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.
It’s been a busy week, what with a whole new season of Daredevil on Netflix, casting my Leicester City film, and catching up with Dave’s podcasts, and I’m a bit pushed for time – so it’ll just be the one film this week.
So, our TV Film of the Week is:
The Wicker Man (BBFC Rating 15, Robin Hardy, 1973)
ITV4, Saturday 26th March, 23:15 / Tuesday 29th March 23:20
Just when I thought I couldn’t love the film more, look at that gorgeous poster. I left it full size (so sorry if your screen went a bit wonky) but it’s just great, isn’t it? The Wicker Man stars Edward Woodward as a Christian policeman sent to a Scottish island to investigate a missing girl. The islanders aren’t exactly helpful, and while Christopher Lee’s Lord Summerisle – the owner of the island – suggests that the islanders pagan attitudes are simply harmless, Woodward isn’t convinced. A truly magnificent piece of British horror.
I wrote more about The Wicker Man in my tribute to Christopher Lee, but if you haven’t seen this, consider it a vital part of your film education!
And that’s it for this week, thanks for reading and stay gold…
Sorry, Dan’s calling, I’ll just be one second.
Hey Dan. Yeah, bit pushed for time. I’ve got that thing at…
Yeah, just the one film this week.
All the loyal readers? I’m sure they’ll understand this one time…
Contractual obligation? What?
Plenty of other potential Ushers out there?
Ones who can write about films instead of wrestling and football?
No, I understand, I’ll get it finished now.
*looks at phone, slowly puts it down*
Hi, sorry about that, I’m back now. You know, I’ve been thinking, I shouldn’t let my poor time-keeping stop me from providing a full TV Film Of The Week service. So…
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (BBFC Rating 12A, Josh Wheddon, 2012)
BBC1, Monday 28th March, 20:30
Bank Holidays are all about blockbusters, and while Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is in the cinemas, here’s the biggest blockbuster of recent years. Marvel have did so well to get to the point of building up all their characters to a point where we wanted to see them in a film together – and best of all they delivered, with probably the best film of Marvel’s Phase One. DC seems to be skipping a few steps having doing a Batman v Superman story already, and whether that film is any good? Well, that’s a matter of choice.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest, because it’s not like I’ve got anywhere important to be:
The Wizard of Oz (BBFC Rating U, Victor Fleming, 1939) – Family classic, perfect for a Bank Holiday afternoon, as Judy Garland travels to a magical land. Unbelievable it flopped at the box office, and only became profitable when due its high production cost the studio re-released it a decade later 5 USA, Friday 25th March, 14:45
Janis: Little Girl Blue (BBFC Rating 12, Amy Berg, 2015) – A documentary about Janis Joplin, one of the greats who tragically joined the 27 club. BBC4, Friday 25th March, 21:00 / Saturday 26th March, 01:05
Spykids 4: All The Time In The World (BBFC Rating U, Robert Rodriguez, 2011) – The foruth part of the trilogy brings in new kids. Was released in the cinemas with scratch and sniff cards, but I doubt you’re got any of them around the house. ITV3, Saturday 26th March, 13:00 / Wednesday 30th March 11:00
Passion (BBFC Rating 15, Brian De Palma, 2012) – A De Palma erotic thriller, the type that they don’t make anymore… no, not the smutty type! Marketing exectives Rachel McAdam and Noomi Rapace are involved in a game of seduction, power and revenge. BBC2, Saturday 26th March, 23:50
The Raid (BBFC Rating 15, Gareth Evans, 2011) – Took the action genre (not just martial art genre) to a new height with this extraordinary film. The fact they topped it with the sequel is a credit to all involved. Film4, Monday 28th March, 01:40
Public Enemies (BBFC Rating 15, Michael Mann, 2009) – Michael Mann and Johnny Depp team up to tell the story of bank robber John Dillinger, with Christain Bale as the FBI agent out to stop him. Slightly less than the sum of it’s parts, it’s still good though. ITV4, Monday 28th March, 21:00 / Thursday 31st March 21:00
Dr No (BBFC Rating PG, Terence Young, 1962) – Need to start speeding these up. The first Bond film! See where it all began ITV4, Wednesday 30th March, 21:00
Lincoln (BBFC Rating 12A, Stephen Spielberg, 2012) – Daniel Day-Lewis is fantastic, but the most remarkable thing is how simply enjoyable this historical biopic is! Film4, Wednesday 30th March, 21:00
Rumble In The Bronx (BBFC Rating 15, Stanley Tong, 1996) – The film that launched Jackie Chan in America, great stuff, he fights a biker gang, what’s the next film… ITV4, Wednesday 30th March, 23:15
Snake Eyes (BBFC Rating 15, Brian De Palma, 1998) – Nic Cage, corrupt detective, boxing match, assassination, NEXT! BBC1, Wednesday 30th March, 23:45
Hugo (BBFC Rating U, Martin Scorsese, 2011) – Beautiful, love letter to birth of cinema…I’m going to be so late. BBC1, Thursday 31st March, 16:35
Starred Up (BBFC Rating 18, David Mackenzie, 2013) – Prison film, Jack O’Connell, he needs help but can’t show weakness when reunited with his father. I’ve really got to go, now… Film4, Thursday 31st March, 22:50
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!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
*rushes out the door*