What’s Been Watched This Month – July 2021

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

Another month no reviews! Lots of things have come before the blog again this month. My daughter home from Uni, work insanely busy, putting a new bathroom in and also watching the Olympics. So have had to take a break from my movie blog. I miss it loads and hope to be back soon. Please except my apologies if I haven’t replied to any messages. I hope to catch up soon. Big love…. Mikey

The TV

Time. Two expert actors in Sean Bean and Stephen Graham go head to head in this Jimmy McGovern written three part prison drama. You know it’s gonna be dark, deep and gritty as gravel. It’s hardcore in places but I’m pretty seasoned in the prison drama ways and felt it wasn’t as dark as I was expecting. It’s a top quality production and very recommended.

The original Star Wars force still flows through me. I love watching all the TV shows that are by far, galaxies more superior to the newer films. Every Saturday morning I watch The Bad Batch new episode with my breakfast. And have been watching the Rebels when ever there’s 25 minutes free. Love seeing all the Easter eggs and connections to the OG films. Yeah I’m still a Star Wars geek.

The Films

11 films this month and a total of 102 this year
1036 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Luca (2021) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.5
New Disney film. We probably all getting a bit old for these but they still make good family films. Tradition in’it. Kind of a Little Mermaid story with two “sea monster” boys. It’s sweet but doesn’t offer too much. Though there’s a crazy weird moment when the deep sea dwelling uncle turns up! Was proper wtf! Then it reverts back into Disney mode.

The Tomorrow War (2021) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.7
Could you rip off any more sci-fi films? Edge of Tomorrow, Alien, Starship Troopers, The Thing and Prometheus to name just a few. It’s also extremely disjointed. However I put my brain on pause and released the popcorn and beers. It’s got a lot of entertainment value even through some cheesy acting and very odd comic performances embedded within the terror and horror. I suggest, like me, to not take it serious and you will probably really enjoy it. The 1st film, I didn’t know he was in this, J.K Simmons performance.

Night Train (1959) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Superior Polish film that I’d loved to have written a review post on! Not much happens if I’m honest, it’s a slow burner that looks absolutely beautiful. A suspicious man joins a sleeper train travelling across the Baltic coast. There’s a murderer onboard, everyone looks guilty. The man, against his will, has to share his compartment with a strange but beautiful woman. Its all in the gazes, the eye’s watching each other trying to work out who’s guilty. A wonderful thriller.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Thoroughly enjoyable oldie-com. Everyone of the cast is fantastic as always. I especially love watching Maggie Smith on the screen. Dev Patel gives a brilliant frantic performance trying to keep everything together and in some kind of chaotic order. A perfect weekend afternoon film. Side note, funny to see Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton as a married couple again after Shaun Of The Dead.

Quatermass 2 (1957) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Quatermass is back to save the world from some unimaginable otherworldly attack on Earth. Brian Donlevy woodenly portrays the Professor once again and to be honest his acting adds to the fun. Director Val Guest gets the most out of a fantastic real set to project the action against. It’s a short film and when the finale arrives it just goes to bonkos town. Making for a frantic fight against the mysterious alien foes.

Palm Springs (2020) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.4
A stuck in a time loop comedy romance with Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. You can’t help but think of Groundhog Day however this is quirky take on the genre. Lots of silly moments that should have you giggling or cringing. It’s a lot of fun and on Amazon Prime. The 2nd film, I didn’t know he was in this, J.K Simmons performance.

Chappie (2015) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 was a truly perfect debut especially after all the excellent Halo shorts and Alive in Joburg. Then there was Elysium that I quite enjoyed however it didn’t really punch like D9 had. Excited to see Chappie when it was released I watched the trailer! I didn’t get it, it looked like a comedy. Shamefully I gave it a miss. Roll on 6 years later it appears on Amazon, I gave it a go. Haha I really enjoyed it. The robot effects are second to none. It’s an off the wall quirky film that has all the elements of Mad Max and other cyber punk films rolled into a big budget robot artificial intelligence film. It was great fun and surprisingly had heart beneath all the carnage.

Blood Diamond (2006) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 8
I’ve been meaning to see this since it’s release. Not sure why it took so long! There’s just too many films! Plus you know a civil war in Sierra Leone was never gonna be a happy viewing experience. Leonardo DiCaprio is his usual great self playing a South African diamond smuggler. However it’s Djimon Hounsou who steals the show with an outstanding performance showing his unbearable emotional plight he has to endeavor to find his family. It’s a big film but hey you all already now that…

Riders of Justice (2020) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Mads Mikkelsen is always fantastic. First saw him in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s superb gritty drug dealing Pusher films circa 1996. Since then he’s been on fire. This super dark Danish thriller is sad, bonkers odd and filled with twisted humour. It’s really rather brilliant. Two thumbs up from the Wolfman. Don’t listen to that two-bit reviewer Mark Kermode, he didn’t get it hehe.

Boss Level (2021) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Up there with ultimate coming home from pub Friday night sozzled action movie. I so enjoyed this. Frank Grillo stars as our hero trapped in a never ending time loop which ends with his death. He has to fight his way through each stage of his day to try and figure what’s going on. It has vintage arcade graphics and odd quirky opponents trying to kill him at every stage. It’s so much fun, with many hilarious scenes and deaths. It’s highly recommended.

