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Week's Films to Stalk: 23rd to 29th November

FilmCamera.jpgWelcome to Filmstalker's Week of Films to Stalk. This lists the UK releases in cinema and the films to see on non-subscription television this week.

Despite this being for the films in the UK, it's not just about what's on, but about finding some films you haven't seen in a while and discussing films. So come on and join in.

Update: Now containing write ups of the cinema releases this weekend.

Cinema releases

Friday 23rd
Saturday 24th
Sunday 25th
Monday 26th
Tuesday 27th
Wednesday 28th
Thursday 29th

*batteries not included
A Shot in the Dark
Along Came a Spider
Any Which Way You Can
Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres)
August Rush
Batman Returns
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Blind Fury
Blow Out
Born on the Fourth of July
Days of Heaven
Days of Thunder
Dead Man Walking
Every Which Way but Loose
Fight Club
Hard Rain
Henry V
House of Flying Daggers
Kandahar (Safar e Ghandehar)
Men in Black
Mr & Mrs Smith
My Cousin Vinny
North by Northwest
Pale Rider
Play Misty for Me
Rescue Dawn
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)
Schindler's List
Star Trek: Nemesis
Talk to me
The Bedford Incident
The Big Sky
The Captive Heart
The Darjeeling Limited
The Dead Pool
The End of the Affair
The Green Mile
The King of Comedy
The Long Good Friday
The Man in the Iron Mask
The McKenzie Break
The Mummy
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Siege
Wristcutters: A Love Story
xXx: State of the Union
Young Guns

Friday 23rd
16:40 - 19:15
: Henry V
Repeated: Film4+1 17:40 - 20:15
Date: 1944
Directed by: Laurence Olivier
I talked about this film in last week's Films to Stalk. A superb version of Shakespeare classic that Olivier stamped his mark on as he did with the stage version.

21:00 - 23:15
: My Cousin Vinny
Repeated: Film4+1 22:00 - 00:15, Wednesday Film4 21:00 - 23:15
Date: 1992
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
I never really fell for this film as much as others did, but there's a lot of love out there for Joe Pesci's portrayal of a stereotypical New Yorker who is just embarking on his chosen career of a lawyer. However he's never really studied for it and he's only taken personal injury claims that have never gone to court. Now his family have called him in to defend his cousins who are in court for murder. Marisa Tomei gives a fun performance as his girlfriend, but Pesci steals the show with his character.

22:30 - 00:45
: The Siege
Repeated: Saturday ITV4 22:15 - 00:30
Date: 1998
Directed by: Edward Zwick
This was shown a few weeks ago. Edward Zwick directs Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and Bruce Willis in this film about martial law is declared in New York city after terrorists string together a series of coordinated attacks. The FBI and CiA get together to try and hunt down the terrorist cells as troops head into New York and impose martial law, taking away the civil liberties of the American citizens.

23:35 - 01:40
: Blow Out
Repeated: Film4+1 00:35 - 02:40
Date: 1981
Directed by: Brian De Palma
I really love this film, and it's the first introduction I had to the films of Brian De Palma. John Travolta gives a great performance as a sound recordist who accidentally records the car crash of a famous politician. While analysing the sound recording, he's copying the sound effects for his trade, he discovers an anomaly in the audio, the sound of a blow out...or is it? Pretty soon he's caught up in a conspiracy that is trying to silence him and he's fighting for his life.

Saturday 24th
00:05 - 02:00
: Copycat
Date: 1995
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Sigourney Weaver plays a psychiatrist who suffers from very serious agoraphobia, and so she works through her computer, her specialist field being serial killers. She's threatened by a serial killer who copies the killing methods of other famous serial killers and Holly Hunter plays the cop who teams up with her to try and stop the killer. I've never seen this film but I've heard good things about it, not great, but good. One reason is that Harry Connick Jr. stars, and I do find that he's a very competent actor. Plus there's Weaver and Hunter to watch too.

