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:
Memento (BBFC Rating 15, Christopher Nolan, 2000)
BBC 2, Sunday 21st February, 22:55
Guy Pearce is a man looking for the man who raped and killed his wife while he is suffering from a form of amnesia that doesn’t allow him to make new memories. The film has two sequences running concurrently, with the events happening in the present being told backwards. A modern masterpiece that set up Nolan as a great film-making talent.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (BBFC Rating 18, Mark Hartley, 2014)
Film 4, Thursday 25th February, 00:40
This is a documentary about a production company that specialised in low budget films, before moving onto low budget action films in the eighties, before collapsing when their films started to become successful! An almost unbelievable story of a small company that took on Hollywood (they were the first people to attempt to make a Spider-man film) and the characters behind it.
For your consideration
The best of the rest:
Parker (BBFC Rating 15, Taylor Hackford, 2013) – A thief is betrayed and left for dead by his partners in crime. The Stath and J Lo. Nice little action thriller. 5*, Friday 19th February, 21:00 / Wednesday 24th February 21:00
Superman (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Donner, 1978) – You’ll believe a man can fly. The first (and maybe still the best) superhero film. ITV4, Saturday 20th February, 16:15
The Ides of March (BBFC Rating 15, George Clooney, 2011) – A wonderful political thriller with a top cast lead by Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Clooney himself. BBC2, Saturday 20th February, 23:00
Apocalypto (BBFC Rating 18, Mel Gibson, 2006) – A brilliant chase film, as a tribesman escapes from a human sacrifice. The best Yucatec Maya language film you will ever see. Also, there’s a brilliant reference to Midnight Cowboy. A much more entertaining film than you’re assuming. Channel 4, Saturday 20th February, 23:20
Shanghai Noon (BBFC Rating 12, Tom Dey, 2000) – Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in a western/martial arts/buddy film, as they are sent to America to rescue Lucy Liu. Enjoyable fun! BBC1, Saturday 20th February, 23:35
The Eagle (BBFC Rating 12A, Kevin Macdonald, 2010) – A Roman Centurion goes North of Hadrian’s Wall to rescue the standard of the legion that his father had lost. The Eagle becomes a symbol of his (and his father’s) redemption. Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell almost turn this into a buddy comedy by the end, the chemistry between the two is great. Film 4, Sunday 14th February, 13:00
The Crazies (BBFC Rating 15, Breck Eisner, 2010) – George A. Romero exec produced this remake of his 70s cult classic. Tim Olyphant is on excellent form a the sheriff of a town whose residents all turn into killers after their water supply is infected. Film 4, Sunday 21st February, 23:35
The Bourne Ultimatum (BBFC Rating 12A, Paul Greengrass, 2007) – This took this already brilliant franchise to a whole new level. Action packed, smart and brilliantly directed. Matt Damon is perfect as the amnesiac spy out for his revenge and finally getting some answers. ITV2, Monday February 22nd, 21:00
Ten Little Indians (BBFC Rating 12A, Peter Collinson, 1974) – 70s version of the Agatha Christie novel (the best selling mystery novel ever!) that the BBC did a brilliant version of at Christmans called And Then There Were None. Oliver Reid and Richard Attenburgh lead the cast in the adaptation set in Iran. ITV3, Tuesday 23rd February, 00:10
Trainspotting (BBFC Rating 18, Danny Boyle, 1996) – British 90s classic. Star making performance from Ewan McGregor, but the supporting cast are all excellent as well . Film 4, Tuesday 23rd February, 22:45
In Time (BBFC Rating 12A, Joss Whedon, 2002) – A nice little sci-fi film, where people have to work to earn “time” to live beyond the age of 25. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are good as the leads, but Cillian Murphy is brilliant as a detective chasing them (it’s like he stepped out of a noir classic). 5*, Wednesday 24th February, 23:25
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!