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 PG, Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
Sunday 24th July, 13:30
I usually have “classic” films as part of my other recommendations, or occasionally our OTHER TV Film Of The Week. I tend to go for something newer on TV, perhaps an original film if a sequel is on its way, like Star Trek last week. This time however, there is simply nothing more entertaining, more thrilling, more… good… than Rear Window. Of all the Hitchock films, this could be the one that holds up the best, possibly due to the simplicity (bored man looking out his window, sees a crime take place, or does he?) of its plot. Throw in the fact that the bored man is James Stewart, Grace Kelly is his girlfriend, and takes place on one of the most extraordinary sets ever built, as an entire apartment block is replicated on a studio sound stage.
It also has one of the most gripping climaxes in film. If you’ve never got round to seeing it, make sure you do this time.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
A Perfect Getaway
(BBFC Rating 15, David Twohy, 2009)
Friday 22nd July, 22:50
Yes, pairing this film up with Rear Window is pretty much sacrilege. Yes, there are better films this week. But for some reason this is a film that really stuck with me, and it’s the old-fashioned thriller elements of the story that I liked the most. Mila Jovovich and Steve Zahn play it pretty serious as a couple on vacation who latch onto another couple (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez) when unexpected things start happening to them.
Enjoyable, and that’s the most important thing to me.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Filth (BBFC Rating 18, Jon S. Baird, 2013) – The first film I ever watched on Netflix, James McAvoy is a bent copper losing his mind trying to solve a grisly murder case in this Irvine Welsh adaptation.. Film4, Friday 22nd July, 23:15
The Mist (BBFC Rating 15, Frank Darabont, 2007) – The first film I ever bought on Blu Ray! And obviously, the first thing I did was watch the black and white version included as an extra. Thomas Jane is a father trying to protect his son when monsters attack a small town. The Horror Channel, Saturday 23rd July, 21:00
Sunshine on Leith (BBFC Rating 15, Dexter Fletcher, 2013) – One for Dave. That’s a bit of a joke I always pull whenever there’s a Scottish film, but this is a genuinely uplifting piece of cinema magic, based on the album by The Proclaimers. Two squaddies return from Afghanistan and go home to Edinburgh, and have the trials and tribualtions of normal life. Dexter Fletcher recently made Eddie The Eagle as well. Film4, Sunday 24th 11:00
Millions (BBFC Rating 12, Danny Boyle, 2004) – The forgotten Danny Boyle movie. A young boy finds a bag full of money that he decides to give away. Film4, Sunday 24th 11:00
Law Abiding Citizen (BBFC Rating 15 F Gary Gray, 2009) – Gods Of Egypt and London Has Fallen are two dreadful films with Gerard Butler giving a typical Gerard Butler performance in a co-lead role. Here though, he gives a typical Gerard Butler character, and the film is pretty good! It loses its way towards the end, but its never not entertaining. When Gerard Butler’s wife is murdered in front of him, he exacts revenge on the culprits when they aren’t fully convicted of the crimes… and then starts going after those in the legal system who failed to prosecute them correctly, with Jamie Foxx as the prosecutor trying to stop him. A few nice wrinkles in the film – Butler’s character is justified, but take his revenge too far; the failed conviction isn’t down to corruption or incompetence – make this a good watch. Film4, Tuesday 26th 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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