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TV Film Of The Week – 4th November


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.

With James locked in a room watching Christmas films for the next 56 days, it is Dave picking the films this week.

NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.

So, our TV Film of the Week is:

Trainspotting
(BBFC Rating 18, Danny Boyle, 1996)

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Film 4
Friday 4th November 21:00

Following the release of the brilliant new trailer for the welcome sequel, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s brilliant novel about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, made stars of its director and young cast.  Darkly comic and brutally honest, this remains one of the best British films of all time and is still as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….

The Lady Vanishes
(BBFC Rating PG, Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) 

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BBC Two
Saturday 5th November, 13:00

Hitchcock’s classic about a beautiful young woman whose elderly travelling companion disappears from the train on which they are travelling, when the other passengers  deny all know edge of her existence, she must get to the bottom of the mystery.  The perfect film for a quiet weekend afternoon.

For your consideration

And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:

Season of The Witch (BBFC Rating 12a, Dominic Sena, 2011) – Nicolas Cage film, no surprise there. Here, he is a crusader who must escort a girl accused of being a witch to a monstary.  Great fun, highlight being Ron Pearlman headbutting a demon. Film 4, Friday 4th November, 12:05

The Guest (BBFC Rating 15, Adam Winguard, 2014) – Dan Stevens is a charismatic ex-soldier who visits the family of a friend who was killed in action, but is he all that he seems?  A cracking thriller  Film 4, Saturday 4th November, 21:00

Man on Fire (BBFC Rating 18, Tony Scott, 2004) – Denzel Washington is brilliant as an ex-CIA agent who is working as a body guard for the child of a rich family.  When she is kidnapped, he goes on a rampage of revenge.  Brutally brilliant. Film 4, Saturday 4th November, 23:05

The Princess Diaries  (BBFC Rating U, Gary Marshall, 2001) – This delightful tale features a young Anne Hathaway as an awkward young girl who finds out she is actually a princess. One of my wee girls’ favourites. Channel 4 6th November, 16:20

Terminal Velocity (BBFC Rating 12A, Deran Sarafian, 1994) – Charlie Sheen as a daredevil skydiver who teams up with KGB agent to find some hidden gold. They don’t make em like they used to.  Daft fun.  Film 4, Monday 7th September, 19:00

I, Robot (BBFC Rating 12a, Alex Proyas, 2004) –. Will Smith as a cop trying to prove that a robot is a killer in a very loose adaptation of the Isaac Asimov’s short story.  Smith is at his charismatic best.  Film4, Tuesday 8th November, 18:50

A Knight’s Tale (BBFC Rating 12a, Brian Helgeland, 2001) – Heath Ledger is a the son of a poor man who assumes the role of a knight to compete in a jousting competition.  Great fun, with a scene stealing turn from Paul Bettany as Geoffery Chaucer.  More 4, Thursday 10th September, 21:05

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!


Thanks for reading.  Hope you folks enjoyed yourselves, catch ya later on down the trail.

Sam Elliot

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About Snooty Usher Dave

Favourite Film : Ghostbusters (1984) Worst Film: Left Behind (2014) Guilty Pleasure: Pitch Perfect (2012) 40 year old family man from Hamilton, Scotland. I have settled in Gateshead with my wife and 2 beautiful daughters. Worked as a Cinema Manager (or glorified usher) for 14 years, now I run a chicken shop. Love Sport especially Football and Tennis. Love comic books, especially DC and particularly Superman. I own 58 Nicolas Cage films.

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