What’s Been Watched This Month – January 2021

Here’s what square eyed Mikey Wolfman been watching throughout January 2021.

Here we go! First month of 2021 done and dusted. Managed to watch a few movies but still can’t seem to get in the mindset to watch some really deep films! Gotta be this stinking covid saga spoiling all the fun. On positive side, I’ve had my daughter back from Uni for the month. So a lot of the films have been me introducing the kids to things…

The TV

The Expanse. I do love this series. I got one episode of season 5 to go. It’s had it highs and lows this season but generally speaking it’s been very good. We here for the gang, the crew. Annoyingly they’ve split them all up like last season! However I don’t really mind as I love watching it and I’m sure the writers are reading this and taking notes. Mikey wants the crew together for the 6th and final season. Thanks writers. Even though I know that’s not gonna happen with recent cast news! Boo.

The Films

13 films this month and a total of 13 this year
947 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Doomwatch (1972) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 5.5
Here’s a review I did for a website magazine called Mystery and Suspense. A review on a British thriller with Wicker Man vibes. It’s also here on my site too.

Submarine (2010) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.3
The wonderful Richard Ayoade directs his first movie with this quirky comedy love story. The two young leads, Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige are superb and Paddy Considine, in a small role, gives a hilarious performance. Been meaning to watch it for ten years! Yep I could not believe ten years had past by since I’ve been trying to get to it!. Watched this with my daughter and we both thought it was most excellent.

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Paddy Considine again. One I introduced to my children, don’t worry they are adults now. I did slightly forget how hardcore it is in places. A real modern horror story. There’s very funny moment’s within the disturbing darkness. Like driving around in a convertible green and white Citroen CV2. Director Shane Meadows gets the pitch spot on. A truly incredible film that hits you square in the face with a shovel.

Memento (2000) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.4
Coming into 21 years old now! How can that be? Christopher Nolan’s big budget debut film after the sublime independent Following (1998) is a wonder to watch. A double Nolan wonder at that as he adapts his brother, Jonathan’s short story. So original and mind blowingly brilliantly edited. You could think you’d get lost watching it all back to front but it all fits in so perfectly. I love Nolan’s films. I hadn’t seen Memento since it was released and it was another great movie to watch with my two children. If you got 18 minutes spare there’s a great YT video with Christopher Nolan showing how he tackled the construction of the timeline. It’s really fascinating, HERE

Trespass (1992) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.3
It’s a Walter Hill action flick with Bill Paxton and review from me. My Trespass review here.

The Bad And The Beautiful (1952) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Liza Minnelli’s Dad Vincente Minnelli directs this drama set in the world of the Hollywood film studio system. It’s really good. It shows a screenwriter, a director and an actresses point of view of having to work with a charming but unscrupulous, fame hungry movie producer played by Kirk Douglas. Told in three separate stories. A very enjoyable watch. Lots of great scenes but the over the top madness of Lana Turner driving a car in the rain is a pure highlight.

Archive (2020) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.3
Interesting science fiction piece, even if it has the feel of many better films before it. It’s set in 2038 with a solitary scientist working on artificial intelligence. I did find myself enjoying it. However it has many problems and it’s difficult to talk about. Generally and personally I’d of liked it to have gone in a different direction.

Chaos (2005) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.5
HA!, there maybe no pub to stagger back from but I can still stagger around and watch a Jason Statham Friday night action film. It’s actually pretty good this one, until you start to think about it, then it really falls down hill! Two cops chase down Wesley Snipes who looking real sharp here. Best line from Statham when asked “Can I have a word?“…… “I’ll give you two…… Blow me…” So you know what you getting into.

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Another of those classic Ealing film studio films that bring such joy. I’d seen this many years ago but so I adored watching it again. Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway are wonderful together. This is the one with a gold robbery master plan. The perfect plan that is fool proof!! Lots of crazy set pieces to enjoy. The robbery and the market stall painting is one to look out for but best by far is the crazy running down the spiral staircase of the Eiffel Tower. I’d love to see how they filmed that scene. It’s bonkers.

Outside The Wire (2021) – Wolfman Rating 4.5 – IMDB Rating 5.4
Netflix announces it will be releasing a new film a week for 2021. Fantastic there has to be some good film at last! Anthony Mackie starring in a science fiction, action packed android flick sounded an ace way to get started. To get the Netflix film frenzy ball rolling. Oh guess what? it’s a total dud. It’s all there on the screen but you really don’t care for any of it. A real shame.

True Lies (1994) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Family roasty and introduce Arnie in this big James Cameron directed action film. I hadn’t seen it since it came out. Its a real product of the 90s. Dare I say it’s dated a fair bit and is way over long. I still enjoyed it but we did all laugh at some of the over the top and improbable scenes. Funny how it switches between slap stick comedy to screaming terrorists with nuclear war heads. The batteries running out bit still cracked me up. Bill Paxton is always, forever awesome and that Jamie Lee Curtis scene was still very titillating hehe.

Run Lola Run (1998) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Loved this on release. So inventive and high octane, in your face non-stop action. Brilliantly creative German movie that really holds up well after all these years. The editing and animated cut scenes all work well next to the pumping soundtrack. My daughter is doing film history alongside English at Uni and I mentioned it would be a good one to watch. The next day it came up in a lecture. Cool Dad points. Franka Potente as Lola is absolutely fantastic as the forever running hero. If you haven’t seen it, I really recommended it.

