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 12, JJ Abrams, 2009)
Saturday 16th July, 19:00
When JJ Abrams brought Star Trek back to the big screen, I don’t think anyone expected it to come off as well as it did. Star Trek is a good action film, but it is the relationships between the characters that really sticks in your mind, which in turn is in keeping with the ethos of the original TV series. The sequel wasn’t as well received, but I’m hopefully for Star Trek Beyond, which is out next week.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating 12A, Jim Abrahams, 1980)
Saturday 16th July, 19:20
Of course, if you want something a bit sillier on a Saturday night, there’s this.
Wait, I need to explain? Surely you can’t be serious? (I apologise, but by law you have to make that joke every time you mention this film) Airplane! is a film absolutely packed with jokes, and although maybe not as structured as The Naked Gun that came a few years later, I prefer it just for the sheer volume of gags. Watching it back now becomes an exercise in spotting which bits have been re-used in other comedy films and TV shows. An absolute gem.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Shaun Of The Dead (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2004) – Classic British comedy that will one week be my TV Movie Of The Week. ITV2, Saturday 16th July, 21:00
Shutter Island (BBFC Rating 15, Martin Scorsese, 2010) – A quality thriller in the old style, Scorsese showed he still had plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Leo Di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo investigate a missing patient at a mental asylum. Channel 4, Saturday 16th July, 21:30
Dredd (BBFC Rating 18, Pete Travis, 2012) – A film shockingly underappreciated on its release, Karl Urban takes on the lead role and gives a tough as nails performance as the Judge who has to storm a tower block almost single-handedly. . Channel 4, Sunday 17th July, 22:15
The Iceman (BBFC Rating 15, Ariel Vromen, 2012) – The ever excellent Michael Shannon stars as a hitman who managed to hide his crimes from his family. Based on a true story. Film4, Tuesday 19th July, 21:00
Knowing (BBFC Rating 15, Alex Proyas, 2009) – After the remarkably terrible Gods Of Egypt, why not try a much less awful Alex Proyas film? Nic Cage stars as an MIT Professor who discovers a list of number related to a series of disasters around the the world. But what happens when the numbers stop? Film4, Thursday 21st 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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