What’s Been Watched This Month – August 2021

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

Anyone who’s followed this here movie blog of mine may of noticed I had, some what, disappeared. It had been nice having a break with the family and doing home stuff but I did really missed it. However, it proved difficult to return. Like I said in last month’s watched list, “I’m determined to be back in September but, hehe, watch this space!!!” Well I did it with Brighton Rock and have a few more back in the running’s. It’s good to be back scribbling nonsense and learning little factoids along the way. Anyway, less of that and more of this, very late, monthly round-up…

The TV

What If?... This new Marvel series on DisneyPlus is so much fun. Based on the old comic book series it features Uatu, The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) looking down from the skies and describing certain events in time that could of taken a whole different path. How one small change could completely flip the story on it’s head. They rarely go well! Mostly all voiced by the original actors including Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and What If? he was Star Lord from Guardian of the Galaxy. It’s a emotional watch as it would be Chadwick’s last performance. Other episodes so far that have been intense are the Doctor Strange tale that is extremely deep. And the latest one, ZOMBIES which is full-on frantic and so needs to be made into a film.

The Films

15 films this month and a total of 117 this year
1051 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

We Are The Millers (2013) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7
A fun comedy. I really didn’t think I was gonna like it to be honest. Then it managed to get me chuckling along right from the get-go. A middle aged pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) has to create a fake family as cover for a drug smuggling trip across the Mexican border. Of course everything goes from easy mission to impossible to death dodging within no time. It’s silly but good-natured and fun. The Luis Guzman bit is so wrong and hilarious.

Blitz (2011) – Wolfman Rating 6 – IMDB Rating 6.2
Anyone who’s followed my monthly watch list posts over the last 4 plus years might of noticed I usually slot in a Jason Statham movie on a boozy Friday night for some action fun. Can’t be many left to see!! However I managed to find another. This one is a Brit production. It’s starts very well but increasingly starts to lose the plot. In the end it seemed a bit pointless. Aiden Gillen goes overboard loony, Paddy Considine isn’t too bad and the Stath keeps it Stathy. He plays a damaged cop tracking down a deranged cop-killer. A sub-plot with Zane Ashton was kind of silly and there’s a heap of actors like David Morrissey, Ned Dennehy and Mark Rylance to booster it up but unfortunately its all over the place imho.

The Castle (1997) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.7
I’d been trying to watch this Australian film for over two decades! At the time I could not find it anywhere. Then, shamefully, I forgot about it. It then appeared on a list I had written, I dropped everything. It’s so good. Ok it might of dated a bit but for me it still held up and had me laughing all the way through. Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) loves nothing more than his family, his home and his small community. His house is his Castle. He’s put everything into it. Ok it might be at the end of a airport runway but it’s his home. When the airport decides to expand, Darryl’s and his neighbours homes are in the way. Darryl tries everything to stay and takes on the courts.

Robot and Frank (2012) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7
Second watch for me. It’s a nice sweet tale of an ex-jewel living alone and slowly losing his mind to dementia. His son believes a robot can look after him. Frank (Frank Langella) isn’t happy at all with this “helping hand” until he discovers his new robot friend might have other uses, like maybe a lookout? I really enjoy this film again.

The Island (2005) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Starts really good. Felt sure I’d seen this? Sure I had? Watching again! I soon notice I hadn’t. First off I’m thinking this has to be Michael Bay’s “best” film? The sci-fi set-up was great, I liked the world and it was really quite restraint for Mr Bay! Then halfway through all hell breaks loose and we back in familiar Bay country. And man-O-man does it go stupid! Real shame. Plus the product placement was insane. Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson do their best Logan’s Run impressions.

Black Widow (2021) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Scarlett Johansson is back on my watch list and back in sexy kick-out assassin superhero Natasha Romanoff mode. A movie filled with a whole project of Black Widows. We all enjoyed it as a family action flick. Unfortunately it feels a tad forgettable even though there’s a heap of cool action scenes and mega fights. David Harbour was good for the comic relief part. I’m sure to be watching it again sometime.

The Lobster (2015) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.2
This is not for everyone. It’s bonkers. My 2nd viewing as I introduced to my daughter. She loved it too. From Greek director and writer Yorgos Lanthimos. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star next to lots of familiar names. Right, what’s it about you ask? Well, it’s against the law to be single you see. If you are, you’ll find yourself in the “hotel”. You have 45 days to find a partner or you will be transformed into an animal of your choice and set free in The Woods? It’s quirky and I love it.

Suggs – My Life Story (2018) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
The Lobster finished and this started on the telly. We couldn’t be arsed to move so we watched it. It’s really very good. It set up as a stage show and a kind of a comedy stand-up performance with musical interludes. What makes it even better is there’s animation, archive footage and reenactments. Suggs, the lead singer from the band Madness tells his life story in a very unique way. Very recommended.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.4
I loved the Netflix series The Witcher with Henry Cavill and am eagerly awaiting the new season. As a little back story to Witcher’s they dropped in this animated tale in a standalone story. I wasn’t that sure I liked it at first but as the story developed it sure goes bonkers. I haven’t read the book series, so can’t comment too much but I enjoyed it. Now bring forth the series now please.

