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:
Up (BBFC Rating U, Peter Docter & Bob Peterson , 2009)
BBC Three, Friday 5th February, 20:00
In our Pixar article I was happy to admit that I cry every time at the beginning of this film. So grab the tissues, get through the first 10 minutes, then enjoy the rest of the beautiful film.
To give you another option, Our Other TV Film Of The Week is
Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (BBFC Rating 18, Tim Burton, 2007)
ITV2, Saturday 6th February, 22:50
A bloody, almost-full-on horror adaptation of the famous musical. Tim Burton could easily have dropped the musical aspect and used the star power of Johnny Depp and the stand-out performances by Helena Bonham Carter and the much missed Alan Rickman to make a good film as he ups the blood quotient, but keeping the songs in adds another dimension to Burton’s usual flair.
For your consideration
Here’s the best of the rest:
GoldenEye (BBFC Rating 12, Martin Campbell, 1995) – My first “new” Bond film, and as Dave mentioned in our article on Bond, one of the very best. Martin Campbell gave the franchise an energy boost (and then did it again 10 years later with Casino Royale – well done that man!) as Pierce Brosnan stepped into the tuxedo, and was perfect for the time. ITV4, Friday 5th February, 21:00 / Thursday 11th February, 21:00
Black Sheep (BBFC Rating 15, Jonathan King, 2006) – Comedy horror about a swarm of genetically engineered sheep who have become bloody hungry carnivores. BBC2, Saturday 6th February, 01:05
Escape From New York (BBFC Rating 15, John Carpenter, 1981) – A cult classic. Snake Plissken is an icon of 80s cinema, and Kurt Russell is fantastic. He’s a ex-soldier who has to rescue the President after terrorists take over Air Force One from Manhatten, which has been turned into a huge prison island. ITV4, Saturday 6th February, 21:00
Harry Brown (BBFC Rating 18, Daniel Barber, 2009) – Michael Caine is Harry Brown, a retired soldier who is reluctantly drawn into a violent world as he stands up to the young criminals ruining the estate he lived on. It’s more realistic than Death Wish, although Gran Torino did it better, but it’s still a good film. 5*, Saturday 6th February, 22:00
Red State (BBFC Rating 18, Kevin Smith, 2011) – For me, Kevin Smith’s most interesting film. A group of teenagers are lured to a remote location by the promise of sex, which turns out to be a way of kidnapping the boys. They awake to find they have been abducted by a cult lead by Michael Parks, as John Goodman’s ATF Special Agent and his team sets up outside the church to try and free the hostages. The film doesn’t quite work, and I like the ending but I’m not sure it matches the rest of the film. But, like I said, interesting. Film4, Sunday 7th February, 00:35
Apolalypse Now (BBFC Rating 15, Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) – It’s a classic. Set the generic program recording device and watch it when you’ve got time. ITV4, Sunday 7th February, 23:05 / Thursday 11th February 23:40
In the Valley of Elah (BBFC Rating 15, Paul Haggis, 2007) – So, Paul Haggis followed up Crash with this, as Tommy Lee Jones looks for his son, who has returned from Iraq but gone missing. He is joined by Charlize Theron’s detective. Very worthy, not as entertaining as it could be though. BBC1, Sunday 7th February, 23:55
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!