7 films worth watching on Freeview TV this week
The Purge Sat 24/6 CH4 @ 23:15
In the near future, for one night a year, all crimes are legal, and people use this night to settle scores. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey find themselves and their family under siege. A great original premise that will make you think about what you would do in this situation, convincing acting and some brutal action turn this into a very intriguing and watchable little thriller.
Rio Bravo Sun 25/6 ITV4 @ 12:35
A sheriff trying to defend his little town enlists an unlikely crew of people to help him after he arrests the brother of a violent criminal. One of the all-time quintessential westerns, this Howard Hawks directed movie is gorgeous to look at, it's great fun, some super action and sees John Wayne give a performance that shows just why he was so popular. Dean Martin is fine in support too and sings some lovely ditties.
Eyes Of Laura Mars Mon 26/6 Horror Channel @ 22:55
A fashion photographer develops psychic abilities that allow her to see through the eyes of a serial killer as he does his nefarious deeds. A bizarre film but one filled with some real suspense and one that gives us a superbly authentic view of New York in the 70s. Faye Dunaway is cracking in the lead and Tommy Lee Jones gives good support. Nice supporting cast too with Brad Dourif and Raúl Juliá in tow.
The Ladykillers Tues 27/6 Film4 @ 12:45
A motley crew of criminals pretend to be musicians so they can kill a little old lady and rob a bank. Things do not go to plan. Another classic from Ealing studios and one of the funniest British films ever made. This is a film that will make you laugh. It's so much fun and with a killer cast. Alec Guinness in the lead is brilliant, and why wouldn't he be with top notch support from Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom.
Logan's Run Wed 28/6 Syfy @ 21:00
Life in the future is paradise. No one has to work and you have everything you need. The one catch? You die when you reach the age of 30. One man decides to buck the system. Grim premise aside this is great fun to watch, dated as hell (the clothes, the hair, the FX, it all screams 70s) but it all adds to the fun of the film. Michael York and Jennifer Agutter are good value as the leads too. A highly entertaining bit of sci-fi.
Rear Window Thurs 29/6 Film4 @ 13;45
A photographer with a broken leg and a lot of time to kill starts to notice suspicious goings on in the apartment block he lives in and overlooks. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller is an absolute cracker of a film. Funny, totally absorbing and littered with tension, lovely characters and great set-pieces. So influential too. James Stewart and Grace Kelly as the leads are an absolute joy to watch. This is a film everyone, young and old, will love.
Kill Bill Vol 1 Fri 30/6 W @ 21:00
A woman takes revenge on the crime syndicate that killed her husband on their wedding day and left her for dead. Quentin Tarantino's blackly comic action thriller is uproariously entertaining stuff. Packed with humour and violence that will make your jaw drop. It's so OTT though that you can't take any of it seriously. Uma Thurman is brilliant in the lead role, and carries it all well. Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox are good in nasty villain mode too.