What’s Been Watched This Month – November 2019

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

I watched Pennyworth the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. Jack Bannon plays a young Michael Caine version of Alfred set in an alternative 60s London. However it warps timelines together. It effectively molds Victorian and World War Two into the 60s. This is not the CW television universe of PG superhero series. No this is pure adult in nature and is extremely gruesome and dark. Shock standout of the series is, would you believe it?, singer Paloma Faith. Like a northern terminator “fancy a brew love?“. It’s really very good indeed.

Some proper Star Wars has hit our screens at last in the shape of The Mandalorian. The short run-times were off putting at first but when you get used to it you realise you can watch the episode again straight away. Pedro Pascal is the man under the mask in the Jon Favreau created series. So far a few big names have popped up like Nick Nolte’s voice, Werner Herzog looking dodgy and who wouldn’t love seeing Carl Weathers as a bad ass bounty hunter? The first 3 episodes are excellent but be warned episode 4 is a real stinker! Fingers crossed it was just a wobble. Perfect family time and everyone loves the little baby Y…

That’s it for the TV.

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

17 films this month and a total of 205 this year
697 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Born to Kill (1947) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Cold murderous film noir film. Ooooo it’s so brutal. Have a look what I thought over at my Wolfy Write Up

Angel Has Fallen (2019) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.5
Third part in the Gerard Butler action series. I really liked Olympus Has Fallen but London Has Fallen was total crap. Angel is better than that and a pretty good action fun. Made better with an old man Nick Nolte.

Apache Warrior (2017) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Also known as The Veil. A documentary about a squadron of Apache Attack Helicopters involved in a massive cluster fuck of a mission. It’s OK but ultimately shows some real inept planning up the command chain. Best bits, “there aint no birds out here“. The city lights going out and seeing the state of the Apaches at the end. I bet Boeing was rubbing their hands for new contracts after. On Netflix.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.9
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost created a perfect zombie comedy. Lots of copycat zom-coms came after but this is the daddy. Watched it so many times and I still love it. I’d introduced it to Nyah a few years ago and she joined us for Kofi’s turn. Brilliant.

Sherlock Holmes Dressed To Kill (1946) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Back for two more Sherlock and Dr Watson’s.

Sherlock Holmes The Spider Woman (1943) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
This one was most excellent. Really enjoyed them all but this one is higher up the rankings for me.

Jane Eyre (1943) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.5
A rare film for just me and Mrs Wolf to watch just together. She’s a Charlotte Brontë mega fan but hadn’t seen this version before. I was surprised to see it have film noir styles in it’s execution. We both enjoyed it and Orson Welles was his usual bit moody self but it was pointed out to me that Joan Fontaine is way to pretty for the Jane Eyre. Plus I learnt they missed out a whole section of the book. Still, hopefully we will be watching more films together! We’ll see? hehe

Parasite (2019) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.6
Masterful storytelling and direction from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho. Very recommended, check it out. It’s perfect.

The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.9
A dangerous road trip with Lawrence Tierney. Check my write up for details here if you wish.

Bodyguard (1948 ) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.5
Really enjoyable Lawrence Tierney in good guy role drama. Check it out here on my wolfy write up

The Ghost Ship (1943) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
After doing three posts featuring Lawrence Tierney I was surprised to see him pop up in this murder on the seas film. I had no idea he was in it. He’s a good guy again too? Really! The film is ok but elevated by a strange looking mute guy called Finn played by Skelton Knaggs. He was most excellent.

Murder, My Sweet (1944) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
I got there in the end. Classy noir from director Edward Dmytryk starring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor to name a few. A complex web of mystery and deceit around every corner. I will be watching this again.

Fight Club (1999) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating8.8
Perfection in this classic from David Fincher. I introduced it to my daughter, she loved it too. So good to see again it after so long. It’s so good it’s been imprinted on the mind. Even after 20 years it felt like yesterday I had seen it. Every scene and detail incredible to just watch it unfold.

L.A. Confidential (1997) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.2
Same as above. Introducing a classic to my daughter Nyah and getting to re-watch a film I loved so much again after such a very long break. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were all top of their game here. Surrounded by superb performances from all corners. Another incredible film.

Desperate (1947) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
You can read some stuff on this one on my wolfy write up here.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.7
This is a wonderful little beautifully told story. Shia LaBeouf is back on form but this is the Zack Gottsagen show. Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. It’s has a great vibe in this nice natured film. Recommended.

