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TV Film Of The Week – 4th March


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)

summer vacation

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)

Evolution

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!

About Snooty Usher James

Favourite Film: This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Least Favourite Film: Probably the American version of One Missed Call (2008) Guilty Pleasure: No Holds Barred (1989) I'm the exile of the group, after living in the South for a couple of years I've now moved to Edinburgh to start the next chapter. I've got a wide ranging love of film and TV, but I am definitely the fourth usher in terms of film knowledge. I do however have a stack of DVDs to work through, and both a Netflix and an Amazon Prime subscription with which to get involved. So, even if my job means I don't get to see as many of the new releases as I would like, I hope to be able to chip in with some reviews of my own. My other hobbies include playing the guitar, trying to play the ukulele, Football Manager and Radio 4. I'm also a big fan of wrestling. Part of that means that I have a bunch of ideas for columns that I have stolen from various parts of IWC, so look out for them. But hey, enough of my yacking. What do you say.....let's boogie.

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