Today’s Number One Film: **Arrival, 9pm HBO2 BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ex Machina or Inception. The French Canadian director who made us all sit up and take notice in 2010 with his first feature film, Incendies, and then rocked us back in our chairs in 2013 with Prisoners, and then bowled us right firetrucking over in 2015 with Sicario returned in 2016 to make us do all three in the same film – just much more slowly.It is perhaps not a film for everyone – and people who require an explosion, a car crash or a murder every ten minutes to keep their attention hooked shouldn’t even bother.Read more
If it had not been picked a couple o’ months ago, the first instalment of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film (The Godfather Part I BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 4.15pm Prmt) would certainly have got the nod; bad timing that Fox Classics screened Part II last Sunday. For families who have not seen them, today offers a great chance to see, in the right order, a couple of terrific animated flicks (Finding Nemo, 1.27pm Max; Finding Dory, 9pm HBOF).
Today’s Number One Film:
The Wrestler, 5.20pm Fox Action. Watch this if you liked Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter or The Hurt Locker. Because it is set in the cheapest, darkest edges of the world of professional wrestling, the story has a great level of curiosity/interest for even the most anti-sport movie of anti-sport movie haters; but the film that won the Best Actor BAFTA for Mickey Rourke (he was also nominated for the Oscar) belongs to Rourke, in the end, middle and beginning.Read more