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Weeks Films to Stalk: 4th to 10th January

FilmCamera.jpgWelcome to the first complete week of 2008, and to mark there are a host of interesting films on

UK freeview television, and the theme seems to be originals. I've also included this weekend's cinema releases.

However don't turn away if you don't have UK freeview or you aren't even in the UK, because there are some cool ilms to discover, and rediscover, in this list, as well as my views on some of them. Well worth the reading, and debating!

Days:
Friday 4th
Saturday 5th
Sunday 6th
Monday 7th
Tuesday 8th
Wednesday 9th
Thursday 10th

Cinema

Films:
28 Days Later
8MM
A Fish Called Wanda
Barb Wire
Bend It like Beckham
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Bride & Prejudice
Broken Arrow
Buffalo '66
Cape Fear
Carlito's Way
Catch Me If You Can
Chariots of Fire
Churchill - the Hollywood Years
Cocoon
Constantine
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dawn of the Dead
Die Another Day
Dr No
Dr Strangelove
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fun with Dick and Jane
Gladiator
Heaven Can Wait
House of Flying Daggers
Howards End
Identity
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill Vol 2
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon III
Lethal Weapon 4
Little Voice
Mercury Rising
Mission: Impossible
North
Out of Sight
Outbreak
Panic Room
Payback
Phone Booth
Pitch Black
Platoon
Police Academy
Primal Fear
Rain Man
Reality Bites
Roman Holiday
Scarface
Secretary
Sin City
Super Size Me
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Battle of the Bulge
The Dish
The Fourth Protocol
The Grifters
The Guru
The Ladykillers
The Life of David Gale
The Longest Yard
The Mummy
The Others
The Pink Panther
The Princess Bride
The Principal
The Return of the Musketeers
The Silent Enemy
The Village
The Wolf Man
Thirteen Days
Trading Places
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Friday 4th
11:45 - 13:20
Channel4
: North
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 1994
Directed by: Rob Reiner
When I did see this I was surprised at how good it actually was. It's fun and it's definitely off kilter, and there's something particularly cool about Bruce Willis playing a big rabbit.

14:35 - 16:50
Film4
: Heaven Can Wait
Repeated: Tuesday Film4 14:45 - 16:55
Date: 1943
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
This is the original, and as Hollywood keeps showing us, the original is always the best. A man arrives at the gates of heaven only to find that his life is to be closely regarded before he can enter, and so he recounts his lively and rich life.

18:55 - 21:00
Film4
: Bride & Prejudice
Date: 2004
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
I already mentioned how surprised I was when I saw this film. It's enjoyable, the Bollywood numbers fit surprisingly well with the film, it's rich, vibrant and there's a fair degree of fun in here too.

21:00 - 23:00
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: Pitch Black
Date: 2000
Directed by: David Twohy
I love this film, it feels so claustrophobic, held in by the absolute darkness of the planet. The creatures are very well realised and look great on screen, and the character that Vin Diesel plays is even better. I love his darkness and how thoroughly uncaring and absolutely self-centered he is, so self-centered he doesn't even care about humanity or any other living creature.

21:00 - 23:35
ITV2
: Die Another Day
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 2002
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
It's quite a good Bond film and ticks all the boxes, however I do feel a little cheated because when the film kicks off it really delivers a strong dramatic set-up for Bond and his return to MI5 and M. That whole betrayal moment builds so high and sets things up so well, and then we just fly on with a traditional Bond film, which I think meant we missed something good.

21:00 - 23:10
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: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Date: 2000
Directed by: Ang Lee
Beautiful and exciting, with some gorgeous moments, gorgeous actors, and fantastically poetic and emotional characters. Everything about this film I love.

22:10 - 00:10
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: Dr Strangelove
Date: 1964
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
What great character acting from one of the best British actors we've ever had. Peter Sellers is just stunning in this film, and the script is wonderful, not to mention what Kubrick does with it all. Fantastic fun, and rather strangely there are plenty of reflections of real life.

