Film index

The General (15)OOOO (John Boorman. CK. 1998) Brendan Gleeson. Adrian Dunbar. Jon Voight. 12-1 mins. Controversy and atnbiguity surrounds the story of one of Ireland‘s most notorious gangsters. .Martin Cahill. On one hand. he's a Robin Hood figure who shares otit the spoils of his theft; on the other. he is vicious. brutal and atnoral. Gleeson's performance is compelling. while the black and white photography hardens the edges of the Irish landscape by making very simple things stark and beautiful. The Lumiere. Edinburgh.

Ghost World (15) 0000. (Terry Zwigoff. L'SA. 2001)Thora Birch. Scarlet Johanssen. Brad Renfro. Steve Buscemi. Stacey Travis. 1 12 mins. Dan Clowes' cult comic book about two angst-ridden teenage girls gets terrific big screen treatment courtesy of Clowes hitnself and director Terry Zwigoff (Crumb). Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch star. The Lumiere. Edinburgh. Ginger Snaps ( 18) 0000 (John Favvcett. Canada. 2001 ) Katharine Isabelle. Etnin Perkins. Mimi Rogers. 108 mins. Writer-director Fawcett's sardonic treatment of the American bourgeoisie gives this horror movie the feeling of an acutely observational rotnp. lsabelle‘s blossoming nymph sprouts a tail after a werewolf attack. but after tnuch perplexity begins to bear it with fortitude spreading her infection with her sexual favours. As her slavishly devoted sister tries to intervene. Ginger transforms frotn empowered teen to tragic monster. I)espite l-lollywood's long flirtation with lycanthropy. Fawcett's funny. tragic film still contrives to be original. Selected release. Gohatto ( 15) 0.. (Nagisa ()shima. Japan. 1999) Ryuehi Matsuda. Beat Takeshi. 101 mins. ()shima's new liltn recall his popular earlier works At No ('m'rt'zla and Merry Christmas. Mr [xiii-retire. also liltns emphasising a hothouse sexual atmosphere and closed off space. In this study of a much-desired young samurai recruit

(Matsuda) in a Japanese samurai temple in the 1860s. ()shima combines the sexually ripe with the coldly ritualistic. Where that master of larger than life samurai cinema. the late. great Akira Kurosawa. often emphasised the realistic with difficult on location shoots. it's as if ()shima wants to play up the dreamin mythic with a studio set design suggesting the whole samurai world could have been a wispy erotic liction. Glasgow Filtn Theatre. Glasgow. Grease (PG) .000 (Randal Kleiser. LS. 1978) John Travolta. Olivia Newton John. Stockard Charming. l 10 mins. The colourful goings-on at Rydell High -- particularly the romance of square out-of- towner Sandy and tough guy Danny is the stuff ofclassic movie escapism. In addition to a plot which groans with frustrated passion. bristles with gang tensions and swings with teen verve. the songs are the soundtrack for a generation. Twenty years on. Grease is still the word. and still the way we are feeling. Ster Century Cinema: Edinburgh. Edinburgh.

Heartbreakers ( 15) .000 (David Merkin. IS. 2001 ) Sigourney Weaver. Jennifer Love Hewitt. Gene Hacktnan. 123 mins. Max and Page Conners are a mother- and-daughter team ofcon artists. Max reels in a wealthy sucker and gets him to pop the question. Soon after the wedding. the groom is caught in a compromising position with Page and a lucrative annulment follows. Having lieeced Ray Liotta's New Jersey chop-shop owner in this manner. the pair head for Palm Beach. Florida. where they target tobacco billionaire William B Tensy (llacktnan). Like its protagonists. Heurtln‘vukers is both cheerfully amoral and charming. cynical and sweet. The cast are quite obv'iottsly having a ball and their enthtisiasm is delightfully infectious. General release.

