Here’s our round-up of the best movies you can catch on Now TV this month. Now TV Movies passes cost £9.99/month.
Now TV is a Sky-owned on-demand service that’s aimed at folks who can’t get or don’t want a pay TV service, but would still quite like to binge watch some of the best content Sky has to offer. We’ve reviewed Now TV as a service here, taken a closer look at the Now TV Box and listed which devices it’s available on here.
Every month we’ll be leafing through the best movies Now TV has to offer.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Remember when Death Magnetic came out and everyone was happy because Metallica remembered how to make an album with solos in? Fury Road is kind of the same. It boasts about ten minutes or so of scene setting before it plunges into a near non-stop road movie. Not that Thunderdome was bad like St. Anger was, but in the current climate of remake after boring remake, there was a genuine worry that Fury Road was going to be a turkey. We needn’t have feared; the latest Mad Max movie is crammed with exploding javelins, gas guzzling war rigs and a shaven-headed guitarist whose sole job is to stand on top of an articulated lorry peeling off a series of face-melting riffs while everyone around him dies horribly.
Given that loads of people are sharing memes of Iain Duncan Smith’s face appearing in the door it seems apt that we recommend The Shining as one of our must watches this month.
Lots of people don’t like what Kubrick did to The Shining. Lots of people are wrong. This remains one of the most genuinely unsettling pieces of cinema ever made, even if it’s not totally faithful to the source material. In a way, it’s a shame that it’s now officially Spring, because this is one of the best movies to watch in the bleak midwinter. Especially if you’re snowed in.
Coming as part of Sky’s recent Spielberg Collection, the first (and best) Jurassic Park film is available to stream now. What else can we say about Jurassic Park? It’s incredible that the computer generated dinosaurs still look impressive, which isn’t something you can say about other movies that are over 20 years old. The scene involving Wayne Knight and the dilophosaurus is still nightmare-inducing. That’s not to say everything about the film has aged well. Some of the dialogue is especially clunky (‘Look! It’s an interactive CD-ROM!’) and it’s a shame that Mr. DNA, an annoying relative of Microsoft’s Mr. Clippy, isn’t the first character to die.
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon is a bank heist movie that has less to do with a bank heist gone wrong and more to do with the media circus that plays out around it. Loosely based on a real-life attempted robbery, Dog Day Afternoon from 1975 feels weirdly at home in 2016. When the camera crews pull up to spectate at Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale)’s farcical efforts you can practically see the #dogdayafternoon hashtags. With no music, besides that which is played on radios in the film, it’s got the look and feel of a Cinéma vérité or Dogme 95 film, even though it’s both too late and too early to belong to either of those movements.
Team America: World Police
We know we mentioned this in our recent round-up of comedy movies but we’re mentioning it again because a) we can and b) that soundtrack is just unbeatable. If you don’t throw in that buck ‘o five, who will?
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- Galaxy Quest – still available
- Chappie – still available
- Kingsman: The Secret Service – still available
- Birdman – still available
- The Godfather Parts I-III – all still available
- DodgeBall – still available
- The Die Hard series – all gone with the exception of Die Hard 4.0 (which is still there) and A Good Day To Die Hard (which wasn’t there in the first place, thankfully)
- All of the Harry Potter movies – only Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2 are still available
- Both of the Star Wars trilogies – still available
- Whiplash – still available
- Only Lovers Left Alive – still available
- Guardians of the Galaxy – still available
- The Castle – still available
- Little Miss Sunshine – still available