What’s Been Watched This Month – June 2018

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

Westworld oh sweet chaotic Westworld. Easily one of my most favourite series, I was in awe from day one. The story so intelligently weaves it’s maze like puzzle of twists and turns though it’s story arc. People thought the first series was complicated but man, they amped the second season up to first class mensa levels and I’m loving every second of it. It’s refreshing to literally have no clue where it’s going but spend all week trying to break the puzzle. The writing is beautifully creative and it makes me so happy.  Yep most of my theories I was hoping I’d worked out didn’t go as planned but I did get a few as the crazy story unfolded. Still scratching my head at elements but my oh my was I so excited for each and every episode. Pure quality of the highest order.

Then on to Luke Cage season 2. I liked the first series, well until about episode 8/9 when it started to lose itself but I was hopeful they would have series 2 sorted? Well it was ok, I binged watched my way through it, it paid for this months Netflix subs. The think is Luke being bulletproof actually gets boring, there’s only so many times you can keep firing machine guns at him. Where you know Daredevil and Punisher are going to be ok in the end, there’s peril seeing then get mashed up and fighting different odds each episode. Saying that Luke Cage’s strong point is in the soundtrack and the “live” performances at the Harlem’s Paradise nightclub. The music really takes center stage but Mike Colter is very likeable as Luke and best of all for me are the two honeys, sweet as sugar Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Simone Missick as detective Misty Knight.

World Cup Russia 2018. Used to be a big footy fan but years of disappointed and stress with watching our country’s squad broke me. I’d had enough and moved over to Rugby. But with the old guard of England all having at last been replaced with a fresh new squad of youngsters it’s been very refreshing to watch. I got the buzz back, even if England go out in the next game, it’s been wonderful just watching without the rip, rig and panic of past years. Very much looking forward to seeing how the boys fair against Colombia. After watching France play Argentina yesterday in one of most thrilling games I’ve ever witnessed , I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the cup.

Anyhoooooo, on to more importantly, the movies.

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18 films this month and a total of 125 this year
390 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

The Chase (1946) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.7
A neat little crime thriller noir with Robert Cummings getting caught up with gangster Steve Cochran’s wife Michele Morgan and getting himself into a whole heap of trouble. Creepy Peter Lorre does what he does best and is his usual weird and sinister self. It’s on youtube to stream.

Zig Zag (1970) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.2
George Kennedy has a dramatic plan to get money for his family. Eli Wallach becomes his lawyer. Features a great soundtrack by Oliver Nelson. Wolfie write up here.

Human Desire (1954) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Train driver Glenn Ford gets himself mixed up with naughty Gloria Grahame. Not up to directors Fritz Lang usual top rated style but still very enjoyable.

Gran Torino (2008) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Probably not the best place to introduce my son Kofi to the legend of Clint Eastwood but a great film nonetheless. He said he really enjoyed it and it was excellent to see it again. My Dad had introduced me to Clint with The Good The Bad and The Ugly, then Dirty Harry followed by Coogan’s Bluff at a similar age. Hopefully over time we can both sit and watch those and more.

Shane (1953) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.7
I finally got round to seeing it after hearing so much love for it. Alan Ladd is great as the weary gunfighter Shane but I thought Van Heflin stole the show as the sweet and proud settler Joe Starrett. Jack Palance brings his chisels chops as a menacing quick shot. Does feature one helluva annoying kid, how many times can he say “shane”!!!

The Man in the White Suit (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Alec Guinness invents a super fabric to change the world but finds it’s more trouble than he could ever imagine. A sweet, fun Ealing Studios comedy. Wolfie write up.

Beyond Skyline (2017) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.3
A sequel to 2010’s sci-fi B-movie Skyline. Don’t worry you don’t need to see the first. Yes it has cheesy acting of the highest order but man is it a mile a minute rollacoaster of a ride. They chuck everything at it. Pure bonkers, much fun and the CGI ain’t half bad for the budget. Features two stars from The Raid, Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian. Was recommended this one by Kristina over at Speakeasy.

The Naked Spur (1953) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.4
I try to fit in a western once a month but this time it turned to two. Such a different viewing experience than the usual noir, crime thrillers but this one isn’t far removed from a noir with a western backdrop. Directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh and that guy I love Robert Ryan.

Tombstone (1993) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Second film I managed to get my son to watch with me. I can’t believe this is 25 years old now! Still seems not that long ago when I first watched it. The melodramatic love story has dated a bit but other than that, this was still top class. And what a cast of superb actors, The Earp brothers, Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton. Val Kilmer in a career best performance as the Doc Holliday. Crazy Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn and Stephen Lang to name just a few but there’s still Charlton Heston to add to the mix. It was a joy to look at the real characters on wiki after the film too.

Deadpool 2 (2018) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Another round of pure hilarious carnage that only this Marvel character could bring. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, you just couldn’t imagine anyone else in that role. Colossus is back for more brilliant laughs. Josh Brolin gets to do another Marvel character, this time without all the cgi as Cable. Zazie Beetz is sexy as Domino and Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison joins the cast. If you are easily offended then stay away but you really are missing out on all the fun.

Running Scared (1986) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Did my teenage memories get crushed? Wolfie write up here.

