Here’s what the Wolfman has watched in April 2019.
First up I didn’t manage to get many post done at all this month. Mrs Wolf not being that well (getting better now) and other family stuff ate up time. Though it did open up other opportunities, the chance to sit with my kids and introduce them to Quentin Tarantino and a few zombie films. So that made me very happy.
First up the telly.
Even though it wasn’t that great at times I did really enjoy the new series of This Time with Alan Partridge. I treated it like an event, probably the first “live” TV I’ve set my alarm for and sat down with in years. Been with Steve Coogan and Alan since the start, so many years. The problem with this series I believe was the setting just wasn’t right for him. Felt It didn’t really work. Need more Tim Key too, they work so well together.
Then there was After Life with Ricky Gervais. All up on Netflix, well I had to get my subs worth. I’d had seen the trailer, oh my it looked really bad imho. Lucky the show is excellent. Gervais knows the formula, moan, sad, joke, pull the heartstrings, funny. It works each and every time.
Line Of Duty back again for it’s fifth of six series. All connecting to a big bad? It’s really the Game Of Thrones of cop TV series. You can always guarantee shock deaths and unexpected surprises. Got one episode left to wrap this penultimate series up. Hope they can pull off a cool twist for the finale next year. My only slight gripe is? is the police force really this corrupt? hehe.
Well I mentioned the big ones name above, yep Game Of Thrones is back! Now this is the finale! 3 episodes in. The first two built the tension so much I was extremely anxious for that big battle. Some have moaned but I loved it. Now three episodes leading to the big stuff! One thing’s for sure there will be deaths, chaos and complete bedlam with a few hearts broken. The month of May will be interesting.
Right on to the movies.
18 films this month and a total of 90 this year
582 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
Boy (2010) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Finally got round to the Taika Waititi movie I hadn’t seen and so enjoying watching them with my daughter Nyah. As with all Taika films, comedy with deep emotional drama mix in so well with his style of writing and filmmaking. James Rolleston as Boy is superb.
Stan & Ollie (2018) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Steve Coogan as Stan and John C Reilly as Ollie hit the look and the demeanor of Laurel and Hardy so beautifully spot on that you buy into them straight from the start. Their two wives (Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda) and their interactions together worked well too. Yep I teared up a bit.
Creed II (2018) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Nowhere near as good as surprise hit of the first Creed. It didn’t have, dare I say it, that punch? Still a pretty good family film. Though seeing Ivan Drago back ment only one thing? See next film.
Rocky IV (1985) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Of course after watching Creed II I had to introduce Ivan Drago to my son Kofi. I had seen this at the cinema and a few times after. How many montages? Oh it did make me smile. Best line of the film? Rocky to Adrian “to beat me he’s gonna have to kill me, and to kill me he’s gotta have the guts to stand in front of me, and to do that he’s gotta be willin to die himself.” hehe brilliant.
Eagle vs Shark (2007) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Socially awkward misfits try and find love in their strange lifes. I’d seen it before but was great watching this quirky oddball movie and another from Taika Waititi with Nyah.
The Predator (2018) – Wolfman Rating 5.5 – IMDB Rating 5.4
Dear god what on Earth was Shane Black thinking? You know what, I had heard so much bad shit on this film that I said I’d never watch it. I was in a funny mood and wanted something rubbish to watch. Fook it I went for it. I was drinking, quite heavily I must add. You know what dudes, I kind of went with it, laughing most the way through it and generally saying every five minutes. “You gotta be shitting me”. It served my mood well, it really is bad but it entertained me. Going in with ZERO expectations is the way to do it. So shit, it’s shit shit but some of the shit is somehow funny shit! Remember lots of booze ffs.
All About Eve (1950) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Well it had to be a ten right? What a brilliant film. Yeah I know everyone already knew this for the last 69 years! But hey I’m fashionably late for the party. Another Bette Davis movie ticked off.
Bumblebee (2018) – Wolfman Rating 4.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Goodness that was pants. First five minutes were good then? Fake news got me. “Better than the Transformer sequels”? They said. Roast dinner and family film, it did its job but man it’s real bad.
Rubin and Ed (1991) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Trent Harris unleashes his cult classic featuring Crispin Glover, Howard Hesseman and Simon the Cat in the wilderness. See what the hell’s going on over at my Wolfie Write Up Here
3:10 to Yuma (1957) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Glenn Ford, outlaw and Van Heflin, rancher, clash in the dry, hot heat of the wild west. A gentle kick up the jacksy came my way when I saw my friend Todd over at Cinema Monolith post about it here
- This starts a really enjoyable five movies in five nights with Nyah and Kofi with lots of film discussion which made me very proud.
Dawn Of The Dead (2004) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Love the seventies one so much I never went for this one. Recently found out it was by Zack Snyder and James Gunn. A few movies reviews had put it in a good light. It was pretty great tbh. Not a patch on the original but had some different things to say before we were overrun by zombie movies.
Pulp Fiction (1994) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.9
It’s crazy to think I haven’t seen this again for near on 25 years but it’s shows how incredible the impact this film has when you remember everything, scene to scene. Just relishing in the dialogue again was perfect. It’s just so damn cool. The best thing? That we can drop the “watch” story into conversation when needed.
Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Wolfman Rating 9.5 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Christoph Waltz so chilling, Brad Pitt so funny “Buongiorno” cracks me up everytime. The opening scene to that basement bar. This film has tension filled to the brim. Another QT perfection
Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Arrrrrrghhhhhh if Vic Vega was going batshit crazy on my arse demanding to know which Quentin Tarantino was my favourite! Shit man it be so darn tough but I think Reservoir Dogs just nips it. JUST! Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth smash their parts to pieces. Shit! What a debut film QT.
28 Days Later (2002) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.6
We had been talking zombie films and Danny Boyle’s and Cillian Murphy’s rage virus seemed a good choice. Action, empty London and carnage. I hadn’t seen it since it was released. Think I enjoyed it more this time round. A brilliant edition to zombitopia.
It was yet another fun month though I missed doing many posts. Always adds more to the movie watching experience for me. Love reading a things on the films. Time got in the way! Hopefully back in the throne come this May. Any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome if you fancy too.
Keep watching the screens. Thanks for having a gander. Michael Wolfster