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Week's Films to Stalk: 21st to 27th December

FilmCamera.jpgWow, here's Xmas already, holidays for all, and for some a time of eating too much, drinking too much and vegging out in front of the television. I've started those first two today already.

This week I'm covering Xmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day, and there's a surprising mix of films for Xmas, and some really good ones in there. Some great adventure films, some oldies, and some classic moments of cinema. Then there's adventure and action, as well as some strong horror.

Enjoy, remember this takes an age to put together so get stuck in and despite the fact that it's for British Freeview, remember that it's about seeing some film titles you might not have thought about for a while.

Oh, and if you're wondering where the cinema listing is this week, there's nothing worth writing about apart from I'm Not There, the film about Bob Dylan with all the different actors playing him, and frankly that's about as appealing to me as, well, watching a biographical film about a musician I never knew, cared for, or enjoyed their music.

Days:
Friday 21st
Saturday 22nd
Sunday 23rd
Monday 24th
Tuesday 25th
Wednesday 26th
Thursday 27th

Films:
*batteries not included
2 Fast 2 Furious
Battle of Britain
Battle of Midway
Black Christmas
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breaking the Waves
Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason
Brief Encounter
Broken Arrow
Bugsy Malone
Cat People
Catwoman
Changing Lanes
Chaplin
Die Another Day
ET the Extra-Terrestrial
Fiddler on the Roof
Finding Nemo
Firefox
For Your Eyes Only
Galaxy Quest
Gone with the Wind
Good Will Hunting
Heaven Can Wait
Holiday
Ice Age
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
John Carpenter's Vampires
Jurassic Park
Kagemusha
Kill Bill Vol 1
Kung Fu Hustle
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Love Actually
Miracle on 34th Street
Monsters, Inc
Moonraker
Mr & Mrs Smith
Mrs Brown
Pan's Labyrinth (Filmstalker review)
Peter Pan
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl
Pulp Fiction
Pumpkinhead
Reality Bites
Road to Perdition
Romancing the Stone
Ryan's Daughter
Sexy Beast
Shrek 2
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Small Soldiers
Soapdish
Speed
Stephen King's It
The African Queen
The Big Easy
The Big Lebowski
The Caine Mutiny
The Enemy Below
The Enforcer
The Fast and the Furious
The Great Escape
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Hustler
The Ipcress File
The King
The King and I
The Last Boy Scout
The Last Picture Show
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Gentlemen
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Railway Children
The Red Shoes
The Return of the Musketeers
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
The Thomas Crown Affair
Time Bandits
Top Hat
Viva Knievel!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Wolf Creek (Filmstalker review)
Wrong Turn
Y tu mamá también

Friday 21st
00:50 - 03:55
FILM4
: Breaking the Waves
Date: 1996
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Apparently this is quite a powerful film that tells the story of woman who sacrifices everything for the man she loves, an emotionally powerful, hard hitting film, plus it's set on a island off Scotland.

12:00 - 14:00
UKTV HISTORY
: Mrs Brown
Repeated: UKTV History 16:00 - 18:00, Saturday 09:00 - 11:00
Date: 1997
Directed by: John Madden
Another Scottish film with some Scottish cast, a film that really showed the comedian Billy Connolly had a lot to offer the acting world. Apart from him Judi Dench gives a superb performance as Queen Victoria, and Connolly stands up well beside her. A good drama that is very well written.

13:00 - 14:40
FILM4
: The Enforcer
Date: 1951
Directed by: Bretaigne Windust and Raoul Walsh
I wrote about this last week, a Humphrey Bogart film that sees him playing a good guy for once. On the date of release this film was given an X certificate for the violence, how times have changed. Bogart is tracking down a group of professional killers and the film heads to a suspense filled finale.

13:15 - 15:25
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: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Date: 1961
Directed by: Blake Edwards
What a classic and wonderful film. I avoided this for so long thinking it was an overly sweet filled movie, I was wrong. This has some surprisingly dark and bleak moments, and the characters are created well, not your average Hollywood characters, especially for George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn to play.