23:10 - 01:35
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: Carlito's Way
Date: 1993
Directed by: Brian De Palma
When I used to have film posters on my walls - and that was right up until I stopped living alone - this was one of them. I really lovethe style of this film, the look and feel, and the performances, and for me it's Sean Penn that takes the best performance, not Al Pacino.


Saturday 5th
01:10 - 03:00
Film4
: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Date: 1982
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Wow, talking of Sean Penn, just look how young he looks here.

02:30 - 04:05
Channel4
: The Dish
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 2000
Directed by: Rob Sitch

12:00 - 13:30
BBC2
: Broken Arrow
Date: 1950
Directed by: Delmer Daves
No, not the action film, this is a fifties cowboy film starring James Stewart that really does try to look at the period with a bit more realism, and not the usual cowboy films that came out around this period.

12:20 - 14:00
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: The Ladykillers
Date: 1955
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Another piece of classic acting from another superb comic actor that grew to resent his big budget appearance in Star Wars, for roles like this were overshadowed and forgotten, and yet this, and Kind Hearts and Coronets, is probably one of his best. Alec Guinness is the star, and there was no remake - la la la la, can't hear you.

14:40 - 16:30
Five
: Fun with Dick and Jane
Date: 1977
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Another original film. I've never seen it but it might be interesting to compare with the half hearted accountant created remake with rubber faced guy and X-Files wife. This has some great talent such as George Segal and Jane Fonda,

16:50 - 19:00
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: The Pink Panther
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 1963
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Peter Sellers appears again, and this time in the role that defines his career and for which he is most known, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Fantastic fun and has me howling with laughter.

17:00 - 18:50
STV
: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Date: 1971
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Another original that just couldn't be matched by the Hollywood remake. Oddball, slightly unnerving at times, but great fun.

18:50 - 20:30
Five
: Police Academy
Date: 1984
Directed by: Hugh Wilson
It's been such a long time since I saw this film, and it has undoubtedly been damaged by the sequels that followed it and flogged the horse until it was not only dead, but a dried up skeleton. It'll be interesting after such a gap to revisit the first and see if it still has a laugh.

19:00 - 21:00
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: The Princess Bride
Date: 1987
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Classic, and I know it's been on a lot of late, but can you really tire of the film? It's wonderful, and gets you right there at key moments time and time again.

21:00 - 22:30
Film4
: Phone Booth
Repeated: Thursday Film4 21:00 - 22:30
Date: 2002
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Now I think this could be an unpopular choice here. I really like this film, but I know a lot of others don't. I think that Colin Farrell gives a good performance, and the set-up is pretty good, especially how it plays out. It's not perfect though, but it is enjoyable.

21:00 - 23:00
FiveUS
: Buffalo '66
Date: 1998
Directed by: Vincent Gallo
I've never seen this film, but it does get strong reviews. Care to comment?

21:20 - 23:30
ITV4
: Dr No
Date: 1962
Directed by: Terence Young
Another Bond film, and this one is the first with that excellent bikini scene which Hollywood could not remake in Die Another Day without overdoing it and adding just too much of everything, don't they get it yet? The rest of the film shows some dated moments, but the Connery performance is interesting to see as the first big film outing of the character.

21:30 - 23:40
BBC3
: Kill Bill Vol 2
Date: 2004
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
The second of the Kill Bill films, but which is the better, and should there ever be a third?

21:55 - 23:35
BBC2
: The Village
Date: 2004
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Oh now, this is much maligned by the audience and critics. What I hate most is hearing critics say that Shyamalan is all about the twist and he made that his career so this is why the Village failed because of the weak twist...blah, blah, blah. With only a few films behind him it was the critics themselves that made the twist the focus of his career and seemed to forget everything else that happened in his films. So when this film didn't have a twist that fooled and delivered as much as the critics had gotten the audience used to, the critics were mad. If only they had looked at the entirety of his films, and if only they hadn't made out that his career is all about the twist maybe the audience would have focused on the entire film too. Still, I really love it, and I won't just attack him for what the critics and the marketing tell me to appreciate say about his films.

