There’s no need to leave the house to get your fill of films this winter. We’ve trawled the NOW TV collection to bring some suggestions of what to watch this November.
The Oscar Winner: Argo (2012)
It won’t be long until the next influx of Oscar contenders hits the cinemas, but if like us, you haven’t had a chance to catch up on this year’s winners, start with Argo. Directed by Ben Affleck, this retelling of the CIA’s plot to disappear under siege diplomats from the Canadian embassy in Tehran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, won Best Picture.
Perfect if…you like high tension, a fictionalised history lesson and Ben Affleck’s beard.
The Short: Paperman (2012)
Cinema-goers settling in to watch Wreck-It Ralph were treated to this delightful short from Disney before the main attraction. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short this year, it tells the story of George, Meg and a piece of paper, all set in the 1940s. Saying anymore would spoil the charm.
Perfect if…you have a spare seven minutes and enjoy the idea of a black and white hand drawn comedy merged with computer animation.
The Comedy: Pitch Perfect (2012)
The lovechild of Bridesmaids and Glee with a touch of Heathers – sounds good? Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendricks as a college newbie who is badgered into joining the on-campus all-female acapella group The Barden Bellas, who are way behind the times and fighting a losing battle against the all-male Treblemakers.
Perfect if…you like your comedy with a sharp edge and a star turn from Rebel Wilson (“I've wrestled crocodiles and dingoes simultaneously.”)
The Documentary: Marley (2012)
Even if you’re not a fan of Bob Marley or reggae music, this documentary is a fascinating insight into the life of a legend. Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald interviews friends and family to bring the man to life, following his music career, his personal relationships and his religious beliefs.
Perfect for…you if you like documentaries with amazing soundtracks. MacDonald was granted permission by the Marley family to use Bob’s back catalogue. The addition of the music permeates this powerful piece of filmmaking.
The Classic: The Exorcist (1973)
This is one film you might have been too scared to see. The Exorcist is famed for its extreme scenes of demonically-induced violence. But underneath the horror is a beautifully crafted, thought-provoking film about the torment of adolescence, faith versus science and supernatural terror. Regan MacNeil, the 12-year-old daughter of a famous actress, becomes apparently possessed by a demon claiming to be the Devil himself. Two priests, one facing a crisis of faith after losing his mother, battle to save Regan after doctors fail to diagnose or treat her condition.
Perfect if…you love horror cinema with an intelligent undercurrent, or just want to know what film critic Mark Kermode has been going on about for all these years.
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