New Films: Keep the Aspidistra Flying (12) Directed by Robert Bierman How to be a Player (18) Directed by Lionel C Martin 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (15) Directed by Tom Schulman
Friday 28 November 1997
Keep the Aspidistra Flying is an adaptation of George Orwell's 1936 novel about an advertising copywriter who longs to be a poet. Richard E Grant works hard in the lead role, but the film is drab and condescending and positively dares you to have a good time.
How to be a Player is a black Alfie, following a young stud through a day of conquests; it will bore or offend anyone who isn't a promiscuous, misogynist, heterosexual male.
And 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag proves that directors don't know what to do with Joe Pesci any more. As a gangster delivering the eponymous cargo to a mob boss, he looks lost and confused, a not-very-goodfella.
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