King Kong (1933) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.9
I haven’t seen this since being a kid. It’s just so awesome. The effects are out of this world, still. What an inventive story too. Fay Wray is just so divine and the perfect scream queen. If you wanna know more about her then you will be in the right place if you pop on over to Mike’s Take On The Movie’s and read his amazing interview with Fay’s daughter Victoria Riskin. 10 Questions with Victoria Riskin.

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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

15 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – November 2019

  1. Some solid classics in the mix and I love the old Holmes/Bruce films. Plenty of Noir titles and even Kong. Thanks for the nod and look at you with some brand new titles as well. L.A. Confidential, required multiple viewings. Awesome title.

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  2. Some great flicks from that list, and surprisingly I’ve seen most of what’s listed. I’ve been interested in seeing Parasite after watching The Host a few years back, and I keep seeing nothing but good reviews, so hopefully it’s still in theaters this week. Lots of cool noirs, and I still have to dive into my Sherlock Holmes series with Basil Rathbone…but lordy, I’m starting to become embarrassed by the fact that I really enjoyed London Has Fallen!

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  3. I am so excited to see Parasite (I am a huge fan of Bong Joon-ho). Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    P.S. do you get Netflix? If so, you have got to watch Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. I have watched it three times so far and let me tell, it is really that great of a film. Here are two links below

    Here is a youtube video link to the third of the film’s three trailers

    Also, here is a link to an updated list of my favorite Martin Scorsese films. It is here where you will find out where I rank The Irishman at 🙂

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2018/07/24/my-favorite-martin-scorsese-films/

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    • WOW John 10hrs of The Irishman. Hat a doffed to you sir. Yeah I do have Netflix. I nearly watched it the first day it came out but time was getting the better of me so I aborted the mission before it started. I really can’t wait to watch it but I need the perfect moment to sit with no distractions. I’ve managed to stay away from all trailers. I rarely watch them to be honest. I wanna know as little as possible. With that long run-time, it might have to wait to I break up for xmas now I think.

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  4. I love several of those movies AND the Mandalorian TV show.
    Funny thing about the Mandalorian: my husband (who is/was a Star Wars NUT; he knew about it 2 years before it came out, reading up on it in articles and whatnot, when he was 15. When it came out, it played in Manhattan for 2 YEARS STRAIGHT and he saw it 300 TIMES. I think some of those 300 are as an adult, though, too, lol)
    Anyway, he really hates the Mandalorian because he said they would NOT act like that. They do not CARE about anyone. He would NOT care about the baby. He’s really stern about following the canon, but I can see that they’re trying to sort of Jonathan Livingston Seagull this Mandalorian guy. He’s changing, right? My husband’s crazy, lol.
    Shaun of the Dead! (I threw up in my mouth a little, though, seeing the date; 2004? Really? It seems like it was MAYBE 10 years ago. Bleh!)
    Jane Eyre–watched this as a kid and was always very touched by it.
    Fight Club–great, of course.
    Weirdly, even though we liked L.A. Confidential, we have not seen it again since it came out. What’s that about?! I don’t get it. So strange………

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    • Queen of the comments strikes again. Always makes me smile. 🙂
      (I threw up in my mouth a little) LOL at Shaun Of The Dead date! I know though, scary!

      Wow hubby sounds like the most awesome Star Wars fan EVER! I didn’t get to see it till a double bill was shown when Empire Strikes Back came out. I was 8 and my Mum dropped me off and I sat there for 4 odd hours having my mind blown as she did xmas shopping. Loved it ever since. I only like the original trilogy, The Clone Wars animation series and Rogue One (especially that perfect end that made me cry like a baby when it unexpectedly arrived on the screen).
      On the Mandalorian. First up I so love that Jonathan Livingston Seagull reference. Though through the narrative (I believe) has shown that he wasn’t a Mandalorian or maybe was maybe from the pacifist New Mandalorians?. Looked like his whole family was wiped out (by Battle Droids?) and he was adopted maybe by the traditional warlike Mandalorian’s. Hence why he has some empathy for the wee little one. (I really don’t know lol but that’s my thoughts) Still he can happily stone cold vaporize a bunch of Jawa’s without losing a single wink of sleep. I laughed so loud with that scene. Even went and watched it again straight after it finished. LOL.

      On LA Confidential I think it’s a case of what I said on Fight Club. It’s like the films were so perfectly written and directed that they had been imprinted on the mind. Even after 20 years it felt like yesterday I had seen them. Maybe that the reason!

      Thank you 🙂
      Mike

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      • Hey, thank YOU. Maybe I can wow hubby with this theory about the Mandalorian, ha ha ha.
        Your LA Confidential theory rings true too. That sounds about right. Now I don’t feel quite so crazy.
        🙂

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  5. Shaun of the Dead was really quotable. What did you make of the two sequels?

