Here’s what the ole Wolfensteiner had been watching in October 2019.
I flew through last years The Terror this month. Man oh man that series is ace. Reading the true facts intertwined with the fiction was a lovely bonus after it had finished. The bleak cold scenery married perfectly with the eerie atmosphere. The acting was superb. Yep it’s easy to sit back when it’s finished and say this but I’d of changed a few little things and then have thought it was a masterpiece, hark at me hehe. (I’d of taken the supernatural stuff out). Season two of The Terror has started, being subtitled Infamy. It’s not getting rave reviews and I will probably give it a miss but the first standalone series is really very good indeed.
The War Of The Worlds. Oh boy! War Of The Worlds! You could say I’ve been waiting for this series since I fell in love with the Gene Barry 50s film and Jeff Wayne’s concept album as a kid. Was not a fan of the Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise version. So one day I remember reading a small article (maybe sometime around 2014!) about the BBC looking into doing a true H. G. Wells version set in Edwardian times. Insanely excited I waited and waited, until 2018 news started to arrive it was on it’s way to the BBC. Then it went quiet! Then out the blue it was announced it was coming soon. The poster looked awesome. Anxiously I waited for a date. Something fishy was going on! The warning signs were there. Then the news started filtering through it had been sold and shown on Canadian and New Zealand networks! Hang on a minute isn’t this paid by our TV licence money! Now I was getting worried. Surely they couldn’t mess War Of The Worlds up? I won’t go into details but the fact of the answer is yes they could mess it up and they have. I really could rant for days! but can’t be arsed. It’s about online if you wanna see it. It’s really not very good and I’m very sad about that.
That’s it for the TV.
21 films this month and a total of 188 this year
680 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
I watched 5 Sherlock Holmes adventures this week. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are so great together. Dr Watson makes me smile every time he comes on the screen.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.4
The Pearl of Death (1944) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.3
The House of Fear (1945) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Terror by Night (1946) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Sabotage (1936) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
An early Alfred Hitchcock ticked off the list. With Sylvia Sidney who would you believe is Grandma Florence from Mars Attacks! I never knew.
48 hrs (1982) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Very nostalgic revisit of the Walter Hill “buddy” movie with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy.
Joker (2019) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 8.8
Joaquin Phoenix of course is incredible. Have the Care Bears Movie lined up to watch after. You gonna need it.
Bullets or Ballots (1936) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Would of liked to have done a post on this one. Edward G Robinson is his usual pint sized cigar chomping firecracker. Great film.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
I loved the event aspect of this film. I stayed in on a Friday night. Cooked up ribs and selection of great beers. Settled myself in with the amp cranked right up. I’d gone in with low exceptions and maybe liked it more than most. Chubby Matt Damon was funny! The Robert Forster scenes were of course extremely bitter sweet.
Inside Man (2006) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Might get flack for this one. I see it’s much loved but the directing in my eyes was really off! Maybe it’s dated badly? Give it another watch and see. Denzel Washington in 40s style suits, his fast paced camera shot of him flying through the streets had be laughing my ass off. The music choices were weird. The editing strange. Maybe that was the point! The overall film twists pretty good but I didn’t really like it.
In Harm’s Way (1965) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Otto Preminger directed WW2 drama. I especially enjoyed the John Wayne and Patricia Neal relationship. Patricia seemed the perfect woman to me. A great acted piece.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 6.9
I hadn’t seen this since I loved it when it came out. A chance to introduce it to my daughter Nyah. We both loved it. Perfect father and daughter time. Lots of laughs. How could I have forgotten the time machine bit? LOL
The Narrow Margin (1952) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
One of those near on perfect films that just keep you on your toes. Film noir classic. Get to see it if you haven’t already. You can read my review here if you wish Wolfy Write Up Here
Narrow Margin (1990) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Wasn’t gonna do it but a few fellow bloggers had commented it’s not as bad you think. They were right of course. This remake is far enough removed to be its own film. Where it likes to homage the older classic film, it’s happy to change things up. Not in the same class but well worth a go if you see it about. Well it does star Gene Hackman and Anne Archer is not bad either.
The African Queen (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Yep I’d never properly seen it, thought I had. Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn both perfect as everyone knows. Very enjoyable watch.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.5
For me, this is a perfect film. Introduced it to my two. Result, they both really liked it. Jim Jarmusch makes great films but this one really hit my love button. I’ve seen it around 8 times since coming out the cinema. Forest Whitaker giving the old gangsters a really bad day is filled with dark humor, an amazing soundtrack and just beautiful scenes.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
An ill day off work! James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre will make things alright. Perfect chilling under the sea! I mean duvet film.
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