It’s the weekend and Ronan O’Meara scoured the TV shows for movies to watch over the next seven days… starting tonight.
Here are 16 to choose from … enjoy!
Game night: Saturday, BBC One at 10:35 p.m.
Each week, a group of friends meet for an evening of discussion, wine and board games. One night, real life adds a shocking twist and the friends find themselves up to their necks in all kinds of trouble. It’s an entertaining Saturday night watch, a wacky mix of craziness, weird neighbors, sibling rivalry, and competitive friendship. Rachel McAdams, our own Sharon Horgan, and a delightfully weird Jesse Plemons are all doing well.
Call me by your name: Saturday, RTÉ 2 @ 11:45 pm
Elio, a teenager, leads a carefree life in the early 80s in Italy. Until he meets Oliver, an American hired to work with his father, his life becomes complicated when he begins to feel drawn to him. Lead Timothée Chalamet does his drippy thing as usual but here it suits the movie. It is a sincere look at the pain, anguish and discovery of your formative years. Michael Stuhlberg and the little-talked-about actor are also doing a lot of work.
Train to Busan: Sunday, Film4 at 1h40
A zombie apocalypse hits South Korea, and a father and daughter fight for their lives on a train from Seoul. Yes, this is another zombie movie … no, no, come back … but seriously, this is a nasty watch. It’s full of heart, you’ll really care about the threatened characters, it’s really smart, and the attack scenes are absolutely breathtaking. Yoo Gong and Su-an Kim as father and daughter are aces.
Valérie: Sunday, TCM @ 4:45 p.m.
Taking place during a murder trial in the Old West, three very different testimonies are heard but which one is the true version? An unusual mix, a mysterious black western with a touch of Rashomon would be one way to describe it. Sterling Hayden and Anita Ekberg as the protagonists are powerful, Hayden his usual briary character, and Ekberg as a woman who is not what she appears to be. OR is it? Where is he? Where are they? What? Who knows? A dark, captivating and surprising film.
The last tree: Sunday, channel 4 at 11:30 p.m.
Femi has trouble finding her place in life. As a child he was taken in and raised in the idyllic rural setting of the English countryside, but as a man he returned home to London to live with the woman who bore him. A moving, glorious and moving look at what it means to be black in Britain today. Sam Adewunmi is a powerful leader and a player to watch in the future.
Countess Dracula: Sunday, The Horror Channel @ 11pm
Countess Elisabeth has discovered the secret of eternal youth. Instead of a radox bubble bath, she used the blood of virgin women for bathing and the growing number of missing villagers are starting to be noticed. This Hammer horror take on the legend of Elizabeth Bathory is trashy but intriguing about the efforts people will put in to challenge the aging process. Ingrid Pitt is powerful in the lead role.
Kiss Of Death: Monday, Talking Pictures TV @ 9 p.m.
After a failed bank robbery, a thief is jailed and keeps his mouth shut to protect his accomplices. When one of them betrays him, he decides to help the cops for revenge. But he didn’t matter to Tommy Udo. Richard Widmark’s Udo set the bar very high for screen psychopaths in the 1940s when this film noir came out and his performance is still unsettling 74 years later. A lean and wicked thriller that will grab you quickly.
Le Château de Verre: Monday, TG4 @ 9:30 p.m.
Jeanette Walls had an unconventional childhood. Ruled by her nomadic and arty parents, life as a child was difficult and at times poverty stricken. The decisions she makes as an adult disappoint them. Brie Larson does a satisfying job as the protagonist of an often heart-breaking story that takes a rosy-tinted look at the mistakes parents make when putting their own desires ahead of their family’s. Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts make a very effective pair of muppets
The Little Stranger: Monday, Film4 at 9 p.m.
Right after WWII, a doctor was called to a ruined mansion to treat a patient. It is a mansion that his family has long been linked to and secrets lie behind the walls of the old family home. Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s Gothic Cooler 2018 is a quiet-paced affair, but its atmospheric twists and finely tuned turns of Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter will quickly hook you.
The mother: Tuesday, BBC4 at 9 p.m.
When her husband dies, May takes a leap into the unknown and reinvents herself instead of disappearing as her family expects. She even takes a lover. Half his age. Everything is fine until people start to notice her smile again. A touching, intelligent and provocative look at a relationship that we rarely see on screen. Anne Reid creates a wonderfully drawn main character and gets support from Daniel Craig and Steven Mackintosh.
Blindspotting: Wednesday Film4 at 10:45 p.m.
With 3 days left on his probation, Colin is nervous. He’s a black man in a country where the police are happy, his best friend is in instant trouble, and the town they called home is gentrified with vegan cafes and restaurants. A comedy-drama about friendship that also manages to be a searing, angry look at race relations and the state of modern America. Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal lead the way.
The Conjuring: Wednesday, BBC Two @ 11:15 p.m.
The Perrons have moved into their new home, but all is not well. They hire a pair of paranormal investigators to cure the disease in their home and it doesn’t take long before all hell breaks loose. A highly effective old-fashioned haunted house movie that draws on stunning screenings by Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston and Vera Farmiga. It’s a movie to record for Halloween and watch in a dark, quiet room with the curtains drawn.
The Caine Mutiny: Thursday, great! Action films at 4:45 p.m.
The USS Caine was a minesweeper operating in the Pacific during World War II. Its captain is Francis Queeg. Captain Queeg acts a little and Lieutenant Marik feels the pressure. A tense and claustrophobic story of madness, bravery and doing the right thing despite the outcome. Humphrey Bogart is still as excellent as Queeg and Van Johnson is doing well like Marik. A very influential movie here, you’ll recognize a lot even if you’ve never seen it before.
Mulholland Drive: Friday, TG4 at 12:05 am (midnight)
A fresh-faced ingenuous who seeks to be a star and a woman with amnesia recovering from a car accident meet and lean on each other for answers in grim Hollywood. David Lynch’s surprising drama / horror / thriller is a movie you’ll love or despise, but it’s a movie that will hit your head and set you up camp for days to come. Laura Harring and Naomi Watts direct a stunning cast. Do not watch this one while imbibing yourself with mind altering substances. If you say goodbye to your weekend.
Primal Fear: Friday, RTÉ 2 @ 9.45pm
An Archbishop of Chicago has been slaughtered and the prime suspect is a calm young man with mental health problems. Flashy lawyer Martin Vail wants to prove the kid is innocent, but he has no idea what he’s up to. Edward Norton’s film debut is what will stay with you in this solid legal thriller. This is the very definition of a role that makes a career. Richard Gere and Laura Linney also add some good things to the mix.
The mission: Friday, RTÉ One @ 11:35 pm
Jesuit priests go to the Amazon rainforest to try to convert the tribes to Catholicism. They want to bring civilization, but to anyone’s surprise, civilization brings with it pain and destruction. Known as the movie that gave us Gabriel’s Oboe, Roland Jaffe’s 1986 drama is an astonishing and beautiful look at man’s inhumanity to man ruled by some heavy tricks from Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro.
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