FILMS OF THE WEEK
Guardians of the Galaxy Saturday, RTÉ2, 9.25pm
Chris Pratt’s transformation from the hapless but lovable Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation to muscular, fast- talking Hollywood hero was completed thanks to this movie, the first in a franchise based on a Marvel comic book. He plays Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, a human space pirate who gathers around him a motley group of friends to help him fight his tormentor, Ronan the Accuser, who isn’t pleased that Peter has in his possession a stolen orb with mysterious powers. Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana ( above, with Pratt) and Dave Bautista also appear, while Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper add their voices to the enterprise. A colourful sequel followed in 2017.
Sunday, RTÉ2, 3.10pm
“Number Five is alive!” With that line, a cult classic was born. The idea of a robot ( below) that develops a mind of its own after being struck by lightning is very far- fetched to say the least and doesn’t sound all that compelling, and yet Short Circuit continues to delight viewers of all ages. Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy play the humans who befriend the creature, who renames himself Johnny 5, while GW Bailey is the military man determined to shut him down. Silly but wonderful stuff.
Friday, RTÉ2, 1.15am
Director Robert Altman’s take on Richard Hooker’s novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors is regarded as a classic satire. Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould are Hawkeye and Trapper John, battlefield surgeons dealing with the trials and tribulations of the Korean War with a mix of humour, drinking and womanising. The film spawned the much- loved 1970s sitcom of the same name.