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:
Hellboy II: the Golden Army (BBFC Rating 12, Guillermo del Toro, 2008)
5* , Friday 29th January, 21:00 / Saturday 30th January, 19:40
It used to be uncommon for sequel to be better than originals, but comic book films seem to have ended that school of thought. One of the finest examples is the Hellboy films. The first one is very good, but del Toro went away and made Pan’s Labyrinth, and came back with a lot more confidence (and a bigger budge) and made a comic book masterpiece in Hellboy II. It is unfortunately that a third film looks unlikey, unless Ron Perlman can persuade del Toro to return to the fold.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
The French Connection (BBFC Rating 15, William Friedkin, 1971)
Film4, Sunday 31st January, 01:45
A classic crime film, with Gene Hackman and Roy Schneider as New York detectives drawn into a drug smuggling operation bigger than they imagine. One of the best car chases ever put to film – AND this film won a bucketful of Oscars. Maybe Mad Max has a chance after all?
For your consideration
Here’s the best of the rest:
Cliffhanger (BBFC Rating 15, Renny Harlin, 1993) – A sweet action thriller, with Stallone on top form. John Lithgow bails up the crazy as the villain. ITV4, Friday 29th January, 21:00 / Thursday 4th February 23:10
Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (BBFC Rating 15, Freddie Francis, 1964) – An absolute classic with 5 passengers in a train carriage who have their fortunes read by a mysterious Dr Schreck (Peter Cushing). Christopher Lee is excellent (obviously) in his part. Horror Channel, Friday 29th January, 21:00 / Thursday 4th February 22:45
Death Proof (BBFC Rating 18, Quentin Tarantino, 2007) – There’s probably a reason that QT put this as a half of a double bill for Grindhouse. It’s alright, but there’s not really much story progression. Horror Channel, Friday 29th January, 22:55
Now You See Me (BBFC Rating 12A, Louis Leterrier, 2013) – A surprisingly entertaining thriller, as a group of magicians pull of a bank heist on Michael Caine and are investigated by Mark Ruffalo. Channel 4, Saturday 30th January, 21:00
Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (BBFC Rating 18, Tom Tykwer, 2006) – Ben Whishaw (Q from the Bond films) plays a perfumer with a heightened sense of smell who will do anything to make the perfect scent. BBC2, Saturday 30th January, 23:25
The Incredibles (BBFC Rating U, Brad Bird, 2004) – In our column about Pixar, I named this as my favourite Pixar film. A family of supers have to live in the real world, but Mr Incredible can’t resist the lure of his old life. Fox should take note, because this is the best Fantastic Four movie. A sequel is 3 years away, and I can’t wait! Channel 4, Sunday 31st January, 17:20
Troll Hunter (BBFC Rating 15, Andre Ovredal, 2010) – A film I saw in Aberdeen, good found footage film! At times funny, scary, action-packed, and a thriller. The best Norwegian film I’ve ever seen. Film4, Monday 1st February, 23:25
The Guard (BBFC Rating 15, John Michael McDonagh, 2011) – From the brother of the director of In Bruges, The Guard sparked a sibling rivalry as it had a bigger opening weekend than the Colin Farrel film. Brendan Gleeson plays the rural Irish cop who has to team up with FBI agent Don Cheadle. Film4, Tuesday 2nd February, 23:10
Airplane! (BBFC Rating 12A, Jim Abrahams, 1980) – Classic comedy.Surely you don’t expect me to explain the appeal of Airplane! do you? Film4, Wednesday 3rd February, 19:15
School of Rock (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Linklater, 2003) – Jack Black’s perfect role, and that rare thing where the child actors are actually likable! E4, Wednesday 3rd February, 20:00
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!