ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
11.35pm-2.00am Movie Mix
Director Bill Condon is now best known for directing the two-part finale of the Twilight saga, while star Liam Neeson has forged a career as a blockbusting action grandad. But in 2004 they made a fine, coquettish and powerful movie for adults about pioneering sexologist Alfred Kinsey, who, in his fastidiously researched reports from the 1940s, blew the lid on human sexual behaviour in an era soon dominated by McCarthyism. Condon writes as deftly as he directs, depicting a time when extramarital sex and latent homosexuality went undiscussed – indeed, Kinsey’s bestsellers were branded “Communist”. Neeson’s Kinsey is a gentle, probing academic with issues, while an Oscar-nominated Laura Linney plays his wife as a rock. Fans of C4’s Masters of Sex (returning this summer) will find many parallels. Not for the easily embarrassed.
Farewell My Lovely ★★★★★
With Inherent Vice currently in cinemas, gumshoe movies are back in vogue. This film noir classic stars Dick Powell as Raymond Chandler’s world-weary, private-eye hero, Philip Marlowe. Hired to find a thug’s girlfriend, Marlowe soon finds himself up to his fedora in trouble, with our hero being drugged and beaten, not to mention being tempted by duplicitous dames. As hard-boiled as they come, this has lost none of its edge.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps ★★★
Michael Douglas’s reprises his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s belated follow-up to his own 80s classic. Older and wilier, the story sees the financial wheeler-dealer out of jail and taking on a new protégé in the form of Shia LeBeouf. Carey Mulligan co-stars, and look out for a cameo from the original movie’s Charlie Sheen.
Girl, Interrupted ★★★
9.00-11.35pm Movie Mix
Winona Ryder stars here as a troubled teen (is there any other kind?) in the 60s who is sent to an institution after an apparent suicide attempt. There she befriends a variety of other young women branded misfits by society, including seductive sociopath Angelina Jolie. But girls just wanna have fun – even on meds. Also appearing in the hip young cast are Jared Leto and Elizabeth Moss, better known as Peggy from Mad Men.
The Internet’s Own Boy ★★★★
Premiere 10.00-11.30pm BBC4
A first showing on Freeview tonight for this must-see Storyville documentary about Aaron Swartz, the wunderkind tech boffin who co-founded Reddit. Instead of using his talents to line his own pockets, Swartz became a tireless campaigner for freedom of information – but his activism prompted an unforgiving legal decision that had tragic consequences.