This is my weekly post where I suggest a few films you might want to watch that are available on UK free-to-view television:
1) Defiance (2008) – Saturday 20th September, BBC2. Quality WWII drama which has James Bond, sorry Daniel Craig, starring as one of two brothers living in a Belarus forest as they hide from the Nazi’s. I believe its based on a real-life family that led a formidable resistance to the German occupation.
2) Runaway Jury (2003) – Sunday 21st September, Film4. This is something of a personal choice. Almost every time this film is on TV I watch it. It stars John Cusack and Rachel Weisz as a pairing with ulterior motives regarding a trial of a gun company for being culpable in the murder of a husband and father. Gene Hackman is an expert in selecting jury’s in order to achieve a favourable outcome in a trial and is in the pay of the evil gun companies booooooo!!!!!!
3) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – Monday 22nd September, Film4. Barry, surely you haven’t picked a Star Trek film have you? Well yes I have. This film belongs among science fiction royalty, it’s brilliant. Forget what prejudices you might have about the TV series or the later pre-JJ films – Ricardo Montalban is a beast as the evil Khan. The ending is truly emotional and has one of the greatest lines in film history.
4) Scarface (1983) – Wednesday 24th September, ITV4. There was a time when Al Pacino used to act and didn’t appear in rubbish TV adverts or iffy comedies as a cameo. Expect some swearing and a hint of violence as a Cuban gangster runs riot in Miami.
5) Taken (2008) – Friday 26th September, Film4. Sadly this film has become a bit of a joke in some circles, especially Liam Neeson’s phone call to the kidnappers. However, what might seem is a straightforward narrative of a daughter being rescued from an East Eurpean gang has a real edge to it and has an 18 rating for a reason. The film delves into some dark shadows and Neeson’s on-screen daughter has a rough time of it.