Here’s what square eyed Mikey Wolfman been watching throughout September 2020.
My daughter when off to University this month. Strange for us all especially during these crazy times. It was a relief soon after to hear she has settled in well with a fun household. So lectures are mostly online and they are in and out of mini lock-downs every other day. However she’s having fun and it’s certainly an experience. Zoom calls keep me from howling and wailing in the dead of night.
Just before she took off for Uni we watched the absolutely brilliant Flight of the Conchords series together. Loaded it up on hard drive too so if ever feeling down she can play an episode to cheer. The songs and silliness is our kind of humour. So loved revisiting. Pure gold.
The second season of The Boys is rocking it’s way through as much UN-PC stuff as it can. Still nothing compared to the comic books. LOL.. I really enjoying seeing where they will take the super smashing gang to next.
16 films this month and a total of 174 this year
889 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
The Transporter (2002) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Really good action packed Jason Statham film. I’d seen it when it came out but it was great to watch again after a night down the boozer. The oil garage scene is brilliantly choreographed.
Taxi Driver (1976) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.3
It was a pleasure to introduce Taxi Driver to my two kids. Man I loved watching it again. Seen it so many times but not so recently. Robert De Niro is fascinating as the anti-hero. Martin Scorsese’s eye is incredible. That end scene when the camera lifts and moves out through the building gets me every single time. Masterful.
Winchester ’73 (1950) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Anthony Mann directs James Stewart in this superior western. A duo that would make many more films together. I did a review and it kick started a new review format for westerns on my movie site. You can check Winchester 73 here.
Tenet (2020) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.8
This was the event of the year after/during the pandemic crisis. To be actually able to get back in the cinema. To be honest there’s nothing much to draw me back to the cinema but this new Christopher Nolan film was essential for the big screen. It was just my family of four, a group of 3 and a couple. 9 people in all. It was like having our very own big screen. We as a family really loved it. Absolutely loved it. We felt like we understood it. Visually stunning and some masterful artful set pieces. Breathtaking at times. My only dig at it was I wished they had got a Russian actor instead of Kenneth Branagh! Don’t get me wrong, he does the accent well and is menacing and well acted etc but it’s Kenneth Branagh doing a Russian accent and it slightly took me out of the picture. He wasn’t needed imho. However I can’t wait to watch it again. The end is so damn cool too. A battle so original that you won’t see anything like it again. ….. What will get us back to the cinema you may ask?….. DUNE!
High Noon (1952) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.9
Billy no mates, Gary Cooper wanders around town like a dead man walking. At noon death will come stalk him down. You can read my review of High Noon here.
Mulan (2020) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 5.4
No where near as bad as everyone saying. It looks beautiful but you wonder why when the original cartoon is so good that they didn’t just recreate that. It does follow most of it but it leaves out it’s heart. They don’t really use the gang, no Khan her beloved horse. They leave Mushu out, I guess for magic, spirit reasons but then add in a whole new magic, witch subplot. Family dinner with roasty made it enjoyable however it could of easily of been so much more.
Cemetery Man (1994) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Know as Dellamorte Dellamore in it’s original Italian title. This is an English speaking warped and twisted, sexy and bonkers zombie comedy mash up with Rupert Everett. Any good you may ask? You can read my review for Cemetery Man here if you wish.
Good Time (2017) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.4
My son Kofi recommended me this. It’s excellent. Stars Robert Pattinson as a two bit loser as he goes from one “Good Time” to another. A messed up twisted journey through New York City. The soundtrack is constant but feels a complete part of the trip. It’s dark in nature but never goes too far and is filled with comic moments. I’d never heard of it and really enjoyed it. It’s on Netflix at the moment.
Only the Brave (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.6
A difficult one to say anything bad about because of it’s nature. It’s cliche and so over melodramatic with some OTT cheesy acting. BUT man it packs a very emotional end punch, all the more devastating knowing it was real. Made all the more relevant with all the fire crews tackling the Los Angeles fires in recent news.
The Killers (1946) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.8
A perfect film. The beginning hit men scene just blew me away. A film I will be seeing again soon. One I’d love to do a review on but not gonna get to it for sometime with my backlog. So please check out Diary Of A Movie Maniac great review.
Rio Grande (1950) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Hehe I meant to watch Rio Bravo (I did see it but look out for the review in October) but got the wrong film. DOH! It’s John Wayne and it’s got Rio in the title. No bad thing. There’s some real funny scenes, mostly with the straw chewing country bumpkins. Where you think they are just simple folk but these two are really switched on and show everyone up with their skills. The riding two horses whilst jumping scene was frantic.
The Belles of St. Trinian’s (1954) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
The St. Trinian’s films are a British comedy classic, tradition. However apart from seeing bits here and there over the years as a kid, I hadn’t actually watched a whole film. As Jay over at Cinema Essentials is revisiting the series!!! Yeah I’m not too sure either lol, so I thought I would watch the first one. Mainly because of the brilliant Alastair Sim who plays the headmistress and her twin brother in twin roles. It’s a whole heap of fun. It must of been a total riot to film. It was sad to look up Belinda Lee and read a very tragic end to the young actress.
The Equalizer 2 (2018) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
Loved the first one. I had doubts going into this one as I’d heard it didn’t live up to the first. Sat there thinking I was really enjoying it. Then the final act came and instantly erased all the better stuff. The writing let it down and the ridiculous storm town shootout was so stupid. When you think back to the plot you then realise they didn’t really have one. Denzel Washington was great again but what a shame.
Enola Holmes (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
Nice to sit and watch Enola Holmes with Mrs Wolf (she watched it twice and gave it 8/10). She loves Sherlock films and this was a lovely spin on the tale. So good to see Millie Bobby Brown out of the Stranger Things role. She holds the lead so very well. It’s beautifully filmed and a perfect family film. With lots going on and Enola breaking the forth wall on many occasions. Henry Cavill is too beefy for Sherlock and walks around like he’s a Victorian Witcher but he’s very likable. Read it was gonna get a theater release but with the pandemic shizzle Netflix got their hands on it.
There’s a few extra films this month I’ve seen which I really want to do reviews on so I’ve held them back. Two westerns, a film noir, a VHS memories one, a war film with a twist, a cult classic, a boxing tale and a Cold War 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