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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 30 September 2018

After a great Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, BC on TV returns to its usual format.

Today’s Number One Film:

The Imitation Game, 4.30pm 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 Written – it deservedly won the 2015 Oscar – this masterful biography of Alan Turing, the man who in World War II invented the computers we all rely on today, runs backwards and forwards in time to explain, not just the sheer firetrucking size of his achievement in breaking the German code that effectively ended WWII, but the huge personal cost to the man himself – and it does all this while remaining a true thriller. A fine film requiring and rewarding careful watching; anyone texting during its runtime should be taken outside and shot. Directed by Morten Tyldum/ 2014/ UK-USA/ Biography-Drama-Thriller-War/ 114 mins/ PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking.

Also watch:

Drive, 5.25pm Cinemax. 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. Cinefiles already knew Ryan Gosling was a very strong actor from Blue Valentine and Lars and the Real Girl but this could well be the best role he might ever have. Playing to all of his strengths, and with a bad-ass score, too besides, Drive is a car flick that displays more awareness of human frailty than car stunts; a film that fans of Arnie Schwarznegger and Woody Allen might enjoy together over a bag of popcorn. Exceptional, once you can stomach the violence.Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn / 2011/ USA/ Crime-Thriller-Drama/ 100 mins/ Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity.

The Birds, 7.30am Cinemax. Watch this if you liked Rear Window, Jaws or Get Out. The film that suggested how John Carpenter might approach Halloween. Alfred Hitchcock at his best in transforming the Daphne du Maurier short story into pure, unexplained and inexplicable terror as birds mount an unprovoked attack on a seaside town. The human actors are almost incidental (female lead Tippi Hedren, cast by Hitchcock after he saw her on a TV commercial) endured real horror (and had to be hospitalized) after live crows were thrown at her face for the climax. A film-school film and compulsory viewing for anyone even half-serious about movies. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock/ 1963/ UK-USA/ Horror-Mystery-Suspense/ 119 mins/ Rated PG-13.

Just Nosed Out:

The Sound of Music (classic-musical), 9.24am FoxClas; Analyze This (crime-comedy), 3.30pm HBOS; Little Fockers (Comedy), 6.10pm CnCl; Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued (doc-music), 4.50pm Sund; Kingsman: The Secret Service (action-comedy), 6.55pm FxMv.

Also Ran:

Action/Adventure: Dr Strange (superhero), 9.05am & 5pm MaxP.

Animated/Family: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 10am Gldn.

Arthouse/Independent/Cult: Drumline (African-American/music), 11.14am FoxCom.

Classic: Scarface (crime-drama-unintentional comedy), 10pm TCM.

Comedy: Tower Heist (Ben Stiller), 3.02pm FoxMov.

Documentary/Biography: The Rat Pack (music), 7.50am HBOS.

Drama: The Place Beyond the Pines, 7.10pm Max.

Horror: Jaws (creature), 9pm Stun.

Sci-fi/Fantasy: Chappie (action-crime-comedy), 1.06pm Spac.

Thriller: Raiders of the Lost Ark, 3.30pm; & the Last Crusade, 8.05pm FxMv.

Western: The Tin Star (Henry Fonda), 7.25pm 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 fortnight.

Particularly strong Also Ran films are bolded.

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