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, Leos Carax, 2012)
Saturday 15th October, 01:30
There are some films that just have to be seen. This is an incredibly odd French film that follows it main character driving (or is he being driven) around and becoming several different characters in several different situations. Delightfully weird.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
BBFC Rating 15, Adam Green, 2009
Friday 14th October, 21:00
A film I saw in an all night Halloween marathon and has stayed with me ever since. Maybe I was just sleep depraved, but this is a cracking film about 3 skiers who get trapped on the mountainside when their cable car stops, leaving them trapped, alone, and… frozen?
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Django Unchained (BBFC Rating 18, Quentin Tarantino, 2012) – I fell out of love with QT when he made Kill Bill. After Inglorious Basterds I was back on the bandwagon – and this showed me he still has plenty left in the tank. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz are both brilliant, although Tarantino’s cameo almost stops the film dead. Not for the easily offended. Channel 5, Friday 14th October, 22:00
Hummingbird (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Knight, 2013) – I’ll never apologise for my love of The Stath. Here he’s a damaged, homeless Afghanistan veteran who becomes a vigilante. There’s always something more to Staham’so role than simply “tough guy” and this is another with an interesting wrinkle. 5*, Friday 14th October, 22:00
Dredd (BBFC Rating 18, Steven Knight, 2013) – Karl Urban is brilliant as Judge Dredd in this tough as nails version of the 2000AD comic character. A travesty that this didn’t lead to a franchise, one of the best comics book films of this decade. Film4, Friday 14th October, 22:45
Paul (BBFC Rating 15, Greg Mottola, 2011) – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost wrote this as a love letter to sci-find, and it really is a fun ride. Set has Rowan is great as Paul, an alien trying to get home who is surprisingly terrestrial. E4, Saturday 15th October, 21:00
Limitless (BBFC Rating 15, Neil Burger, 2011) – A fun film that has Bradley Cooper in top form as a underperforming writer who unlocks his potential when he is given an experimental drug. Robert DeNiro is the business man who takes him under his wing, before Cooper starts losing control. Channel 4, Saturday 15th October, 22:00
The Talented Mr Ripley (BBFC Rating 15, Anthony Minghella, 1999) – Matt Damon proved his acting chops with this performance as Tom Ripley, a chancer who ingratiates himself into socialite Dickie’s (Jude Law, who might never have been better) life. Ripley’s obsession with Dickie causes problems though. BBC2, Saturday 15th October, 22:30
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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