Finnegan On Films: TG4 Proves A Good Place For Your Movie Fix

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Our movie guy, James Finnegan, looks at some great films on TG4 over the next few days…

One of the most underrated channels for lovers of film is TG4. This week they have two films, different in tone and style, but both enjoyable in their own way.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sunday 5.15pm) is one of the great MGM Musicals.  Adam (Howard Keel) is a woodsman who comes down from the mountains and marries Milly (Jane Powell) after a brief courtship.

However, when Milly is brought to Adams home, she is very surprised to meet his six ill mannered brothers, all of whom live in the one cabin.

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She begins to teach these men proper manners, including how to treat a lady. However, when the six brothers attend a dance and barn-raising, they meet six women to whom they are attracted, which does not go down well with the ladies current suitors.

The manner in which the brothers deal with this conflict does not go down well, but does give the opportunity for plenty of singing and inventive choreography for building barns.

Atomic Blonde (Monday 9.30) is a curious, but fun Spy film where MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin just before the fall of Wall in order to find a list of double agents.

There are a lot of flashbacks, including double crossing and double double crossing, so stick with it.  The action scenes are as good as any film, and better than most.  Lorraine is particularly inventive when it comes to using what is to hand including footwear and corkscrews.

There is a great cast including James McAvoy, Toby Jones and the ever watchable John Goodman, and although based on a Graphic Novel, has enough going on to please the audience.

May I also recommend their Friday evening Classic Westerns which bring back many happy memories.

Next week’s offering is Major Dundee, directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Enjoy and stay safe.

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