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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Either of two exceptional films both deserving of the BEST FILM OF THE DAY would have got the nod if one started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, (Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus, Pulp Fiction, 5.30pm Prmt) or the other screened on a “real” movie channel (Prisoners, 8.07pm Gldn).

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Rotten TomatoesMad Max: Fury Road, 9pm MaxPrime. Watch this if you liked any of the other Mad Max, Terminator or Star Wars movies. The Mad Max film franchise may be the best of them all and is certainly the one that has improved the most.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If its starting time had qualified as BC on TV primetime (6pm-10pm), Guy Ritchie’s second comic gangster flick (Snatch BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 10.25pm FoxCom) might have got today’s nod. Anyone in doubt whether the original was far better than the green screen-remake can have it removed by watching the Ralph Macchio original (The Karate Kid, 6.55pm Edge) and the first few minutes of the Jaden Smith travesty that follows on the same channel at 9.20pm. Today’s top slot was filled despite the not-OCD-enough screening of both its sequels (III: Beyond Thunderdome, 5.09pm; *II: The Road Warrior 7.16pm,) in reverse order on the same channel!

Today’s Number One Film:

Courtesy Rotten TomatoesMad Max, 7.16pm Cinemax Ch 509. Watch this if you liked any of the other Mad Max films, any of the Terminator films or Waterworld.

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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

Three films battled their way to the top of a strong field by virtue of all having two chances to see them.

Today’s number one film:

Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan/2005/ USA/ Crime-Fantasy-Drama-Action-Mystery/ 141 mins/ Rated PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements), 8.39am & 7.40pm HBOP. Watch this if you liked any of the other Dark Knight films, any Daniel Craig James Bond film or Sin City. The Chris Nolan Batmans are easily the best comic book-to-movie translations – or at least the smartest ones – so far made. With a first half structured a la Memento and the more familiar city-under-threat second half much more realistically presented than the claustrophobically dark earlier Tim Burton movies, and with Christian Bale leading an impeccable cast, this is a film that can please adults who

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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

Music lovers – at least lovers of music played by bands including live human drummers instead of computers – shouldn’t miss the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Concert (3pm TCM).

Today’s number one film:

Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola/ 1979/ USA/ War-Drama/ 153 mins/ R for disturbing violent images, language, sexual content and some drug use), BEST FILM OF THE DAY 3pm Turner Classic Movies.
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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

If it had been on a little later, one of the great spaghetti Westerns would surely have been picked (Once Upon a Time in the West, 7.30am FoxClas).

Today’s number one film:

Winter Sleep (aka Kis Uykusu) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan/ 2014/ Drama/ Turkey/ 196 mins/ PG-13 for some language and zombie violence), 8pm Cinemax.

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