The Suicide Squad (2021) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.4
James Gunn smashes this DC film little excursion away from Marvel. It’s so much fun and ridiculous entertainment. This second outing for another bunch of misfits wipes the floor with the first film, which was unfortunately a dud. They didn’t feel the need to add a number “2” in the title, they just added a “The” and probably swept the the first film under the dusty mat. There’s so many funny and outrageous scenes. Sweet to have the crazy and sexy Margot Robbie doing her loony Harley Quinn again. So many silly moments and nutty characters like Peacemaker (John Cena) and killer cute King Shark amazingly voiced by Sylvester Stallone. Both need their own films. Sit back, flick the shoes off, crack open a brew and get ready for the ride.

Fargo (1996) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Another Coen Brothers masterpiece. 5th time seeing it, this time with my daughter as it’s on her study list for Uni. It’s perfection, absolute perfection. Nuff said!

Brighton Rock (1948) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Haha I did it, at last! Blow the party whistles and the kazoo’s. At last I got around to watching this British noir classic which I’ve been meaning to for decades and finally got to write a new review after a long pause. Check it out here if you wish… Brighton Rock (1948) Psychotic Pocket Rocket Slashes And Intimidates

Life After Flash (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
Director, writer Lisa Downs does so well to get so many heads involved in the ace project. So great to watch as I’ve always been a massive fan of Flash Gordon (1980). Sam J Jones was a great sport for doing this. I loved the way he sets himself up. It’s kind of angled being about him however at the same time it’s just a love letter homage to the cult campy sci-fi classic. A few highlights, Melody Anderson looks amazing and came across so natural, funny and friendly. Peter Wyngarde was brilliantly campy deadpan funny, not knowing if he was joking or not. lol.. Then of course Brian Blessed bellowed his trademark booming voice and was his usual hilarious fantastic self. Would of liked to have seen Timothy Dalton and the ultimate naughty girl, Ornella Muti, I mean Princess Aura. If you love Flash, you have big fun with this doc and it’s on Prime if you got it.

Elysium (2013) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
I went back for a re-watch of Neill Blomkamp’s follow up from District 9. I wasn’t that fussed with it the first time and to be honest, where I enjoyed watching it again there’s just something missing. Not sure what. Cool ideas and visuals as usual. I wish Sharlto Copley bad guy was toned down. What was fun, was spotting Pablo Escobar in the cast. The actor Wagner Moura would go on to play the Colombian drug lord to perfection in the series Narcos a few years later.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.8
Rogue One is by far my favourite Star Wars film since the end of the original trilogy. It got the mood right, the landscapes look incredible. A very worthy prequel for A New Hope and the way it all connects up gives this middle age man goosebumps. It seamlessly joins the opening beginning of the film that still blows my mind now as it did, 40 plus years ago. By the way Disney if you are reading this comment please make standalone films for K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), the reprogrammed Imperial security droid, and a film for the friendship of Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang). Thank you Walt and the gang… hehe…

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Thanks for popping on by my humble little movie site.

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

13 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – August 2021

  1. Glad to see you back, as it really hasn’t been the same without you.

    “The Lobster finished and this started on the telly. We couldn’t be arsed to move so we watched it.”

    Lol. Your house sounds just like mine. Truth be told, I’ve ended up watching a lot of stuff this way!

    Quite like the idea of (The) Suicide Squad but it seems a bit desperate to be doing it again so soon and my interest in superheroes is pretty limited anyway. Blitz was a bit average. Know what you mean about Elysium, just feels a bit by-the numbers, but interesting. I did think The Island started promisingly but yeah, soon went off the rails. Bay’s “best” film is probably The Rock, but then Connery has a lot to do with that. Rogue One is probably the best of the recent Star Wars but it relies on nostalgia a bit too much even for me. I felt like there were interesting ideas here that really weren’t explored. but I will probably give it another watch. I did find the CGI Peter Cushing very disconcerting, but Carrie Fisher was just plain weird!

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    • Yo Jay. Great to hear from you and sorry for the late reply. Hehe thank you for the nice welcome back 🙂

      Yeah the tried and tested can’t be arsed to move to get you viewing numbers up!

      The 2nd Suicide Squad is a whole new crew and very different tone from the first. Tons more laughs for a start, it doesn’t take it’s self seriously at all. Gunn’s stamp is all over it and it’s great to spot the Marvel actors he squeezed in. DC’s most Marvel film? Oh bro don’t bother with the first one if you haven’t seen, just jump into the 2nd if it appears in front of you and you can’t be arsed to move. hehe

      Of course how could I forget Bay did The Rock! Yes that is a perfect action film from the time. Connery was superb. Plus I think it was made even better with having Ed Harris with a fantastic character study. Yes I hear you on the Rogue One nostalgia though it had to connect up with A New Hope. I was in floods of tears at the end. Flew me right back to my youth and I just couldn’t take it. I really have watched the OG 3 way too many times. Seeing Vader go full on bat shit crazy was nuts. Always a big decision to go full cgi. Never works but I forgive it for trying and didn’t bother me that much. Though I would of been totally fine with lookilike actors to be honest.

