MOVIE WATCH I.
Metallica: Through the Never (2013) Film4, 11.10pm. Premiere Taking its title from a 1991 album by Metallica, Through the Never is a concert film with a difference. Footage of the American heavy metal band performing at various barnstorming concerts during August 2012 is interspersed with a fictional narrative about a young roadie called Trip (Dane DeHaan), who is dispatched to retrieve an important item from a truck that has broken down. En route, Trip's vehicle is involved in an accident and he finds himself in a race against time with Death while James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo thrash and strum the hits on stage.
Welcome to Collinwood (2002) BBC Two, 11.35pm A remake of the 1958 Italian movie I Soliti Ignoti, also known as Persons Unknown or Big Deal on Madonna Street, this offbeat crime comedy stars Sam Rockwell as a petty thief who learns about a plan for a supposedly perfect heist, and enlists a gang of not-so-sharp crooks to help him take on the job. However, the group's complex personal lives soon cause problems, and it turns out the plan isn't quite as foolproof as they were led to believe. A good dollop of humour, some stylised dialogue and a likeable cast make this stylish caper a cut above other films of a similar vein. George Clooney makes a small but memorable appearance as master safe-cracker Jerzy, while William H Macy and Rockwell ooze comic wit in the lead roles.
The Omen (1976) Film4, 1am Diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) and his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) are desperate to have a child. When she loses a baby shortly after birth, Robert is approached by a priest who suggests he takes an orphaned newborn, Damien, and he readily agrees, passing the boy offas their own to his wife. The family relocates to London, where Robert becomes the US Ambassador to the UK. But soon, strange events occur which lead him to believe his 'son' is a right little devil. Although The Exorcist, made three years earlier, may receive more attention due to its controversial storyline, The Omen is arguably the better film. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick enjoy one of the last hits of their long careers, and David Warner has rarely been better than as the photographer helping Robert discover the truth about Damien's parentage.
TOMORROW Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Channel 5, 4.30pm Ever since he was a little boy, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) has been inventing gadgets to improve the lives of his parents in the town of Swallow Falls. When his mother passes away, father and son grow apart and Flint is left to his own devices in the lab with Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris). In an effort to solve world hunger, Flint creates a machine which can transform water into foodstuffs. Before he can test his contraption and iron out the bugs, it launches into the atmosphere - and giant pancakes, pasta and steaks rain down on the tiny fishing port which Flint calls home. Based on the beloved 1978 children's book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a treat for viewers of all ages, with slapstick and a miasma of bold colours to dazzle youngsters and some broad humour for teenagers and parents.
Elysium (2013) Channel 5, 9pm. Premiere. The year is 2154. While most of the population live in squalor on the surface of Earth, the wealthy inhabit a state-of-the-art space station called Elysium governed by President Patel (Faran Tahir) and his no-nonsense Secretary of Defence, Delacourt (Jodie Foster). Back in the slums on terra firma, factory worker Max DeCosta (Matt Damon) is involved in an industrial accident resulting in exposure to dangerous levels of radiation. Max knows his only hope is to breach Elysium's defences so he can access one of the space station's medical bays and banish the cancer ravaging his system. Although it lacks the depth of director Neill Blomkamp's thrilling first feature, District 9, this ambitious follow-up is distinguished by slickly orchestrated action sequences and a rousing slam-bang finale.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) BBC Two, 11pm Rabbit-Proof Fence is a stark, moving reminder of one of the most shameful periods in Australia's recent history. Set during the 1930s, the film tells the true story of Molly (Everlyn Sampi), Daisy (Tianna Sansbury) and Gracie (Lauyra Monaghan), three little Aboriginal girls who were wrenched from their mothers, then taken some 1,500 miles away to the Moore River Native Settlement. There, the children were scrutinised by nurses and doctors, and by the founder of the scheme, the infamous AO Neville (Kenneth Branagh), who believed segregation was the only way to ensure the survival of Australian society. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Molly, Daisy and Gracie escaped from their captors and walked all the way home, through the hundreds of miles of desert.
