Film index

42 THE LIST 10—24 May 2001

Index continued

This Is Spinal Tap ( )5) com (Rob Reiner. l'S. l983) (‘hristopher (iuest. Michael McKean. Harry Shearer. R.J. Parnell. lid Begley Jr. 82 mins. Certainly the most ingenious. accurate and funny of all spoof rockumentaries. with wonderfully spontaneous dialogue. convincing fly-on- the-wall camera work. self-penned heavy metal parodies. and of course the amp that goes to l l. (irovesnor. (ilasgow

Thrill Ride (PG) (Ben Stassen. (TS. 200)) Mins the. A mix of computer graphics and live action. providing a scientific. but ftiii look at the history of rides. from their early origins in |7th century Russia to today's ride simulators. lM AX Theatre. (ilasgovv. Topsy-Turvy ( )2) 0000 (Mike Leigh. (K. 2000) Jim Broadbent. Allan (‘ordunen Martin Savage. I59 mins. At the film's core is the turbulent creative partnership between Victorian opera writer (Filbert (Broadbent) and playboy genius composer Sullivan ((‘ordtmeri. But preparations for their greatest show; The Milt-ml“. involve a whole cast who give flawless performances. This might be Leigh‘s first period drama. but it's another excellent ensemble piece engaging with his tisual preoccupation: people at work. rest and play. ()dcon (‘ity Centre. (ilasgow

Toy Story 2 (t’) .00.. (John\\L‘le. l'S. 2000) Tom Hanks. Tim Allen. Joan (‘usack. 95 mins. The new film expands on the original settings and themes: When Woody is not taken to (‘owboy (‘amp by his owner Andy. he begins to question the meaning of his ‘life'. When he‘s subsequently stolen by a collector -A who plans to sell him to a Japanese toy museum DUI! and the gang travel across town to rescue their pal. The emotive range of the animated characters is extraordinary: they say that computer generated images will never replace the real thing. but 'Iov Story 2 makes you wonder. (irovesiior. (ilasgow. Traffic ( l8) 0... (Steven Soderbergli. US. 2000) Benicio Del Toro. Michael Douglas. (‘atherine Zeta-Jones. 147 mins. This ambitious. multi-layered epic drama exposes the confusion. hypocrisy and sheer futility of America‘s war on drugs. Three interwoven storylines - involving decent cop Del Toro. conservative ()hiojudge Douglas. the country‘s newly appointed new drug czar. and well-heeled society wife Zeta- Jones s— show how the drug trade touches and corrupts every level of society on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Using different film stocks and teclmiques. Soderbergh provides each of these storylines with a distinct look while linking them with persistent use of hand-held cameras. which gives the film an air of documentary authenticity and gripping immediacy. Intelligent and provocative. 'l'rtifli‘r avoids sermonising. btit in scene after scene. the message gets through. Selected release. Uneasy Riders (Nationale 7) ( (5) O... (Jean-Pierre Sinapi. France. 200i ) ()livier Gourmet. Nadia Kaci. Said Taghmaoui. 95 mins. Based on a true story. this wry comedy set in a home near Toulon for the physically and mentally handicapped cheerfully dismantles taboos around the sexuality of disabled people. The cantankerous Rene (Gourmet) is a former union activist. now confined to a wheelchair with a wasting disease. who‘s determined to get laid before his condition deteriorates even further. Julie (Nadia Kaci) is the inexperienced new nurse. who decides to find a prostitute prepared to satisfy Rene‘s sexual needs. A real crowd-pleaser. (EFT. Glasgow.

Valentine ( l5) 0 (Jamie Blanks. US. 2001) Denise Richards. David Boreanaz. Marley Shelton. 95 mins. This hopeless slasher-flick opens with a bevy of teenage beauties being inexcusably mean to a goofy classmate at a Valentines ball. culminating in one of the popular gang falsely accusing him of sexual assault. Understandably. the guy's a bit miffed and retunis to hack the lot of them to hits while wearing a mildly scary mask. after sending them mildly scary Valentines cards. A benchmark for cinematic aw fulness.

Selected release.

Les Voleurs ( l8) 0.. (Andre Techine. France. 1997) Daniel Auteuil. Catherine Deneuve. Laurence ('ote. l lh‘ mins. Slickl) cast. Andre illldlit'llfllt'l Techine s film altemates between perspectives to create complex and twisted characters and jumps in time to chip aw a} at a smooth family veneer to reveal an involvement in dangerous criminal activities that crosses generations. Lev lb/t'urs's intensity ii/lles drastically towards the end. however. and. like a piece of croissant that you just can‘t swallow. the ov erlong denouement is tiresome and unsatisfy ing. Lumiere. lidinburgh.

Wag The Dog ( l5) 0.. (Barry l,e\’itison. l'S. I‘M-l) Robert De Niro. Dustin Hoffman. Anne lleche. 97 mins. A spin doctor cooks tip a fictitious war to help a [S President through a tricky and scandal-tilled re-election campaign all done-and-dusted well before (‘linton's Monica l.ew insky scandal surfaced. But otitside its frighteningly impeccable timing. this Mamet-scripted satire comes in heavy handed form. As one ‘problem' after another is encountered and solved. the cool. ironic tone of the opening section is rapidly replaced by one of simple hysteria. (‘anieo. lidinburgh.

