Welcome to the TV Film of the Week – the name says it all! It’s Friday, so here’s our choice of the best films on TV in the next 7 days!
If you’re reading this on Friday, Film4 is showing Muppet films all through the daytime, starting with The Muppets Movie at 11am through to Muppet Treasure Island which finishes just after 6pm. That’s 7 hours of Muppet movie magic!
It’s also a strange Bank Holiday weekend that doesn’t have a Bond marathon or The Great Escape playing on terrestrial TV, but 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, Ben Wheatley, 2016)
Friday 14th April, 22:50
I tend not to recommend films on a Friday in case people read the column later in the week. However, Ben Wheatley (making it two TV Films of the Week in three after A Field In England in March) adapted what is a sprawling book (so I’ve been told, obviously I’ve never actually read it myself) into a very interesting, if flawed, film. Tom Hiddlestone moves into an apartment block that is designed to contain everything. He interacts with neighbours Luke Evans, Sienna Miller and Jermeny Irons – who also designed the building – as the social classes clash and threaten the stability of the building. That’s not the best description of the film, but it’s one I would recommend everyone watches at least once. Even if you don’t like it, you have to admire the ambition and scope of the film.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
(BBFC Rating 15, Ava DuVerney, 2014)
Friday 14th April, 21:00
David Oyelowo gives a phenomenal performance as Martin Luther King (although due to legal reasons, they don’t use any of his speeches), whilst King is planning his Civil Rights March from Selma.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Crank (BBFC Rating 18, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, 2006) – If High Rise isn’t your cup of tea, Crank is on at the same time. Jason Statham is a hitman who is poisoned and has to keep his adrenaline pumping to stop the poison from killing him. The most action packed, over the top American film in decades. ITV1, Friday 14th April, 22:45
RocknRolla (BBFC Rating 15, Guy Ritchie, 2008) – Mark Strong, Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton, Tom Hardy and Tobey Kebbel star in Guy Ritchie’s last British crime film to date. Dave, Saturday 15th April, 21:00
Guardian of the Galaxy (BBFC Rating 12A, James Gunn, 2014) – The funnest MArvel film so far. Chris Pratt is Star Lord, a thief who realises he might just be a hero after all. Killer soundtrack as well. In the age of modern blockbusters, this really is one you can sit down with the whole family and enjoy. Perfect Bank Holiday viewing. BBC1, Monday 17th April, 20:30
And that’s it. We’ll 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.