Ronan O'Meara gives his picks of movies on TV over the next week
It's the weekend and Ronan O'Meara has been scouring the TV schedules to find movies to watch over the next seven days...starting tonight.
Here are 13 to choose from....
Spring: Sunday, The Horror Channel @ 9pm
A disastrous personal life has Evan in a tizzy so he does a legger from the United States to Italy and it's here he meets an unusual woman called Louise and a dalliance with her makes his existence back in America look rather normal. A film you want to watch knowing as little about it as possible. It's fun, atmospheric and it will lurk in your head for a while. The fact that it's on the horror channel will clue you in. Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker work well together.
Last Orders: Sunday, Film4 @ 9pm
Jack has passed away and his friends are in mourning. He went out with a smile and one final wish - that his friends get together once more to reminisce and scatter his ashes over the beach he loved so well. An elegant, touching and humane look at the pleasures and hardships of lifelong friendships told wonderfully by director Fred Schepisi and a stunner of a cast that includes Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Ray Winston, Bob Hoskins and Tom Courtenay.
Brighton Rock: Monday, Talking Pictures TV @ 3pm
Pinky's the leader of a gang in pre-war Brighton. He's a nasty piece of work and a run-in with a journalist causes big problems for him and for a naive young waitress named Rose who's witness to what he has done. This 1948 adaption of Graham Green's celebrated novel is still a tense, nerve wracking and affecting watch 73 years later. A baby faced Richard Attenborough does memorable work in the lead role.
Topsy Turvy: Monday, Film4 @ 11.25pm
Gilbert and Sullivan. A partnership for the ages. The men behind so many famous operas of the 19th century. Their work didn't always come easy to them though and Topsy Turvy gives us a peek behind their stage curtains. Mike Leigh's 1999 musical drama might be almost 3 hours long but it's very entertaining and satisfying and in the company of actors like Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville and Shirley Henderson the time flies
Farming: Tuesday, Channel 4 @ 1.55am
A young Nigerian boy is sent by his family to England in the 60's to be raised in a white household. It was a practice known as farming, an attempt to give poor African children a better chance at life. It left some of them with a very confused look at their own racial identity. Based on director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's own life, it's a raw and disturbing coming of age story and a damning indictment of the British government's warped policies. Damson Idris is an excellent lead.
Tully: Tuesday, Film4 @ 11.20pm
Marlo's struggling. Three kids are taking their toll on her and her marriage. A nanny is hired. An unusual nanny named Tully. A strange bond forms between the two women. Tully comes from the pen of Diablo Cody so it's no surprise that it delves into myriad aspects of womanhood rarely seen on screen and that paired with fine turns from Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis makes it really worth a watch
Catch And Release: Wednesday, Great! Movies @ 3.30am
On the day she was supposed to get married Gray finds herself at the funeral of the man she loved. She has no money and nowhere to live and has to move in with his room mates and soon finds out she didn't know him as well as she thought. This 2006 romcom is enjoyable if you can zone out Kevin Smith as one of the room mates. Jennifer Garner and Timothy Olyphant do good enough work together to help you ignore the eejit in the corner.
Free State Of Jones: Wednesday, BBC two @ 11.15pm
Alienated by the confederation, a soldier deserts his post during the American civil war and together with farmers and freed slaves creates a new state. Things do not go smoothly. Gary Ross's 2016 film is a vivid recreation of an era of American history that rarely gets mentioned. It's as brutal and ugly as you'd expect but superb acting from Matthew McConnaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Mahershala Ali eases the pain.
Another Year: Thursday, Channel 4 @ 1am
Gerri and Tom are living a quiet, contented life and looking forward to the freedom that comes with retirement but their divorced and unhappy friend Mary is becoming an increasingly large presence in their lives. The second Mike Leigh film of the week is too no big surprise another cracker, a deep dive into the minutiae of everyday lives and loves that doesn't need fake drama to make its point. Ruth Sheen, Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville are all impeccable.
The Manchurian Candidate: Thursday, BBC4 @ 9pm
Prisoners of war return from capture in the Korean War to America. But all is not well. To say anymore might spoil a magnificent piece of neo-noir. A truly suspenseful film, intelligent, inventive, paranoid, complex and deeply layered. Fabulous acting abounds. Frank Sinatra gives one of his best performances but the star of the show is Angela Lansbury. Her character is quite the creation, you won't be able to look away from her.
Lawman: Friday, TG4 @ 9.05pm
A marshal arrives into a town to arrest the troublemakers who caused the death of an old man in his town. The townsfolk aren't going to make things easy for him though. A hoary old revenge story is the basis of this blistering western and it's one that effortlessly bridges the gap between the old fashioned westerns of the 60's and the dark and violent ones of the 70's. Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Ryan and Robert Duvall, all old hands at this genre, are all in fine form here.
Wild Nights With Emily: Friday, Film4 @ 11.10pm
Not much is known about the personal life of Emily Dickinson, the 19th century American poet. She was long considered an eccentric loner by her neighbours in Massachusetts but Madeleine Olnek's 2018 romcom tells us a different version of her story. A surprisingly touching and warm look at how secrets are kept and how legends are created powered by strong turns from Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz and Susan Zeigler.
The Leisure Seeker: Friday RTÉ One @ 11.45pm
The Leisure Seeker is the name of Ella and John's RV and it becomes their home when they decide to drive from Boston to Key West in an attempt to revisit older, better times. A poignant watch that doesn't skimp on the realities of growing old while at the same time shows us a type of love and understanding that only exists after decades of being together. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland work very well together as the leads.
As always visit hamsandwichcinema.blogspot.com/ for more film and tv chat.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.