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Stephen Trask. 91 mins. In order to escape communist East Gertnany. young Hansel tnarries a gay G.I.. which involves undergoing a sex change operation. This is botched leaving Hansel. now Hedwig. with just an ‘angry inch'. Jump forward a few years and Hedwig is touring middle- America with her punk rock band named after his phallic stump. She‘s also stalking fortncr lover and musical protege Tommy Gnosis. who's stolen Hedwig's songs and hit the big time. Mitchell. star of the cult rock mUsical. gives it his all once more. directing. writing and acting in this lively and liberating film version of his stage collaboration with Trask. ()deon. Glasgow. Help! I’m A Fish (L7) 0.. (Michael llegner. Stefan Fjeldmark. I)enmark/(iermany/Ireland. 2001 ) Voices of Alan Ricktnan. Terry Jones. Teryl Rothery. 78 mins. This cheerful offering involves three kids: pesky Fly. his sweet little sister Stella and their geeky cousin Chuck. After sneaking out of the house they cotne across a secret tunnel by the sea. in which lives a professor (voiced by Jones) who's created a formula to turn humans into fish. Lo' and behold ourjunior heroes are soon swimming with the fishes”. trying to find an antidote and doing battle with an evil pilot-fish (villainous Rickman). Younger children should enjoy it. but if you're looking for humour or any real moments of high drama. you'll be disappointed. Selected release. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) 00. (Steven Spielberg. 1989) Harrison Ford. Sean Connery. Alison l)oody. I)enholm Elliot. 127 mins. The third and supposedly final instalment of Spielberg's blockbuster series. in which the archaeological adventurer is joined by his father (Connery) fora romp through the Middle East in search of the Holy Grail. hotly pursued (as ever) by the Nazis. A rather dodgy quasi-Christian morality and a tnore-of-the-same-ish plot are offset by strong performances from Ford and Connery and technical bravura. Ster Century Cinema: Edinburgh. Edinburgh. Inspector Gadget ( If) 00. (David Kellogg. 1999) Matthew Broderick. Rupert Everett. Joer Fisher. 79 mins. Disney's take on the French kids' cartoon follows the part human. part gi/mo Gadget's (Broderick) quest to become a proper. respected cop. L'nfortunately. the dastardly Claw (Everett) has a scheme for world domination. which includes creating an evil doppelganger of the trenchcoated wonder. The Inspector's many contraptions will delight younger viewers. and oldies will be amused by the plentiful self-referential moments. Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow. Intimacy ( 18) O... (Patrice Chereau. L'K/France. 2001 ) Kerry Fox. Mark Rylance. Timothy Spall. 120 mins. An erect penis. cellulite. vivid oral sex. regular but urgent intercourse in an emotional vacuum between unhappy strangers in a grubby London flat on a dirty carpet. Chereau's brave English-language debut (adapted frotn Hanif Kureshi's short stories) jauntin flaunts it all. Intimacv offers tnuch more than a reassuring dose of voyeurism. A film composed of moments. it brilliantly turns the lens upon often overlooked relationships in middle-age. zooms in on the use of sex as a powerful anaesthetic and captures the self- loathing that often lives inside of lust. Adam Smith Theatre. Kirkcaldy; MacRobert Arts Centre. Stirling.

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (18) (Kevin Smith. LS. 2001 ) Prev icw screening of the new foul-mouthed slacker comedy from Kevin Smith (Clerks. Chasing Amy. Dogma). Smith's silent screen alter ego and his super offensive pal Jay take the centre stage once tnore following their upgrade to leading men (or maybe that should be boys) status in Dug/nth Stet Century Cinema. Edinburgh.

Jules Et Jim (PG) .CCCOII‘i‘anuiis 'I'ruffaut. France. 1961 ) Jeanne Moreau. ()skar Werner. Henri Serre. 105 mins. 'I‘ruffaut's early masterpiece. telling the comi-tragic tale of an eternal triangle straddling the First World War. Bohemian. mercurial Parisienne Catherine (Moreau) divides her affections between Jules

(Werner) and Jim (Serre). whose deep friendship overrides their rivalry in love and their separation by war. But Truffaut has a salutory fare in store for the threesome. which is both devastating and poetic. Powerful stuff. Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow.

