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 15, Stephen Frears , 2000)
Sunday 26th June, 23:15
You may have noticed, but I like a good list. Like this one. Or this one. Then there was this one. And that one. And this… you get the point. I can’t say that High Fidelity (both the original Nick Hornby book and this movie) began this love of the list, but I’m happy to admit it certainly influenced me a lot – I even used to make mixtapes for girls I liked. Eurgh. The book changes quite a bit from the book, but it’s still a fantastic version of the story of a record shop owner who tries to meet up with his previous girlfriends to see what is wrong with him. A memorable performance from John Cusack (his best ever? That could be another list!) and Jack Black hits it out of the park as one of his employees who starts a band. Watch the film, then find the book and read it. Good stuff.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating 18, David Mackenzie, 2013)
Friday 24th June, 23:05
Jack O’Connell is on his way to the Hollywood A-list, there can be no doubt. Roles in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Jodie Foster’s Money Monster (alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts) are just two of his latest steps up the ladder. This (alongside ’71 which was also once a TV Film Of The Week) was one of the roles that really showed what a great screen presence he could be, where he plays a young offender who is moved to an adult prison, and meets his estranged father, played by the great Ben Mendelsohn, who might be getting dangerously close to his own dependable column.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
The Town (BBFC Rating 15, Ben Affleck, 2010) – Ben Affleck’s directorial assured debut has a bank robber planning his next heist while developing feelings for a previous victim. His team comes under pressure from a local gangster – a cracking film. 5*, Friday 24th June, 21:00
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (BBFC Rating 15, James Cameron, 1991) – And at the same time as The Town, on of the great sci-fi films, as Arnold is once again the unstoppable killing machine sent back in time… this time to protect John and Sarah Connor from Robert Patrick’s T-1000. E4, Friday 24th June, 21:00
The Fifth Estate (BBFC Rating 15, Bill Condon, 2013) – Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, in a film based on the story of Wikileaks, with Daniel Bruhl as the co-founder Daniel Domschiet-Berg. Channel 4, Saturday 25th June, 00:35
Superman (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Donner, 1978) – One for Dave. You’ll believe a man can fly. ITV4, Saturday 25th June, 16:30 / Sunday 26th June, 15:25
Life Of Pi (BBFC Rating PG, Ang Lee, 2012) – A beautiful film, telling the extra-ordinary story of a young boy’s journey across the Indian ocean on a raft. Channel 4, Saturday 25th June, 20:00
Bullet To The Head (BBFC Rating 15, Walter Hill, 2012) – Stallone made this between the Expendable films, and it’s pretty entertaining. A cop and hitman are forced to team up to take down a corrupt business man in New Orleans. Film4, Saturday 25th June, 21:00
The Sixth Sense (BBFC Rating 12A, M. Night Shyamalan, 1999) – A huge, huge hit that almost seemed to be the launch of the new Hitchcock in the form of Shyamalan. Bruce Willis is the child psychologist who is trying to help troubled youngster Haley Joel Osment. Channel 4, Sunday 26th June, 23:20
MacGruber (BBFC Rating 15, Jorma Taccone, 2010) – Will Forte spoofs MacGyver (and action movies in general) with Kristen Wiig as his sidekick. Director Taccone was in The Lonely Island alongside Adam Sandberg, and also made Kung Fury and the upcoming Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Film4, Monday 27th June, 02:00
500 Days Of Summer (BBFC Rating 12, Marc Webb, 2009) – A film that made it as Dan’s choice on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. Not a love story, but Joseph Gordon-Lovitt falls in love with the delightful Zooey Deschanel. Their relationship isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, and we jump back and forth through the ups and down. Film 4, Wednesday 29th June, 19:10
Now You See Me (BBFC Rating 12A, Louis Leterrier, 2013) – There’s a sequel on the way, so why not check out the original. If you have’t seen it, it really is a lot of fun, as 4 magicians pull off a series of heists. If you have seen it, it actually does hold up on a rewatch. Film 4, Wednesday 29th 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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