13:15 - 15:10
: The Captive Heart
Date: 1946
Directed by: Basil Dearden
I'm mentioning this film with absolutely no idea of what it is about myself, but I've read some great things about the film. Set just after Dunkirk when thousands of British prisoners are sent to German Prisoner of War camps, this film is sometimes said to be one of the best prisoner of war films that Britain has produced. A man escapes from a concentration camp and assumes the identity of a dead British officer. While he's in prison he has to correspond with the dead soldier's wife and keep up the pretence to keep himself alive. I'm intrigued by the film and keen to find out if it really is one of the best prisoner of war films there is.

14:55 - 17:00
: *batteries not included
Repeated: ITV3+1 15:55 - 17:00
Date: 1987
Directed by: Matthew Robbins
You may laugh, but this film is wonderful entertainment. Great characters, superb heart, and the coolest aliens created for film ever. It's a simple story, an old block of flats is threatened with demolition but the residents band together to try and save it, including the rundown old diner on the ground floor. Then one day strange visitors arrive and start to use their unique abilities to help the residents. What a great heart warming story.

16:45 - 18:40
: A Shot in the Dark
Repeated: Film4+1 17:45 - 19:40, Monday Film4 19:00 - 21:00
Date: 1964
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Oh the first lone outing for Inspector Jacques Clouseau as he investigates the murder of the driver of a rich household. Everything points to the maid, but since Clouseau thinks she is innocence personified he refuses to believe she is guilty and has her released, but then there are more murders, and each time she's at the scene. Great story, but really it doesn't matter as the superb set-ups and comic timing are the main attraction here. Peter Sellers is just wonderful, and this is perhaps the best Clouseau film there has ever been - that parallel bars scene is so funny.

17:10 - 19:35
: North by Northwest
Date: 1959
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
The classic story of a nobody being caught up in the middle of a conspiracy that they know nothing about until they're right in the thick of it, and here Hitchcock defines the genre with such elegance and style. There are so many notable scenes in the film, and the superb Cary Grant just makes them shine. Full of suspense, drama, and great moments. One of Hitchcock's best moments.

21:00 - 22:55
: Along Came a Spider
Date: 2001
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
It's difficult to rate this film. It has a really clever plot with some plot threads that you wouldn't expect to see and some very surprising moments. If you haven't seen it before then it's a not bad thriller that will give you a few satisfying twists, if you have seen it before it does have some holes and under developed characters. Yet the story is really good. The detective of this series, Alex Cross, is played once again by Morgan Freeman (he previously played the character in Kiss the Girls). His partner is killed in an operation that went too far and too close to the killer, and he can't forgive himself. He's pulled back to the job when evidence on the case of a kidnapped Senator's daughter is mailed to him directly, and as he investigates with the Secret Service agent, whose charge she was under, he finds a complex web and something more than a simple kidnapping.

21:00 - 23:10
: House of Flying Daggers
Repeated: Film4+1 22:00 - 00:10
Date: 2004
Directed by: Timou Zhang
Beautiful, exciting, and a great storyline. Some think that this film doesn't hold up to the similar Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, however I disagree. It may not be quite as polished as the other stories, but it does have great characters, wonderfully cinematic moments, and some superb action scenes. Then there's the love story which is both beautiful as the scenery and incredibly tragic. Wonderful.

21:40 - 23:10
: Hard Rain
Date: 1998
Directed by: Mikael Salomon
It's been a while since I saw this film starring Christian Slater and Minnie Driver, and to be honest when I first saw it Driver was the one that drew me in, you see I had a big crush on her. However this is a good fun adventure film that tells the story of a heist of an armoured car right in the middle of a dam accident that has flooded the local town. The baddies are led by Morgan Freeman and they do a pretty competant job, but Slater, the co-driver of the truck, and Driver, a local resident, team up and fight back trying to rescue the money. Oh, and when I say the town is flooded I mean it's in deep. I enjoyed the film, it's not pretending to be anything it isn't, and all concerned are good in their roles, great to see Slater here too.

22:15 - 00:30
: The Siege
Date: 1998
Directed by: Edward Zwick
See Friday.

23:30 - 01:40
: The McKenzie Break
Repeated: ITV3+1 00:30 - 02:40
Date: 1970
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Another film that I really know nothing about, and yet the name sounds familiar, but again this is described as a strong Prisoner of War film. This one sees German Prisoners of War being held in a Scottish prison and the British Army concerned that there might be a break out, so they send in a new Captain to look after the camp and he begins to do battle with the head German prisoner.

