Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, star rating, credits, brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Miles Fielder
Addictive TV( )5) (Various. l'K. 200m 70 mins. Audiovisual vv i/ (iraham Daniels introduces a selection of Collaborative pieces from visual artists and music producers. including vvork by 808 State. Brian Mc('lave and the Addictive TV outfit themselves. Part of liunct. (il’I‘. (ilasgovv.
The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle (l') .0. (Des McAnuff. l'S. lelll ) Robert De .Niro. Rene Rtlsso_ Janeane (iarofalo. ‘)I mms. A hilariously ironic opening sequence to this update of the (ills cartoon. tlial sees the eponymous lly ing squirrel and best pal moose living in an animated vvorld suffering from recession. sets the film‘s play lul post-modern tone. And vv hen the animated animals‘ nemeses. lead by De .Nil'tt's lic'ttl‘less Leader. L‘l‘tiss over into the 'real' vvorld the film moves into the live action/animation territory of Who [unmet/RogerRub/i117. And like that film. its dialogue is packed vv itli cultural references that will have adults laughing harder than the kids. (ieneral release. Almost Famous ( IS) 000.
((‘ameron (‘rovve. I'S. 200I ) Kate Hudson. Patrick litigit. Billy ('i'udup. l33 niins. Writer-director (‘rovv e's autobii)graphical re- vievv of America‘s 70s rock scene is seen throuin rose-tinted shades. Though it isn't an expose of the underbelly of rock ‘n' roll. it‘s a magical carpet ride that appropriates the most exhilarating elements of the scene and makes of them an enoriiiously satisfying. often very funny drama. (‘rovve‘s very personal film. seen through the eyes of teenage rock )ourno William Miller (l‘ugit). never takes the Ia/y cliched route. nor does it lapse into parody. vvhich in these post-Spinal 'Iii/i day s. is no mean feat. And in the luminous Kate lltidsoii. a star is born. (ieneral release.
Audition ( 18) (Miike 'I'akeshi. Japan. 1999) I IS mins. Previevv screening of the macabre tale of obsessive love. Audition vvas the talking point of last August's lidinburgh International Film l-‘estival. not least for its truly shocking climax. MacRobert. Stirling. Back To The Future (PG) 000. (Robert Zeiiiec‘kis. l'S. I985) Michael J. I-‘ox. Lea Thompson. (‘rispin (ilov er. I It) mins. Deservedly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure vvitli street-smart 80s teenager vvhisked back in time for a little chicanery vvith his future parents. The Lumiere. Iidinburgh. Beau Travail ( 15).... ((‘Iaire Denis. I‘rance. 2000) Denis l.avant. Michel Subor. (iregoire (‘olin. 90 mins. An imaginative revv-orking of llernian Melville's novella Iii/Iv BIN/l1. Sui/or. Benn 'I'rui'uil sees vvriter-director Denis relocating the source material from the l‘)th century British navy to the present-day lirench Foreign Legion. In Marseille. Sergeant (ialoup (Denis I.avant) recalls the events that lead to him being forced to leave the corps after being posted to a remote outpost in Djibouti. liast Africa. A vvork filled vsith beauty. sadness and mystery. Mesinerising lilmmaking. The Lumiere. Iidinburgh.
Best In Show ( 13) O... ((‘Iirislopher (iuest. l'S. 200l ) (‘hristopher (iuest. Parker Posey. Michael McKean. 90 mins. Directed. co-vvritten by and starring (‘hristopher (iuest (better knovvn as Nigel 'I‘ufnel the rock gui- tarist vv hose amp goes up to eleven in This Is Spinal 'liip). [test In Show adheres to the spoof documentary format of 'Iiip. The large- ly improvised action revolves around a btiiicli of dog-loving oddballs vvho dream of their canines vvinning the prestigious Maleovver Dog Shovv. [in] In Show is hilarious becatIse it plays the humour straight. No pause for laughter. this is comedy vv ithout the punch- line. aiid it‘s definitely the better for it. See feature and revievv. (il’l‘. (ilasgovv; Filmhouse. Edinburgh.
