8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
X+Y Sat 9/9 BBC2 @ 21:00
A young autistic man finds his world opening up when he takes part in an international mathematics competition. A lovely film that will upset you and make you smile. Not exactly a comprehensive look at the condition but it gives us an idea of what people with it and their families go through. Great acting from Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins as son and mother and Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan are always good to see onscreen.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Sun 10/9 TCM @ 18:35
The legendary detective takes on a seemingly simple case of a missing person leads him to places you would never expect. Billy Wilder's take on the famous story is just wonderful and for once, as the title suggests, it's far more about the man than the case. A poignant, slightly bizarre and surreal but fantastically entertaining tale. Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely are perfect as Holmes and Watson and Christopher Lee plays a fun part in it all too.
Shane Mon 11/9 Film4 @ 14:30
A worn out gunslinger wants to retire and tend to a farm but finds himself drawn into a conflict between a landowner and a rancher. One of the all time greatest westerns here which also contains one of the all-time best bar fight scenes. You can't go wrong watching this. Alan Ladd is superb in the titular role and gets solid support from familiar faces like Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Elisha Cooke Jr and the great Jack Palance.
Contact Tues 12/9 Syfy @ 21:00
A scientist who has spent her entire life looking for extra terrestrial life discovers an unusual radio signal sent from deep space. Robert Zemeckis's sci-fi drama is a stunner. A film that will intrigue you, thrill you and fully engage your head and your heart. It's 150 mins long but flies by and the cast is cracking. Jodie Foster in the lead is excellent as always and she gets fine back up from Matthew McConaughey, William Fichtner, David Morse, and the late and much missed John Hurt.
Dragon : The Bruce Lee Story Wed 13/9 TCM @ 21:00
The story of the greatest martial art legend to ever grace the silver screen - from his teenage years in Hong Kong to his tragic death in 1973 at age 33 . A thrilling and, for the most part, fun film. Jason Scott Lee (no relation) is impressive in the lead role, perfectly nailing the man's physicality and sense of fun. It might not exactly be accurate with a few scenes are blatantly fabricated but it's highly entertaining stuff.
Let the Right One In Thur 14/9 Horror Channel @ 00:40
A young boy living in a suburb of Stockholm is being bullied but finds the strength to fight back when he befriends a peculiar little girl. A stunning take on John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and a horror tale that's as old as film itself. This is dark, original and twisted stuff but be warned it is not for the squeamish; two words - swimming pool. Wow. Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson are just fantastic in their cinematic debut as the two children.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Fri 15/9 Film4 @ 18:35
Charlie is a young man with mental health issues who struggles to make a connection with his schoolmates in 1980s Pittsburgh. Here's a rare teen movie with substance that will stick with you for a long time, full of superb performances (Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller especially) and characters you'll care about. Plus, a lethal soundtrack, making it one of my favourite films of the past ten years.
Rogue Fri (technically Sat) 15/9 BBC1 @ 00:05
A group of tourists on a boat trip in Northern Australia find themselves trapped on a small island when they are attacked by a massive crocodile as the tide is rising (of course). A solidly entertaining and jumpy little thriller made believable by fine creature effects and a good cast including Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan and Sam Worthington. Greg McLean's follow up to Wolf Creek isn't as scary as his debut but it's a lot more fun.