23:50 - 01:15
: Octane
Date: 2003
Directed by: Marcus Adams
Now here's an interesting cast list, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Madeleine Stowe, Mischa Burton and Bijou Phillips. It isn't really a film that garners a lot of positive attention, but the story sounds interesting and the cast certainly has my eye. A woman tries to save her teenage daughter who has run off with a group of blood letting psychopaths - now that has to have your interest now. How bad can it be?

Sunday 25th
00:00 - 02:20
: Star Trek: Nemesis
Repeated: E4+1 01:00 - 03:20
Date: 2002
Directed by: Stuart Baird
I've talked about this one many times before, it seems to be a favourite to make it to television, however it's not the greatest of Star Trek films, and while the plot looks really good, it's just a little mishandled and the focus strays from the whole idea of the captain having a genetic nemesis.

00:10 - 01:55
: The King of Comedy
Date: 1983
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
You know you can only see so many films in your life and sometimes the classics suffer, even the modern day classics, and this is one of the them. I've never seen this, mainly because it never really appealed to me. Yet I can hear cries from film fans out there that I should see it, after all it's Scorsese and and De Niro with Jerry Lewis too.

01:05 - 03:55
: Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres)
Repeated: Film4+1 02:05 - 04:55
Date: 1969
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
Another war film I've never seen, but another one that comes highly recommended. This film concentrates on the daily activities of the French Resistance, rather than the big set pieces, explosions and destructions of major convoys. This is far from Hollywood and looks into the relationships and everyday life of those in the resistance.

01:10 - 03:05
: Go
Repeated: More4+1 02:10 - 03:05
Date: 1999
Directed by: Doug Liman
Another repeat. Written by John August of The Nines and directed by Doug Liman of Mr & Mrs Smith (also on this weekend) and Jumper. It stars Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley, Scott Wolf, Timothy Olyphant, William Fichtner, Jay Mohr, in fact quite a few names and faces you'll recognise. It tells the story of the events after a drug deal from three different perspectives. It's a well liked and regarded film, and it has Katie Holmes in it too, and she's acting!

01:50 - 03:50
: Mask
Date: 1985
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
This is a cracking film with one of Cher's best performances ever, and there aren't many of them as it stands. She stars alongside Sam Elliot, Laura Dern, and a superb performance from Eric Stoltz as a massively disfigured boy who tries to live a normal life with a dysfunctional mother and a world of hatred. It's a moving tale that will have your emotions going, particularly on finding the truth behind the tale.

02:45 - 04:10
: Kandahar (Safar e Ghandehar)
Date: 2001
Directed by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Perhaps now, more than on its release, Kandahar is a film worth seeing. It tells the story of an Afghanistani woman who is living in Canada who returns home to her birth country when she receives a suicidal letter from her sister. It has been described as fascinating and harrowing insight into life in the country under the Taliban before any western war.

23:30 - 13:30
: The Big Sky
Date: 1952
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Just look at that Director's name, and then let me tell you that it stars the legend that is Kirk Douglas. He plays the role of Deakins, a frontiersman and Indian trader who pulls together a group of men to head into Blackfoot Indian territory to trade, however to get there they must head through territory belonging to less friendly Indians and slowly the group are picked off until only a few survive. The film has a slow and deliberate pace, but keeps a reality and a great style about it.

16:10 - 18:30
: Annie
Date: 1982
Directed by: John Huston
Well here's one for the musical lovers, I'm staying clear myself because it really isn't my thing, but if Annie grabs your boat then this could be for you. It's not the best version of the story by a long shot, but the cast list is interesting - Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Tim Curry - and the director should have you raising an eyebrow or two, John Huston directing Annie the musical indeed.

19:00 - 21:00
: Men in Black
Date: 1997
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Ach, it's good, honest fun with some great special effects, and I really like Tommy Lee Jones in this film. I'm just glad that stupid talking dog isn't in this film too much, he ruined the second.

