I find myself picking a lot of comedies for FOTW. I’ll take a guess and say that while I love dramatic films, the ones I’ll put on repeat are the ones that make me laugh. This one definitely does the trick; it’s just one of those movies I can watch over and over again. It’s just smart enough, silly enough and crazy enough that it doesn’t get at all boring on repeat viewings, while also managing to be very, very funny. Warning though: contains gore (in a funny way).
THE DAY OF THE JACKAL
ITV4, Mon 26th January 11.00pm
I’ll be honest; I never saw the end of The Day of the Jackal. I was watching it in a lecture at university – the lecture ended, the film didn’t, and I never followed it up to see the end despite being gripped while I was watching it. Here is where I make that up. I am abroad, but Sky+ is going to record this for me – I hope the end is as enjoyable as the beginning.
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY
BBC3, Thurs 1st January (New Years Day) 9.00pm
Before seeing this film I thought for sure that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. It is, after all, a film that everyone says you should see, and that it’s amazing, and that it’s hilarious, etc. And I just wasn’t sold; in fact, I thought I wasn’t going to like it at all.
I was wrong.
All those quotable lines – they’re quotable for a reason. You should see it. It is amazing. It is hilarious. It may not be my favourite comedy, but it is a film I would watch again and again, especially on New Years, because it just makes me feel good.
A classic Christmas film. In fact, a classic Christmas series. Who at Christmas doesn’t do a bit of a binge on Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers? The film version of this BBC series may in fact be my favourite helping of the series. If you are unfamiliar with the show (if you are British, I ask how?) it follows a regiment of the ‘Dad’s Army’, a group of men during the Second World War either too old or injured to fight overseas, and they take their job very seriously. If you missed the announcement, they’re about to do a remake with an excellent cast, which can only hope to be as funny as the original. It’s hilarious, and a must see film this Christmas week.
GOOD WILL HUNTING
Film 4, Sun 14th December 9.00pm
This is my brother’s favourite film, and so he would be severely disappointed with me if I didn’t put it as the FOTW. It’s not my favourite movie ever made, but I would be lying if I said it was a bad film, or that it wasn’t enjoyable, or that I don’t watch it every time it’s on. It is also a film that you should just see, like The Godfather or The Dark Knight. It adds something to the movie business that other films don’t have, at least for me, even if I’m not entirely sure what that is. Plus Robin Williams is phenomenal in it. The whole cast is great. And the plot is good. And it won Oscars.
AN INSPECTOR CALLS
More 4, Fri 5th December 11.50am
I may be in the Alps, but I still can get TVGuide.com to tell me what’s coming up this week on British telly. This week is the mysterious An Inspector Calls. Unlike most people I know who have seen this film, I didn’t see as a part of my GCSEs, instead I saw it two years ago randomly when we had a bit of time at work and stuck on the DVD. It’s a lot more mysterious than I was expecting it to be, and Alastair Sim is great as the inspector. Well worth a watch.
It’s funny – I was having a family dinner last night with my parents, and in the course of chatting about flying Aiplane! came up in conversation. Both my parents kept giggling to themselves about scenes in the film, and I said that I had never seen it. Apparently, according to my dad, “Oh, it is funny”. (A direct quote ladies and gentlemen – my dad is a man of few words.) Anyway, I went to find a FOTW for this week, and there I saw Airplane! – there was no way I couldn’t pick it! Let’s see if it lives up to my father’s high praise.