What’s Been Watched This Month – April 2019

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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.

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

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.

Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.8
Comedy god John Candy plays the bumbling and hysterical private investigator Harry Crumb. Wolfie Write Up Here

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.

Tiger Bay (1959) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.6
An unconventional friendship set in Wales with a Polish German and Cockney Tomboy? Wolfie Write Up Here

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.

Paradise Alley (1978) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.8
Was my childhood memories smashed to a million pieces for the Video Store Action Heroes mash up? Find out here at my Wolfie Write Up Here

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.

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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

16 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – April 2019

  1. I liked that remake of Dawn. Well done . 3:10 to Yuma I too love and featured previously. Outstanding western. I’m itching to see Stan and Ollie. You forgot to squeeze in Jackie Brown which I believe is Tarantino’s most polished and less gimmicky film. Thus my favourite and Pam Grier kind of helps.

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    • Oh don’t worry Mike, Jackie Brown is coming soon (Yep I too very much adore that film made all the better for having Grier and Forster in top roles) and will be doing Kill Bill 2.
      You will love Stan and Ollie. Hope you get to scratch that itch soon.

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  2. Some great ones Mikey. Whew! All About Eve. Resivour Dogs. 28 Days Later. 3:10 to Yuma. Awesome films!
    Oh, man! Bumblebee gets 4.5 stars! Really Mikey? I love Bumblebee! (This is a record. I’ve never used these many !s.)
    I suppose I can forgive Bumblebee…But Creed II! Only 6 stars!..Mickey?…
    Pants?…
    I don’t have emoji access so I hope you know that I’m kidding. Ha! (Sort of.)
    Really entertaining post. Loved it.

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    • Haha I’m king of the !!!s so don’t you go worrying about that!
      Bumblebee is ace but boy oh boy the storytelling is bad! John Cena could not have been more pointless. I thought he was gonna be fun and all action but nah. The girls sidekick too! We did all laugh throughout the film as to how bad it was. So that really should make it a 5/10 maybe I was being too harsh. lol
      Creed the first one, I gave a strong 8/10 but Creed II is alright but really average. Week scriptwriting? They needed another film in between this one and the first I feel. Just didn’t care for Creed and tbh was kinda rooting for Drago. It really lacked any emotional arc. Oh related news, we gonna watch Rocky Balboa this weekend. The comeback kid! I mean “OAP”

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      • Ha! I’m a bit sentimental because I don’t normally like films like Bumblebee and Creed II. So when I do like them I elevate them to inappropriate heights.
        I didn’t know your wife was ill. I’m sorry to hear that, but very glad to hear that she is doing better.
        –Pam

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        • Not at all, if they hit the right spot for you and you had good fun and enjoyed them then that score gonna go right up. It’s all about fun and enjoyment and just shutting off. Don’t listen to that silly moody wolfy man! hehe.
          Many thanks for the kind words Pam.

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  3. Sorry to hear your wife has been ill, hope she gets better soon. So many good films there, Mikey. Glad you enjoyed All About Eve. I really want to see Boy, after enjoying Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

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  4. Good to hear that your wife is feeling better. Family comes first.

    I guess I’m not part of the cool crowd as I don’t watch Game of Thrones!

    Boy & Eagle vs Shark are fun, sweet movies, I hope Waititi keeps making smaller, personal projects.

    Love the remake of 3:10 to Yuma from the 2000s. Oddly, I haven’t seen the 1957 version, emphasis on yet!

    The opening 20 min or so of 28 Days Later in London is jaw-dropping. They did something similar in Vanilla Sky (2001).

    A good time to revisit Tarantino’s work with a new film out this summer. Pulp F is my favorite of his, so quotable and with a killer soundtrack.

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    • Thanks for the kind words.
      Haha don’t worry you’re not alone on the GOT crowd. I’ve been there since day one. It’s been a big investment but the payoff so far has been well worth it. Thing is you have to watch each episode as soon as you can and keep off all social media until you have. One day if you’re bored and have 80 hrs free? You could watch it carefree with no pressure at all.

      Yes I agree on Waititi. I might be the only one in the world who didn’t like Thor: Ragnarok that much. Though he did steal the show himself as Korg.
      I can imagine you will really enjoy 310 to Yuma 1957. It’s brilliant. The remake changed some stuff is all I’ll say.
      Yeah can’t wait for QT 🙂

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  5. A few of those from your list I’ve seen, and a few I own, with ‘All About Eve’ and ‘3:10 to Yuma’ my favorites of the bunch. Out of your Tarantinos listed, I’d go with ‘Inglorious Basterds’, and as for zombie movies, ’28 Days Later’ was pretty damn cool. Haven’t seen ‘Rocky IV’ since it first came out…don’t remember I thing about it, except Rocky training in some cabin somewhere (I think that was in ‘IV’).

    And thanks for the mention! And glad to hear the missus is doing better!

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    • Hehe yes Todd you recall the montage well. Yep he’s in a cabin watched by the KGB. He just goes crazy in that cabin. Oiled up doing sit ups in the barn roof, throwing tractor tyres, picking up logs and running in the snow. Drago injects roids and fights robots lol. Those pesky russkies! lol
      Thanks bro.

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  6. Totally with you on The Predator, the more I think about it afterwards, the more holes I could poke in it, but it was fun enough while on the ride and sometimes that’s all you need. I too am FINE with GOT’s ending, like you say, staying off the social media helped big time– I’ll miss it! I am so looking forward to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and just rewatched Django. In other news, enjoyed Mission Impossible Fallout and Killing Eve S2.

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    • My comment was for GOT episode 3 but I hung on in there right to the end trying not to judge. I was ok-ish for the ending because it was obvious they were rushing it. I’d had so many complexed twists in my head that I thought were gonna be played out. Nope they went for the easy option. It was good that it wrapped things up. Then when I woke the next day I unfortunately starting thinking about all the missed opportunities. Just wish they’ve been able to slow it down and do a longer season. Old George RR Martin is gonna sell a gazillion copies of “his” finale if he ever catches up. hehe.
      Can’t wait for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and didn’t realise Killing Eve S2 had run already! Think it’s coming to the BBC over here soon.
      Thanks … MIkey

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      • I know what you mean about the speed of the final few eps, It’s been fun debating with friends about what happened vs possible outcomes, GRRM apparently gave them the gist of where he’s going… anyway now they have a Big Brother who “knows all sees all” 🙂

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