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​A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

Today’s Number One Film:

A Clockwork Orange, BEST FILM OF THE DAY 12.42 midday HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked Blade Runner, American History X or Children of Men. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel has the same ending as the US version of the book – and few cinefiles would argue against that last, strangely loving shot of Malcom McDowell’s face contorted dreadfully as he imagines evil actions.

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​A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

If it had not been picked a couple o’ months ago, the first instalment of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film (The Godfather Part I BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 4.15pm Prmt) would certainly have got the nod; bad timing that Fox Classics screened Part II last Sunday. For families who have not seen them, today offers a great chance to see, in the right order, a couple of terrific animated flicks (Finding Nemo, 1.27pm Max; Finding Dory, 9pm HBOF).

Today’s Number One Film:

The Wrestler, 5.20pm Fox Action. Watch this if you liked Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter or The Hurt Locker. Because it is set in the cheapest, darkest edges of the world of professional wrestling, the story has a great level of curiosity/interest for even the most anti-sport movie of anti-sport movie haters; but the film that won the Best Actor BAFTA for Mickey Rourke (he was also nominated for the Oscar) belongs to Rourke, in the end, middle and beginning.

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

If it had not been picked a couple o’ months ago, BC on TV’s preferred instalment of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film (The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 1.25pm FoxClas) would certainly have got the nod; even with The Godfather taken out, as it were, it remains very difficult to pick the “top” three from what is probably the best Sunday for quality film choice in years.

Today’s Number One Film:

The Usual Suspects, 4.50pm Fox Classics. Watch this if liked The Sixth Sense, Unknown or The Magician of Lupin. One of the best thrillers ever made, this extremely clever whodunit featuring a genuinely stellar cast – Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri (and a Baldwin) – has more twists than a family pot of spaghetti.

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

For those who did not get in on the ground floor, AMC offers a marathon screening of The Walking Dead beginning with S01E01 @ 9am; hard to top for the zombie lovers. Like last week, crime-thriller lovers can enjoy a rare screening of A Perfect Murder, the very good Michael Douglas update of the Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder, even if on a ‘lesser’ movie channel (6pm LMN). It’s THE-day at BC on TV, with the titles of all three picks starting with the definitive article.

Today’s Number One Film:

The Sixth Sense BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 11.58am/midday HBO Signature. Watch this if you liked The Others, The Shining or The Usual Suspects. One of the greatest endings in cinema fits one of the most original American horror films since Wes Craven’s groundbreaking A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

Today’s Number One Film:

*The Godfather Part I, 12.20 midday Paramount. BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Casino, Goodfellas or the HBO series The Sopranos. Part I of BC on TV’s favourite film of all time and the American Film Institute’s No. 3 begins the story of the rise of the crime figure – Marlon Brando in his best role ever (except possibly for Kurtz in Apocalyspe Now) supported by Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and more.

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