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General Musings, TV

TV Film of The Week -9th 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.

Still Dave choosing the films as James continues his Christmas countdown, 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:

Paddington
(BBFC Rating PG, Paul King, 2014)

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Channel 4
Sunday 11th December, 18:15

A fantastic new version of the classic children’s books.  Ben Whishaw provides the voice of the bear from deepest, darkest Peru who loves Marmalade.  He turns up in London, looking for a home and ends up living with The Brown Family.  A delightful film for all the family.  Whishaw’s voice is perfect and the wonderful cast features Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman.  A treat.

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

Unstoppable
(BBFC Rating 12, Tony Scott, 2010)

unstoppable

Film 4
Sunday 11th December, 19:05

In Tony Scott’s last film as a director, he teams up with Denzel Washington again.  Here, Denzel is a train driver on the verge of being made redundant, who along with the guy who is going to take his job, makes attempts to stop a run away train.  Loosely based on a true story, this is a great thriller.

For your consideration

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

(500) Days of Summer (BBFC Rating 15, Marc Webb, 2009) – An alternative rom-com, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt falling in and out of love with Zooey Deschanel.   Film 4, Friday 9th December, 19:10

Superman: The Moive (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Donner, 1978) – You will believe a man can fly.  If this is on, I will recommend you watch it.   ITV 4, Saturday 10th December, 15:50

Dragonheart (BBFC Rating PG, Rob Cohen, 1996) – Daft fantasy with the brilliant Dennis Quaid as a knight and the worst living Scotsman Sean Connery voicing a dragon. The piece of music that plays over the end credits is among my all time favourites.  ITV 4, Sunday 11th December, 11:00

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (BBFC Rating PG , Stephen Herek, 1989) – Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are brilliant as the slacker duo who are given help from the future to complete a history report.  Watched this again recently and it is still as great as it was when I was 13. ITV 4, Sunday 11th December, 22:10

Welcome To The Jungle  (BBFC Rating 15, Peter Berg, 2010) – One of his first films when Dwayne Johnson was still The Rock.  He and Sean William Scott have some good chemistry and it is a decent action film. 5*, Monday 12th December, 23:00

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (BBFC Rating PG, George Roy Hill, 1969) – Newman and Redford play a pair of bandits on the run following a string of train robberies.  They head to Bolivia in search of a better criminal career.  The leads give new meaning to the world cool. Film 4, Tuesday 13th December, 13:10

Hot Fuzz (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2007) – My favourite part of the cornetto trilogy, this is brilliantly written and as funny as the first time I saw it.  A love letter to cop movies.  ITV2, Tuesday 13th December, 13:10

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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