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:
(BBFC Rating 15, Renny Harlin, 2008)
Saturday 16th April, 00:40
I know I like this film more than most, but I don’t care! The guy who finished 7th in our Snooty Rumble, John Cena’s second feature film is now The Snooty Ushers’ TV Film Of The Week, another achievement to add to his resume! Cena plays Danny Fisher, a cop who kills an arms dealer’s girlfriend in a car accident when trying to apprehend him. A year later the arms dealer (the ever awesome Aidan Gillen) breaks out of prison and launches a game of revenge on Fisher. The game consists of… 12 rounds, each one that test Fisher to the limit. A good little action film, the highlight of WWE’s early films.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
3:10 To Yuma
(BBFC Rating PG, Delmer Delves, 1957)
Friday 15th April, 16:50 / Tuesday 19th April, 11:00
One of the all-time great Westerns. Van Heflin plays a desperate rancher who takes on a sheriff’s job offer to escort a criminal (Glenn Ford) to a train that will take him to justice. Heflin’s character is so desperate he will do anything to provide for his family, and Ford is great as the callous murdered. Remade with Christian Bale and Russel Crowe a few years ago, this original is brilliant.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Hot Fuzz (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright 2007) – Again, another showing, another recommendation for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s buddy cop comedy. ITV4, Friday 15th April / Tuesday 19th April, 21:00
The Princess Bride (BBFC Rating PG, Rob Reiner, 1987) – One of the most charming films you can see. Like Hot Fuzz, whenever it is on, I will recommend it. Channel 5, Sunday 17th April, 13:15
Hummingbird (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Knight, 2013) – A really good performance from Jason Statham as a British soldier who went AWOL and ended up living homeless on the streets. He starts living in an empty flat and changing his life for the better. 5*, Monday 18th April, 21:00
Unknown (BBFC Rating 12A, Jaume Collet-Serra, 2011) – Liam Neeson took on another European action film, this time as a biotech professor who is involved in a car accident, and returns to his hotel room to find his wife with another man, and no memory of him. This other man then seems to have taken over the rest of his life as well. It struggles in comparison to Taken, but unfolds in a pretty interesting way. Film4, Monday 18th April, 21:00
Bronson (BBFC Rating 18, Nicolas Winding Refn, 2008) – The film that showed the world just how talented Tom Hardy was. Like Christian Bale in American Psycho, he displays pure rage at times, a real star making performance, even if it is a bit of a tough watch at times. Film4, Tuesday 19th April, 22:40
Thunderball (BBFC Rating PG, Terence Young, 1965) – Wednesday means Bond on ITV4. The most action-orientated of Connery’s Bond films, and for a long time the most successful of them all at the box office, as 007 tries to stop SPECTRE after they steal two atomic bombs. Rights issues led to the unofficial Never Say Never Again. ITV4, Wednesday 20th April, 21:00
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.