Byzantium (2012) Film4, 11.25pm Feisty single mother Clara Webb (Gemma Arterton) arrives in a rundown seaside resort with her daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). To make ends meet, Clara sells her body, earning just enough to keep the pair offthe streets. Every now and then, she sinks her teeth into an unsuspecting punter and we discover, in flashback, that Clara is a vampire, and Eleanor is her equally bloodthirsty ward. The vampires hit the jackpot when they meet a lonely misfit who lives in the decrepit Byzantium guest house. So while the older bloodsucker recruits local girls from the streets, Eleanor drifts around the resort, catching the eye of a young waiter who is fighting leukaemia. When Darvell (Sam Riley), a Machiavellian face from Clara's past, turns up at the guest house, battle lines are drawn in this atmospheric horror.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 DID YOU KNOW? The world premiere of Rabbit-Proof Fence was held in an outdoor screening at Jigalong, the outback community where the girls were taken from, and where their families still live CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35 MONDAY Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) C4, 9.55am. Premiere. Postman Pat (voiced by Stephen Mangan) is at the heart of village life in Greendale. His wife Sara (Susan Duerden) has always dreamt of going to Italy, so when Pat discovers a trip for two is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One, he prepares to belt out a ballad. Against the odds, Pat's audition charms stony-faced judge Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes). Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity and promotional duties take him far away from his loved ones and his job at the Special Delivery Service (SDS). The CGI-animation lacks the stop-motion charm of the original series, but there are some decent gags.
Killer Joe (2011), right Film4, 11.25pm Tracy Letts's incendiary 1993 play translates smartly from stage to screen in William Friedkin's suspenseful portrait of white-trash treachery. Matthew McConaughey shows his acting mettle as the eponymous assassin, who is hired by disgruntled son Chris (Emile Hirsch) to kill his mother Sharla (Gina Gershon) in order to collect a hefty life insurance payout. When Chris fails to stump up the hit man's sizeable fee, Joe demands the lad's emotionally unstable sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as a 'retainer', and the film's moral compass whirls sickeningly out of control. Killer Joe doesn't completely escape its stage origins, but laced with laconic wit and peppered with scenes of violence that will churn even the strongest stomach, Friedkin's film steadily cranks up the tension as Joe worms his way into Dottie's affections.
TUESDAY Speed (1994) Film4, 9pm Keanu Reeves cropped his hair and donned a macho outfit to assume the role of LA bomb squad member Jack Traven, who ends up playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the deranged Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper). The latter plants a device on a bus that will detonate if the vehicle drops below 50mph, and while Jack tries to figure a way of getting the passengers offthe vehicle, keeping it on the road is left to feisty commuter Annie (Sandra Bullock). It's a brilliantly simple premise for an action thriller, and the tension never lets up for a second. Just when you think the stunts can't get any bigger, director Jan de Bont ups the ante once again. Reeves delivers a solid performance, while Bullock is perfectly cast in the role that rocketed her to international fame.
Jaws (1975) ITV4, 9pm It's now over 40 years old, but Steve Spielberg's first blockbuster has lost none of its bite. Roy Scheider heads the cast as Brody, a police chief on New England's Amity Island whose relatively idyllic existence is turned upside down when a great white shark starts snacking on the locals. The mayor is reluctant to close the beaches in case it scares offthe tourists, so with the aid of a wealthy marine expert (Richard Dreyfuss) and a salty shark hunter (Robert Shaw), Brody heads offto find and kill the beast. As a thriller, it's a masterpiece of direction, combining genuine thrills with threedimensional characters, and although the shark itself is a bit of a let-down, by the time we get a good look at it we're having too much fun to care. John Williams' iconic score just adds to the tension.
WEDNESDAY Unstoppable (2010) Film4, 9pm Tony Scott's thriller opens in a Pennsylvania rail yard, where Dewey (Ethan Suplee) foolishly jumps offa slow-moving freight train in order to race ahead and change a set of points. Unfortunately, the throttle jars forward and the carriages speed down the line without a driver... More worryingly, the locomotive is carrying drums of a highly flammable liquid. Yardmaster Connie Hooper (Rosario Dawson) clears the entire line to prevent a head-on collision. Further down the line, veteran engineer Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine) orchestrate a daring rescue plan to slow down the runaway train before it reaches the notorious Stanton curve, where it will inevitably derail.
The Tree of Life (2011) Film4, 1am A meteor strike on Earth sends devastating ripples across the surface of the planet, segueing into a child escaping from a submerged room, a metaphor for the birth of baby Jack in the 1950s Midwest. The camera stays close to young Jack (Hunter McCracken) and his brothers as they suffer at the hands of their authoritarian father, Mr O'Brien (Brad Pitt). Meanwhile, in the present day, grown-up architect Jack (Sean Penn) feels disconnected from the jungle of cold, metallic skyscrapers that are now his home. The Tree Of Life is an impressionistic ode to human experience that bears all of the hallmarks of mercurial auteur Terrence Malick, eschewing a conventional narrative to conjure stunning images that linger in the memory.
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|Date:||Apr 30, 2016|
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