This week, due to the overabundance of cinematic awesomeness on TV (including three films from Director Sam “Skyfall” Mendes), we take you on an extended journey from katana wielding vengeance to Iraq war veterans, into near future drug addiction, out for a romantic afternoon on The Heath, into the strange mind of Terry Gilliam via the rebellion of individualism past sex addiction, through the Iranian revolution and middle class despondency before stopping over with flaky friends and making you an offer you can’t refuse.
Saturday 20th October-
Pussy wagons, nasty Vaseline, rock n roll yakuza, limb ownership disputes, anime flashback & a whole lot of revenge in samurai homage fest KILL BILL: VOL1 at 10:45pm on BBC2.
Sam Mendes explores the humour and humiliations, love and loneliness, amity and enmity, experience and exasperation of life in the USMC for a young JARHEAD at 11:35pm on ITV1.
A scramble suit wearing narc infiltrates drug using underworld in rotoscopic, identity-loss-SF-conspiracy-thriller from Philip K Dick enthusiast Richard Linklater- A SCANNER DARKLY plays at 01:20am on Film4.
Sunday 21st October-
Sea monsters, detachable heads and crimes of courage in Terry Gilliam’s fantastical, surreal marvel THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN plays at 4:30pm on Watch.
A petty thief becomes an anti-hero by earning the respect of guards and inmates alike, while still refusing to be broken in the iconic, ill-communicating prison classic COOL HAND LUKE at 11pm on TCM.
Various loves are examined as seven couples spend an afternoon on Hampstead Heath in contemplative and unpredictable British gem SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE at 00:30am on BBC2.
Sam Rockwell stars as a disillusioned man seeking acceptance and belonging (as most Chuck Palahniuk protagonists tend to do) against a back drop of near suicidal fraud, messianic mysteries and sex addiction in a truly lesser known treat CHOKE at 11:10pm on Film4.
Tuesday 23rd October-
A rebellious young Iranian girl’s formative years are moulded by the shifting politics and religious fervour of unimaginably troubled times in this animated, visual feast based on the acclaimed graphic novel- PERSEPOLIS at 00:45am on Film4.
Wednesday 24th October-
An affluent but quarrelsome couple’s lives & dreams gradually fall apart in the stunningly perceptive and emotional drama from Sam Mendes; REVOLUTIONARY ROAD at 11:20pm on BBC2.
Friday 26th October-
Horse’s heads in beds, gangsters guns in toilets, scoreless tension ramping and offers you can’t refuse in Francis Ford Coppola’s ground breaking classic THE GODFATHER at 9pm on More4.
An expectant couple brave flaky parents, bohemian alterna-mums and ropey friends to find a place to settle down and start a family in the last of this week’s Sam Mendes films, quiet comedy AWAY WE GO at 11:05pm on Film4.
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