      I will be catching up on your amazing Red Dwarf quest soon. Way too much for that series.

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  2. So agree with both you and Jay, more or less, on a bunch of stuff!
    The Island had promise…fizzled out, Suicide Squad fun, but…….Rogue One the best Star Wars movie.
    As for Luis Guzman–I’ll watch him in pretty much anything.
    The Lobster sounds INSANE and now I’m curious.
    Wtaf ever happened to Blomkamp? Was he really a one-hit wonder? I loved District 9 so much. Everything after just….pffft….
    I know a lot of people liked Chappie. Meh.
    Elysium….probably mentioned it before….please don’t soapbox the audience so hard about inequality! Come down a notch or two… woulda be a lot better and still gotten the message across.
    Glad to see you! But yeah, it’s HARD to keep this up and hard to come back once you’ve been away. Like going back to work after vacation a little bit. 🙂

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    • Hey Stacey. Thanks as always for the great comments and again soz for the late reply.
      You will (I’m pretty sure 100 percent) love The Lobster. It’s brilliantly bonkers and I adore it. So creatively different. Please if you see it with your hubby, pop back and let me know what you both thought. TBH I reckon you could do a great Laughter Over Tears write up on it that I already know I’m itching to be reading real soon. No pressure lol…

      Haha yes the great Luis Guzman. He pops up in everything doesn’t he and yes he’s always a pleasure to see in the cast.
      Totally agree on the Elysium comments, yeah I’m sure that’s one the big reasons it doesn’t quite sit with me also. That and the way OTT baddy and dare I say….. Matt Damon!
      Thanks for the welcome back to, it means a lot. Thank you.

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  3. PS: Forgot to say, speaking of zombies, look up the series Black Summer. It comes at zombies from a slightly different angle and is a white-knuckle ride.

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    • I had not and had a sneak peek and it’s for sure going on the “too watch soon” list. Sounds very good. We all need a different angle on the zombie tales. Thank you for the nudge. I see the Walking Dead is finally coming to an end. Shame I bailed out on season 6. It just got too much. Amazing it just kept going.

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      • Ditto! We bailed even sooner than you did. For some reason, Rick began to enrage hubby, lol. He couldn’t stand him. Rick didn’t bother me. I kept going for a while. But once I got to the CGI tiger…. that was it for me, lol. Bye, Walking Dead! Oh, yeah, and I did NOT appreciate how they took Steven Yeun out !!!

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        • The infamous bat bit was when I bailed out. It just got too much. I was there for fun zombie chomping but not eye popping baseball bat bashing. TBH I was hanging on by a thread anyway. Not long before there was a throat cutting bath scene with them all lined up and it was horrific. Yeah the Steven Yeun and Red guy was the final for me.
          Haha yes I had too became, annoyed by Rick. There was a moment, I think at the end of season 4 that was a perfect moment to have killed his character off. They didn’t take it. I know it would of ruined it for a lot of people, esp as he’s the main character in the books but me and your hubby would of been well pleased LOL…
          I didn’t get to the tiger bit though I do tend to have a quick scan of an episode recap on Wired or Den Of Geek, just so I get a gist of what’s going on. By boy Kofi and his friends are now on the final push which is showing on Disney!! Of all things lol..

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  4. love the Lobster too, have you seen Lanthimos’ the Killing of a Sacred Deer? Fargo is indeed perfection, agree on Rogue One. and I have Brighton Rock here, always meaning to watch and your rave is a good push.

    For recommends, I just watched No Sudden Move, a 50’s caper story. Not my fave Soderbergh but good cast and sort of reminded me of the better The Nice Guys, and Logan Lucky, high recommends if you haven’t seen them yet.

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    • I haven’t seen “Killing of a Sacred Deer” yet and I’ve been trying to watch “The Favourite” with my daughter for sometime. Our times together just haven’t worked yet! Hopefully when she’s back from Uni we can watch both films.

      Kristina I’m positive you will really enjoy “Brighton Rock”. I hope so, it really good.

      That’s a crazy cast in “No Sudden Move”. I’m well up for it. Thank you for the recommendation, “Nice Guys” was much fun though I need to get on “Logan Lucky”. So much to watch and just not enough time, esp as I keep squeezing in the oldies 🙂

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  5. Great post 🙂 I saw the Life After Flash documentary as well and I loved it (it was included as a special feature on the Arrow Blu-ray edition of Flash Gordon) and I too wish they could have had input from Timothy Dalton and Ornella Muti (the lovely Princess Aura) 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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