The Son’s Room (Fri SBS 11P) is a mature and thoughtful piece from Italian director Nanni Moretti. It is about a close knit family who loses their son in a swimming accident and then deals with their grief when their son’s girlfriend turns up on the doorstep not knowing what has happened.
East of Eden (Sat 9 2P) stars James Dean and is directed by Elia Kazan. This tale of two brothers and their father, told a hundred times, moves predictably but with great performances.
Platoon (Sun 7 1115P) is probably the best of the Vietnam pics, this one directed by controversial director Oliver Stone. Overall I am a fan of Stone’s work and this film is as much a battle between the American soldiers as with their enemy.
Love Actually (Sun 10 830P), if you haven’t seen it, is kind of fun with all actors (Huge Grunt, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy) enjoying their roles. “Date movie” of the week.
And finally, Blackbeard the Pirate (Thu 2 1230A) is likely to be every bit as hammy as you would expect but great fun and if you’re in the mood for a pirate movie, then Aaargh, Blackbeard it be.