I only choose films that are available on free-to-air television here in the UK. It’s a few ideas to spend your time wisely rather than watch The X Factor.
1. Valkyrie – Saturday 30th August, 5USA 9:00pm. More evidence of Bryan Singer’s excellence as a director. He can do a lot more than make comic book films. Top notch cast led by Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. A true story about an attempt to assassinate Hitler.
2. Brassed Off – Sunday 31st August, Film4 9:00pm. British comedy around a colliery brass band that while preparing for an important competition is distracted by the threat of closure to the coal pit.
3. X-Men: First Class – Monday 1st September, Film4 9:00pm. The rebirth of the X-Men franchise that made enough money to set the scene for X-Men: Days of Future Past. For some people this is the best in the franchise and I understand why. It features the dynamic duo of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as the young Magneto and Professor X.
4. American Pie – Wednesday 3rd September, ITV2 10:00pm. The original and the best of the quadrology with the just the right mix of gross out humour and realistic (kind of) teenage angst.
5. The Matrix – Thursday 4th September, ITV2 9:00pm. One of the best films ever made, never mind best science fiction films. Keanu Reeves stars in his one decent performance and is excellently supported by Laurence Fishburne. Is the world real or are we being controlled by a higher force?