surprise that there are some very funny lines in a film that's destined to be heralded as the new l-imr Ilia/dings. ()deoii. Dunfermline. Meet The Parents ( 12) 0.. (Jay Roach. CS. 2000) Ben Stiller. Robert De Niro. Blythe Danner. 107 mins. lt's everyone‘s idea of a nightmare weekend. Having fallen in love. you are forced to spend time of varying quality with your potential in-laws. This is the tricky task which faces Stiller as he prepares for the company of De Niro's Cold War secret agent. his daunting wife and a plethora of friends and family you'd go to the ends of the earth not to have to choose. The beauty or beastliness about Meet The Parents is the safe predictability of the gags. De Niro's performance is somewhat flat. but Stiller‘s edgily fatalistic performance is a joy. ()deon. Kilmarnock.
Memento ( IS) 0.... (Christopher Nolan. CS. 2000) Guy Pearce. Carrie-Ann Moss. Joe Pantoliano. 1 16 mins. Beginning where most other films would end with an act of vengeance. w riter-director Nolan tells his story by gradually working backwards in time. Leonard Shelby (Pearce) is obsessed with avenging his wife's rape and murder. Trouble is Leonard suffers from a condition of short-term memory loss. and so he relies on an elaborate system of ineinentoes — maps. polaroids. body tattoos »— to piece together the clues in his investigation. A compelling. elliptical reconstruction of the revenge thriller. which skilfully examines the connections between memory. identity and perception. Cameo. lidinburgh.
The Mummy Returns ( 12) .0. (Stephen Sommcrs. LS. 2001 ) Brendan Fraser. Rachel Weisz. John Hannah. 12‘) mins. The plot of the sequel to the smash hit period adventure revolves around Rick and livie ()‘Connell's (Fraser and Weisz) pilfering of ancient ligyptian tombs. a dark cult located in the British Museum and the legend of a warrior who promised his soul to the god Anubis 5.000 years ago. Absurdly high octane action cinema. tipping the balance right over into comedy and sometimes farce. Good fun. and a good deal more than a lazy sequel. Showcase. Paisley. Mysteries Of Egypt ( l ') (Bruce Neibaur. LS. 2001) ()mar Sharif. Kate Maberly. mins. ()mar Sharif stars in the first National Geographic film to appear in IMAX. imparting tales of tombs. treasures and the amazing achievements of this anicent civilisation. IMAN Theatre. Glasgow.
Night On Earth ( 15) 0000 (Jim Jarmusch. LS. 1992) Winona Ryder. Beatrice Dalle. Gena Rowlands. Giancarlo Esposito. 12‘) mins. Los Aiigeles. New York. Paris. Rome. Helsinki. Five cities. five taxi rides. five chance encounters. The director of .Ilvsierv Train and Down By law pushes aside narrative and goes instead for visual uniformity in a claustrophobic setting. Character studies with a mildly philosophical aftertaste. Filinhouse. Edinburgh.
Ossessione ( 15) .000 (Lucino Visconti. Italy. 19-12) Clara Calamai. Massimo Ciirotti. Juan De Landa. Dliia Cristani. 13‘) mins. Visconti's first feature pre-einpted the Italian neo-realisni movement with its steamy story of crime
Re-issue of Norman Jewison's glorious adaptation of the stage musical, Fiddler On The Root
passionel ~ The Postman Always R01ng TIt'ft't’ set in the Po [)elta. Seductive but controlled. it was an early indicator of the auteur's intelligence and intensity. Filmhouse. Edinburgh.
Pearl Harbor(15)00 (Michael Bay. LS. 2001) Ben Affleck. Josh Hartnett. Kate Beckinsale. 180 mins. Affleck and Harnett play lifelong buddies. Rafe and Danny. who end up in the American airforce as pilots. The boys are based in Pearl Harbor. Hawaii. but Rafe volunteers for a posting tojoin the Battle of Britain. though not before falling for nurse livelyn (Beckinsale). When Rafe is reported lost. missing-iii-action. Danny slips into the bed of the fair livelyn. And then just to bugger it all up. Rafe returns from the ‘dead' and the attack by the Japanese gets in the way of sorting love affairs otit. Pearl Harbor is over-long and over-sentimental. and in going for the broadest audience Bay has Vaselined the unpleasantness of war away. lessening its impact. Selected release. Pokemon 3: The Movie (1') 000 (Michael Haigney. l'S/Japan. 2001 ) Voices of Veronica Taylor. liric Stuart. Rachel Lillis. 96 mins. As with the previous film. Pokemon .v’ comes with a short. I’ikuehu: The Movie 200] - l’i'kui‘hii Ami Pie/m. which features the popular. electricity-pow'ered yellow Pokemon and his brother. The main feature. Spell ()f‘l‘he ('Iikiimwi. concerns an orphan girl who's home is tumed into a crystal castle by alphabet-like Pokemon the l'nown. who then makes her every wish come true. Still. one for kids only. General release.
