Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Freeview film choices : tuesday 22nd of December

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984 118min.) [BBC1 1.45pm]

Harrison Ford returns as intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones in the second entry in Steven Spielberg's action adventure series. On the trail of fortune and glory in Shanghai, Indy is launched on a dangerous new quest that takes him to India via the Himalayas. With his faithful companion Short Round and nightclub singer Willie Scott, Indy goes in search of the magical Sankara stone and uncovers an ancient evil that threatens all who come into contact with it.

Shrek The Third (2007 88min.) [BBC1 3.50pm]

Animated fantasy comedy featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. When his father-in-law becomes ill, Shrek is expected to become ruler of Far Far Away. But the grumpy green ogre would rather live the quiet life with Princess Fiona in his beloved swamp. Travelling overseas in search of a true heir, Shrek is unaware that the pregnant Fiona is in danger from a rebellion led by jilted Prince Charming.

Kung Fu Panda (2008 88min.) [BBC2 7.35pm]

Animated adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. Ancient China: Po the Panda lives in the Valley of Peace and dreams of becoming a kung fu master despite the fact he is clumsy, overweight and a complete beginner at martial arts. So when he's accidentally chosen to be the legendary Dragon Warrior, he is overjoyed. However, his joy is short-lived as the evil snow leopard Tai Lung has escaped from captivity and is on his way to the Valley to take his revenge on Po's mentor.

Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa (2013 86min) [BBC2 10.30pm]

Comedy starring Steve Coogan. Norwich DJ Alan Partridge is unconcerned when his local radio station, North Norfolk Digital, is bought out by a multinational. But when he finds out that it's either himself or fellow DJ Pat Farrell who must go, Alan makes sure that it's his colleague who gets the boot. However, when a shotgun-wielding Pat decides to hold the staff hostage, it's up to Norwich's most famous son to save the day.

The Third Man (1949, 101min.) [BBC4 11.00pm]

Classic thriller written by Graham Greene, starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles and featuring Alida Valli. Holly Martins, a writer of western stories, arrives in Vienna after the end of the Second World War where he has been promised work by his old friend, Harry Lime.

One of the finest British films ever made, Graham Greene’s thriller is brought to life by director Carol Reed with stunning cinematography by Robert Krasker.

Led by Joseph Cotton’s central performance as Holly Martins, we discover through him the story of the disappearance of his friend Harry Lime, who appears to have died after becoming involved in racketeering. It is surely not too much of a spoiler to say that everything is not as it seems, and sure enough Harry Lime (played by a charismatic Orson Welles) shows up later on in dramatic fashion.

With many memorable moments, from the instantly recognisable zither music, to the stylishly shot chase through the sewers of Vienna, and the ferris wheel scene featuring the classic 'cuckoo clock' speech The Third Man bears repeated viewings and is a must see if it has somehow evaded you.

Shakespeare In Love (1998 118min.) [Ch4 1.30am wednesday &+1]

Oscar-winning romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes. Will Shakespeare's career is in crisis: his money is running out and he's suffering from writer's block. Then he meets beautiful aristocrat Viola De Lesseps and his life - and the world of English literature - will never be the same again.


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