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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it had started within BC on TV’s Monday-Saturday 6pm-10pm starting time, the greatest of the spaghetti Westerns would certainly have got the nod: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 3pm DIRECTV Channel. On another night, the thought-provoking music documentary Before the Music Dies (7.20pm Sundance) could have got the nod.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy chud.comTerminator 2: Judgement Day, 7.25pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Die Hard, Blade Runner or any of the other Terminator movies. Escapist cinema at (or near) its best, Terminator 2: Judgment Day will not just cheer you up on a miserable day but have you cheering at the end.

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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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