I do like a list, hope you do too! Here’s what has been watched in November 2017.
I just had to binge-watch two Netflix series this month but somehow I still managed 20 films. First to hit the daily watch was Stranger Things 2 and I so loved watching it with my daughter. Great having the characters back, jumping around and looking out for all those classic 80’s references.
Then along came Frank Castle and I had to watch him go full berserk in Marvel’s The Punisher. Jon Bernthal was a perfect choice for Frank the die hard. Man this series was ultra brutal though! but it was excellent.
I dipped my foot into Mindhunters, my brain couldn’t take the darkness just before bedtime, so I’ve put that one on the backburner for now. Looks very good though and will be revisiting soon.
That’s the TV stuff out the way, now on to the good stuff.
20 films this month and a total of 242 since the start of the blog in January.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 8.2
So excited and worried at the same time when I heard the wonderful New Zealander Taika Waititi was dropping his small independent homegrown to create his vision on this megabucks production for Marvel. I need not have worried as he pulls off a visual wonder with his on own stamp fully applied. The bright 80’s inspired off worlds and quirky touches were great. I really enjoyed it but it did have it issues. Oh and we all want a Korg and his sidekick Miek film immediately, thank you.
Alphaville (1965) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Oh this 60’s French science fiction mind wobble from director Jean-Luc Godard hits all the right places for this here Mikey Wolfman. Loved it. Wolfie write up here
The Black Hole (1979) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 5.9
One of my childhood favs. Still love it as much. I wanna give it 10/10 but I know I can’t hehe but come on people 5.9/10!! Seriously! 🙂 Wolfie write up here
Three Days of the Condor (1975) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Sydney Pollack directs Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway in this superb taunt Cold War thriller. Two big stand outs are Max Von Sydow, who steals every scene he’s in and the amazing theme tune from Dave Grusin. I had seen this before but enjoyed it so much this time round.
The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Yep holds head in shame, I had never properly seen this before, just classic clips. Humphrey Bogart brings all his charisma to Sam Spade in this legendary picture from John Huston.
Accident (1967) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker drink and banter over princess Jacqueline Sassard and a young Michael York in the Harold Pinter written film directed by Joseph Losey. Wish I had time to do a post on this one. The opening scene had me mesmerised. Maybe one day.
The Young Lions (1958) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
You don’t know how much I wanted to love this film from Edward Dmytryk. Just sounded perfect and every part of the story with Marlon Brando was perfect. I just wish they had concentrated on his story because imho the Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin stories were weak in comparison and took away from the real drama of Brando coming to terms with his countries war actions. Just my opinion but at least 30 minutes could’ve been cut of this film.
The League of Gentlemen (1960) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Oh what fun this film is. I would so love to do a post on this one but unfortunately I can’t do them all. Basil Dearden brings together another superb film in such a delightful way. So quintessentially British and having Jack Hawkins and Nigel Patrick heading the teams of old military veteran misfits using all their different skills to perform a bank job is just perfect. Very recommended.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.7
This was my second viewing of this, this time with all the family for the Saturday night film, food and family night. It’s a whole heap of fun taking it’s comic book origins and placing them perfectly on the big scene. My god that church scene is still a shocker! We haven’t seen the sequel yet.
Strangers on a Train (1951) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8
Another reason I love doing this blog is to find new films but also to fill in the blanks I have missed over the years. Catching up on classics I haven’t seen is so rewarding. Luckily I have a fair few Alfred Hitchcock films to see so I’m in bonafide classic after classic heaven. Robert Walker is deviously delightful. Very recommended if like me you are late to the party.
The Slender Thread (1965) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft totally break your heart in this absorbing first rate drama. It got me hook, line and sinker. Perfect film from Sydney Pollack. Wolfie write up here.
Pit and the Pendulum (1961) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
I had seen it many years back after returning home rather worse for wear after a night on the town. So it was perfect on a rare day off work to see it was on Netflix. Oh what joy seeing all the many faces of the wonderful Vincent Price hamming it up to full effect. Director Roger Corman brings a great charm to this sixteenth century horror mystery.
Private Hell 36 (1954) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
A great paced crime noir from legendary director Don Siegel. Written and starring Ida Lupino alongside Steve Cochran and Howard Duff. Wolfie write up here.
Criss Cross (1949) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Been working my way through the Burt Lancaster back catalogue this year, which brings me to this short, sharp film noir drama of his. He plays a banks armored truck driver on a heist with a gangster. Both are in a love triangle with the slightly loopy but very beautiful Yvonne De Carlo. Worth tracking down if you haven’t seen it.
Hennessy (1975) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.1
A bit of a rare little gem this IRA bomb plot inspired drama disaster movie starring Rod Steiger. More so with the controversy that surrounded it back on it’s release. Wolfie write up here.
Justice League (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Best thing by far was father and son time at the cinema, so that made it better. I went in with absolutely zero expectations after the cluster fucks of BVS and Suicide Squad but came out thinking that it was actually pretty good fun. Yeah it was a mess with yet another weak CGI baddie but there are some truly great set pieces with the best being the Amazon women battle. It might be getting a trashing but it’s really not that bad. Just sitting there watching Gal Gadot is perfect enough for me though, damn that girl is beautiful.
It was yet another fun month, any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome.
Getting so close to the magic 250 films I wanted to see this year. To be honest I’ve already hit it but what films were seen in December? Tune in next month.
Take it easy…. The Wolfster