On the 12th Day of Christmas The Snooty Ushers give to you:
Film of the Week, Favourite Christmas Specials, Facts on It’s A Wonderful Life, Dave ‘n’ Cage at Christmas, The Ushers’ Christmas TV, It’s A Wonderful Life Re-Viewed, Christmas Negotiating Netflix, CHRISTMAS FILM OF THE WEEK!, The Ushers’ Favourite Santas, Community Christmas Specials, Scariest Christmas Horrors and Dan’s Home Alone Review!
Well, it’seems Christmas Day and the end of The Snooty Ushers’ 12 Days of Christmas.
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.
Plenty of good choices this week, get the Sky+ ready for our suggestions!
A quick little note, Bond films are a Christmas tradition, and ITV has really gone all-out, with Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, From Russia With Love, and the excellent documentary Everything or Nothing over the next week.
NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.
So, our TV Film of the Week is:
The Muppet Christmas Carol (BBFC Rating U, Brian Henson, 1992)
Channel 4, Friday 25th December, 13:45 / Film4, Monday 28th December, 15:05
A phrase I’ve used plenty this week, but what else could it be this week? Michael Caine as Ebenezzar Scrooge is perfect, and the film captures the spirit of Dickens’ book perfectly. Literally the only thing not perfect is the music. It’s only very good!
Come on in and know me better man!
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
Mary Poppins (BBFC Rating U, Robert Stevenson, 1964)
BBC1, Sunday 27th December, 13:50
It’s Christmas, it’s a time for family, and what better than Mary Poppins? Get swept away in the music and the magical feeling. As a companion piece, watch Saving Mr Banks on Netflix for a (admittedly dramatized) look behind the scenes.
For your consideration
Being Christmas, there’s a lot of good films on, so here’s the best of the rest:
Frankweenie (BBFC Rating PG, Tim Burton, 2012) – The first of two Tim Burton films, as a young boy brings his dog back to life with some predictably macabre consequences. A lovely film, with a bunch of old horror film references. BBC2, Friday 25th December, 13:45
Fantastic Mr Fox (BBFC Rating PG, Wes Anderson, 2009) – Geoerge Clooney plays the title character. A kid’s film? Don’t believe it for a second, this is about a mid-life crisis! Saturday 26th December, 11:25
The Land Before Time (BBFC Rating U, Don Bluth, 1988) – The film that The Good Dinosaur just couldn’t live up to! 5*, Saturday 26th December, 11:40
Beetle Juice (BBFC Rating 15, Tim Burton, 2010) – Michael Keaton was so good as Beetle Juice that the entire film was rewritten to give him a more prominent role. Geena Davies and Alec Baldwin are perfect as the all American couple whose dream house comes with a bit extra. ITV4, Saturday 26th December, 21:00 / Thursday 31st December, 02:15
Megamind (BBFC Rating PG, Tom McGrath, 2011) – Will Ferrell plays a super-villain who decides he could be a good guy. Sound familiar? This Dreamworks effort was dwarfed by the success of Despicable Me the same year. Brad Pitt is the superhero Metro Man that Megamind defeatss, leaving him with no nemesis, which leads to his attempts to be better. BBC1, Sunday 27th December, 10:35
Hugo (BBFC Rating U, Martin Scorsese, 2011) – A real treat for film lovers, as Scorsese tells the story of a young orphan living in a train station who meets an old shopkeeper. A charming story of fathers and sons that also covers the birth of cinema. Channel 4, Sunday 27th December, 15:35
The Family Man (BBFC Rating 15, Brett Ratner, 2000) – The latest Nic Cage nomination has him playing a banker who is given the chance to see what would have happened if he had taken a different path and settled down. 5*, Sunday 27th December, 16:00
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (BBFC Rating U, Nick Park, 2005) – Nick Park brought his greatest creation to the big screen in this glorious film. An homage to old horror film, it is made with so much love and attention it is impossible not to love. BBC3, Sunday 27th December, 19:10
Superman (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Donner, 1978) – The original superhero film, as the son of Krypton is brought to the boig screen. You’ll believe a man can fly! ITV1, Sunday 27th December, 11:10 / Thursday 31st December 14:45
Telstar: the Joe Meek Story (BBFC Rating 15, Nick Moran, 2008) – Yes, that Nick Moran co-wrote and directed this film about the incredible songwriter and producer Joe Meek, who struggled with debt and mental illness and was responsible for a string of 60’s pop classics, like this one
BBC2, Monday 28th December, 00:25
There we go. We hope there’s something you like! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!
Happy Christmas everyone!