Here’s what square eyed Mikey Wolfman been watching throughout August 2020.
Ok I was ready to go full force this month when our PM Boris and Rishi the Chancellor go and drop the “Eat out to help out” scheme on me. 50% off food and soft drink up to £10 per head 3 times a week through-out August. Well we thought there’s no way we going on holiday this year and our daughter is off to University in September. Why not book the family into a whole heap of restaurants we’d never tried before. We had Japanese, Korean, Jamaican, Indian, Chinese and classic Brit pub food of burgers and pies plus some of the best fish and chips we’ve ever had. It was beautiful family time and real tasty food.
The draw back? Yet another drought on reviews but still lots of random stuff, if you are interested, below.
I squeezed in another two episodes that I hadn’t seen from the original series of The Twilight Zone. Both two that were in a “best episode” guide. From Season 2 Episode 28 Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?. “Police must figure out if a diner patron is actually a martian invader.“. and Season 2 Episode 6 Eye of the Beholder “A lady unhappy with her looks feels like a freak in a futuristic society.“. Both stories are fantastic and highly recommended. If you haven’t seen them be sure not to look them up, just watch them.
Hung over sofa Saturday chill as the breakfast grease and fat broke down the alcohol. Whilst waiting I watched Tarzan Revisited (2017). An enjoyable time going through the many stages of incarnations of the tree swinging loin clothed man. Best bits by far were the pre-code saucy flirting between Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan and that artful naked swim scene. Plus Ron Ely from the 60s TV series retelling his actual death defying tiger fight in all it’s glory. Amazing how nostalgic it was seeing all the different Tarzan’s we’d watched as kids on rerun. Very enjoyable.
On doing the Star Trek post I stumbled across the best episodes of the Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) adventures in Voyager and barely remembered the double episode Scorpion. Recall it was a Borg attack and the introduction to Seven Of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Was well worth the revisit. A whole lot of action packed fun was had.
And finally on the TV stuff I smashed my way through The Umbrella Academy. The dysfunctional and messed up Hargreeves family with superpowers go through yet another arduous task of trying to save the world from destruction. Thrown back in time they need to find each other, try and get along whilst joining forces yet again. I really enjoy this comic book series. Season one edged it for me but this second go is awesome.
14 films this month and a total of 158 this year
873 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
Who Am I (2014) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Known as “Kein System ist sicher” in it’s original German. I was drawn to this film after hearing it was made by the team that wrote the insanely brilliant time travelling series Dark… Its supposedly what interested Netflix in giving them the opportunity to make Dark.. Its not related to that series at all but does have the eye patch guy in it. This is a German hacker movie. Its right in your face. High octane. Has Mr Robot style themes. Defo worth a watch if it intrigues and pops up along your movie watching journey.
Angels in the Outfield (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
This film was such a delightful watch. Perfect weekend afternoon matinee. Heartwarming and very funny. Paul Douglas playing ‘Guffy’ McGovern firing out loud mouthed bursts of an unspeakable nature had me in stitches of laughter. They kind of reverse and relay his shouting voice over his fiendish outbursts to brilliant effect. Would fit in well as a feelgood movie at xmas I’d say.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.9
If you have already seen read my review of The Asphalt Jungle Here then it will be no surprise that this crime heist thrill hit the big red ten out ten mark. Counting down the days to a re-watch.
Project Power (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6
Ok it’s not super great though as a Sunday evening family watch we all had a good time. One thing I’d say that propels it, the special effects. The superpowers effects are awesome man. Like a little jump up the effect ladder! The fire man is incredible but the chameleon man running down the road, butt cheeks and all, is next level shit. HAHA so cool…… Worth it for the effects imho but good fun all round.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7
My second time watching it. Watched it with my son who had seen it before and my daughter who hadn’t. I have to say I enjoyed it a whole lot more the first time. The bizarre first time surprises make the film. As a comedy horror flip on the genre it’s very WTF total bonkers entertaining.
The Mummy (1959) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
I know right!! Somehow I had gone through life and not seen this brilliant Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee monster Mummy take. Another Hammer movie ticked of the list….. after way too long.
Steel Dawn (1987) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.2
Patrick Swayze all bearded up and muscle bond for some apocalyptic swordsmen action. Wanna read more? I did a wolfie’s nostalgic look back at my VHS rental days. Steel Dawn Fun Here
OK I’ve been getting back from my local boozer on a Friday night and embarking on a drunk Jason Statham action packed film on Netflix mission. Last month I watched Safe (2012) which I enjoyed. His films really have the essence of the video store era. Popcorn ( or in my case drunk midnight cooking greasy something) action and a heap of fun. Here’s this months three Stath’s
Cellular (2004) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.5
Ok I thought I had this one sussed out right from the get go. So obvious. Jason looks like the bad guy. It’s gonna flip the tables any moment, yep it’s coming any moment…….. 20 mins from the end… Still not flipped. Oh there’s no twist. Dang-it!! He’s not even in it that much tbh. No one wants Statham as a bad guy? We want the cheeky hard-case who doesn’t take himself too seriously whilst he cracks heads. Kim Basinger and Chris Evans also star. It was OK. Kept me awake.
The Mechanic (2011) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
This was pretty action-packed. Loved the Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent original though it’s been years since I’ve seen it. The end was different that’s for sure. Jan-Michael wasn’t as annoying as Ben Foster? It was all over the top, yep that was what I was here for. Apparently there’s another one? Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) with Jessica Alba!! Where do I sign up? Roll on next Friday… Damn it, it’s not on Netflix.
Parker (2013) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.2
Think this is the last one of the Jason Statham films on Netflix! Parker was the best out of the 3 I’d say. Though at two hours long it could’ve really done with 20 odd minutes cut out the runtime. Had a good cast. With a trio of bad guys who, lets be honest, were a bit crap. But you got Michael Chiklis (The Shield and The Thing), Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) and Clifton Collins Jr (From everything)… The best however was my Latina love Jennifer Lopez. Friday night sorted.
The Verdict (1946) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Debut film from the Dirty Harry director Don Siegel. Going right back to 1946. This thriller, who-dun-it, is set in Victorian London. A Scotland Yard superintendent (Sydney Greenstreet) has an execution case go against him. When a series of other murders start to appear he starts to investigate. The only problem is he has been dismissed from the force. The ever brilliant Peter Lorre plays his friend. If I had time I’d of loved to do a review. Well worth tracking down.
Norbit (2007) – Wolfman Rating 5.5 – IMDB Rating 4.1
HAHA OK it had to be done! Taken me thirteen years to get there. Yeah I’d seen the ratings, heard the reviews. Eddie Murphy plays three parts. Our hero Norbit, his monstrous wife Rasputia and his adopted Dad Mr Wong. Yeah you guess it, it’s not for PC delicate but if you like stupid and outrageous then it’s pretty funny. Ok it ain’t that good story wise and the jokes can be pretty lame but you know what there’s still lots of big laughs to be had. I was howling many times.
Operation Odessa (2018) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Finished on a documentary last night. And a bonkers one to boot. One of those stories so crazy you couldn’t make it up!? Russian Mafia, Playboys, Pablo Escobar, Cocaine, Girls, Helicopters and a Russian Submarine. From the documentary team that made The Seven Five (2014). Loads of great old footage and interviews with the main players. Pretty nuts to be honest….
Actually I watched 5 more films this month!! Five movies I really want to do reviews on so I’ve held them back. Hopefully over the weekend I will have a new one out. Hope you can join me 🙂
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