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:
Withnail and I
(BBFC Rating 15, Bruce Robinson, 1986)
Sunday 4th June, 02:05
Can this even still be classed as a cult film? Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann are two actors who go to the Lake District on holiday (“we’ve gone on holiday by mistake!”). Richard Griffith’s turn as Uncle Monty is fantastic as well.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating U, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud, 2010)
Saturday 4th June, 16:45
This Saturday has a good selection of kid’s films, but this is the best for me, and a nice alternative to Withnail and I. Gru (Steve Carrel) is the world’s greatest supervillain, until Jason Segal’s Vector comes along. There was another similar film the same year (Megamind, starring Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt), but the reason this became a billion dollar franchsie is simple – Gru’s lovable sidekicks, the minions.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
From Hell (BBFC Rating 18, The Hughes Brothers, 2001) – Johnny Depp is the policeman on the trail of Jack The Ripper in the atmospheric Alan Moore adaptation. 5*, Friday 3rd June, 23:35
Rat Race (BBFC Rating 12, Jerry Zucker , 2001) – Silly caper film as a surprisingly famous cast (Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson, Terence Howard, Seth Green, John Lovitz) have to race from Las Vegas to New Mexico to win a prize. It’s all a race constructed by John Cleese for high rollers to bet on, but it’s a turn your brain off, fun film. Film4, Saturday 4th June, 14:50 / Wednesday 8th June, 18:50
12 Years A Slave (BBFC Rating 15, Steve McQueen, 2013) – Phenonemal performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor, as Solomon Northup, a free New Yorker who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Lupita Nyongo’o in amazing as well Fassbender and Cumberbatch provide able support, but this isn’t exactly an enjoyable film, and there’s a cameo from Brad Pitt (and one confusing close-up shot where Northup looks straight at the camera) that are surprising reassurances to the audience: almost saying “don’t worry, he’ll be ok”, which took away from the film a lot for me. Which is why it is here, rather than Film Of The Week. Channel 4, Saturday 4th June, 21:00
Die Hard With A Vengeance (BBFC Rating 15, John McTiernan, 1995) – The last good (or even half decent) Die Hard film sees John McClane and Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) trying to stop Jeremy Irons setting off a bomb at a school. McClane isn’t the invincible super cop he becomes in the latter part of the franchise, so this so still enjoyable. Also, if you’ve not seen it, have a look at the alternate ending that was shot. I think it’s better than what we actually got, which always felt a bit rushed.
It was probably too dark an ending for a franchise, and gets a bit too close to Lethal Weapon territory. BBC1, Saturday 4th June, 22:45
Colombiana (BBFC Rating 15, Olivier Megaton, 2011) – Zoe Saldana is raised as an assassin by her uncle. Lennie James (Walking Dead, Line Of Duty) is also in the film, and I think he might be approaching “recommend anything he is in” territory! Channel 4, Saturday 4th June, 23:45
The Wind Rises (BBFC Rating PG, Hayao Miyazaki, 2013) – The biopic of a Japanese aircraft designer who was horrified to see his vehicles of freedom and adventure turned into war planes. A very personal film for Miyazaki, and maybe not as magical as other Studio Ghibli films, but still worth setting the VHS recorder for. Film4, Monday6th June, 01:10
The Way Back (BBFC Rating 12, Peter Weir, 2010) – Prisoners escape from a Siberian Gulag and walk across Russia to escape. It’s only 4,500 miles. At times gruelling, at times inspirational, this is a film with a lot of walking in it.. Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Jim Sturgess, and Mark Strong are all worth watching though. Film4, Thursday 9th June, 18:25
Braveheart (BBFC Rating 15, Mel Gibson, 1995) – Dave has a lot of free time on his hands during Euro 2016, so this is for him. Film 4, Thursday 9th June, 21:00
There we go. Hope there’s something you like in there! 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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