Sunday 24 September 2017

Films on TV

SUNDAY

Dr No (1962)

UTV, 3.40pm

The title of the first Bond film later became a very apt nickname for Dr Ian Paisley ... Here, Sean Connery defines the role of the violent, Martini-drinking womaniser. Rightly famous for that shot of Ursula Andress emerging from the sea.

Haywire (2011)

Channel4, 10.00pm

Part of this Steven Soderbergh thriller is set in dirty old Dublin. Agent Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is sent on a mission and comes into conflict with characters played by Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor. Soderbergh recently announced that he won't be making any more films, so this may develop something like cult status.

Shifty (2008)

BBC1, 11.55pm

Well-acted, low-budget British drama about a small-time drug dealer who falls foul of a local gang just as his former school friend returns to the neighbourhood. Stars Riz Ahmed and Daniel Mays.

MONDAY

Flash Gordon (1980)

Film4, 6.50pm

Wonderfully camp sci-fi about earthlings who travel to the planet Mongo to face Ming the Merciless. Excellent cameos from Timothy Dalton and a booming Brian Blessed. Soundtrack and theme song by the also wonderfully camp Queen.

Whiteout (2009)

TG4, 9.30pm

Thriller set in Antarctica where a US Marshall has to track down a serial killer in a research base before a winter storm takes hold. Based on a comic book by Greg Rucka and starring Kate Beckinsale. Manitoba in Canada doubles for Antarctica.

Accepted (2006)

UTV, 11.40pm

A group of would-be college frat boys form their own university after being rejected by everywhere they applied to. Possible tips for Leaving Cert students who don't get the CAO points they need? Stars Justin Long.

TUESDAY

High Noon (1952)

More4, 11.40am

Stunning classic western, starring Gary Cooper as a sheriff trying to protect a small town from the bad guys. Features a great theme song, Do not forsake me, Oh My Darling. The plot plays out in real time, building to the showdown at noon.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

TCM, 10.55pm

Part of a group of Vietnam movies that were released close together -- Platoon and Hamburger Hill being the two others. Stanley Kubrick directs Matthew Modine as a new recruit. The war scenes, though good, can't match the brilliant section on basic training.

Chris and Don

Sky Arts1, 11.55pm

Award-winning documentary film by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi, this looks at the lifelong relationship between artist Don Bachardy and novelist Chris Isherwood. Their romance began on the beaches of Santa Monica in the 1950s and thrived, despite the 30-year age gap, until Isherwood's death in 1986.

WEDNESDAY

The Cruel Sea (1953)

More4, 11am

British film about the war between the British Navy and German U-boats from the perspective of a warship captain played by Jack Hawkins. This is from Ealing Studios, but it's no comedy. Donald Sindon, who was saved from drowning by Hawkins, co-stars.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

RTE1, 10.35pm

Irresistible hit film based on the hit musical, based on the music of hit Swedish pop group Abba. Stars Meryl Streep as an aging hippie trying to identify her child's father from a rogues' gallery portrayed by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard.

Dazed and Confused (1993) Film4, 11.15pm

Engaging comedy about the last day of high school in the American suburbs. Richard Linklater, who also wrote it, directs Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck and Parker Posey, but it's Matthew McConaughey as the older guy still hanging out with the school leavers who steals the show.

THURSDAY

The Third Man (1949)

More4, 11.20am

A classic thriller written by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed. This is set in atmospheric post-war Vienna and has a great cast including Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Trevor Howard. The instantly recognisable theme music is all played on a zither.

The Producers (1968) Film4, 5.25pm

Great comedy about a producer and an accountant who try and create a Broadway flop to con money out of their investors. Gene Wilder plays Leo Bloom while Zero Mostel plays Max Bialystock. This was the first film Mel Brooks directed, and he rightly received an Oscar for the screenplay.

Raising Arizona (1987)

TCM, 11pm

The Coen brothers' second film is a cult comedy about a lovable couple who kidnap a baby to raise as their own. Starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, along with regular Coen collaborator John Goodman.

FRIDAY

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

RTE2, 9.00pm

"Diplomatic Immunity" "It's just been revoked". The second film in the series see LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh -- played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover -- take on a gang of South African drug-dealers led by Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland). Joe Pesci adds some comic relief and Patsy Kensit is the love interest for Gibson.

Saw III (2003)

Channel4, 11.35pm

What makes Saw III different from the other six Saws in the franchise? Nothing really. If you liked the grisly horror of the first two you'll like this too. The character Jigsaw continues his steady progression to comedic caricature.

Hush-A-By-Baby (1990)

TG4, 12.10am

Sinead O'Connor does the soundtrack and has a cameo in this drama about a teenage Derry girl who discovers she is pregnant while her boyfriend is in prison on the evidence of a "supergrass". Directed by Margo Harkin, co-founder of the Derry Film and Video Workshop, this is an earnest, ambitious project.

SATURDAY

Funny Girl (1968)

RTE1, 2pm

Loosely-based on the life of film star and comedienne Fanny Brice, and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein, this is really a Barbra Streisand vehicle, complete with musical hits and moments of high emotion. Also stars Omar Sharif.

Enchanted (2007)

RTE1, 5pm

Unashamed fairytale about a princess (Amy Adams), forced out of her traditional, animated world and into the modern-day, live-action world of New York City. Narrated by Julie Andrews, with Patrick Dempsey, Susan Sarandon and Timothy Spall.

United (2011)

RTE1, 12.10am

Based on the story of 'Busby's babes,' the legendary Manchester United team of the late 1950s, and the Munich air disaster, this stars David Tennant and Dougray Scott, with Jack O'Connell as Bobby Charlton. A triumph-against-the-odds story, drawing on interviews with survivors of the air crash and their families. A clear must-see for Man U fans.

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