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.
A quick thing to note, the Wednesday night Bond film series on ITV4 seems to have come to an end – it was a good run while it lasted. Also, like last week, there are a whole bunch of Columbo films on 5 USA and ITV3, so if you enjoy them, fill your boots!
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, John Woo, 1997)
Friday 20th May, 21:00
Nic Cage is Castor Troy, an unhinged terrorist and John Travolta Sean Archer, the heroic special agent who takes him down. Pretty decent story, right? This is only the starting point, as Troy has planted a bomb that only he knows the location of, so Archer has to go undercover to infiltrate the organisation. How does he do this? By swapping their faces. Troy awakes and decides to take his revenge by taking over Archer’s life. Preposterous, utter daft, but a whole bunch of fun.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating 12A, Scott Stewart, 2011)
Thursday 26th May, 23:05
Paul Bettany and Legion director Scott Stewart reunited to make Priest, about a future world ruined by a war between humans and vampires. The Priests are a disbanded group of warrior of the Church, who have seemingly destroyed all of the vampires. When there is a vampire attack, Priest (Bettany) leaves the safety of the city to fight his old enemy. It turns a bit generic, but Bettany is always great, with Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer, and Alan Dale a brilliant supporting cast.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (BBFC Rating 12, Robert Harmon, 2009) – Are you going to tell our Senior Wrestling Correspondent Jonny Hogarth that you won’t recommend these film? Yeah, I thought not. Channel 5, Friday 20th May, 15:15
Savages (BBFC Rating 18, Oliver Stone, 2012) – Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Taylor Kitch are a pair of marijuana growers and dealers who have developed a great strand that has made them very rich. They are in a strange threeway relationship with Blake Lively, and come into the radar of Mexican cartel leader Salma Hayek and her henchman Benicio del Toro, with dirty DEA agent John Travolta in the mix. A bit of an underwhelming film when the young stars are around, but Hayek, del Toro, and Travolta are a lot of fun. Film4, Saturday 21st May, 23:50
Sabotage (BBFC Rating 15, David Ayer, 2013) – A film I recommended in Negotiating Netflix 2016: Vol 2, this is based on the And Then There Were None idea of criminals turning on themselves. Arnie is the leader of a DEA Special Ops team that decides to steal millions of dollars during a drugs bust. The team start to crack and turn against each other. Film4, Sunday 22nd May, 21:00
King Kong (BBFC Rating PG, John Guillermin, 1976) – A strange remake that doesn’t have the awesome special effects of Peter Jackson’s version or the dark foreboding of the original. Famously Meryl Streep was considered not attractive enough for the lead role. More4, Wednesday 25th May, 10:45
Knowing (BBFC Rating 15, Alex Proyas, 2009 – Another Nic Cage film, another recommendation! He plays an astrophysicist who finds a random list of numbers that he realises is a list of dates and death tolls of various disasters. So what happens when the list runs out? A truly bonkers finale as well. Film4, Saturday 14th May, 02:20
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (BBFC Rating 12, Edgar Wright, 2010) – n. Film4, Thursday 26th May, 01:30
There we go. Another quiet one this week, but again, there’s surely 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.
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