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TV Film of The Week – 2nd December


Welcome, one and all to TV Film of The Week.  Every week, The Snooty Ushers hand pick a selection of films that are showing on TV this week.  No need for Netflix, Amazon or a Sky Box, all our choices will be available on Freeview.

I get that we are now in December, but I have resisted putting any Christmas films on the list as I will leave the festive stuff to James for a little longer.

So without further ado, let’s get on with the recommendations.

(NB: as we are all still cinema ushers at heart, our week begins on a Friday)

TV Film of the Week:

The Last Boyscout
(BBFC Rating 18, Tony Scott, 1991)

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ITV 4
Wednesday 7th December, 22:00

Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is a down at heel private eye who is hired to protect an exotic dancer.  The dancer is the girlfriend of ex pro football player Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans).  When she is gunned down, the pair become unlikely partners and get involved in a conspiracy that goes right to the top of Pro football.  I love this film and it is second only to Die Hard is Bruce Willis’ filmography.  Great script by Shane Black.  A 90s treat.

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

16 Blocks
(BBFC Rating 15, Richard Donner, 2006)

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ITV 4
Saturday 3rd December, 21:00

Another Bruce Willis film, this time he is a world weary cop who has to get a witness (Mos Def) to court by 10 am, it is only 16 blocks away from the station, but a collection of criminals and crooked cops want the witness dead.  Told in real time, this is a tense thriller.

For your consideration

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

Rebecca (BBFC Rating PG, Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) – My Hitchcock choice this week is his brilliant adaptation of Daphne Du Mauier’s classic novel.  Laurence Oliver is great as the brooding Maxim De Winter, but it is Joan Fontaine who shines are the second Mrs De Winter.  BBC2, Saturday 3rd December, 13:30

The Frozen Ground (FC Rating 15, Scott Walker, 2013) – Nicolas Cage is a cop on the trail of John Cusack’s serial killer.  This is based on the hunt for real life killer Robert Hansen and is one of the better Cage offerings in recent years.  5, Saturday 3rd December, 22:20

School of Rock (BBFC Rating 12, Richard Linklater, 2003) – Jack Black fakes his way into teaching in a up market school for rich kids and has an idea to set them up to be his new band.  Funny, with a great soundtrack. Channel 4, Sunday 4th December, 15:20

Green Lantern (BBFC Rating , Martin Campbell, 2011) – I think I am the only person who liked this.  Takes one to many liberties with the text, but enjoyable enough.  Get it watched, poozers.. 5, Sunday 4th December, 22:00

A Time To Kill  (BBFC Rating 15, Joel Schumacher, 1996 ) – Great adaptation of John Grisham’s first novel, thrilling court room drama that launched the career of Matthew McConaughey. Film 4, Sunday 4th December, 22:45

American Pie (BBFC Rating 15, Paul and Chris Weitz, 1999) – Coming of age comedy about 4 best friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before the end of High School.  Spawned many sequels and spin offs, but this is the first piece of pie and it is still great 17 years on.  ITV2, Tuesday 6th December, 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!


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

Sam Elliot

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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