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TV Film Of The Week – 26th August


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.

Well, the Olympics are over (well done Team GB!) and there’s a bank holiday coming up, so let’s get straight to it and run down this week’s recommendations!

NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.

So, our TV Film of the Week is:

Frank
(BBFC Rating 15, Lenny Abrahams0n, 2014)

frank

Film4
Wednesday 31st August, 22:40

An odd, but brilliant, film from the director of this year’s Room. Domhnall Gleeson joins a band fronted by papier mache-headed singer songwriter genius Frank (Michael Fassbender). The main character is not Frank Sidebottom, who provides just the visual inspiration, but more of a Captain Beefheart type. Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent here as well.

An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….

Red State
(BBFC Rating 18, Kevin Smith, 2011) 

Red State

Channel 4
Saturday 27th August, 01:00

Kevin Smith recently had the honour of meeting our Senior Wrestling Correspondent Jonny Hogarth during a trip to Edinburgh, and so we are happy to recommend probably his most surprising film (it’s either this or that Jennifer Garner rom com he did). A group of teenagers get an online invitation for sex, but end up being kidnapped by a cult. John Goodman leads the government forces trying to take the building.

For your consideration

And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:

Night Of The Living Deb (BBFC Rating 18, Kyle Rankin, 2015) – After a one night stand, Deb discovers her town is full of zombies. Horror Channel, Friday 26th August, 21:00

Lockout (BBFC Rating 15, James Mather, 2012) – Tough guy Snow (Guy Pierce) has to rescue the President’s Daughter (Maggie Grace) when a prison space station she is visiting is taken over by the inmates. Film4, Friday 26th August, 21:00

Superman (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Donner, 1978) – You believe a man can fly. Still the benchmark for what a superhero film can do. ITV4, Saturday 27th August, 16:00 / Monday 29th August, 14:15

X-Men: First Class (BBFC Rating 12A, Matthew Vaughn, 2011) – Matthew Vaughn did a great job re-booting the X-Men franchise with this 60’s set romp. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender take on the roles of Charles Xavier (free-spirited student) and Erik Leshurr (Nazi-hunting loner) and start to mould them into Professor X and Magneto. Film4, Sunday 28th August, 21:00

Insidious (BBFC Rating 15, James Wan, 2010) – A very good horror film that manages to keep its creepy premise (parents discover therir child is haunted, rahter than the house) going long enough to make this throughly enjoyable, before the inevitable demon fight. Film4, Sunday 28th August, 23:35

Jimmy’s Hall (BBFC Rating 15, Ken Loach, 2014) – An exiled political agitator returns to home and reopens a dance hall. His communist leaning don’t sit well with the local landowners or the Church in 1930’s Ireland though. Film4, Tuesday 30th August, 23:25

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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About Snooty Usher James

Favourite Film: This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Least Favourite Film: Probably the American version of One Missed Call (2008) Guilty Pleasure: No Holds Barred (1989) I'm the exile of the group, after living in the South for a couple of years I've now moved to Edinburgh to start the next chapter. I've got a wide ranging love of film and TV, but I am definitely the fourth usher in terms of film knowledge. I do however have a stack of DVDs to work through, and both a Netflix and an Amazon Prime subscription with which to get involved. So, even if my job means I don't get to see as many of the new releases as I would like, I hope to be able to chip in with some reviews of my own. My other hobbies include playing the guitar, trying to play the ukulele, Football Manager and Radio 4. I'm also a big fan of wrestling. Part of that means that I have a bunch of ideas for columns that I have stolen from various parts of IWC, so look out for them. But hey, enough of my yacking. What do you say.....let's boogie.

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