3 Film Challenge To Live In Each Movie

A good friend sent me an idea for a film challenge last week, probably knowing it would either make my head explode or help my working day go that little bit faster. A time waster to busy the mind as I worked away.

  • You get to live in 3 movies for 3 days?
  • Each one has to be different but your last film you would have to stay in forever!
  • What would you choose ?

So of course my first 3 choices had to be funny. A theme! Then sit back and wait for the reply to be WTAF! “You kept quiet about that dudette!

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Tootsie (1982)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (To stay in forever!)

Haha Joking aside these sort of things do mess with my head. I tend to over think them and the brain cogs can audibly be heard, creaking and grinding through the gears. Thousands of films begin to flash on by as I try and whittle them down to three! So I start thinking if I go there in that film I’m gonna die, or that one would be way too depressing in real life. What about staying the day in that film? “But then the aliens come and feast on my cranium juices like it’s creme brulee!” OK what about? “You know it? It would of course be me that gets caught and spends the one day with a prison sentence!” I got it, how about? “No way, Leon Kowalski sure to show up in a mood and rip my arms and legs off!” You get what I’m saying right?

A few hours pass on by. I got a small batch to go with. Now can I choice the 3? Do I make the right decisions?

But first a few “day” ones that crossed my mind.

  • I could enjoy a meal and drinks in Rick’s Café Américain as Sam (Dooley Wilson) tinkers on the piano keys. Watching and chatting to Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) in Casablanca (1942).
  • Go bowling and watching Layla (Christina Ricci) tap dance for me in Buffalo 66 (1998). The scene is HERE
  • Sit chatting, drinking and smoking with Tommy (Steve Buscemi) in the bar in Tree’s Lounge (1996). Might find we relate on many things as we moan the night away.
  • Then cheer things up wrapped up warm in Bedford Falls doing window shopping in the snow as George Bailey (James Stewart) joyfully runs by shouting “Merry Christmas” in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). The scene is HERE

There’s so many countless possibilities. The hard part is to pick three with that last one being to stay forever! So here goes…

  1. Lost in Translation (2003)

One day sat in the hotel bar with the slightly cheesy night time jazz band playing in the background. The lights of Tokyo reflecting through the glass, looking like the set of Blade Runner. Sit lounging as the lady sings jazz standards. Relaxed with a Suntory whisky. Watching Bob Harris (Bill Murray) innocently making eyes at Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) as they chain smoke cigarettes. Sat in the surroundings of that cool bar, tapping my foot, happily gazing, people watching and completely chilled. I’d love to hang out there. Hopefully one day I could afford to go for real. The New York Bar is situated on the top floor of the Park Hyatt hotel in Tokyo. Looks so stylish, modern and chic. I’d have to remember to pack the de-fuzzer. Couldn’t leave a trail of my wolf hairs behind in there.

2) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

I would like to wander around the retro-futurism styled space station and waiting room in 2001 Space Odyssey. Pop my head in the Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room. Send a message home sat in the picturephone booth. Gaze through the windows as the spacecraft arrive and take off. Kick back and relax on one of the red chairs in the waiting room. Listening in as Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (William Sylvester), Dr. Andrei Smyslov (Leonard Rossiter) and their female counterparts talk scientific stuff which I have no hope in understanding. Ideally I’d like to to travel in one of the revolving ships with the sexy ladies with the egg turpan’s on. Though I know Hal 9000 would jettison me out the airlock at some point through the journey. No, I’ll be more than happy pottering around the space station for my one day.

3) Barbarella (1968)

The last choice! To stay in said chosen film forever! A hard choice. (pun intended hehe). OK I’d just stay in Barbarella’s (Jane Fonda) amazing comfy looking fluffy-lined spaceship, just blending into the decor with my fur. Waiting for her daily return from her important space adventures. Waving at her through the porthole window as she smiles back. Ready for that most beautiful scene of her undressing from her spacesuit in zero-g as… I float naked alongside her. Sorry for the image hehe. There’s no chance of this happening but if by chance we got bored of each other and she doesn’t vaporize me with her ray-gun, I could take myself off for one blissful go in the orgasm, excessive-pleasure, machine.

So there you have it. At least I go out with a smile on my face. 🙂

Feel free to play along if you want. I’d love to see your choices.

What’s Been Watched This Month – December 2020

Here’s what square eyed Mikey Wolfman been watching throughout December 2020.

