I do like a list, hope you do too! Here’s what has been watched in December 2017.
On the TV front I just binged watched the excellent Godless series on Netflix. Had a Westworld feel at first but then you realise the dead don’t get back up! It’s seven episodes and a contained story. Very recommended indeed.
Well my goal was to hit 250 films in the year and what did I do? drum roll please…..
23 films this month and a total of 265 since the start of the blog in January.
Dredd (2012) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Third time seeing this bombastic action packed film. Judge Dredd is perfect here and Karl Urban brings that moody chin to the screen in the way it should be. This time I introduced it to both kids as the good lady was out. Got a thumbs up all round. Rumours of a Netflix – Mega City One series! Oh I do hope so. Fingers crossed they get Karl back.
An American Werewolf in London (1981) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Another daughter and son movie I’ve wanted to introduce to them over Halloween but getting together wasn’t working. Finally the day came and I was very excited. Kofi enjoyed it, Nyah loved it. I forgot about the porno theatre scene hehe a little awkward with all the grunting and groaning going on. Still that scene is very funny. A film very close to me, read my behind the scenes here on the Wolfy write up.
The Smallest Show on Earth (1957) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Also known as Big Time Operators. This is a delightful comedy from the excellent director Basil Dearden. Starring Bill Travers, Virginia Mckenna, Margaret Rutherford and Peter Sellers. Well worth tracking down if you haven’t seen it.
The Kingdom (2007) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Father and son movie when the girls went out on the town. Searched Netflix and realised I hadn’t seen this one from Peter Berg, wot no Mark Wahlberg!!?. It was alright. The last 30 minutes are frantic and we both looked at each other at the end and went woo.
Going in Style (1979) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Very enjoyable original George Burns version to this years remake starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. I haven’t seen the new version yet. Any good?
On Dangerous Ground (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Pretty frantic noir drama starring the lovely Ida Lupino and the superb Robert Ryan. Can a broken man have his soul fixed?
Moana (2016) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Christmas family film with the in-laws. Perfect goodtimes and The Rock Dwayne Johnson song is super catchy. All very enjoyable.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7
Not a touch on the first one but still extremely good fun and another all the family together Christmas film.
Paddington 2 (2017) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Absolutely perfect film and a rare case of a sequel being much better than the first. This was our traditional christmas eve family trip to the cinema. It’s a gorgeous film and very funny and sweet, yes the wolfman does have a sweet side and yes I am quite fond of marmalade sandwiches. Most kids in Britian of a certain age were brought up on Michael Bond’s Paddington books.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.6
Another tradition, it’s either this one or Muppets Christmas Carol. Went for Wonderful Life and this time it was the colourised version. Strange at first but bizarrely enchanting to see the town in colour. Definitely a novelty seeing brightly coloured wooly jumpers and hats. Was a nice change but back to B&W next time. That end hit still has a powerful emotional punch to it. Yep I still wipe away the tears!
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
I wasn’t a fan of the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films at all and when hearing they had yet again made another re-boot I wasn’t going to rush out and see it. But I kept hearing good reviews of Homecoming and I liked Tom Holland in Captain America Civil War. So I bite the bullet, nope it not that great. They never managed to beat the Spidey from the animated series imho.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Not wishing to sound a troll but I didn’t like this at all. TBH the 6 rating might be pushing it a bit. Apart from a few key scenes which were amazing everything else was a mess. Big Star Wars fan but I’m sorry this has taken all the love away. Somehow I thought it would be better than Force Awakens but no. I now realise it’s for the next generation, so I totally understand I’m just a old fart and the kids are loving it which is really great news, so I just need to move on. But hey I’ll still be lining up for the finale part, sucker!
The Florida Project (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 8
The off-site Disney World setting was incredible, oh what fun you’d have with your camera down there. Really good fly on the wall drama set over summer at the splendid Willem Dafoe’s hotel block he manages. He’s a real saint as he deals with the occupants of the apartments dealing with their lives. Which include single mother Brai Vinaite and her daughter Brooklynn Prince who are both real stars.
The Foreigner (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Jackie Chan in serious somber mode but still as kick ass as ever as he takes on a new fraction of the IRA. Really wasn’t expecting too much from this and only went into as it was on Netflix and you gotta get your subs worth. It’s really very good from director Martin Campbell who’s made a few James Bond movies, Casino Royale and GoldenEye.
It was yet another fun month, any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome.
Well I got to smash my magic 250 films I wanted to see this year. To be honest, don’t tell anyone, I’ve held back a couple that I really wanted to do a post on, a few 10’s on the wolfie rating meter. Tune in next month to see what they could be.
Time to start racking up the tally for 2018. Set eyes to boggle and get watching those screens.
Take it easy…. The Wolfster