Welcome to the TV Film of the Week – the name says it all! The Snooty Ushers have put our 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, Peter Yates, 1968)
Friday 30th September, 23:25
A classic Steve McQueen film with the greatest car chase in history. Enough said.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
BBFC Rating 12A, Jason Moore, 2012
Friday 30th September, 21:00
Snooty Usher Dave formed his own acapella group off the back of this film. Anna Kendrick joins a misfit group of singers who try to reclaim their crown. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins are the highlight for me as the commentators, but if you ever wondered what the phrase “whip sharp script” means, I think this film sums it up. No diggity.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Transcendence (BBFC Rating 12, Wally Pfister, 2014) – A beautiful loooking film (Pfister was cinematographer on Inception, The Dark Knight, and most of Christopher Nolan’s work) that doesn’t really every nail down what it wants to do. Johnny Depp is a scientist who uploads his consciousness just before his death, and continues his life’s work to try and improve humanity through his works. His presence becomes a threat, and the government storms his desert base. Part techno-thriller, part horror film, part character piece, this has a great cast – but is less than the sum of its parts . Channel 4, Saturday 1st October, 22:00
Warm Bodies (BBFC Rating 12A, Jonathan Levine, 2013) – Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer (of Lights Out) are a pair of star-crossed lovers with just one problem standing in the way – he is (un)dead. Film4, Saturday 1st October, 23:05
Red Eye (BBFC Rating 12, Wes Craven, 2005) – Late in his career, Wes Craven made this tight thriller. Rachel McAdams is trapped next to sinister Cillian Murphy (is there any better type?) on a late night flight to Miami. Channel 4, Sunday 2nd October 23:05
Elysium (BBFC Rating 15, Neill Blomkamp, 2013) – This is an interesting, but eventually slightly disappointing film from the director of District 9. Matt Damon leads a one man rebellion from a polluted and diseased Earth to the floating paradise ruled over by Jodie Foster. 5*, Monday 3rd October, 21:00
Serena (BBFC Rating 15, Susanne Bier, 2014) –Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunited after Silver Linings Playbook (and sort of American Hustle, although there was little interaction from what I remember) to make this disappointing film set in 1930s North Carolina, where they attempt to break into the local limber business, much to the chagrin of the locals. Also stars Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones. Film4, Monday 3rd October, 21:00
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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