Here’s what the ole Wolfensteiner has watched in June 2019.
Dark. The wonderful Dark came back to Netflix with it’s second season. Oh how much do I enjoy this series. So pleased it stayed just as insane as the first. Get 45% Twin Peaks 40% Chernobyl and 15% Strangers Things. Mix up the contents in a turkey baster and proceed to impregnate Doc Brown with the contents. Actually you could add some Nordic Noir styles in there too, like there’s a touch of the Danish The Killing vibe to it. It’s just incredible script writing and editing. The way it unravels itself is a pure joy. The human drama cements the whole thing together as the time traveling science fiction mesmerises, transfixes. All leading to an end game, come the final part next year. Just perfection.
Danger UXB (1979). After revisiting fever dreams from my youth, as you do, A Matter Of Life And Death. I just had to buy the box-set of this tense and extremely well written drama series. Following a group of bomb disposal Royal Engineers saddled with the daunting job of clearing unexploded bombs dropped during the Blitz on London during WW2. With the group’s chief officer blown to smithereens in the opening scenes, Anthony Andrews is a rookie recruit drafted in to learn the ropes. And Maurice Roëves plays his forever loyal Sergeant. The amazing achievement of the series is the historical facts, from the bombs, fuses and all the ingenious ways they had to deal with each new upgraded Nazi killing machine. Everything from the gang, to the human drama is expertly played out. It’s emotional, thrilling and truly superb. I watched an episode a day and I’m sad it has finished. A real band of brothers. There is a bonus documentary on the disc called Cast Iron Killers. Tonight viewing.
17 films this month and a total of 126 this year
618 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
The 39 Steps (1935) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Finally got around to this Alfred Hitchcock gem. I can see why it’s a classic. So enjoyable. Really ahead of the game for 1935! Robert Donat was so wonderfully British and reminded me of the Harry Enfield sketch Mr Cholmondley-Warner and Grayson.
Ride The Pink Horse (1947) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
This was a wonderful recommendation directed and starring Robert Montgomery. No point me doing a review as Lindsey over at The Motion Pictures has done such a great job, check it out.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.1
A perfect film. So good to see it when I wasn’t tripping within a fever dream! What am I going on about? Check my Wolfman Write Up Here.
Man Hunt (1941) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.3
This pre WW2 thriller by Fritz Lang and starring Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders started incredibly. It was so good. But then I thought it started falling apart. Still an excellent film.
Cold Pursuit (2019) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.2
Seriously WTF was this. Starts off a bleak dark thriller and then it’s like another director stepped in and thought fuck it, let’s make it a comedy but let’s not tell Liam Neeson! It is so bonkers and I can’t work out it was intentional or not! I gave it an extra point for being an hour long conversation with a friend over how ridiculous it was. Hehe. It’s a remake of Norwegian film called In Order of Disappearance.
I Am Mother (2019) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
One of the better Netflix made films. I really enjoyed this. The science fiction story is great, with some nice twists. The robot design is very cool. An all round good watch.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.5
It was time to introduce my son Kofi to part 2. I think he enjoyed it! Haha it was Father’s day so he smiled and let me watch it. I was a year younger than him now when I first saw it and it was surprising how much I remembered. Was very nostalgic. Actually held up pretty well.
Stand by Me (1986) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
On a mission to introduced my daughter Nyah to the better Stephen King book adaptations. First up this amazing adventure, friendship and road (train track) movie. Still as good as it always was. A real pleasure to watch again.
Carrie (1976) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Next King movie we went for was Sissy Spacek and the school prom/crazy mom horror/thriller. I’d completely forgotten the beginning shower scene! I wonder if the TV version I’d seen had been edited! It’s safe to say De Palma was a perv LOL. There’s some really odd camera angles!! Sissy was as brilliant as I remembered but it has dated somewhat. Still both me and Nyah laughed all the way through it. There’s definitely a drinking game to be had, knock back a shot at every slapped face and you will be totally sloshed 20 mins in!
Mid90s (2018) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Nice recommendation from my daughter here. It’s the directing debut of Jonah Hill and it’s really an exceptional little indie film. Centered with the backdrop of the 90s skateboarding scene. Emotional and funny. The older skaters conversations are hysterical. Great soundtrack too. Worth a look.
The Spy in Black (1939) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
After revisiting A Matter of Life and Death I realised that I hadn’t seen any of the films by double act Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. So off I went and managed to watch 3. This one I thought was the best out the 3. A German U-Boat captain goes on a spy mission in Scotland to find a fleet of battleships to destroy during WW1. It’s really clever and extremely well played out. Top film.
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 8.8
The beginning of this film is exceptional. Following the crew onboard their bomber as they make their way to Germany is incredibly realised. You’re there with them. Dare I say it lost some of that power when they have to bail out seeking help from the Dutch underground. A few silly moments, though I did laugh at the drag bit. Still a good film.
49th Parallel (1941) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.4
This one clocked in at 2 hours and I believe would of benefited of losing 20 odd minutes. I hadn’t expected a kind of selection of vignettes as the Nazi bad guys goose step across Canada being naughty. So I sat there waiting for top billed Leslie Howard to turn up! Only to find he has a 10 minute part right at the end. Laurence Olivier has a bizarre part as French Canadian trapper who’s comedy over the top accent goes all over the place. A great propaganda film, especially for the time.
Well two whole series did take up some time though I did Dark in two sittings! Somehow I still managed to get in a fair few films in.
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 look to see what’s been watched. All the best……… The howling one, Mikey