pick of the TV flicks
YES, yes, yes, I know that all of you are up in arms over STAR's rescheduling of Santa Barbara and all those other soaps but there's nothing you can really do about it apart from switching your working hours, or possibly changing your prime-time viewing habits to incorporate these wonderful movies that I'm about to recommend.
TODAY Why bother with Cruz, for instance, when there's the ever-so-attractive Freddy Krueger to entertain us? Alas, Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare (Pearl, 9.30 pm) represents Ol' Pizza Face's sixth and last celluloid outing. Sure, it's not as good as the first two but we do get a truly cheesy 3-D climax and the sight of Lisa Zane desperately over-acting in her role as Freddy's daughter who is entrusted with the task of finally getting rid of Pop. It's slash-tastic! MONDAY Perhaps this will come a little too late for those of you who have missed the superior early films but check out Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (World, 9.30 pm), if only to marvel at the brilliant ape make-up and squirm at the primitive polyester earthlings. This 1973 effort was the last of the five Planet Of The Apes features and preceded the TV shows. Roddy McDowall is still around but the whole apes-versus-humans thing has lost some of its edge by now.
TUESDAY Unlike Paul Newman in 1982's The Verdict (World, 9.30 pm). He plays an ageing and failed attorney who gets one last chance and successfully sues a hospital for medical malpractice. This is sombre, gritty stuff (as befits a David Mamet screenplay and Sidney Lumet's direction) but excellent supporting work from James Mason and Charlotte Rampling make this a complex and rewarding exercise.
WEDNESDAY Whatever you may think about his motivation and ethics, it's often forgotten that Oliver Stone is an excellent film technician. Platoon (World, 9.30 pm) offers an early sight of the taut pacing and punchy editing that was to make JFK so powerful. There's not much that's new about his brutal tale of infantry men (Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen) in Vietnam but the public made it a winner at the box office and Stone picked up two Oscars.
FRIDAY Michael Douglas deservedly earned himself an Academy Award for his work in another Stone film, Wall Street (World, 9.35 pm). His portrayal of megalomaniac Wall Street crook Gordon Gekko is highly potent and counterbalances Charlie Sheen's slightly sentimental young broker who is forced to choose between the values of Gekko and those of his father, Martin Sheen.