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 18, Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
Wednesday 1st March
For a long time, Jackie Brown was my favourite QT film. I didn’t really understand Pulp Fiction the first time I saw it, or why Reservoir Dogs looked the way it does. It was the first “proper” film Tarantino made without chopping up the timeline, and the contrarian in me always championed it. Pam Grier is excellent as the aging air hostess forced into crime and desperate for a dignified way out.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating 15, Adam Wingard, 2014)
Friday 24th February, 21:00
Currently starting in Legion (see Welshy’s latest episode review here), Dan Stevens made the leap into films with this all action performance in a stripped down thriller from the writer/director team behind You’re Next and The Blair Witch.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BBFC Rating 12A, Matt Reeves, 2014) – I think we were all surprised at how good the reboot of the Planet of the Apes film franchise has been. James Franco’s story with Caesar concluded in first film, so he doesn’t return here, but instead we basically get a war film with no dialogue for huge lengths of time. A remarkable film, with another great Andy Serkis performance. Channel 4, Saturday 25th February, 21:00
The Sixth Sense (BBFC Rating 15, M. Night Shyamalan, 1999) – The film that launched Shyamalan as a superstar director likened to Hitchcock. Bruce Willis is the child psychologist working with troubled Haley Joel Osment. Film4, Sunday 26th February, 01:20
Easy A (BBFC Rating 15, Will Gluck, 2010) – By the time this airs, Emma Stone could be an Oscar winner. Years before La La Land though she broke through with this retelling of The Scarlet Letter. Stone is a highschooler who tells a little white lie that gets out of control. But instead of giving in to the school gossips, she embraces her new reputation. Film4, Monday 27th February, 22:50
From Paris With Love (BBFC Rating 15, Pierre Morel, 2010) – Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp production company has got a track record of slightly unexpectedly solid action thrillers. Alongside Taken and Transporter is this, starring John Travolta as an American secret agent, who works with young Embassy staff member Jonathan Rhys Meyers when trying to uncover a terrorist cell. Channel 5, Monday 27th February, 22:00
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!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.