21:00 - 22:55
: xXx: State of the Union
Date: 2005
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Oh wow. Unlike SWAT I'm happy to admit this is a rubbish film, and a clear example of how Hollywood should realise that going cheap is not the right option. They should have bitten the bullet and gone and paid Vin Diesel what he wanted for the sequel, and that's just the start of the mistake rectifications. One has to ask what Samuel L. Jackson and Willem Dafoe are doing in this painful film, and how did Simon Kinberg write this and then go onto write Mr & Mrs Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand and then Jumper?

21:00 - 00:40
: Schindler's List
Repeated: ITV3+1 22:00 - 22:55
Date: 1993
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Schinder's List. There's not really a lot to say about this harrowing, beautiful, and wonderfully performed film is there? Oh, I could tell you that I have a lift in my apartment block and it's called Schindler, seriously, it's called Schindler's Lift. Liam Neesom, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, these are a few of the stunning actors who give amazing performances in this film that tells the story of Oskar Schindler, his factory that uses Jewish labour, and his eventual desire to try and save them from the horror of the Nazi's. A horror that Spielberg captures so chillingly.

22:00 - 00:00
: Days of Thunder
Repeated: E4+1 23:00 - 01:00
Date: 1990
Directed by: Tony Scott
I talked about this film in last week's Films to Stalk. A typical fast paced Tony Scott film set in the world of NASCAR with Tom Cruise taking the wheel. Good entertainment all in all.

22:15 - 00:05
: Clueless
Date: 1995
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Now this was fun when I first saw it, and I've no idea how well it's held up to time. Perhaps the in jokes might feel a little dated now, and the whole style of the film might be so past it. Then again I saw a trailer for it the other night, and there was Alicia Silverstone yapping away in her head about something really important when her eye gets caught by something in a shop window, the important dialogue is broken as she heads in to buy it. Yeah, it might still hold up. This was her big break, and it spawned a whole television series.

22:30 - 00:45
: Every Which Way but Loose
Date: 1978
Directed by: James Fargo
Seems that the channels have decided to give us a fair bit of Clint Eastwood this weekend, and while I wouldn't complain about that, I do complain about the choice of both this and the follow up. Still, there's some squirmy fun to be had watching Eastwood be continually upstaged by the Orangutang called Clyde. Yeah, it's daft, but maybe you'll find some fun in it, more than me anyway. Luckily there are far better Eastwood films on this week.

22:45 - 02:10
: The Green Mile
Repeated: Film4+1 23:45 - 02:10
Date: 1999
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Well we're all starting to look forward to Frank Darabont's first attempt at adapting a Stephen King horror story, so this is a good place to go back to see how well he can do non-horror from King. Green Mile has a great array of actors and Tom Hanks is surprisingly accessible, with David Morse taking on a non-villain for a change, and Michael Clarke Duncan giving a great career defining performance - give this man some more serious roles. Doug Hutchinson, and Sam Rockwell both have smaller roles but they are still superbly played. Alongside them there's a wonderful story that is beautifully told, and a host of other strong actors and performances.

Monday 26th
00:15 - 02:05
: Election
Date: 1999
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Another film I've never seen but always directed to. Alexander Payne wrote and directed Sideways, so that has to be a good indicator, and it stars Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, except in this high school story Broderick is the teacher. Rather than watch the one horse race elections play out with Tracy (Witherspoon) leading the way he intervenes and talks the lead football player into running for the election too. At first this is out of a desire for some democracy, but then he just wants to beat Tracy, and soon another candidate steps up and chaos ensues.

02:10 - 03:55
: Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)
Repeated: Film4+1 03:10 - 04:55
Date: 1998
Directed by: Tom Tykwer
You have to watch this film, it's fantastic, utterly fantastic. Early on in my days of being captured by Japanese horror, well before it came to the notice of Hollywood, I decided to have a look at some other foreign films, and I caught Run Lola Run. It features Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu, both of whom I've seen many times since in some equally great films, but here the two just shine. Tom Tykwer creates a superb film that follow the twenty minutes that a woman has to save her boyfriend before he carries out an act that will ruin his life forever. Not only that but she has three attempts to try it different ways, and each time there's a different outcome. This is genius film-making and really gets you involved and on the edge of your seat - I know that's an overused phrase but it really is true here.

19:00 - 21:00
: A Shot in the Dark
Repeated: Film4+1 20:00 - 22:00
Date: 1964
Directed by: Blake Edwards
See Saturday.

