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A trifecta of the best films on the box

The preferred portion of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film, **The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY, screens on Fox Classics at 5.35pm, easily the best pick today for anyone fortunate enough not to have seen it before. Several perhaps more deserving movies were too recently chosen to get the nod today.

Today’s Number One Film:

**Shutter Island, 12.30 midday Fox Movies. Watch this if you liked Inception, Memento or The Matrix. A contender for Best American Film of 2010, and almost certainly the Most Imaginative, this is the film Martin Scorsese should have got the Oscar for, not The Departed; you spend the first four reels thinking, “WTF?” and the last reel going, “Wow!”

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A trifecta of the best films on DIRECTV & Cable

Part I of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film (The Godfather BEST FILM OF THE DAY) screens in near hi-def on Fox Classic at 4.10pm. There are two chances to see the very strong and hugely watchable original Ralph Macchio version of The Karate Kid (11am Prmt & 3.35pm Film), so much better than the Jaden Smith travesty; both sequels screen immediately after on Film (Part II 6.05pm, Part III 7.55pm). It was only because they were both recently picked that BC on TV managed to resist the temptation of picking the two first Also Rans and making it a clean Sunday sweep for horror.

Today’s Number One Film:

Evil Dead, 2.05pm MaxPrime. Watch this if you liked The Cabin in the Woods, Halloween or the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Sam Raimi’s groundbreaking horror more than made up with atmosphere, intensity, macabre humor and sheer firetrucking enthusiasm for anything it might have lacked in budget.

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A trifecta of the best films on Cable & DIRECTV

Today’s Number One Film:

The Artist, 7.15pm HBO Signature. Watch this if you liked Slumdog Millionaire, Intouchables or The Descendants. The silent French film (with English subtitles discernible even with the Spanish ones on DirecTV) that won the Best Director, Best Picture and Best Actor Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes (nominated Best Picture) and Césars, deserves every bit of the recognition it got.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Unisci24Drive, 7.20pm MaxPrime BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked No Country for Old Men, Non-Educated Delinquents or Fight Club. The action film that reminds the discerning viewer that there is a great deal of room for drama within the genre, Drive was nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress Baftas, the Palme D’Or and actually won Best Director at Cannes - and it shows why in every frame.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Molly Reviews StuffLooper, 7.03pm HBO Plus BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked The Matrix, Blade Runner or Surrogates. As film noirish as sci-fi gets, Looper is a credible (or as credible as time travel gets) action flick that is far better than its starting points would suggest, particularly when those starting points include time travel, old and young versions of the same person existing at the same time, and Bruce Willis.

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