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:
The Jason Statham Double Bill of Parker & Safe!
(BBFC Rating 15, Taylor Hackford, 2013)
(BBFC Rating 15, Boaz Yakin, 2012)
Sunday 9th October from 9pm
We are slight Statham fans here at the Snooty Ushers, so for the first time ever we have gone for a double bill! It’s Parker (which sees him as a criminal who is double crossed and left for dead, and goes for revenge) and Safe (which sees him as an ex-cop fighter who is double crossed, left for dead, and goes for revenge). A little tip – don’t double cross Jason Statham and leave him for dead. Parker is a 80s thriller type film that has Jennifer Lopez as the real estate agent who helps Statham track his old gang, while Safe goes into Transporter territory with him protecting a child from various international gangs.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
BBFC Rating 18, Quentin Tarantino, 2009
Friday 7th October, 21:00
Tarantino made a war movie as only he could, blood-splattered and never really taking itself seriously. A group of Jewish American soldiers fight their way across Europe collecting Nazi scalps, with one of the most tense scenes on film.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Goldfinger (BBFC Rating PG, Guy Hamilton, 1964) – The best Bond film? I think so. It set the template for Bond films for decades, and Connery might give the best singular performance in the series. Gert Frobe is excellent as Goldfinger as well, sinister and twisted. ITV4, Friday 7th October, 21:00
The Mask (BBFC Rating PG, Charles Russel, 1994) – Jim Carrey earned the moniker “rubber faced comedian” with this and the 2 Ace Venturas (“it only gets overtly transphobic at the very end – so a win”) Carmon Diaz made a big splash as a noir inspired dame, but Carrey is like a force of nature in this film. ITV2, Saturday 8th October, 19:55
Secret Windows (BBFC Rating 12, David Koepp, 2004) – Johnny Depp is an author who is approached by John Turturro , who claims he has stolen his ideas. An interesting little film that feels like a TV movie. 5*, Sunday 9th October, 18:40 / Monday 10th October, 10:00
Begin Again (BBFC Rating 15, John Carney, 2013) – Mark Ruffalo is a struggling radio exec who discovers the talented Keira Knightley, and sets about recording her music around New York. BBC2, Sunday 9th October, 22:00
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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