Five films to see this week
Paranormal Activity 4 – What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a movie that is bound to have you jumping out of seat. Even if you are new to Paranormal Activity, not seeing the previous ones will not detract from your enjoyment of the latest offering in this series of spine-tingling movies. It is definitely of those movies that will provide an infinitely better (scarier) experience when you’re watching it on the big screen in a room full of people who are also sitting in suspense. Released in cinemas this week, you can find the listings here.
On the Road – Based on Jack Kerouac’s novel, this film adaptation is not to be missed on the big screen, if only to admire the vast and beautiful scenery one would encounter on a road trip across America. The film follows Sal Paradise, a man searching for inspiration, and Dean Moriarty, a man with a lust for life, as they drive across America and indulge in women and drugs. Capturing the era of the ‘beat generation’ with visuals and soundtracks, audiences can enjoy being transported back to the blissful 50s. You can read LSMedia’s review here and find the listings here.
The Perks of being a Wallflower – While it might just be another coming-of-age film based on a feel good novel, it is worth a watch for the warm feeling a film like this is guaranteed to leave behind. The story follows fresh-faced Charlie as he starts high school, and is taken under the wings of his hip step-siblings, Patrick and Sam, who are keen to contribute to his education at the university of life. Audiences can’t help but be moved by the simple tale of friendship and discovery, always a winning formula. Perfect for an easy Orange Wednesday’s watch, you can find listings here.
The Taking of Pelham 123 – You don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to find yourself engrossed in a film; settle down on Saturday night to a remake of a much loved thriller. Dispatcher Walter Garber finds an ordinary day on a New York City subway turn into a confrontation with a criminal mastermind, as armed men hijack the train and hold the innocent passengers hostage, hoping for a ransom. You can tune in on Channel 4 at 9.15pm on Saturday.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – Not the more recent remake with slightly creepy undertones starring Johnny Depp, there’s no escaping the fact that this film is a classic. This version isn’t bursting out of your screen with bright colours, but it’s slightly grainy feel makes it a better film to sit down to with a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits. Reminisce about reading Roald Dahl’s heart-warming tale of a little boy, Charlie, whose dreams come true when he is one of the lucky few to find a golden ticket. Who could have ever imagined the chocolate creations that await the five children inside those factory gates? You can settle down to this film on Sunday afternoon, on 5* at 1.10pm.
Come back on Tuesday for next week’s suggestions!
Images taken from The Guardian, IMDb and Slant Magazine website.