Filmed; Spotlight Concise

By Jo Phillips

One of life’s simple pleasures is a good film season. One that is either dedicated to either a special subject matter, a particular actor or even a great director. For fans, it is the perfect opportunity to either re-engage or find golden moments never known. Usually, put together these by those with insider knowledge concise seasons are perfect film gluttony, and the best thing is there is no weight gain, just viewing heaven because no need to shift through tv guides looking for favourites. Just a tight neat list to watch often from the comfort of your own home. Find out more in Filmed; Spotlight Concise

Did you watch the film reservoir dogs for the first time and feel blown away? For many, it was an introduction not just to a seemingly new genre but a whole new style of directing. Receiving rave reviews when it first aired in cinemas it introduced the world to the film-maker, Quentin Tarantino the American film director, screenwriter, producer, film critic, and actor.

His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, black humour, large amounts of violence, extended yet natural dialogue, with many references to Popular Culture that literally ‘burst’ off the screen. Also, don’t forget his incredible use of music often digging up forgotten gems for his soundtracks.

Maybe you started your journey with him with a later film and maybe you are not aware of quite how much work he has created since 1992 (the year Reservoir Dogs came out) but here is a great opportunity to catch up or find films you never knew about before by this master.

From January 2022 the tv site GREAT! movies have announced that respected film critic, scriptwriter and broadcaster, Andrew Collins, is joining the free-to-air movies channel to present Spotlight, a new featured segment highlighting the channel’s forthcoming top movies including cult classics, hidden gems, and the best that Hollywood has to offer.

Spotlight will shed new light on the month’s movie highlights for the channel’s devoted movie audience, helping viewers to find must-see movies or giving further insight into the ones that they’ve already watched and want to appreciate again and again.

Starting from Friday 7th January 2022, Spotlight will be shown just before select flagship movies, with Andrew Collins introducing a very special season of Quentin Tarantino’s finest films, , as part of a weekly Friday Night Film Club. The season includes his Chinese box of a film, Pulp Fiction, both parts of the blood-soaked Kill Bill duology, and the underrated masterpiece Jackie Brown

Also in January 2022, Andrew Collins will also be shining his spotlight on Mark Wahlberg and Jason Statham in the remake of The Italian Job, and Tim Burton’s reimagining of Planet of the Apes, starring Mark Walhberg and Helena Bonham Carter.

Pulp Fiction – Friday 7th January at 9pm

The lives of two mob hitmen (John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster (Ving Rhames) and his wife (Uma Thurman), and a pair of diner bandits (Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer) intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

“Pulp Fiction has inspired countless homages and imitations, however, no-one does it better than Tarantino” – Andrew Collins

Kill Bill Vol 1 – Friday 14th January at 9pm

A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day.

“A dizzying melting pot of homages to kung-fu movies, samurai flicks and cult grindhouse classics” – Andrew Collins

Kill Bill Vol 2 Friday 21st January at 9pm

The Bride picks up where she left off in her quest to finish the list of all the folk who have wronged her, including former boss and lover Bill, Budd and the treacherous one-eyed Elle.

“More utterly mesmerising revenge fuelled fight scenes than you can shake a samurai sword at” – Andrew Collins

Jackie Brown Friday 28th January at 9pm

When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) want her help to bring down Robbie.

“After watching this film, you’ll no doubt have the unforgettable soundtrack stuck in your head” – Andrew Collins

The Italian Job Wednesday 12th January at 9pm

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally (Edward Norton).

“It’s great stuff, and with the original fondly etched in history, this movie might not ‘blow the bloody doors off’ but it’ll blow your bloody socks off” – Andrew Collins

Planet of the Apes Wednesday 19th January at 9pm

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

“In 2001, Tim Burton gave us his ‘reimagining’ or ‘reboot’. And whilst you can never really outdo the original, Burton’s version has some pretty amazing things going for it” – Andrew Collins

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