What’s Been Watched This Month – May 2017

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I do like a list, even a late list! Here’s what has been watched in May 2017.

Twins Peaks return has dominated this month’s television schedule. So good to have Agent Cooper back, well of sorts. Sure his cherry pie loving days will be back in full effect soon.

Other television shows on the watch list have been American Gods and my absolute favorite Better Call Saul.

23 films this month and a total of 122 since the start of the blog in January.

Vigilante (1983) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Fred Williamson and Robert Forster smash up bad guys. Wolfie write up here

Beach Red (1967) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Cornel Wilde drops another directed, produced and starred in film to follow up his The Naked Prey…. Wolfie write up here

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Great to be whisked off into the galaxy with the gang Star-lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket again. Not as brilliant as the first but still I had well too fun and I probably enjoyed it more than the whole family hehe.

Shock Corridor (1963) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Damn I was transfixed with the reporter’s journey through the nut house. Another top class Samuel Fuller film. Wolfie write up here

After Hours (1985) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
I so remember this one on the video rental shelves but weirdly never seen it. How could I take so long to see to a Martin Scorsese film? It was great fun surreal film.

Cul-De-Sac (1966) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Oh my I loved this film. Three very different and each superb in their own right performances. Just brilliant.  Wolfie write up here

Coffy (1973) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Pam Grier’s big bouncing boobies – Nuff said…  Wolfie write up here

Hard Times (1975) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Charles Bronson and Walter Hill – Nuff said!  Wolfie write up here

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Perfect fall in from the pub totally intoxicated film fun and frolics.  I saw this go up on the excellent blog cracked rear viewer and had to see it. Vincent Price is such a gem as always

The Passenger (1975) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
This ticks all the right boxes of what I love in a film. Super performance from the always trusty Jack Nicholson.  But something just didn’t gel for me. I can’t put my finger on it! The settings and camera shots are incredible. Having been there it was wonderful to see architect Antoni Gaudi Casa Mila roof on film.  I really want to know why it didn’t hit me as good as I had expected? Actually the more I think about it the more I liked it. A grower.

The Exterminating Angel (1962) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.2
Seen some absolutely cracking movies this month and this piece of brilliance is way up the top of the list.  Wolfie write up here

Take the Money and Run (1969) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Marvelous goofball screwball slapstick and visual gags galore from Woody Allen.

The Lineup (1958) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Thrill ride of a film noir crime drama starring Eli Wallach as a twisted up bad guy. Really enjoyed this.. Wolfie write up here

Nightfall (1956) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.3
A superb film noir drama with another great performance from Aldo RayWolfie write up here

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
My daughter and I are very big Wes Anderson fans but strangely hadn’t got round to this one yet. No idea why! Ralph Fiennes and his love of the GILF’s was hilarious. Another incredible film which I look forward to watching again very soon. Can’t wait for the Isle Of Dogs next year.

Hell Is for Heroes (1962) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7
Filling in Don Siegel movie blanks gets me to tick off this world war two movie with Steve McQueen, James Coburn, singer Bobby Darin and in a debut role comedian Bob Newhart. A most excellent film.

Ground Zero (1987) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Cold War horror in the Australian heat…..  Wolfie write up here

Mindhorn – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
The Mighty Boosh Julian Barratt and Horrible Histories Simon Farnaby write and star in this madcap comedy. The idea hits every right note for me but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

The Shootist (1976) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.7
The Shootist best line from John Wayne “make like that’s a nipple” then shoves a gun in a rustlers face. This was recommended by the excellent Mike’s Take On The Movies. What a swan song to out on. I need to do a post one day. Darn work gets in the way of all the fun!

The Steel Helmet (1951) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Cutest kid ever. Slowly working my way through Samuel Fuller’s movies and this one didn’t disappoint. Gene Evans as the gruff sergeant Zack was an excellent character.

Truck Turner (1974) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7
Isaac Hayes smashes and funks up the place. Wolfie write up here

The Killing (1956) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8
Stanley Kubrick directs this masterpiece film noir drama.

The Cassandra Crossing (1976) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.4
This is what weekend matinee at home were made for, the 70’s disaster movie.

Any goodies you like the look of or have seen?

Eating my way through too much cherry pie and drinking damn fine cups of coffee whilst working my way through June’s film selections.

Till next time, keep cool, keep watching the screen. Be seeing you

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2 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – May 2017

  1. Nice grouping ! The Killing a wonderful film and Sterling Hayden’s style of low key acting a perfect fit. That Marie Windsor is such a b—–. Hell Is For Heroes and Steel Helmet are nice additions and Grand Budapest like watching a painting. Each frame a masterpiece. favorite Anderson film for me? Royal Tenenbaums and that’s mainly because of Gene Hackman.
    Hard Times…….pure bliss.

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    1. Oh yes Marie Windsor character has to be up there as one of the meanest beechs out there!
      I’m gonna have to investigate Sterling Hayden’s work, apart Dr Strangelove and (I haven’t seen it yet but have it) The Asphalt Jungle.
      I need to watch Royal Tenenbaums again, it’s been a while. I love them all but The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is my favourite and my most watched one, it just keeps giving the quirky. Oh but then again Fantastic Mr. Fox been hot on the rewind too. Such consistent brilliance with his work.
      Haha yes indeed with Hard Times 🙂

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