Here’s what the ole Wolfman been watching throughout February 2020.
The TV. I’ll keep it brief as there’s tons of films. I’m watching Stephen King’s The Outsider. That’s really very good. People seem to be complaining about the pace but no, it’s perfect. Like the first season of True Detective. Just let things bubble away and let the narrative develop. No one’s got any patience nowadays lol. It’s brooding menace gets under your skin. A real feeling of dread. It says it’s a mini series, so there had better be an end of sorts!
Curb Your Enthusiasm is back and even on it’s tenth season it’s still hilarious. So good to have the gang back doing what they do best. I do miss Marty Funkhouser, resp in peace Super Dave aka Bob Einstein
Altered Carbon returned for a second series. I’m two episodes in. I haven’t a clue whats going on but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.
Now the films.
26 films this month and a total of 56 this year
771 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
The Lighthouse (2019) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Haha me not reading into anything before I went in classic. There I was thinking this was gonna be more Wes Anderson in nature. My daughter knew it wasn’t. Lol how we laughed after it finished. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe and the madness of men! I really liked it but man it wasn’t quite what I was expecting!
Die Hard 2 (1990) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Family action movie fun with Bruce Willis back again doing another Die Hard mission but not quite living up to the first movie’s greatness. Still I loved watching it again.
Children of Men (2006) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.9
Introduction to my daughter and I believe my forth time seeing it. Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi thriller is a masterpiece imho. Each time I watched it over the years it just get’s better and better. The realness is scary, the one shot camera takes are superbly done. Stoner Michael Caine is brilliant. And Clive Owen in my eyes has never been better. The sadness he portrays as the reluctant hero as he comes to terms with grief and the end of the humanity is expertly played out on his face. A film I just can’t wait to watch again in the next few years.
Ad Astra (2019) – Wolfman Rating 5.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
My god what a wasted opportunity. This film is really bad. It looks great but makes no sense whats so ever. Some of the scenes just make you want to scream out WTF! Come on! Climbing onto a rocket ship as it takes off! Brad Pitt was ok. I sat waiting for some beautiful twist that was gonna make up for all the ridiculousness that had unfolded. NOPE! It never came.
1917 (2019) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.5
Took my two children and nephew to see this on the big screen. WOW it’s incredible. Sam Mendes first world war film is amazing. This could be a film where the documentary on how they made it is as good as the main feature itself. Stanley Kubrick’s incredible one shot camera scene in Paths Of Glory (1957) is taken to the next level with today’s technology. Still unbelievable how Kubrick managed it back then with a camera the size of a small tank but now with drones’s and gyro cameras you’ll find yourself looking for the joins. Which I highly recommend you don’t, just sit back and let it unfold and think about it after. Can’t wait to see the making off.
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.3
I’ve got myself to a happy place where I can go into these films with beyond zero expectations and come out thinking that was actually better than I could of ever envisioned. Of course it’s pretty darn bad and not a patch on the 1 or 2 but it’s certainly better than Genisys (2015) and on par with the other two efforts! I liked seeing kick-ass granny Linda Hamilton back. Good family film entertainment.
The Queen (1968) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.3
A warts and all documentary about a national drag queen contest in New York City. I watched it with my daughter. From turning up as the most unlikely “ladies”, to going through rehearsals, to the dressing room dramas and finishing with the contest and the controversies that come from the winning vote. A fascinating look at NYC in the late sixties. I love stuff like that. It’s on Netflix.
Darkest Hour (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Had always put this off due to the fact that I had very wrongly thought I can’t see Winston Churchill in Gary Oldman. That I wouldn’t be able to absorb myself into the film seeing Oldman’s face. Man was I wrong. The make-up is insanity. Churchill was all I saw! If I didn’t know Oldman had played the part I’d have thought they had actually found a Churchill lookalike! It’s a great film, would fit in well with a double bill with Dunkirk (2017). It has a few problems, mainly the tube scene felt off and everyone would of loved to have seen much more of Clemmie Winston’s wife played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Historians would no doubt pick it apart but it’s really rather good if you let a few things slide.