20:30 - 23:35
STV
: Die Another Day
Date: 2002
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Bond is going to make a lot of appearances over Xmas, and this is an okay outing, nothing special but nothing mind blowing, especially now we've seen the excellent Casino Royale. Still, great old style Bond.

21:00 - 23:10
FILM4
: Road to Perdition
Date: 2002
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Nope, still haven't seen it!

21:00 - 23:05
ITV2
: Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason
Date: 2004
Directed by: Beeban Kidron
One for the light side of life and for the ladies too, or the guys trying to understand the ladies...oh don't bother!

21:00 - 23:00
TMF
: Soapdish
Date: 1991
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
I remember this film from ages ago, it looks behind the scenes of a failing Soap that is filming its last show. With all the years of rivalry and love that have passed between the cast everything is set to come out on air for the final live show. A fun comedy starring a surprisingly strong cast.

22:35 - 00:40
E4
: Broken Arrow
Repeated: Thursday E4 21:00 - 23:00
Date: 1996
Directed by: John Woo
What great fun this film is, and how great it is to see John Travolta in a superbly dark and comic role. It looks like he's really loving playing this character, and that comes through in the performance. Then there's the much missed Christian Slater, who I hope is going to make a great comeback with The Quiet Man. The plot? Well Travolta is a pilot of a stealth fighter who steals a nuclear missile and his co-pilot, played by Slater, decides to try and stop him before he escapes.

23:10 - 01:10
FILM4
: Y tu mamá también
Date: 2001
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
I've never seen this film but I've heard a lot about it. Two boys head off on a road trip with an older woman, eager to discover more to life and themselves. Has anyone else seen it and can comment?

Saturday 22nd
00:05 - 01:50
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: The Thomas Crown Affair
Date: 1999
Directed by: John McTiernan
This is the remake starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, not the original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, and yet they've done a superb job of remaking it and also giving it something new. The painting stealing sequence is superbly done and really does build up the tension. Where did McTiernan go after this? I mean film wise, not legally!

00:25 - 02:05
ITV4
: Pumpkinhead
Repeated: Saturday ITV4 22:15 - 00:00
Date: 1989
Directed by: Stan Winston
Another film I know little about but have heard good things. It's directed by Stan Winston no less. Some horror nut can tell us if this is worth watching.

01:10 - 03:10
FILM4
: Reality Bites
Date: 1994
Directed by: Ben Stiller
I never realised that Ben Stiller directed this film, and all I can really remember about it is that it was a similar film to Singles (which I much preferred as it had Bridget Fonda rather than Winona Ryder). I also remember that it has a soundtrack by Karl Wallinger of World Party.

09:00 - 11:00
UKTV HISTORY
: Mrs Brown
Date: 1997
Directed by: John Madden
See Friday

11:00 - 13:25
MORE4
: The Caine Mutiny
Date: 1954
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
One I'm keen to see myself, another Humphrey Bogart film that received strong acclaim. A U.S. Navy captain starts to show signs of mental instability that is threatening the safety of the ship and crew. He is relieved by his first in command who then faces charges of mutiny.

12:00 - 13:35
BBC2
: The Enemy Below
Date: 1957
Directed by: Dick Powell
One of my Dad's films and I'm not ashamed to mention it here because it is supposed to be a rather good one. Robert Mitchum plays the captain of a U.S. destroyer that engages a German submarine, and neither captain shows signs of backing down from the confrontation.

13:00 - 14:50
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: Brief Encounter
Repeated: Tuesday Film4 14:55 - 16:45
Date: 1945
Directed by: David Lean
A classic of cinema which Lean directs superbly and Trevor Howard gives a wonderful performance in. Simply told it tells the story of a couple who meet at a train station and despite the woman being married, both are attracted to each other.

