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.
NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.
So, our TV Film of the Week is:
Moon (Duncan Jones, 2008)
BBC2, Friday 27th November 23:35
The best sci-fi film since… The Matrix? Sam Rockwell is fantastic as Sam Bell, an engineer who maintains a mining facility on the moon. An accident results in a strange turn of events. An outstanding film, dealing with loneliness and identity, as well as being a kick-ass piece of science fiction. GERTY, the facility’s AI unit, voiced by Kevin Spacey, is the only other character with any amount of screen time, in what is an outstanding film.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
5*, Saturday 28th November, 18:00
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” One of the great lines, in one of the great films. The story of simple farmhand Wesley who sets out to rescue Princess Buttercup, his childhood love. Columbo star Peter Falk narrates the story to his sick grandson, and the storybook nature allows the supporting characters Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and Fezzik (Andre The Giant) to become legendary.
“As you wish.”
For your consideration
It’s a good week, so here’s the best of the rest:
Harsh Times (BBFC Rating 18, David Ayer, 2005) – Christain Bale and Freddy Rodriguez make an interesting double act as two men trying to find work in Los Angles. Bale is a Army veteran suffering from PTSD, and Rodriguez fails to get a job in the LAPD after failing a psych evaluation, and the two get drawn into a world of petty crime. The writer of Training Day (and The Fast and The Furious) David Ayer made the impressive End of Watch and Fury in the last couple of years, and this was an impressive his directing debut. Film4, Friday 27th November, 00:45
Tracker (BBFC Rating 12, Ian Sharp, 2010) – Probably best described as a New Zealand Western film. Ray Winstone plays an South African tracker asked by British army to track alleged criminal Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels). Winstone is also a Boer War veteran, so he has no love for the British either. One of Winstone’s most interesting roles. Sony Movie Channel, Friday 27th November, 01:30
Hero (BBFC Rating 12, Zhang Yimou, 2002) – The biggest budget – and biggest grossing – film in Chinese history, Jet Li plays an assassin who is granted an audience with King of Qin, after having killed 3 other assassins. Epic. Film4, Friday 27th November, 18:50
Parker (BBFC Rating 15, Taylor Hackford, 2013) – Thief Jason Statham is betrayed and left for dead, and goes to exact revenge on his former partners in crime. Jennifer Lopez helps out. 5*, Friday 27th November 21:00 / Wednesday 2nd December 21:00
Willow (BBFC Rating PG, Ron Howard, 1988) – Warwick Davis plays the hero in the cult fantasy film from George Lucas and Ron Howard. Film4, Saturday 28th November, 15:25
Zoolander (BBFC Rating 12, Ben Stiller, 2001) – The most famous model in the world Derek Zoolander is reaching the end of career, and becomes involved in a plot to kill the Malaysian Prime Minister. There’s also a very funny satire on the fashion industry underneath the silliness from Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell. Film4, Saturday 28th November, 19:20
Back To The Future (BBFC Rating PG, Robert Zemeckis, 1985) – Michael J. Fox and Christopher Llloyd star in this classic. No explanation necessary. Great Scott! . ITV2, Saturday 28th November, 20:25
2 Guns (BBFC Rating 15, Baltasar Kormakur, 2013) – Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play 2 criminals with more of a past than either expects. They attempt to rob a Mexican drug lord and the fun begins in this action comedy. Channel 4, Saturday 28th November, 21:00
Easy A (BBFC Rating 15, Will Gluck, 2010) – A smart high school comedy that, along with Zombieland, kickstarted the career of Emma Stone. Inspired by The Scarlett Letter, Stone plays a girl who helps a gay friend stop some bullies by pretending to sleep with him. With her reputation in ruins, she embraces the new identity as a “slut”, before the hypocracy of others forces her to rethink. A fantastic supporting cast as well. Channel 4, Sunday 28th November, 00:15
Porco Rosso (BBFC Rating PG, Hayao Miyazaki, 1992) – Maybe the weakest Miyazaki film, it’s a love letter to aviation. A veteran fighter pilot is turned into a pig by a curse, and flies Film4, Sunday 28th November, 11:00
The Three Stooges (BBFC Rating U, Bobby Farrelly, 2012) – Sue me, I like it! America’s comedy legends are brought into the 21st century as the stooges try to save their orphange. ITV4, Sunday 22nd November, 00:55
Back To The Future Part II (BBFC Rating PG, Robert Zemeckis, 1989) – Michael J. Fox and Christopher Llloyd star in this classic sequel. No explanation necessary. Great Scott again! . ITV2, Sunday 29th November, 18:50
Gran Torino (BBFC Rating 15, Clint Eastwood, 2008) -Some people are made for certain roles. Korean war veteran Walt Kowalski fits Clint Eastwood down to a tee. His neighbourhood has decended into gang violence, as Asian immigrants have moved in. One of his neighbours tries to steal Kowlaski’s Gran Torino, which actually brings them closer together, as he stands up to the gang that is forcing the youngsters to join them. A great film, a great performance, and a fantastic ending. Channel 5, Sunday 29th November, 21:00
Justice (BBFC Rating 15, Roger Donaldson, 2011) – You should know by now, Nic Cage = recommendation! Cage plays a man whose wife is raped, and is approached by a vigilante group who promises him swift justice. A few months later however, the group comes calling on Cage to help them deliver justice to another victim, but he decides to find out more out the “victim”. Channel 5, Sunday 29th November, 23:25
The Station Agent (BBFC Rating 15, Thomas McCarthy, 2003) – Before he became Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage had his breakout role in The Station Agent. From the writer of Up, this is the story of loner Finbar McBride who moves into an abandoned train station. He finally starts to meet people, and forms a strange social group. Impressive. Film4, Monday 30th November, 01:05
Wanted (BBFC Rating 18, Timur Bekmambetov, 2008) – Very loosley based on a graphic novel co-written by Mark Millar (of Kick-Ass and Kingsman fame), James McAvoy plays an accountant who joins The Fraternity, a group of assassins his father was once a part of. Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman are part of the supporting cast. A long rumoured sequel is apparently being written, but I don’t see how getting this cast back together would be possible. Film4, Monday 30th November, 23:10
Braveheart (BBFC Rating 15, Mel Gibson, 1995) – Mel Gibson plays William Wallace, leader of the the rebellion leading to Scottish independence in the 14th century. One of The Snooty Ushers wanted this as film of the week, but hey, we had a Nic Cage film two weeks ago. Film4, Thursday 3rd December, 21:00
I hope there’s something you like! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!