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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:20 pm 
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Episodes 3 and 4 of The Vietnam War from 10 p.m. on Monday 2nd October on BBC4.

The Indian film season continues with the 2015 Bollywood film Dum Laga Ke Haisha aka the unflatteringly titled My Big Fat Bride, which makes the protagonist look extremely unappealing! Though the Indian trailer makes the film seem a little bit better, if still extremely broad! That's on Channel 4 at 3.40 a.m. in the early hours of Tuesday 3rd October.

And on Wednesday 4th October at 11.10 p.m. Film4 have the first showing of the Greek film Suntan (NSFW), which has only a couple of weeks ago been released on Blu-ray under that new Montage Pictures label.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:16 am 

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Maximum Overdrive, Sat 14th October, Horror. The version of Children of the Corn to be screened in the Stephen King season is the one from 2009.

Kurt Neumann's version of The Fly, which was shown on Quest last year, is also doing the rounds on Horror soon. Vivre Sa Vie is getting a repeat on Film4, late night Weds 11th October.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:11 pm 
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Also apparently Film4 is showing I Origins, by Mike Cahill (who previously made Another Earth) on Tuesday 10th October. While I loved Another Earth I remember this seeming like a premise too far at the time but it will be interesting to finally see it (and strange that it has come to UK television before Another Earth has). Here's the forum thread on the film


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:20 pm 
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Parts 5 and 6 of The Vietnam War on BBC4 from 10 p.m. on Monday 9th October.

The Indian film season continues with Bajirao Mastani on Channel 4 Tuesday 10th October at 1.50 a.m.

And Film4 have a night of premieres on the evening of Tuesday 10th: the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw at 9 p.m., followed by the above mentioned I Origins at 11.25 p.m., but most interesting is the screening of Behemoth, a documentary about steel miners in China, at 1.35 a.m. (Looking though his previous filmography on imdb Zhao Liang seems like the perfect director for a Second Run treatment)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:07 pm 
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Three of Zhao's earlier features (Paper Airplane, Crime and Punishment, and Petition) are available in a French boxset with English subs, though it's fairly pricey (around £35). A less expensive option would be nice, along with the two features missing from the French set (Farewell to Yuanmingyuan and Together), though my admittedly naive hope is that someone does a home release of the five-hour version of Petition. I will say by way of warning that Behemoth is quite different in its scope and approach than the earlier Zhao films I've seen, which are more "conventionally" observational.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:16 pm 

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The Outsiders (Coppola), Thu 19th October, London Live.

Eyewitness (1970), starts Fri 20th October, London Live.

Thinner, Sat 21st October, Horror.

My Bloody Valentine (1981), Sun 22nd October, Horror.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:34 pm 
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Episodes 7 and 8 of The Vietnam War on BBC4 from 10 p.m. on Monday 16th October. BBC4 also have the most interesting development of the week's schedules with the two part German/Czech mini-series about Martin Luther, Reformation (known as Himmel und Hölle, or Heaven and Hell, in its original language) showing on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October, starting at 10 p.m. Its got an interesting cast featuring Rüdiger Vogler (star of many of Wim Wenders' early films) and Joachim Król (who had parts in a number of Tom Tykwer's films).

BBC2 are currently running the latest three part Louis Theroux series, Dark States, at 9 p.m. on Sundays. The first episode Heroin Town is about how people who have developed a reliance on powerful painkillers are coping after a crackdown on over prescription. Episode Two showing next Sunday, Trafficking Sex, is set in Houston which is apparently the "nucleus for human trafficking in North America. The US Department of Justice estimates that at least one in five of all of the country's victims are trafficked through the city". And the third is apparently going to be themed around about murder.

The Indian film season is a day later next week, showing the 1957 film about a man struggling with unemployment and sliding into alcoholism Pyaasa (Thirsty) with Guru Dutt at 2.45 a.m. on Wednesday 18th October (it has been on television before but not since its premiere back in 2009).

