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:
Crank: High Voltage
(BBFC Rating 18, Mark Neveldine, 2009)
Sunday 29th May, 23:45
Two weeks ago, X-Men kept Crank off the number 1 spot. This time… there’s nothing to stop the Stath. Chev Chelios is back, after surviving his fall from a helicopter, this time he has had his heart removed and replaced with one that needs a constant supply of electricity. This is an excuse for The Snooty Ushers’ Top Actor to electrocute himself in a variety of increasingly frantic and stupid ways. Nearly 2 hours of mayhem, just so much stupid, over the top, violent fun.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
(BBFC Rating 18, J Blakeson, 2009)
Sunday 29th May, 01:00
A stripped down thriller, as Eddie Marsan (a star of Ray Donovan, one of Senior Wrestling Correspondent Jonny Hogarth’s favourite shows) and Martin Compston (star of Snooty Usher Dave’s very favourite British show Line Of Duty) kidnap Gemma Arterton, who really showed her acting skill here, and changed a lot of people’s opinion of her. Since this and Crank: High Voltage are on at the same time, I’d recommend catching this on the iPlayer at a more socialable time.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Escape Plan (BBFC Rating 12A, Nicole Holofcener, 2013) – Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up to escape from the most high tech, secure prison in the world. Unsurprisingly enjoyable stuff from these two. Film4, Friday 27th May / Wednesday 1st June, 21:00
I Love You, Man (BBFC Rating 15, John Hamberg , 2008) – When Paul Rudd needs to find a best man, he realises he doesn’t have any real friends. He places an ad and find Jason Segel. Their friendship starts to put a strain on Rudd’s marriage however. Lots of fun. BBC1, Friday 27th May, 23:50
The Prestige (BBFC Rating 12, Christopher Nolan, 2006) – Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are rival magicians who continually try and one up each other, leading to them playing for the biggest of stakes. BBC2, Saturday 28th May, 23:00
End Of Days (BBFC Rating 18, Peter Hymas, 1999) – Another Arnold film, as he plays an ex-cop who has to stop Satan (Gabriel Byrne in full-on creepy mode) who comes to NYC at the turn of the millennium to find a bride. Channel 4, Saturday 28th May, 23:10
Night Of The Living Dead (BBFC Rating 18, George A. Romero, 1968) – Classic horror, often imitated, but (for me) never bettered. Also, one of the best endings in cinema. Horror Channel, Sunday 29th May, 00:45
Chronicle (BBFC Rating 12A, Josh Trank, 2012) – One of my personal favourite superfor films, although I know others really don’t like it. Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell are three teenagers who develop powers, and try to use them responsibly. Josh Trank (who got crushed under the weight of Fantastic Four) directs a cracking Max Landis script. Film4, Sunday 29th May, 01:45
Field Of Dreams (BBFC Rating PG, Phil Alden Robinson, 1989) – Kevin Costner nails the American everyman role, as he plays a farmer who builds a baseball field to repair his relation with his father. I was on the fence about including it before I heard a voice that said “if you recommend it, they will come”. Time to go back on the meds I guess. Film4, Sunday 29th May, 18:55
Law Abiding Citizen (BBFC Rating 18, F Gary Gray, 2009) – Gerard Butler’s family is killed in front of him, and he decides to take down the justice system that has failed him. Jamie Foxx is the prosecutor who failed to get the conviction and now has to try and stop Butler. Film4, Sunday 29th May, 23:20
Class of ’92 (BBFC Rating 12, Benjamin Turner, 2013) – Documentary tracking the famous Man United team who started together and went on to pretty much dominate English football for a decade and more. One of Dave’s favourite Football films, and would have made our conbined list if I had seen it at the time. ITV1, Monday 30th May, 22:15
Enough Said (BBFC Rating 12A, Nicole Holofcener , 2013) – James Gandolfini’s last film sees him and Julia Louis-Dreyfus find love late in life (well, later in life than most Hollywood films). A surprisingly moving film.. Film4, Tuesday 31st May, 21:00
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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