BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Fisher King ★★★★★
10.55pm-1.40am Movie Mix
Radio shock jock Jeff Bridges goes from arrogant to suicidal when his misguided advice makes a caller commit mass murder. Seeking redemption he meets homeless Robin Williams, who is even more disturbed because his wife was among those killed. Williams is obsessed with the Holy Grail and its guardian the Fisher King and persuades Bridges to help in his quest to find the Grail. Subsequent events involve two women, Amanda Plummer, whom Williams loves, and Mercedes Ruehl, Bridges’s squeeze, not to mention a gang of violent thugs. Terry Gilliam’s film is romantic and nightmarish, scary and funny, full of unusual ideas and visually splendid to watch. The whole cast is excellent; Williams was Oscar-nominated for best actor and Ruehl won best supporting actress.
Black Narcissus ★★★★★
From 1946, a haunting and visually beautiful British film that transcends its time. Deborah Kerr lends dignity to the story of simmering passions at a mountain convent.
The Fast and the Furious ★★★★
In the first of the revved-up series, Paul Walker plays the cop trying to find out if Vin Diesel and his car-racing crew are behind a series of highway thefts. Your inner petrolhead (and we all have one) will love it.
Clint Eastwood both directs and stars in one of the great westerns of modern times, offering sober reflection on his old screen persona as the laconic gunslinger. Richard Harris, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman also feature in the standout cast.
The Man Whose Mind Exploded ★★★★
Premiere 12.30-2.05am Film4
The man self-named Drako Oho Zaraharzar lays himself bare (literally, to begin with) in this wonderful documentary portrait. After surviving two comas, two nervous breakdowns and two suicide attempts, he has quite the story to tell – if he could only remember it.
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