16:10 - 18:35
FIVE
: Firefox
Date: 1982
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Oh the green screen may look dated now, the action on the ground somewhat contrived and Eastwood's Russian accent a bit tough to swallow, but the film is a lot of fun and inspired videogames and arcade machines galore. You know, this film could actually be remade, what do you think?

17:20 - 19:15
STV
: Peter Pan
Repeated: Wednesday ITV2 10:25 - 12:25, Wednesday ITV2 19:00 - 21:00
Date: 2003
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
Another version of Peter Pan, and this one, I think, is the most recent. Hogan directed Muriel's Wedding, and supposedly brings some of that style of flair to the well trodden children's story. Although this was overshadowed at the time, it's supposed to be a very good adaptation.

19:00 - 21:00
FIVEUS
: The Big Easy
Date: 1987
Directed by: Jim McBride
Another film I haven't seen, and this one is touted as giving career defining performances for both Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.

19:45 - 21:15
ITV2
: Ice Age
Repeated: Sunday ITV2 09:50 - 11:20
Date: 2002
Directed by: Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha
Cracking animated comedy in a tale that seems to resonate more in this world of global warming than anything else, and at the same time delivering a healthy dose of comedy.

20:00 - 23:30
ITV3
: Fiddler on the Roof
Repeated: Sunday ITV3 08:35 - 12:05
Date: 1971
Directed by: Norman Jewison
If I were a rich man...

21:00 - 23:25
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: Good Will Hunting
Date: 1997
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
I love this film, and although en Affleck seems to cloud the waters of the talent of this film, Matt Damon and Robin Williams give, and it may be a phrase that is used too much, career defining performances.

21:25 - 23:20
CHANNEL4
: Changing Lanes
Date: 2002
Directed by: Roger Michell
You know I never liked this film when I saw it in the cinema, but I have to bow to a little pressure from others who say that it is enjoyable, and there are a fair few who say it is.

21:45 - 23:25
BBC2
: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Date: 2005
Directed by: Garth Jennings
Not good, not good at all. However it is the big screen version of Douglas Adam's much loved novel and television series, and so in a way it has to be seen.

22:15 - 00:00
ITV4
: Pumpkinhead
Date: 1989
Directed by: Stan Winston
See Saturday.

22:30 - 00:30
ITV2
: The Last Boy Scout
Date: 1991
Directed by: Tony Scott
Although this is perhaps the least appreciated film from Tony Scott and/or Bruce Willis, I do like it since it combines the usual action fun with a taste of irrelevance. Great fun to watch, light entertainment and action.

23:00 - 01:25
FIVEUS
: The Last Picture Show
Date: 1971
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Another classic of cinema.

23:35 - 01:20
FILM4
: Black Christmas
Repeated: Thursday Film4 01:00 - 03:05
Date: 1974
Directed by: Bob Clark
This is the original, and from what I can understand the better film.

23:25 - 01:20
BBC2
: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Date: 2004
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Bill Murray back to something resembling a good actor, rather than the mumbling character we've been getting used to.


Sunday 23rd
01:20 - 02:50
BBC2
: Holiday
Date: 1938
Directed by: George Cukor
Oh, what a classic of cinema. Katherine Hepburn and the charismatic Cary Grant star in this wonderful film.

08:35 - 12:05
ITV3
: Fiddler on the Roof
Date: 1971
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Oh the classics are coming at Xmas, and here's another one...If I were a rich man...

09:50 - 11:20
ITV2
: Ice Age
Date: 2002
Directed by: Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha
See Saturday.

10:15 - 11:50
BBC1
: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Date: 1988
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
What a great moment in animation, and one that still holds up so well today. I still love the look of Roger Rabbit and the interaction with Bob Hoskins and the sultry character of Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit. It's a superb fun film that I think still stands up really well and much better than Robert Zemeckis' damn motion capture creepiness.

13:55 - 15:30
CHANNEL4
: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Date: 2004
Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg
Oh I'm not even going here.