Minority Report (2002) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 8.2
Great to watch this again. Really dark at times for a sci-fi actioner from Steven Spielberg. Tom Cruise gets to be good ole Tom, performing his trademark running around and doing crazy action stuff. Colin Farrell is in one of his best roles here IMHO and I can only imagine how emotional drained Samantha Morton must of been at the end. The tech design team really went to town on cool technologies stuff for the future. The very final scene is a bit wet but overall Minority Report holds up well.

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As usual I did see a few more. To be honest my “to do review” list of films I’ve held back from the monthly round up is getting out of hand. Around 40 odd films I’d love to get the time to review! Maybe one day I’ll just do a few sentence review of them all and get caught up. But where’s the fun in that I say!!

Thanks for popping on by my humble little movie site. Please stay safe.

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

12 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – January 2021

  1. Wow! Excellent block of films, Mikey! Totally agree with Run Lola Run, saw it when it came out and was very impressed. So original. A solid 9. The Lavender Hill Mob, great heist comedy. Loved it. Memento…I admire it more than I like it. It gave me a headache but it is a brilliant film. Can’t argue with the 10, though I’d give it a 9. I liked True Lies more than you, but that’s just me. You are probably being generous with a 7. And man! I’ve got to see The Bad and The Beautiful! Thanks for reminding me about it.
    –Pam

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    • Great to see Run Lola Run getting a lot of love on here. Franka Potente was awesome.
      Haha yes it sounds like a certain review of some of Nolan films can be headache inducing. Either twisting tales or scratching the baffled, over worked head.. He’s a master at it.
      I loved True Lies and still did very much enjoyed it but it has dated watching it again after 25 years and the Arnie stunt double pops up so much he should of got 2nd billing LOL. You are like, “who’s that guy?” hehe.
      I’m pretty positive you would love The Bad and The Beautiful. So many great scenes. Hope you get to see it soon. Thanks Pam.
      M

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    • Minority Report was so good seeing it again. Holds up really well. I did start the series back in 2015 and that was as far as I got, just started it. Maybe I’d look at it if it was on Netflix or the like, but just spying the reviews on imdb I think I was to run like lola.
      So cool you got to Lola at the cinema. I got to rent it on DVD when it first hit the rental market. Yes your words “”“Wow! That was DIFFERENT!””” really sum it up. Thanks Glen

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  2. Never heard of Dead Man’s Shoes, but with a catch-phrase like: “A truly incredible film that hits you square in the face with a shovel,” how, exactly, could one NOT see that one?
    I’m with the others. Run Lola Run–one of our favs from the past.
    True Lies–check. Lotsa fun.
    Minority Report–check. Tom and Colin AND Max Von C., of course.
    Memento–check! (Nolan’s obsessed with time, isn’t he? Wonder what THAT’S all about….)
    I saw “Outside the Wire” on the list and thought, “Okay, just remain neutral. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”
    But happily, you said it for me! Same exact response from us! Kinda a wasted opportunity there. Very meh.
    Oh, well. Can’t win ’em all.

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    • It’s pretty dark, actually it’s really dark, Dead Man’s Shoes but it’s very recommended. Paddy Considine is immense. It’s like Get Carter with a black comedy and a realistic horror-ness to the story.
      Fist bump on Run Lola Run. I had wondered if it might of been one that had slipped under the carpet but it’s hit a 4 comments, 4 seen ratio. So cool that. Franka Potente was so frikkin awesome.
      Emperor Ming is always excellent to see on screen.
      Yes the time thing is so interesting. We’ve had his time trilogy now, I wonder if there will be more. Maybe he could do a twisted Dr Who movie 🙂
      I hate saying anything too horrible about a film and rarely go under the 5/10 but Outside the Wire was just a waste of money and opportunity. I was with it for the first 20 odd minutes, happy for it to be wack and fun but then you realise……..
      Thanks for the comments 🙂
      M

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      • I also have a minor bias against Mackie, whom I don’t find very compelling as an actor. Just me. He’s hilarious and engaging in interviews, tho. And his co-star was okay, nothing special, so maybe that added to the “meh” feeling? I know it’s just Netflix stuff, but….. yeah, first 1/2 hour…. promising…. then after that…. “meh”. But “B” for effort…? 🙂 🙂 🙂 After all, I couldn’t make a movie if I had a gun to my head, right?!

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  3. Great post 🙂 Love Memento, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Bad and the Beautiful and Run Lola Run 🙂 Sounds like you had a very productive month 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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  4. You watched 13 films in January, I watched…14! Yes, Memento a good one…I remember the DVD had a puzzle at the beginning…you had to figure it out before you could watch the movie! I’m sure there were lots of angry video renters out there! And True Lies…my friend worked at a big-screen theater, so he invited me and a few others to a private midnight screening…just us four, and he cranked the volume ALL THE WAY…by far the loudest film I’ve ever seen! And oddly enough, I’m just getting ready to watch Run, Lola, Run this week…saw it a long time ago, and figured it’s time to watch my Blu-ray.

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    • Dangit you beat me! By one! haha/
      I never knew that about the Memento DVD and the puzzle. Probably because they saw how many DVD’s returned smashed into tiny pieces from pure rage they decided not to repeat the silly thing for the overseas market! You’d be walking down the street on a weekend evening with your rentals in your hand. Then guys just kept jumping out of windows with madding screams of WHHHYY! as you walked on by. 20 mins later as you sit there with the remote in hand you find yourself, also flying, through the air out of the window.

      Wow Todd that special personal screening sounded amazing, even the bleeding ears. Can’t wait for the cinemas to open again!
      Oh dude I’m sure you will enjoy Run Lola Run even more with this renewed viewing. I did. It’s really clever. I’d remembered a lot but still many little touches you would of missed or forgotten. An excellent film.

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