What’s Been Watched This Month – March 2020

Here’s what square eyed Mikey Wolfman been watching throughout March 2020.

The TV

Westworld is back! Season three. I’m 3 episodes in and it’s completely off the charts good. Pure science fiction. A total revamp, like a season reboot, computer reboot? Upgrade! Upgrade to what I thought was remarkable to begin with. Brilliant thing is, it’s completely changed but remained the same. I don’t know how they’ve done it. Superb screenwriting. I’m so happy and excited. Love this show so much.

Devs has also been excellent so far. A mini series by Alex Garland who gave us that fantastic piece of AI brilliance, Ex Machina (2014). I’m 3 episodes in so far and loving it. Deep thought’s on technology, quantum physics and science. No idea where it’s gonna but hey time will tell.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The title says it all. The memes have covered the internet world and yes it’s as bonkers and brilliant as everyone says. Netflix scores a perfect home run with this perfectly timed release to help take our minds off that stinking virus. 10/10

Now the films.

18 films this month and a total of 74 this year
789 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Shot Caller (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Yep that really is pretty boy Jamie Lannister aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau with that handlebar mustache covered in tattoo’s. Shot Caller tells the story of a recently jailed family man who’s been indoctrinated into the life of a brutal prison gang. Does it have a slight Breaking Bad feel? I think so. It’s a pretty great movie.

Lost in Translation (2003) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.7
I love everything about this beautiful tale of an unlikely relationship of friendship and companionship between a young lonely woman (Scarlett Johansson) and a faded movie star (Bill Murray) both stuck in Tokyo. Director Sofia Coppola hits the perfect note with the hazy focus, pace, comedy and the superb music score. Loved revisiting this one with my daughter.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.7
A good bit of family time but man why they gotta shout so much? Love the Robin Williams original, really enjoyed the revisit a few years ago but this one is scrapping the barrel with lots of pointless additional characters.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Good bit of Holmes and Watson WW2 propaganda. The duo are tasked with protecting a Swiss inventor. His precision bomb dropping device is being hunted down by the German’s. Could that fiend Moriarty have anything to do with it? Total shocking scene for a 40’s film with Sherlock having his blood slowly drained from him. Saaaaay whaaaat!

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7
Nearly at the end of the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce run of adventures. Really enjoyed them all. Think I may have 2 left to go from 14? This starts as the Dr Watson show when a series of murder start happening at a manor house being used for WW2 veterans to recover. He soon has to summons his good friend Sherlock to help with the mystery.

White Fang (1991) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.7
I’ve always had a big fondness for this Jack London tale ever since I first saw it and read the book. One I’ll always be happy to sit and watch if it appears on the telly. My son Kofi went to see the Harrison Ford film The Call of the Wild (2020) which is based on another doggy tale by London. So I bought him both books and had a family watch of White Fang. A wonderful story of friendship between man and his dog-wolf.

Framed (1975) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Big Joe Don Baker gets mashed up and then comes back like an avenging gorilla. Phil Karlson directs him once again like he did with Walking Tall (1973). I did a review if you fancy a look at Wolfies Framed Review Here.

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
The original is one of those perfect movies from the 70’s. This remake I tried hard to never see hehe. Mainly because of John Travolta’s face on the poster! All these years I said to myself “nope don’t do Mikey!” Then it appeared on Netflix at the right time, I wanted some rubbish action movie. “Damn Mikey you never learn!” Hehe it wasn’t half bad TBH. John T wasn’t as crazy bad as I had imagined. OK the Tony Scott big city flying shots are pretty annoying now but the beginning of the film was really good. However massively let down by the end. I didn’t regret seeing it though. It fitted my mood at the time. Fancy re-watching the Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw one again real soon.

The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Ok with all the virus stuff bubbling away before it got real bad it felt kinda apt at the time to do a virus film. I’d never seen this. A semi-docu style and noir mixed into one with the lovely Evelyn Keyes hiding in the shadows. I did a review if you wanna read. Wolfies Virus Film Review Here.

Dear Murderer (1947) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 6.9
This was a random find on YT. “Why not give it a go Mikey? What’s the worst that could happen!” Well a perfect brilliant little thriller with a crazy dark theme. I did a write up review for it. Check it out if you wish here. Wolfies Murdering Film Review Here.