What a crazy ass year! I’ve been lucky. We are all well and I’ve still got work. Missing my local boozer and having to negotiate around stupid humans in supermarkets are the worse of my troubles. The best bit by far was 5 weeks off in March. Spending the time with my family was amazing. Well after the realisation we weren’t all gonna die with some super plague and rushing up the local shops each day to get food and find poo paper. We walked lots, ate breakfast, dinner and lunch together. My other daily activity was carrying heavy booze bags back from the shops. Which hopefully the exercise counteracted the amount of booze I was drinking. Come recycle day you could hear the booze hounds on the street by the ruckus the bin made as it emptied into the truck. Made me feel not so bad.

Then like many, I was back at work, depressed and no holiday insight. A few days off here and there. Lucky to have a job. Ok another excuse to keep on drinking. Thing was, in my head I thought I’d watch hundreds of films and have reviews flying out all over the place. The reality was I couldn’t really get into anything too deep. I just wanted shut-off stuff. A good thing was I’ve been delving deep in to my record collection. Revisiting albums I haven’t heard for many years. Also, and I hadn’t expected this, during lockdown I started watching podcasts. Ones I’d normally listen to the audio at work. Found it a good way to unwind but it ate into my filming schedule routine of the last few years. And I started binge watching series more, so yet another reason the films took a hit. Reflecting on my reviews I also noticed my word count had tripled. In retrospect I’ve naturally fallen into this as I’ve become more confident with writing. The downside? It flips reviews that once took a few hours to be more like 6 hrs or even more. I can’t even imagine how I did 31 posts in January 2019 and 2020! It seems completely unfathomable. So on reflection I’ve set myself the easier task of a review a week and not beat myself up about it. If I manage a few in between I’ll be happy with that. I do so love doing this movie blog…………… “Anyway stop blabbing on like a fool Mikey and get to the list stuff!

The TV

The Expanse. Love’s me some science fiction. This series reminds me in scope of Babylon 5. The epic vastness of space. The wonder of space travel and the science behind it. The Expanse has many fantastic ideas and however far fetched they are, it always seems kind of grounded. It had a bumpy ride. I’d watched the first two season on the SciFi Channel when it first aired. Then they cancelled it! The fans revolted. Thousands signed petitions. Netflix showed the two seasons gaining even more support for more until Amazon picked it up and dropped season 3 which might be one of the best! I raced through season 4 and am poised to start season 5 soon. Amazon have said they will make a six and final season next year. So well done Amazon, thank you.

The Mandalorian second season was such a freaking geek-out-geek-trip. So good we watched it twice. The ending was an emotional ride. “It’s a puppet! ffs Mikey!“. Yeah I know but it was amazing how much love you could see on Mando’s face even through an emotionless helmet. The pay-off is so sweet and be sure to stay after the last credits roll on the last episode for a tasty little surprise.

Ghosts. Had the second series of this wonderful little British comedy recorded on the Tivo box. Waiting for when my daughter was back for xmas. The kind of humour we so love. This is from the original Horrible Histories crew. A brilliant children’s television show we watched together as the kids were growing up. The HH crew made the jump into more adult TV with the hilarious surreal show called Yonderland. Ghosts is about a collection of spirits that have died in or around an old country house throughout the ages and now inherited by young couple. The first series was good but only a couple episodes were really good, like the scout leaders and the caveman stories. This series the writing team have really come into their game. Such a fun six episodes and a Christmas special too.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. I’ve still to see series 3 but it was a lovely surprise to see this hour long Christmas special up on the iplayer. It’s such a chilled show and I’m not even into fishing. Two old friends, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse tolerate each other as they go fishing together. Paul picks the fishing spots and Bob sorts the food and somewhere to stay. Both are comedians I’ve grown up with and in a funny way shaped our generation’s humour. Along the way they share personal and comic experiences of life as they travel around different picturesque landscapes the country.

The Films

13 films this month and a total of 219 this year
934 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Mean Machine (2001) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.5
My local pub opened after the silly second little mini lockdown so it meant me sozzled and time for a crappy film on Netflix when I got home. This was indeed crap and 6/10 might be way over generous but hey it did the job. Vinnie Jones is holed up in prison with a load of lunatics including the guards. It’s a Brit football version of the excellent Burt Reynolds American football in prison movie The Longest Yard (1974)

Ninja Assassin (2009) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.3
Not a great story lost in the mayhem but who the hell cares when you got non-stop ninja battles. My birthday curry and a film with my son.

