Chris Menges made the coast of Scotland look like a fairyland in Local Hero, and his glowing cinematography of Glasgow at night transforms the industrial city into an attractive, happy place of Christmas displays and friendly markets. Even auto accidents and the aftermath of insane vandalism are accepted without excess theatrics. The film received a Nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1985. This leads him into the struggle between two Italian families over the icecream market of Glasgow. So, in that sense, it made it a bit easier for me to raise money for the next film. One day, he goes for a drive to take his mind off his troubles.
Career interviews also give us actor Bill Paterson, whose only starring role this was, and C. As the show follows no set pattern, we keep fearing that something awful is going to happen to Alan. Grogan, Eleanor David, Alex Norton, Patrick Malahide. And much the same is true of his dealings with Messrs Bunny Alex Norton and McCool Roberto Bernardi - he ultimately solves their little local difficulty not so much through a sense of altruism but because it's become too annoying to ignore, especially when his car is repeatedly damaged as a side-effect. After he witnesses an attack on an ice cream van by angry competitors, he is led into the struggle between two Italian families over the ice cream market of. So, in that sense, it made it a bit easier for me to raise money for the next film.
The occupants retaliate with squirts of. Show You never heard of the Great Glasgow Ice Cream Wars? But overall the film has enough inspiration to be a winner. Part of the tension is trying to figure out if something is supposed to be serious or comic, and not every viewer enjoys having to be that involved. Writer-director Bill Forsyth builds his picture around the easygoing personality of Bill Paterson, an actor noted in supporting roles in , The Witches and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Parker: William Spinnato Meredith: Cindy Lanzas Shelley: Stephanie Marantz Rev. Comfort and Joy could be classified as a crime film, just not in any serious way. To contact the combatants, he starts broadcasting on his early morning show, causing Hilary , his boss, to ask his secretary if Mr.
To his amazement, three men drive up and proceed to smash up the van with baseball bats. It was a box office disappointment. The album contains music composed for the 1984 film , written and directed by. As an admired local celebrity, Bird meets with McCool and his sons Bruno, Paolo, and Renato. Instead of going for huge laughs, or going the crime film route that served some of his later countrymen, Forsyth concentrates on a little picture about high school socializing, where the already-wise girls help the boys make up their confused teenaged minds. Hilary then orders Bird to see a psychiatrist about the Mr. The children seen throughout the picture are charming, as is an elderly radio fan that Alan meets in a hospital wing.
But his stint at investigative journalism blows the lid on corruption in the local ice-cream business, and he finds himself at the centre of a full-scale war Following the critical and commercial success of Local Hero 1983 , Bill Forsyth had little difficulty in getting a new film off the ground - though this would sadly be the last time in his career that there would be such a brief gap between features. As I said above, Bill Forsyth fans will find plenty to enjoy in the picture, while some others will not understand the odd tone and relative lack of high-intensity scenes. In his car one night, he chases after Charlotte C. The Guardian 16 Nov 1983: 2. Both sides are impressed by the product's potential.
It was new to Scotland and it was soulful, a guy in his little pod broadcasting to a city in the middle of the night. As in , the has followed a rabbit through a tunnel, with sometimes bizarre consequences. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, Comfort and Joy Region B Blu-ray rates: Movie: Very Good Video: Very Good Sound: Excellent Supplements: New interviews with director Forsyth, actor Bill Paterson, Actress C. The occupants retaliate with squirts of. Comfort and Joy 1984 marks a watershed in several respects: despite the title and plenty of Forsyth's trademark quirky observations, it's ultimately a bleak, pessimistic film that was disconcerting at the time - but in retrospect it can now be seen to clearly foreshadow his later work.
Both sides are impressed by the product's potential. Cinematography: Chris Menges Film Editor: Michael Ellis Original Music: Mark Knopfler Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons Written and Directed by Bill Forsyth Quick, name some great filmmakers before the 1990s that hail from Scotland. Instead of big comedy gags, Forsyth sets these up as simple observations. The show almost verges on the fantastic in its appreciation of nature, and in Jenny Seagrove even has its own version of a mermaid. The Christian Science Monitor 16 Feb 1984: 25. He needed more, when , who came from an ice cream family, told him stories of the ice cream war. We always seemed to be chasing the light on the exteriors.
Though there's plenty of verbal and visual humour a running gag sees Alan regularly wiping white substances - bird droppings, snow, ice cream - off his car roof , Alan himself barely seems to notice: he sleepwalks through his radio show and his inane jingles like the professional he clearly is, but his heart is still with the departed Maddy Eleanor David - his chasing of Charlotte C. No, in this case the eccentric mood and cozy Glasgow nights are what the picture is all about. It appeals both to Trevor's fish and chips frying background as well as Mr. It was a box office disappointment. When a big scandal hit the year the film came out, Comfort was caught in an editorial crossfire, locally, as if the filmmakers were making fun of the situation. Maddy is introduced in such a way that we think we are going to be seeing either a serious crime picture, or a crazier farce.
Howard, this fast-paced, occasionally humorous sequel to Conan the Barbarian features the hero Arnold Schwarzenegger as he is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis Sarah Douglas to safely escort a teen princess Olivia D'Abo and her powerful bodyguard Wilt Chamberlain to a far away castle to retrieve the magic Horn of Dagon. Bunny he keeps trying to reach. As always, Forsyth keeps things lighter than that. He then goes back and forth between them and Trevor and Charlotte later revealed to be McCool's rebellious daughter , trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement. The fight is over both raw materials and territory.
The home-grown talent Bill Forsyth won the hearts of filmgoers with his droll, endearing teen romance , a Scots film so Scottish that one needs subtitles to understand its English dialogue. Not helping is a scene or two that do work like standard comedy material, and as such are completely unwelcome. Grogan is so half-hearted that he may well just be going through the motions as a matter of course. Since Bird alone knows the secret ingredient of the ancient , he cuts himself in for 30% of the gross as well as repairs to his abused car. Chicago Tribune 19 Sep 1985: 7. Comfort and Joy is a 1984 Scottish written and directed by and starring as a radio disc jockey whose life undergoes a bizarre upheaval after his girlfriend leaves him. Singer Claire Grogran was in the film.