JOHN GORE, founder of StokeScreen Film Club, with his fifth weekly round-up of the best films coming up on TV in the week ahead
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Once More in me breeches, dear friends.
Beethoven, Henry and now Worth Staying in for V!
Skimming the films on offer on Free to Air TV this week I have found some which members of StokeScreen Film Club have already enjoyed, a couple of things that I have not seen and think might be interesting, and a couple of classics.
Firstly, StokeScreen on the small screen and in your living room for you to catch up with, or view in reduced circumstances:
The Lunchbox (00.25, BBC 2, Sunday, 10 May). A rare delivery mix-up in Mumbai's usually famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
Hidden Figures (21.00, Film 4, Sunday, 10 May) A film about the contribution of black women mathematicians to the NASA space programme set against the background of the Civil Rights campaign of the 1960s and the wave of social change.
Wind River (21.00, Film 4, Tuesday, 12 May). A naive American FBI agent is sent to work with the First Nation Police to solve a brutal murder in a mining community.
Here is some stuff I have not seen but may be of interest:
Chappaquiddick (titled The Senator in the UK) (BBC 2, 22.45, Saturday, 9 May) recounts the misadventures of Senator Edward Kennedy in 1969.
A Humphrey Bogart movie, The Enforcer (Murder Inc) plays on Talking Pictures at 22.00 on Monday 11 May. Also, A Cry in the Dark (5 Select, 22.00, Friday, 15 May) recounts the tale of Lindy Chamberlain, played memorably by Meryl Streep, and is summed up in the oft imitated cry, ‘A dingo took moy baybee!’.
If you have not yet seen it, it is well worth watching the 2017 Oscar winner, Moonlight (21.00, Film 4, Wednesday, 13 May) Barry Jenkins’ coming of age and looking back tale, eloquently and persuasively conveyed by Mahershala Ali.
Sweet Sixteen (Film 4, 23.05, Monday, 13 May) is a Ken Loach portrait, recounting troubled youth growing up in Glasgow and bringing to prominence the young talent of Martin Compston (Line of Duty and The Nest).
On the lighter side, I would point to The Way Way Back, (21.00, Film 4, Saturday, 9 May) a coming of age story with a stellar supporting cast including Steve Carell, Toni Colette and the ever-wonderful, Alison Janney (The West Wing, I Tonya and Ladybird).
Coming of age in a different time and milieu, Hue and Cry (17.30, Talking Pictures, Monday, 9 May) finds a 1947 London street gang of kids in thrall to Alistair Sim’s master criminal, an Ealing classic.
Then there is Espresso Bongo (00.20, Talking Pictures, Wednesday, 13 May) Cliff Richard’s film debut as the coffee bar kid.
And I have been generously reminded that still running is Transsiberian (01.30, Sony Movies, Saturday,16 May). Written and directed by Brad Anderson, this is a pleasantly offbeat thriller set on the transsiberian express and liberally borrowing from Hitchcock and Agatha Christie with a glorious cast headed by Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley (just so you know which villain to hiss).
Highlights for me this week, however, are The Missouri Breaks, Scarifice and Something in the Air.
The Missouri Breaks (23.10, ITV4, Tuesday, 12 May) is an archetypal 70s Western with Jack Nicholson as the renegade and Marlon Brando as the bounty hunter. Things do not run according to plan but Arthur Penn, one of the finest Hollywood directors (Bonnie and Clyde, Night Moves, Little Big Man), spins a brilliant tale.
The Sacrifice (01.00, Film 4, Thursday, 14 May) is a mysterious and haunting work by the great Russian poet of cinema, Anrdei Tarkovsky. Sit back and surrender to the pace and the extraordinary realm of images he conjures.
Something in the Air (01.25, Film 4, Friday, 15 May) is a French drama by Olivier Assayas about a group of young people in the months that follow the events of May 68 in France. As with most of Assayas’s films, it is a bit too long but it captures the mood and the politics of the time very accurately (as I recall, being all of 12 at the time!)
Movies for insomniacs or for deferred viewing, I hope you find something to distract you and remind you of what we are all missing.
In normal times, StokeScreen Film Club shows great movies at Coventry & North Warwickshire Sports Club, Binley Road. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.stokescreen.uk