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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

If it had not been picked a couple o’ months ago, BC on TV’s preferred instalment of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film (The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 1.25pm FoxClas) would certainly have got the nod; even with The Godfather taken out, as it were, it remains very difficult to pick the “top” three from what is probably the best Sunday for quality film choice in years.

Today’s Number One Film:

The Usual Suspects, 4.50pm Fox Classics. Watch this if liked The Sixth Sense, Unknown or The Magician of Lupin. One of the best thrillers ever made, this extremely clever whodunit featuring a genuinely stellar cast – Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri (and a Baldwin) – has more twists than a family pot of spaghetti.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy bobfishernv.comThe Lobster, 7pm Cinemax. Watch this if you liked Anomalisa, Her or Mr Nobody. Deservedly nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and Golden Globe, but, bizarrely, not for the BAFTA, and the Best British Film BAFTA. Set in a dystopian future where people are not allowed to live except as part of a couple or as an animal, the Dogtooth director extracts what might be Colin Farrell’s best dramatic performance as the man contemplating becoming the animal of the title, with Rachel Weisz and Jessica Barden matching him scene-for-scene.

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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

If BC on TV could be sure of English subtitles, the Hungarian thriller/horror, White God, would have been today’s number one pick; though it is probably not today’s “best” film, it is almost certainly the most original – even with Locke, The Lobster, Slumdog Millionaire, Stranger Than Fiction and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind all screening.

Today’s number one film:

Slumdog Millionaire, 10am Fox Movies. Watch this if you liked any of Bride & Prejudice, Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala AND Life is Beautiful, American Beauty or The Departed. Danny Boyle’s exuberant direction makes the stark poverty of inner-city India bearable long enough for his deeply compassionate and sympathetic story of young love to take hold; worth it just for the clever flashing back from the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Read more

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