ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Shaun of the Dead ★★★★
Now that Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright — stars, co-writers and/or director — have completed their ambitious and exponentially more costly “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy with apocalypto-nostalgic pub crawl The World’s End, this first part feels especially resourceful. Pegg is the electrical goods sales assistant with pen in breast pocket who, along with Frost’s slob housemate, must negotiate a North London dawn of the dead. A landmark fusion of horror and comedy that’s as scary as it is funny, it satirises its creators’ beloved zombie genre with affection and fidelity, humour and humanity.
1.45-4.15pm Movie Mix
Panned by critics at the time, this ambitious epic about the American War of Independence from the director of Chariots of Fire is still worth a look. OK, Al Pacino’s dodgily accented dad out to save his boy might raise a smile, but never mind the Method, check out those battle scenes.
Men in Black ★★★★
9.00-10.55pm Film Four
Blockbuster sci-fi comedy that spawned two sequels sees Will Smith Tommy Lee Jones out to save the world from aliens.
The World Is Not Enough ★★★★
Pierce Brosnan has his hands full with villain Robert Carlyle and Bond girl Sophie Marceau in the 19th outing for the suave spy – the speedboat chase down the Thames is a highlight.
Shutter Island ★★★
10.55pm-1.35am Film Four
Martin Scorsese pays tribute to Hitchcock (or is it William Castle?) with this asylum-set creeper. Leonardo DiCaprio is on the trail of a missing inmate.Martin Scorsese directs with this asylum-set creeper, which finds Leonardo DiCaprio on the trail of a missing inmate.
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