7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Dog Soldiers Sat 11/11 Horror Channel @ 21:00
A group of soldiers on routine training in the Scottish highlands find themselves under siege from a pack of beasts that should not exist. Neil Marshall's debut feature is a joy; hilarious, horrific, quotable, fun, disgusting and damn scary. A rare horror comedy that gets its blend just right. All this and we get a wicked cast too including Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma, Cleasby, Liam Cunningham and Darren Morfitt who's just great as Spoon.
War Horse Sun 12/11 BBC1 @ 14:05
This is perfect Sunday afternoon fare from Steven Spielberg, following a horse from its idyllic life on a farm through to its deployment to war and the horrors experienced in the trenches of The Somme. Dark and grim in places but ultimately uplifting stuff. Cynics will whine about it but it's a good watch and there's a fine cast on display too. Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson and Liam Cunningham all stand out.
Akira Mon 13/11 Syfy @ 00:10
The film that brought anime to the attention of the western world. Set in a dystopian futuristic Tokyo it's the story of two friends, one effected by a government project and the other who tries to help him. This animated film is 29 years old and still feels fresh. It really is astonishing stuff, original and inventive, thrilling, terrifying and epic. A beautiful looking movie too and one that has influenced the look of dozens of films in the last three decades.
The Three Musketeers Mon 13/11 More4 @ 09.30
This 1973 film is, for me, the definitive version of the famous Alexandre Dumas' tale about a young man who comes to Paris to join the King's Guard. Brilliant swashbuckling fun ensues and hilarity - bucket loads of it. Super cast too including Michael York, Oliver Reed, Spike Milligan, Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston and the much missed Christopher Lee, all on fine form.
Green Street Tues 14/11 ITV4 @ 23:15
While on holiday in London, an American is drawn into the world of football hooliganism and finds that he likes both the violence and the friends he makes. Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam lead the cast of this Lexi Alexander directed drama. Wood is good as the outsider and if you can get over Hunnam's awful London accent you'll like this film. A gritty bit of fun with a nice supporting cast. Be warned - liberal amounts of violence and language abound.
Exodus : Gods and Kings Wed 15/11 Film4 @ 21:00
Moses, a slave leader in the era of Pharoah Ramses, decides to lead his people out of Egypt and back to the promised land but, as you may have guessed, Ramses is having none of it. A big and bloody biblical epic that's a lot better than people say but also one that got rightly bashed for its whitewashing during casting. Controversy aside it's epic in scale and surprisingly nasty stuff that's worth a watch. Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Joel Edgerton lead the ensemble.
Cliffhanger Fri 17/11 ITV4 @ 22:40
The early 90s were a great time for action films and this is one of the most entertaining of the lot. Sylvester Stallone is in great form as a mountain rescue climber haunted by a past mistake who faces off against a team of murderous thieves who have crashed into the Rocky Mountains. Loads of nasty behaviour and crunchiness ensues. John Lithgow as the big bad is hilariously hammy and the scenery is lovely - what's not to like?