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 18, John Carpenter, 1988
Saturday 22nd October, 23:00
The film – and role – that won Roddy Piper number 1 position in our Wrestlers In Movies column, is one of many John Carpenter cult films. Piper is a drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that show him a horrifying truth – aliens have infiltrated society and are hidden in plain sight. Keith David is his only “friend” and the two fight off the oppressors. It also has one of the great fist fights on film.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
A Monster In Paris
BBFC Rating U, Bibo Bergeron, 2011
Saturday 22nd October, 14:40
A charming French animation about… well… a monster in Paris. A slight retelling of The Phantom Of The Opera, just a joy to watch.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Final Destination (BBFC Rating 15, James Wong, 2000) – A tense, original (as original as it gets, anyway) horror films that balances fights and tension very well. A group of schoolkids get off a plane when one of them has a premonition of a crash, but they start to die one at a time in freak accidents. ITV2, Friday 21st October, 21:00 / Sunday 23rd October, 01:05
Fletch (BBFC Rating 12, Michael Ritchie, 1985) – One of Chevy Chase’s best performances, and almost definitely his best film. Chase plays Fletch, a investigative reporter who is asked to kill a supposedly dying man, who turns out to be perfectly healthy. Rather similar to that episode of Archer! Film4, Saturday 22nd October, 16:25 / Wednesday 26th October, 18:55
Locke (BBFC Rating 15, Steven Knight, 2014) – Tom Hardy is a man driving Birmingham, and makes 36 phone calls, That’s the film. It’s made by Hardy. Channel 4, Saturday 22nd October, 23:30
The Grand Budapest Hotel (BBFC Rating 15, Wes Anderson, 2014) – An absolutely film, telling the story of concierge Monsieur Gustav (Ralph Fiennes) as he is bequeathed a painting from a rich widow, and er family sets out to get it back. Film4, Saturday 23rd October, 21:00
Night Of The Living Dead (BBFC Rating 15, George A Romero, 1968) – A classic of American horror, it’s only in this section because this version is slightly edited for TV. Horror Channel, Monday 24th October, 21:00
The Wicker Man (BBFC Rating 15, Robin Hardy, 1973) – A classic of British horror, again, it’s only in this section because this version is slightly edited for TV. Horror Channel, Tuesday 25th October, 21:00
Shaun Of The Dead (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2004) – Well, it’s on so I recommend it. ITV2, Tuesday 25th 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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