14:30 - 16:35
STV
: Miracle on 34th Street
Date: 1994
Directed by: Les Mayfield
Although it's the remake it still holds some of the magic of the original. A typical Christmas tale that sees Santa being defended by people who aren't really sure that he is who he says he is.

16:15 - 19:00
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: The Great Escape
Date: 1963
Directed by: John Sturges
Oh what a superb film to see at Xmas, and one that really does say Xmas to me. Every time I see Steve McQueen line up for that motorcycle jump I pray that the cooler king is going to make it. This is the best prisoner of war film that there is, realism aside, and what a spectacular cast to go with it. Don't miss it.

16:30 - 18:25
CHANNEL4
: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Date: 2004
Directed by: Kerry Conran
There's a lot of commentary about how bad this film is, but I disagree, the style may overcome the substance, but the film is full of style, and looks wonderful for it. I also think that the story isn't that bad, and looking at the recent Bioshock videogame you should be thinking about moments from this film and wondering if it was that bad to have been copied style wise.

16:35 - 18:30
STV
: Catwoman
Date: 2004
Directed by: Pitof
Oh, and this really is that bad.

17:25 - 18:55
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: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Date: 1992
Directed by: Brian Henson
This was one of my favourite Xmas films in a previous feature, and no wonder. The second best Scrooge story there is, second only to Bill Murray's Scrooged. The Muppets are on excellent form here.

20:00 - 22:00
CHANNEL4
: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Date: 2003
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Another film that really doesn't deserve the rubbish that gets said about it. This film is actually damn good, and if you asked me to rank the comic book film adaptations I would put this film pretty high up on the rankings. The problem is that everyone expects something much more cerebal than we received, hey, everyone, this is a comic book adaptation. For all those people that shout how great Alan Moore is and how ruined his novels are, just read the follow up comic to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it's a weak mess which hardly features the characters at all. Get over it, this film is a lot of fun.

21:00 - 23:10
FILM4
: Pan's Labyrinth (Filmstalker review)
Date: 2006
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
I really didn't enjoy this film as much as other critics did. I felt it was trying to be two different things and never managed to concentrate on one long enough. It was torn between a child's film and an adult film.

22:30 - 00:35
ITV2
: The Fast and the Furious
Repeated: Monday ITV2 21:00 - 23:00
Date: 2001
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Oh yes, this is adrenaline and fun, and featuring my car! Yes it's not Hamlet, but it does tick so many boxes, and not just those of car nuts like myself and others, but of all those who like exciting cinema.


Monday 24th: Christmas Eve
00:00 - 01:45
BBC2
: Viva Knievel!
Date: 1977
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
To remember the great acheivements of Evel Knievel, here's a film starring the very man himself. I'd love to see a big budget, decent film about the man and his amazing stunts, looking at what drove him to it. This is a good second place though, and features Gene Kelly.

00:05 - 02:05
CHANNEL4
: The King
Date: 2005
Directed by: James Marsh
Another film I've been wanting to see since I caught the trailer online has been this one, a story about a troubled man who has been discharged from the navy who comes to Texas to find the father he never knew, a father that turns out to not want to know him and hide behind his role as a preacher to all.

00:55 - 03:40
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: The Hustler
Date: 1961
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Classic film with Paul Newman playing the pool player in the film that made pool look really cool.

09:45 - 11:50
MORE4
: Heaven Can Wait
Date: 1943
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Another film that I'm bowing to what I've read about it.

12:15 - 14:15
STV
: The Railway Children
Date: 1970
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Now this is another Dad classic film, and actually if you want to forget the hassles of life and lose yourself in good family entertainment, this is a great film to do it to. Not overly sweet, and has a great moral and story to it too.

14:45 - 16:20
BBC1
: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Date: 2004
Directed by: Brad Silberling
I've never seen this and it gets quite a few good things said about it.

