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, Duncan Jones , 2011)
Saturday 11th June, 00:10
With Warcraft in the cinemas right now, here’s a chance to see one of director’s earlier films. Duncan Jones came on board quite late in pre-production for Source Code, but it still retains an air of his superior brand of sci-fi. A soldier awakes on a train in a body he doesn’t recognise, and when the train explodes, he is sent back into the body again, and told to stay on mission. Jake Gyllenhaal is the soldier who is living the last eight minutes of someones life while trying to stop a dirty bomb destroying Chicago. A gem of modern sci-fi, and…
It could be an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Regular readers will know that is pretty much my highest know when it comes to sci-fi. High praise indeed.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
The Bourne Legacy
(BBFC Rating 12A, Tony Gilroy, 2012)
Friday 10th June / Wednesday 15th June, 21:00
The Bourne trilogy wrapped up most of its loose ends surprisingly well. The older Jason Bourne character that will make his return later this year will offer some new story telling opportunities, but while waiting for Matt Damon (and director Paul Greengrass) to return, the studio decided to expand the franchise with this film. The story of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) another solider who underwent a smiliar training programme as Jason Bourne. When Bourne’s actions the clandestine operations to light, he must go on the run and try and survive. The film looks beautiful, and Renner gives a performance different enough to Damon to keep Cross interesting. My issue is that it ties itself too closely to Jason Bourne’s story (there are lots of mentions and pictures of him) that means this side-quel can’t quiet get out of the shadow of it’s predecessors, which is a shame because there’s a decent film in there.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Pan’s Labyrinth (BBFC Rating 15, Guillermo del Toro, 2013) – A beautiful film about a young girl who escapes the brutal reality of the Spanish Civil War into a world of fairy tales. One day, one day, this will be film of the week. Horror Channel, Sunday 12th June, 21:00
Silver Linings Playbook (BBFC Rating 15, David O Russell, 2012) – Bipolar Bradley Cooper moves back into his parents, and meets a young widower (Jennifer Lawrence) and they prepare for a dance competition. Film4, Monday 13th June, 00:45
Oblivion (BBFC Rating 12A, Joseph Kosinski, 2013) – Tom Cruise is a pilot patrolling a future version of Earth destroyed by an interplanetary war. He starts having memories of a modern day Earth, and that the woman he is with is not the one from his dreams. Film4, Monday 13th June, 21:00
Side Effects (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Soderbergh, 2013) – Soderbergh medical thriller sees Jude Law being prosecuted when a client (Rooney Mara) kills her boyfriend (Channing Tatum) while taking medication he prescribed. Film4, Monday 13th June, 23:25
The Evil Dead (BBFC Rating 18, Fede Alvarez, 2013) – Sam Raimi’s cult horror classic gets a reboot/remake/sequel, with Spanish director Alvarez hand picked by Raimi. Film4, Tuesday 14th June, 23:30
Before The Devil Knows Your Dead (BBFC Rating 15, Sidney Lumet, 2007) – Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke are two brothers who decide to rob their father’s jewelry store, allowing them to clear their debts and start again. The robbery is meant to be no risk, but things go wrong. A superbly acted, old-fashioned melodrama, where the characters are swept along by the story. Film 4, Wednesday 15th June, 23:40
US Marshals (BBFC Rating 15, Stuart Baird, 1998) – Sequel to The Fugitive has Tommy Lee Jones back as the policeman who just won’t quit. This time he is after Wesley Snipes when he escapes while being transported to prison. A slight rehash of the original film, but still enjoyable. ITV4, Thursday 15th June, 22:00
We Are The Best! (BBFC Rating 15, Lukas Moodysson, 2013) – The story of 3 young Swedish teenager girls who bond over a love of punk rock. Film 4, Thursday 15th June, 23:45
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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