ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★★
Premiere 9.00-11.05pm Film4
Music has always been key to the movies of the Coen brothers, usually to set a mood. In this affectionate if downbeat, Oscar-nominated portrait of the early-60s New York folk scene, it powers the story as well as the ambience. When Oscar Isaac’s eponymous struggling troubadour gets locked out of his apartment after chasing an escaped cat, his subsequent wandering becomes a metaphor for his stalled career. But music offers hope. Isaac is among a strong cast who play and sing their own songs, including Carey Mulligan and – less surprisingly – Justin Timberlake. Replete with the Coens’ trademark grotesques, this blues riff to lost opportunity is warmed through with the love of a good tune.
Fresh Dressed ★★★★
Premiere 12.35-2.00am C4
Set you’re recorder for this impeccably turned out documentary, which charts the rise of rap through its fashions. Warning: may cause sneaker-envy.
The Paleface ★★★
Cowardly Bob Hope heads to the Wild West and winds up married to Jane Russell’s Calamity Jane in this rootin’ tootin’ comedy spoof.
Quantum of Solace ★★★
Daniel Craig’s single-minded James Bond seeks revenge in a breathless entry in the series that tries to outdo the Jason Bourne franchise in terms of sheer wobblecam mayhem.
Lethal Weapon 4 ★★★
Riggs and Murtagh’s final case finds buddy cops Mel Gibson and Danny Glover up against the quick kicks of Jet Li and the slick quips of Chris Rock. Too old for this s****? Naah!
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