19:00 - 21:00
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: The Return of the Musketeers
Date: 1989
Directed by: Richard Lester
Oh I love these musketeers, Richard York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay. It also stars such names as Kim Cattrall, Christopher Lee, Roy Kinnear, Philippe Noiret and Billy Connolly.

20:30 - 22:45
BBC1
: Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl
Date: 2003
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Now here's a fun action adventure for Xmas. Johnny Depp haming it up, and a few other great performances to boot with non stop action that you could never guess was based on a fairground ride would you?

21:00 - 23:00
ITV2
: The Fast and the Furious
Date: 2001
Directed by: Rob Cohen
See Sunday.

22:00 - 00:30
ITV4
: Battle of Midway
Repeated: Tuesday ITV4 18:55 - 21:30
Date: 1976
Directed by: Jack Smight
A war film from Hollywood that, I believe, does try to stick to the facts of history. Wow, there's a novelty. If you like World War II films then this is a good choice.

23:00 - 00:55
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: Wolf Creek (Filmstalker review)
Date: 2005
Directed by: Greg Mclean
Fantastic horror, really. Head on a stick is perhaps one of the scariest moments I've seen in cinema for some time, and although the film misses the beat now and again, it does play on some great fears and really stretches them out for the audience.

23:00 - 01:00
ITV2
: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Repeated: Tuesday ITV2 21:30 - 23:35
Date: 2003
Directed by: John Singleton
The follow up isn't as good as the original, but there's still fast cars for the fast car nuts.

23:10 - 00:45
CHANNEL4
: Sexy Beast
Date: 2000
Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
This is where I thought British gangster films had a chance again, and I think they still do if some people keep their noses out of the genre. Sexy Beast stars a stunning performance from Ben Kingsley and a pretty usual great one from Ray Winstone.


Tuesday 25th: Christmas Day
00:55 - 04:00
FILM4
: Kagemusha
Date: 1980
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Never seen it.

11:15 - 02:45
BBC2
: Gone with the Wind
Date: 1939
Directed by: Victor Fleming, George Cukor and Sam Wood
Frankly my dear, I really couldn't give a damn, but I had to mention it.

13:05 - 14:45
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: Bugsy Malone
Date: 1976
Directed by: Alan Parker
Fantastic fun for all ages. I love watching this kids musical that really doesn't seem like it stars kids after the first few minutes.

14:55 - 16:45
FILM4
: Brief Encounter
Date: 1945
Directed by: David Lean
See Saturday

15:10 - 16:40
BBC1
: Finding Nemo
Date: 2003
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Really good fun animated comedy, one for all the family.

16:40 - 18:05
BBC1
: Shrek 2
Date: 2004
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon
Actually the joke is already getting a bit stretched, and I decided not to see the third after this, but it's still fun, just not the high standards set by the first.

18:10 - 20:05
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: The African Queen
Date: 1951
Directed by: John Huston
Another classic film from Humphrey Bogart and this time with Katherine Hepburn. His performance is superb in a film that is surprisingly dark for its time and resulted in a lot of great things said about the actor.

18:50 - 21:00
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: Time Bandits
Date: 1981
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Strange but superb fun from the twisted mind of Terry Gilliam. It just shows what he is capable of when allowed to go for it.

21:00 - 23:15
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: Mr & Mrs Smith
Date: 2005
Directed by: Doug Liman
Hang the private lives crap, this film has Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie giving great fun performances off each other in a wonderfully imagined and crafted film.

21:30 - 23:35
ITV2
: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Date: 2003
Directed by: John Singleton
See Monday

21:30 - 23:55
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: Pulp Fiction
Date: 1994
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Pulp Fiction, what is there really to say about this film? I think it is perhaps Tarantino's best, seriously, I think that even now. There are so many iconic scenes in here and great out of type performances.

21:30 - 23:55
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: Love Actually
Date: 2003
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Yes it is full of cheese and sweetner, but you know what? It hits the mark perfectly, it's wonderful, and it tells us that we really need to behave much better towards each other. We're missing that human contact. If you can get through the funeral scenes which are over shadowed by a previous Curtis film, then you can find some great heart warming and heart wrenching gold.

