7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Sat 16/9 CH4 @ 21:00
A group of teenage wannabe filmmakers witness a train crash and what happens afterwards will change their lives forever. JJ Abram's homage to the sci-fi films of the '70s and '80s is a splendidly entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. The young cast is brilliant, they're likeable and convincing which helps the film through its sillier scenes. Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney are the standouts and Kyle Chandler in support is always dependable.
Nina Forever Sat 16/9 Film4 @ 23:10
A man is overcome with grief when his girlfriend dies. However, she doesn't want to rest in peace and reappears to him at the most inopportune times. This sounds silly and bizarre and yes it is but its also a very affecting and blackly comedic look at how people deal with grief. And a couple of cracking performances from Abigail Hardingham and Cian Barry help carry it all. Warning - not for the easily offended amongst ye.
Invaders from Mars Sun 17/9 Horror Channel @ 16:50
A young boy suspects sometime is amiss in his small town and it isn't long before all hell breaks loose. The late and much missed Tobe Hooper directed this loving homage to 1950s B-movies and it's highly entertaining stuff and much more family friendly than his usual films. Super cast too, including Karen Black, Louise Fletcher, James Karen, and Bud Cort. It's silly and looks like it was made for a fiver but it's great fun.
Blue Is the Warmest Colour Tues 19/9 Film4 @ 23:35
In Lille in northern France a girl called Adèle meets a woman called Emma and they fall in love. We bare witness to the relationship from beginning to end. This film is famous for some pretty explicit love scenes but there is far more to it than that. It's deep, compelling, multi-layered stuff filled with superb acting and spun all around a heartbreaking tale. Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos both give brave and brilliant performances.
Soylent Green Wed 20/9 Syfy @ 23:00
In 2022, after a member of the board of management of rations manufacturer Soylent Corp. is murdered, a detective looks into the case and finds a lot more than he bargained for. Charlton Heston plays Detective Thorn in this chilling and bleak version of the future of Earth. Made in 1973 this all looked insanely far fetched but in 2017 nothing would surprise me anymore. This is a dark, exciting and twisty sci-fi that's still well worth a watch.
Mommie Dearest Thurs 21/9 TCM @ 18:30
The story of Joan Crawford, a Hollywood A-List actress of the Golden era and her "strained" relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina. Ignore the terrible reviews, this is a classic of camp and screeching melodrama all carried by an absolutely barnstorming performance by Faye Dunaway as Crawford. This is a film to watch with more than a few drinks on board, they don't make films like this anymore. Seriously.
Assault on Precinct 13 Fri 22/9 ITV4 @ 22:40
The inhabitants of a remote police station on New Year's Eve find themselves under siege when they are surrounded by enemies wanting a prisoner being held inside. This extremely violent remake of the John Carpenter classic more than holds its own and is surprisingly entertaining. It features a great cast too including Ethan Hawke, Maria Bello, Lawrence Fishburne and a nicely evil Gabriel Byrne.