7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Red Tails Sat 4/11 BBC2 @ 23:50
The story of the Tuskegee airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought for their country in WWII even though their country did nothing but discriminate against them. A simplistic and corny but thoroughly entertaining and old fashioned look at a story that was ignored for years. Superb cast in this too. David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan and Cuba Gooding Jr amongst others. A lot more family friendly than usual modern war films for a change.
The Hound of the Baskervilles Mon 6/11 More4 @ 10:00
The quintessential version of the famous Sherlock Holmes tale about the famous detective and his sidekick Dr Watson investigating a family curse. Starring two of Hammer Horror's greatest stalwarts, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as Holmes and Sir Baskerville respectively. This is a fabulous looking film, with excellent acting and as per usual with Hammer productions, bucketloads of atmosphere, and all in under 90 minutes too. Perfect.
The Angel's Share Tues 7/11 Film4 @ 01:05
Four Glaswegian teenagers on a road to rock bottom decide to pull off a whiskey heist to get themselves the means to get away from a miserable future. Director Ken Loach has woven a delightful tale here, one that will upset you in places and give you a full on belly laugh in others. This is a warm look at the lives of people who are usually ignored and Paul Brannigan, as Robbie, is a talent to keep an eye out for in the future.
My Scientology Movie Wed 8/11 BBC2 @ 23:15
A feature length investigative documentary from Louis Theroux about life behind the scenes in the Church of Scientology. If you've seen Louis' docs before you know what to expect. A probing and dark look at a cult that's heightened by his interview techniques and looks of incredulity. A rare chance to see this too because, whilst not technically banned in Ireland, it's unavailable to see here due to our ridiculous blasphemy laws.
Cross of Iron Wed 8/11 TCM @ 23:10
An Officer's greed for recognition and glory sets his Battalion up for certain death during the war on the Eastern Front of WWII. An unusual war film as we see it through the eyes of German soldiers instead of the Allies. Director Sam Peckinpah's take on war is as violent as you'd expect but he also manages to humanise the Germans too. A gripping, bleak, blackly funny anti war movie with a solid cast including James Coburn and Maximilian Schell.
Odd Thomas Thur 9/11 Film4 @ 23:40
Thomas is a young man with a gift, and not a very nice gift at that. When a stranger turns up in his small town he is forced to use his unique skill to defend himself and those he cares about. This is a quirky and entertainingly little adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel. In short, it's fluff, a one-watch affair but you'll have fun during it. Thomas is well played by the late, great Anton Yelchin and has fine support from Addison Timlin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw too.
On the Waterfront Fri 10/11 BBC2 @ 12midday
An ex-boxer (who could have been a contender) turned dockworker has had enough of the corruption he sees all around him and decides it's time to take a stand. A stunner of a film about doing what's right. Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb all give career best performances. This is an all time great American classic that lives up to its hype.