Citizen Kane (1941) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.3
I know right! How did it take so long to tick this one of the list? Probably expectations? I get that with films I know I’m gonna really love. It’s like a weird fear of it being a let down and I can’t quite bring myself to see it. So I feel I have to be in the perfect place, to have everything just right. For the stars to align for me to sit down in the perfect zone. The time was right. I insanely loved it. It was pure perfection. Appreciated every single second, every single frame. Was Orson Welles from the future? The camera angles and the narration starting at the end. So many techniques used today. Also the balls on Orson! Have you seen the trailer? Oh my days. Maybe humble is not the word but he’s not even in it, just narrates, where he shows all the love for his cast and uses no real footage from the film. What a debut film! Yeah I know all old news but I’m still buzzing from it. Maybe I’ll add a post, one day, to the millions already written.

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Well after Citizen Kane I had to go tick off another Orson Welles film I hadn’t seen before. The next day courtesy of the BBC. It’s a wonderful acted movie with great actors that we get to journey with through their emotions. I liked it a lot but didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped. Shame to hear it got cut to pieces. I wonder how Orson’s original would of held up if the studio didn’t get their grubby hands on it? Still this film has many great set pieces and the emotional end is well done. Would be interested in peoples thoughts on this film?

Goldie: The Art That Made Me (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating —
A Sky Arts documentary about the influences of street art and graffiti told through the life story of artist and musician Goldie. He started his love of graffiti and music around the same time as myself and my friends did in 84/85. It was very enjoyable.

Uncle Buck (1989) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7
Such a sweet film from the two John legends. Director, writer John Hughes and the larger than life John Candy with that amazing beaming smile. I have course have seen it many times but it was time to introduce it to the kids at Christmas. Maizy and Miles are two of the cutest kids together. Tia the ultimate moody teenager and Marcie’s and Buck’s dance scene always cracks me up so much. A perfect little film with redemption.

The Sweeney (2012) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.1
Hey it was Friday night again and the boys were down the pub. Cue stagger home, cook some food, watch some crap and fall asleep in the chair. All after saying “Yowu slaaaaaaaaaags” in a cockney accent. Ok they did try but it’s not that great. Especially the ending. Just ridiculous. But yeah it did it’s job. The Sweeney was a hugely popular gritty series from the seventies about detectives in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan Police. Where Ray Winstone steps into the John Thaw role as Jack Regan and Plan B steps into the Dennis Waterman role of George Carter.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Goodness how many times have I watched this one! at least 20 times I would imagine. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it. A pure classic and Michael Caine is perfect.

Serenity (2005) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Introduced Serenity to my son with a plate of pork chops. It’s the perfect love letter/swan song from Joss Whedon to his superb Firefly series. A series so loved by the fans that guess what? Yep they cancelled it. So like The Expanse mentioned at the top of the page, the fans campaigned to get their beloved show back. Unfortunately it didn’t work for the series but they did get this film. I’m sure it also spawned a comic book series as well. The fantastic thing about Serenity is they managed to make the film accessible to first time viewers and also please the original Firefly fans. It’s great fun, the crew are awesome and they had the perfect baddie in Chiwetel Ejiofor, who would play that kind of role many times.

No Escape (1994) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.1
90s action science fiction prison mash up with Ray Liotta. What did I think? You can read my review here if you wish.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
I do loves some Cold War thrillers. John le Carre might have written the quintessential book with Richard Burton starring. I did a review. Ok the first half is a bit bonkers in the review I pre-warn you. However you will feel my love for the subject. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold review here.

Dead Heat (1988) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.1
I had a lot of fun with this zombie buddy cop action film. So much so I did a review here.

Soul (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 8.2
SOUL is well worth a look for the jazz heads. Jon Batiste composes original jazz jams along with a rendition of Cristo Redentor. The jazz club scenes are truly great, as is the spotting all the little music “easter eggs”. Like the Tribe Called Quest lp on the wall at the barbers etc. Even the non jazz music score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is superb. The films a bit hectic but it’s pretty good but well worth it for the music. They could of played the story a little more straight and gotta deeper groove to it. Not sure why they didn’t go for the ending you imagine. Maybe I’m an old soul and you can’t teach me new tricks.

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As usual I did see a few more. To be honest my “to do review” list of films I’ve held back from the monthly round up is getting out of hand. Around 40 odd films I’d love to get the time to review! Maybe one day I’ll just do a few sentence review of them all and get caught up. But where’s the fun in that I say!!

Wishing you all a fantastic 2021. Lets hope and pray that this year will be much better. The roaring twenties part two? Who knows. Thanks for popping on by my humble little movie site. Please stay safe.

