Television films of the week
SUNDAY: Ghostbusters (1984), 5.10pm, TV3 - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the recently-deceased Harold Ramis star in this entertaining action-comedy about a trio of para-psychologists tracking down ghosts in 1980s Manhattan. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-star and Ray Parker Jr sings the chart-topping theme song.
The Artist (2011)
French Oscar-winning silent movie starring Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin as two actors looking for success in Hollywood just as the 'talkies' are starting to take over. Shot in stylish black-and-white, this is the most-awarded French film of all time.
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel team up for the fifth and final time in this film based on the true story of an escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Patrick McGoohan plays the vindictive prison warden and Danny Glover makes an appearance in one of his earliest big-screen roles.
The Professionals (1966)
Classic Western starring Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster. Three mercenaries are hired to rescue the wife of a millionaire rancher. Jack Palance is the villainous former Mexican revolutionary who turns kidnapper.
Black Narcissus (1946)
Classic drama from writer/director team Powell and Pressburger set in a convent high in the Himalayas and featuring an angelic Deborah Kerr and a brilliant performance from Kathleen Byron as the deranged Sister Ruth. Visually stunning, the entire thing was filmed in London by legendary cameraman Jack Cardiff.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Comedy from Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as rival gym owners, each with a Dodgeball team, who go head-to-head in a local tournament. Rip Torn plays the wheelchair-bound coach who trains the 'underdog' team.
Beau Brummell (1954)
11.15am, More 4
Stewart Granger plays Beau Brummell, the Regency dandy who became iconic for his style and bon mots in the court of the Prince of Wales, here played by Peter Ustinov. Brumell was credited with introducing the modern men's suit worn with a necktie, and claimed he took five hours to dress. Adored by London society, he eventually fled to France to escape his debts and died penniless and insane from syphilis.
I Was Monty's Double (1958)
2.50pm, Film 4
Clifton James stars as an actor hired as Field Marshal Montgomery's double during the Second World War in order to confuse German spies. Probably not too hard a role for James, as that is precisely what he was recruited to do by British Intelligence during the actual war. John Mills and Cecil Parker co-star.
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)
Documentary from Sophie Fiennes (sister of actors Joseph and Ralph) that has Slovenian philosopher and contrarian Slavoj Zizek talking about the underlying ideology of films as diverse as The Searchers, A Clockwork Orange and The Dark Knight. Much funnier than it sounds, thought-provoking too.
Passport To Pimlico (1949)
Ealing comedy about a bunch of residents in Pimlico, London, who discover through an ancient charter that their area is legally part of Burgundy. Inspired by a real-life event where a tiny part of Canada was ceded to Holland in order to allow the Dutch queen to give birth to an heir.
The Ugly Truth (2009)
Formulaic rom-com starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl where Butler plays a male chauvinist who advises Heigl on how to find the man of her dreams. They start out hating each other, so hey, no prizes for guessing what will happen ...
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
3.15am, Channel 4
Romantic melodrama from Douglas Sirk that also manages a subtle critique of 1950s America. This has a wealthy New England widow played by Jane Wyman falling for Rock Hudson's gardener, much to the disapproval of her country club pals.
The Madness of King George (1994)
Alan Bennett adapts his own play about the troubled British monarch for the screen. Nigel Hawthorne stars brilliantly as King George the Third who begins to lose his wits, and the film deals with the effect this has on his relationships, particularly with his son, the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett). Support from Helen Mirren and Ian Holm.
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Clint Eastwood stars in this Western as a man who survives a lynching to become a US Marshall determined to hunt down those responsible. Described as an American version of an Italian spaghetti Western, which are of course already versions of American Westerns.
Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
Powerful French/Liberian film following a group of child soldiers during the Liberian civil war. Johnny Mad Dog is the leader of a small group of young soldiers with bizarre names like No Good Advice, Captain Dust to Dust and Chicken Hair. Christopher Minie leads the cast of first-time actors.
The Kentuckian (1955)
One of only two films directed by Burt Lancaster, this CinemaScope and Technicolor adventure story has Lancaster as the Kentucky frontiersman who moves to Texas with his son, meeting along the way two women – played by Dianne Foster and Diana Lynn – who change the course of their journey. Introduces a young Walter Matthau in his first cinema role.
Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Thin-ish Russell Brand vehicle, with Brand as an extravagant, feckless British rock star, Aldous Snow, who must be chaperoned to a concert in LA by a conscientious record company intern, played by Jonah Hill, whose private life starts to come unstuck as he grapples with the mercurial attention span
Withnail and I (1987)
12.30am, Channel 4
The film that spawned a thousand one-liners and drunken student nights. Directed by Bruce Robinson, Richard E Grant plays the charismatic, brilliant Withnail, with Paul McGann as his more solemn foil. Both are unemployed actors, without money or prospects, who decide to take a holiday in the Lake District. Richard Griffiths is magnificent as Uncle Monty. As funny and fresh as ever, even after repeated viewings.
Journey 2 The Mysterious Island (2012)
Sequel to the successful Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and also based on a Jules Vernes novel, this 3D sci-fi adventure has Dwayne Johnson setting off with stepson Josh Hutcherson for a strange, forgotten island where all small creatures are huge, and large creatures tiny. Michael Caine and Kristin Davis co-star. Suffers from the lack of ambition typical of sequels, but plenty of decent, watchable action.
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Spy thriller directed by Phillip Noyce, second in a trilogy of Jack Ryan films, based on the novels by Tom Clancy. Harrison Ford portrays Ryan, a CIA acting deputy director who discovers he is being kept in the dark about a covert war against Colombian drug lords. Taut, complex and well acted.
The Shining (1980)
Stylish, subtle psychological horror, and probably Stanley Kubrick's best film. Jack Nicholson, also at the peak of his career, is the writer who goes as winter caretaker to the remote, cut-off Overlook Hotel with his wife, played by Shelley Duvall, and young son, who has psychic abilities. Isolated, haunted, Nicholson's character begins to go slowly and terrifyingly mad.
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