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Re: Upcoming Movies on TV (UK)

#876 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:43 pm

Pretty good next week. jlnight has already highlighted probably the best film in 20th Century Women, showing on BBC2 at 10.45 p.m. on Saturday 24th. That is the centrepiece of a triple bill of films on BBC2 with Viceroy's House (made on the 70th anniversary of Partition) showing at 9 p.m., and a repeat of Hunky Dory at 12.45 a.m. about a school doing a rock version of The Tempest (which I guess I should watch since we are doing the Shakespeare list project!)

ITV1 is premiering Captain America: Civil War at 6.25 p.m. on Saturday too, which BBC1 have somewhat cheekily seemed to schedule a repeat of Ant-Man against at exactly the same time!

On Sunday 25th Channel 5 have the premiere of Mel Gibson's latest exercise in heroes being masochistically beaten down by the world around them and turned into pariahs with Hacksaw Ridge at 9 p.m.

Though the film I am most excited about next week is the premiere of what seems like the worst team building exercise ever The Belko Experiment on Film4 at 11.10 p.m. on Sunday 25th. Will it be the film to overcome the disappointment of The Hunt being withdrawn from circulation?

TV wise the fifth series of Peaky Blinders is starting on BBC1 at 9 p.m. on Sunday and continuing at the same time on Bank Holiday Monday. And there is a new 90 minute Jonathan Meades programme on architecture at BBC4 at 10 p.m. on Tuesday 27th, all about the buildings in Spain that are left as a legacy of the Franco dictatorship. And the latest Adult Swim show to turn up on E4 is Mr Pickles starting from Series 3 at 11.50 p.m. on Friday 30th.
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#877 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:09 pm

The Belko Experiment is written by James Gunn btw and has a good cast of TV players. The premise is quite simple and gruesome but effective. A very fun hour and a half.

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#878 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:49 am

I really liked Viceroy's House and even though it did not really avoid those traps in a biographical film of the characters talking their positions on a subject and their biographical histories at each other in big expository chunks, that rather felt like the point by the end. I came into the film most concerned about the 'Viceroy House' aspect being given prominence over the 'real India', but eventually my concerns flipped around somewhat to find the debates between Mountbatten and his inner circle far more thrilling than the unfortunately rather standard (but understandably so) love across the religious divide storyline taking place amongst the Indian staff at the British embassy. Though I did really like the 'eavesdropping' nature of some of the scenes as the film moves from major (but dryly discussed) events to the reality of those whose lives are going to be most affected by the upheavals reacting with barely contained emotion in the far background, or even peeping through keyholes at one point on the meeting between Mountbatten and Nehru!

The Indian side of the film involves Jeet, a Hindu, having unrequited love for Aalia, a Muslim, who has been promised in marriage to someone else by her strictly religious father. Aalia constantly rebuffs Jeet (though she often ends their brief interactions with a longing look that seems to re-open the subject just as she has shut it down!), so it eventually comes to feel more like his issue that the relationship is over rather than hers, though they do eventually bond again via keyhole peeping over the (soon dashed) possibilities of a free and united India where all possibilities are open to them. However ethnic violence ramps up, and as the prospect of Partition is about to become a reality Aalia and her family flee to Pakistan, eventually becoming victims of mobs attacking the train carrying refugees from one neophyte country to the other (historical events that Khushwant Singh wrote vividly about in his book Train to Pakistan). However the film has to 'save' her from her Muslim heritage in a way by having her father push her out of the train and saving her from sharing the fate of him and the arranged marriage suitor. It is almost a death and rebirth for her into a new life but in the most painful manner possible, presumably making Aalia an embodiment of a beautiful country battered, bruised and torn by conflict.

But really the most interesting material is between the white British characters, as it really feels like a film trying to rehabilitate the reputation of Lord Mountbatten and his advisors (or at least some of them!). Mountbatten, as someone parachuted into the situation in the final days to oversee the end of British rule, is in a most impossible situation of being unable to care for those he rules on a long term basis whilst being the figurehead who will take ultimate responsibility for the partitioning of India. I am still pretty much a neophyte when it comes to the politics, so the big twist of the film caught me a little by surprise:
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that General Ismay (played wonderfully by Michael Gambon) had pushed the plans of dividing the country into India and Pakistan by Churchill onto these rather ineffectual, slightly liberal and hand wringing figures, knowing that they could not divide a country without qualms (embodied in the other great performance in the film by Simon Callow as Cyril Radcliffe, given the impossible task of dividing the countries on the map in a month without ever having set foot in the place before that time) and always planned to use the initial maps anyway as they served British interests better. The film suggests that this is for the somewhat shocking idea that Pakistan was apparently created to contain more of the oil natural resources because it was felt that a Muslim controlled state would be more stable as a bulwark against Communism and controllable for future trade and security with Britain than a more anarchical, left-leaning Indian state. (Whoops!)
I especially liked that the open and frank foregrounded discussions on politics and statehood, where characters sit and talk the issues at each other, start getting overwhelmed by events and eventually even our privileged British characters are silenced from being able to speak their minds frankly. Instead the film transitions into people making asides to each other under their breath, which in some ways only emphasises the tragedy of people getting shut out of critical decisions even more. There is a great moment between Mountbatten and Jinnah on independence day when faced with Mountbatten saying that he got everything he wanted, Jinnah says that he only got half of the country he had been asking for. So everyone gets screwed over and is left unfulfilled by the messy outcome of the situation, save for Britain getting out of the country with hands mostly clean of the ethnic violence to follow in the wake of Independence. (Though of course the heavy ironic implication is that Britain will soon have its own identity changed by waves of immigration from the Indian subcontinent in the decades that follow and Pakistan will become a hotbed for insurgency in the new century. So the 'clean cut' could never be as clean as those in power hoped, and who 'won' in the end really by the British government pursuing mercenary goals?)

