Best Films on TV: 1 – 7 July 2013

The best films on TV this week, as chosen by that weird brummie fellow off of the podcast, Owen Hughes.

searchers01Monday 1st July – The Searchers (Film4, 16.35)

One of the top 10 films of all time according to the Sight & Sound poll, John Ford‘s classic western starring John Wayne is one of the most influential movies of all time. Whilst arguably slightly dated, it still looks absolutely brilliant, just as you would expect from a Ford film. It’s worth watching at least once in your life, if only to see what all the fuss is about! (Also, if you miss it, it’s repeated all week on various channels, including TCM and BBC4.)

Tuesday 2nd July – The Running Man (Film4 23.35)

It’s the year 2017, the world is under the rule of a totalitarian state, and the only thing the people have to look forward to is a gameshow where criminals are pitted against gladiators in a battle to the death. You can keep your Hunger Games films, this 80s Arnie actioner is what I love! Ultraviolent, snappy one liners and cheese levels set to maximum; well worth staying up late on a school night for!

Wednesday 3rd July – Rope (More4 11.45)

Hitchcock is at his best when his films were set on a small scale. Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, and of course Rope. Telling the story of one 2 students trying to get away with the perfect crime in the middle of a dinner party they are hosting, all set in one apartment, filmed in four cuts, it is one of the greatest director’s greatest films.

Thursday 4th July – Kill List (Film4 23.05)

Get ready for Friday’s huge event, the release of A Field In England on DVD, cinemas and Film4 all at the same time, with Ben Wheatley‘s cult horror on Thursday. A dark tale of two hitmen who get involved in a job way over their heads, Kill List has an unnerving and ominous atmosphere throughout. Complete with good performances (particularly Neil Maskell (aka Andy from Utopia)) it made Ben Wheatley a director to watch.

Friday 5th July – A Field In England (Film4 22.45)

Finally! It’s arrived! Starring Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Kill List, Outpost), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville) and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley), directed by Ben Wheatley, this is one of the most anticipated events of the year. ” ..released simultaneously in theaters, on DVD, free TV and video-on-demand” (The Hollywood Reporter) only adds to the excitement surrounding this black and white tale of two soldiers deserting the English Civil War. Not to be missed!

Saturday 6th July – Scott Pilgrim vs The world (Channel 4, 10pm)

Perhaps the ultimate hipster movie. Adapted from a relatively obscure Canadian comic you probably haven’t even read (I have, obviously) starring Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, a bass player who has to fight off his would-be girlfriends seven evil exes, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a fantasy-action-adventure like no other. Want another reason to watch it? It’s directed by Edgar Wright. Still not enough? Beck wrote the soundtrack to this film. Still haven’t been convinced? Well you’re just wrong.

Sunday 7th July – The Iron Giant (Film4, 2.50pm)

More well known for being the director of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird made his film debut with this beautiful animated film about a boy who discovers a giant alien robot. The Iron Giant does what all good kids films do, it handles a serious topic (i.e. loss and loneliness) very sensitively whilst still being a fun adventure film.

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