Billy Elliott 15).... (Stephen Daldry. l'k. 2000) Jamie Bell. Julie Walters. (iary Levvis. I I I mins. Billy (superb nevvconier Bell) finds release from life‘s daily drudgery. and ultimately self-
fquiIment. throuin ballet dancing. As unliker a leisure pursuit as that might be for a teenage boy grovv ing tip in the recession- hit Yorkshire of the 80s (and that‘s the point ). it becomes young Billy 's ticket out of hard times. Making his film debut. theatre director Daldry handles the political backdrop and dramatic foreground vv ith equal assurance. The dance routines provide much of the film's humour and qtnte ov ervvhelnnng feelgood factor. Selected release.
The Birdcage ( IS) .00 (Mike Nichols. I'S. l‘)‘)5) Robin Williams. Nathan Lane. (iene llackman. I 1‘) mins. A remake of [xi ('uet' rillt I'D/[m vvith plenty to say about contemporary America's hypocrisy. Williams is superb (and more restrained) as the gay nightclth ovv ner vv hose attempts to impress the right-vs mg parents of his son's fiancee go avv ry. ()deon. Ayr.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s ( I5) 0000 (Blake Iidvvards. ES. 1001 ) Audrey Ilepburn. tieorge Peppard. Patricia Neal. Buddy libsen. Mickey Rooney. I IS mins. 'llovv Do I look." asks original vvaif llcbburn in the role of borderline schi/o- plirenic llolly (ioliglilly. '\'ery (iood. I must say I'm ama/ed' replies Peppard in the role of frustrated vv riter and part-time gigolo Paul Varjak. The iconic Hepburn has never made neurosis look so good. and vvhile the film may have numerous redeeming features (not least the exquisite cinematography b_v l-‘ranz I". Plane and the svvinging soundtrack by Henry Mancini). it is she vvlio remains responsible for making it such a vveIl-loved classic adapted from the novel by 'I‘ruman (’apote. liilmlioiise. Iidinburgh.
Cast Away I )2) 000 (Robert Zemeckis. IS. 2000) Tom Hanks. Helen Hunt. ('hristopher Noth. I43 mins. In this solidly told tale of a modern-day Robinson (TUMK‘. llttnks‘. a ﬂag-bearer for [S capitalism and can-do kinda guy. is marooned on a deserted island in the South Pacific alter his ('hristmas live flight crashes during a ferocious storm. At a stroke. he's stripped of all the accoutrements of modern civilisation and returned to the Stone Age. But like Defoe's hero. (‘huck is an Iiveryman vv ho embodies the values of his age. here: energy. resourcefulness and consummate problem solving. (ieneral release.
Cecil B Demented ( I8) 000 (John Waters. IS. 2000) Melanie (iriffith. Stephen Dorff. Alicia Witt. 88 mins. R0e-enactment of the Patty llcarst story. Hearst (vvho has a cameo role in the film) is supplanted vvith film star lloney Whitlock (the game (iriffith). vvho is kidnapped by the eponymous renegade auteur (Dorff) and forced to appear in one of his trashy films. But before Demented can yell ‘cut and vvrap' she sides with her director. lighting for the independent cause. Waters employs the scattergun approach. peppering the film vvith in jokes. some of vvhich raise laughs. some of vvhich fall lame. l’I‘H (‘inema. lialkirk. Chocolat ( IS) 0000 ((‘laire Denis. lirance. 1988) Mireille Perrier. Isaach de Bankole. (iitilia Boschi. I’rancois (‘quet. I05 mins. Returning to the remote pan of the (‘ameroons vvhere she spent her childhood. the daughter of a colonial civil servant recalls scenes from those early years. including the attraction betvveen her mother and their native manserv ant. 'I'his accomplished debut feature is a nostalgic and gentle mosaic of colonial life. offering a perceptive look at the liuropeans' varying attitudes tovvards the Africans. The ('ircuit ('inema. Livingston.
Chocolat ( 13) C. (I.asse llallstroii). IS. 200] ) Juliette Binoche. Johnny Depp. Judi Dench. III mins. Adapted from Joanne llarris‘s novel. ('Iioi‘o/ui tiiifolds ‘once upon a time' in a tranquil French village vv here sexy unvved single mother Vianne ( Binoche) opens up a chocolaterie during Lent. lIer magical confections are soon having a liberating effect on various locals. though her actions incur the vvrath of the reigning count (Alfred Molina).
vv ho fears that the traditional order may be irrevocably damaged. L'nfonunately. Hallstrom's IT/lt’ ("ii/er House Rules) feelgood fairytale relies on its calculatedly cosmopolitan cast and glossy production values to disguise its lack of substance. See feature and revievv. (ieneral release. >
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