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:
Drive (BBFC Rating 18, Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)
BBC3, Saturday 16th January, 21:30
Ryna Gosling stars as a stunt driver in Hollywood who is also a getaway driver. He makes friend with a new neighbour and her son, whose husband gets involved with gangsters that draw the driver into a dangerous job. Think Eastwood’s Man With No Name character being put in Bullitt. Perfect soundstrack as well.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
The Lincoln Lawyer (BBFC Rating 15, Brad Furman, 2011)
More4, Sunday 17th January, 21:00
The film that began the McConaissance? The “other” recommendation for this week was between this and Mud, but I think this pairs up well with Drive. (A car crime double bill with a difference?) Anyway, McConaughey is a lawyer who uses his car instead of an office, and gets hired to represent a wealthy playboy (Ryan Philippe) in a case that resonates with his past.
For your consideration
A bit of a quiet week this time, here’s the best of the rest:
Step Up 4: Miami Heat (BBFC Rating 12, Scott Speer, 2012) – One for Dan. The franchise moves to Miami. There’s dancing. Enjoy! Film4, Friday 15th January, 19:05
Cuban Fury (BBFC Rating 15, James Griffiths, 2014) – Here’s even more dancing! Nick Frost (leading a brilliant British cast) who tries to impress his new boss (Rashida Jones – Ann Perkins from Parks & Rec) with his salsa dance moves. Film4, Friday 15th January, 21:00
Eagle Eye (BBFC Rating 12A, DJ Caruso, 2008) – Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are manipulated into becoming terrorists, with the FBI hot on their trail. A technology based thriller that doesn’t quite live up to it’s impressive opening. LaBeouf and director DJ Caruso also made the surprisingly decent Disturbia. BBC1, Friday 15th January, 23:55
Flash Gordon (BBFC Rating PG, Mike Hodge, 1980) –I’ve recommended Batman The Movie, and now another camp classic. Saturday morning is the right time for this. GORDON’S ALIVE!. Channel 4, Saturday 16th January, 10:00
Contraband (BBFC Rating 15, Baltasar Kormakur, 2012) – Mark Wahlberg is an ex-smuggler who has to do one last job. A decent, twisty film with a typically good Wahlberg performance. Film4, Saturday 16th January, 21:00
Role Models (BBFC Rating 15, David Wain, 2008) – Paul Rudd and Sean Williams Scott get sentenced to community service and have to take part in a mentoring kids. A consistently funny comedy. E4, Saturday 16th January, 21:00
Wolfman (BBFC Rating 15, Joe Johnston, 2009) – It spent so long in development that it was never going to match the hype. The film is obviously a mismatch of ideas, and comes off as old-fashioned at times, but I’m a sucker for a good werewolf story!. Film4, Sunday 17th January, 01:00
The Devil’s Double (BBFC Rating 18, Lee Tamahori, 2011) –An Iraqi soldier becomes a decoy for Uday Hussein and sees the horror of Saddam Hussein’s son’s way of life. I’ve always thought Dominic Cooper would be a break out star – this is another solid addition to his resume. Horror Channel, Sunday 17th January, 23:30
Back To The Planet Of The Apes (BBFC Rating 12, Arnold Laven, 1981) – Planet of the Apes and its various sequels are fantastic, landmark sci-fi films, and were spun off into a TV show in the late 70s. Some episodes where packaged together and released as TV movies. This is the first of them. Horror Channel, Monday 18th January, 13:00
Mud (BBFC Rating 12A, Jeff Nichols, 2012) – i. Film4, Monday 18th January, 18:25
Rush (BBFC Rating 15, Ron Howard, 2013) – The story of James Hunt and Nikki Lauda’s rivalry, that pushed both men to their limits. Film4, Monday 18th January, 21:00
Forgotten City Of The Planet Of The Apes (BBFC Rating 12, Don McDougall, 1981) – The second TV movie from the TV series. One fopr the completionists. Horror Channel, Tuesday 19th January, 13:00
Duel (BBFC Rating PG, Steven Spielberg, 1971) – Spielberg’s first film is written by Richard Matheson, and is the story of a motorist chased by a truck down a lonely road. A genuinely claustrophobic scary film! Horror Channel, Wednesday 20th January, 16:00 / Thursday 21st January, 10:00
Hitchcock (BBFC Rating 12A, Sacha Gervasi , 2012) – The story of how Hitchcock made probably his most famous film Psycho (it’s on afterwards!) Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) was plagued by doubts that he was struggling to live up to his earlier standards. This films shows the vital role Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) played in his career. Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy play the leads from the Psycho. Film4, Wednesday 20th 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!