ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The African Queen ★★★★★
One of my favourites, and possibly one of yours if you love 1950s Technicolor adventures, The African Queen is set in occupied East Africa at the start of the First World War, where Oscar-winning Humphrey Bogart’s boozy mariner and Katharine Hepburn’s prim British missionary brave the perils of the river by steamboat in a bid to take on the Germans. It was directed by the hands-on John Huston, and much of the action was actually shot on location in Uganda and Congo (the hair-raising story of the film’s making is worth hearing from the point of view of cinematographer Jack Cardiff: read his memoir The Magic Hour or seek out his DVD commentary). But the real draw here is seeing two Hollywood giants creating dramatic sparks.
Richard Gere is on the money as a slick hedge-fund mogul, who finds his glittering world begin to implode when a bloody error puts his fortune and his liberty on the line.
The Dirty Dozen ★★★★
9.00pm-12 midnight Spike
Lee Marvin leads a dangerous mission into Nazi territory, but rather than elite soliders, his squad is comprised of vicious criminals — including Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes and Donald Sutherland.
Tango & Cash ★★★
10.00pm-12 midnight Dave
You’ve got to love the 80s when you get a mismatched-cop movie teaming Sylvester Stallone (as a suave LA detective) with Kurt Russell (as his thuggish police rival). Their aim, apart from not killing each other, is to clear themselves of murder. Of course, Jack Palance’s nefarious nogoodnik is behind their plight.
Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies ★★★
Dude, where’s the remote? This comedy about a couple of stoners on a quest for a good burger is surprisingly good, throwaway entertainment – even for right-minded people.
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