22:00 - 00:05
ITV2
: Mission: Impossible
Repeated: ITV2+1 Sunday ITV2 20:00 - 22:10
Date: 1996
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Great fun, and a superb set-up from the beginning. Tom Cruise is great and what a surprise that Brian De Palma is directing. Secretly, and actually now not so secretly, I'm hoping that they keep going with this franchise and keep the level of Director high on each film.

22:05 - 00:30
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: Constantine
Date: 2005
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
I'm really starting to like Francis Lawrence, especially after seeing I Am Legend. I hope he gets to do a Constantine II, because here he manages to create one of the top comic book adaptations I've seen. We get a rich story, rich characters, and some great scenes, this isn't paper thin like some.

22:30 - 00:45
Film4
: 28 Days Later
Repeated: Tuesday Film4 23:00 - 01:15
Date: 2002
Directed by: Danny Boyle
You know, I didn't really enjoy this film as much as everyone else, too much style and shaky cam. Still, I did like what it did for the zombie genre, breathing some new life into it.

23:40 - 14:05
BBC3
: Jackie Brown
Date: 1997
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Not my favourite Tarantino film, but it has Bridget Fonda.


Sunday 6th
00:05 - 02:20
ITV2
: Out of Sight
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1998
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Cool and stylish, but rather than that referencing the film, it's about the actors and the characters. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez have a great chemistry together and their characters work well together. Then, of course, there's Soderbergh's visual style which just compliments what's happening with these two characters, and actors.

00:30 - 02:50
STV
: Outbreak
Date: 1995
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
I wish this had been injected with a healthier dose of reality, as the story could still have remained the same but it could have felt more real rather than as it does a Hollywood action-adventure. Still, even as that it works, except for the ending and the screaming through the radio, that just doesn't work well for me.

00:45 - 02:40
Film4
: Little Voice
Date: 1998
Directed by: Mark Herman
Dad's favourite.

14:05 - 16:50
Five
: The Battle of the Bulge
Date: 1965
Directed by: Ken Annakin
War film, love them.

15:20 - 17:45
ITV3
: Roman Holiday
Date: 1953
Directed by: William Wyler
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, what more do you need? This is a classic.

20:00 - 22:10
ITV2
: Mission: Impossible
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1996
Directed by: Tom Cruise

21:00 - 23:10
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: A Fish Called Wanda
Date: 1988
Directed by: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Chips up the nose, naked John Cleese dancing, great fun and a clever script. Hey Hollywood, take note, this isn't full of jokes about sex acts and going to the toilet.

21:00 - 23:20
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: The Fourth Protocol
Date: 1987
Directed by: John Mackenzie
There are classic films galore this week, and this Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan starrer from the Frederick Forsyth novel is another such film. Although it's not fantastic, it does capture that British thriller feel.

21:00 - 23:50
Channel4
: Gladiator
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 2000
Directed by: Ridley Scott
What is there to say about this epic film that hasn't already been said. Scott and Crowe with Roman gladiators, fantastic. Just watch for that performance from Oliver Reed.

21:00 - 23:10
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: Trading Places
Date: 1983
Directed by: Trading Places
Great fun comedy, and yes Eddie Murphy was once funny, and he didn't have to wear tons of makeup and play all the different roles in a film.

22:00 - 23:55
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: Sin City
Date: 2005
Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Visual style pours from the screen, but the characters also follow that Miller style and we really do get a comic book on screen, much more than that it's an adult comic with some cracking actors to play the roles. Who would have thought a hobbit could play a weird supernatural killer?

23:50 - 02:15
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: Rain Man
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 1988
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Great performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and Cruise seems to miss out on a lot of credit for his role here. A hugely touching film that really has some great character journeys and such a stron insightful script into what autism, or indeed a mental illness, is like and how people deal with it.