20:00 - 22:30
: Maverick
Date: 1994
Directed by: Richard Donner
I never really took to the film, but Richard Donner directing James Garner, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster has got to be something to see hasn't it? Actually I don't think I can recall even seeing this through to the end. It's the times of the Wild West and Mel Gibson and James Garner play poker players who are trying to find enough money to enter a big poker tournament. Fun and hijinks ensue when they meet a lady thief played by Jodie Foster.

22:00 - 23:45
: Blind Fury
Date: 1989
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
I never thought of this film much before, but now the realisation has come that this is based loosely on Zatôichi, plus it's from Philip Noyce. The film sees Rutger Hauer playing a blind vietnam vet who is trained as a sword fighter. He arrives in America to try and help a fellow soldier rescue his son and his wife who are being held hostage to persuade the soldier to make some designer drugs for the crooks. Hauer steps in. You know, I might actually watch this now that I know the origins of the story.

22:00 - 00:20
: Any Which Way You Can
Date: 1980
Directed by: Buddy Van Horn
Yep, here's that follow up to the Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way but Loose. It's not a great sequel, but it has the same formula. This is where Eastwood obviously was working for money and not art.

22:10 - 01:00
: Born on the Fourth of July
Date: 1989
Repeated: More4+1 23:10 - 02:00
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Tom Cruise gives the performance of his life and proves that he really can act in this film from the superb Director Oliver Stone. The film is the biographical story of Ron Kovic, a man paralysed in Vietnam who becomes a strong ant-war and pro-human rights campaigner. It explores his life, his feelings and his motivation, and Cruise gives a powerful performance that really did turn a few heads to his ability as an actor. A very powerful and engaging film as always from Stone.

23:05 - 00:50
: The Dead Pool
Date: 1988
Directed by: Buddy Van Horn
More Clint Eastwood, and this time we're seeing him in a more comfortable genre, that of the tough, rule ignoring cop, Harry Callahan. He finds that he's in the middle of a competition that is out to murder local celebrities on a list, hence the Dead Pool. He's on that list and he sets out in his own style to find whoever is behind it and save his own life. Good fun, and seeing Eastwood play Callahan is always enjoyable. Oh, and Jim Carrey stars in the film too...if I remember rightly he's on the Dead Pool list...yeah!

23:10 - 01:20
: The Long Good Friday
Repeated: Film4+1 23:10 - 01:20
Date: 1980
Directed by: John Mackenzie
This is the defining British gangster film, there is no other. Bob Hoskins gives a powerful performance as the head of a London gang that has his sights set firmly on big business, inner city rejuvination, and much bigger things than the infighting gangs around him. However within his organisation there are others who are playing it much more local, and against his wishes. Double crossing leads to a hired killer who sets out to kill Hoskins' character. It's a superb film and plays it very real and very restrained. Well worth seeing.

Tuesday 27th
00:00 - 01:30
: Impostor
Date: 2002
Directed by: Gary Fleder
Now this title struck me, it's an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story and stars Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe, there's also another CSI regular in there, Gary Dourdan. The story is about a future Earth where aliens are using andriods as bombs to try and destroy Earth. The lead is an engineer who thinks he has created the ultimate weapon against them but before he can do anything about it he is suspected of being an alien android himself and has to go on the run. Sounds rather interesting, and the IMDB vote count doesn't put it in the realm of B-movie.

00:20 - 02:30
: Play Misty for Me
Repeated: ITV4 23:05 - 01:05
Date: 1971
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Now we're talking the new Clint Eastwood. This is his first feature, he previously made a short film, and it's a superb one. He also plays the lead character who is a DJ stalked by an obsessed fan he once went out with a few times. She turns into the ultimate stalker in this superbly directed film that showed just what Eastwood had in store for us.

01:30 - 03:30
: The Mummy
Repeated: ITV2 20:00 - 22:30
Date: 1999
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Well what is there to say about The Mummy, the first film that spawned the franchise and captured our attention. With the duality of the two relationships, and the adventure yarn sewn through the mystical Egyptian story, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo and Patricia Velasquez pull us into the tale and manage to hold us for the entire film. It's great Indiana Jones alternative stuff, but it'll be interesting to see if it holds out for the third film.

