Film4 is of course a fantastic channel full of films which span across countless generations and countries but unless, like me, you scroll through their line-up week by week, you may miss the gems that they’ve got on offer, so I’ll be picking one recommendation for each day of the week, to help prevent you from missing out. I’ll also be picking one film that gets the “avoid at all costs” badge, which as it happens this week is on tonight. Click on their titles to head over to IMDB for more info.
Friday 2nd September
Tonight at 01:50.
This one is a particular choice for those who are a fan of The Shining, in this 2012 documentary exploring the many theories and interpretations of Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece. Of course this one won’t appeal to everyone but for fans of the film it’s a nice excuse to geek out for 100 minutes.
Tonight at 23:35 – AVOID AT ALL COSTS
Despite its impressive cast: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, as well as the wonderful Ridley Scott and based on the work of the brilliant Cormac McCarthy, this one is entirely terrible. Cameron Diaz’s part was dubbed in post after her original accent was decided against for reportedly sounding like Rihanna, which is easy enough to interpret as it most likely sounded wildly racist. This one is realistically a mess, there’s so much going on and yet it feels like nothing is happening, it’s simply not an enjoyable watch, even more so if you go for the extended the director’s cut.
Saturday 3rd September
Late night at 01:45am (yes, technically Sunday)
A semi follow up to In Bruges from director Martin McDonagh, it may not have any story relation but the atmosphere, tone and Colin Farrell return for a wonderful film. A struggling screenwriter accidentally becomes tangled in criminal dealings when his slightly unusual friends kidnap a gangster’s Shih Tzu (yes that’s really the plot). Also starring: Christopher Waltz, Sam Rockwell, Michael Stuhlbarg, Abbie Cornish, Harry Dean Stanton, Woody Harrelson, Gabourey Sidibe, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Pitt and Tom Waits. This is a fun, hilarious, strange adventure that fans of In Bruges will especially enjoy.
Sunday 4th September
Afternoon at 16:55
One of Wes Anderson’s many delightful films focusing on two fantastic young actors, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, as well as a ridiculously long list of screen greats. It’s a film that is quite honestly a pure joy to watch, it follows perfectly as always in Anderson’s signature style and is one of his best films to date.
A perfect afternoon film for new viewers or re-watchers.
Monday 5th September
Late night at 01:45
Gus Van Sant’s 2002 film starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in the story of two friends both named Gerry who get lost on a hike into Death Valley and their journey as time elapses and the gravity of their situation begins to dawn on them. This one is on my own personal watchlist and being a fan of Van Sant, Affleck and Damon, how could I not pick it?
Tuesday 6th September
Evening at 18:15
With a John Krasinski lead TV adaptation on it’s way, it seemed only appropriate to pick another Jack Ryan outing, lead by Harrison Ford in this 1994 CIA story of drugs, cartels and corruption. Also starring: Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Benjamin Bratt, Joaquim de Almeida, Henry Czerny and James Earl Jones.
Wednesday 7th September
Evening at 18:30
Another adaptation, this time from the work of John Grisham and has probably been fairly widely viewed but for those who haven’t seen it or want to see it again, here’s your chance. Starring: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Jeremy Piven and Bruce McGill, a trial against a gun manufacturer following a workplace shooting pits jurors, lawyers and consultants against each other to fight for the verdict they want.
Thursday 8th September
Afternoon at 12:50
Stepping into slightly older territory here, the 1960 film based on the true story of the British Navy’s effort to defeat the Nazi battleship. Starring: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Karel Štěpánek, Michael Hordern, Esmond Knight, Geoffrey Keen, Michael Goodliffe and Maurice Denham. This one’s definitely for any World War II film fans.
Enjoy and check back in next Friday for another week of recommendations!