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
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.
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.
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