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.
A quick note that there’s a bit of a Star Trek marathon on Channel 5 over the weekend, as well as a bunch of James Bond films on the various ITV channels.
NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.
So, our TV Film of the Week is:
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (BBFC Rating 15, Adrian Grunberg, 2012)
ITV4, Saturday 5th March, 01:05
Known as Get The Gringo in the US, this is a small scale throwback to the violent films of Mel Gibson’s back catalogue. Check out Dan’s review from it first came out, but this is an enjoyable prison film with a cracking turn by Gibson. It’s not the most original film of the week – but it’s the best!
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Evolution (BBFC Rating PG, Ivan Reitman, 2001)
Film 4, Sunday 6th March, 16:50
Fun sci-fi from the director of Ghostbusters, with David Duchoveny and Orlando Jones are the college professors who have to get a round a military cover-up to investigate the growth around a meteor site. Julianne Moore is the military scientist, and Dan Akroyd has a memorable cameo has the Governor.
For your consideration
The best of the rest:
Caddyshack (BBFC Rating 15, Harold Ramis, 1980) – Classic comedy with Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray. All the bits with the caddies is a bit dull, vut even if you’ve never seen it before, you’ll recognise whole scenes that have been referenced or just stolen. Dave, Friday 4th March, 21:00
American Hustle (BBFC Rating 15, David O. Russell, 2013) – The film that became infamous when leaked emails revealed Jennifer Lawrence was “paid less” than Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams. There’s also recently been a story of Amy Adams crying on set “almost every day” due to Russell’s treatment ofhis actors. Despite all this, I really liked the film, even if it takes itself a bit too seriously. A good turn from our latest Dependable Michael Pena as well. Channel 4, Sunday 6th March, 21:00
The Tooth Fairy (BBFC Rating PG, Michael Lembeck, 2009) – Worth it just for the stand-off between The Rock and Steven Merchant. Billy Crystal, Julie Andrews, and Seth MacFarlane are part of the support cast. Film4, Sunday 6th March, 16:50
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
Death Race (BBFC Rating 15, Paul WS Anderson, 2008) – The Stath is a framed prisoner forced to race for the corrupt governer. Shawksank meets Carmageddon. Film4, Tuesday 8th Match, 23:15
Predators (BBFC Rating 15, Nimrod Antal, 2010) – After the AvP films, the Predator franchise moved to the action to another planet, and went back to the original premise of a group (criminals rather than soldiers this time) being hunted by the camouflaged killers. Adrien Brody makes a surprisingly good action star. Film4, Wednesday 9th March, 23:05
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!