What’s Been Watched This Month – January 2018

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I do like a list, hope you do too! Here’s what has been watched in January 2018.

The new year has started and if you was interested on what I had seen this month, then this is the place for it. On the TV front Black Mirror season 4 with my daughter has been one of the highlights. Though we do have the last episode Black Museum to go.

The return of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton wonderful dark and twisted tales Inside No 9 is a welcome back treat too on the BBC.

On the cheesy fun side of things, a guilty pleasure is Agents Of Shield. This new season’s space setting is really good fun.

Anyways on to the good stuff.

22 films this month and a total of 287 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Assassination (1987) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 5.1
Bodyguard Charles Bronson takes on the wrath of protecting the First Lady Jill Ireland in a super fun way to start the New Year . Wolfie write up here.

Eight Iron Men (1952) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Great WW2 film directed by Edward Dmytryk, centered around a small group of soldiers contemplating saving one of their group trapped in no man’s land. Lee Marvin is one of the great cast. It’s on YouTube

The Honeymoon Killers (1970) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
A true life crime film with real cult appeal. Wolfie write up here.

Outland (1981) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Sean Connery struts about in space with a shotgun, what’s not to like? One of my favs. Wolfie write up here.

The Trial (1962) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Oh my I loved this surreal trial from director Orson Welles and star Anthony Perkins, have a look what I thought on the Wolfie write up here.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Written and directed by Martin McDonagh who brought us the superb In Bruges. Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. It might be a dark subject but it’s also very funny. Has to be an Oscar or two to be won?

7 Women (1966) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Legendary director John Ford’s final film gives us a stand out performance from the lovely strong willed, chain-smoking doctor Anne Bancroft.

Spaceways (1953) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 5.1
Howard Duff and Eva Bartok star in this sci-fi spy thriller from the Hammer House. Wolfie write up here.

I Wake Up Screaming (1941) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Victor Mature and Betty Grable get caught up in a murder mystery in this excellent 40’s noir drama.

Dark Passage (1947) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Working my way through the Humphrey Bogart I’ve missed, you know what? There are tons and I’m in a really good place ticking them off one by one. What did I think of this one you may ask? Wolfie write up here.

IT (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Enjoyed this much more than I had thought I would. Superb adaptation of the Stephen King book. Fed in nicely with the Stranger Things vibes, great cast too.

Fat City (1972) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
John Huston directs Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges and Susan Tyrrell in real life style drama which happens to have boxing in it. Wolfie write up here

House of Bamboo (1955) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Samuel Fuller directs Robert Ryan in this neat Tokyo meets American crime gangster movie. Check The Street With No Name for some connection details.

Kill Bill Vol 1 – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Introduced the awesome smashing power of Uma Thurman as she works her way to the title mission to my kids and it went down a storm. Still brilliant. We will watch part 2 soon.

Underworld USA (1961) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Wish I had time to do a post on all the films but unfortunately time does not allow. This was an exciting revenge story told over twenty years. How long will the pain of revenge affect you? Follow Cliff Robertson and you will sure to find out.

Rashomon (1950) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.3
At last I’ve seen it, been on my to watch list for years. Akira Kurosawa delivers this murder mystery again and again. Another I would love to do a post on! Hopefully will return to it someday soon.

Wind River (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Jeremy Renner plays a tracker in this dark murder mystery drama set within the Native American community. Features some cracking set pieces which come out of nowhere.

The Enforcer (1951) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.4
This Humphrey Bogart had to be top marks from me, I loved every second of it. So well put together and it ticked everything off for me. Super noir crime drama in my eyes. Wolfie write up here.

The Street With No Name (1948) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Another film that tickled my excitement bone. A semi-documentary FBI and gangster film with Mark Stevens and Richard Widmark. Wolfie write up here.

Fingers (1978) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7
Harvey Keitel shines in this very different take on the gangster film with a piano playing fast talking debt collector. Wolfie write up here.

Countdown (1967) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6
Directed by Robert Altman and starring James Caan and Robert Duvall as they try to get to the Moon. Wolfie write up here.

Crossfire (1947) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Another Edward Dmytryk and another Robert Ryan film with the add greatness of Robert Mitchum. This is a superb noir drama and Robert Ryan is awesome. Wolfie write up here.

So the tally of films has started again! I have pushed 2 films over to February as I really want to do a post on them but I won’t tell anyone if you don’t!

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

Keep watching the screens. Thanks for having a gander. Michael Wolfster

 

6 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – January 2018

  1. I have yet to watch the new seasons of Black Mirror, and i have seen Inside No9 on a BBC app i use so i look foward to watching it moreso. I feel I need to be put in the right mood since I know how daunting it can be but I always enjoy the episodes. Just a personal reflection on my life at present I suppose. This is an interesting idea of a post. Some of my favourites from your viewings include The Honeymoon Killers, Dark Passage and Kill Bill. Howl on..

    Sincerely Sonea

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    • Yeah you need to be in the right mood for both Inside No 9 and Black Mirror as they can be a bit on the depressing side. Though if you haven’t seen the new series of Inside No 9 the first 3 episodes are not too dark at all and I can safely say the episode Hotel Zanzibar in it Shakespearean style is an absolute delight.
      I like to do the monthly round up as it reminds me what I’ve seen hehe.
      OOoo yes you can’t go wrong with Kill Bill, what a superb film that is.
      Thank you kindly, all the best Sonea.
      Howl back atcha 🙂

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      • I used to watch a show called The League of Gentleman which was dark but entertainingly odd. It isn’t for everyone I agree as it is quite ‘out there’ heh but It did fascinate me as well as disturb.

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        • “okey dokey pig in a pokey” 🙂
          I too loved the twisted world of The League Of Gentlemen. So warped and dark but the black comedy so hilarious.
          Was so excited to revisit the characters of Royston Vasey for the 20th anniversary at christmas. Every bit as bonkers and disturbing as it always was!!!

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  2. I’ve seen two from your post. Wind River was well-acted and yes pretty dark. Arguably the film’s most horrifying moment is the title card before the end credits. The message felt especially timely. I agree the story was unpredictable.

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    • Oh gosh yes the end statements was utterly devastating, so sad. The whole film was depressingly somber just getting an out of place laugh at the end with his friend painted and saying something along the lines of “I’m gonna wash this shit of now” Still it was hard to giggle with all the dark stuff that had come and then getting smashed with the title card info 😦 Jeremy Renner was superb I thought.

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