Every week Mat Corne scours the TV Guide for the best movies showing on UK free-to-air TV. So for those of you that refuse to pay for Sky Movies or Netflix, here are five of the best freeview movies for the coming week.
The Social Network (2010)
Film4, Friday 5th, 01:25 (Thursday Night)
Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard computing student who comes up with the idea of a social networking website for his fellow students. The rest, as they say, is history which is still being made. What was in reality a fairly boring story is spiced up by some over-dramatised incidents, compelling performances from all the main stars and David Fincher’s typically subversive direction. As an insight into the creators of something that has become part of everyday life for much of the world’s population, this is a truly fascinating film. It may paint a completely accurate picture of the people involved, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story?
Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003)
Dave, Sunday 30th, 00:45 and Friday 5th, 21:00
Uma Thurman teams up with director Quentin Tarantino for the second time, in the lead role of this action thriller inspired by 70’s Kung-Fu cinema. She plays a former assassin who awakes from a coma and sets out to seek bloody revenge against the gang that left her for dead on her wedding day. The director is incredibly self-indulgent at times and the films suffers in places because of it, but it still has his trademark non-linear style, some gorgeous set design, elaborate fight sequences and a brilliant soundtrack. It’s only the first part of a bigger story, the second part of which is not as good, but it works pretty well as a standalone film and offers plenty of violent fun.
Warm Bodies (2013)
Film4, Friday 5th, 23:25
This quirky comedy takes place amidst a zombie apocalypse, but much of the story is told from the perspective of the undead. One of them, played by Nicholas Hoult, is not quite as dead as your average zombie, and when he crosses paths with a feisty and attractive young woman (Teresa Palmer) he begins to come back to life. This sparks a revival in the zombie hordes and a showdown with the human survivors. The film is a heart-warming blend of humour, romance and of course a bit of zombie horror, featuring likeable main characters and some great supporting roles, most notably from Rob Corddry as Hoult’s zombie friend.
Channel 4, Saturday 29th, 23:20
Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson form an unlikely team in this post-apocalyptic comedy, as human survivors of a zombie outbreak that take a road trip to California. Along the way they meet a devious pair of sisters, played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, and the foursome form an uneasy group. There’s plenty of laughs and some reasonably gruesome moments in this film, which has plenty of heart despite its grim premise. The cameo appearance by Bill Murray is certainly one of the highlights, along with the spectacular finale in a California amusement park.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Horror, Sunday 30th, 21:00
This film starts like any other generic slasher film – a group of stupid teenagers head to a remote cabin in the woods to drink and fornicate, attracting the attention of two hillbillies in a dilapidated cabin nearby. That’s where things change though, as it turns out these are just two nice guys on their own weekend break. When accidents and death starts to occur, the teens assume the worst and blame Tucker and Dale, although as everyone finds out, there is somebody more sinister ultimately responsible. On the face of it this looks like a dreadful, low budget offering but is actually one of the best horror-comedies of recent times, and while the story does fall into more generic territory in the latter half, the hilarious antics and stereotype-smashing of the first make it well worth watching.