22:35 - 01:00
CHANNEL4
: The Motorcycle Diaries
Date: 2004
Directed by: Walter Salles
Another film I should have seen by now.

23:15 - 01:10
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: Kung Fu Hustle
Date: 2004
Directed by: Stephen Chow
Oh my lord. You have to read the review to see what I was thinking when I first came out of the cinema after seeing this, boy was I utterly confused. However you won't forget it, it spans genres and pours entertainment through the screen. Great fun from Stephen Chow and makes you see the talent that's ready to pour out of him.

23:25 - 01:15
BBC1
: Speed
Date: 1994
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock get together for the first time and the chemistry is superb, not to mention the tension filled story. See, Speed has to be fast, the boat thing just never worked.


Wednesday 26th: Boxing Day
00:15 - 02:50
STV
: Chaplin
Date: 1992
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
What a great performance by Robert Downey Jr. I am so glad that he's made it back on our screens and I really hope he's here to stay. Here he gives a wonderful performance, despite the behind the scenes goings on with his life, he is Chaplin for the entire length of the film.

01:10 - 03:20
FILM4
: John Carpenter's Vampires
Date: 1998
Directed by: John Carpenter
I really do enjoy John Carpenter, and this is a film of his I've never seen.

01:20 - 03:00
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: Romancing the Stone
Date: 1984
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
I love this film, I really do. There's something great about this on screen partnership of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner that is so wonderful to see on screen, and with Danny DeVito thrown into the mix, we have a three way relationship that lasts to War of the Roses.

03:15 - 04:25
BBC2
: Cat People
Date: 1942
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
A horror classic that concentrates more on the unseen terror.

10:25 - 12:25
ITV2
: Peter Pan
Date: 2003
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
See Saturday

11:55 - 14:00
MORE4
: The League of Gentlemen
Date: 1960
Directed by: Basil Dearden

12:10 - 15:40
FIVE
: Ryan's Daughter
Date: 1970
Directed by: David Lean

12:35 - 14:00
BBC1
: It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
Date: 2002
Directed by: Kirk R. Thatcher
Another classic Muppet film.

15:00 - 17:15
STV
: Moonraker
Date: 1979
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
One of the great Roger Moore Bond films, and with Jaws too.

15:40 - 18:05
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: Battle of Britain
Date: 1969
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Perhaps my Dad's favourite war film of all time, and you can see why. This has a huge cast and an epic storyline to try and retell the historical fact behind the great Battle of Britain - Hollywood take note.

18:05 - 19:30
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: Monsters, Inc
Date: 2001
Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich
What a great animated tale and with such wonderful characters who are so superbly voiced.

19:00 - 21:00
ITV2
: Peter Pan
Date: 2003
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
See Saturday

21:00 - 23:20
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: William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Date: 1996
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Well worth seeing, although I much prefer Kenneth Branagh's Shakespearean adaptations, this one has style galore, if some off beat casting.

21:00 - 23:25
ITV2
: Jurassic Park
Date: 1993
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Amazing effects stand beside a film and bolster it, something that Spielberg realises but someone like Zemeckis misses in his motion capture. This film really is made by the characters and the relationships, particularly Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill.

21:45 - 00:20
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: The King and I
Date: 1956
Directed by: Walter Lang
Oh what a great film with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, I just love seeing Brynner on screen.

22:00 - 23:35
E4
: Wrong Turn
Date: 2003
Directed by: Rob Schmidt
A good horror? What do you think?

22:05 - 00:20
MORE4
: The Big Lebowski
Date: 1998
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
A Coen classic.

22:55 - 01:05
BBC4
: The Red Shoes
Date: 1948
Directed by: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
A true classic of cinema that has inspired so many people in film.

