7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Everest Sat 24/3 CH4 @ 21:00
In 1996 two expert mountain climbers led two respective expeditions up Mount Everest. They made their final ascent and were hit by a massive storm front, things as you can imagine did not end well. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson and Keira Knightley are just some of the names in this ensemble which all in all is a pretty damn good film. It will terrify and piss you off; the rich, and stubbornly ambitious, and their death-defying hobbies often makes for gripping viewing.
A Late Quartet Sat 24/3 BBC2 @ 22:00
A classical music quartet's foundation is rocked by a medical diagnosis that threatens their future and repressed resentments bubble to the surface. Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir and the much missed Philip Seymour Hoffman star this wonderfully acted tale of friendship, ambition and human weakness. Plus the music is as superb as you'd expect.
Bringing Up Baby Sun 25/3 BBC2 @ 13:20
Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant), a paleontologist stressed out by his impending nuptials needs to make a good impression on a potential benefactor for his museum. Further complications ensue when he meets the woman's lively niece, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) who sets her sights on straight-laced Huxley and introduces him to her unusual pet. This highly entertaining screwball comedy directed by the great Howard Hawks still feels fresh as a daisy.
Tyrannosaur Tues 27/3 Film4 @ 23:40
Two strangers find each other, both have secrets and take solace in their burgeoning friendship. This is an excellent and brutally bleak watch but cements Paddy Considine as a writer-director to keep an eye on. Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan are perfect and the usually hilarious Eddie Marsan plays the part of an utter bastard far too convincingly.
Crank Wed 28/3 ITV4 @ 22:00
After he's poisoned by Chinese gangsters, Chev Chelios (The Stath) has to keep his heart rate high to survive. This film is insane and absolutely brilliant. Statham plays Chelios with gusto, whether zapping himself with electric paddles, OD-ing on Red Bull, starting fights he can't win or having very public sex; he'll do anything to stay alive. This film is hilarious stuff but not for the squeamish or easily offended.
Black Narcissus Thur 29/3 BBC2 @ 13:00
Powell and Pressburger's technically astonishing and influential nun story starring Deborah Kerr. Set in a Himalayan convent, the film follows the order and depicts the psychological affects their surroundings (plus a newcomer) has on some of them. It's an absolute masterpiece and a fantastic looking story that's sensual in places and terrifying in others.
Dead Man's Shoes Fri 30/3 Film4 @ 23:10
A man returns to his hometown to wreak revenge on the people who tormented his brother. It may sound derivative but this is magnificently tense stuff. It's like a Western set in Emmerdale crossed with a slasher film and a dollop of very black humour. Paddy Considine is immense in this nauseating, gripping and surprisingly funny film.