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:
Philomena (BBFC Rating 12, Stephen Frears, 2013)
BBC 2, Friday 26th February, 21:00
Judi Dench is looking for the son she was forced to put up for adoption as an unwed mother in 1950s Ireland. Steve Coogan is the ex-political journalist who hears about her story and helps her investigate. At times truly heart-breaking, this is a special film that earned Oscar and BAFTA nomination for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for Dench (among 25 other nominations for this role). Not the type of film we would normally recommend, but this is great.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Spike Island (BBFC Rating 15, Mat Whitecross, 2012)
BBC 2, Saturday 27th February, 22:00
Two films on BBC 2 this week, this one is for The Captain. Five teenagers try anything they can to get to The Stone Roses’ legendary 1990 concert, which leads to a 3 day road trip. Also starring a smallish role by Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.
For your consideration
The best of the rest:
Night Of The Living Dead (BBFC Rating 18, Tom Savini, 1990) – Remake of the 1968 George A. Romero film that basically set the template for zombie films, directed by special effects legend Tom Savini. Panned on its release, this has been re-evaluated as a one of the best horror remakes ever. Horror Channel, Saturday 27th February, 21:00
Invictus (BBFC Rating 12, Clint Eastwood, 2009) – Two very different men from very different backgrounds with very different goals (Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaear) are inspired by William Earnest Henley’s poem Invictus. As South Africa hosts the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Mandela (Morgan Freeman) sees the tournament as an opportunity to unite his divided country, and the remarkable sporting drama of Pienaar’s (Matt Damon) teams progress is one that needs retelling! ITV1, Saturday 27th February, 23:05
Avatar (BBFC Rating 125, James Cameron, 2009) – The most successful film of all time at the box office – why doesn’t it have any cultural legacy? Apart from the fact that it was the reason I was hired to become an usher, and therefore the reason I became a Snooty Usher. Still a beautiful looking film, but have you ever seen a Na’vi Halloween costume? . Film4, Sunday 28th February, 21:00
The Wolverine (BBFC Rating 12, James Mangold, 2013) – A great piece of episodic storytelling sees Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Japan at the request of a man he saved from an atomic bomb blast during World War 2. Wolverine is robbed of his powers and ends up on the run – but that just makes him more dangerous than ever. Channel 4, Saturday 20th February, 23:20
Attack The Block (BBFC Rating 15, Joe Cornish, 2011) –A brilliant British sci-fi film that has had an upsurge interest recently due to some guy called John Boyega. An inner-city neighbourhood has to fight off an alien invasion – an incredibly impressive debut from director Joe Cornish, and a real star making performance from Boyega. Channel 4, Sunday 28th February, 23:35
Hummingbird (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Knight, 2013) – The Stath is a special ops soldier drawn into a life of crime after his girlfriend is killed. Another great performance from The Snooty Ushers’ number 1 actor. Channel 5, Monday 29th February, 23:00
Source Code (BBFC Rating 12A, Duncan Jones, 2011) – Jake Gyllenhaal has the chance to live the last 8 minutes of man’s life to try and prevent a terrorist attack. Moon director Duncan Jones delivers a really fantastic film – which could be a Twilight Zone episode (when it comes to sci-fi, that’s the biggest compliment I give). Film4, Monday 29th February, 23:05
Inside Llewyn Davis (BBFC Rating 15, Coen Brothers, 2013) – After Attack The Block, we feature another Force Awakens star (Oscar Isaac), as a folk musician in this overlooked Coen Brothers film. With great support from Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake. Film4, Wednesday 2nd March, 21:00
Quantum Of Solace (BBFC Rating 12, Marc Forster) – The only sequel in all of Bond. There are a bunch of Bond films this week across the ITV channels (Live and Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me), but if you look in online forums, many believe this is the best of the Craig era. They are wrong of course, and Spectre kind of retcons a lot of this, but this is worth another look if you only saw it the once. Fun fact: Daniel Craig and Marc Forster rewrote a lot of the script themselves due to a Writer’s Strike. ITV2, Wednesday 2nd March, 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!