What’s Been Watched This Month – September 2019

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Here’s what the ole Wolfensteiner had been watching in September 2019.

Top Boy has been my binge watch of September with it’s tension filled gritty portrayal of drug gangs fighting turf wars within the housing estates of London. Interlocking deeply told stories intensifies the drama alongside all the explosive violence and dread.
First you need to watch the two four part original series before you hit the new series. Both on Netflix with the older series titled Top Boy “Summerhouse“. First broadcast in 2011 on Channel 4. Unjustly cancelled but out of the blue resurrected by Netflix. The story continues and picks up with the original cast and a bigger direction. As a whole the three seasons are an incredible journey and very recommended.

Bill Burr – Paper Tiger. One of my favourite stand up comedians is the brilliant Bill Burr. I’ve been a massive fan since I watched his first stand-up special Why Do I Do This? in 2008. Now eleven years on I’ve watched or listen to just about everything he’s produced from his Monday Morning Podcast to his Uninformed radio show on with Joe DeRosa to seeing him live in London. He’s almost part of the family to be honest. Been there with him with his dog, his girlfriend, his marriage and then baby daughter. Paper Tiger is another brilliant unique look at the world through Bill’s rage. It’s the inner voice we all have but he can vent it so well for us.

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14 films this month and a total of 167 this year
659 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

The Way Ahead (1944) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.9
A good old fashion bit of British WW2 propaganda and all round great piece of drama written for my part in The World War II Blogathon hosted by Cinema Essentials and Maddy Loves Her Classic Films. This link is for my Wolfy Write Up Here

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8
Top quality courtroom drama from director Otto Preminger. With James Stewart in his usual top notch form. So many great scenes as the lawyers battle it out but one really stood out for me. When George C Scott keeps slowly moving to block Stewart’s eye line with his witness. It’s a wonderful acted scene to watch.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Crazy as a bag of frogs action packed Keanu Reeves sequel which we’ve come to expect from this bonkers franchise. So much action, and killing that to be honest actually became a bit boring if that is even possible? Not as good as the last two parts IMHO but still ace.

Above the Law (1988) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6
Steven Seagal and my old flame Pam Grier are Chicago Cops. I got a Wolfman Write Up post here if you fancy it.

Gaslight (1940) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.3
I was totally absorbed with this clever little drama. What with it’s age and the history that went with it I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Wolfy Write Up Here

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
After reading this great article about Ray Bradbury on the fab blog Laughter Over Tears I just had to go watch the film. I’d been meaning to for sometime. And what fun it was. Wonderful fantasy and mystery thriller as Jonathan Pryce wanders around town in his top hat spooking everyone. Helped along the way by the lovely Pam Grier. Meow!

Team America: World Police (2004) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Of course it’s scary the kids are getting older but the best thing is I now get to show them the more adult world of my movie favorites. Team America is ridiculously good fun, still. Definitely wide eyed looks and they tried to compute what the hell was going on. Then the giggles and laughs began and I slowly nodded to myself.

Union Station (1950) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
I wasn’t expecting too much from this title. However they chuck a whole heap of good stuff at you and I was truly entertained. I really enjoyed this one. Wolfy Write if you wanna know more?

The Third Key (1956) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Jack Hawkins is a detective with Scotland Yard. It’s a really good mystery drama as we follow Jack around trying to decipher the case. I’d been waiting ages to see this and really liked it but maybe my exceptions had run wild and it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. Though I’d happily watch it again.

Clerks (1994) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
I’ve always loved Kevin Smith’s debut film. A wonderful cult classic. I introduced it to my daughter and it was lovely discussing it. The day in the live of Dante and Randal went down well. Lots of laughs.

Scarlet Street (1945) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Brilliant film noir with Edward G Robinson. Well worth watching if you haven’t seen it. Here’s a my Wolfy Write Up for a gander if you wish.

Rebecca (1940) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Finally got to Alfred Hitchcock’s version of the Daphne Du Maurier novel courtesy of a gentle kick up the jacksy by the excellent film blog Diary of a Movie Maniac. No point me reviewing it when he’s done such a great write up. Check it HERE

Marty (1955) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Ernest Borgnine in romantic butcher role? Yes sir and it’s a real good film. Check out my Wolfy Write Up if you wanna find out more.

Hammerhead (1968) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 5.1
Of course you can have a NY Italian in MI6. Vince Edwards fits in well to the James Bond style shenanigans. You’re welcome to read what I thought over on my Wolfy Write Here.

