8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
28 Days Later Sat 10/2 Syfy @ 22:10
A man wakes up from a coma and discovers his hospital deserted and outside, London is quiet; a little too quiet. Danny Boyle's 2002 horror film is the real deal - a genuinely unnerving and terrifying experience and that will get under your skin and live in your head long after you turn the lights out. Cillian Murphy is great in the lead with Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson providing powerful back up. Not a film for the squeamish.
Spy Sun 11/2 CH4 @ 21:00
Melissa McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper, a spy sent out on her first field mission. A genuinely funny film full of belly laughs, made even better by the fact that Susan is good at her job and we are laughing with her rather than at her. Jason Statham has a whale of a time in support happily sending up himself and his screen persona. Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Jude Law both add to the fun.
The Fog Sun 11/2 Horror Channel @ 21:00
Director John Carpenter is on mighty form with this genuinely spooky and scary tale of ghostly pirates wreaking revenge on a seaside town. This film has a lovely old fashioned feel as atmosphere and creepiness rule, and violence and gore is kept to a minimum. Horror legends Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Janet Leigh and Tom Atkins are all good in this.
Fruitvale Station Mon 12/2 Film4 @ 23:20
The true story of a young man called Oscar Grant III and the last 24 hrs of his life in California's Bay Area before he fell foul of white America. Director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan are equally brilliant in this microcosmic look at the daily pressures of life as an African American male. A scary and heart breaking depiction of murder. Octavia Spencer and Kevin Durand give excellent support.
The Railway Man Tues 13/2 More4 @ 21:00
A man ruined by the torture he endured in the Pacific during World War II finds the person responsible is still alive and wishes to face him one last time. A dark, grim film made watchable by a superb performance from the always reliable Colin Firth. An unusual film too in that it portrays the horrors of war intimately rather than on an epic scale as most war films do. Powerful stuff.
The Lobster Wed 14/2 Film4 @ 21:00
In a dystopian (and Yorgos Lanthimos envisioned) future, single people are given a set amount of time to find a romantic partner or they are turned into an animal of their choosing for the rest of their lives. Sounds odd right? It is, absolutely bizarre but also extremely entertaining, especially the first half when we discover this strange new world. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz as David and Short Sighted Woman, respectively, are both great.
The Wrestler Thurs 15/2 TCM @ 21:00
When health problems start to affect his professional and personal life an ageing wrestler is forced into retirement. He finds, however, that life outside the ring is a lot tougher than he expected. Mickey Rourke is immense in this touching and upsetting tale of redemption and of a man losing his way in the world. Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood more than carry their own against Rourke.
Wuthering Heights Fri 16/2 Film4 @ 01:20
A young boy is taken in by the Earnshaw family and as the years pass he develops a strange and intense relationship with his foster sister. This Andrea Arnold directed take on Emily Brontë's famous novel is unlike any you've seen before. It doesn't whitewash the darker aspects of the novel like previous adaptations did and adds its own modern touch too. An excellent watch with superb performances from Kaya Scodelario and James Howson.