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​Sunday BC on TV – A trifecta of the best films on the box

If it hadn’t been picked recently, Spike Lee’s amazing production of Mike Tyson alone on stage (**Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 4.24pm HBOS) would definitely have got top spot.

Today’s Number One Film:

*Unfriended, 6.05pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked V/H/S, Oculus or The Cabin in the Woods. There’s nothing new under the sun, true, but Facebook and Skype haven’t been around for as long as Shakespeare and the great success of Levan “Leo” Gabriadze’s film of Nelson Greaves’ hugely inventive screenplay is that it turns humdrum areas with which modern audiences are overly familiar – the computer desktop, the Facebook and Skype interfaces – and warps them to tell a terrific – and, at times, genuinely chilling – horror it would be hard not to call “new”. Almost every second of runtime is set on a computer screen, with all five or six human actors never looking one another in the face, just at their Skype camera images. It works. It’s not for anyone who wants their horror in a nice, orderly, linear presentation perhaps but, for the cinefile and horror aficionado, it’s a film that is both entertaining and important; indeed, it may be a greater critical than commercial success. Directed byLevan Gabriadze/ 2015/ USA/ Horror-Thriller/ 83 mins/ R for pervasive language, violent content, some sexuality and drug and alcohol use, all involving teens.



Also watch:

The Breakfast Club, The 9pm Stun. Watch this if you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Probably the late John Hughes best and certainly his most enduring film, even the idea for the Breakfast Club was as good as the one for the Canterbury Tales: a group of misfits at an American high school spend a Saturday together in detention and get to know one another. You could criticize it for its white America-ness – and it’s white American in spades, as it were – as many critics still do, or you could relax and enjoy one of the most solid youth films ever shot in North America. The Mean Creeks, Easy A’s and Junos of today stand firmly on its shoulders. Directed by John Hughes/ 1985/ Comedy-Drama/ USA/ 97 mins/ R.




*Keanu, 9.05pm MaxPrime. Watch this if you liked Nine Lives, Pineapple Express or the TV comedy series Key & Peele. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele might be the funniest people in the world under age 40. Their combination of off-the-wall humour and scathing self-deprecation may also be the closest American comedy has ever got to its British sibling. What’s certain is that their first feature film uses all the strengths of their TV show as a springboard into an outrageous action comedy. And it stars a cat in a lead role, as the kitten every gangster wants. Hilarious, tense and even touching in all the right parts, it’s a real treat. Directed by Peter Atencio/ 2016/ USA/ Action-Comedy / 100 mins/ Rated R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity.

JUST NOSED OUT:

LOTRT1, 8.45am HBOC; **The Shallows (Action-Adventure-Horror), 9pm HBOP; Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Action-Thriller), 4.15pm FoxClas; **Don’t Breathe (Crime-Drama-Horror-Thriller), 3.30pm HBOP; Made in Dagenham (Bio-Docudrama-History), 10.30am ISat; **RockNRolla (Crime-Thriller), 12.35pm, HBOS.

ALSO RAN:

Action/Adventure: Star Trek (Eric Bana), 10am FoxAct.

Art House/Independent: Jayne Mansfield’s Car, 1pm Sund.

Biography/Documentary: Moneyball (Docudrama-Sport), 3.15pm Prmt.

Children/Family: Where the Wild Things Are (Animated), 7.10am MaxU; Beauty & the Beast, 4.20pm FoxFam.

Classic: Wayne’s World (Stoner Comedy), 10.40am Film.

Comedy: Meet the Fockers, 4.20pm FoxCom; You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, 12.15 midday MaxU.

Drama: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Sci-fi), 11.35am MaxP.

Horror: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, 9.30am HBOF.

Sci-fi-Fantasy: The Hunger Games, 11.36am, Max.

Thriller: Deadpool (Superhero), 6.15pm FoxCom.

Western: Hondo, 8.40am FoxClas; True Grit (John Wayne), 9.35pm FoxClas.

*Starred films have been chosen in the last year. ** Double-starred films have been chosen in the last two months. *** Triple-starred films were chosen last week. Particularly strong Also Ran choices are bolded.

Scheduled Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.If it hadn’t been picked recently, Spike Lee’s amazing production of Mike Tyson alone on stage (**Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 4.24pm HBOS) would definitely have got top spot.

Today’s Number One Film:

*Unfriended, 6.05pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked V/H/S, Oculus or The Cabin in the Woods. There’s nothing new under the sun, true, but Facebook and Skype haven’t been around for as long as Shakespeare and the great success of Levan “Leo” Gabriadze’s film of Nelson Greaves’ hugely inventive screenplay is that it turns humdrum areas with which modern audiences are overly familiar – the computer desktop, the Facebook and Skype interfaces – and warps them to tell a terrific – and, at times, genuinely chilling – horror it would be hard not to call “new”. Almost every second of runtime is set on a computer screen, with all five or six human actors never looking one another in the face, just at their Skype camera images. It works. It’s not for anyone who wants their horror in a nice, orderly, linear presentation perhaps but, for the cinefile and horror aficionado, it’s a film that is both entertaining and important; indeed, it may be a greater critical than commercial success. Directed byLevan Gabriadze/ 2015/ USA/ Horror-Thriller/ 83 mins/ R for pervasive language, violent content, some sexuality and drug and alcohol use, all involving teens.