7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Sat 5/5 Film4 @ 23:15
Following a serious assault, Brad (Ben Schnetzer), a rattled young man heads off to university and joins the same fraternity as his older brother. He thinks things will be easy but his Fraternity has other ideas. This is a dark and, at times, rather disturbing insight into the minds of young men.
The Last Detail Sun 6/5 TCM @ 23:15
While on their way to bring a young thief (Randy Quaid) to the brig, two naval officers (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) decide to show him one last good time before he starts his sentence. This is one of Nicholson's most enjoyable and free wheeling films and profane fun from start to finish. It's also a deceptively deep film and commentary on the state of America at the time.
Papillon Mon 7/5 BBC2 @ 23:00
Henri ‘Papillon’ Charriere (Steve McQueen), a seasoned criminal wrongly accused of murder finds himself on a supposedly inescapable island prison and sets out to get his life back. McQueen is excellent in this harsh, grim but thoroughly exciting film. It's a long one but the time flies by and Dustin Hoffman is, as usual, great in a supporting role as Papillon’s fellow convict Louis Dega.
The Howling Mon 7/5 Horror Channel @ 22:55
After a near fatal incident with a serial killer, a reporter (Dee Wallace) goes to a mountain resort to relax and recuperate, only to discover things are far from normal. An 80s horror classic that starts off creepily and ends up terrifying. It’s is an absolute treat for film fans as it's packed full of injokes and famous faces from genre films. Plus Rob Bottin’s special effects rival any CGI you see in modern movies.
Hercules Wed 9/5 ITV2 @ 21:00
After completing his twelve famous labours, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his merry gang are tasked with a quest more dangerous than anything they've faced before. This is a twist on an old fable and far more satisfying than reviews would have you believe. Johnson does his usual schtick but the supporting cast rocks especially Ian McShane as a weary warrior who can't wait to die.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl Thur 10/5 Film4 @ 23.15
In 1970s San Francisco a teenage girl called Minnie (Bel Powley) embarks on a voyage of discovery that could very well damage her relationship with her mother forever. A superb coming of age film that is a rewarding delight. Powley is marvellous and gets fine support from Kristin Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård.
Buried Fri 11/5 BBC1 00:25
An American truck driver is kidnapped in Iraq and wakes up buried alive in a coffin. All he has is a cigarette lighter and a mobile phone. It’s very suspenseful and terrifying little tale, definitely not one for claustrophobic. Ryan Reynolds carries the entire film on his shoulders and does a first rate job.