What’s Been Watched This Month – August 2020

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.

The TV

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 BeholderA 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.

The Films

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.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
OH my I was on a death sentence here? What am I going on about? Can I Save My Own Life In The Court Of Kirk?

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

15 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – August 2020

  1. Jason Statham’s 2011 version of THE MECHANIC has some of the more ingenius ‘kills’ ever put to film, in my opinion. The Charles Bronson 1972 original is in my all-time top ten films list, so for that reason I was cautious in watching a remake. However in regard to the task of re-imagining a both-barrels, double-fisted classic, I give it a blue-ribbon ‘Highly, highly (that’s two ‘highlies’) commended’.

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    • Liking your “two highlies” blue-ribbon commended. You know what I was a bit on the sozzled sized but your right the inventive kill take downs were plentiful.
      I so want to watch the Bronson one soon. It’s been like 30 years since I last watched it!!! Maybe more. Saaaay whaaaat!

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  2. Statham overload. Lol. I like him but you just know that The Mechanic will never end like the original. Not with sequel fever prevalent as it is. Part 2 is strictly for us Jessica Alba gazers. Yup that means you and me.
    The Verdict a standout. The Mummy a favorite of mine. But then I love most any Hammer production especially those early ones of the late fifties.
    Carry on.

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  3. I still need to watch Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. I did watch ST: Enterprise, which I didn’t like. I have a soft spot for Steel Dawn (1987): an unremarkable but entertaining post-apo flick. P.S. The Verdict is from 1946, not 1983 (you got me all confused 😉 ).

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    • Both Voyager and DS9 have there plus points. and their not so good points. Wouldn’t recommend going through them unless you got months free. I do enjoy looking on IMBD for the best episodes in the series and watching them to refresh the data banks. ……. Ditto on ST: Enterprise. …… I do like a fun post apocalyptic from the 80s 🙂
      Nice one for the heads up on The Verdict date. I use the templates from last month and missed changing the date. Now sorted thank you 🙂

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  4. Some fun ones in that list, Mikey…I so wish Statham’s Parker had been more like the novels, though…I was hoping for a full-on badass! And at first when I saw you’d seen The Verdict, I thought, oh cool, he watched a great Paul Newman movie. Alas, not so…but if you’ve never seen that one, it’s a very well-done film, and one of my favorite Newman performances…I still think he should’ve won the Oscar for it.

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    • Well I learn something new each day! I never knew Parker was from a novel and not just a novel! Over 20 stories!!
      Then I go see he wrote the screenplay for The Grifters and then I see Point Blank!! I never knew! So am I right in thinking that Lee Marvin’s “Walker” is Parker in the books? I’m gonna have to go order a copy to put on the shelve. Maybe one day I will read again!!

      I had seen the Paul Newman The Verdict many years ago but honestly I don’t remember much. So I will be getting on that very soon my friend, thank you. I do like a good courtroom drama. Didn’t realise it was Sidney Lumet in the director’s chair. Nice one.

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  5. Can’t wait to see Operation Odessa. How I love a good documentary…This is an interesting block of films, Mikey. The Mechanic is a guilty pleasure movie for me. I love the beginning, but I think it peters out midway. I’ve never gotten all the way through it, but Jan Michael Vincent was a fave of mine back in the day…Cabin in the Woods…I saw it years ago when it came out and didn’t like it, but I think I should watch it again. To many people that I respect like it…Of course we are on the same page with Asphalt Jungle, what a classic!…I actually liked The Mummy more than you did, but I have a soft spot for classic horror…And I can’t wait to see The Verdict! Sounds fantastic.

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    • Operation Odessa is a lotta fun. One of those so crazy it has to be true kinda stories. The 80’s and 90s on steroids.
      Cabin in the Woods is a love or hate kind of movie. I loved it the first time but not so much the second time. Though still crazy.
      Did you ever manage to drag yourself to see the Tom Cruise The Mummy? I heard so much bad stuff that I left it but maybe it wasn’t all bad? I’m a big fan of the first two Stephen Sommers Mummy films. They are so much fun and had that big adventure (Indiana Jones style) we don’t see so much nowadays.
      Hope you get to see the The Verdict, it’s a really great old film. Thanks Pam

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      • No. I haven’t seen the Tom Cruise, The Mummy. I don’t really like Tom Cruise that much, though there are a few of his movies that I appreciate very much. Magnolia, Minority Report, Edge of Tomorrow, Rain Man.
        I did really enjoy the first Sommers The Mummy. Like you say, it has that Indiana Jones feel to it. I will watch The Verdict, it’s on my list.
        Always a pleasure, Mikey,
        Pam

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        • Edge of Tomorrow was the most perfect film for us not liking Tom Cruise fans. Seeing him “get it ” every five minutes was pure hysterical and damn it the bugger just made us like him even more. I did love that film. I don’t know how he does it 🙂

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  6. Interesting choices that you have watched this monte 🙂 How are you hangin during this whole COVID-19 pandemic? I am fine, I just hope it ends one day.

    Anyway, I know you have a soft spot for Mike Hodges Flash Gordon and I know you have talked about it on here before, but did you know that the Arrow home video company has released a Special Blu-Ray edition not only here in the U.S., but also in your country, which is the UK. Here is an Amazon.co.uk link below

    Also, here is a youtube video link to the anniversary trailer for it

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    • Thanks for asking JC. Good to hear you are ok during these strange times. Yeah I’m fine. Was back to normal really for me back at the beginning of May when I went back to work. Lucky to still have work but do miss the time off!

      Haha you remembered well. I do in fact have a soft spot for Flash Gordon. Jeepers has it really been 40 years! Remember seeing it at the cinema and buying the soundtrack on cassette tape. Listened to it constantly on my walkman. One of those great soundtracks that includes dialogue letting you relive the film over and over. Goodness watched the film so many times too. Only last year again. Introducing it to my kids. haha I think they liked it. It’s all rather camp, colourful and wonderful.

      Oooo I’m so tempted on the 40th ani Blu-ray. Audio commentary from Brian Blessed has to be worth every penny. How many times can he get GORDONS ALIVE in I wonder. I’ll see if I can be good and ask Santa for it 🙂

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      • “Thanks for asking JC. Good to hear you are ok during these strange times. Yeah I’m fine. Was back to normal really for me back at the beginning of May when I went back to work. Lucky to still have work but do miss the time off!

        Haha you remembered well. I do in fact have a soft spot for Flash Gordon. Jeepers has it really been 40 years! Remember seeing it at the cinema and buying the soundtrack on cassette tape. Listened to it constantly on my walkman. One of those great soundtracks that includes dialogue letting you relive the film over and over. Goodness watched the film so many times too. Only last year again. Introducing it to my kids. haha I think they liked it. It’s all rather camp, colourful and wonderful.

        Oooo I’m so tempted on the 40th ani Blu-ray. Audio commentary from Brian Blessed has to be worth every penny. How many times can he get GORDONS ALIVE in I wonder. I’ll see if I can be good and ask Santa for it 🙂”

        To Wolfie: I think you will love the UK Arrow blu-ray edition 🙂 Brian Blessed is always a delight to listen to and yes, his “GORDON”S ALIVE” line has become so quotable, one could make a drinking game out of it every time one watches a youtube video of a Q&A session about the film and he is asked to say it 🙂 Though I do not know If that has happened yet 🙂

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