ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Citizenfour★★★★ PREMIERE11.05pm-1.10am C4
Before unassuming whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed America’s National Security Agency for wholesale illegal surveillance of its own citizens in mid-2013 via documents leaked to the The Guardian and The Washington Post, he approached film-maker Laura Poitras to interview him in the Hong Kong hotel where he was hiding. This Oscar- and Bafta-winning documentary is based on that access and vividly depicts a young man about to surrender his civil liberties in the cause of the truth. It’s hard to imagine why this story wouldn’t be of interest to all of us, and Poitras brilliantly mixes computer interface and fly-on-the-wall filming to create a chilling but human drama about the wired world we all live in. Essential viewing.
The adventures of a female spy. But given that she’s Doris Day, don’t expect killer umbrellas or bodies in sports bags. She’s an agent of the industrial variety so what she’s really interested in is the latest products from rival cosmetic companies. It all gets zanily and entertainingly convoluted and has “Sixties” written all over it.
Lava threatens a small town, but local bigwigs won’t listen to expert Pierce Brosnan’s warnings for fear of ruining the tourist industry. Yeah, it’s like Jaws (or Piranha, or countless others, to be honest), but with volcanoes. Pierce makes a likeable hero and the film has a nice retro feel for those who remember those old 70s disaster movies.
Denzel Washington is an agent given special access to a government programme looking into the possibilities of time travel while investigating a bombing. It’s an intriguing idea that raises some interesting points, but eventually director Tony Scott can contain himself no longer and resorts to the big bangs and ferocious action that he did best.
With the excesses of rolling news channels now being almost beyond satire, this 1987 comedy drama probably looks fairly quaint rather than biting. But luckily reporting the day’s headlines is only a backdrop for a delicious love triangle between William Hurt, Albert Brooks and the always wonderful Holly Hunter.
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