Happy New Year!
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:
Safety Not Guaranteed (BBFC Rating 15, Colin Trevorrow, 2012)
Film 4, Saturday 2nd January, 01:45
A film that has already been recommended by 2 of my fellow Ushers on this very website, I am happy to be the third. Directed by the man who brought us this year’s Jurassic World, this is a lowkey time travel story, sort-of. A great performance from Park And Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza, with Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson also very good.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
Goldfinger (BBFC Rating PG, Guy Hamilton 1964)
ITV1, Friday 1st January, 00:40 / Sunday 3rd January 16:25
The best classic Bond film. Conner was never better, Goldfinger is the best one off baddie, the Aston Martin, Q, the theme song… it’s the Bond film that’s got it all.
For your consideration
A bit of a quiet week this time, here’s the best of the rest:
The Terminal (BBFC Rating 12A, Stephen Spielberg, 2004) – Tom Hanks is as great as ever playing a man whose home country is dissolved during a civil war, leaving him stuck in JFK Airport in New York. Stanley Tucci and Catherine Zeta-Jones are entertaining as the Cutoms officer and the dreamgirl air hostess respectively. BBC2, Friday 1st January, 17:55
Tangled (BBFC Rating PG, Nathan Greno & Byron Howard, 2010) – A reworking of Rapunzel that was Disney’s 50th animated film, this was a really enjoyable film that showed the renaissance that the House of Mouse has undergone. The directors of this had previously made Bolt. This was certainly a step in the right direction! Channel 4, Friday 1st January, 18:00
Les Miserables (BBFC Rating 12A, Tom Hooper, 2012) – Big screen adaptation of the long running musical. Hugh Jackman is magnifique! Film4, Friday 1st January, 17:55
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (BBFC Rating 15, Tomas Alfredson, 2011) – One of the best ensemble casts you will ever see, with Gary Oldman giving the performance of a lifetime as George Smiley, an agent brought in to try and find a spy. Channel 4, Saturday 2nd January, 22:35
The Blob (BBFC Rating PG, Irvin S Yeaworth Jr, 1958) – Classic 50s sci-fi, famous for being an early Steve McQueen role and a theme song by the great Burt Bacharach.
Cop Land (BBFC Rating 15, James Mangold, 1997) – Sylvester Stallone’s acting chops have always been underrated – a rumoured Oscars nod in 2016 could be a surprise to some, but he has always been more than just a meathead. Here he plays a small town sheriff who has to deal with corrupt New York policemen. DeNiro, Keitel, and Liotta are in the supporting cast in a film that isn’t quite great, despite aiming for it. Channel 4, Thursday 7th January, 01:20
Ransom (BBFC Rating 18, Ron Howard, 1996) – Mel Gibson’so son is taken hostage and ransomed, Mel Gibson doesn’t like it, Mel Gibson put a bounty on the kidnappers’ head to get his son back. Very good. ITV4, Thursday 7th January, 21:00
Snitch (BBFC Rating 12A, Ric Roman Waugh, 2013) – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is great at picking the right roles, and this is another one. When his son is caught up in a drugs bust, and he has cuts a deal with the DEA to infiltrate a drug running gang and provide information on them. 5*, Thursday 7th January, 21:00
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!