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.
The closer it gets to Christmas, the more difficult it is becoming to stay away from Christmas films. As James has that covered in his daily countdown, you will understand the lack of festive movies on this list. Here are my recommendations.
(NB: as we are all still cinema ushers at heart, our week begins on a Friday)
TV Film of the Week:
(BBFC Rating PG, Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Sunday 18th December, 15:45
Bogart was never better than he was as Rick Blaine, an American running a bar in Casablanca during the Second World War. He never sticks his neck out for anybody, until his ex-lover turns up married to the leader of the French resistance. This is one of my all time favourite films. The rendition of the french national anthem gets me every time. “Here’s lookin’ at you kid”.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the week is….
(BBFC Rating 15, Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
Friday 16th December, 23:25
Tarantino’s 3rd film is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch. It is a cracking crime thriller and while it doesn’t quite hit the heights of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, it is still classic Tarantino, with great performances from Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and the brilliant Robert Forster.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Shutter Island (BBFC Rating 15, Martin Scorsese, 2010) – Leonardo Di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo are a pair of US Marshals who investigate an impossible disappearance at a psychiatric facility in the 1950s. Brilliant adaptation of a brilliant novel by Dennis Lehane. More 4, Friday 16th December, 21:00
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (BBFC Rating PG, Pete Hewitt, 1991) – Bill and Ted find themselves in the afterlife after coming up against evil robot versions of themselves. If you liked the original (and why wouldn’t you) then you will love this. ITV 4, Saturday 17th December, 16:15
Coming To America (BBFC Rating 15, John Landis, 1988) – Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who comes to New York to find a wife. Murphy plays multiple characters, but with much more subtly than he did later in his career. Still great fun Dave, Sunday 18th December, 23:00
Cool Runnings (BBFC Rating PG , Jon Turtletaub, 1993) – loosely based on the true story of Jamaica’s first bobsleigh team. Disney can make these type of movies in their sleep and this is a great one. Inspirational, funny and full of heart. I, for one believe Jamaica have a bobsleigh team. BBC 1, Monday 19th December, 13:45
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (BBFC Rating 15, Nicolas Stoller, 2008) – When he is dumped by his TV star girlfriend, Jason Segel takes a holiday in Hawaii only to run into her and her new pop star boyfriend. Segel is great and is ably supported by Paul Rudd and a great turn by Russell Brand. ITV, Tuesday 20th December, 22:45
Brewster’s Millions (BBFC Rating PG, Walter Hill , 1985) – Richard Pryor stars in this adaption of the 1902 novel about a man whose relative left him a fortune with several conditions attached. Played for laughs here, I have fond memories of this from when I was a kid. John Candy also stars. More 4, Wednesday 21st December, 10:00
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (BBFC Rating 15, Declan Lowney, 2013) – Perfect transition of Steve Coogan’s greatest creation from TV to the big screen. Alan finds himself right in the middle of a hostage situation when his radio station is put under siege. Amazing. 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.