7 films worth watching on TV this week
Election Sat 15/7 W @ 21:00
A rivalry develops between an unhappy high school teacher and an extremely overachieving student during the run up to school president elections. Alexander Payne's movie is a hilarious, dark and nicely off-kilter look at high school life and one that's anchored by two cracking performances from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. It's a sly satire of American politics too and very welcome these days.
The Duke Of Burgundy Sun 16/7 Film4 @ 01:30
Evelyn, a student studying butterflies and her lecturer/employer Cynthia begin seeing each other and soon find themselves pushing the boundaries of their relationship to some very intense places. A dark, erotic and beautiful looking film and one that, whilst very light on plot, will keep you watching to the end. Funny in places, sad in others and always well acted by Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna.
Goodfellas Sun 16/7 TCM @ 21:00
My favourite film of all time, well one of them. A masterpiece. A story of a man in the Mafia over 25 years. Martin Scorsese's film is pure electricity. Hilarious, terrifying, exhilarating and utterly compelling; the acting is second to none too. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco are all at their best but the film is owned by Joe Pesci - he's amazing, as scary as any cinematic monster.
The Drop Mon 17/7 Film4 @ 21:00
A quiet bartender in a mob run bar in Brooklyn finds his life getting very complicated when the place is robbed and he becomes involved with his neighbour. A cracking little low-key thriller that's smart, funny, exciting and full of great characters. Tom Hardy is good as his usual gruff self and gets fine support from Noomi Rapace and the late and much missed James Gandolfini. Quite different to your usual mob film but one that I highly recommend.
Wake Wood Wed 19/7 The Horror Channel @ 22:45
A small family living in rural Northern Ireland find themselves delving into the supernatural when tragedy strikes their quiet little life. A modern folk horror film that is genuinely scary and unnerving. Shades of Stephen King and Hammer horror abound. Well written, well made and well acted by Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall and a clutch of Irish actors including Aidan Gillen, Ruth McCabe, and Brian Gleeson.
High Noon Thurs 20/7 TCM @ 15:00
A quiet western town finds itself cowering in terror when a feared gang makes a reappearance. Only one man is brave enough to stand up to them and on his wedding day too. One of the quintessential films of the Western genre and a very early example of revisionism. Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly lead the film as the newly married couple and are both superb. Gripping and exciting stuff and all done within 85 minutes. Perfect.
Salt Fri 21/7 E4 @ 21:00
A CIA agent finds herself on the run and under suspicion of treason after a prisoner accuses her of being a Russian spy. Angelina Jolie is in great form in the lead role and is a very believable action hero. Pure popcorn entertainment but very well executed. Complex and action packed and well acted by a super cast, including Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Corey Stoll who give Jolie solid support.