What’s Been Watched This Month – February 2018

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

Sucker for science fiction and need my monthly Netflix binge to get my money’s worth, so it was great for Altered Carbon to be delivered at the beginning of the month. Took tons of inspiration from the best sci-fi’s out there but created something new and unique, all wrapped up in a neat noir style detective story. Lots struggled with the first 2 episodes, where you are bombarded with a million sci-fi ideas in two hours but you get used to it and I found it visually awesome and exciting. Plus the usual amount of nudity to keep us all entertained

Family dinner times were spent watching the days catch-up events at the Winter Olympics and miss it now it’s finished.

Right on to the important stuff, the films.

20 films this month and a total of 42 this year
307 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Inferno (1953) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Very entertaining survival in the desert heat with Robert Ryan. Wolfie write up here.

Kansas City Confidential (1952) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Superb noir robbery and revenge mystery with John Payne. Wolfie write up here.

The Great White Hope (1970) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7
James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander bring together an extremely emotional drama. Wolfie write up here.

Madigan (1968) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
I was psyched for this Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda film by Dirty Harry Don Siegel set in 60’s Brooklyn. It’s starts well and looks amazing but it just unfortunately doesn’t do much. Widmark and his partner Harry Guardino looked so damn cool in their fedora’s. I read it had a short lived series, would love to see that.

99 River Street (1953) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.5
You know what, I had to give this action packed thriller about a down on his luck ex-boxer played by John Payne full marks. Entertained and couldn’t stop telling people about it. Have a look what I thought over at my Wolfie write up here.

The Dark Corner (1946) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Super dialogue filled film noir starring Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb and William Bendix. Super secretary looks after her boss after he’s framed for murder. It’s on Youtube if you fancied it.

Looper (2012) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Saw this mind bending mystery sci-fi action drama with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the cinema. Was great to introduce director Rian Johnson’s twisty tale to my to children as it was on Netflix. Went down very well, with a line of thumbs up.

The Cremator (1969) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Deeply disturbing, insanely creative and superbly filmed and edited Czechoslovakian surreal drama. Man it’s dark, shocking and creepy.  Check the Wolfie write up here if you fancy it.

Ex Machina (2014) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac deliver incredible performances within one setting. Investigating artificial intelligence and human qualities, writer, director Alex Garland brings a beautifully crafted science fiction story. I was blown away watching it at the cinema and couldn’t wait to introduce it to my daughter Nyah, she loved it too. Can’t wait for his new film Annihilation to arrive soon.

The Crooked Way (1949) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.7
Did a trilogy of John Payne films this month. This, ex criminal, war hero with memory loss is very good and well worth your time but the above two, 99 River Street and Kansas City Confidential are essential.

Army Of Shadows (1969) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.2
Jean-Pierre Melville tells the story of the French resistance fighters during the Nazi occupation in World War 2. As I’m always finding out, Melville is a master for sure and I’m slowly but surely working my way through his genius work.

Black Panther (2018) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Very entertaining Marvel film, super action scenes, very excellent cast, a tad overhyped but a brilliant day out with the family for my daughters birthday.

After the Fox (1966) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.5
The man of a thousands faces and voices, the legend Peter Sellers plays an Italian criminal mastermind, impersonating a film director. Chaos is the only true outcome. Very good fun, would love to do a post but unfortunately I can’t do them all.

D.O.A. (1949) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Edmond O’Brien is dead on arrival! Can he find out who killed him? A very good noir drama filled with mystery. The slide whistle at the beginning to emphasise our leads constant arousal was really very cheesy indeed!

The Shape Of Water (2017) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
My daughter and I are very big Guillermo del Toro fans, so had to go see this on the big screen on opening day. What a wonderful adult fairy tale it is, mellow and whimsical but harsh and tense at the same time. Fish man, love and the Cold War, all makes sense really. Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins were fantastic.

The Satan Bug (1965) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.2
I loved this chase and panic through the desert after a virus is stolen from a secret base. Have a look what I thought on the Wolfie write up here.

When Eight Bells Toll (1971) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.0
Anthony Hopkins runs and swims around the Scottish coast thinking he’s James Bond. Really enjoyable British 70’s secret agent romp. Wolfie write up here.

