Welcome to your weekly go-to-guide – WatchThisSpace – where we give you recommendations of films to watch in the cinema, on the television and those brilliant films hiding at the back of your DVD collection.
IN THE CINEMA
This week sees the release of ‘Insidious 3’. The franchise has been received with somewhat muted applause from critics and the films have become incredibly popular with audiences. An early June release does not seem a traditional date for a horror film, where Halloween would seem more appropriate, but we have no doubt screens will be sold out everywhere for this latest instalment.
On the other end of the spectrum we have a new Melissa McCarthy film in ‘Spy’. Whether you’re a fan of her work or not, there is enough star power here to make the film worth a watch. Early reviews are good, and with actors such as Jude Law, Jason Statham and even Miranda Hart popping up this promises to add some humour to the spy genre.
Tuesday 23:05 GMT: Is Daniel Craig the best Bond ever? Evidence for that argument doesn’t come much stronger than his performance in ‘Skyfall’. Catch 007’s last outing, just in time for the release of ‘Spectre’, on ITV2.
Wednesday 21:00 GMT: Another rom-com? Or worse, a chick-flick? Absolutely not! Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy (there she is again) star in the side-splittingly hilarious ‘Bridesmaids’ on Film4. Comedy at it’s best!
Saturday 15:05 GMT: This one comes as a strongly endorsed recommendation from my 5 year old daughter; weird and wonderful animated fun with ‘A Monster In Paris’ on Film4. The harshest little critic I know ranks this one very highly.
Saturday 18:30 GMT: From stylish monsters to something a little more realistic; fighting aliens in space! Catch the first of the latest ‘Star Trek’ franchise, again on trusty old Film4.
Sunday 21:00 GMT: I remember watching this back when it came out. A fantastic film and a great book too, ‘Billy Elliot’ is a proper Northern drama set against the backrdrop of Thatcher’s Britain. A must-see on BBC4.
DIG IT OUT
This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.
The Damned United: With the news of FIFA officials being indicted on corruption charges, the game of football has never been brought into disrepute in such a way. Now might be a good time to watch a movie which reminds you of what the beautiful game is really about. Featuring a blistering and committed performance from Michael Sheen, this is a fine feature debut for director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables).
The Class Of ’92: Another film that reminds us just how beautiful the beautiful game really is, ‘The Class of ’92’ chronicles the success of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and the rest of Manchester United’s modern heroes. The documentary is both moving and revealing, with plenty of honest interviews. Any football fan will relish reliving those spectacular closing moments of the 1999 Champions League Final.
Rush: The big news out of Disney this week was not particularly positive. Not least for Olivia Wilde, who is out of a job after the studio scrapped plans for a sequel in the ‘Tron’ series. However, what a good excuse to dig out this fascinating biopic, documenting the rivalry of F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, in which Wilde plays Chris Hemsworth’s love interest.
Bigfoot And The Hendersons: A film I absolutely loved as a child, and one which I myself will be digging out this week to relive some of the finest work of Rick Baker. The Oscar-winning make-up artist retired from film this week and nothing shows off his work better than the 8ft tall sasquatch. This is a fantastically odd family film littered with old school humour.