Film index

0 Fahrenheit 9/11 (l5) eeee (Michael Moore. US. 2004) Michael Moore. George W Bush. Donald Rumsfeld. Lila Lipscombe. l22min. Another politically charged documentary from Oscar winner Moore. this time taking aim at the Bush administration. Moore sets to recreate the events that have led us from the 2000 presidential election to the bloody occupation of Iraq. Fahrenheit 9/11 may not have the ability to shift governments but it's still an incredibly powerful. special voice of opposition and protest. It will also prove to be the highest grossing documentary of all time in America. without a doubt. Selected release.

The Flower of Evil (La Fleur du Mal) (15) 0” (Claude Chabrol. France. 2003) Benoit Magimel. Nathalie Baye. Melanie Doutey, Suzanne Flon. 104mm. The Charpin-Vasseur clan are an upper middle-class Bordeaux family with more than its fair share of dark secrets. Director Claude Chabrol. a veteran of some 50 films. is back on familiar ten’itory. dispassionately revealing the hypocrisies and corruptions of the bourgeoisie and sardonically observing how patterns of behaviour are compulsively repeated through the generations. Yet although it begins with a camera prowling through a country house and with the discovery of a corpse. the digressive The Flower of Evil shows little concern with thriller conventions or with the interior psychology. as Chabrol is content to simply push his characters around like pieces on a chess board. Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow. Garfield (PG) 0. (Peter Hewitt. US. 2004) Breckin Meyer. Jennifer Love Hewitt. Stephen Tobolowsky. Bill Murray (voice). 81min. Dopey. dumb ass version of the popular strip and TV cartoon. Not half as bad as you may suspect. though Murray is wasted. General release.

George Washington (l2) 00000 (David Gordon Green. US. 2001) Donald


Holden. Candace Evanofski. Eddie Rouse. 89min. In a humid. broken North Carolina backwoods town a group of angsty. literate and above all verbose teenagers talk and play. Green was a mere 24 years old when he made this haunting film. possibly the first to be justifiably compared to Terence Malick's Days of Heaven. With its lush. elegiac photography. remarkable performances from a group of non-actors and the deeply sensitive editing. this is an instant classic. Like Lynne Ramsey‘s Ratcatcher. it deals with the suffocating guilt yet ultimate powerlessness of childhood. C CA. Glasgow.

Get Carter (18) me (Mike Hodges. UK. 1971) Michael Caine. Britt Ekland. John Osbome. l 12min. Get Carter stands out as a highlight in the artist formerly known as Micklewhite's career. His superbly controlled perfonnance as the relentless avenger on a score-settling trip to the North East of England only makes you wish Caine had played more villains. Hodges grimly effective direction proves that you don‘t need to be as worthy as Ken Loach to make a document of social history. Cameo. Edinburgh.

Gozu (Goltudo Kyoto Dai-Gekiio: Gozu) (l8) eee (Takashi Miike. Japan. 2003) Hideki Sone. Sho Aikawa. Kimika Yoshino. Shahei Hino. Keiko Tomita. l29min. Ozaki. a member of the Azamawari Crew. is killed off by its chairman when his eccentric behaviour starts to disturb crew members. including his brother Minami. When ()zaki's corpse can't be found. Minami goes on a frantic quest to find it. Takeshi‘s new film sees him back in business with ultra violent gangs. bizarre levels of cruelty and virtuoso film making. UGC Renfrew Street. Glasgow. Glasgow; UGC Cinemas Edinburgh. Edinburgh.

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(Will Finn. John Sanford. US. 2004) Steve Buscemi. Judi Dench. GW Bailey. Roseanne Barr. 76min. See review. Page 17. General release.

I’m Not Scared (12A) 0000 (Gabriele Salvatores. ltaly/Spain/UK. 2002) Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. Dino Abbrescia. Giorgio Careccia. Giuseppe Cristiano, Mattia Di Pierro. Diego Abatantuono. 108mm. Part horror movie. part political thriller. this haunting. eerie ll’lristle Down the Wind-style drama is set in the bankrupt rural south of Italy during the late l970s. Director Salvatores has filmed Niccolo Ammaniti‘s popular novel about a boy passing from innocence to experience with quiet sun drenched malevolence. Adapted for the screen by Ammaniti himself. the film keeps its audience as much in the dark as its innocent protagonist. ltan Petriccione‘s photography of the baking landscape is vivid enough to induce an itchy heat rash and the performances Salvatores elicits from child actors Giuseppe Cristiano and Mattia Di Pierro are wonderful. A glorious paean to childhood with the wrenching pain of Childhood's end. Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow:

I, Robot ( I2A) 0” (Alex Proyas. US. 2004) Will Smith. Bridget Moynahan. James Cromwell. 1 15min. See review. page 17. General release.

Internal Affairs II (15) 0.0 (Wai Keung Lau/Siu Fai Mak. Hong Kong/ China/Singapore. 2003) Edison Chen. Shawn Yue. Anthony Wong Chan-Sang. Francis Ng. l 19min. See review. page l6. Selected release.

Intimate Strangers (Confidences Trop lntirnes) (IS) 000 (Patrice Leconte. France. 2003) Sandrine Bonnaire. Fabrice Lucini. 104mm. Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire) is trying to get out of an abusive relationship. and seeks help from a psychologist. But she accidentally walks into the wrong office and starts revealing intimate details to shocked tax lawyer William (Fabrice Luchini). He is so absorbed by the sadness. darkness and fantasies she shares with him that he doesn't quite get round to telling her who he is. She keeps coming back. and he becomes as much her patient as she is his client. Intriguing psychodrama. ('ameo. Edinburgh.

Iron Giant (U) 0000 (Brad Bird. US. 1999) Voices of Jennifer Aniston. Harry Conick Jr. Vin Diesel. 86min. In this animated film adaptation of Ted Hughes' classic children‘s story about a boy who befriends a 50ft robot from outer space. The action is transported from rural England to small-town America in the late l950s. The resulting film is a fast-moving thrillfest featuring bongo-beating beatniks. a great rockabilly soundtrack and explosive destruction on a grand scale. This being a kids‘ film. through. it's violence with a conscience. Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow.

Jersey Girl ( IZA) 0” (Kevin Smith. US. 2004) Raquel Castro. Ben Affleck. Liv Tyler. Jennifer Lopez. George Carlin.Widowed dad ()llie Trinke (Affleck) has moved back to his dad‘s (Carlin) house


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