Today’s Number One Film: Black Panther, various times, MovieTowne. Watch this if you liked Skyfall, Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Doctor Strange. Many very intelligent people dismiss comic book and/or superhero movies out of hand and it’s difficult to persuade them they’re wrong; Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther may be the strongest argument so far made to convince them. You would expect great things of the young director whose first feature film was the gut-wrenching realist Fruitvale Station, particularly when he followed it up by making the best – and only genuinely good – Rocky movie in Creed; but, even with those first two geometrically progressing leaps, no one could have predicted he would have sprang forward so far on the last leg of his triple jump that he’d be out of the sandbox entirely when he landed, on his feet, running.Read more
In exceedingly trying circumstances - I’m piggybacking on borrowed hardware because my computer has crashed big-time and is being held captive in the dungeon of the repair shop here in Bimshire - BC on TV takes the form (hopefully, for today only) of a straightforward declaration of what I think are the three best films of the day and a list of options.
There are three very clear top-runners in the pack.
You have two chances (10.30am & 9.45pm Cinemax) to see today’s best film Locke, a thriller set entirely in the front seat of a BMW, give or take a few establishing shots. This is nail-biting tension that would please even the Fast & Furious crowd - okay, maybe not them; they’d consider it a waste of a Bima. For the discerning grownup, though, it’s hard to top.Read more
If it started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Quentin Tarantino’s Nazi-hunting epic (Inglorious Basterds, 5.25pm Max) would have been in contention.
Today’s Number One Film:
The Imitation Game, 9pm Cinemax BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked The Theory of Everything, The King’s Speech or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. A front-running contender for the Best Screenplay Ever WrittenRead more
Today’s number one film:
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese/ 1976/ USA / Drama-Thriller/ 113 mins/ Rated R), 4.10pm Fox Classics. Watch this if you liked The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon or No Country for Old Men. Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus and one of the greatest New York movies ever made stars Robert De Niro in his greatest performance as Travis Bickle,
Had it not been picked recently, **Fargo BEST FILM OF THE DAY 7.15pm FoxClas, would have topped today’s list.
Today’s number one film:
The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum/ 2014/ UK-USA/ Biography-Drama-Thriller-War/ 114 mins/ PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking) 1.10pm HBO & 2.15pm HBO Caribbean.