Jurassic Park Ill (PG) 000 (Joe Johnston. 2001) Sam Neill. Tea Leoni. William H. Macy. 92 mins. The flimsy excuse to get the cast over to the Park is a young lad who has become stranded on the dinosaur island. An unofficial search party. headed by his parents (Macy and Leoni). hoodwink palaeontologist [)r Grant (Neill. reprising his role) into helping them out. Of course. things go wrong as soon as they arrive and they are attacked by a Spinosaur. a new and improved T—rex. From there on in the cast jump froin one perilous situation to another. A complete retread of the first two movies with even tnore dinosaur attacks. more ridiculous predicaments and bigger monsters. General release.

A Knight’s Tale (PG) 0.. (Brian llelgeland. 2001) Heath Ledger. Mark Addy. Paul Bettany. 132 mins. After his master dies halfway through a jousting tournament in medieval France. peasant William Thatcher (Ledger) dons his suit of armour and drags begrudging pals Roland (Addy) and Wat (Alan Tudyk) across Europe towards victory. Writer-director llelgeland's (1...»1. Confidential. Payback) liltn displays a playful sense of humour with its anachronistic soundtrack featuring Queen. David Bowie and other 70s rockers. and amusing allusions to the World Cup. And unusually it also emphasises character interaction so that the working class heroes are aided by Laura Fraser's widow-turned- blacksmitli and Bettany‘s scene-stealing gambler/poet ‘Geoff‘ Chaucer. General release.

The Ladykillers (PG) (Alexander Macketndrick. CK. 1955) Alec Guinness. Cecil Parker. Katie Johnson. 97 mins. A bunch of not-so-bright crooks planning a daring robbery get tnore than they bargain for when they set up headquarters with a seemingly harmless little old lady. Wry Ealing comedy. with Guinness as usual outshining a plethora of vigorous comic character actors. The Filmhouse. Edinburgh.

Lagaan (PG) 000. (Ashtitosh Govvariker. India. 2001 ) Aamir Khan. Gracy Singh. Rachel Shelley. 22-1 mins. New Bollywood movie from the world‘s largest film industry. Set in the early days of the Raj. Lagaan pits Indian farmers against their colonial oppressors . . . over a game of cricket. This is a breakthrough for Bollywood cinema exports. having established crossover appeal for Hindi and non-Hindi speaking audiences. Showing in Hindi with English subtitles. Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow.

Late Night Shopping ( IS) I... (Saul Met/stein. ['K. 2001) Luke de \\'oolfsoon. Enzo Cilenti. Kate Ashlield. James Lance. Heike Makatsch. 91 mins. Director Metzstein and writer Jack Lothian's debut is a romantic comedy filmed in Glasgow. though set in what could be any large city. about four slackers wasting their lives working night shifts in various menial jobs. Lothian has drawn on his own all-night shelf stacking experiences. turning out a wordy and witty script. Met/stein brings to his creative partner‘s script a line sense of pacing and handsome gloss finish courtesy of ace cinennttographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting. [fast Is hast). Long live Brit cinema. MacRobert Arts Centre. Stirling. The Little Vampire (t') 000 (Hi Edel. CK. 2000) Rollo Weeks. Richard E. Grant. Jonathan Lipnicki. 95 mins. Tony (Lipnicki ). fresh from the orange groves of California. moves with his family to beautiful Scotland. He quickly becomes the most unpopular kid in his class. but finds a playmate vs hen a ten-year-old vampire conveniently falls down his chimney. Can Tony join in the quest for the missing amulet and help the fanged Rudolph and his fatnin become human'.’ I)espite its Hollywood re- vamp. .-\nge1a Sommer-Bodenburg's well-