There are also a few interesting American films next week. Film4 has Salma Hayek in Everly at 11.20 p.m. on Saturday 14th October, there's another alcohol-themed drama Smashed at 11.25 p.m. on Monday 16th October, and the post-JFK assassination film Parkland at 9 p.m. on Thursday 19th October. And the recently released on Criterion documentary Cameraperson is also on Film4 at 00.55 a.m. on Thursday 19th October.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:54 pm 

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colinr0380 wrote:
Episodes 7 and 8 of The Vietnam War on BBC4 from 10 p.m. on Monday 16th October. BBC4 also have the most interesting development of the week's schedules with the two part German/Czech mini-series about Martin Luther, Reformation (known as Himmel und Hölle, or Heaven and Hell, in its original language) showing on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October, starting at 10 p.m. Its got an interesting cast featuring Rüdiger Vogler (star of many of Wim Wenders' early films) and Joachim Król (who had parts in a number of Tom Tykwer's films).

BBC2 are currently running the latest three part Louis Theroux series, Dark States, at 9 p.m. on Sundays. The first episode Heroin Town is about how people who have developed a reliance on powerful painkillers are coping after a crackdown on over prescription. Episode Two showing next Sunday, Trafficking Sex, is set in Houston which is apparently the "nucleus for human trafficking in North America. The US Department of Justice estimates that at least one in five of all of the country's victims are trafficked through the city". And the third is apparently going to be themed around about murder.

The Indian film season is a day later next week, showing the 1957 film about a man struggling with unemployment and sliding into alcoholism Pyaasa (Thirsty) with Guru Dutt at 2.45 a.m. on Wednesday 18th October (it has been on television before but not since its premiere back in 2009).

There are also a few interesting American films next week. Film4 has Salma Hayek in Everly at 11.20 p.m. on Saturday 14th October, there's another alcohol-themed drama Smashed at 11.25 p.m. on Monday 16th October, and the post-JFK assassination film Parkland at 9 p.m. on Thursday 19th October. And the recently released on Criterion documentary Cameraperson is also on Film4 at 00.55 a.m. on Thursday 19th October.
An excellent run down as ever chief. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:10 pm 
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Thanks rattlebag! Doing these posts is acting as a reminder for me so I'm glad they're of use to others too!

I caught Everly this evening and really enjoyed its heightened and blackly comic take on an action film (imagine elements of Kill Bill, Leon, the "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" shootout scene from Face/Off, Oldboy and R100 smashed together!). It is novel for having the camera stay locked inside that single apartment set for the entire film (albeit occasionally peeking out into the corridor, looking out the window, or showing events outside the room playing out through CCTV cameras!) which although it could run the risk of being seen as too mannered or 'stagey' felt both thematically appropriate (a film about a woman held captive in an apartment for years and her generally unsuccessful attempts to break out of her cage) and filmically striking. Though I should admit that I love films set within limited confines (Rope, Richard Linklater's Tape, and so on). The thing I was most reminded of was the way that apparently this same idea had been the original way that the screenwriter of Panic Room had wanted that film to play out: with no scenes at all filmed outside of the house to emphasise that claustrophobic, confined situation even more (and apparently at one point during the final act the Jodie Foster character in that film would have actually left, gone next door and hammered her way back into the panic room through the wall of the building, all played out through the sound of the commotion coming through the wall!)

I especially like the moments when the main character leaves the room, and the camera, behind to try and escape. There's a nice sense of the film itself perhaps being the thing holding her back from escaping, even into the respite of a well earned death at the end! We know that the heroine cannot escape because if she did the film would be over too soon, so she has to be dragged back to the room if only to let us continue to go on watching her struggle for longer. It might be a filmic conceit to keep everything confined but its one that feels extremely apt for the material. And it also leads to that great progression of seeing the the confined space itself get ever more destroyed throughout the course of the film until (like the characters themselves) there's not much left standing by the end.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:45 am 

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Whilst watching Maximum Overdrive an ad break trailed a movie season on CBS Action that featured Chuck Norris! A further inspection of their website reveals a few Cannon-related films are coming up on the channel, stuff like Missing in Action (already shown but on rotation), Braddock: Missing in Action III, The Delta Force, Delta Force II: The Colombian Connection, Firewalker, Messenger of Death (Charles Bronson), American Ninja II: The Confrontation, American Ninja III: Blood Hunt (the Dudikoff kid!).

