Every Monday we will be recommending films that are on TV that week, films playing at the cinema, and also remind you of those brilliant films hiding on streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, and possibly in your own collection.
mother!: Splitting the opinions of film fans across the globe, and performing poorly because of it, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ is definitely one we recommend going to see for yourself. Our review will be up later today!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Eggsy is suited and booted in this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s surprise hit ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. Vaughn is back in the director’s chair for the sequel that promises to be bigger, better, and more bat-shit crazy than the first! When the Kingsman organisation comes under attack from an unknown enemy, Eggsy and Merlin head stateside to seek the help of the Statesmen, an allied spy organisation. ‘The Golden Circle’ hits cinemas on Wednesday, and we’ll have our review up later this week.
Wanted (2008): Bullets, beatings and bloody badassery, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman star alongside a radiant Angelina Jolie in Nightwatch/Daywatch alum Timur Bekmambetov’s racy thrillfest, following an unsatisfied Wesley, whose life turns around when he’s awakened to his superhuman ancestry of assassins. If hyperbolic stunts with titillating energy is your weapon of choice, Wanted will leave you wanting more. Don’t miss the target on Sky1 at 9pm.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2014): Witness the beginning of one of the great trilogies of the 21st centuries. Andy Serkis begins his journey as Ceaser, an amazing creation of special effects and motion capture that raised the bar for what performance capture can achieve. If you can stomach Tom “Draco Malfoy” Felton’s shaky American accent, it’s a brilliant ride as we witness Ceaser’s rise to sentience. You’ll never forget the moment Ceaser finally snaps.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014): I don’t say this lightly as it has some excellent competition, but as far as I’m concerned, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the finest action film of the decade so far. Moving further into the future and well into the Ape uprising, tensions are rife between human and ape. Gary Oldman leads the human revolt while Jason Clarke is the ape-sympathiser trying to burn ape-human bridges. Toby Kebbell also joins the party as the conflicted Koba, a more well-written character than any CGI creature has any right to be. The action from the previous film ramps up to 11, as the ape onslaught of the human HQ has an all-time great long shot on top of a tank. Apes. Together. Strong.
Hot Fuzz (2007): “Wait, didn’t you recommend ‘Hot Fuzz’ last week?” Yes.. Yes we did, and seeing as it’s on TV again this week we thought we’d give you folks a second chance to catch Edgar Wright’s ‘Hot Fuzz’ if you missed it! Grab a drink, get comfy, and prepare for the laughs as Nicholas Angel (Simong Pegg) and Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) uncover a quaint little village’s dark secret.
Diamonds are Forever (1971): Why this is generally slated as much as it is? I don’t understand. There are worse James Bond films out there for sure. It’s probably a little more light-hearted and “fun” than previous films and edging into the territory that Roger Moore successfully broke away from the darker spy thrillers of the 60s, but Sean Connery is such a welcome sight as James Bond after George Lazenby. For an older Bond, we still see him in lots of the action scenes and to be honest he looks like he’s enjoying himself a lot more. Jill St John is our Bond girl, Charles Gray is our Bond Blofeld, and we’ve got everything else you can check of your list. Welcome back, Mr Bond.
Filth (2013): Are you looking for that edgy high in film? Look no further than Jon S. Baird’s ‘Filth.’ It follows Bruce Robertson, a cop who would take scathing measures to secure his own success. James McAvoy pierces through his soul in this film as Bruce, with such a high calibre of acting and intensity. Driven by constant hallucinations and crippling addictions with substances and people, his character is faced with the task of investigating the murder of a Japanese exchange student, in hopes it will bring him that shiny promotion. But not all is sweet and dandy here. ‘Filth’ is that no-holds-barred thriller you’ve been waiting to see! Catch the scathing ‘Filth’ on Film4 at 11:30pm
Hook (1991): This family adventure film is directed by Steven Spielberg and acts as a sequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1911 novel ‘Peter and Wendy’, now focusing on a grown-up Peter who has forgotten his Neverland adventures. Known as Peter Banning, he is a successful corporate lawyer with a wife and two children. However, his old enemy Captain Hook kidnaps his children, forcing Peter to return to Neverland and remember the boy he once was.With some wonderfully imaginative sets, costumes and characters, this is a fantasy story for everyone to enjoy. Great, performances from all the cast like the late Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts make it great fun to watch. Give this a go, as it’s a swashbuckling adventure the likes you’ve never seen before.
21 Jump Street (2012): Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are cops. Average cops. When they are recruited by the Jump Street unit to go undercover in a high school, they must trade in their guns for backpacks, and revisit their teenage angst and humiliation. A re-imagining of sorts of the original series (with a super meta reference in the film), 21 Jump Street is riotous fun.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996): Back in the mid nineties two directors were just starting to make a name for themselves. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were the hottest names in town. Tarantino was getting high praise for ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Rodriguez was just coming off the back of ‘Desperado’. Here the two very talented filmmakers team up to write and direct this stone cold cult classic. Starring a host of now well known names such as George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek and Harvey Keitel, they all put in top drawer performances. Clooney is the definition of cool and oozes star power. What you think is going to be a straight forward crime thriller takes a sharp left turn and rapidly changes into a completely different movie. This is a genre bending thrill ride which packs laughs with a whole heap of blood, guts and violence.
RoboCop (2014): Joel Kinnaman revives good cop and family man, Alex Murphy, in José Padilha’s regenerated vision of OmniCorp’s half-human, half-robot creation, supplying a polished overhaul of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic. Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish combine their talents in the 2028 Sci-Fi metropolis, fusing sleek action and sturdy morals beside the trusty metallic deputy. It’d be a crime to miss it on Film4 at 9pm.
Take Home This Week
Colossal: Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a unemployed party girl whose life is spiraling out of control. When her dreamy boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) calls an end to their relationship, she gives up on New York and returns to her home town. Meanwhile, in Seoul, another destructive being has returned to terrorise the streets, giant monster style! Coincidence? Absolutely not! Colossal is a sci-fi black comedy with a deep metaphor for abusive relationships that simply should not be missed.