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A Trifecta of What's Best on the Box for Sunday 21 October 2018

Today’s Number One Film:

*Arrival, 2.40pm HBO Plus BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ex Machina or Inception. The French Canadian director who made us all sit up and take notice in 2010 with his first feature film, Incendies, and then rocked us back in our chairs in 2013 with Prisoners, and then bowled us right firetrucking over in 2015 with Sicario returned in 2016 to make us do all three in the same film – just much more slowly. It is perhaps not a film for everyone –

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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

Guitar lovers shouldn’t miss Joe Satriani honouring Les Paul on his 99th birthday (11am DTV).

Today’s number one film:

*Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone/ 1968/ Italy-USA / Western/ 175 mins/ PG-13 for Western violence and brief sensuality), 10.44am Fox Classics. Watch this if you liked The Proposition, 3.10 to Yuma or The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. The great work of Sergio Leone and the meatball on top of the spaghetti Western, for BC on TV, this is as good as the Western gets. Henry Fonda plays one of cinema’s greatest villains, with Jason Robards and the young Charles Bronson almost eclipsing him. Ennio Morricone’s haunting score – and the mystery of the harmonica – add huge atmosphere. Leone takes ridiculous chances as a filmmaker – and every risk pays off. One of the great films of our time. Miss it only if you’re dead.

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