7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Cosmopolis Sat 22/7 BBC2 @ 23:45
A young, rich man tries to make his way across Manhattan in his limo and finds himself waylaid by numerous people and events during the course of his day. David Cronenberg's film is an unusual tale, even for him, but it's still highly watchable stuff. Odd, depressing in places, funny in others and very very talky. Robert Pattinson is surprisingly excellent in the lead role with good support from Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti.
The Skin I Live In Sun 22/7 BBC2 @ 23:45
A widowed doctor who is obsessed with his work, develops and experiments on his new creation with the help of an unwilling subject. Pedro Almodóvar's unique take on horror is a stunner of a film, very dark, creepy and gripping. Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya give career best performances too. It's a graphic movie and not for the faint of heart and will offend some people so be warned.
Went the Day Well? Mon 23/7 TCM @ 15:00
A small English town is infiltrated by undercover German soldiers during World War II. The villagers are having none of it though. Like a cross between Emmerdale and Where Eagles Dare, this is one very unique little war film. Made in 1942, this cracking thriller is quite brutal for its time, genuinely surprising in places, and well acted by Leslie Fields in particular. Really worth watching, a very effective curio even if it is basically propaganda.
The Wicker Man Wed 25/7 Horror Channel @ 22:55
A police detective sent to a remote Scottish Island in search of a young missing girl finds himself out of his depth. A true classic of the horror genre. It's not scary as such but deeply unsettling and extremely atmospheric. Edward Woodward puts in a career best performance as a man very pure of soul. Christopher Lee as always is brilliant as the local Lord. A film you genuinely won't ever forget.
Chinatown Thurs 26/7 Film4 @ 00:55
A private detective hired to investigate an affair finds himself caught up in a web of corruption, disturbing family revelations, and water! A beautifully acted film that is gorgeous-looking, deeply layered and labyrinthine and a classic that lives up to the hype. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway are amazing. Director Roman Polanski's presence is always problematic but his work here is second-to-none.
Demolition Man Fri 27/7 Dave @ 21:00
In San Angeles 2032 a good guy out of time is brought into action to deal with a bad guy. A brilliantly entertainingly action comedy which is one of the best of the 90s. Sylvester Stallone is on great form as the hero, Sandra Bullock sparkles in a very early role and Wesley Snipes has an absolute whale of a time as a very bad man. A superb vision of the future too; a bright, clean, friendly nightmare of a time to come.
Dredd Fri 27/7 Film4 @ 22:50
A brilliant and bloody adaptation of the cult British comic strip and one that's a million miles from the family fun of the recent Marvel comic book films. Judge Dredd and his new rookie have to take down a gang who have taken over a huge block of flats - chaos ensues. Karl Urban plays Dredd in perfectly grumpy and deadpan fashion while Lena Headey is good fun as his nemesis. This is great, gory entertainment although don't watch if you are, in any way, wimpy.