It is those casual discussions about the fate of a country between the privileged few, who eventually all become compromised figureheads 'to blame' for the sundering of a country, that really makes this film interesting. Aside from a couple of iffy moments (the CGI used to stick Hugh Bonneville into newsreel footage is less believable than Citizen Kane's newsreel! Gillian Anderson is so stiff upper lipped aristocratic here that it feels as if her jaw is going to seize up at any moment, though her character does get her own throughline of coming in to a situation with ideas of how to change it for the better, before ending up only being able to look on ineffectually), and the general underwhelming nature of the love story, which seems intended to be the contrasting heart of the film to the dryly intellectual debates (though the debates contain more passion and danger, I found!), there is some really interesting food for thought in this film. Although as with any film titled "[something] House", I just find myself automatically thinking of the Dean's angry and exasperated exclamation from Futurama! "Viceroy Hooooouse!!" *shakes fist*

Gurinder Chadha followed this up with an ITV series set in an earlier period of the British Raj, Beecham House, which (as with many ITV series) I had written off as rather cheesy melodrama, but I am slightly more interested to see it now. However that looks like a bit more emphasis there has been placed on the fussing and feuding rather than the historical context.

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#879 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:52 am

Unfortunately I missed The Belko Experiment due to the current heatwave sending my aerial on the fritz, but hopefully it will get repeated at some point.

Next week is pretty good: BBC2 is continuing with the trend of triple bills of period dramas on Saturday nights with the premieres of Their Finest at 9 p.m. and Southside With You, the Obama hook up movie, at 10.50 p.m. on the 31st. Followed by a repeat of 80s set 'crotchety yet twinkly elderly Michael Caine' film Is Anybody There? at 12.05 a.m.

Their Finest is according to the RadioTimes also part of a short season celebrating(?) the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, with afternoon weekday screenings of Odette, 633 Squadron, A Matter of Life and Death, Triple Cross and The Wooden Horse. Though the most interesting programme in that strand is another in those 'historical amateur footage' shows: Lost Films of World War Two, the first part of which is on BBC4 at 9 p.m. on Thursday 5th.

BBC4 has another Danish crime series starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday 31st: Darkness: Those Who Kill.

The most interesting film of the week is probably The Levelling showing on BBC2 at 11.45 p.m. on Friday 6th.

But the biggest day of the week is Sunday 1st, which has three documentaries all overlapping each other. First is the big one: Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein on BBC2 at 9 p.m. (the Guardian has run an interview with Rosanna Arquette that ties in with it; whilst on Channel 4 at 10.20 p.m. there is a new Mark Cousins film looking at how Northern Ireland has been portrayed on film, which of course is more relevant than ever with issues over Brexit and a new Irish border pushing tensions in the area back up again: 50 Years of the Troubles: A Journey Through Film (there has been a tie in Guardian article written by Cousins himself on this as well). And finally BBC4 is showing Kusama - Infinity at 9 p.m.

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#880 Post by jlnight » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:09 pm

The Statue (1971), Fri 6th Sept, London Live, Also late Sat 7th Sept.

Konga, Sat 7th Sept, Talking Pictures. Also Tue 10th Sept.
The Honorary Consul, Sat 7th Sept, London Live. Also Wed 11th Sept and Fri 13th Sept.
In the Loop, Sat 7th Sept, BBC2.

The Kitchen (1961), Mon 9th Sept, Talking Pictures. Also Sat 21st Sept.

Sympathy for the Devil, Thu 12th Sept, London Live.

Absolution, Fri 13th Sept, London Live.

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#881 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:27 am

Very little on the main channels next week. BBC2 has repeats of a couple of Powell and Pressburger films (The Battle of the River Plate at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 7th, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp at 2 p.m. on Monday 9th) and BBC2 is devoting a night to Monty Python to coincide with their 50th anniversary, including repeating the first episode of the series at 11 p.m. on Saturday 7th.

The big film premiere is of M. Night Shyamalan's Split on Channel 4 at 9 p.m., also on Saturday 7th, but I am really most excited by Channel 5's TV movie on the afternoon of Monday 9th: Pretty Little Stalker, directed by Sam Irvin, who is obviously making tongue in cheek black comedies out of these thriller-style TV movies. It if turns out half as crazy as his previous film The Nurse it will be a must see!