High Fidelity (2000) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.5
I’ve always loved Nick Hornby’s book and being a record collector of such myself, it hit’s the right spot. The film is perfect for the John Cusack monologue and the scenes in the record shops really run true. They are always run by a weirdo or two. Nyah told me a series was coming starring Zoe Kravitz the daughter of Lisa Bonet who’s in the original. So we watched the film together and she watched the series, which she said was very good but not as good as the film.
Bait (2019) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
This is not for everyone however it is an outstanding film. Made on a vintage wind up bolex camera on black and white 16mm film without sound. The sound was overdubbed in post production. Also the old film creates blasts of high contrast and little imperfections on the finished produced. Along with amateur actors and the editing between shots you get a wonderful surreal feel. It’s really just about an out of work fisherman trying to get scrap a living together along with a feud with his brother. Also the effect of out-of-towners with big money buying local cheap houses and not realising the traditions of the locals. It’s a beautiful film.
Cone of Silence (1960) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.5
You gotta love a film called Cone of Silence! After a new jet airliner starts having a series of crashes the aircraft manufacturers refuse to take responsibility and try to blame it on pilot error. It’s a really good film which I imagine was fact based?. It’s also known as Trouble In The Sky. It’s on Youtube here on the channel Flick Vault.
The Break (1962) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.9
Another British film you can watch on Youtube here. A prisoner has a daring escape from a train and makes his way to an secluded hotel on the moors. With only a few guests staying at the retreat. Will his whereabouts be found out? As a short little film it’s quite effective.
Von Ryan’s Express (1965) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Never seen this Frank Sinatra World War Two escape film before. It made for a perfect weekend matinee film. Shout to Glen over at his Scenic Writer’s Shack for the nudge on seeing it. Thank you.
McVicar (1980) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
This prison film was what we grew up on as teenagers. To find out all about it and see the wolf locked up himself click here! McVicar review and write up here
Midway (2019) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
What another wasted opportunity! Why can’t they make these films any good! Was looking forward to this. It’s only just passable and I knew it was a Roland Emmerich film but with the big cast and money being spent you had of hoped they could of made something so much better. The GCI is really wonky in places too! MEH!
Hunter Killer (2018) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
It was on Netflix I knew what I was gonna be watching. Gerard Butler in a Cold War submarine saga. To help pay your subscription fee’s it’s not half bad. A good shut off and let stuff happen film. It’s one of the last films by the great Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist who unfortunately died too young a few years ago.
Where Danger Lives (1950) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Fantastic recommendation from Todd over at Cinema Monolith. Doofus doctor Robert Mitchum falls in love with danger, Faith Domergue. It’s a film noir thriller and a road movie in one.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) – Wolfman Rating 5.5 – IMDB Rating 5.8
What the hell happened here!? OK I know Apocalypse (2016) was a pretty bad-bad but Days of Future Past (2014) was superb and First Class (2011) was great also. This though, was just a total mess. You just didn’t care for anyone and after having four films to build characters they just seemed to chuck it all out the window. A real shame to go out on that!.
Macao (1952) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
After I had watched the pairing of Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell in His Kind Of Woman Mike over at Mikes take on the movies informed me they had teamed up before. He has a review here if you fancy a read.
Pursuit to Algiers (1945) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
I think this might be the best Sherlock Holmes for Dr Watson, well it was for me. Nigel Bruce gets much more screen time here I think and he’s just a bumbling delight. He made me smile from ear to ear. What joy he is.
The Woman in Green (1945) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 8.3
I’m getting near the end of the Basil Rathbone era Sherlock Holmes. This one popped up on my YouTube feed in colour! It was strange if I’m honest. Funny thing is the woman in green never wears green! Obviously it doesn’t matter in B&W hehe.
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