The week in UAE TV: May 24-30
We all know that the television watching experience has changed beyond all recognition in the last three or four years. But however much downloads, streams, YouTube or Apple TV encroach on our watching habits, there’s still much to recommend grabbing the remote, flopping on the sofa and browsing through the 600+ channels that make up your typical subscription.
So, we thought we’d pick through the listings to offer you some highlights you should, at the very least, be hitting the record button for.
When: Sunday, May 24, 10:15
The words “director’s cut” are usually code for self-indulgent stodge, but Steven Spielberg's 137-minute re-edit is one of the few genuinely worth watching. Richard Dreyfuss puts in a career-best performance and the re-added material adds to the build-up and mood of a film that’s a brilliant mix of creepy, gripping and moving. It came out in the same summer as Star Wars, but this was the far superior story of things from a galaxy far, far away.
Channel: OSN Movies Festival
The series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Episode 13
When: Monday, May 25, 10.30pm
The former Daily Show correspondent’s hour-long weekly bulletyins have become essential viewing – especially with the end of Stephen Colbert and the imminent departure of John Stewart. The Brit’s incisive, sometimes slapstick satire has more than just US politics in its sights, as his segment on Japanese government mascots – all 1,500 of them – ably demonstrates. Where else can you watch a clip of an angry bear with a melon for a head? Exactly.
Channel: OSN First Comedy
Weird and wonderful: Metallica: Through the Never
When: Tuesday, May 26, 17:15
Originally made for IMAX, this mixes concert footage of metal band Metallica with a narrative story about a young roadie (Dane DeHaan – The Green Goblin from last year’s Spiderman film) sent out on an errand and wandering into a riot that takes a turn for the surreal. If nothing else it’s an original viewing experience, but at times this is a visceral explosion of fire, violence and noise with a thrash-metal soundtrack. How much more metal could this be? None. None more metal.
Channel: OSN Movies Festival
Modern classic: Her
When: Wednesday, May 27, 23:00
Spike Jonze's stylish tale of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. It won Best Original Screenplay at the last Oscars and was also nominated for Best Picture. Stylish and hip – Arcade Fire composed the soundtrack – this is a contemporary and quirky love story.
Channel: OSN Movies Drama
The match: FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Aston Villa
When: Saturday May 30, 20.30
The cup holders Arsenal will be looking to go back-to-back at Wembley when they take on Aston Villa on Saturday evening. New boy Alexis Sanchez has delivered some much needed attacking purpose to Arsene Wenger’s side, helping to also bring out the best in striker Olivier Giroud as the Londoners held on to third place in the Premier League. The form says they will see off Aston Villa, who only managed to stave off relegation thanks to a late-season resurgence under new boss Tim Sherwood, but with Christian Benteke and England regular Fabian Delph, they have the ability to cause an upset.
Channel: BEIN Sports 1HD