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MOVIE WATCH III.

THURSDAY Pulp Fiction (1994) (Film4, 9pm) Following his ultra-hip, gangster-cool debut Reservoir Dogs, writer-director Quentin Tarantino delivered an equally confident and more ambitious second film. Multiple storylines interweave and time sequences are thrown into disarray as the plots unfurl inside-out and upside-down, introducing us to a brutal Los Angeles milieu populated by gangster junkies, honest thieves and tender murderers. Mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) entrusts low-rent hit men Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) to collect a stolen briefcase. He also pays ageing boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight. The fates of these characters collide after Marsellus asks Vincent to entertain his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) in his absence.

RocknRolla (2008) (5STAR, 9pm) Three years after the disaster of Revolver, writerdirector Guy Ritchie returned to the mean streets of London for this serpentine gangland thriller. Ageing mobster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) is keen to forge business ties with shady Russian billionaire Uri Obomavich (Karel Roden). Unfortunately for Uri, their investment money is half-inched by accountant Stella (Thandie Newton) and a pair of petty thieves, One Two (Gerard Butler) and Mumbles (Idris Elba). Meanwhile, Lenny has problems of his own as he tries to retrieve a stolen masterpiece. He instructs right-hand man Archie (Mark Strong) to find the precious canvas. Inquiries lead to American record producers Mickey (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges) and Roman (Jeremy Piven) and eventually to supposedly dead rock star Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell).

FRIDAY Unstoppable (2010) (Film4, 7.05pm) Tony Scott's enjoyable thriller opens in a Pennsylvania railyard, where Dewey (Ethan Suplee) foolishly jumps off a 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 includes 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.

Drive (2011) (BBC Two, 11.05pm) Driver (Ryan Gosling) performs death-defying stunts in big-budget films but when he's not on a set, he works as a mechanic for his good friend Shannon (Bryan Cranston) - and also performs illegal jobs, which invariably involve high-speed getaways from crime scenes. When one heist goes wrong, Driver is marked for death at the hands of hoodlums Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and Nino (Ron Perlman). There are romantic complications when Driver falls for pretty neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), whose husband Standard Gabriel (Oscar Isaac) has just been released from prison. Director Nicolas Winding Refn hits the accelerator in the opening scenes and barely touches the brakes as the plot skids with sickening inevitability towards its bloody resolution.

DID YOU KNOW? On the day of filming the sex scene in RocknRolla, Gerard Butler had a nasty throat infection and Thandie Newton refused to kiss him

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 20, 2018
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