23:00 - 01:05
FIVEUS
: Stephen King's It
Date: 1990
Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
There's a Stephen King season on don't you know, and I think this is one of the best King adaptations there is.

23:50 - 01:25
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: Galaxy Quest
Date: 1999
Directed by: Dean Parisot
What a joy this film is, what an absolute riot, and the casting of the stunningly hot Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman is genius.


Thursday 27th
01:00 - 03:05
FILM4
: Black Christmas
Date: 1974
Directed by: Bob Clark
See Saturday

08:30 - 10:30
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: *batteries not included
Date: 1987
Directed by: Matthew Robbins
What a wonderful film. It really does touch you and delivers a good message. Sure you could argue there's a little much sugar in there, but it's tasty and real, not saccharin and falsely sweet.

12:05 - 02:05
ITV2
: Small Soldiers
Date: 1998
Directed by: Joe Dante
Good adventure film that just feels a little more manly than something like Toy Story but still for kids.

14:05 - 16:25
STV
: For Your Eyes Only
Date: 1981
Directed by: John Glen
More Bond.

16:25 - 18:30
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: ET the Extra-Terrestrial
Date: 1982
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
I dare you to watch this and not get engaged, or cry.

18:35 - 21:00
ITV2
: Jurassic Park
Date: 1993
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
See Wednesday

19:25 - 21:00
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: Top Hat
Date: 1935
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Oh boy, I'm really going to watch this film because I love seeing the great Hollywood stars on screen, especially in musicals where the numbers are seriously entertaining, and in Top Hat we get just that. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

20:00 - 22:40
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: The King and I
Date: 1956
Directed by: Walter Lang
See Wednesday

20:25 - 22:00
BBC3
: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Date: 2001
Directed by: Simon West
Another film that many critics really have a go at and yet it really does deliver exactly what it says on the tin, Lara Croft and bags of adventure, what else do you want from this film? Again this suffers from people expecting something stunning from a videogame adaptation, like the next Killing Fields or something. That is not what this character or story is about, and Angelina Jolie really does capture this character. Can we see her play Lara once more?

21:00 - 23:00
E4
: Broken Arrow
Date: 1996
Directed by: John Woo
See Friday

21:00 - 23:30
ITV2
: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Date: 1997
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
The sequel which is obviously not as good as the first since it's just more of the same but bigger and scarier. The premise now is "what dinasour can we use this time to scare people" rather than the first which was really around the characters.

22:00 - 00:10
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: The Ipcress File
Date: 1965
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Great thriller starring Michael Caine.

22:30 - 00:10
BBC3
: Kill Bill Vol 1
Date: 2003
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Not as good as Pulp Fiction for me, but it's still good to watch and has some superb sequences.





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Morbius and I are also planning to catch I'm Not There, if time allows it. He's the Dylan fan, not really me.

I wrote a new piece on my blog today about the possibility of me getting my own telly and thought it will be great to give this regular feature a boost so I linked it, hope you don't mind!

Some of the films I have already seen and enjoyed:

Mrs Brown- Dench & Connolly were brilliant, with support from ex-bf Butler. Hehe...

The Thomas Crown Affair- Thought I had rented the remake but it was the original which I really quite enjoyed. There is a sequel to the remake isnt it?

Reality Bites- Not a bad film from Stiller with a cool soundtrack. Hawke & Ryder's on screen chemistry was palpable.

The Ipcress File- Michael Caine is the MAN! I really enjoyed this one.

I am glad I am staying with a friend for the entire holidays who owns a telly so I can catch the other ones I still haven't seen.

There is a remake coming, The Topaki Affair, or something like that, and I'm rather glad that ther is.

Glad to see that someone is finally making use of this feature! Thanks Simone.

That's right, The Topkapi Affair it is. Cheers.

Well I thought, if I keep on posting here and nagging everybody else to do the same, they will see how useful it is! When you have time, you really ought to check out the new entry in my blog, I really want to hear what you think of my dilemma about getting myself a telly. ;)

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