17:00 - 19:05
: The Man in the Iron Mask
Repeated: Film4+1 18:00 - 20:05
Date: 1977
Directed by: Mike Newell
I talked about this film in last week's Films to Stalk. A great adventure yarn that has a bit more political satire and bite to it than the other Musketeer based Dumas tales, but not that much as it keeps the focus on adventure, romance and comedy. Great fun.

21:00 - 23:25
: Batman Returns
Repeated: E4+1 22:00 - 23:25
Date: 1992
Directed by: Tim Burton
I was glad to see Batman under Tim Burton, and especially glad to see that Michael Keaton delivered such a great performance, but for me this film is far from the first. Sure the darkness and great Keaton is retained, but the Penguin character is just way over the top for me and detracts from the possibilities with the Catwoman character. Mind you, Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic in that outfit.

21:00 - 23:00
: Young Guns
Date: 1988
Directed by: Christopher Cain
How long has it been since we've seen this? This is a great revist to the western genre and a superb cast provides the real attraction here. Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland learning to use a gun for later on in his career, Lou Diamond Phillips who now seems to have disappeared, Charlie Sheen, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp, the great Jack Palance, and the once was found but now is Lost, Terry O'Quinn. The story of Billy the Kid and his band of deputies who go further than law enforcers and become avengers.

21:00 - 23:25
: Dead Man Walking
Date: 1995
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Another film that I surprise myself even by revealing that I haven't seen it. I'm a big Sean Penn fan, and the fact that Susan Sarandon is next to him in a film directed by Tim Robbins would seem perfect for me as I'm a fan of all of them, although Penn much more. It tells the story of a Nun who visiting a killer on Death Row, and how she begins to empathise and connect with him, as do the audience. It's a moving and thought provoking film that manages to show a well balanced view, and it's about time that I saw it.

Wednesday 28th
01:30 - 03:25
: The Bedford Incident
Date: 1965
Directed by: James B. Harris
This is another old film that I haven't seen, or perhaps I have as the cover and stars do provoke some rememberance for me, however it sounds interesting enough that perhaps I should. Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur and Martin Balsam are all names that I recognise and think I've seen together here, and I can seen to remember the story of the Captain of an American destroyer facing off against a Russian nuclear submarine caught in U.S. waters. Poitier plays a reporter on the boat as the incident unfolds and the destroyer pursues the submarine relentlessly. Actually as I've written about this I've decided that I do recognise the story and I'm convinced it was a gripping film with strong performances.

21:00 - 23:15
: My Cousin Vinny
Repeated: Film4+1 22:00 - 00:15
Date: 1992
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
See Friday.

22:00 - 00:40
: The Outlaw Josey Wales
Date: 1976
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Another great Clint Eastwood film, and I didn't realise that Philip Kaufman co-wrote the screenplay for the the story of Josey Wales who tries to start an honest life after the Civil War, he begins to learn again about the good things in life, not just gun fighting, but unfortunately the past catches up with him. A superb performance once again, and a great film.

23:30 - 01:50
: Hellboy
Repeated: Thursday FiveUS 21:00 - 23:20
Date: 2004
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
There is nothing more I could say about Hellboy. It's Hellboy. A great comic book adaptation with Ron Perlman giving a great performance as Hellboy himself. The characters and story are superbly brought to life by del Toro and this has me in high hopes for the sequel.

Thursday 29th
13:00 - 14:55
: Days of Heaven
Repeated: Film4+1 14:00 - 15:55
Date: 1978
Directed by: Terrence Malick
A film I really have no idea about other than the IMDB blurb. However Terrence Malick directing and the cast of Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Robert J. Wilke, has be intrigued. Can anyone else cast light on this story?

21:00 - 23:10
: Mr & Mrs Smith
Repeated: Film4+1 22:00 - 00:10
Date: 2005
Directed by: Doug Liman
This was on the other week, but it's making a welcome return. Great fun action adventure with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie playing a husband and wife who are secretly contract killers. They work for different agencies though and neither realises who the other really is, until they are set against each other. The underlying story of marriage is superbly woven in, and the opening sequence with in marriage guidance is inspired. Great fun film.

