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Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

Five film recommendations for you all, now coming to you every Thursday. Angie has chosen Lady Bird as this week’s Top Pick, while our remaining four recommendations come from Fiona.

Lady Bird (2017, 15)
BBC2, 9pm on Friday 21 August
“Lady Bird” is a girl with big dreams and so-so talents but no shortage of ideas or enthusiasm in this Golden Globe-winning comic drama, written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan. You might have enjoyed the pairing of their talents in 2019’s Little Women on Screen Machine just before lockdown. And you might have seen Ms Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots, On Chesil Beach and Brooklyn when we toured those films. If you liked any of the above, and/or have ever been a teenager, you might like this.

Lady Bird is impossible not to love. Gerwig has turned her personal story of a small-town girl into a full-blown triumph and one of year’s best films. Rolling Stone

Anyone who’s lived within the emotional cyclone known as adolescence will recognise the vertiginous highs and lows of Lady Bird. Washington Post


Inglourious Basterds (2009, 18)
ITV4, 11.10pm on Thursday 20 August
Repeat: 11.40pm on Sat 22
Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender star in Quentin Tarantino’s homage to war movies. Multi-stranded tale culminates in a plot to blow up Nazi High Command at the premiere of a propaganda film.


Wreck-It Ralph (2012, PG)
BBC1, 4.30pm on Saturday 22 August
A video game villain is tired of playing the bad guy, and ventures into other games in search of the chance to be the hero. Kids will love the frantic action and humour.


The African Queen (1951, PG)
Sony Movies Classic, 5.50pm on Sat 22 August
Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar for his role as the skipper of a gin-sodden steamboat who clashes with a prim and proper missionary in this First World War romantic adventure.


Boyz N the Hood (1991, 15)
Sony Movies, 9pm on Saturday 22 August
Repeats: 1.25am on Tue 25, 9pm on Wed 26
Cuba Gooding Jr stars in the hard-hitting portrait of the brutality of life on the streets of LA. A bright but under-achieveing teenager strikes up a friendship with two brothers. A tragedy leaves them facing a dangerous choice.




Brian Griffin: POP – You can watch this Photography on Screen collaboration with Street Level Photoworks about one of the most eminent British photographers of the seventies and eighties. In it, he discusses his music photography, including some insights into his techniques in making the images for the covers of Depeche Mode, Siouxsie Sioux, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, and Simple Minds, amongst others.

Into Film – Into Film are offering many online film education resources for children and young people, including membership of their Youth Advisory Council, their Artemis Fowl and #Review100 competitions, and their Eco Explorers resource about key environmental issues. If you’re new to Into Film then you’ll need to sign up for a free account to access their resources.

MUBI – You can still sign up for a free three-month membership with MUBI, who recently added a library of hundreds of previously curated films for you to choose from. If you cancel before the end of your trial then you won’t be charged. If you decide to stay on, you’ll be charged a standard paid subscription with MUBI. (You’ll be entering into a contract with MUBI, not with Regional Screen Scotland or Screen Machine.)

BFI Japan 2020 – The BFI are releasing featured collections of some of Japan’s most lauded films on their online player, including the work of directors Akira Kurasawa and Yasujirō Ozu, as well as selections of anime, J-horror, and other classics. To watch, you need to sign up to the BFI Player for £4.99 per month. Please note that you’ll be entering a contract with the BFI and not with Regional Screen Scotland or Screen Machine.



Screen Machine Movie Trivia Quiz

Five more questions for you to test your general movie knowledge this week. Once you are done, highlight the hidden text at the bottom for the answers.

1. Which Scottish actor was the first person to portray Hannibal Lecter in ‘Manhunter’, the 1986 adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel ‘Red Dragon’?
2. What Stanley Kubrick horror film was shot at the same time and in the studio next to the one filming ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)?
3. In what town was Cary Grant born?
4. In ‘Trainspotting’ (1996), what movie franchise is Sick Boy a fan of?
5. Clocking in at 232 minutes (3 hours 52 minutes), what historical epic is the longest film to win the Best Picture Oscar?

1. Brian Cox. 2. ‘The Shining’. Not only were they filmed at the same time, they were released within two days of each other in the US (‘Empire’ on 21 May 1980, ‘The Shining’ on 23 May 1980). 3. Bristol. 4. James Bond. 5. ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.




We’ll be back with more news next Thursday. We hope that you all have a great week and stay well.