5 films you have to watch on TV this week

Published by Jos Austin

Whether you missed them first time around or fancy a second viewing, the upcoming TV schedules are packed with fantastic films that demand your attention.

From gritty drama to absurd dark comedy, Jos Austin takes a look at the hottest flicks on the box this week.

Inglorious Basterds
["That's a bingo!" - Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds]

Scarface (1983)

Wed Apr 9, ITV4; 22:00-01:25

Scarface is as unashamedly ultraviolent as it is irrevocably ‘80s, and Brian De Palma’s drug-fuelled gangster epic gave birth to one of film’s most iconic and quotable gangsters in Tony Montana (Al Pacino).

Pacino is outrageous as Tony, a Cuban immigrant to the US whose unquenchable thirst for power thrusts him deep into the jungle of the Miami drugs scene. Killing (and snorting) his way to the top, Tony’s rise and fall is as huge as the mountain of cocaine seen piled on his table.

Heavily influential, stylish and with a soundtrack to kill for, Scarface is a self-indulgent, profanity filled classic.

In Bruges (2008)

Wed Apr 9, Film4; 22:50-00:55

“Maybe that’s what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in f****** Bruges.”

Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) find themselves in Bruges in In Bruges. For those who don’t know, Bruges is a quaint and enchanting medieval Belgian city. Well, at least that’s what Ken thinks. Ray thinks it’s a “s***hole.” But why you may ask, are two Irish hitmen on a jolly in Belgium?

Featuring fantastic performances, most notably from cockney mob boss Ralph Fiennes, and with some sharp Tarantino-esque dialogue, In Bruges is a brilliant dark comedy drama from Martin McDonagh.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

Thu Apr 10, BBC2; 21:00-22:30

A truly poignant and unforgettable WWII drama, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tells the tale of the holocaust through the eyes of Bruno (Asa Butterfield), the eight-year-old son of a Nazi German Commandant (David Thewlis) in charge of overseeing a concentration camp.

After living in Berlin all his life, Bruno and his family are relocated when his father is promoted to Obersturmbannführer. Believing his new home in the countryside is situated next to a farm, Bruno befriends a Jewish boy called Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) who is a prisoner in the camp.

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Fri Apr 11, Film4; 22:35-01:35

Tarantino does World War II. And he does it big.

From the director of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained comes Inglorious Basterds; the story of a group of U.S. Jewish soldiers who, under orders from their leader Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), make their way through Nazi-occupied France hunting down and killing all the German soldiers in their path.

Meanwhile, years after escaping the clutches of the ruthless Col. Hans ‘The Jew Hunter’ Landa (Christoph Waltz), a young Jewish cinema owner seeks revenge for the murder of her entire family at the hands of the Nazis and Landa. Tarantino is on top form and up to his usual tricks in this one, while the cast is absolutely spot on.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Sun Apr 13, Channel 4; 23:15-01:30

With outstanding performances from Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men is a dark and chilling masterpiece from the brilliant Coen brothers.

When he finds two million dollars in cash after a drug deal gone bad, Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) is hunted by a disturbing psychopathic killer (Bardem), who decides people’s fate on the flip of a coin. Struggling to deal with the aftermath of these events is world-weary Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Jones), heading up the investigation into the drug deal and the deaths that follow.

Gritty and deeply unnerving, No Country for Old Men is unmissable.

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