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, Gregory Hoblit , 1998)
Saturday 2nd July 00:05
The very first Snooty Ushers’ TV Film Of The Week was Frailty, a seemingly straightforward murder mystery that adds a supernatural dash into the mix and runs with it. This is a film in a very similar vein. Denzel Washington is on the hunt for a serial killer, but the script walks the line between daft and ridiculous. John Goodman, James Gandolfini, and Donald Sutherland are in the supporting cast.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Dawn Of The Dead
(BBFC Rating 18, George A. Romero, 1978)
Sunday 3rd July, 23:50
Monday 4th July, 00:55
The second part of George A. Romero’s original Dead trilogy sees a band of survivors holed-up in an abandoned mall. The most satirical of the three, with lashing of gore as well. Enjoy.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Red Eye (BBFC Rating 12, Wes Craven, 2005) – Master of horror Wes Craven delivers a brilliant, taut thriller, when Rachel McAdams’ nervous flier finds her fellow passenger Cillian Murphy is more sinister than she could imagine. Film4, Friday 1st July, 21:00
Speed (BBFC Rating 15, Jan De Bont, 1994) – Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock team up to save a bus load of passengers from Dennis Hopper’s bomb. Film4, Saturday 2nd July / Wednesday 6th July, 21:00
Old School (BBFC Rating 15, Todd Philips, 2003) – The film that launched the film careers of Todd Philips (who went on to make the Hangover trilogy) and Will Ferrell. This has more of a heart than some of their later films, and is more than just an Animal House retread, as recently heart-broken Luke Wilson starts a frat with Vince Vaughn and Ferrell. All three of the leads are on-form here. BBC1, Saturday 2nd July, 23:20
Psycho (BBFC Rating 15, Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) – A classic. Stick it on the Sky planner if you haven’t already got it. A fantastic crime film that becomes a desperate search for a missing woman, then becomes a horror film. Film4, Sunday 3rd July, 01:30
Rango (BBFC Rating PG, Gore Verbinski, 2011) – This animation is one of the best Westerns of recent years. Johnny Depp voices Rango, a chameleon who wanders into a drought ridden town and becomes it mayor. But can he become the hero his new town needs? Film4, Sunday 3rd July, 16:40
Odd Thomas (BBFC Rating 12, Stephen Sommers, 2013) – A chance to see one of the late Anton Yelchin’s interesting roles. A fitting tribute to a lost talent – “I see dead people, but then, by God, I do something about it.” Channel 4, Tuesday 5th July, 21:00
The Tree Of Life (BBFC Rating 12, Terence Malick, 2010) – A complex film that took years and years for Malick to finish. Ostentatiously a story about a middle aged man and trying to find the meaning of his life, it evolves into much more than that. Stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Film4, Thursday 7th July, 01:00
Apocalypto (BBFC Rating 18, Mel Gibson, 2006) – The story of a man desperately trying to escape from a Mayan sacrifice. A fantastically tense film. Film4, Thursday 7th July, 23:15
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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