    Long time since I watched Fight Club. Definitely one of those life-changing films from my youth. Everything works in that film.

    La Confidential held my attention throughout. I give it a fairly high rating, but I didn’t go ga ga over it. Great performances as you said though.

    I’ll get to Parasite later this month! The Mandalorian will have to wait. Disney+ is not available in my country yet. I like what I’ve heard of the soundtrack and Baby Yoda has been hard to avoid online 🙂

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  6. Wonderful block of movies, Mikey. I’m jealous. Born To Kill. Shaun of The Dead. Jane Eyre. Murder My Sweet. King Kong. Very impressive. Jane Eyre would get a nine on my barometer. King Kong a ten, but that’s just me.

    So, I listened to your mix. Very cool. I like that vibe, that “Whole Bottle of Wine”stuff. Who does that? It’s very good, but very particular. The good stuff, that is. Reminds me of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” Johnny Rivers. Tom Jones. Gene Pitney. Roy Orbison. And then to mix it with Electronica. And Midnight Cowboy. Love it.

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  7. I think that’s true what you said about not feeling the need to re-watch perfect films. I’m more likely to re-watch films that I wasn’t sure of the first time or ones I’m hoping will improve on a second viewing. I’ve only seen LA Confidential once, but I watched Fight Club again a couple of years ago because I didn’t really get into it the first time. The first time I was watching with someone who was only half paying attention and kept asking me what was happening.

    I watched King Kong as well recently as it was on iplayer. I think I saw this as a kid too, and have seen both remakes but never seen it as an adult. Found it surprisingly enjoyable, it’s still a lot of fun. I’m hoping to write about this one at some point

    Those Rathbone / Bruce Holmes films can be entertaining and Spider Woman is among the best. I also like The Scarlet Claw which is one of the best of the modernised series.

    Really like Shaun of the Dead. Picked this one up cheaply the other week so is due for a rewatch. Watched Hot Fuzz again recently, which I like even more. I also like The World’s End which I think is underrated.

    Don’t think I’ve even heard of Pennyworth. The origin story of Batman’s butler! WTF?! It does sound interesting, but you have to admit there’s also the sound of a barrel being scraped in the background. I think the Bond people are missing a trick with these origin stories. There should be an origin series on Q, or M, or Tatania Romanava’s adventures as a KGB typist …

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    • Ooooo nothing worse than watching a film with someone who’s not really into it. Esp asking questions.
      Yes exactly Jay, going back and revisiting those films that you really liked but you not sure why. Or you just can’t stop thinking about and they nudging you inside.. I believe that as both LA Con and Fight Club both rely on their twists along side their perfectly written story that the WOW factor has already embedded in you. Whereas I knew what was coming on both I enjoyed so much watching the backgrounds, listening to the dialogue more. Plus the brilliant thing of doing the blog I now knew who some of the “models” in LA where. Esp Veronica Lake who I hadn’t known at the time in 1997.

      I very much look forward to your write up on King Kong if you do it. Such a brilliant fun film and I bet you can unearth some real gems of info on it.

      The Scarlet Claw noted and I’m very soon gonna see that one. Thank you.

      I wasn’t so keen on The World’s End. I didn’t like Peggs character. Understand that was the point of the story him being an arse but I wish they had kept the same duo as they are in Shaun, Spaced, Hot Fuzz. But hey I do really need to watch it again because I’m sure I will enjoy it so much more on a second viewing (Call back to above 🙂 )

      Pennyworth is much better than you can imagine tbh. Haha yeah no one was really expecting a butler origin story! It’s dark, twisted and insanely violent. It’s filmed really well too.

      Oh gosh Jay you really hit on a gold mine there!!! You so right, origin stories from the Bond archive. I’d need a Bambi and Thumper training series with me putting my name forward to get beaten up by the duo at the end of each episode.

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      • Bambi and Thumper! Ha! I like the way you think. 😉

        The World’s End is another one I liked more on a second viewing. It’s let down by a weak ending, but it’s a surprisingly rich film. I’d like to do a post on that one too eventually – maybe I can make some converts on that one. I think people will warm up to it over time, it is a bit unloved at the moment.

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        • “Bambi and Thumper! Ha! I like the way you think 😉 ” Hehe.
          Again I loved to read your thoughts on The Worlds End. Connecting the dots between the three films, Spaced and the short film maybe. But like me I know that time destroys the ideas of our fun hobby! boo

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