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 12A, Sam Mendes, 2012)
Sunday 1st May, 20:00
When asked to choose for our Snooty Ushers On… Bond article, this was the film that tipped the scale and persuaded me that Daniel Craig was my favourite Bond. Skyfall has Craig strip away everything that make James Bond James Bond, with a stunningly brutal finale. Bardem is great as Silva as well. Everything you want from a Bond film.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
(BBFC Rating U, Mel Stuart, 1971)
Saturday 30th April, 13:30
Monday 2nd May, 15:40
A classic from my childhood. Gene Wilder brings Roald Dahl’s creation to the big screen in a magical trip. I don’t think any film got the darkness that was in Dahl’s books better than this one – they don’t sugar coat it (see what I did there?). Despite an American star this is very British. And two chances to see it over the Bank Holiday weekend!
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
The Sweeney (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Knight, 2013) – Shut it! An entertaining film, although I would have preferred the version with the Top Gear car chase. Ray Winston and Plan B are decent enough – but have you thought about this film since it came out? There’s a French remake with Jean Reno that has just been released. Also, whatever happened to Plan B? I don’t mean that in a nasty way, just he had that fantastic album, he made this and then directed Ill Manors, and since then… I’ve not heard anything of him. And if anyone has their finger on the pulse of young British hip-hop artists, it’s me. Channel 4, Saturday 30th April, 21:00
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (BBFC Rating U, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 2009) – A colourful, joyful romp with puns aplenty, as a young scientist creates a food machine that takes over the weather system. Channel 5, Sunday 1st May, 14:30
Killer Joe (BBFC Rating 18, William Friedkin, 2011) – A film I dismissed because I wasn’t aware of the McConaissance. Here, he plays a killer who takes a clients victim as payment. Film4, Monday 2nd May, 23:25
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (BBFC Rating PG, Peter H Hunt, 1969) – Bond again! We have gone through the Connery era, and arrive at George Lazenby’s only outing. There is a strong online movement that this is a great Bond film – it’s not, but it is underrated. ITV4, Wednesday 4th May, 21:00
There we go. A shorter list this week, but we still 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.