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:
Senna (BBFC Rating 12, Asif Kapadia, 2010)
ITV4, Thursday 7th April, 23:00
In January I chose Amy as TV Film Of The Week, and this is an even better documentary from Asif Kapandia. If you have any interest in sport, Aryton Senna the racer is a great focus of this film. If you have no interest in sport, Aryton Senna the charismatic hero to the Brazilian nation is an even greater focus.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Future Shock! The Story Of 2000AD (BBFC Rating 15, Paul Goodwin, 2015)
Film4, Wednesday 6th April, 23:25
So, two documentaries this week! This it the story of the British comic book company that changed the face of the industry, featuring interviews from Neil Gaiman and other important writers. The next day the (better) film version of their most well known creation (Dredd) is on Film4 as well, and this makes a good companion piece.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Happy Feet (BBFC Rating U, George Miller, 2006) – The director of Mad Max also made this absolutely charming animation. The offspring of penguin Elvis and penguin Marilyn Monroe can’t sing like the rest of his colony, but he can dance. Will this be enough to help him fit in? ITV2, Saturday 2nd April, 17:30
Alien (BBFC Rating 15, Ridley Scott, 1979) – .Classic sci-fi from the great Sir Ridley Scott, featuring the birth of one of the great action heroes in cinema. Film4, Saturday 2nd April, 21:00
Hot Fuzz (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2007) – Consider this a standing, constant recommendation for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s buddy cop comedy. ITV1, Saturday 2nd April, 22:45
Sunshine On Leith (BBFC Rating 15, Dexter Fletcher, 2013) – Musical based on The Proclaimers- a truly heartwarming film. BBC2, Sunday 3rd April, 13:00
The American President (BBFC Rating 15, Rob Reiner, 1995) – This film seems like a prequel to The West Wing, which writer Aaron Sorkin made just a few years later, and this show did a lot of the ground work. ITV3, Sunday 3rd April, 22:15
American Psycho (BBFC Rating 18, Mary Harron, 2000) – Another repeat recommendation, Bale is fantastic as Patrick Bateman, immoral (not amoral) investment banker. It also gives me an excuse to post this:
It really is hip to be square.
Horror Channel, Tuesday 5th April, 22:45
From Russia With Love (BBFC Rating PG, Terence Young, 1963) – It seems that ITV4 is running through the Bond series on Wednesday nights, after starting with Dr No in this slot last week. ITV4, Wednesday 6th April, 21:00
Dredd (BBFC Rating 18, Pete Travis, 2012) – I chose this as an Other TV Film Of The Week back in November (lots of repeated choices this week!), this is a fantastic version of 2000AD’s most famous creation, Film4, Thursday 7th April, 22:40
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.