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:
The Imitation Game
(BBFC Rating 15, Morten Tyldum, 2014)
Sunday 31st July, 21:00
Film stars often justify taking big money popcorn film roles to be able to bring “name value” (and so an audience) to smaller films they feel passionate about. Now, Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for an Oscar (and deservedly so), but his increased star power helped raise this above other similiar historical biographies. It success also owes a lot to people wanting to see more of the guys who plays Sherlock or… him… from Star Trek Into Darkness.
Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a man who broke the Enigma code and so unravelled the complex German naval communication system. He helped win the Second World War. And yet, because he was gay, he was basically ignored, being threatened with jail and ended up committing suicide, utterly alone in the world. This film focuses mostly on the story of his struggle at Bletchley Park, but doesn’t shy away from his other real world struggles.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
(BBFC Rating 15, John Hughes, 1986)
Friday 29th July, 18:55
And a very different alternative. The film that made Matthew Broderick. Ferris Bueller decides for one last skive from school, and literally takes the audience with him (in case you didn’t know, the post-credit scene from Deadpool comes from this) in John Hughes’s “love letter to Chicago”. Pure fun.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
District 9 (BBFC Rating 15, Neil Blomkamp, 2009) – Perhaps Blomkamp hasn’t been able to recreate the magic, but this is a phenomenal sci-fi film, as a crashed spaceship near Johannesberg leads to basically an alien refugee crisis. Presented as an unnarrated documentary, Shalto Copley plays Wikus, a mid level official who is trying to move the aliens to different accomodation. Film4, Saturday 30th July, 00:10
The Big Lebowski (BBFC Rating 18, Joel Coen, 1997) – The Dude abides, even nearly 20 years later. ITV4, Saturday 30th July, 00:30
12 Rounds (BBFC Rating 15, Renny Harlin, 2008) – JOHN CENA must survive a deadly series of traps set by Aiden Gillen. Film4, Saturday 30th July, 00:50
Versus: The Life and Films Of Ken Loach (BBFC Rating 12, Louise Osmond, 2016) – Documentary looking at the legendary British director, whose films have included Kes, Looking For Eric, and The Wind That Shake The Barley. BBC2, Saturday 30th July, 21:10
Crank (BBFC Rating 18, Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor, 2006) – I’ve watched a lot of Pixar recently. This is my release. ITV, Saturday 30th July, 22:15
There we go. Short one this week, but w 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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