The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

The Hungarian Holocaust drama, Son of Saul (9pm Max) might have been in contention, if BC on TV could be sure of English, not Spanish, subtitles; and if Travis Bickle wasn’t starring on the same night…

Today’s Number One Film:

Taxi Driver, 10pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon or No Country for Old Men. Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus and one of the greatest New York movies ever made stars Robert De Niro in his greatest performance as Travis Bickle, the titular taxi driver who descends into the city’s madness. “You talking to me?” Violent, gritty, quoted by everyone from David Letterman to the Clash (on their Combat Rock album) and heartbreakingly real, the film is also an astonishing technical masterpiece with every scene beautifully shot and the climactic multiple murder establishing the benchmark for film editing. Jodie Foster’s stunning debut as the teen prostitute is surpassed only by Harvey Keitel’s magnificently understated pimp. One of the great American films (even if the AFI, somehow, rank it at only 47). Put the children up for adoption if you have to, just don’t miss a moment of this. Directed by Martin Scorsese/ 1976/ USA / Drama-Thriller/ 113 mins/ Rated R.


Miles Ahead (Bio-Drama-Music), 9pm HBO2; **Ant-Man (Superhero), 9pm HBOF; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Comedy-Crime-Mystery), 7.45pm MaxP; Scent of Woman (Al Pacino Drama), 8pm FoxClas; Fantastic Four (Superhero), 9.25pm FoxFam; The Iceman (Bio-Crime-Drama), 6.57pm Edge; Cheaper by the Dozen (Comedy-Family), 6.25pm FoxFam; Shaft (Samuel Jackson version Crime), 7.20pm FoxAct; Notting Hill (Rom-Com), 9pm Stun.

BEST Pay Per View BET: The Girl on the Train.

*Starred films have been chosen in the last year. ** Double-starred films have been chosen in the last two months.

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