Welcome to the TV Film of the Week. The name says it all! The Snooty Ushers have put their heads together to recommend a couple of films that you can watch this week on TV.
The Christmas films have started already! We’ve made the decision not to include them this week, because it is far too early – although Bill Murray’s Scrooged nearly made the cut, and it will almost certainly be a TV Movie Of The Week before the year is out.
NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.
So, our TV Film of the Week is:
Season Of The Witch (Dominic Sena, 2010)
Film4, Monday 16th November, 23:05
It was only a matter of time! A Nic Cage film is The Snooty Ushers’ TV Film Of The Week! Cage and Ron Perlman play a pair of Knights who have to take a suspected witch to a monastery. Director Sena also did Gone In Sixty Seconds and Swordfish, although Brett Ratner came on board to shoot a bunch of extra battle scenes. Silly fun, and Perlman and Cage make a good double act.
My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
Film4, Saturday 14th November, 11:00
Classic animation from the legendary Studio Ghibli. The film that launched Miyazaki on the path to superstardom. Fantastic films like Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo followed and cemented his legacy, but this is probably his first great film. A magical, enchanting story of the adventures two sisters have with the spirits in the forest near their new home in the country. A treat for children of all ages.
For your consideration
It’s a good week, so here’s the best of the rest:
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (BBFC Rating U, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, 2009) – From the writers and directors of The Lego Movie and directors of 21 Jump Street and it’s sequel. Brilliantly stupid story of a guy who invents a food weather machine that goes out of control. 5*, Saturday 14th November, 14:30
Kelly’s Heroes (BBFC Rating PG, Brian G. Hutton, 1970) – Classic war comedy with Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas, as a group of American soldiers go AWOL to pull of a huge gold heist. Donald Sutherland’s Oddball is one of cinemas most brilliant characters! Channel 5, Saturday 14th November, 18:10
Legion (BBFC Rating 15, Scott Charles Stewart, 2010) – Apocoplytic action as Paul Bettany stars as The Archangel Michael, who decides to protect humanity from God’s wrath. See my article on Bettany for more. He also made our Top 25 favourite actors list. Film4, Saturday 14th November, 21:00
The Inbetweeners 2 (BBFC Rating 15, Damon Beesley, 2014) – The boys head down under in the slightly disappointing sequel. Still, you get what you expect from the Will, Simon, Neil, and Jay. Channel 4, Saturday 14th November, 21:00
Death Race (BBFC Rating 15, Paul WS Anderson, 2008) – After the collapse of the American economy, prisoners race on PPV to make money for the prison wardens. Jason Statham leads the cast. He’s always good – and there’s two chances to see it, so no excuse! ITV4, Saturday 14th November, 23:15 / Wednesday 18th November 22:00
Shaolin Soccer (BBFC Rating 12, Stephen Chow, 2001) – As reviewed in Negotiating Netflix Part 9, Stephen Chow’s hilarious football/martial art film should be seen at leasat once by everyone. Set you Sky+ recorder if it’s on too late, you’ll thank me later! Like a live action looney toons cartoon. Film4, Sunday 15th November, 01:10
Big (BBFC Rating 12, Penny Marshall, 1988) – Early Tom Hanks comedy that earned him his first Oscar nomination. A truly brilliant comedy. Film4, Sunday 15th November 16:55
Life of Pi (BBFC Rating PG, Ang Lee, 2012) – A visually and emotionally stunning film, Ang Lee presents the story of Pi, and the incredible -almost unbelievable – journey he has to take to survive. Heart breaking. Film4, Tuesday 17th November, 21:00
You’re Next (BBFC Rating 18, Adam Wingard, 2011) – From the same director and writer team that brought The Guest (check out Negotitating Netflix Part 11 for that review), a family reunion takes a strange turn. Film4, Tuesday 17th November, 23:25
Trance (BBFC Rating 15, Danny Boyle, 2013) – Auctioneer James McAvoy gets involved -or does he? – in an art heist, but after being attacked by the gang’s leader (Vincent Cassel, another of our Top 25 actors) he develops amnesia and needs Rosario Dawson’ hypnotherapist to remember where the painting is. A good heist film which uses the unreliability of memory to add another level to the story, from Oscar winner and Bury fan Danny Boyle. Film4, Wednesday 18th November, 23:25
2001 Maniacs (BBFC Rating 18, Tim Sullivan, 2005) – Horror legend Robert Englund is the mayor of Pleasant Valley, where 6 travelling college students stop for a BBQ festival. Produced by Eli Roth, you can guess how it turns out for them! Horror Channel, Thursday 19th November, 22:45
The Long Kiss Goodnight (BBFC Rating 18, Renny Harlin, 1996) – One of the 90’s smartest action movies, with Geena Davis as an amnesiac schoolteacher who used to be an assassin, and Samuel L. Jackson as the private detective she has hired to look into a past. Shane Black’s (Lethal Weapon, Last Boy Scout, Predator) last successful screenplay before his comeback with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang in 2002. ITV4, Thursday 19th November, 23:00
The Running Man (BBFC Rating 18, Paul Michael Glaser, 1987) – After Raw Deal last week, another classic Ah-nold performance. Schwarzenegger is forced to fight for his life on a TV show, in a dystopian future, naturally, while trying to clear his name. Directed by Starksy from 70’s cop show Starsky & Hutch, who I guess was trying to do a Ron Howard. Film4, Thursday 19th November, 23:45
I hope there’s something you like! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!