The Wedding Planner ( l’( i) 00 (Adam Shankman. l'S. 200i ) Jennifer Lopel. Matthew .‘vlc(‘onaughey. Bridgette Wilson. I03 mins. Romantic comedies are filled with beautiful people who can't get dates. l.ope/. hot from dumping Puff Daddy and scorching the transatlantic pop charts. is the latest absurdly attractive babe having trouble in the romance department. She plays ltalian-American Mary More who plans other people‘s weddings. When a handsome doctor (Mc(‘onaughey) saves her from certain death. her troubles seem to he over. except for the fact that Mc('onaughey is engaged to he married in a ceremony organised by Lope] herself. The pacing gets sluggish as the wedding bells start to chime. and dtibiotis acting combine with every cliche in the book to make this an ultimately forgettable movie. Magnum 'l‘healre. Irvine; llighland Theatre. ()ban.

What Women Want( I2) 00.

(Nancy Meyers. l'S. 200i ) Mel (iibson. llelen lltiiit. I27 mins. (iibson's divorced. playboy advertising executive is a testosterone-fuelled chauvinist whose brand of tits 'n' ass ad campaigns have long exceeded their sell-by date. His company. however. wants to reach female consumers and has given the topjob to a woman (llunt). But. following an accident. the exec wakes tip to discover he's able to hear women‘s unspoken thoughts. a gift which scores him brownie points all round. (iibson twinkles roguishly in the lead role and handles the film's scenes of screwball farce well. But he's let down by a lack of chemistry with his co-star. Showcase Cinema. (ilasgow'; Showcase. Paisley. OWhen Brendan Met Ti*udy ( )5) O... (Kieron J Walsh. lreland. 200i) Peter McDonald. Flora Montgomery. ()5 mins. Roddy Doyle's first original screen- play boasts his trademark eccentric charac- ters and sharp-wilted gags. and first-time director Walsh rings every last one one from it. Brendan. a nerdy linglish teacher who loves old movies. has his world turned arse over tit when Trudy struts up to him in a pub and demands he buy her a pint. From there the two embark on a relationship that takes in wild sex and nocturnal law break- ing. This is filmic equivalent of Angel Delight: light. fluffy. sugary and unadulter- ated indulgent fun. See preview and review.

She rose to fame in front of the camera, as a model for Vogue in thet920s, until a shot conSIdered risque ended her career.

Jack Mottram on Lee Miller, Art, page 90.

Films are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Film Listings compiled by Henry Northmore

ABC, Muirend: Glasgow

380 ('lai‘kston Road. Muirend. 0l4l (v33 2l23. lnfo10l4l (v37 2o4l. £2.\'0(£2 before 5pm Mon l-ri). Student: £2.20 (Mon Thu). (‘liild/(Ml’: £2.


BridgetJones’s DiaryHS) 5.55. x5. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ( I 5) 5.05. 8.05.

ThBMBchanll5) SIS. 8.l().


fi/fiJHLHURSDAY 17 Bridget Jones’s Diary ( 15)

Daily: 5.55. 8.35.

Also matinee Sat (y Stilt: 3.30. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ( l5) Daily: 5.05. 8.05.

Also matinee Sat ck Sun: 2.05. Exit Wounds ( )8)

Hi Wed: 5.45. 8.30.

Also matinee Sat & Stiii: 3,05. Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (t‘) Matinee Sal & Stiii: I25.

Spy Kids (t')

Matinee Sat tk Stiii: I255. The Mummy Returns ( I3) Thu: 5.45. 8.30.


Programme likely to be similar to the pi‘L‘ViUtls week. Phone 0i4l (i37 2(v4l for details and times. New film due to open on liri l8 May:

The Mummy Returns ( ll)

Bombay Cinema: Glasgow

5 l.orne Street. lbrox. 014i 41‘) 0722. £5 (£3).

FRIDAY lljlilESD/W J _7

For this week's pi'ograiiiiiie times. please contact the cinema on 014] 4l‘) 0722 for details.

Glasgow Film Theatre

l2 Rose Street. ()l4l 332 S | 28. (‘afc/bai'. All performances bookable. |D|. llil. livenings: £4.75 (£3.25). Matinees: £3.75 (£2.25). Wed (before 5pm): £3.75 (£l.75). Double bill £5 (£3.50). family ftiii matinees: £2.25.


1.A OneAndATwo (YIYi) ( )5) I230. 7.45.

Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) (i’( i) 4.00.

Uneasy Riders (Rationale 7) ( (S) 5.45. 2. Bread And Roses ( I5) l.()(), 3.30. 8.45.

Jung (War) In The Land at The Mulaheddin ( 15) (v. I S.


1.The DlSl‘Hl2) (.30. 3.45. (v.15. 8.30. 2.The King lsAliveHS) I45. 400. 8.45.

A llard Day’s Night ( l ') (v.30.


1. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) 1.00.

The Dish ( )2) 3.45. 6.15. 8.30.

2. The King Is Alive ( I5) I45. 400. 8.45.

A Hard Day’s Night (ti) (v.30.


1.Thellish(12) (.30. 3.45. (its. 8.30. 2. A Hard Day’s Night ( (f) 2.00. 9.00. The King IsAliveHS) 4.00. (v.30.