What’s Been Watched This Month – October 2021

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

The TV

Squid Game Like most of the world, I too went on this traumatic ordeal of childhood games of death. Watched it all over one weekend. Netflix struck gold with this South Korean tense pool of death and thrilling drama, akin to Battle Royale. The marbles episode totally broke me!

Mr Inbetween Creator and star Scott Ryan has put together one brilliant character in Ray Shoesmith with his trademark toothy grin. He juggles his life as hit-man, with being a caring father, a new relationship, caring for his ill brother and life in general. It’s filled with dark comedy and brutal violence but it’s also very touching and emotional. Each episode runs in at a tight 25 minutes making them killer episodes each time. This Australian series is a pure gem and when I first saw it back in 2018 it blew me away. If it had been on Netflix or Amazon rather than Hulu I’m sure it would of been huge, however, it’s now starting to gather the traction it so rightly deserves.

The Films

14 films this month and a total of 143 this year
1077 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

The Guilty (2021) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.3
This is a remake of a Danish film of the same name which was made in 2018. Antonie Faqua directs with Jake Gyllenhaal giving it everything and the kitchen sink as the lone call dispatch office having a breakdown. He then receives a distress emergency call as he tries to pull it together. It’s good and very suspenseful but if you can, watch the original as it is better. The Guilty (2018)

The Magician (2005) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.8
See Mr Inbetween in the TV section above. This is Scott Ryan’s first take on the character Ray Shoesmith. It’s a low budget, dare I say, almost student film. It’s a great companion piece to the series and to see how the series would become crafted and developed from it. I would say watch the series first and drop into The Magician as if it was a bonus feature.

Dave Chappelle: The Closer (2021) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Dave Chappelle is back with another stand-up special on Netflix. Not as good as his last one, Sticks and Stones (2019) but it kind of follows on from that one. If anyone knows his comedy it’s always provocative, controversial and will of course ruffle a few feathers. So best stay away if you don’t know his style. To be honest this special is more Dave having a platform and venting rather than straight out comedy routine but there’s plenty of laughs and he also shoehorns a twist in the tale at the end.

The Public Enemy (1931) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.7
Hey I managed a movie post this month!!! The 1931 gangster drama featuring James Cagney. It’s a full-on spoiler review of this 90 year film so only have a look if you have seen it or really don’t mind. My The Public Enemy Review Here

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.7
The first Zombieland (2009) was a wonderful fresh take on the fatigued endless barrage of copycat zombie films. It really stood out up with the best of them with it’s funny action packed take on the genre. Zombieland 2 really only suffers because it’s a smaller retread of that film. It can only live in it’s own shadow. TBH I don’t think anyone even expected a sequel after 10 years. Yet it still features many laugh out moments and hilarious ideas. For me it’s worth it alone just for my sweetheart Rosario Dawson. OH! and remember to stay for the legend at the end credits.

Sam Morril: Full Capacity (2021) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7
Nice passion project documentary from NY stand-up Sam Morril called Full Capacity. Made from the beginning of the pandemic through to now and the opening of clubs. Mainly filmed at the Comedy Cellar, where Louis CK filmed his superb show Louie (2010). It features intimate little chats with comics talking about how they dealt with not going on stage, small crowds, outside gigs, heckers, depression and trying to find the funny again. So many great faces from Mark Normand, Jessica Kirson, Dave Attel, Todd Barry to name a few. Might be of interest if you, like me, love stand-up comedy. It’s on YouTube Here.

Eagle Eye (2008) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.6
My goodness, this could of been a good film if it wasn’t for the most OTT ridiculous and un-plausible scenes you could ever imagine. The electric tower death on the dirt road might be the worse! If it had calmed itself down and just went for the surveillance angle it would of worked better. Like it was directed by Michael Bay’s apprentice who told him to tone it down. To be fair it’s full on action with Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan running all over the place followed by total carnage. It also has my GF Rosario Dawson, oh, and Billy Bob Thornton was good too.

Dillinger (1945) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.5
Lawrence Tierney with his good looks hiding that pent up rage of a killer is of course gonna be a great casting for Dillinger. Starting life as a pretty rubbish petty thief to growing into the mastermind of his gang of bank robbers. The poster tells it in it’s tagline “His story is written in bullets, blood and blondes!“. It’s a good way to spend an hour 10 minutes but it’s not a classic.

