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Films on telly this weekend

TelevisionSet.jpgFor those of us in the UK this weekend, there's a few films worth pointing out, most on Freeview, but there are still some analogue ones worth catching.

Even if you're not in the UK or not interested in watching telly, have a look at this list, there's a couple of great films you probably haven't seen and should.

The list includes such older classics as The Wicker Man and American Graffitti, through to modern classics as Battle Royale. Then there's monster films like The Mummy Returns through to one of the great Sinbad movies.

Quite frankly, I hope it rains all weekend and I don't have to put up that bathroom cabinet...again...

Ronin on BBC3 9:00pm - 11:00pm
I love this film for the great car chases and the quiet menace that is De Niro's character. He's so dangerous, and yet just so damn nice. That and the brilliant connection between his character and that of Jean Reno. Oh, and there's the superb Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce and the entrancing Natascha McElhone.

Jeepers Creepers on Channel4 9:00pm - 10:40pm
I was so surprised by this film, at a time horrors were unoriginal and missing the mark, this one hit right where you needed it and it delivers some great frights, creepy moments and surprises.

The Long Good Friday on Film4 9:00pm - 11:10pm
THE Londong gangster movie, there is no other. Hoskins is superb and angry throughout. Well worth a watch.

Battle Royale on Film4 9:00pm - 11:10pm
Now admitted to the cult classic hall of fame (especially in my house) see the Japanese original before Hollywood remake it, oh yes, and they are remaking it. See these two previous stories.

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers on BBC2 9:50pm - 11:50pm
The film that looks at the life of Peter Sellers in a rather unusual manner, starring Geoffery Rush as the man himself. I haven't seen this yet and I'm quite tempted.

Hotdog.gifThe Wicker Man on ITV4 10:00pm - 11:45pm and again 2:05am - 3:50am
This wins the Filmstalker Hotdog Award for this weekend's film viewing. The original Wicker Man, the one set in Scotland with good actors and a great script, not the other one.

The Mummy Returns on ITV2 10:15pm - 12:40am
The second part of the Mummy trilogy, hopefully they can carry the fun, adventure and laughs from these first two to the third.

Being There on BBC2 11:50pm - 2:00am
Here's an actual Peter Sellers film, and one that is widely believed to be his best role. He plays a gardener who has never left the estate he works in, one day his employer dies and his world his turned upside down. Brought up on TV all his life his TV inspired phrases are taken as intense profundity and his life is propelled towards others. I haven't seen it but I believe it's a very sad tale, and one which Sellers struggled for ten years to gather the money to make, taking roles reluctantly in the Pink Panther series to do so, and then dying a year after the film was made.

Timecode on Film4 1:25am - 3:05am
Nope, this isn't a Van Damme film, that was Timecop. This is the Mike Figgis film which has four frames of action onscreen at once throughout the entire film. It boasts a strong and varied cast and is extremely innovative. Imagine that post-advert 24 introduction sequence continually. Well worth a watch, and I think I will be (well a recorded version watched the next morning!)

The 100 Greatest Films on E4 9:00pm - 12:05am
Not strictly a film, but a how of the 100 greatest films as picked by a panel of "experts", most of whom you'll see talking about the films through the programme in a struggling attempt to get some air time, notice and some pay. Apart from that downside, these polls are always great to see some great films that you need to add to your watchlist. First part of a two part series, and it may actually be a repeat too.

The Mummy Returns on ITV2 2:00pm - 4:25pm
Repeated. See above.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger on Film4 6:55pm - 9:00pm
Oh I love the Sinbad movies. What can you say? Ray Harryhausen writing and doing some great special effects, this is the one with that horrible one horned man that's pretty darn nasty. Not the best in the series, but still great entertainment.

A Beautiful Mind on BBC1 10:15pm - 12:30am
Russell Crowe before he went all moody and grumpy. Made by the great hands of Ron Howard, featuring a great cast of Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer and Paul Bettany.

Jeepers Creepers on C4 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Repeated. See above.

Scary Movie on ITV2 10:40pm - 12:25am
Oh come on, although the Zuckers were losing the fantastic qualities of Police Squad and Airplane by this point, what does make this so funny is the now common parodying of other more serious films. It does it superbly with some genuinely funny moments. For true magic though, go back to Police Squad or Airplane, but this is a decent film. Did you know the tagline of this film was "No mercy. No shame. No sequel." - well there's one lie in there.

Cape Fear on ITV4 9:00pm - 11:35pm and again 2:35am - 5:10am
Not as strong as the original, but De Niro shows us that he's not a half arsed comic shadow of an actor by playing the psychotic baddie in the film. A strong thriller that doesn't have many surprises but keeps the tension high, and De Niro is back to his former glory - give up the comedy man and play some thrillers again.

American Graffiti on ITV3 10:00pm - 12:20am
Classic movie that I hate to say I haven't seen, so you can tell what I'll be doing Sunday night. Directed by George Lucas and it involves no whips or lightsabers. "A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college." That's it, but it's a superb young cast and some stunning cars, not to mention a strong story. Richard Dreyfuss (a favourite actor of mine), Ron Howard and Harrison Ford (oh, there's a connection!) star. So it's a classic, but I'm going to be watching for the cars...I do love cars!

So that's it. Anything you disagree with there? Something that you definitely think isn't worth watching? If you're going to be catching a film at hom this weekend is it going to be one of these?



I would have wanted to watch American Graffiti myself, not having seen it either, but then again, I dont have a telly so there. ;D


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