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.
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:
(BBFC Rating 15, Mel Brooks, 1968)
Film4, Sunday 11th September
Mel Brooks’ debut as a direct is a fitting tribute to the monumental talent that was Gene Wilder, as this was his break out role. Two producers realise they can make a lot of money if they have a musical that flops. They do everything they can to run up the costs to get more money from their backers in exchange for a percentage of the ticket sales, of which there will be none.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
(BBFC Rating 15, Tomas Alfredson, 2011)
Friday 9th September, 23:10
Tomas Alfredson directed the excellent Swedish vampire film “Let The Right One In” and then followed it up with this adaptation of the spy novel by John le Carre. Gary Oldman is George Smiley (giving probably his best ever performance) who is brought back into the British intelligence service to find a Soviet agent. The cat includes Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Cianran Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham. Fantastic film.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Hobo With A Shotgun (BBFC Rating 18, Jason Eisener, 2011) – Rutger Hauer is a drifter who finds his latest town is being ruined by a criminal family, and becomes a hobo with a shotgun to clean it up. Horror Channel, Friday 9th September, 22:55
Toy Story 2 (BBFC Rating U, Ash Brannon & John Lasseter, 2012) – Woody and Buzz are back, as Woody has to be rescued when a rare toy collector need him to complete his collection. BBC1, Saturday 10th September, 17:30
United 93 (BBFC Rating 15, Paul Greengrass, 2006) – The first major 9/11 film focused on the one plane that didn’t reach its destination. A remarkable piece of film making tells the story of a group of ordinary people who took back control of their plane from a group of terrorists. ITV, Saturday 10th September, 22:45 / ITV4, Sunday 11th September, 23:00 / Thursday 15th September 00:15
Before I Go To Sleep (BBFC Rating 12, Rowan Joffe, 2014) – Nicole Kidman is married to Colin Firth, but has a form of memory lost that means she wakes up every morning with no idea who she is. Mark Strong is the psychiatrist she is working with. Film4, Tuesday 13th September, 21:00
The Boat That Rocked (BBFC Rating 15, Richard Curtis, 2009) – Richard Curtis’ second film as a director was a departure from the usual comedy that he usual made, as he tells the story of pirate radio in 1960’s Britain. Kenneth Branagh is the government minister trying to shut down the illegal radio station, which is run by Bill Nighy and includes DJs Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Rhys Darby, Chris O’Dowd, and Ralph Brown. ITV4, Wednesday 14th September, 00:30
Senna (BBFC Rating 15, Asif Kapadia, 2010) – A brilliant document about the brilliant race driver, and human being, Ayrton Senna. The director also made the excellent Amy. ITV4, Wednesday 14th September, 22:00
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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