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TV Film Of The Week – 2nd September


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 Princess Bride
(BBFC Rating PG, Rob Reiner, 1986)

The Princess Bride (1987) 4

5*
Saturday 3rd September, 12:35

A wonderful modern fairy tale based on the novel by William Goldman.  A Grandfather reads his poorly grandson a story and we see it magically come to life.  It is funny, romantic, action packed and endlessly quotable.  Great cast including some memorable cameos from Billy Crystal, Peter Cook and Peter Falk, a sparkling script and a beautiful score by Mark Knopfler.  If that isn’t enough it has Andre The Giant in it!  Timeless.

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

Insomnia
(BBFC Rating 15, Christopher Nolan, 2002) 

Insomnia

BBC One
Sunday 4th September, 23:10

Christopher Nolan’s tense remake of a 1997 Norwegian film is a taught cat and mouse thriller, with the sadly missed Robin Williams on top form as he faces off against Al Pacino.  Brilliantly cold blooded and totally under rated.

For your consideration

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

Wreck-It Ralph (BBFC Rating PG, Rich Moore, 2012) – Disney nail it yet again in this tale of the bad guy who just wants to be a hero.  Brilliant vocal turn by John C Reilly. BBC1, Saturday 3rd Septmeber, 15:15

A League of Their Own (BBFC Rating PG, Penny Marshall, 1992) – A heartwarming story of the woman’s baseball league during the 2nd World War.  Tom Hanks is great and Madonna (surprisingly) doesn’t ruin it.  Delightful. Film 4, Saturday 3rd September, 18:25

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (BBFC Rating 12A, Josh Whedon, 2012) – They said it could never happen, it did and it was awesome.  Endlessly re-watchable.  “Cap, call it”  has me out my chair every time.  BBC1, Saturday 3rd September, 22:20

Clear and Present Danger (BBFC Rating 15, Philip Noyce, 1994) –. Harrison Ford’s second outing as Jack Ryan.  Good, if a bit over the top spy thriller. Film4, Tuesday 6th September, 18:15

Runaway Jury (BBFC Rating 12, Gary Fleder, 2003) – The last in a long line of John Grisham novels to be adapted to the big screen.  It’s a decent thriller, a likable John Cusack and a devious Gene Hackman make it very entertaining. Film 4, Wednesday 7th September, 18:30

Battle Los Angeles (BBFC Rating 15, Ken Loach, 2014)  Thrilling alien invasion film with Aaron Eckhart.  Film4, Wednesday 7th September, 23:15

The Sons of Katie Elder (BBFC Rating PG, Henry Hathaway, 1965) – John Wayne and Dean Martin star in this western about 4 brothers who return to their ranch when their father is murdered.  Great fun and was loosely remade as Four Brothers with Mark Walhberg in 2005.  More 4, Thursday 8th September, 11:05

There we go. we hope there’s  something you like in there! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!


Thanks for reading.  Hope you folks enjoyed yourselves, catch ya later on down the trail.

Sam Elliot

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About Snooty Usher Dave

Favourite Film : Ghostbusters (1984) Worst Film: Left Behind (2014) Guilty Pleasure: Pitch Perfect (2012) 40 year old family man from Hamilton, Scotland. I have settled in Gateshead with my wife and 2 beautiful daughters. Worked as a Cinema Manager (or glorified usher) for 14 years, now I run a chicken shop. Love Sport especially Football and Tennis. Love comic books, especially DC and particularly Superman. I own 58 Nicolas Cage films.

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