The Accountant (2016) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
This started very well and I was enjoying it however when it all began to wrap up I really didn’t care for it. Not sure what it was? It just felt kind of pointless at the finale. Ton’s of bodies for no real reason! Maybe I missed something but I don’t think I did. The 3rd film, I didn’t know he was in this, J.K Simmons performance.

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I really hope to get back into the flow of review movies again soon.

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

8 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – July 2021

    • Like I say it was the tone of the trailer that just put me off. It looked disjointed and looked kind of pitched between an adult and a kids film. So I kinda of just let it go. Yep I put my hand up to judging that so wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The South African sets and vibe bring something fresh and exciting to the table. Cheers EB

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  1. We liked Elysium too. Our only problem with it was the sort of hamfisted lecturing tone of the whole thing. Like…we get it, we get it! The haves and the have nots–especially where healthcare is concerned! His special effects are always the best, tho.

    So glad you saw all the movies Chris Pratt’s movie “borrowed” from. Removing one’s brain and drinking beer WILL lead to a quick roller coaster ride for this movie. That’s the only way to view it, I think.

    Gotta find this Time thing with Sean Bean. I’ll pretty much watch anything with him in it!

    And the Accountant–it was pretty gratuitous. But I thought Ben did a good job of someone on the spectrum. I’ve admired his acting chops improving over the years. He used to just get called a pretty boy a lot, but hubby and I think he’s the best Batman ever, for one thing, lol.

    Happy renovations, happy children home visiting, happy break from blog, Mikey!

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    • Yes I think you hit the nail on the head with the lecturing tone. But mainly for me was “Matt DAAAAaaMOOOn” said in Team America style. Not that keen thb though I did enjoy the Bourne trilogy. Elysium just arrived on either Netflix or Prime, so I might go back for a re-watch. Maybe with less hyped eyes I may like it more!! Worth seeing the special effects again for sure..

      Haha glad you agree on the drink beer, disengaged brain and jump on board the roller coaster ride to plagiarism town or is it meant to be homage town? I did enjoy it and it felt like an event, what with getting a big budget action sci-fi film dropped on Prime out of the blue.

      Good to hear Sean “Sharpe” Bean getting the love. You will be in for a treat if you can track it down. Ok no Lady Chatterley moments for you I’m afraid but you will get a masterclass in acting from Mr Bean and Stephen Graham. I don’t know if the BBC drama’s go to HBO or likewise but I do hope you can see it soon.

      From Damon to Affleck. yes I totally agree, his aspergers/autism performance felt really well researched. I do like Batman being older, even more grumpier, if that’s possible hehe. I’m a little on the fence with him as the best dark knight though I couldn’t add one above him, so!!!! Intrigued by the forthcoming Robert Pattinson “The Batman”, even if it’s starting to have fatigue the amount of times they keep re-inventing him.

      Thank you Stacey. I’ve nearly got the whole bathroom done. Just the airing cupboard to build.
      Wishing you all the best

      Mikey

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  2. So Mikey…I don’t accept you apology…because I don’t need one. I totally understand. Plus I’ve just stepped back into blogging myself from a long hiatus. Ha!
    So, I’ve seen Riders of Justice and I agree, it’s bonkers and brilliant. A little too brilliant for me, I’m afraid. I had a time of keeping up, but I can recognize art when I see it…usually. A very original film.
    I’m glad you liked Chappie. Since you did, I’m going to give it a go. I was excited to see it to, when it came out. I liked the trailer, but the critics hated it…and I rarely watch anything that gets bad reviews. But the critics aren’t always right…sometimes THEY don’t get it. I have a feeling Chappie is case in point.

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    • Haha I love that, “because I don’t need one” 🙂 thanks Pam that means a lot.
      Looks like we went on similar bloggie vacations.
      Amazing I used to find time to write stuff, now it’s difficult but I’m not really doing anything crazy different! Blah blah… Taking my daughter back to Uni this morning, so I’ll be moping about. The website will take my mind off it.
      Great to hear you back also, gonna take me a little time to get back in the swing of things and catching up etc. Looking forward to seeing what’s been happening over at the awesome All Things Thriller soon.
      So cool you saw Riders of Justice, it certainly was unique. I wanna watch it again.
      I’m the same, I rarely watch anything with bad reviews. Well other than 80/90s VHS action cheese because, hey, of course it’s the other way round with them LOL…
      Yes so true, the critics don’t always see what the viewer, “Joe Bloggs” sees.
      You’re right, case in point is Chappie. Though I do understand why, it’s a bit bonkers.

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      • Hey, Mikey! Good to hear from you! I knew you were busy…with life. Ha! And I get it. You know…some bloggers get a bit peeved when you take a break…when you aren’t 100% invested in the blogosphere. Obviously, I’m not one of those, but I do miss my blogging buddies when they have to take a break and I’m not breaking. Ha! Glad everything is going well with the family.
        Cheers.
        –Pam

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