Any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome if you fancy too.

Keep watching the screens. Thanks for having a look to see what’s been watched. All the best……… The howling one, Mikey

No Escape (1994) Ray Liotta Fights The Sheriff of Nottingham On Endor!

My time sitting down with a B-Movie this Christmas was met by the revelation that No Escape is within touching distance of A-Movie ranking. It’s story is definitely B division but it’s execution, sheer balls out action, great cast and all out scope bring it climbing up the table looking for promotion.

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Hope You All Have A Most Excellent Christmas & A Fantastic 2021

Christmas is upon us and lets be honest 2020 can do one. Like silly Biff said “make like a tree and get outta here!”…..  “It’s ‘leave’, you idiot!”  Yeah it’s been a FUBAR year that’s for sure. Thankfully we’ve been extremely lucky but my heart and love goes out to all those that have lost loved ones. Also to all the businesses that have struggled and to every person who’s lifes and dreams have been thrown into chaos. I send a warm and furry giant cuddle to all the people and their families right across the world. Raising a glass to one and all with the deepest feelings of hope for 2021 to be a truly better place for all.

I also send a personal thank you to all the wonderful people who have viewed, read and commented on my humble little movie blog. I know my style is all over the place and not the most educated reviews in the universe. However I do try to keep it fun and do something a little different. To see people actually pop on by from all corners of our wonderful world really brings a smile and I love you all so very much.

As I type some Dow’s Trademark finest reserve port is making it’s deep red goodness towards my belly. Also on the go is a dark ale from the Adnam’s brewery called Broadside. 6.3% of lushness. I’m also trying my best not to smash a whole packet of pistachios nuts however my hands and mouth have other plans completely.

My planned Christmas viewing is as erratic as my blog. A few 60s British drama’s, some blockbusters, a collection of odd sounding cult 80s and 90s action films which range from the real bad looking to the fingers crossed, there could be a gem here! We will see! I watched the wonderful John Candy in the superb Uncle Buck last night with the family for starters. And as is with tradition, of course, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol is lined up for tonight’s xmas eve viewing with duck wraps and the works. Do you have a xmas tradition and film lined up?

Just wanted to take the time to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a much better 2021. It’s so nice to chat to fellow film fans from around the world and also see the hidden gems that you find. It’s all about the sharing and a caring.

So I raise a glass to all, hope you enjoy the festivities, eat, drink, be merry and have happy movie watching. But above all I wish you well and for better times to everybody across the world.

Big love

Mikey Wolfman.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) John le Carré, Me The Wolf Cub And Blofeld

Two things that myself and the esteemed author John le Carré have in common are, one, we both admire a good Cold War spy and espionage thriller. The other, is the fact that we lived only a 100 metres apart in the same home town of Parkstone, Poole. Yeah we were good chums back in the day. Actually there was three of us that formed a little gang and imaginatively played spy games. Our other friend was the wonderful Charles Gray. He lived not far away. Well the next town over, Bournemouth. Charles always insisted on bringing his fluffy white cat along. Man that furry thing looked right evil. John (we knew him as David at the time) and I played secret agents working for Queen and country. Whereas Charles and his cat always insisted on portraying the devious bad guy. He called himself Blofeld!

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Dark British TV Thrillers Opening Themes That Were Freaky As F…

It’s no wonder Generation X is so messed up. TV broadcasts for our growing years consisted of experimental science fiction thrillers and pitch black dramas. Some directly aimed at the teenager, others not. However there was nothing else on the three channels of choice so we sat there in our youth having our minds freaked out. And of course we loved it. It wasn’t just the dark content to the shows or the music that got under your skin. They also specialised with inventive twisted intro sequences. Here’s a few picks.

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36 Hours (1964) James Garner WW2 Nazi Mind Control For D-Day Info

One of the biggest secrets of 1944 was the creation of a planned full assault invasion of German occupied Western Europe. An operation that would include hundreds of thousands of troops. To strike a hammer blow against the axis of evil that was Adolf Hitler and his Nazi forces. The 5th of June was put a side for D-Day the top secret Normandy landings and the beginning of the invasion. This enormously important mission would go under the code-name Operation Overlord. Five coastal strike points had been calculated to achieve such a gargantuan undertaking. America was assigned to land at sectors code-named Utah and Omaha, the British at Sword and Gold, and the Canadians at Juno. A task so immense that it needed the utmost secrecy to accomplish. A map was designed for the planning room to coordinate the operations. This map and the mission’s secrecy were of the highest top level importance.

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