What’s Been Watched This Month – September 2017

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I do like a list, hope you do too! Here’s what has been watched in September 2017.

Had a weeks rest from the films for the first week of September due to the superb Narcos season 3 arriving on Netflix. Have to say I was worried if it was going to live up to the last two but it excelled itself. So two episodes a night wiped out a week of films but it was worth it.

Then there was Star Trek Discovery double episode premier. Now I quite liked it, Trekkies hated it, then the Trekkies started to like the next episodes and I have to say I’m not sure. It’s OK, something to watch when eating your dinner. Was hoping for better but love space stuff and as on Netflix, I’ll get my moneys worth and keep tuning in.

17 films this month and a total of 205 since the start of the blog in January.

Act of Violence (1949) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.5
So wanted to do a post on this one. Perfect noir film with that awesome guy Robert Ryan, here playing some sort of terminator T1000 but with a limp. Giving Van Heflin and Janet Leigh the hebejebes. Track it down if you haven’t seen it, it’s ace.

Panic in Year Zero! (1962) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 6.7
Ray Milland directs and stars in this most excellent 60’s B-movie Cold War thriller. Wolfie write up here

The Yakuza (1974) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Oh I loved this one. But hey it’s Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura against The Yakuza. Awesome film which manages to be a love story, thriller, and mystery film all in one. Wolfie write up here

The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Great little gem set in and around Soho London. Play spot the famous sitcom stars as you watch. Wolfie write up here

The Thin Red Line (1964)  – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
The original take of the James Jones novel. Later to be made into a Hollywood blockbuster by Terrence Malick. Wolfie write up here

Pool of London (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Been after this one for sometime. Had seen it on some peoples lists. Directed by Basil Dearden whom I’m slowly working my way through. Really enjoyable and well worth hunting down to add to your British 50’s thrillers collection.

Wonder Woman (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
My gosh Gal Gadot is killer beautiful and a whole land full of Amazon ladies! Yes I would of been annihilated in seconds but with a giant smile on face. This has to be DC’s most Marvel film in feel. Was really enjoying it until it went for a super lazy ending and basically destroyed the film!

The Traveling Executioner (1970) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Not enough time to do a post but this was crazy. Stacy Keach plays the executioner with his own electric chair. It has some really amazing scenes and he tells stories about the fields of ambrosia as he wires them up. With a better ending this could of been really so much more.

The Third Man (1949) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Yep I know I should of seen this many many years ago. Joseph Cotton was excellent as the wandering American trying to work out what had happened to his friend. Funny as I had seen so many iconic images of Orson Welles down in the shadows of the sewage tunnels that I had always assumed he was the star. Didn’t realise he’s hardily in it!

The Big Heat (1953) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8
Tough cop Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate and a nasty young Lee Marvin. Really brilliant noir thriller. Pretty damn sad too!

The Mind Benders (1963) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Another Basil Dearden film and another Dirk Bogarde to tick of my list. Really enjoying both these guys work. Wolfie write up here

The Last Wave (1977) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.2
I quite enjoyed this Australian supernatuaral mysery thriller with a bunch of Aborigines and Richard Chamberlain. Wolfie write up here

Johnny Got His Gun (1971) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.9
This Dalton Trumbo film could be nothing more than 10/10. Was thinking about it for weeks. Hits you right in the ticker.  Wolfie write up here

This Gun For Hire (1942) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Alan Ladd plays a ruthless assassin caught up in a web of gangsters, police, spies and the beautiful Veronica Lake as a magician!! Has a few silly moments but it’s really good fun.

Dial M For Murder (1954) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.2
Yeah I know another one I should of seen but hey it’s amzing to see them now. Picking up the Alfred Hitchcock films I’ve missed. Sure fire ten, Ray Milland and Grace Kelly excellent but the show stealer by far goes to John Williams (Chief Inspector Hubbard) he was a delight.

Our Mother’s House (1967)  – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Watched because of Dirk Bogarde but brush him to the side, this is by far all about the seven children of the house. It really is a gem of a film. Perfectly cast. I umm and arred about giving this one a 9 or 10 but I kept thinking about and look back at it with so much affection.  Wolfie write up here

They Might Be Giants (1971) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7
Ooo I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. George C Scott and Joanne Woodward are both just wonderful in this quirky romantic comedy thriller. It really should of ticked all the right boxes but it unfortunately fell a little short for me. Still liked it though.

It was another fun month, any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome.

Take it easy…. The Wolfster

5 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – September 2017

  1. A nice collection of Noir greats in here. Ladd, Ryan, Mitchum and Ford. Classics abound. That Ryan film opposite Heflin really opened my eyes years ago to the power he carried with him on screen and love the twist. Just who is the bad guy here!
    As for George C, Scott….. far better when angry as hell on screen. lol


    • Yes I believe you are very right George C needs to be angry as hell. lol. Still to watch of his are “The New Centurions” and “Hardcore” but that one really needs to be the right time!! I do belive I’ve seen it years back but not sure. I seem to remember him torturing himself watching movies! 😦
      Just seen one of his called “Rage” from 1972. He sounds very angry in that one lol.
      “Act of Violence” was so brilliant. Very clever. The movie discovery mission is filling in a lot of classics in between the others. So much fun. Cheers Mike

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