Monday 7th
00:10 - 02:40
STV
: The Life of David Gale
Date: 2003
Directed by: Alan Parker
I still haven't seen this film as yet, and it's Alan Parker - that I really find hard to believe. I need to get my finger out.

01:15 - 03:15
Film4
: Reality Bites
Date: 1994
Directed by: Ben Stiller

15:00 - 16:30
Film4
: The Mummy
Repeated: Tuesday Film4 02:40 - 04:00
Date: 1999
Directed by: Stephen Sommers

16:30 - 18:35
Film4
: The Silent Enemy
Date: 1958
Directed by: William Fairchild
A war film that looks at an unusual moment in World War II when Italian divers were placing charges underneath allied ships, and so a commando diving team went out to stop them.

18:35 - 21:00
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: Chariots of Fire
Date: 1981
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
The music, the beach, the running around the square. There are so many cinematical moments in the film and it's such a fantastic story too. Great British cinema once again.

21:00 - 22:30
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: The Others
Date: 2001
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
I really enjoyed this film and was surprised at the big twist (now should I start screaming about Alejandro Amenábar and the twist becoming his career?). It really grabbed me when that moment hit as I had been totally misdirected, but like Shyamalan, that's not what it's all about, the performances and the rest of the film are very strong both visually and story wise.

21:00 - 23:10
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: Lethal Weapon
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1987
Directed by: Richard Donner
Oh classic buddy cop action, matched only by Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang in my mind, and that's another Shane Black script. One of Mel Gibson's many defining moments.

22:00 - 23:55
Channel4
: Dawn of the Dead
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 2004
Directed by: Zack Snyder
The opening of this film is the best, you can see that Zack Snyder has bags of talent and that he's going to deliver well with his career. The rest makes up for a strong remake of the George A. Romero film, and I think that perhaps there's something here to be said about how strong a remake it is, and perhaps it's one of those elusive ones that actually is as good, or even better, than the original.

23:00 - 00:45
Film4
: Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Date: 1970
Directed by: Ted Post
I honestly can't remember this sequel to the Planet of the Apes, but the franchise is a strong one. I wonder if they really thought that they could restart it with the Tim Burton version?

23:05 - 00:55
BBC1
: Cocoon
Date: 1985
Directed by: Ron Howard
Another great fun film that features old people and Steve Guttenburg. Actually there's not another film like that, I'm thinking of Police Academy and Batteries Not Included mixed together! It's a lovely fantasy tale that manages to make you feel everything you're supposed to.


Tuesday 8th
00:10 - 01:55
ITV2
: The Guru
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 2002
Directed by: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
I didn't get all the way through this film the last time it was on, but it was good fun as far as I saw, and Marisa Tomei too.

02:40 - 04:00
Film4
: The Mummy
Date: 1999
Directed by: Stephen Sommers

14:45 - 16:55
Film4
: Heaven Can Wait
Date: 1943
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

19:00 - 21:00
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: The Return of the Musketeers
Date: 1989
Directed by: Richard Lester
I love this group of musketeers in action, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Oliver Reed and Frank Finlay. These really do capture a fantastic feel and give you a sense of fun and enjoyment a lot of films fall short of. Cleverly scripted with a superb cast, I love all these musketeer films.

19:45 - 22:00
BBC3
: Catch Me If You Can
Date: 2002
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
DiCaprio begins to hint at the more serious talent we now see inside him with every film, starring next to Tom Hanks he does start to overshadow him and Spielberg does his usual magic.

21:00 - 23:05
FiveUS
: The Principal
Date: 1987
Directed by: Christopher Cain
Now this film is a little of an oddball choice. At first I was surprised by the casting of James Belushi and Louis Gossett Jr., there's also Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Wright and Esai Morales to be seen here and that had me interested, then there are the comments about the film that suggest there's something more here than you might at first think. A man is appointed principal of a school with the worst reputation there is, initially it was as a punishment, but then it becomes a personal challenge.

