Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Morvern has chosen Inception as this week’s Top Pick, while Shona has four other films for you to check out.

Inception (2010, 12)
ITV2, 8pm on Saturday 29 August
With the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet in actual cinemas this week (and which will be one of the titles our very own Screen Machine will be taking around the Highlands and Islands when it resumes service), what better time to revisit one of the standout films in this distinctive director’s back catalogue? Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, on a new mission. Be careful! The dream is real…


Tremors (1989, 12A)
The Horror Channel, 3pm on Sunday 30 August
Excellent Sunday afternoon fare with this horror comedy featuring Kevin Bacon as one of two bored repairmen who stumble across a subterranean lair of flesh-eating giant worms in the Nevada desert. Watch it then play the well-known parlour game ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ – connecting yourself to the actor via six or fewer acquaintance links.


Happy Feet (2006, U)
ITV2, 4.30pm on Monday 31 August
Oscar-winning family adventure about penguins. Voiced by Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and more with incredible animated musical numbers that you’ll be humming all week. What more do we expect from George Miller – the director who gave us Mad Max: Fury Road?


The Damned United (2009, 15)
BBC4, 10pm on Thursday 3 Sept
Even if you’re not craving live matches of the beautiful game, renaissance actor Michael Sheen’s portrayal of arrogant and angry manager Brian Clough will keep you going. Having previously stepped into the on-screen shoes of Tony Blair (in The Queen) and David Frost (in Frost/Nixon), Sheen’s theatrical talents come into their own in the dugout as he’s directed here by Tom Hooper (The Queen’s Speech).


The Levelling (2016, 15)
BBC iPlayer until Sunday 20 Sept
Games of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick (a.k.a. ‘Meera Reed’) brings a beautifully understated chill to Edinburgh-based writer/director Hope Dickson Leach’s quiet and intriguing family drama set in the devastating floods of the Somerset Levels. Secrets and lies abound, yet as Mark Kermode wrote in his 5* review: “there is such life and compassion in every frame”.



Screen Machine Survey

Understanding Your Spending

Photo: George Clooney and Frances McDormand from Burn After Reading
It’s not only George and Frances who buy a snack to take to the movies. We all do, right?

At the beginning of this year, we sent out our survey Screen Machine: More than Movies, and we offered a follow-up survey about how much you spend on food and drink when you visit Screen Machine.

Well, six months later, we’ve finally sent it out to those who opted in! But we’ve also included it in our newsletter to give you all the opportunity to participate. We are keen to understand how, if at all, a visit from Screen Machine might give a boost to other shops/bars/restaurants close to where we park.

To complete the survey, please click here.

Thank you very much,

The Screen Machine Team



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. The Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning drama ‘No Country for Old Men’ (2007) was adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name written by which American author?
2. What is the name of talking dog in Pixar’s 2009 movie ‘Up’?
3. The 1998 sci-fi disaster ‘Armageddon’ was co-written by which now-famous writer-director?
4. What was Tom Hank’s fee for appearing in ‘Forrest Gump’ (1994)?
5. While they played father and son in ‘Indiana and the Last Crusade’, what is the real life age difference between Sean Connery and Harrison Ford?

1. Cormac McCarthy. 2. Dug. He is voiced by Bob Peterson, the film’s co-writer. 3. J.J. Abrams. 4. He took no fee. Instead, he agreed to take a percentage of the film’s gross receipts, which made him $40 million. 5. 12 years. Connery was born in 1930, while Ford was born in 1942.




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