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:
From Dusk Till Dawn
(BBFC Rating 18, Robert Rodriguez, 1996)
Friday 23rd September, 23:15
George Clooney’s first Hollywood role. Quentin Tarantino’s first paid writing gig. That Salma Hayek bit. From Dusk Till Dawn is a brilliant kidnap thriller, with Clooney and Tarantino taking Harvey Keitel (a preacher who has lost his faith) and his kids hostage. The film takes a turn when they arrive at a Mexican strip club… if you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating 15, Andre Ovredal, 2010)
Sunday 25th September, 01:15
The best Norwegian fake documentary I’ve ever seen. A group of film students set out to make a documentary about a bear hunter in the wilds of Norway, who hunts more than just bears. A fantastic, funny film
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Crank (BBFC Rating 18, Brian Taylor and Mark Nevedine, 2006) – Jason Statham’s finest hour? The Stath is a hitman poisoned by Mexican criminals, who must keep his heart beating fast to stop the poison killing him. Cue 90 minuites of mayhem. ITV4, Friday 23rd September, 00:50 / Sunday 25th September, 22:00
Shooter (BBFC Rating 15, Antoine Fuqua, 2007) – Mark Wahlberg is an army veteran who is brought out of retirement for an assassination, only to find himself being framed. Dave, Friday 23rd September, 21:00
The Wicker Man (BBFC Rating 15, Robin Hardy, 1973) – One of the all time British horror films, as Edward Woodward is a Christian policeman sent to a Scottish isle to investigate a missing child. The great Christopher Lee is the Laird of the Isle. Horror Channel, Saturday 24th September, 21:00
Monsters (BBFC Rating 12, Gareth Edwards, 2011) – Before he made the excellent Godzilla and moved into the Star Wars franchise, Gareth Edwards made this excellent film, about 2 people crossing an infected zone after aliens have conquered most of Earth. A remarkable film for such a small budget. Film4, Saturday 24th September, 23:25
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (BBFC Rating 15, Nick Moran, 2008) – Lock Stock star Nick Moran made this film about the reclusive Sixties musician who descended into loneliness and paranoia. . BBC2, Saturday 24th September, 23:30
The Illusionist (BBFC Rating PG, Neil Burger, 2006) – The 2006 film about magicians that isn’t The Prestige is still a very good film. Ed Norton is the magician who get involved in the royal machinations of Rufus Sewell’s Prince Leopold. Paul Giamatti is the Inspector investigating the death of Duchess Sophie (Jessica Biel). Channel 5, Sunday 25th September, 16:15
Attack The Block (BBFC Rating 15, Joe Cornish, 2010) – The Force Awakens’ John Boyega stars as a member of a London gang who find their estate under attack by aliens, and decide to fight back. Film4, Monday 26th September, 23:10
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!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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