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:
Red Eye (BBFC Rating 12, Wes Craven, 2005)
Film4, Saturday 23rd January, 21:00
A brilliant thriller from Wes Craven. Rachel McAdams is a nervous flier who meets the seemingly charming Cillian Murphy, who turns out to be using her to enact a terrorist plot. An incredibly taut film, especially considering Craven was a regarded by most as a veteran horror movie maker by most at this point.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
Blood Diamond (BBFC Rating 15, Edward Zwick, 2006)
BBC2, Sunday 23rd January, 22:00
Will 2016 be the year DiCaprio finally wins the Oscar? Blood Diamond might be the closest he got, losing out to Forrest Whittaker’s brilliant Last King of Scotland performance. The story of a smuggler who has to do the right thing for the man who discovered a diamond during the Sierra Leone civil war. Djimon Hounsou is really impressive as well.
And we’ve got another choice for you this week! Our Other Other TV Film Of The Week is
Goon (BBFC Rating 15, Michael Dowse, 2011)
Film4, Thursday 28th January, 22:55
Sean Williams Scott is “the nicest guy you’ll ever fight” as he becomes the enforcer for his local hockey team. Highly recommended by Dan, this also has Liev Schneider playing Scott’s hockey hero, who he ends up coming into conflict with.
For your consideration
Here’s the best of the rest:
Lemmy (BBFC Rating 15, Greg Olliver, 2010) – A documentary about the Motorhead frontman, focusing on their rise to fame. Featuring contributions from some legends of rock like Alice Cooper, Dave Grohl, and James Hetfield, but also Peter Hook and Jarvis Cocker. BBC4, Friday 22nd January, 23:00
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (BBFC Rating 15, John Madden, 2001) – Obligatory Nic Cage mention! Cage is an Italian commander on a Greek island who falls in love with local girl Penelope Cruz. ITV3, Saturday 23rd January, 00:40
Scott Pilgrim vs the World (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2010) – Edgar Wright’s first Hollywood film didn’t make a big splash at the box office, but that’s the audiences fault. Michael Cera must fight his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes. Brilliant. Film4, Saturday 23rd January, 01:20
The Sting (BBFC Rating PG, George Roy Hill, 1973) – It’s well documented how much I like heist movies and films about con men – and this is the best of them all. Robert Redford and Paul Newman play the leads, and are just great. ITV4, Saturday 23rd January, 14:20 / Sunday 24th January, 16:15
Labyrinth (BBFC Rating U, Jim Henson, 1986) – One for us all to watch a remember the legend that was, is, and always will be David Bowie. Here he plays the Goblin King, as Jennifer Connolly has to rescue he Click here for Dan’s re-view Channel 5, Sunday 24th January, 17:05
Mulholland Drive (BBFC Rating 15, David Lynch, 2001) – A Hollywood love story? A neo-noir thriller? Mystery thriller? Mulholland Drive is all of these, mixed together with David Lynch’s surreal touches. The first time I saw this in the cinema it went out of focus and everyone in the auditorium thought it was part of the film. Why it’s on the Horror Channel… I’m not too sure. Horror Channel, Tuesday 26th January, 00:25
The Fourth Kind (BBFC Rating 15, Olatunde Osunsanmi, 2009) – So, this film isn’t good. And the format (part “real footage”, part “reenactment”) doesn’t really work. But it does give a weird, stilted, different feel to any other alien film I’ve seen. Film4, Wednesday 27th January, 23:10
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!