Mute (2018) – Wolfman Rating 5.5 – IMDB Rating 5.4
Oh I’m so upset to write that this was just a mess. Been waiting for around 8 years for this after being blown away by Duncan Jones incredible Moon (2009). Even feel worse having listened to his passion for the film which he’s been trying to get to the screen for 16 years on an interview with Marc Maron last week. Had spied a few bad reviews start to appear but went in optimistic that I would like it anyway but unfortunately I really don’t believe it worked. Oh how I so wish it did. Duncan will bounce back with another brilliant sci-fi tale soon as he’s super talented.

Sitting Target (1972) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Oliver Reed is Hulk alongside Ian McShane and Edward Woodward. London based gritty and dark, prison break and revenge action film. Check out the Wolfie write up here if you fancy seeing more.

Airport 77 (1977) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.6
Superb all star cast in this fun disaster movie in the Airport saga. This was one that had slipped past my radar. A few surprises I wasn’t expecting and when you got a supporting assemble like this onboard, you know it’ going to be entertaining.

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

9 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – February 2018

  1. Nice how you mix plenty of new titles in there. I never seem to get many watched. After the Fox grabbed my attention. That one can really grow on you with multiple viewings. Not only Sellers but congrats to Victor mature for poking fun at his image. He cracks me up in that one.

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  2. That’s a good bunch of sci-fi and noir titles… but what about Mute? What happenned? I’ve read only bad reviews so far too and his Moon and Source Code are one of my favourite sci-fi movies of this century. I remember reading that even Warcraft production wasn’t a very easy one, mostly because of what happened to Duncan’s father. 😦

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    • Have you watched it? I feel very bad saying too much bad things about it because from the two interviews I heard “Maron’s WTF” & “The Nerdist” it’s clear to see that Duncan is very passionate about the project. So many references to his life story. It’s incredible it has been with him on and off for 16 years. Remember seeing after being blown away by Moon that Mute was in production and with the notion it was in a Blade Runner like futurist world, you can well imagine how exciting this was. Unfortunately for me it doesn’t seem to work, maybe I had too much expectation but I don’t think so. Even though I had I spied a few bad reviews, I was determined to not let it spoil my viewing. It just not what I was expecting, didn’t think the tone was right and it went from unintentionally hilarious to damn right nasty, plus so many of pointless scenes. All that said, the future world looks ace and lots of people are enjoying it. I’m sure it’s just a miss-step, he’s a very talented, passionate guy and I can’t wait to see what Mr Jones does next.

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      • Not yet, but will do soon. Now I have my expectations lowered 😁 But, now I start to recall those clumsy first trailers… it seems there was a reason for that. I did watch some other sci-fi entries on your list though (Shape of Water).

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        • Cold War, green and blues, boiled eggs, sexual frustration and a fish man, what more could you want! lol. Me and daughter enjoyed Shaped Of Water very much. …. Duncan Jones also says that Mute is a thriller that so happens to be set in the future. Yep drop those expectations and give it it go. TBF it’s cool Netflix takes the gambles on these, so it’s worth giving a go even if it’s to get your monthly payment out of it. Sure you will get a good post for your blog out of it 🙂

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  3. I actually own a handful of those from your list: 99 River Street (awesome, as we’ve discussed), Kansas City Confidential (awesome, as we have not discussed), Madigan (picked up cheap, but haven’t watched yet), The Dark Corner (the film that introduced me to noir), and D.O.A. I still want to check out The Satan Bug, and now I’m interested in taking a look at The Cremator. A nice list!

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    • Sorry for the late reply Todd. We certainly have a lot of those films in common. KCC was most excellent, 99 River Street just pipped it to the post IMHO. Madigan and his partner looks so damn cool in their fedora’s with the 60’s backdrop.
      I’m sure you will love The Satan Bug as much as me.
      The Cremator is a visual and mind fest but it’s an extremely channelling watch.
      My monthly watch lists are getting more and more Noir heavy, I’m so lucky to be coming into the genre late, there’s just millions of them.
      Many thanks Todd

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