earn a crust the miserable cast make personal appearances at conventions and shopping mall openings. But a naive bunch of aliens mistake them for real heroes and enlist the cast‘s help in battling a real-life evil enemy. What follows is, on the surface, an entertaining display of straightforward, ﬁsh- out-of-water comedy, but underlying it is a gently scathing attack on fan culture, and America's pathological need for heroes. General release.
Gangster No 1 (18) and: (Paul McGuigan, UK, 2000) MaICoIm McDowell, David 'l'hewlis, Paul Bettany. 103 mins. Mr McDowell is the eponymous Gangster, an abominable, irredeemably evil thug who is prompted to recount his 30-year rise to
infamy when old rival Freddie Mays (David Thcwlis giving it ‘suave') is released from prison. From there we flashback to 1968 when young Gangster (Paul Bettany) is hired as muscle for Freddie. Stylish. funny and shocking in (mostly) the right places, McGuigan's follow-up to 'I'heAcid [louse is reminiscent of late 60s ﬁlms such as I’rrfarmance. See preview and review. Glasgow: Odeon Quay, Showcase. Edinburgh: UCl, UGC. Paisley: Showcase. Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (15) int (Jim Jarmusch, US/Japan/France/ Germany, 2000) Forest Whitaker, John 'I'ormey, Cliff Gorman. 116 mins. Jim Jarmusch's latest foray into nowhere sees Whitaker's New York street urchin as a professional Mob assassin who lives by an ancient Eastern code of honour. But when a hit goes wrong, the mob are after Ghost Dog and gangster friend Louie (Tormey) is caught between loyalties. It’s taken the radical auteur an awful long time to miss the particular boat of sending up the mob. Jarmusch should probably stick to making throwaway movies about ageing rockers, llelsinki cabbies and Japanese Elvis fans instead of attempting the grand spiritual narrative. Edinburgh: Cameo.
The Girl On The Bridge (15) *** (Patrice Leconte, France, 2000) Daniel Auteuil, Vanessa Paradis. 90 mins. Gabor (Auteil), a middle-aged knife-thrower, rescues a suicidal young woman Adele (Paradis) from drowning and whisks her off to the South of France, where she proves a willing target in his stage act. At last, good fortune appears to be favouring the protagonists, but can their relationship remain on a purely business footing? An enjoyany playful modern fairytale, which coasts along on the strength of its two lead performances, some witty dialogue, and the verve of Leconte's direction. Glasgow: GF'I'. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Gladiator (15) but (Ridley Scott, US, 2000) Russell Crowe, Richard Harris, Joaquin Phoenix. 150 mins. Just before dying Caesar Aurelius (Ilarris) charges General Maximus (Crowe) with cleaning up his beloved, but politically corrupt Rome. Aurelius' son, Commodus (Phoenix), doesn't take kindly to this and has his rival executed. But Maximus survives and, as a gladiator, works his way back to Rome intent on revenge. Parallels must be drawn with Sparlicus and Ben llur; we‘ve not seen a Roman epic in a long time. Scott's is a handsome spectacle and exciting enough, but that's all it is. General release.
Gone With The Wind (PG) *inhHr (Victor Fleming, US, 1939) Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, ()livia de llavilland, Leslie Iloward. 220 mins. This new print has restored the original colour to the classic, ﬁfty—three-year-old tale that brings alive the era of the civil war through gripping narrative and characterisation, remaining faithful to Margaret Mitchell's powerful novel. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
Grand Hotel (PG) t~k~k (Edmund Goulding, US, 1932) Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore. 115 mins. Based on Vicki Baum's play and novel, this all-star vehicle is a portmanteau ﬁlm with criss- crossing and interweaving lives. Garbo and Crawford vie for the limelight and Lionel Barrymore and Wallace Beery put in appearances. Edinburgh: Lumiere.
The Great McGinty (U) **** (Preston Sturges, US, 19-10) Muriel Angelus, Allyn Joslyn, William Demarest. 83 mins. Sturges' ﬁrst ﬁlm is a rags-to-riches story about a bum who becomes state governor by ingratiating himself with a local community boss. Spot-on satire. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. The Green Mile (18) *** (Frank Darabont, US, 2000) Tom Ilanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse. 18‘) mins. Darabont follows one Stephen King prison drama, The .S'hawshank Redemption, with another about life on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary in the 1930s. Despite its lengthy running time, Darabont's careful, even pacing works at this length. Only towards the end, where the strong storylines are resolved with a somewhat whimsical paranormal occurrence, does this sturdy piece of ﬁlmmaking waver. Edinburgh: Lumiere.
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