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:
Amy (BBFC Rating 15, Asif Kapadia, 2o15)
Channel 4, Friday 8th January, 21:00
From the director of Senna comes a look at one of the most talented – and sadly missed – singers of recent years. Anyone who has ever heard Amy Winehouse’s voice knows what a loss she is, and this is the story of the real Amy behind the lurid tabloid headlines.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
Orphan (BBFC Rating 15, Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009)
Film4, Thursday 14th January, 23:45
One of the creepiest films I have ever seen in a cinema. A couple adopt a young child, but things go wrong as bad things start happening around Esther.
For your consideration
A bit of a quiet week this time, here’s the best of the rest:
Jesse Stone: Benefit Of The Doubt (BBFC Rating 12, Robert Harmon, 2012) – One for Jonny here, as Blue Bloods and Magnum PI star Tom Selleck is brought out of forced retirement after his replacement is blown up. Detective novels are 10 a penny, but Tom Selleck is decent enough. Channel 5, Friday 8th January, 15:15
Inglorious Basterds (BBFC Rating 18, Quentin Taratino, 2009) – With Hateful Eight being released soon, why not revisit Tarantino’s war film? QT’s visceral style fits really well into the war setting, and the obligatory “sit in a room and talk” scene are intriguing and full of black humour. Film4, Friday 8th January, 21:00
Hot Fuzz (BBFC Rating 15, Clint Eastwood, 1973) – A film I will watch at any time, any place. Brilliant. ITV2, Friday 8th January, 21:00 / Thursday 14th Januray, 21:00
High Plains Drifter (BBFC Rating 18, Clint Eastwood, 1973) – A supernatural Western as Clint Eastwood stars as a mysterious Stranger who agrees to protect a town, but for a price. ITV4, Friday 8th January, 21:00 / Thursday 14th Januray, 21:00
Rio Bravo (BBFC Rating PG, Howard Hawks, 1958) – Classic John Wayne Western for your Saturday afternoon viewing. Wayne is the sheriff who arrests a local rancher’s brother and has to defend the town from his gang. Dean Martin is the drunken deputy. ITV4, Saturday 9th January, 15:10
Pale Rider (BBFC Rating 15, Clint Eastwood, 1985) – Another Eastwood classic, as this time he is protecting a town from a mining corporation, but his character, Preacher, is more than he seems. ITV4, Saturday 9th January, 21:00
Dog Soldiers (BBFC Rating 15, Neil Marshall, 2001) – Superb British horror with a dash of comedy thrown in, as a group of soldiers on maneuvers in Scotland are attacked by werewolves. Marshall also made the excellent The Descent and directed some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones (season 2’s “Blackwater” and season 4’s “Watchers on the Wall”), which probably had a bigger budget than his first two films put together. Film4, Saturday 9th January, 23:15
Batman: The Movie (BBFC Rating U, Leslie H Martinson, 1966) – The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman team up to try and take down Batman and Robin. A great, campy action film, packed full of bad jokes. Film4, Sunday 10th January, 18:30 / Monday 11th January 10:00
Side Effects (BBFC Rating 15, Stephen Soderbergh, 2013) – Stephen Soderbergh had a bit of a retirement tour in 2012-13, releasing Haywire, Magic Mike, and Behind The Candelabra, and this. When Ronney Mara kills her husband whilst sleepwalking on medication from psychiatrist Jude Law, he has to prove that he is not at fault for prescribing such a drug with dangerous side effects. An interesting, twisty little thriller. Film4, Sunday 10th January, 21:00
Husk (BBFC Rating 18, Brett Simmons, 2011) – A car is run off the road by crows and when they cut through a cornfield to go for help, the driver and friends are seemingly attacked by scarecrows. If you like your horror, this is one to check out. Horror Channel, Sunday 10th January, 22:50
Signs (BBFC Rating 12, M. Night Shyamalan, 2002) – Due to Shyamalan’s terrible record since, his early films aren’t as revered as they should be. Signs is a good sci-fi film (that took over $400 million at the box office!) that is as much about redemption as it is about aliens. And the ending is classic sci-fi. BBC1, Sunday 10th January, 23:25
Donnie Darko (BBFC Rating 15, Richard Kelly, 2001) – Psychological thriller with a sci-fi bent that also passes into horror…look, you’ve got to have heard of Donnie Darko? Maybe for whatever reason you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and find the Horror Channel, stick it on record, and enjoy. Horror Channel, Monday 11th January, 22:45
Limitless (BBFC Rating 15, Neil Burger, 2011) – A fun thriller, based around a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper) who manages to release his potential with the help of a synthetic drug. Robert De Niro is great as the businessman (I think he’s some sort of investment banker, but it’s never really dwelt upon) who Cooper ends up working for. Film4, Monday 11th January, 23:00
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!