Here’s what square eyed Mikey Wolfman been watching throughout February 2021.
Here we go. First up…
Before my daughter went back to university we managed to work through two classic British comedy series. The second series of The Mighty Boosh with the bonkers adventures of Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) and the rest of the gang. And also the brilliant series of Spaced a perfect and frantic hilarious sitcom which featured Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright to name a few. We smashed through both seasons.
I also started Moonbase 8 which I’d been waiting patiently for. Three astronauts living on the Moon, well in the desert practicing for a possible Moon landing. With John C Reilly, Tim Heidecker and Fred Armisen what could go wrong? Well it gets not the greatest of reviews but, for me….. I laughed my ass off. Yeah my type of silly humour. I’m three episodes in and look forward to watching more.
The BBC released Adam Curtis’s new documentary series titled Cant Get You Out of My Head. He, along with Errol Morris, Ken Burns and the Maysles Brothers to name a few, are always documentary filmmakers I strive to see as much of their work as possible. As soon as I saw the adverts for this new look at the world from the man Adam Curtis I couldn’t hide my excitement. I’ve been watching his films for 20 odd years now. The brilliant thing about his work is the BBC let him delve into the archive and leave him to it, given carte blanche to create what he does best. A woven story of narrative, incredible images and perfectly fitted music soundscapes. Looking deep into our history as the human race. It’s always a wonder for the eye, ears and mind. It will make you think, do your own research to find out more and make you question reality. If you have the iplayer it’s all up there. Or you can find it on Youtube. You may of seen his other brilliant works like The Mayfair Set (1999), The Century of the Self (2002), The Power of Nightmares (2004), Bitter Lake (2015) or HyperNormalisation (2016) to name a few.
As each of the Adam Curtis 6 part series were in fact film length run-times I’m gonna add them to my film tally as they stopped me watching as many movies as usual this month.
18 films this month and a total of 31 this year
965 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
Street Kings (2008) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Strangely I’d never heard of this one which is surprising with such a big cast. I jumped in to give my Amazon subs their dues. Sounded good, gets good reviews. From director David Ayer who made the excellent tank movie Fury (2014). I felt it doesn’t a help a movie when you don’t really like the main character! And when that main actor is Keanu Reeves, who everyone likes in most movies, it’s not a good thing. Plus it’s so obvious who the bad guys are from the second they appear on the screen. I’m sure many will enjoy it and really rate it but I did struggle with it I’m afraid. My bad I’m sure. I thought the main problem being was, you really don’t care for any one?
Alien (1979) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.4
Sunday family roast dinner and Ridley Scott’s directors cut of Alien. Yeah it’s perfect, each and every time. Nuff said, we all knows it.
Night of the Juggler (1980) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.5
This was such a surprise. Wasn’t expecting it to be so good. But man does it need a HD revival. Pop here to read my review of Night of the Juggler.
Five Graves to Cairo (1943) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Jay over at the excellent Cinema Essentials wrote a review about a book written about legendary director Billy Wilder. IWhilst reading it I soon released there was a few big holes in my Wilder filmography. So I ticked off Five Graves to Cairo. It was very good, not outstanding, though I did very much enjoy it. A British soldier finds himself left behind during the WW2 North Africa campaign. Franchot Tone hides in plain sight as waiter with a limp. Surrounded by German’s and their esteemed leader, Rommel, he goes about gathering top secret information for the Allies.
Turn the Key Softly (1953) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7
Three ladies are released from London’s Holloway prison on the same day. This film follows them through their first day and night of drama. I did a review article HERE if you fancy it.. It’s a great little drama.
The Dig (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.3
One of Netflix new films. Ralph Fiennes plays an archaeologist working on a dig for land owner Carey Mulligan. The film is centered around the finding of an Anglo-Saxon ship at Sutton Hoo at the start of WW2. Ralph and Carey are really excellent. With a stand out performance from the young lad Archie Barnes. The cinematography and pacing was beautiful. However in fairness it could of had at least 20 minutes cut out and lost all the romantic stuff with uninteresting lesser characters. It just felt bolted on and really took away the core focus of the story which was working perfectly well for the first third of the film.
She Played with Fire (1957) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Jack Hawkins is an insurance investigator sent to an old manor fire to examine the claim. He meets old flame Arlene Dahl and things start to spiral into mystery. Jack is his usual great self wandering around the place but where the film is a good watch, it seemed to lack something special. Gains half a point for the great zooming in camera shot of the manor going in through the door to settle on Arlene sat at the large dining table.
Sputnik (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Science fiction Soviet Cold War era cosmonauts with an alien! I’m in. Up on Netflix. I really enjoyed it. Borrows from many sci-fi sources but hey what rarely doesn’t? The creature design is fantastic, bonkers premise and I loved the pacing, suspense and above all, the atmosphere.
- A few things the next two films have in common, both were released in 1948 both star Burt Lancaster and both were films I was really trying to review but failed with time. So I’ll give the reins to two seasoned great reviewers in Mikes Take On The Movies and Diary Of A Movie Maniac.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Barbara Stanwyck answer the telephone with a crossed line. Could she have overheard a murder plot close to home? Check Eric’s review HERE
- The next six are the Adam Curtis series Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (2021)
If you reading down this far and you are one of my friendly movie lovely people that comments on my rambles. Please except my apologies for the late replies. As I know we all struggle with the blasted thing. You know it, like Steve Miller and his Band said, Time Keeps On Slipping Into The Future. Well he actually first said Doo doo doo-doo a number of times but that would just sound like Mikey madness. “He’s off again!“….. I will be catching up with your articles as soon as I can. Big love…
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