Giving his suggestions on which films on TV this week you should keep an eye out for is Owen Hughes
Monday 7 October – Reservoir Dogs (Channel 5, 10.55pm)
The directorial debut of one of the most influential directors of a generation, Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs is a classic. It’s both intelligently scripted and wickedly witty, with a style that would be perfected in Tarantino’s follow up movie, Pulp Fiction, there’re fewer films out there that are as downright cool as this.
Tuesday 8 October – Tabu (Film4 00.50am)
Bit of a late one, and not actually a film I was personally all that impressed with. However, this slightly surreal Portuguese black and white drama is highly regarded by real critics. In fact, it came second on Sight & Sound’s top 10 of 2012 list. It’s a tragic love story set just before the Portuguese Colonial War. You can hear what I really thought of it on our recent World Cinema Podcast.
Wednesday 9 October – The Wedding Singer (ITV2, 8pm)
I’ll be honest, there wasn’t a whole lot of choice for the best film on TV on Wednesday. Frank Coraci‘s lighthearted comedy starring Adam Sandler as a miserable wedding singer is a nice, gentle humoured film that whilst not spectacular at all, will probably be a more than welcome relief to anybody who stayed up to watch Tabu on Tuesday!
Thursday 10 October – Monsieur Lazhar (Film4, 11am)
This French-Canadian Oscar nominated (for best foreign picture) drama tells the story of an Algerian refugee and substitute teacher called Bachir Lazhar who finds himself in charge of a class still suffering from the grief of their teacher who recently committed suicide at the school. It sounds very bleak, and in many respects it is, but it’s an uplifting story too that has a very warm message at its heart.
Friday 11 October – The Graduate (ITV3, 00.05am)
A bizarre love triangle (square?) ensues when Dustin Hoffman, a recent college graduate, ends up having an affair with the wife of his father’s business partner. This comes back to haunt him when he ends up falling in love with her daughter Elaine. Not a film I’ve seen actually, but one that’s so highly regarded it’d be reminisce of me to ignore it. I’ve had the DVD from Lovefilm sat on my table for the past 3 weeks so maybe this will prompt me into finally getting around to watching it. Hopefully. We’ll see.
Saturday 12 October – A Fistful of Dollars (Channel Five, 9pm)
The first in Sergio Leone’s “man with no name” trilogy of spaghetti westerns that shot its star Clint Eastwood into superstardom. There are fewer films that would make a Saturday evening even more complete than this. Probably only 2 that I can think of; For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Sunday 13 October – Senna (ITV 10.20pm)
One of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years with a recently revived interest following Ron Howard’s Rush that came out last month, Senna documents the career of one of Formula One’s most revered racers whose life was tragically cut short in a crash, the Brazilian sporting legend, Ayrton Senna. Maybe it plays fast and loose with one or two details, and it might be slightly biased in its views of his rivalries, but if you enjoyed Rush, you should enjoy this too (or so I hear.)