21:00 - 23:20
ITV2
: Lethal Weapon III
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1992
Directed by: Richard Donner
The third is definitely not the best. When a formula works and you're going to keep going with it, don't introduce a new sidekick and make the old sidekick more serious, it doesn't work. Better to have stuck with two.

21:00 - 23:25
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: Platoon
Date: 1986
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Platoon is still a hard hitting and extremely relevant film, and I'm sure there are many things that haven't changed for troops these days. It's depressing and bleak, but what a great film with a host of recognisable big name actors and fantastic performances throughout. There's nothing here not to like. Oliver Stone, and Charlie Sheen, at their best.

22:00 - 00:10
ITV4
: Mercury Rising
Date: 1988
Directed by: Harold Becker
Bruce Willis does an okay job in this less than perfect thriller, but there are some things in the film that attract attention, and it's not a really bad film is it? It tells the story of a child genius that has cracked a secret code, he's being targetted for what he knows, and Willis has to save him. He and his young co star work well together on screen.

23:05 - 01:20
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: Thirteen Days
Date: 2000
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
In time I am convinced this will become a classic film. The story of the thirteen days that saw the world come the closest it ever has to war. Using the tapes from the Whitehouse at the time the film looks at the Kennedy administration as they stand up to the Russians who used Cuba as a forward base for their missiles - the US wouldn't have it and blockaded the country from the incoming Russian ships, and this brought the two countries to the brink of war. It's stunning to see how close we came and just what they did to avoid it, parallels can be seen today with the US and their missile shield system being planted right outside Russia's doorstep. Watch this lesson Bush.

23:05 - 02:05
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: Scarface
Date: 1983
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Another superb De Palma film and Pacino performance, at times a little over the top, but then it gives us some of the best screen moments there are. Great performances, great script, superb direction, and a hugely enjoyable film.

23:20 - 01:40
ITV2
: Lethal Weapon 4
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1998
Directed by: Richard Donner
A fourth one? Give me strength.


Wednesday 9th
00:10 - 02:35
ITV4
: The Longest Yard
Date: 1974
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
This is the Burt Reynolds original of a prisoner versus warden American football match, Reynolds totally outperforms Adam Sandler. Original should be the theme of this week on television.

01:15 - 03:50
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: 8MM
Date: 1999
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
A dark film that gives us possibly the best performance from Nicholas Cage there is. He plays a detective on the search of a girl who appears to have been murdered in a snuff film. Is the film real, and is the world he's entering consuming him?

16:15 - 17:35
Film4
: The Wolf Man
Repeated: Thursday Film4 13:00 - 14:20
Date: 1941
Directed by: George Waggner
Another original, while this film is being remade with Benecio del Toro, the original is being shown on television this week.

21:00 - 22:55
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: Identity
Date: 2003
Directed by: James Mangold
Why did this film not do so well when it was released? I thought the performances were very strong, particularly John Cusack, and the ending revealed quite an interesting turn of events. I really enjoyed it and I'd suggest you catch it if you can.

21:00 - 23:10
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: House of Flying Daggers
Date: 2004
Directed by: Yimou Zhang
Another sumptious film in all aspects, from colouring to story, from direction to performance. It's wonderful to watch and highly engaging. The final moments may seem a little over the top, but they are beautifully created. For me the bamboo forest fight is the best moment.

22:00 - 00:00
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: Payback
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1999
Directed by: Brian Helgeland, John Myhre
What a superb film that is so undervalued. I highly recommend you see this film which has Mel Gibson playing an almost opposite to his Lethal Weapon character. Another fantastic script that is brought to the screen really well. There's also a director's cut on the go which is even darker. Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke, Deborah Kara Unger, Lucy Liu and William Devane all co-star. Fantastic film.