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#882 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:40 pm

Oh, and I missed this the first time around but also on BBC2 on Sunday 8th at 10 p.m. are the first two parts of a ten part series of ten minute programmes directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nick Hornby. Starring Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike as a couple trying to salvage their relationship: State of the Union

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#883 Post by jlnight » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:44 am

The Harder They Come, starts Sat 14th Sept, London Live.
The Horror of Frankenstein, Sat 14th Sept, Talking Pictures. Also Fri 20th Sept.

That Hamilton Woman, Sun 15th Sept, Talking Pictures.
A Handful of Dust, starts Sun 15th Sept, London Live.

Summertime (2015), Mon 16th Sept, BBC4.

Lost and Found (2017), Tue 17th Sept, Film4.

Prospect (2018), Thu 19th Sept, Film4.

Juggernaut, Fri 20th Sept, Film4.
Summerfield (1977), Fri 20th Sept, London Live.

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#884 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:22 pm

Pretty Little Stalker was great fun! I particularly like that there is a motif that this shares with The Nurse of dead bodies getting hidden away underneath beds, only for the heroine to stumble on them in the final fight! And also it was very amusing in a way that 'had' to be intentional that the teenage son of the family looks to be just as old as the mother's new boyfriend! The recent Andrew Nicol's sci-fi film In Time had an interesting premise of the 'time wealthy' being able to stop their biological clocks, so rich people like the senator was able to attend a swanky party in the company of his wife, mistress and daughter, who all (slightly worryingly) look 35! Pretty Little Stalker likely does not have any satirical implications behind the boyfriend and son looking the same age (though I do think it is aware of the issue, as the whole film is played very tongue in cheek!), though they do give the husband a beard which strangely only helps to make him look younger than the son! And the son looking in his mid 30s does make the final happy coda when he talks to 'mom' and 'pop' about his upcoming chaste date with a girl and then states that he has a lot of homework to get back to play extremely funnily!

Really interesting next week. The big film is probably the premiere of Robert Redford's The Company You Keep on BBC2 at 10.40 p.m. on Sunday 15th. That's got a great cast and written by Lem Dobbs!

As jlnight has noted BBC4 has a world cinema premiere with Summertime (La Belle Saison) at 11 p.m. on Monday 16th. (The first Catherine Corsini film to show on UK television)

Film4 have a couple of premieres too: Irish drama Lost & Found is showing at 11.20 p.m. on Wednesday 17th. I am probably most excited by the sci-fi film Prospect showing at 9 p.m. on Thursday 19th, even if it does feature mumblecore alumni Jay Duplass in the cast!

And the Horror channel is showing The Devil's Candy at 9 p.m. on Friday 20th. From the director of The Loved Ones with an interesting cast of late 90s character actors with Pruitt Taylor Vince and Leland Orser in there!

It is very busy repeat-wise too: Chinese documentary Behemoth is showing on Film4 at 1.40 a.m. on Monday 16th. Embrace of the Serpent is on Channel 4 at 1.25 a.m. on Tuesday 17th, South Korean film Veteran is showing on Film4 at 1.25 a.m. on Friday 20th and Indian drama The Lunchbox is on BBC2 at 11.45 p.m. on Friday 20th.

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#885 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:46 am

Oh, and I forgot to mention probably the most bizarre item of the week: at 10 p.m. on Sunday 15th BBC4 is showing a 'televised adaptation' of a stage play (apparently outdoor location filming in Belfast combined with the on stage material) called Cyprus Avenue, in which Stephen Rea stars as "a Belfast loyalist who is experiencing a psychotic episode and mistakes his five-week old granddaughter for Gerry Adams". :shock: It sounds as if it probably would have worked out better for everybody if the granddaughter was the reincarnation of Ian Paisley, though it would more than likely have turned out to be a rather shouty child in any eventuality.

Here's a review from someone who went to see the play back in March

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#886 Post by jlnight » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:03 am

Somehow we managed to miss highlighting Seahorse, which was on Tuesday I think.

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, Sat 21st Sept, BBC2. Also late Wed 25th Sept.
Priest of Love, starts Sat 21st Sept, London Live.
Sleepwalkers (1992), Sat 21st Sept, Horror.
In Order of Disappearance, late Sat 21st Sept, BBC2.

Jungle Book (1942), Sun 22nd Sept, Talking Pictures.
A Chorus of Disapproval, Sun 22nd Sept, London Live.
Bergman: A Year in the Life, Sun 22nd Sept, BBC4. (Followed by The Seventh Seal!)

This Was England (short), starts Mon 23rd Sept, Talking Pictures.

The Big Sur (short), Wed 25th Sept, Talking Pictures.

The Prendergast File (short), Thu 26th Sept, Talking Pictures.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Thu 26th Sept, Film4. (The Lobster is on the previous night).
Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie, Thu 26th Sept, London Live.

BBC4 have both Churchill and the Movie Mogul and Orson Welles Over Europe on Wed 25th Sept.

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