What’s Been Watched This Month – February 2021

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

Here we go. First up…

The TV

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.

The Films

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?

Eliminators (1986) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 4.8
B-movie big fun to be had here with Mandroid and his friends. I really enjoyed it. Come read my review HERE if you wish to find out more.

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.

The Long Haul (1957) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Walter Mature and Diana Dors do like Eddie Kendrick’s and keep on truckin. You can read my review of The Long Haul here.

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.

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Joan Fontaine and Robert Newton join our Burt the fugitive hiding out in “London”. Check Mike’s review HERE

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

Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain

Shooting and F**king are the Same Thing

Money Changes Everything

But What If the People are Stupid

The Lordly Ones

Are We Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer?

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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

11 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – February 2021

  1. No worries, Mikey. Blogging is supposed to be fun! Remember that. It’s not about doing your homework! Gross. I read your blog because I genuinely enjoy it. For me, it’s not about quid pro quo.
    You’ve seen some very intriguing films this month. Some of them, I very much want to see: Kiss the Blood off my Hands, The Long Haul, Turn the Key Softly…Night of the Juggler? Probably not, but I loved your review. So fun! Same with Eliminators, though I might dig that one up–it may have that delectable mix of heavy Velveeta, a touch of Extra, Extra Sharp Cheddar and the faintest hint–barely detectable, I’m talking minute here–of Gruyere. Then again, that delectable mix might very well belong to the Juggler…
    –Pam

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    • Thanks Pam for the wise words. My homework was always late. D- with the usual added lines of “see me” written in red. Oh the flashbacks! How many times did my poor teachers have to write “see me”! I’m sure I broke a few of them. lol.
      I definitely say go for The Long Haul and Turn The Key Softly. Esp as both on YT in good quality.
      Loving the cheese references. Never heard of this one. “When melted, Velveeta keeps a fully integrated and evenly clump-free liquid texture!” 🙂
      I do like me some Gruyere.

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  2. Great post 🙂 Can’t go wrong with Alien at all – I love that caption you wrote for it too 🙂 P.S. when you first mentioned the title “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” I was under the impression that you were talking about the Kylie Minogue song 🙂 Nevertheless, it looks like an interesting documentary 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    • Haha yes Kylie out of her tight gold pants into that, just barely holding on to some sort of decency, white “dress”. Haha “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”. No Australians minx’s in this docu series. Adam Curtis is a bit of a legend in his parts for his “key” to the BBC archives. His docs are filled with the most fascinating footage from golden vaults. He’s been making BBC documentaries since 1983!

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      • Sounds interesting Wolfie 🙂 And I think it is neat that Adam Curtis has been making documentaries since 1983 🙂 As for Kylie Minogue, she is always beautiful 🙂

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  3. Thanks for the mention and the praise. Fame at last!

    An eclectic bunch this month. I’m glad you enjoyed Five Graves. I’ve always liked it but it’s not that well known among Wilder films.

    I’m interested in the Sutton Hoo story so The Dig looks worthwhile. Shame about the romance bit though. I read there’s also a film about Mary Anning the fossil collector that’s been turned into a lesbian romance(!).

    I’ve never really got on with Adam Curtis. Is he trolling us? The clips he digs up are often brilliant, but in terms of the content of his docs, I think he’s just trying it on.

    Interested in the Long Haul and slightly intrigued by Sputnik. I’ve been tempted before by Kiss the Blood off My Hands. What a title! But surely the film could only be a let down …

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    • No worries on the link.

      Hadn’t heard of Mary Anning before. I see she’s from my neck of the woods. Well still miles away but in Dorset still. Was it just that she wasn’t married that she had to be a lesbian! Hehe she’ll be turning over in her fossil!

      Yep you so right with the Adam Curtis, is he just trolling us comment. I’ve discussed it many times with my friends. Haha it maybe true. I love the editing, music, and the awesome footage he finds. The narration part I tend to take with a grain of salt. I feel you could probably pick random historical figures and find some sort of connection between them. Though what I like best of all is they really make you think. Also doing my own research after. Which brings me to Michael X. I’d never heard of him before. After being a heavy, a thug, for a landlord he went off and set up his own UK Black Power party. Changing his name to X after meeting Malcolm X… It all ends in horrible ways. I researched him for a deeper dive and it was all true.

      Now this is where it gets weird. For my weekly Friday night cheesy action film I put on “The Bank Job” (2008) with Jason Statham. (Getting my Amazon dues). To my shock the whole film was centered around Michael X and was roughly based on fact. Tbh it was a pretty good film. It just wasn’t what I was expecting at all LOL.

      Sputnik very good, it’s Russian with Subtitles on Netflix. The Long Haul is very recommended and on YT.

      Thanks Jay
      M

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      • Yes, exactly. Weirdly I have actually seen The Bank Job but didn’t remember the involvement of Michael X. I read an article about him recently inspired by the Curtis doc – as I remember it the author took the opposite view from Curtis about him.

        The Bank Job is on my to re-watch list. Written by Clement and La Frenais as I remember it, so not the typical dumb Jason Statham flick, actually quite a decent film. His best one?

        I’m not really a fan of ol’ Vic Mature which is the only reason I hesitate over The Long Haul. But if it’s free on YT then I might …

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        • I know right, it certainly, more than likely, is his best film.
          I’m fond of a good “shut off” film at the weekend. Just sit there at let shit happen. No pen or pad. Just nonsense. So the Statham films are good fun and I might as well try find something with my subscription fees!!!!!! Bank Job wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Reading about the real caper after was great too.
          Now holds head in shame, I didn’t know Clement or Frenais and just looked at their filmography…
          OK the walk of shame is needed for me. Esp as one film, Otley, is a fav and I keep meaning to review it and get a re-watch.

          Michael X looks good on a liberal point of view if they just used his middle life. Leaving out the beginning thug life working for Peter Rachman and bypassing the aftermath of his actions leading to his demise.

          Yeah free with a good print and if, like me, you haven’t seen much Miss Dors and assumed she was just a pretty face, then I’d say it worth a go… Victor will agree with you if you see his quotes LOL..

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          • Otley! Yeah, that’s fun. I thought I was the only one who’d ever seen it! Totally forgotten film. Would like to see it again actually. It turned up one Sunday afternoon on Channel 5 … always a little bonus when a film like that appears on TV unexpectedly.

            I think I’ve only ever seen later Diana Dors, when she was kind of er, chunky. So I ought to watch something of her earlier stuff and see what all the fuss was about.

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            • Otley is great isn’t it. 🙂 So good to hear another fellow film friend has seen it too. Yeah such a rewarding experience when you randomly come across a little gem of a film.
              The opening walk down through Portobello market is priceless. Looking forward to watching it again.
              Hope you have fun with double D Diana Dors if you watch it one day.
              Cheers Jay.
              M

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