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Films In 1991

Meet Rex, the latest in the Oscar-winning Aardman's gallery of plasticine pups, bears, turtles and parrots, in two brief but punchy pilots, Dreams and Dinosaurs. ... Read more
Images accompanying a riff vice-versa. ... ... 'Will To Power' by Emmanuel G ... 'In The City' by Simon Cooper ... 'Chamber of Clear Rhythm' by Andrew Frost ... 'Untitled' by Caroline McArthur ... ... Read more
... ... Ken Loach's work has been marked over the 30-odd years of his career by a sensi­tive if uncompromising eye. He has turned his gaze on social injustice in no uncommon terms and has broken bread with the working class, who he feels are the poor forgotten victims of modern society. Who can ... Read more
Over 400 hundred active volcanos are dotted around the Pacific rim, the so-called ring of fire. A clever use of computer animation and footage of events such as the Mount St Helen eruption in 1988 and the San Francisco earth­quake in 1989 illustrate the awesome geologi­cal forces that shape ... Read more
Never an easy or comfortable 'talent' to accept, legendary director Sam Peckinpah's working life was continually damaged by front office interference, in tandem with his tendency towards self-destruction. This powerful combination, together with a reputation for excessive use of violence in his ... Read more
Inspired by Butoh choreography and rein­forced by pixilation; a dance film with a differ­ence. A young woman, isolated in her apartment with TV and cigarettes, observes her neighbour. An ambience of tension; hysteria is growing... ... Read more
Dougie has a habit. It is a very, very, annoying habit, especially for his dad: all day, every day, for twenty years, Dougie has scratched his head. Dad decides to take the matter out of Dougie's hands. But being bound, immobilized and itchy as hell makes Dougie very, very annoyed himself. (SB) ... Read more
Another outstanding entry in the burgeoning British Gothic School of animation led by the Brothers Quay. ... Read more
Coloured liquids travelling in reverse support a paper dog's head, happy to simulate an unearthed spermatozoa on its way to a silk pyjama party. Which side of silk is most tense and receptive to the coloured dye in the unseen jar? ... Read more
A comic and caustic pastiche of a B-grade 50's pornography. Visually delightful with a real eye for the colours and formal concerns of the era and genre! Serving up domesticity, roast dinners and sex with lashings of humour. (AH) ... Read more
Vinu is a day dreamer, with an artistic temper­ament and few friends at his school. He spends his days dreaming of his grandfather's ances­tral home and the slow pace of village life there. Fed up with alarm clocks, homework and school, one day he runs away from home and after many ... Read more
... ... Shoot For The Contents, whose title plays on the meanings of an ancient Chinese guess­ing game, is an excursion into the maze of alle­gorical naming and story-telling in China. Weaving the points of view of both insiders and outsiders engaged in differing realms of social and ... Read more
A sound effects specialist meddles with the progress of a story. ... Read more
... ... Easily the year's most admirably eccentric movie is Richard Linklater's no-budget, college-town comedy Slacker. The 27-year-old Linklater shot the film over a couple of months last summer in and around his hometown Austin, Texas. Linklater, a college dropout who avoided the traps of film ... Read more
It is night. The puppet twins awaken and sneak up the attic stairs to spy on their stupid stepbrother. Bob, sleeping on the ceiling, is awakened by friendly lizards and sent off to the second dimensions where the photo people are being attacked by scissors. ... Read more
that's what little boys are made of. This imag­inative and polished film takes us mto one of the hundreds of women's beauty salons in London. Behind the scenes, appearance is an illusion. Discussion around the leg-waxing table focuses on whether men measure up to the beauty standard, and who ... Read more
When the atmosphere of colour/vibration simultaneously unifies and fragments, reality is merely perceptual. ... Read more
Beginning with the quote from Mary Shelley "Satan had his companions to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred", Steve Bade reworks footage from James Whale's classic 1931 film Frankenstein. The quote refers not only to Frankenstein's monster, but also to the chemically treated ... Read more
A Dostoyevsky-esque atmosphere pervades this colourful adventure into a macroscopic world of models, lightboxes and seven - eleven stores. Set to the revolutionary strains of the Peking Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Read more
Two brief animation Movements in ink and crayon. Spinning is Miroesque, Bild 14 is more brusque, a cosmopolitan jostle of coneish shapes in the tougher manner of De Kooning or Guston. ... Read more
A student film that is erratic and grainy in form and characterised by the arbitrary nature of its subject matter. Ultimately subversive, the coherence of Spree hinges on rapid cutting and discontinuity. (SC) ... Read more
Director's Note "For twelve years I carried around with me a dozen film cans of film cut from a feature I made in 1978 called Nighthawks. The original running time of that film was around four hours. Too long. But I couldn't throw those cut scenes out with the garbage. The reasons were part ... Read more
... ... Ten-year-old Nisse suffers a serious asthma attack that puts him into the hospital in the middle of summer. There, he meets Lelle, 12, a 'troublesome' patient and the hospital's enfant terrible. Lelle has a secret plan, a project, a dream. ... ... ... At first Lelle brusquely refuses to ... Read more
Tude (Martin Donovan) is an over-educated literature professor, totally oblivious to the bored students pelting him with books. He is obsessed with a single passage from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, all the while suspecting that he is an atheist undergoing a crisis of conscience. Meanwhile ... Read more
Next time your house comes down around your head, don't put all the blame on termites. The real culprits are tiny flagellates that live in the gut of the termite and turn wood cellulose into food digestible to the termite. Stunning cine-microscopy takes us on a brief tour of this world of the ... Read more
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