Maybe the closest we'll get to a Golan-Globus/Cannon season.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:08 pm 
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Episodes 9 and 10 of The Vietnam War on BBC4 from 10 p.m. on Monday 23rd October.

The Indian film season returns to its previous slot with The Dirty Picture on Channel 4 at 1.50 a.m. on Tuesday 24th October.

Film4 have their usual horror season for Halloween next week, with a rare repeat showing of Candyman (the first in around five years) at 11.15 p.m. on Friday 27th October, and two premieres: A Dark Song at 11.15 p.m. on Wednesday 25th October (in a double bill with the The Babadook) and Tank 432 at 11.35 p.m. on Thursday 26th October (in a double bill with Yakuza Apocalypse).

And the Sony Movie Channel has the first showing of Chinese Zodiac starring Jackie Chan (which the Radio Times pithily describes as a "Largely incomprehensible adventure"!) at 6.20 p.m. on Saturday 21st October.

In terms of repeats, for John Hughes fans Sixteen Candles is tucked away at 1.25 a.m. in the early hours of Saturday 28th October on the 5 Star channel. And Film4 have a rare screening of the 1959 Douglas Sirk version of Imitation of Life at 11.00 a.m. on Thursday 26th October. But the film that most caught my eye is one of my favourite guilty pleasure disaster movies, Crack In The World, showing on Film4 at 11 a.m. on Sunday 22nd October (in an amusingly cheeky double bill with the more recent goofy Earth science film The Core! That's an example of film scheduling as film criticism right there!) and again at 4.40 p.m. on Friday 27th October. Its a 'guilty pleasure' because I love the kind of worldwide disaster film which follows the privileged characters watching global meltdown from a safely distanced perspective only for them to suddenly have to suddenly fight for their lives in the final act (that structure is kind of why I have a soft spot for the equally ridiculous Meteor too!), but unfortunately this film was seemingly made before the concept of plate tectonics was common knowledge so the entire premise, about experimental bomb tests accidentally fracturing the Earth's crust and causing a chain reaction of a single fault line racing across the planet from the epicentre, is a bit ludicrous now! Its no When Worlds Collide (still the ultimate disaster movie!) but if you can watch something like First Man Into Space (which was immediately outdated as soon as the first astronauts went outside of the Earth's atmosphere and didn't come back as a homicidal mutant!), then I suppose that this isn't too problematic either, and just viewed as a disaster movie with a fun climax I can recommend it as a entertainingly bleak watch! (Though of course something like The Day The Earth Caught Fire from around the same time is a much more sober look at global disaster!)

Crack In The World headlines Dana Andrews (who had form in disaster movies with Zero Hour! before this, and Airport 1975 after), but co-stars Janette Scott and Kieron Moore, both of whom had starred in the 1963 version of The Day of the Triffids a couple of years before this, for the same producer, Philip Yordan, who produced the 1964 version of The Thin Red Line in between! (And the director of that version of The Thin Red Line, Andrew Marton, was the director of Crack In The World!) Scott and Moore are both isolated together in the best section of that film adaptation of The Day of the Triffids too, as the couple trapped in their lighthouse fighting off the local fauna!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:20 pm 
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Hmm, reading between the lines from what Molly Ringwald has written, Sixteen Candles might've been an odd set.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:45 pm 

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Aaaaaaaah!, late Sat 28th October, Film4.

Prevenge, Tues 31st October, Film4.


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