Welcome to the TV Film of the Week – the name says it all! It’s Friday! I’m finally back on schedule! 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, Luc Besson, 2014)
Saturday 18th March, 21:00
One thing I always enjoy is when a film with a bonkers premise really commits and takes it to the extreme. Paul Bettany being an archangel and literally fighting off the apocalypse is one of the reasons that I like Legion so much. And with Scarlett Johansson about to hit the cinemas with Ghost in the Shell at the end of the month, why not check this out? Johansson is Lucy, an inadvertent drug smuggler who starts to unlock her brain’s true capacity when the drugs package she is smuggling leaks into her system. Although this might sound similar to Limitless, Lucy dials it all up to eleven, as our heroine develops her physical as well as here mental prowess. Morgan Freeman is a scientist/professor/doctor who might be able to help her harness her powers. A really enjoyable slice of high concept nonsense.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating PG, Paul King, 2014)
Saturday 18th March 19:10
Simply one of my favourite family movies in a long time, a truly heartwarming tale of the bear from Peru.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Young Frankenstein (BBFC Rating PG, Mel Brooks, 1974) – I missed it last week due to my lateness, but this is a comedy classic. Sony Movie Channel, Friday 17th March, 14:45
The Blues Brothers (BBFC Rating 15, John Landis, 1980) – See the previous entry! Jake and Elwood are on a mission from God, and just happen to bump into some of the greatest musicians of all time on the way. Sony Movie Channel, Friday 17th March, 21:00
Legion (BBFC Rating 15, Scott Charles Stewart, 2010) – I mentioned it at the top of the article, it’s just Paul Bettany in an enjoyably daft action film! Film4, Sunday 19th March, 21:00
Outlander (BBFC Rating 15, Howard McCain, 2008) – Jim Caviezel stars in this slightly strange historical/sci-fi action film about an astronaut who lands in Viking times, and has to team up with the locals to fight off an alien who has followed him. Sopha Myles, John Hurt, Ron Perlman, and Jack Huston make up a very good cast in a film that never got a proper release Horror Channel, Monday 20th March, 21:00
School of Rock (BBFC Rating PG, Richard Linklater, 2003) – To think Linklater was already shooting Boyhood (which is on Film4 immediately afterwards) at the time! Jack Black is a jobless, directionless rocker who takes a substitute teaching job meant for his roommate. Film4, Tuesday 21st March, 18:35
About A Boy (BBFC Rating 12, Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz, 2002) – Hugh Grant is a lazy rich guy who gets dragged into a lonely boy’s life (a pre-Skins, X-Men, and Mad Max Nicholas Hoult). It’s almost unbelievable that this poignant, grown-up film was made by the directors of American Pie. Good on ’em! Film4, Thursday 22nd March, 18:55
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.