21:00 - 23:20
: Hellboy
Date: 2004
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
See Wednesday.

22:00 - 00:15
: Pale Rider
Date: 1985
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Now we're talking some of the best Western work that Clint Eastwood has ever done. Pale Rider is the story of a mysterious preacher who arrives in a small prospecting village and decides to help them fight the mining company that is trying to force them off their land. Eastwood stars and directs, with Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Chris Penn also starring. It's a great tale, although not quite as strong as his previous High Plains Drifter that tells a very similar story and was also directed by himself. Still, it's a superb film and has some great character dynamics.

23:10 - 01:50
: Fight Club
Repeated: Film4+1 00:10 - 02:50
Date: 1999
Directed by: David Fincher
I'm really not supposed to talk about this film, but you know I'll have to. If you haven't seen this film then you're missing out on a piece of history. This film will certainly be remembered as a defining moment. It's bold, innovative, and extremely subversive, and manages to tell a great story on the way. Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, I'm not even going to begin to delve into the story, suffice to say that you have to watch this film.

August Rush (PG)
This sounds overly sentimental and painful to me, but perhaps there's soething more. A guitarist and cellist meet one night and create a child together. August Rush is the child's name and through fate he is orphaned and performing on the streets of New York while being looked after by a mysterious stranger. He uses his musical talent to find his real parents. It stars Freddie Highmore as August and Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers play his separated parents. Terrence Howard and Robin Williams also star, so the cast is a good mix.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifBlade Runner: The Final Cut (15)
This is Ridley Scott's final version of the film ever. He's taken the previous Director's Cut and made some changes and even some reshoots, and he's created the final version that he's happy with. More than anything this gives you the chance to see the film in the cinema again, or maybe for the first time ever. The film is adapted from the Philip K. Dick story and follows the "blade runner" called Deckard, a man who tracks down rogue eplicants, robots who look, feel, sound and even think just like humans. Four have hijacked a ship in space and have come to Earth seeking some answers about themselves, Deckard has to track them down and terminate them. An amazing film, truly.

The Darjeeling Limited (15)
This film has been getting a mixed reception in the UK, some love it, while others think that it isn't half as clever as it makes itself out to be. The film follows three brothers who haven't been in touch with each other for a year head off into India on the Darjeeling train to try to find some spiritual awareness and understanding of themselves and each other. However events take them wildly off course.

Rescue Dawn (12A)
Finally we in the UK get to see Rescue Dawn. Werner Herzog write and directed this film based on the true story of survival in Vietnam. A fighter pilot runs his first secret mission over Vietnam and is shot down and captured. Placed in a prison camp he vows to escape and take as many prisoners with him as possible. The film stars Christian Bale as the man with the heroic vision.

Shrooms (18)
A group of American teenagers arrive in Ireland and head out into the country with their Irish friend and guide Jake. He's a mushroom expert and he warns them what not to eat, but they do anyway and start to suffer some horrific and terrifying visions. The visions start to attack them, and members of the group are picked off one by one, and they really are dying.

Sleuth (15)
Kenneth Branagh remakes the classic film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz from Anthony Shaffer's play that starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. This version has Michael Caine now playing the older role and Jude Law the younger. The story sees an ageing man invite the lover of his wife round to his home where he sets against him in a battle of wits to see who truly is the better man. Word is that this is cleverly updated, but just not as powerful as the original. The original is a personal favourite of mine, and I love the performances, and while I love Branagh too, I'm not so sure this is going to work out as expected.

Talk to me (15)
Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this film that looks at the true story of the Washington D.C. radio talk show host Ralph "Petey" Greene. He was an ex-convict who was given a chance on a radio station, a chance he exploited and became one of the biggest radio personalities of the time. The story takes place during the sixties, when equal rights for black people in America was a big topic, and Greene was a vocal advocate of such issues. For me those two actors are the udeniable reasons for seeing this film, both are superb in their craft and apparently they are giving their best in these roles.

Wristcutters: A Love Story
Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, Will Arnett and Leslie Bibb all star in this film about the afterlife. The location is an afterlife way station that has been reserved solely for people who have committed suicide. The film gets strong reviews, and isn't as dark as one might expect from that right up.



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