A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 13 May 2018
Any action/adventure fans who’ve never been blown away by their non-stop action and thrilling set pieces could hardly do better than the three-best Indiana Jones movies, screening back-to-back on Fox Classics (& the Raiders of the Lost Ark, 12.54 midday; & the Temple of Doom, 2.49pm; & the Last Crusade 4.45pm).
Today’s Number One Film:
Waltz with Bashir, 9.10pm Cinemax BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked The Fog of War, American Splendour or Frost-Nixon. Though the animation is eerily beautiful and enough of a reward in itself, its immense power is only realised at the very end, in the last few seconds, when the incredible good sense of making a documentary about war in a cartoon is revealed in an unforgettable sequence, the only non-animated portion of the film. With most of the narration and dialogue being in Hebrew and/or Arabic, and with English subtitles such an unpredictable quantity in Latin American cable/DIRECTV, an ability to read Spanish would be the ultimate safeguard for experiencing – one cannot say “enjoying” – this exceptional documentary film.Directed by Ari Folman/ 2009/ / Documentary-Animation-Biography/ 90 mins/ Rated R for some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content.
Stranger Than Fiction, 7.05pm ISat. Watch this if you liked The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Pleasantville. In our cluttered modern mediascape, it is unusual to find anything that stands out at all, far less a young director original enough to be declared an auteur – but Marc Forster (b Switzerland, November 1968) is one, as his earlier films, Stay, Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball substantiate. His easy handling of what ought to be impossible fantasy material – the star of the film can hear his narrator recounting his life as it happens -- and the excellent performance he coaxes from his actors (including Will Ferrell, in easily his best dramatic role) would be enough reason to watch this oddball, Charlie “Adaptation” Kauffman-like screenplay brought to life – but the sense of humour Forster adds makes it a real treat, even if the very end might, for the purist, seem a tad, well, fantastic. Vigorously recommended for lovers of the broken wall between art and audience. Directed by Marc Forster/ 2005/ USA/ Comedy-Drama-Fantasy / 113 mins\ Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity.
Hall Pass, 7.10pm MaxU. Watch this if you liked The Heartbreak Kid, There’s Something About Mary or We’re the Millers. The Farrelly Brothers are not for the faint of heart or politically correct of humour.Their comedy, hilarious as it almost always is, is also usually much closer to offensive than sophisticated.Hall Pass might be their most mainstream comedy so far, with a great deal of romance in the romantic comedy (even if the most gut-splitting laugh in the whole thing is grounded – one hesitates to say “solidly” – in the scatological). This is as close as the Farrelly Bros will ever get to tasteful comedy.In the context of the film, you’ll be lucky to laugh until you wet your pants.Directed by Farrelly Bros/ 2011/ USA/ Stoner-Rom-Com / 105 mins\ Rated R for crude and sexual humour throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use.
Just Nosed Out:
Toy Story 3 (animated-family), 5.10pm Max; Why Him? (rom-com), 7.10pm FoxCom; Fences (Denzel Washington drama), 10pm CnCl; Edward Scissorshands (fantasy), 6.07pm FxMv.
Action/Adventure: Waterworld (sci-fi), 1.11pm TCM.
Animated/Family: Moana, 7.50am HBOP.
Arthouse/Independent/Cult: This is the End (stoner comedy), 9.13am Edge.
Classic: **Snatch (action-crime), 1pm MaxP.
Comedy: Jewtopia (rom-com), 11.55am FoxCom.
Documentary/Biography: Michael Collins (biodrama-history), 8.10am Max.
Drama: All the King’s Men (Sean Penn version), 12.10 midday Prmt.
Horror: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, 2.20pm HBO2.
Sci-fi/Fantasy: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, 9.45am HBOP.
Thriller: The Net, 5.57pm TCM; I Am Number Four (sci-fi), 3.09pm Max.
Western: True Grit (John Wayne), 6.49pm FoxClas.
*Starred films have been picked in the last year.**Double-starred films have been picked in the last two months.***Triple-starred films were picked last week.
Particularly strong Also Ran films are bolded.
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