Yesterday’s Enemy (1959) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Director Val Guest impresses again with his skills. Wolfie write up.

Strongroom (1962) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
A low budget British bank job heist which was a random find on Youtube, here what I thought of it on Wolfie write up here.

The Sniper (1952) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.2
This months only 10/10 from me, have a look what I thought over at my Wolfie write up here.

The Night My Number Came Up (1955) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Dreams, fate and destiny feature heavily in this wonderful British mystery thriller. Pop on over to my write up if you fancy it. Wolfie write up.

Hannibal Brooks (1969) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Oliver Reed and Lucy the Elephant, what’s not to like. Wolfie write up here.

Tunes of Glory (1960) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
My second Alec Guinness film this month and the two performances couldn’t be further apart from each other. This was a superb film and well worth looking out for.  Wolfie write up here.

Black Hawk Down (2001) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Can you believe I squeezed in 3 films with my son this month and not too much fuss! hehe. The girls were away so out came the junk food and a war film. It’s relentless this one and still as good as when I first saw it. Nothing quite beats the helicopters flying in formation along the coastline, a perfect film sequence. Plus the slow-mos don’t go too overboard.  This flick is one of those spot the actor films, so many stars are dotted about in there.  Josh Hartnett probably has the film of his career and personal favorites in the film have to go to Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana and the wonderful William Fichtner. Oh and Ewen Bremner gives a tiny amount of laughs within all the death, blood and carnage. Another top film from Ridley Scott.

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 – June 2018

  1. From the top…. Don’t you love Lorre screaming out at the intended victim I the wine cellar? Genius. My two sons were very well versed in the Eastwood legend by this time and I was so happy to take them to the theater to see this one so they can say they say him on the big screen years from now when looking back. Palance in Shane is so smooth when he kills Cook in the street. ‘Prove it”. Yes Robert Ryan awesome, just watched Proud Ones with him in a soon to be featured write up and don’t forget who narrated Tombstone or did u miss it?

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    • Sorry missed this comment. Haha yeah Lorre is so blooming spooky, he just brilliant. Good old Clint, such a legend… Oh yes Palance was stone cold steel in that killer scene in Shane.
      No I didn’t missed it, how incredble to have Mr Mitchum doing the narrating, the cast in that film is pure perfection.
      Haha now I see that my comment on the Virginia Ryan film is in fact called The Proud Ones. Off to investigate.

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  2. With relation to: ‘Human Desire’, Glenn Ford is a good actor, with a generally arresting presence, and Gloria Grahame can do no wrong (a supremely versatile actress) – but the film on which this is based: ‘La Bete Humaine’ (1938), is the better of the two. Jean Gabin and Simone Simon display a genuine sexual chemistry together, and their performances evoke an intensity that is absent in the American version (which seems superficial). Both are based on the Zola novel of the same name (I loathe his: ‘naturalism’, even as I detest Italian neo-realism).

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    • OOoo what a foreboding title name “The Human Beast”!
      That sounds like a great watch. Nope I never knew Human Desire was based on that. You come up trumps again as always.
      Gloria Grahame was great in Crossfire (1947) but yeah the chemisty didn’t quite explode.
      Though don’t get me wrong I did very much enjoy it but it didn’t have that Lang greatness I’m learning my way through. I still have a fair few to tick off.
      PS sorry for the late reply, been off the reservation so to speak whilst the World Cup is on. Thanks as always for your words of wisdom.

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  3. The England-Columbia penalty shootout was nail-biting stuff. As an ex-pat, I’m rooting for England to go far.

    A western-heavy month it appears! Think I enjoyed The Naked Spur more than you did, it had tight pacing of a recent film and never got boring. I would also recommend The Man from Laramie. The only thing I have against the Mann westerns is there’s a hostility and violence towards Indians, and seldom understanding, but maybe that’s how it was back then. Yep, Kilmer’s performance is fantastic in Tombstone and the best scene in the movie is when he answers the gun with his glass. Hope he returns for Tom Gun 2

    My mini-review of Black Hawk Down: As exciting as the best thrillers, and these soldiers deserve respect for the bravery they showed, but should I be enjoying this war?

    Added The Sniper to my film noir watchlist!

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    • Oh my wasn’t that the game so stressful! Made the Sweden one a delight to watch but even at 90 minutes I was worried they would end up scoring twice in extra time, what we get put through lol. Croatia is going to be very tough but as long as they play well, I’d be ok. France and Belgium are both first rate, if we got there!!!! Oh my……..

      Funny as I watched a Mann last night, I do prefer the noirs/thrillers. Post should be up tonight. I do like to squeeze in a western and I will certainly be looking out for “The Man From Laramie” also I have “Winchester 73” to see soon.
      You know what dude, you so right on the native american slaughter, it was a total massacre and they hadn’t even done anything! I guess it was a “of the time” thing but it did seem unnecessary brutal.

      Haha yes indeed the whiskey glass battle with Johnny Ringo, superb scene….. I know exactly what you are saying about Black Hawk Down and totally agree. But entertaining bombastic mayhem, morals aside.

      Hope you enjoy The Sniper as much as I did. Thank you Chris. Much appreciated.
      Mike

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