The Violent Enemy (1967) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
This is a pretty good drama starring Tom Bell and Ed Begley as IRA members planning to do one more bit of terrorism. This time on their own homeland. To blow up an electronics factory. Tom Bell is the explosive expert who has just escaped prison and just wants to lay low and live a life away from his past. Ed Begley and the rest of the aging group have different ideas for him. It’s pretty slow paced but still good. Based on a Jack Higgins novel.

Green Zone (2010) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Another Netflix get my subscription dues worth watch. Truth be told I’m not a big Matt Damon fan though I thought he was brilliant in Team America: World Police (2004). Gotta say though I liked him in this right from the get go. It seemed a really good war drama as he heads off to fight against faulty intelligence concerning WMD’s in Iraq during 2003. Then the end came and wiped away all the good stuff. Like it fell straight on it’s face in another classic MEH! way that most these films always do. A shame. Boo.

Knives Out (2019) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 8
Once you can get your head around James Bond aka Daniel Craig doing a extra drawn out southern drawl then you good to go. This is a top whodunit about a super eccentric family. In an Agatha Christie detective drama style. My whole clan enjoyed this one. Directed and written by Rian Johnson who quickly needed to get back to his usual great style after the WTF with Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017). Saying that, TBF that whole trilogy is WTF wackness. I’ll get my coat. Hehe

Circle of Danger (1951) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.5
I had high hopes for this one. Ray Milland playing an American coming to Britain to find the truth about his brother’s death. He was part of an elite commando force when he became the only casualty of their mission. It’s alright but gets itself bogged down with a love interest that takes up most the mystery. When the conclusion arrives you kind of not ready for it. The zing has been knocked out of you. Which is a real shame as the end is really good. Though the star of the show was the 1931 Bentley ‘Dreadnought’

The 27th Day (1957) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.1
I really like this 50’s science fiction film. Five representatives of Earth are given the daunting task of looking after a device each that could end all human life in the blink of an eye! I did a little review of it over here. Wolfies Sci-fi Movie Review Here

Bad Boys (1995) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Getting ready to watch the new Bad Boys For Life I had to introduce the kids to the origin of the duo of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Big action director Michael Bay’s arguably best film after the superb The Rock (1996). Remember coming out the cinema buzzing after seeing it. Ok it’s dated a tiny bit but it’s still good quality action and comedy. They bounce off each other just perfect. TBH I can’t recall much about the sequel Bad Boys II (2003) so we left that one out. Ready to watch the new one the next day.

Bad Boys for Life (2020) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 7
Oh what a shame! This started on fire! The boys were back. Quipping, ripping and a riffing. 25 years later. Talking retirement, getting old gags and tons of banter. Even the Captain Joe Pantoliano was back. The first hour was really good, then! something happens, no spoiler and the whole thing falls apart. It goes from a strong 7.5 straight down to a generous 6! The addition of the AMMO squad was ridiculously comical, terrible in fact! Like I say at the beginning, oh what a shame!

Jackie Brown (1997) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Pure Quentin Tarantino perfection. It was another perfect watch as I introduced it to my daughter Nyah. Big praise from her too. It’s so beautifully told. Slowly revealing little pieces of the plot as the characters are introduced. Everyone playing their part. But nothing holds the whole film together like the glue of pure chemistry between the stunning kick-ass Pam Grier and the besotted charm of Robert Forster. Both give off so much coolness and their admiration for each other just makes your heart melt. I just can’t say it as I don’t know for sure but push come to shove, Jackie Brown could be my favourite QT! “Damn it Mikey don’t make me choose!” LOL

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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

3 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – March 2020

  1. We’ve already discussed all the ones you’ve reviewed, but I totally agree with your assessment of ‘Lost in Translation’…I really do love that movie. And such an awesome nighttime look on Blu-ray! Still want to get ‘Jackie Brown’ when my outlets open again, and I think I was more a fan of ‘Green Zone’ than you were…but that’s okay! And I will, under no circumstance, see the remake of ‘Taking of Pelham One Two Three’, no matter how much you beg me to.

    And I think each of us Video Store Action Heroes needs to get a Philips Research 100 for our desks, so we can stay in visual communication at all times!

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  2. Here I am enjoying the read when I get to the final entry and Bang! All I have is a vision of Pam in that red dress that she wears so fine. My favorite of his films though I need to watch Hollywood a couple more times to absorb it. Forster was pitch perfect and don’t you wanna believe he closes up shop and follows her off to some island. Love that wanting he feels in the end. Cheers.

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