23:05 - 01:10
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: Panic Room
Repeated: Thursday FiveUS 21:00 - 23:05
Date: 2002
Directed by: David Fincher
Very enjoyable film that brings a tense and panic filled feeling right through the screen. Another highly undervalued film, and this is David Fincher with Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker.

23:40 - 01:00
BBC1
: Churchill - the Hollywood Years
Date: 2004
Directed by: Peter Richardson
I'm keen to see this comedy, mainly because it's making a joke of the Hollywood style of rewriting history in cinema, but also it marked the start of the return of Christian Slater.


Thursday 10th
00:10 - 02:40
Channel4
: Primal Fear
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 1996
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

00:30 - 02:25
ITV4
: Barb Wire
Repeated: 22:00 - 23:55
Date: 1996
Directed by: David Hogan
Oh I've never seen this, but I do want to see how bad it really is. Now for those of you who complain about comic adaptations, use this as your benchmark and perhaps you'll stop moaning.

00:30 - 02:55
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: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Repeated: ITV2+1 ITV2 21:00 - 23:40
Date: 1991
Directed by: James Cameron
Fantastic moments in cinema, and a superb film. I love this, and even the levels of self appreciation in the humour are just right, something that future films have really lost. The storytelling is not at a loss to the effects, another failing of the films to come.

00:55 - 03:10
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: The Grifters
Date: 1990
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Great performances in this film as Anjelica Huston burns up the screen along with John Cusack and Annette Bening. They all play con artists of varying scales, mother, son and his girlfriend, and who knows who is doing the conning.

13:00 - 14:20
Film4
: The Wolf Man
Date: 1941
Directed by: George Waggner

18:10 - 21:00
Film4
: Howards End
Date: 1992
Directed by: James Ivory
Another favourite of my father's, and a great and fitting film to remember James Ivory and his films. Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter star in the highly emotionally charged film that's as equally reserved.

20:00 - 21:50
BBC3
: Bend It like Beckham
Date: 2002
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in this hugely successful film that did much better than expected.

21:00 - 23:05
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: Panic Room
Date: 2002
Directed by: David Fincher

21:00 - 23:40
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: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Repeated: ITV2+1
Date: 1991
Directed by: James Cameron

22:00 - 23:55
ITV4
: Barb Wire
Date: 1996
Directed by: David Hogan

22:00 - 00:05
Channel4
: Super Size Me
Repeated: Channel4+1
Date: 2004
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
This is the best first person investigative documentary I've ever seen, and it reveals something amazingly shocking, fast food is bad for you in massive quantities. Amazing. Joking aside though this is a huge eye opener, and really is shocking. You wouldn't think that these effects could actually happen.

22:35 - 00:40
Film4
: Secretary
Date: 2002
Directed by: Steven Shainberg
An interesting film that really does give us something different and introduces us to just how good Maggie Gyllenhaal is, and of course there's the ever dependable James Spader. It's a weird but rather special film.

23:40 - 01:55
STV
: Cape Fear
Date: 1991
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Now this could be a genuine case of a sequel being better than the original, or is it that there has been enough time passed between the two that a newer, bigger budget, big star and big director version would undoubtedly be better than the original?


Cinema Releases
Alice In The Cities (Alice in den Städten)
Wim Wenders latest film about a German journalist returning home from America who gets dumped with a young, unwanted girl.

Half Moon (Niwemang)
A legendary Kurdish musician travels off to one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan, despite a recurring dream that he is to die at half moon. The journey is beset with problems, especially when a female Iranian singer is taken on board, as it is forbidden for Iranian women to sing in public.

Lust, Caution (Se, jie) (18)
Ang Lee's film where everyone seems to be concentrating on the word erotic, however the main part is a thriller and romance set during World War II as a woman is sent to get close to and spy on a political figure.

P.S I Love You (12A)
Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank are going to be piling on the cheesy moments to get your heart strings well and truly tugged in this tale of love beyond the grave and of moving on with life. Guaranteed a huge female audience!





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