8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Nowhere to Run
Sat 2/6 TCM @ 21:00
While on the run following a jailbreak, Sam Gillen (Jean Claude Van Damme) an escaped convict finds himself getting close to the Anderson family who are under pressure from a developer to sell their land. Robert Harmon's 1993 neo-western is clearly influenced by classics like Shane but it's still an entertaining watch and far less silly than Van Damme's usual movies. Rosanna Arquette, Ted Levine and Joss Ackland tackle the heavier acting duties while JCVD kicks ass.
Platoon Sat 2/6 ITV4 @ 23.00
Vietnam. 1968. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is having a tough time acclimatising to war, his fellow soldiers and the effects of combat. Things only get tougher when he finds himself caught between two of his superiors, the ill-tempered Sgt. Robert Barnes (Tom Berenger) and idealistic Sgt. Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe). Oliver Stone's war film is heralded as a classic and is nail bitingly tense. It's a brutal depiction of the true horrors of war with an amazing cast including Sheen, Dafoe, Berenger, Forrest Whitaker, Keith David, John C. McGinley and Johnny Depp amongst others.
The Spectacular Now Sun 3/6 BBC2 @ 23.15
Sutter (Miles Teller) is a young man on a downward spiral to alcoholism when he meets Aimee (Shailene Woodley) who is his exact opposite. While they both want different things, they slowly realise they also want each other. Trailers made this look like American Pie but it's a far grittier and more realistic than the usual teenage fare, with great performances from Teller and Woodley.
Antiviral Mon 4/6 Horror Channel @ 02:15
In the near future, deliberately infecting yourself with germs taken from celebrities in order to feel closer to them is a thing. An industry has built up around this weird obsession and now one employee, Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) wants to make exploit the system and make some money for himself. This is an icky and disturbing film from Brandon Cronenberg about the dangers of celebrity obsession and how far it can go. Underneath all the blood and goo this is smart stuff.
Monte Walsh Mon 4/6 TCM @ 15:40
Monte (Lee Marvin) is an ageing cowboy slowly realising that he doesn't have a place in the world due to the rapid pace at which the west is changing. This film is a beautiful and tragic tale of loss and alienation, themes rarely touched upon in this genre but which happen to suit it perfectly. Marvin is perfect in the title role and gets fine support from Jeanne Moreau and western stalwarts Jack Palance and Mitchell Ryan.
10 Cloverfield Lane Tues 5/6 Film4 @ 21:00
After a car accident a woman wakes up in an underground shelter. The man in there swears he is holding her there for her own good but she's suspicious of his motives. This pseudo sequel to 2007's Cloverfield is an initially confusing film that turns into a nail chewing thriller before turning into something else altogether. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. are all excellent.
Eyes of Laura Mars Thurs 7/6 Horror Channel @ 00:40
Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) is a fashion photographer who develops psychic abilities that allow her to see through the eyes of a serial killer as he kills. This is a bizarre one but one filled with some real suspense and gives us a superbly authentic look at New York in the 70s. Dunaway is great in the lead and Tommy Lee Jones gives good support alongside Brad Dourif and Raul Julia.
Regression Fri 8/6 Film4 @ 23:35
While investigating an abuse case, a cop (Ethan Hawke) and a psychoanalyst (David Thewlis) begin investigating the rape of a young woman (Emma Watson) and uncover evidence of something very sinister. Hawke and Watson take the lead in this dour and disturbing look at the evil things men are capable of, with Thewlis rounding out the cast nicely. Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, The Sea Inside) delivers a gripping and well acted film but this is definitely one you might need to be in the right frame of mind to watch.