What’s Been Watched This Month – October 2019

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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.

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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.

City Of Fear (1959) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Vicious Vince Edwards runs through a city as the unknowing harbinger of death. Wolfman Write Up post here if you fancy it.

Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 6.5
This film took me by surprise. I got so involved in the painfully deep and dark tale. Definitely not for everyone.  Wolfy Write Up Here

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.

And Then There Were None (1945) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.5
The classic Agatha Christie tale. First time I’d seen this original version. It’s on YouTube Here

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

11 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – October 2019

  1. Nice selection of classics from yesteryear and those Rathbone-Bruce films are great viewing. 48 HRS the classic buddy buddy pic and it’s Walter Hill! Fine pair of Bogie titles early and the Oscar winner.
    I’ve always loved In Harm’s Way. What a cast and how about Kirk Douglas belting that officer in the men’s locker room.
    Finally I do have to shame you just a bit and demand a rewrite. When one forgets to mention the legendary Henry Silva, you have to watch out because a hitman could be dispatched to write the wrong. 🙂 Especially in a film that Wolfman rates as a 10.

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  2. I’ve seen quite a few from that list…not something I can often say with my blogger friends’ ‘watched this month’ lists! Lots of great movies here, but my favorite would have to be ‘The Narrow Margin’…simply outstanding. I really liked ‘Sabotage’, too…it doesn’t often get the respect it deserves…some neat Hitchcock moments in that one. And ‘Napoleon Dynamite’…man, did I get a kick out of that when it first came out. I think it’s time for a re-watch!

    Also, I’ve tracked down all 14 Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone (all from YouTube), so I’ll be watching those – for the first time! – at some point soon, in order of release date.

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    • Oh I definitely recommend a re-watch of Napoleon Dynamite. Hehe it was still so funny and surprising how much I had forgotten. He’s such a lunatic.
      Yeah I was really impressed with Sabotage,
      Awesome you found all the Basil Sherlock’s. Yeah I’d been watching them on Youtube. They in good quality too. Watson is so amazing to watch. His mannerism really make me smile.
      Think I’m gonna go for Spider Woman and The Scarlet Claw next. Yep it was first time for me too with Basil at the helm. Hope you enjoy Todd.

      This movie fan has made a ranked list to get you to the goodies first. https://letterboxd.com/silversaxophone/list/basil-rathbones-sherlock-holmes-films-ranked/


  3. I noticed those Sherlock Holmes films were on YouTube in the public domain, yet to watch them. Now I know which to go for.

    ha, yeah Joker was dark, so can understand your need for a lighter watch afterwards. Same thing when I saw Midsommar.

    Another 48 Hrs (1990) was panned by critics. I consider it underrated and almost as good as the original. The 80s Beverly Hills Cop films I prefer though.

    The locations, and the chemistry between Bogart and Hepburn make African Queen special.

    Happy to hear you also love Ghost Dog! For me ranks as Jarmusch’s best, with Down by Law (1986) a close second.

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    • I remember I didn’t like the Another 48hrs when it came out though I’m more than happy to give that re-watch. Be rude not too. Actually I really fancy watching Beverly Hills Cop now you say. 🙂
      I haven’t seen Midsommar, one day I might.
      Down By Law is blooming fantastic. Love that film too. Actually love most of his films. But I haven’t seen The Dead Don’t Die yet though the reviews haven’t been kind. With that cast, I can’t see what has gone wrong!!??

      This movie fan has made a ranked list for the Basil Sherlock’s to get you to the goodies first. At around an hour each they perfect to squeeze in on a work night. https://letterboxd.com/silversaxophone/list/basil-rathbones-sherlock-holmes-films-ranked/
      Hope you enjoy them too Chris. Thanks buddy.

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  4. Wow, that’s a LOT.
    I’d totally forgotten about Ghost Dog and Forest Whittaker. I remembering enjoy that strange film a lot.
    And Napoleon Dynamite–lol !!
    The lead actor is a very funny guy and I was startled to find out he is/was a Mormon. Probably still is. Not that Mormons can’t have a sense of humor, but they are sort of seen a straight-laced and serious, aren’t they?
    That actor was also funny in Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell. I know a lot of people hate Will, but I love him. I just can’t stop laughing.
    We must see Joker and El Camino to catch up with everyone else.

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    • So many beautiful scenes in Ghost Dog. Especially love the relationship between Forest and the French speaking ice cream guy. They talk away not understanding each other even though they are both on the same wavelength. I’m slowly doing a post on it. Big love for that film.
      Napoleon he’s such a weirdo LOL. The uncle cracks me right up. I’d forgotten the time machine bit. Too silly. Was a brilliant revisit.
      I guess a Mormon is better than a Scientologist? Still! Bit bonkers. Maybe he was channeling his inner Mormon for Napoleon? LOL
      Blades Of Glory oh my days. Laughed so much at that one over the years. I do love me some Will Ferrell too. Look no one likes it but I lose my shit watching “The Land Of Lost”. So underrated and unloved that film… “I believe” Sang in a pitched up Cher voice…. “No Chaka!”

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  5. Yeah, Ghost Dog–they’re understanding each other in the way that counts.
    So glad you love the silly stuff too. I definitely have the sense of humor of a 15-year-old.
    Another one that gets me bent over double is Your Highness.
    And Land of the Lost!!! Yes, it IS underrated, right?! “I believe” with autotune???!!
    Hahahaha. Thank you for reminding me of that! 🙂


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