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:
Requiem for a Dream
(BBFC Rating 18, Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
Monday 8th August, 23:15
In 2000, Darren Aronofsky had only made Π, and this is a progression to the bigger budget (but still interesting) films. This is his Momento or his Trainspotting. It’s the story of 4 drug users who spiral further into addiction, but it’s not the most enjoyale film, and probably Jared Leto’s best role.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
The Third Man
(BBFC Rating PG, Carol Reed, 1949)
Sunday 7th August, 13:00
BBC2 is really digging into the classics. Rear Window was TV Film Of The Week a few weeks ago, and this time it’s the Carol Reed film noir.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Step Brothers (BBFC Rating 15, Adam McKay, 2008) – Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are two spoiled man-children (man-childs?) forced to live together when their parents get married. Basically just an excuse for the 2 leads to riff on each other, and here it was incredibly funny. Film4, Saturday 6th August, 23:00
Rango (BBFC Rating PG, Gore Verbinksi, 20111) – Johnny Depp voices a chameleon that becomes the sheriff of a town called Dust in the midst of an ongoing drought. Film4, Tuesday 9th August, 16:40
Mars Attacks! (BBFC Rating 12, Tim Burton, 1996) – A pastiche/love letter to 50s sci-fi films that doesn’t totally work, but is still a lot of fun. ITV4, Tuesday 9th August, 22:05
Legion (BBFC Rating 15, Scott Charles Stewart, 2010) – The ever dependable Paul Bettany plays an archangel who tries to defend mankind during the rapture, in an enjoyable piece of nonsense. Film4, Tuesday 9th August, 23:15
Prisoners (BBFC Rating 15, Denis Villenueve, 2013) – Hugh Jackman’s daughter goes missing, and Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective trying to find the suspect. Film4, Thursday 9th August, 21:00
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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