What’s Been Watched This Month – July 2018

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

It was a slack for films this month as I got hooked on the World Cup Russia 2018. Watched pretty much every game and it was filled with brilliant matches and surprise exits. England renewed and restored some much needed passion and fired up the supporters. It was real family bonding with both my daughter and son joining me for every England game and I miss that. Yeah they may of had arguably an easier route but still this was the their best position for 28 years.  The pain and angst of 28 years wasn’t really there this time as we all knew they wouldn’t get far but the young squad did us proud, they were fantastic. We would of never of beaten France even if we could have get passed the determined and driven Croatia into the final but what a dream it would of been. Amazing to have made the semi’s and at last we have broken that penalty shootout curse.

Now because of the football I needed something shorter to fit in the evenings. Discussing the epic-ness of Battlestar Galactica down the pub lead to me revisiting the pilot miniseries for a little bit of nostalgia! Would you believe I’m hooked again on this sublime sci-fi series. With a beginning and an end (I can’t quite recall the end) the space odyssey to find Earth with an ever decreasing population count. With all the religious hocus pocus, the giant cast and all the interspersed short films, tv movies etc it was an ambitious take on the beloved by me, original series.  Looks side to side as I realise I’ve watched up to half way through season 3 now and squeezed in the relevant TV movie Razor. I’m so enjoying myself.

So low movie count this month but still some goodies in there, new and old.

Wolfman’s Rating System Explained – We All Have A System Don’t We?

13 films this month and a total of 138 this year
403 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Thieves’ Highway (1949) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Richard Conte and apples, what not to love? Well you get Lee J Cobb and feisty Valentina Cortesa to add to the mix. I thought this was great. Wolfie write up here.

Rampage (2018) – Wolfman Rating 5.5 – IMDB Rating 6.2
Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock is ace in most things but as very likable he is, this is still unfortunately pretty weak, even with a great giant gorilla! I wish I liked it more!

A Dandy in Aspic (1968) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.2
Cold War spy hunt double agents in game of chess intelligence? Sign me up right now. What did I think? Wolfie write up here.

Raw Deal (1948) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Anthony Mann directs this nutty as a fruit cake fast paced noir. I did a post on this one if you fancy a gander? Wolfie write up here.

Crime Wave (1953) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.4
So want to do a post on this one with a tagline like “Before your shocked eyes — The city blasted sin-side out!” and it got Charles Bronson. Hope to come back to it one day.

Mystery Street (1950) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
I never knew Ricardo Montalban did film noir. Here he is trying to solve a crime with a Harvard forensic specialist. It’s a goody. Wolfie write up here.

The Incredibles 2 (2018) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Nowhere near as perfect as the first one but it’s extremely enjoyable. So wonderful to be able to revisit all the characters again. Amazingly it takes off straight from the original, all those 14 years ago “Behold the Underminer!

Saboteur (1942) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Slowly working my way through the work of Alfred Hitchcock, which brings me to Saboteur. I loved the premise and superb creepy Otto Kruger in this excellent fascist supporting tale of saboteurs and the couple caught up in the drama. I did think some of the acting was a little off and didn’t have that classic Hitchcock feel? I do have a sense I will be revisiting it.

Cry Danger (1951) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.4
I really loved this gangster noir with Dick Powell. Well worth hunting down if you haven’t seen it. Wolfie write up here.

Tomb Raider (2018) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Just passable. It’s was ok but I can’t believe I’m saying this but it made me miss the Angelina Jolie Lara with her weird pouting lips and of course those assets which make Lara, well Lara.  Saying that Alicia Vikander played the part well and yeah I’ll more than likely watch the sequel.

Cash on Demand (1961) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Brilliant performances from both Peter Cushing and Andre Morell drive this unique take on the bank job drama in great focused fashion. Wolfie write up here.

The Naked Kiss (1964) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
And the winner of most bonkers film of the month goes to The Naked Kiss. Superb crazy sixties b-movie from Samuel Fuller. Check out what I thought over at Wolfie write up here.

H.M.S. Defiant aka Damn the Defiant! (1962) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Was feeling under the weather sunday and fancied one of the mutiny on the bounty films whilst hiding beneath the duvet. I hadn’t seen this Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde and Anthony Quayle tale on the high waves since a kid. It was a great to see again.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 8.4
Tom Cruise and the gang smashing up the place. Perfect cinema films as always. You certainly get your money’s worth. This one carries on from Rogue Nation. It’s bombastic through-out. I think I preferred Rogue Nation which I would give a 8.5/10 but tbh they work well together. Highlight for me in both films? Rebecca Ferguson

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

4 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – July 2018

    • haha yes I believe you said it before, that if you let the good lady watch the hunks and muscle men then it doesn’t feel so bad when you take joy out of watching John Wayne put a sexy filly over his knee for a good spanking lol. Not in those words though I must add hehe

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  1. Shame England team couldn’t make the final, a semi is still impressive! Sounds like a good bonding experience with your kids.

    Have fun with Battlestar G. I just bought The Wire (box set of all 5 seasons) on special offer. Read that it’s one of the best series ever made. Only familiar with S1 which I enjoyed.

    Didn’t know Anthony Mann directed a noir. Curious to check that one out as I really like his westerns. Agree Rebecca Ferguson is a great addition to Rogue Nation. Plan to see Fallout when there’s time, it looks very cinematic and worth paying to see on the big screen.

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    • I’ve recently found out that Anthony Mann has directed a few noirs. “T-Men” which I have ready to watch soon plus “Desperate” and “Railroaded!” and the one I’m really looking forward to “Border Incident” with Ricardo Montalban.

      Battlestar is just as much fun the second time. Loving revisiting it. The Wire is brilliant, so epic when you look at the way it all connects with so many characters. It’s certainly up there with the best but theres certainly a few series biting at it’s heels.

      Fallout is perfect for the cinema, I hope you enjoy the big screen bombastic flair.

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