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:
Black Hawk Down
(BBFC Rating 15, Ridley Scott , 2001)
Wednesday 22nd June, 21:00
In our The Snooty Ushers On… Ridley Scott column we did in the run up to The Martian, I called Black Hawk Down an”anti-war, pro-soldier film”, and one that packs a visceral punch. An ensemble cast portray a group of UN soldiers when a helicopter (the Black Hawk of the title) comes down in the middle of Mogadishu (during the Somalian civil war) and they have to rescue some fallen soldiers. “Leave No Man Behind” is the tag line, and in the post 9/11 landscape it’s surprisingly real outlook meant it hit home a lot harder than it may have done otherwise. Now it might play as slightly overly patriotic, but it’s still a good film.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Coming To America
(BBFC Rating 15, John Landis, 1988)
Friday 17th June, 23:40
Eddie Murphy and John Landis reuinted 5 years after Trading Places, for one of Murphy’s very best films. By now he had transferred from stand-up comic to legit film star, and this could be the peak of that period. An Eighties classic.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
The Spy Next Door (BBFC Rating PG, Brian Levant, 2009) – Jackie Chan is a bit of a favourite of mine. His early stuff is very good, the transition to Western movies, and then the international globe trotting films (The Accidental Spy and The Medallion) are all enjoyable. The Spy Next Door is one of his family friendly offerings, lots of fun. Film4, Saturday 14th June, 13:00
Machete Kills (BBFC Rating 15, Robert Rodriguez, 2013) – Not as much as brutal fun as Machete, the sequel sees Machete (the perfect role for Danny Trejo) trying to stop Mel Gibson from destroying Washington while escaping into space. An absolute litany of cameos makes it worth watching. Channel 4, Saturday 18th June, 00:10
The Day After Tomorrow (BBFC Rating 12A, Roland Emmerich, 2013) – With the Independence Day sequel out in a couple of weeks, why not have a look at the Roland Emmerich film that proved that it wasn’t a fluke. The weather deteriorates around the world, and New York is turned into a snow covered tundra. Jake Gyllenhaal is trapped in a library and Dennis Quaid is his climatologist father travelling cross country to rescue him. The film looks so good, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense on a scientific level, but it’s stupid fun. Film4, Sunday 19th June, 18:25
K-PAX (BBFC Rating 12, Iain Softley, 2001) – Kevin Spacey is a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-Pax, and Jeff Bridges the doctor trying to help him. A slightly underwhelming film that wants to be a sci-fi Once Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Film4, Tuesday 21st June, 18:30
The Hole (BBFC Rating 12A, Joe Dante, 2009) – Joe Dante made Gremlins, and aims for a similar family horror film. A family move into a new house and discover a trapdoor in the basement. They see a ghostly injured girl crawl down the hole, and the family start seeing things related to their biggest fears. An interesting use of 3D, but that doesn’t really translate here, still a decent film, and definitely underrated. Film4, Tuesday 21st June, 23:55
The Raven (BBFC Rating 15, James McTeigue, 2012) – John Cusack is Edgar Allen Poe, who in the last days of his life is brought onto a case by a Police Inspector (Luke Evans), who is investigating a series of murders that seem to be following the deaths in Poe’s writings. Not as good as it should be, but still quite interesting. Film 4, Wednesday 22nd June, 23:40
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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