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 Today’s Best Films on the Box

A mini-Spike Lee festival runs on Cinemax, starting with Mo’ Better Blues (8.55am) and including He Got Game (1.25pm), Get on the Bus (3.45pm), Chi-Raq (5.50pm) and the film that almost got today’s top spot, Clockers, (8.55am). One of the men who inspired him – Woody Allen – also has a mini-fest of his own on the DirecTV channel, starting with Sleeper (3pm) and Love and Death (4.30pm) before ending with his magnum opus, Manhattan (6pm), which also almost got today’s top slot, as did Penny Marshall’s own masterpiece, **Big (11.15am FoxFam), which was passed up only because it was picked last month and shares a theme with today’s second choice. Opera lovers shouldn’t miss Andrea Bocelli performing songs from his new album Cinema (12 midday DirecTV channel).

Today’s number one film:

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