FILMS OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

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.

Short Cir­cuit

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.

MASH

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.

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