0 Possible Worlds ( 15) 0000 (Robert Lepage. Canada. 2001 ) Tom MeCamtis. Tilda Swinton. Sean McCann. ()2 mins. What starts off as a routine. if gruesome. police drama — body discovered. head sliced in two. brain removed — quickly switches into a fascinating and unnerving speculation about parallel universes. The premise of John Mighton's script. brought to the screen by Lepage. is that ‘each of us exists in an infinite number of possible worlds’. it's just that we're only aware of experiencing one of them. lixcept for George. quietly troubled McCainus. who has the misfortune to be aware of them all. It's really quite disturbing. See review. l’ilinhouse. Edinburgh.
The Princess And The Warrior( 15) .0 (Toni Tykwer. Germany. 2001 ) Franke Potente. Benno I-‘iirinann. 135 mins. ln Rim [.o/u Rim. Tykwer ruthlessly sci/ed the attention of the cinema-going populace with his fast-paced. adrenalin-fuelled crime drama starring plucky Potente. Although bearing uncanny thematic similarities and once again starring Potente as a pcrsevering young woman — in this case a shy and retiring psychiatric nurse unwittingly looking for love — this follow-up manages to be the polar opposite of its fore-runner. ()verblow-n. long-winded and frequently cringeworthy. this ineffectual. idealist romance disappoints. OFT. Glasgow.
The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (PG) 0... (Billy Wilder. CK. 1970) Roben Stephens. Colin Blakely. Christopher Lee. 125 mins. With the able assistance of his regular scriptwriter collaborator. LA. Diamond. Wilder
demythologises the consulting detective. aluding to his homosexuality and drug addiction However. this remains a touching portrait of Holmes. not least because of Stephens" wonderful performance. And as a straight Holmes adventure. all the elements are present and correct right up to the climactic finale on Loch Ness. Nice support. too. from Blakely as Watson and Lee as Holmes' smart brother. Mycroft, MacRobert Arts Centre. Stirling.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark ( Pt}: .0... (Steven Spielberg. LS. 1981) Harrison Ford. Karen Allen 1 15 mins. lord play s adventuring aichaeologist Indiana Jones. who almost bites off more than he can chew when he turns up the Ark of the Covenant in Na/i-infested wartime ligypt. Return to the breathless excitement of the Saturday morning serial with this rollercoaster of a movie. probably better than either of its sequels. Tongue held very firmly in cheek. L'GC. lidinburgh. Recess: School’s Out (1') 00. (Chuck Sheetl. LS. 2001 ) Voices of James Woods. Dabney Coleman. Dan Castellaneta. 82 mins. Disney plunders its own small screen programming for this feature length version of its cartoon series. Rt't‘t'vv concerns the adventures of a gang of pre- adolescent kids. whose roll call includes a natural leader. brainy nerd. cute girl. tomboy and. erm. a little boy who sings like a man. For the big screen school outing. the gang put their mischievous ways to good iise when an evil ex-principal of their school. Mr Benedict (Arnold would that be?) hatches a scheme to end summer vacations by causing permanent winter. General release. Rembrandt ( )2) 00. (Charles Matton. l’rance/l-lolland/Germany. 2001 ) Klatis Maria Brandauer. Romane Bohringcr. Johanna ter Steegc 103 mins. Matton's biopic is as much an introduction to the work of the Dutch master as a revelation of his personal life. ponraying Reinbrandt's successes. loves and losses through a
pictorial chronology of his life His early fortuitous career as the leading portrait painter in Holland is well documented. as the film brings to lite some of Reinbi'andt's most famous paintings Rather than inst reproduce Rembrandt's masterpieces. Mattoii has the works bear resemblance to the actors rather than the originals Rein/irinzii': may provoke heated debates about its accuracy. but this fine-looking.
vv ell-acted film creates a fascinating celluloid account of the great master 's art The l.unnere. lidinburgh
A Room For Romeo Brass ( IS) ..... (Shane .\Ic.i(lovvs_ [Ix] 200(1) Paddy Considine. Andrew Shim. Ben Marshall. 00 mins Meadow s once more combines colourtul regional chaiactcis with impish humour and kitchen sink diaiiia to great effect. but adds to the nnv a deeply personal autobiographical element And he elicits impressively naturalistic performances from a cast of newcomers foi the story of young Nottingham lads Romeo (Shim) and Gav in (Marshall) who are best mates until the arrival of oddball Morcll (the astonishingly dynamic Considinc) Cameo. lidinburgh.
Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (ti .0. (Stig Bergqv ist. Paul l)cnieycr. LS. 2001 ) Voices of Christine Cavanaugh. Siisan Sarandon. Debbie Reynolds. 7" nnns The antics of those diaper-clad undei-Ss. Tommy. Chuckic. l)i|. Phil and 1 i1. and tormenting big cousin Angelica. make a great kids cartoon. Better that) its predecessor. Ruertilv III l’iiriv has the gang descending on liurt)reptarland (read liurodisney ). vv here conniv ing Angelica lives up motherless Chuckie and his gullible father. Chas. vv ith the v illaiiious Coco La Bouclie who hates children. To save ('liiickie the kids hiiack the giant robotic Reptar and race for Notre Dame to stop the wedding. Lively. well-paced entertaiinncnt for younger children. and itist smart enough for most adults. Selected release.
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