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, Spike Jonze, 2013)
Sunday 24th April, 21:00
A Spike Jonze love story.
I need to write more? Ok, lonely wirter Joaquin Phoenix develops an obssession with his computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), which starts affecting his life significantly. The artifical intelligence in the OS starts to develop this interaction and soon the two are in effect in a relationship. A very interesting film.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating PG, William Wyler, 1959)
Sunday 24th April, 14:40
Last week I had 3:10 To Yuma in this slot, and here’s another piece of class. As the (surely needless) remake gets closer, why not remind yourself of just how epic epic films used to be. Charlton Heston is the wronged man persecuted and sent into slavery, who finally earns a chance at revenge against the man who bretayed him, in a (truly spectacular) chariot race. Winner of 11 Oscars – a number only Titanic and Return Of The King can match – this is a truly phenomenal film. Settle in and experience it, and wonder why anyone would even try and remake this classic film. I agree with Dan, that is one risky idea.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
The Blues Brothers (BBFC Rating 15, John Landis, 1980) – Classic musical comedy with Dan Akroyd and John Belushi, on a mission from God. Dave, Friday 22nd April, 21:00
Maniac (BBFC Rating 18, Franck Khalfoun, 2012) – Elijah Woods is a deranged murder in this remake of a 1980s French horror. Interesting stuff. Film4, Saturday 23rd April, 00:05
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Knight, 2013) – One for our Senior Wrestling Correspondent Jonny Hogarth here, as Blue Bloods patriach Tom Selleck plays the LAPD detective forced into early retirement, who becomes chief of police in a small New England town. Five USA, Saturday 23rd April, 12:30
Bulletproof Monk (BBFC Rating 12A, Paul Hunter, 2002) – Chow Yun-fat plays the ageless Monk who must protect an invaluable scroll, and is disappointed when the chosen successor is low-life pickpocket Seann William Scott. Daft fun. 5*, Saturday 23rd April, 18:00
Diary Of The Dead (BBFC Rating 18, George A. Romero, 2007) – After Land of The Living Dead, Romero was re-energized to go back to his zombie world, and this is about a group of film makers documenting the zombie-outbreak. It’s found footage (urgh) but Romero brings something extra to it. Horror Channel, Sunday 24th April, 23:00
Iron Man (BBFC Rating 12A, Jon Favreau, 2008) – So, the film that launched the MCU. One of my personal favouites, Robert Downey Jr was reborn in what was an incredibly risky film at the time. Also, Jeff Bridges was really good as the villain, and described working on set as a “$100 million college movie”. Iron Man 2 is on the next day. Film4, Monday 25th April, 21:00
Chalet Girl (BBFC Rating 12, Phil Traill, 2011) – Dan insisted. Felicity Jones is the normal girl living among the super-rich in this charming British rom-com. Film4, Tuesday 26th April, 19:10
The History Boys (BBFC Rating 15, Nicholas Hytner, 2006) – When I Investigated the iPlayer, this adaptation of Alan Bennet’s play got called “a real treat”. I still agree with myself! Although the story doesn’t quite make the full transition to film (it still feels like you are watching a play), it’s very enjoyable, and launched the careers of a host of young actors, including James Corden, Dominic Cooper, and Russell Tovey. BBC4, Wednesday 27th April, 21:00
You Only Live Twice (BBFC Rating PG, Lewis Gilbert, 1967) – The FA Youth Cup final pushes the usual Wednesday night Bond film from its usual 9pm slot. You Only Live Twice sees Bond fake his own death, and start living out in Japan, where he goes native. The script was co-written by Roald Dahl, and the brilliant theme tune ended up being sampled by Robbie Williams in “Millenium”. It also gives me the chance to post this picture:
Even though Connery was getting cold feet and was looking to leave the franchise, he still delivers another excellent performance. ITV4, Wednesday 27th April, 22:05
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!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.