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:
Filth (BBFC Rating 18, Jon S. Baird, 2013)
Film4, Thursday 14th April, 22:40
The very first film I reviewed in my very first Negotiating Netflix column, Filth is the most recent Irvine Welsh adaptation, and I must warn you, it’s a proper 18-rated film. James McAvoy is the scheming detective whose desperation to get a promotion he feels is owed to him. His big chance comes in the when he is asked to oversee the investigation into the murder of a Japanese student, however his marriage, drug use, and constant need to play “the game” are spinning out of control. Great performances from Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, and Jim Broadbent as well. If you enjoy this, read the book, it’s even more warped and filthy. See what I did there?
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Easy A (BBFC Rating 15, Will Gluck, 2010)
E4, Saturday 9th April, 21:00
There was a lot of films in contention for this slot, but I wanted something a little lighter than Serpico and Die Hard’s time will come. And when looking for something to balance Filth, there was this gem. Emma Stone is a high-school student whose little lie about losing her virginity gets out of control. She wears it as a badge of honour, and uses her new status to help out a gay man to stop him getting bullied, and realises it shouldn’t be something to be ashamed of. But when she meets a guy she like, can she balance her new reputation with her feelings for him? A cracking supporting cast as well.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Safe (BBFC Rating 15, Boaz Yakin, 2011) – The Stath as an ex-cage fighter protecting a young girl from triads and Russian gangsters. Nuff said. 5*, Friday 8th April, 21:00 / Wednesday 13th April, 21:00
The Transporter 3 (BBFC Rating 15, Oliver Megaton, 2008) –The Stath has to deliver oanother package, only this time he cares about the woman. Nuff said again. 5*, Friday 8th April, 22:00 / Tuesday 12th April 21:00
Sudden Impact (BBFC Rating 18, Clint Eastwood, 1983) – The fourth Dirty Harry film, the first one directed by Eastwood. It’s also the one where he says “Go ahead, make my day”. Dave, Friday 8th April, 22:00
Serpico (BBFC Rating 18, Sidney Lumet, 1973) – Al Pacino made this in between The Godfather and its sequel, a truly remarkable run that earned him a spot in our Top 25 Favourite Actors. Here he plays the New York policeman who went undercover to investigate police corruption. Channel 4, Saturday 9th April, 01:05
Die Hard (BBFC Rating 18, John McTiernan, 1988) – Bruce Willis as John McClane is one of the greatest characters in all of film, a New York cop who has to take down the terrorists who have hijacked LA’s Nakatomi Plaza during a Christmas party. It’s a shame this film spouted a franchise with that has resulted in two really disappointing recent entries. McClane should be wise-cracking but not a super-cop.Maybe the rumoured 6th film (incorporating a McClane origin story of sorts) can right some of those wrongs. Channel 4, Saturday 9th April, 22:00
Clockwise (BBFC Rating PG, Christopher Morahan, 1986) – A John Cleese farce, as a fastidious, punctual headmaster’s trip to give a speech at a conference spirals out of control. Funny stuff. ITV3, Sunday 10th April, 12:55
The Town (BBFC Rating 15, Ban Affleck, 2010) – I gave Argo a glowing review when Perusing Prime, and Affleck’s film prior to it was really good as well. Affleck plays the leader of a gang who takes a bank manager (Rebecca Hall) hostage as part of a robbery, and John Hamm the FBI agent investigating the links gang to local crime boss Pete Posthlethwaite. Great performances all round, including an Oscar nominanted turn from Jeremy Renner as a conflicted member of Affleck’s gang.. Five, Sunday 10th April, 21:00
Goldfinger (BBFC Rating PG, Guy Hamilton, 1964) – The traditional ITV4 Wednesday evening Bond slot is up to Goldfinger, which I had as my favourite Bond film in our Snooty Ushers on… Bond column. It’s the template for the modern Bond films ITV4, Wednesday 13th April, 21:00
Crazy Heart (BBFC Rating 15, Scott Cooper, 2009) – The film that won Jeff Bridges an Oscar (although it was a pretty light year, and Colin Firth probably should have won for A Single Man) sees him play a faded country music star, playing tiny venues and in the grip of alcoholism. A relationship with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s journalist is the start of a journey, but where will it end for him? ITV2, Thursday 14th April, 01:30
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.