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Just realised I have to pull my movie watching finger out! I try to get in 250 movies a year. I’ve got three months to get 83 or more films in before New Year 2020! The Christmas holiday should help up the movie quota.

Inside secret, well haha it isn’t a secret at all but I did in fact see 5 other films this month but I so wanna do posts on them. So they will get added to next months selections.

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

10 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – September 2019

  1. Well, I’ve seen a few from your list, and commented on them in your posts, but since you didn’t review this one, I’ll say that I really enjoyed John Wick 3, and thought it was right up there with the other two, which surprised me, because for some reason I was expecting to be let down. Not the case…I just ordered the Blu-ray on-line a few days ago, and can’t wait to watch it again.

    And that’s crazy that you mention Bill Burr: about a week ago I happened upon a clip of his, and couldn’t stop searching for and watching more clips, and more clips, and still more clips. I’d heard of the guy, but only now have discovered him…good lord, his anger cracks me up, mostly because it parallels mine! He hates all the same things I do! I’ll have to watch that ‘Paper Tiger’ special now…thanks for the heads up! And I mentioned this over on Mike’s site: I really liked ‘Logan Lucky’, and at first – like you – had no desire to see it…but I was really surprised. Give it a try…I think you might enjoy it.

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    • Still enjoyed John Wick 3 Todd and of course it was boosted with a sexy as hell Halle Berry with her lovely puppies (drawls) Snap out of it wolfboy, slap. I mean her two Belgian Malinois, cooooor, (oh man that sounds worst). OK her duo of dogs!! I’m gonna lose my film review licence at this rate!!

      Bill Burr is all our inner voice and I love him for expressing all that we wish we could in his brilliant style. I’m positive you are going to love Paper Tiger then work your way back through his old specials.

      Thanks for the tip bro. I will endeavour to see Logan Lucky. Be good to hit on my Netflix subs tbh. Cheers dude.

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  2. Looks like a great month! I’ve read a book called The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu. A paper tiger is on the sleeve, who knows if there’s a link to Bill Burr’s show 🙂
    Hopefully I can check out Gaslight (1940) before too long and compare notes!
    My favorite scene from Clerks is when they discuss the death star and the death of innocent contractors. George Lucas even addressed the issue in this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFKhV_X6-cg

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    • HAHA Lucas is a lunatic. Termites lol. That is so funny. Thanks for that. I do so love that scene too.
      The paper tiger is a dig at cancel culture and SJW types. Bill Burr channeling our inner voice in the best possible way. In a bizarre Star Wars twist. Bill is on the cast of The Mandalorian!! Looking forward to spotting him next month

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  3. I guess the one that jumps out at me us the Jack Hawkins title. Love watching him and that’s one I haven’t yet seen. I saw John Wick at the theater and yeah the body count never stops. Halle Berry looks great but seriously did they have to CGI her damned dogs. Insulting.

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    • Yeah the CGI dogs weren’t very well done but hey they knew we’d all too busy ooooing and arrring over Halle other two fine puppies 😉
      Yep I’m slowly but surely working my way through the finer delights of the wonderful Mr Jack Hawkins. He’s such a joy to watch.

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  4. I already know that Glen A. HATES John Wick. He contends that John went on a killing spree just because somebody killed his dog ! ! ! LOL
    We were going a little crazy with J.W. III, though, because of the *assassins* that were, like, EVERYWHERE. The hotdog vendor’s an assassin, the little girl on the corner’s an assassin, five out of six people in the crowd are in on it–it just drove us crazy, like, COME ON! How could EVERYONE be involved, you know? Other than that, pretty fun.
    BTW, thanks for the call-out re: Something Wicked! How sweet!
    Love Bill Burr too. I just remember him coming out once at the start of a stand-up special (that we were captioning at work) and saying, “I wanna get a gun.”
    Just the way he says it, so straight-faced and blunt, like most of his delivery, is hilarious.
    Lastly: Team America. One of our favorite scenes: “Gary?” [automatic gunfire] [silence] “Gary?”

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    • Hehe EVERYONE is a blooming assassin! It’s definitely a throw the logic bag containing ones brain outta the window and have some fun kinda film. Yeah it did all get a little too much this time round though but still pretty much enjoyed.
      Bill Burr has to be top of my favourite stand-up comedian list. Can never get enough of his rants and brilliantly true observations on life. Like I say, he has a perfect way for speaking what we are all really thinking and wishing we could off load on someone LOL. I love him for it.
      “Gary” LOL so brilliant.
      “Gary, you didn’t kill your brother. Those gorillas did.” LOL

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