What’s on TV today?  Saturday 20 August 2022

What’s on TV today? Saturday 20 August 2022

12.35 / Movistar drama

‘Alexander the Great’

Whats on TV today Saturday 20 August 2022

USA-UK, 2004 (168 minutes). Directed by Oliver Stein. Cast: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie.

Oliver Stone’s megalomania could not find a better home than the adventures of the conqueror Alexander the Great. The result, of course, is a nearly three-hour tome sustained by a constant discursive craving. At least the war sequences are firmly filmed and a memorable work of photography by Rodrigo Prieto shines.

15.30 / The sixth

“Critical Decision”

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executive decision. USA, 1996 (127 minutes). Directed by Stuart Baird. Cast: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo.

Stuart Baird has had a glittering career as an editor, which is evident in his directorial debut. Critical Decision is an efficient as well as intense film that goes beyond the lightness of its plot: some agents have to take down some terrorists who have hijacked a plane, including a bomb. Away from the infamous action movies that plague screens, Baird shoots solidly and brings dramatic weight to his images. What’s more, it doesn’t allow the characters to recite jokes when they’re in danger, and it doesn’t clog the story with explosions.

5.30 p.m. / DAZN and Movistar LaLiga

Three games on football day

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The second day of the league competition today includes three games. The first of them meets Osasuna and Cádiz at 5:30 p.m., broadcast live on DAZN. At 19:30 CET Mallorca vs Betis clash offered by Movistar LaLiga. Finally, at 10:00 p.m., Celta welcomes Real Madrid to the Balaídos Stadium in front of the DAZN cameras.

18.00 / 13th street

‘mercury rising’

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United States, (108 minutes). 1998. Directed by Harold Becker. Cast: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes.

An autistic boy has managed to crack a secret code that protects certain spy activities. His life is of course in danger, but Agent Bruce Willis will be in charge of protecting him. The result is a relatively modest thriller that despite the harmless work behind the camera of the impersonal Harold Becker skilfully plays his tricks. Mercury Rising is beautiful to behold and easy to forget.

20.20 / AXN White

“Hidden Target”

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United States, 2011 (105 minutes). Directed by Georg Nolf. Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery.

The directorial debut of George Nolfi, screenwriter of such films as Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum, rests on a solid foundation: a novel by Philip K. Dick. Dark Fate begins as a political intrigue that leads to an exciting and intense first batch of footage. The story later slips into the realm of science fiction and loses some of its density, but manages the screenplay’s ups and downs in a clever way and knows how to give its pictures a stimulating scent of old B-series.

21.00 / DMAX

New appointment at ‘091: Police Alert’

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The best real cases performed by Spanish agents are cited in this documentary series. This part shows how one of Barcelona’s operational patrols tracks down a criminal group in a nightlife district where a fight has left several injured. On the other hand, in Madrid, at the Puerta del Sol, the agents will travel to a gathering of football fans to maintain order.

21.30 / Movistar Spanish Cinema

“The Dog in the Manger”

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Spain, 1995 (104 minutes). Director: Pilar Miró. Interpreters: Emma Suárez, Carmelo Gómez, Miguel Rellán, Ana Duato.

Many producers were afraid of the audacity of Pilar Miró who wanted to transfer Lope de Vegas verses to the screen. This last film by the well-known director had serious financial problems, but eventually audiences were far from discouraged and audiences responded enthusiastically, and the film garnered seven Goya Awards. El perro del hortelano is an exercise in good cinematic taste, supported by an amazing cast of actors who make the text, adapted by Rafael Pérez Sierra, shine.

21.30 / The 1

Afghan refugees in Spain, in the “Wochenbericht”

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Space Weekly Report launches its page this Saturday with Far from Afghanistan, a report devoted to thousands of Afghan refugees who sought asylum from the Taliban regime in Spain a year after arriving. Later, Días de verbena portrays the daily life of the traveling orchestras that travel each year to bring music to summer festivals and festivals across Spain.

21.30 / The sixth

Arkano, guest at ‘laSexta Noche’

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The news of the week will be analyzed by Cristina Almeida in laSexta noche, the space presented by Verónica Sanz and Antonio Pérez Lobato. The show will also feature an interview with rapper Arkano. There will be no shortage of analyzes of the country’s economic situation, with various experts who will explain how Spain will develop after the summer.

22.00 / Movistar Classic

‘Outlaws of Legend’

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The Long Riders. USA, 1980 (96 minutes). Director: Walter Hill. Cast: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach.

The eighties began and the western was in its final stages. It was then that Walter Hill filmed this magnificent and endearing work. In this love song to the genre, he followed in the footsteps of the great Peckinpah to create a haunted work in which the characters, bound by ties of blood and friendship, dream of a future off the beaten track. Even with a vest that no longer belongs to them. They are little more than ghosts in an environment marked by the end of the Civil War. The band formed by the younger brothers, the Millers and the Jameses, led by the legendary Jesse (played by actors who are also brothers in real life), moves between outbursts of violence and dreams of serenity. And Hill creates a masterpiece thanks to the attentive eye of a pure filmmaker.


‘Shutter Island’

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United States, 2009 (135 minutes). Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams.

Shutter Island is as predictable as it is intriguing. Also, a lesson on creating a script whose steps can be mathematically predicted. From the first sequences, Martin Scorsese gives the film an exciting retro atmosphere; so much so that the viewer could think they were immersed in a movie from the forties or fifties, in the style of those produced by Val Lewton for RKO. Scorsese’s camera feverishly travels through scenes of a terrifying island where the dangerously insane are imprisoned and follows two police officers who are rocked by a dark secret. The magic of Shutter Island lies in its red-hot images, in a staging that makes every shot, every image, a monument of unrest.

1.30 / Hollywood


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USA, 1969 (120 minutes). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Frederick Stafford, John Forsythe, Philippe Noiret.

Topaz is another of Hitchcock’s films that has often been dismissed as “underage.” Suffice it to say that it also happened on works like The Man Who Knew Too Much, Strangers on a Train and False Guilty. Therefore, it is convenient to focus and pay attention to his captivating images, which adapt a bestseller by Leon Uris to create an intriguing spy plan at the expense of some Soviet missile bases hidden in Cuba. After Topaz, Hitchcock only made two more films, Frenzy and The Plot, which grew progressively more disillusioned and bitter: two pinnacles of 1970s cinema.

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