Welcome to the TV Film of the Week – the name says it all! It’s Friday, and here’s our choice of the best films on TV in the next 7 days!
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 15, Edgar Wright, 2007)
Saturday 18th February, 21:00
10 years since it came out in cinemas, it’s time for Hot Fuzz to get the ultimate honour as we name it The Snooty Ushers TV Film of the Week! Simon Pegg is the super cop who is sent to a small village, and finds there is more to Sanford than meets the eye. Nick Frost is Danny, the Police Officer who thinks he is missing out on some action as well. A cavalcade of British comedic talent provides the supporting cast. Yarp!
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
The Running Man
(BBFC Rating 18, Paul Michael Glaser, 1987)
Friday 17th February, 23:05
In 2017, society has collapsed. Arnold is a man framed for a terrible crime, who gets the chance to compete in a violent TV show against modern day gladiators. The game is rigged, but an underground rebellion gets uses him as a focal point to rally against the corporations that run America. Based on a Stephen King novel, and directed by Starsky and Hutch’s Paul Michael Glaser.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Paranorman (BBFC Rating PG, Chris Butler, 2012) – The excellent animation studio Laika brought us this beautiful little film, about a boy who can see dead people. This then makes him the only one who can save his hometown from a terrible curse.. Film4, Saturday 18th February, 11:00
Faster (BBFC Rating 15, Greg Tillman Jr, 2010) – Dwayne Johnson’s best single performance is as a ex-convict who was betrayed by his team, and so sets out ot hunt them down. Billy Bob Thornton is the dirty cop who is trying to cover it all up. Film4, Sunday 19th February, 21:00
Paul (BBFC Rating 15, Greg Mottola, 2011) – Want more Simon Pegg and Nick Frost after Hot Fuzz? They wrote as well as star in this road trip movie about 2 sci-fi fans who encounter Seth Rogan’s alien. E4, Sunday 19th February, 22:00
Vertigo (BBFC Rating PG, Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) – A remastered version of arguably Hitchcock’s best film. James Stewart is a retired cop who is asked by an old army buddy to investigate the strange behaviour of his young wife Kim Novak Film4, Monday 20th February, 12:40
Belle (BBFC Rating 12A, Amma Asante, 2013) – Gugu Mbatha-Raw (of Black Mirror’s excellent “San Junipero” episode) is a mixed-race woman adopted to a upper class family in the 19th century, but never properly accepted. Tom Wilkinson is her father who becomes an important figure in the legal fight against slavery . Film4, Wednesday 22nd February, 23:15
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.