What’s Been Watched This Month – September 2018

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

Iron Fist – Well after the complete carnage of the first series I tentatively dipped my toe into season two after hearing that the problems had been addressed. They weren’t kidding, this series was brilliant. Dropping 3 episodes off the run-time helped. The fighting scenes were much improved and the story raced along at a good pace. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Better Call Saul – One of my favourite series out there, absolutely love the adventures of Breaking Bad’s Saul and Mike. Perfect in every way. I’m two episodes behind at the moment. Saving them for the weekend.

Michael Palin In North KoreaMichael Palin is such a lovely travel presenter, what a surprise he got to do this. I can’t even imagine who you would pitch this too? Yeah it was heavily regulated but still a wonder to watch. It looked beautiful and idyllic and scary and strange all at the same time. The architecture is stunning and Pyongyang’s city-scape absolutely breathtaking.

Bodyguard – Everyone went bonkers for this BBC drama over here. IMHO it’s very good but nowhere as clever and exciting as the creators far superior Line Of Duty

That’s the TV, here’s the movies.

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

14 films this month and a total of 174 this year
439 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

King Rat (1965) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
A superb World War 2 POW film with a large British cast. It’s really profound and deep and well worth a look. Wolfie write up here.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.5
Yeah it took me an age to get round to seeing it but hey it was definitely worth the wait. What bits did I like? Well here’s 10 bits for starters.  Wolfie write up here.

The Big Clock (1948) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.7
I so wanted to do a post on this one. A fantastic murder mystery thriller with the ever brilliant Ray Milland and Charles Laughton. Well worth seeking out if you haven’t seen it. Maybe one day I’ll get to it.

Dunkirk (2017) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8
Dunkirk is now my favourite Christopher Nolan film. My 3rd viewing and I was still transfixed as the first. The editing and overlapping timelines are incredible and Hans Zimmer’s score haunting and intense. A good sound system is essential for that added hairs on the back of the neck experience. Hoping to get the ferry to Dunkirk next year.

A Quiet Place (2018) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.7
A lot of hype overshadowed this film. It’s a great concept and does work though it’s far from perfect. A good (older) family horror film all the same.

Fourteen Hours (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Intense and realistic drama portrayal of a suicidal man and a cop trying to help him. A interesting played out film. Wolfie write up here.

Murder by Contract (1958) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
I loved this quirky low budget take on a hitman. Wolfie write up here.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – Wolfman Rating 5 – IMDB Rating 6.3
This is pretty darn bad, the last one was just passable but this is dino dung. How can it be so bad, it’s got dinosaurs in it for F-sake. Yeah I know it made a billion dollars! Yep they will just keep making more and yes I will more than likely watch it! The circle of life hehe

American Made (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Big fan of Netflix’s Narcos and past documentaries on the Colombian drug cartels etc so I knew of Barry Seal but didn’t know loads of his story. Not sure how much is over exaggerated here but who really cares, it’s fun and a truly bonkers story. Tom Cruise is his annoyingly likable as always self. It’s got a good dark humour to it but that unfortunately takes you out of the suspense at times!

Blast of Silence (1961) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.6
This super low budget film from Allen Baron hits everything this here wolfie loves in a film and as an added bonus Allen wanders around the locations telling stories in the making of. Pure passion film making in its most beautiful form. Wolfie write up here

Shield for Murder (1954) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
This was gonna get a 7.5 from me right up to the swimming pool scene. It’s a fun to watch for the viewer, the depths this cop will go to get some dough.  Wolfie write up here

Watchmen (2009) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Definitely not for everyone but I’ve seen this at least 6 times now and I could easy sit and watch it right now. It’s just perfect to me and hits everything I like about dark twisted supers and heroes having to step up. A write up of sorts? Wolfie write up here.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Just stunning and spectacular in every possible way. I keep watching it and keep on loving it. Wonderful to be able to introduce it my my daughter and discuss it after. A write up of sorts? Wolfie write up here

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
So much Mike Hammer fun to be had here. Don’t read too much about it and jump on in, my write up is pretty spoiler free if wanted to have a sneaky gander. Wolfie write up here.

I was very slack on the movies this month! Only 14! I need to up my game in the next 3 months to hit my yearly target of 250+ films!

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

7 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – September 2018

  1. Great film block Mikey. I watched King Rat and I LOVED it. On your scale I’d give it a solid 9. Thanks so much for the recommendation. Wonderful film! Very psychological. I still haven’t seen 2001 Space Odyssey. I know. I really, really need to…

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    • You can’t see them all Pam, which is what I’m finding out to much enjoyment, I must add. I think there are certain films that seeing in my older years I appreciate so much more now than if I’d viewed many years ago. Sunset Boulevard a prime example. When the time feels right for 2001 settle in for a mega chilled 2+hrs. It really is just a classical opera. Nothing really happens but then again everything happens. Your eyes are transfixed by it’s pure beauty.
      So good to hear you watched and really liked King Rat. Such a great cast and a darkly different take on a POW camp. The cooking scene! You know what I wrote 8.5 down on my note pad after I watched it but I thought about it so much since I should of upgraded it to 9 like you. It really is a deep little film.

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  2. Nice to hear Michael Palin is still doing those travel programs. I thought he had retired and been replaced by Joanna Lumley.

    Enjoyed 2001 at the cinema because of the soundtrack and was great to marvel at all the details in 70mm. Same with Tree of Life which isn’t quite the same on TV. Agree Zimmer’s epic score elevates Dunkirk.

    I have Kiss Me Deadly and Blast of Silence on my list. I assume you’ve already watched Out of the Past (1947) and Ace in the Hole (1951)? Two of my favorite noirs

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    • It was Palin 75th birthday over there, maybe he’s slowing up a bit but he was still great to watch. I miss his travel programs. Haha yes I did see Joanna Lumley wandering around the middle east the other day.

      I was gutted to not be able to see the 50th cinema re-release this year on the big screen. I knew my daughter wished to see it and she was holiday when it came to the local. So home cinema it was, mind you the soundsystem is pretty good. I haven’t seen the The Tree Of Life yet! one for list mountain!

      Good to see you have added Kiss Me and Blast to your list, I’m sure you will love them. I watched Out of the Past only last year and adored it. Ace In The Hole quite sometime back, loved it but in need of a rewatch, it’s been long enough.
      Thanks for film chat Chris.
      All the best
      Mikey

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