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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy  rogerebert.comThe Shining, 10pm Turner Classic Movies Ch 504. Watch this if you liked A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws or Don’t Look Now BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation of Stephen King’s best book about the man descending into madness at the haunted hotel is far better than the travesty King himself perpetrated 17 years later. Filled with scares of all kinds – creepy-under-the-skin/ set-your-heart-racing/ jump-out-of-your-seat – and, as lanyap, Jack Nicholson’s greatest performance.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Dope, 6.10pm HBO2 Ch 525 BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked The Breakfast Club, Straight Outta Compton or Top Five. BC on TV called the American (born of Nigerian immigrant parents) director Rick Famuyiwa’s film one of the most pleasant surprises – and the 16th most outstanding DVD release – of 2015 for very good reasons. A top-notch all-round film that is only incidentally youth- or African-American- or geek-comic or anything else,

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Although it is strictly speaking outside BC on TV’s self-imposed daily primetime starting limits of 6pm-10pm, the mother of all shark movies gets the nod today, because it doesn’t screen as often as it should and because all the other worthwhile contenders have been very recently picked. If a film deserves a bite at being the exception to the rule, it’s surely this one!

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy WikiaJaws, 5.35pm Fox Classics Ch 560. Watch this if you liked Open Water, Psycho or Halloween. No 48 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Best Films, Jaws has not lost much of its bite to time.

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A trifecta of the best films on DIRECTV

If it hadn’t been chosen yesterday, **The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY would certainly have been chosen today; as might any of the double-starred recently chosen films, all of which are better than all three of today’s picks.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy YouTubeStar Wars VII: The Force Awakens, 12.14 midday HBO Family Ch 534. Watch this if you liked the Indiana Jones or the Lord of the Rings trilogies or any of Marvel’s Avengers movies.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

The complete version – Parts I & II screened back-to-back – of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film make it easy to go outside of BC on TV’s normally strict 6pm-10pm primetime to include the earlier starting time of I. The DIRECTV Channel offers a real treat for lovers of female voice with back-to-back concerts by four of the best singers alive, Norah Jones at 9pm, Joan Baez, the Grandmother of Folk at 10 and the awe-inspiring Joss Stone, with Mavis Staples, who inspired her, at 11pm.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy adamiThe Godfather Part I, 3pm AMC Ch 511. Watch this if you liked Casino, Goodfellas or the HBO series The Sopranos. Part I of BC on TV’s favourite film of all time and the American Film Institute’s No. 3 begins the story of the rise of the crime figure – Marlon Brando in his best role ever (except possibly for Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire or Kurtz in Apocalyspe Now)

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