Murder at the Gallop (1963) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.3
I’ve always love seeing Margaret Rutherford on the screen. She just cracks me up. She’s also the most different take on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple you could imagine and all the better for it imho. She’s feisty, determined and always ready to jump right in to solve a murder case. I’d seen these as a kid and having so much fun revisiting them now. Murder at the Gallop is the 2nd one after, Murder She Said (1961). Dame Margaret did four films as Miss Marple. The other two were Murder Most Foul (1964) and Murder Ahoy (1964). Recurring characters are Chief Insp Craddock (Charles Tingwell) and Margaret’s real life husband and rock, Stringer Davis who plays Miss Marples friend, he’s like Sherlock’s Dr Watson in someways.

Truly Miss Marple: The Curious Case of Margareth Rutherford (2012) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7
A delve into the true life story of Margaret Rutherford who’s most famous role might be considered to be Agatha Christie’s amateur detective Miss Maple. I’ve always had a fondness for her dotty, sweet and funny ways so I was excited to learn more about her. Truth be told it’s all very sad and I kinda wished I hadn’t. However there are some great retelling of stories from elderly friends which did bring a smile to my face.

The Siege (1998) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
Denzel Washington is his usual great self and there’s also a superb performance from his FBI partner Tony Shalhoub. The film centers around a wave of horrific terror attacks within New York City as Denzel and his FBI team try to uncover the reasons. The CIA get involved with Annette Bening being more a hindrance. As the situation gets worse Bruce Willis brings martial-law to the City as the army take control. I recalled liking it more back on it’s release. The first half is really good but then it starts to get a little silly. The scary thing is that it foreshadowed terrible times to come for the City in real life.

Dune (2021) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 8.3
Family event off to see the most awaited big screen showing of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Man I was so excited and had, by some sort of miracle, managed to have not seen a single promo from it. Apart from Timothee Chalamet I had no clue to whom was in adaption of Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece. And WOW was it an amazing cinematic experience. Truth be told I did let out a groan when the opening titles revealed it was “part one!”. Villeneuve doesn’t have a track record for doing sequels plus it’s Dune! No one ever really finishes it do they? hehe. So it was fantastic to read that he revealed a few days ago that he will do the next part for 2023! It had all been dependent on the reception, which seems to be wholly positive. It now has an IMDB entry. Fingers crossed DV stays as the director and wraps it up to perfection. If anyone can, it’s that man. The sound, visuals and soundtrack are incredible. The worlds and the universe building were beautifully achieved. The armour shields were so cool and actually believable future tech. Loved all the costume design which featured an excellent way to mix different cultures through time. The different ship designs are so unique too. From the gigantic galaxy crossing oval shaped mega ships to the mining craft to the original looking dragon fly transport. It’s hard to say if it’s a masterpiece yet, lets see how part two pans out. If he pulls it off then it sure will push my rating up. I can’t wait to watch it again. I’ll be waiting patently and of course very excitingly for it’s release. OK I just had to go watch David Lynch’s version straight after.

Dune (1984) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.4
It could be near on 35 years since I’ve watched David Lynch’s version of Dune on VHS rental. After all this time so many of the rich visuals remained in my mind but what I hadn’t remembered was how close to the story he was. Well truth be told I’ve never read the book but going off Denis Villeneuve’s brand spanking new version the first hour and a half is exactly the same. Scene for scene, word for word. And actually visually stunning in my eyes. I’d always thought Lynch had run completely wild with it. OK puss man Baron and his ginger cronies are a bit too much! The fetus in molten lava was one thing and then there’s the alien looking blob folding space and time and firing it out of his rectum was hysterical. (Twin Peaks fans, was it just me or did David Lynch recreate something similar to that scene for the 2017 revisit series? I’m sure he did?) But what holds firm is the sets, costumes and even the sand-worms look fantastic. I now know on watching it, that the second half of the story is crammed into the last 40 minutes and it really suffers for it. I’m so glad I went back and re-watched it.

Babylon (1980) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.4
Had the most amazing Daddy Day with my Daughter on Friday. Took the day off, the sun was shining. We went on a walk around Poole Park before heading to the shopping center. Had coffee and chatted, went to a few record shops before setting off around and Baiter Park. Picked up a big box of KFC and watched one of my favourite films, Babylon. Yeah of course this isn’t a straight TEN to all but for me, well you can see why it is on my Wolfie Write Up Here

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Sorry for the lack of film posts. I have 6 or more started but finding it hard to find the time to give them the full attention they deserve.

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

14 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – October 2021

  1. I still think Dune (1984) is a pretty good movie, so I never understood the hatred. Granted, I never read the books, but thought Lynch did an awesome job with the material. The cast, the visuals, etc., I liked everything. It’s even better on Blu-ray (BTW, I’ve seen the longer version and it’s crap — the Lynch cut is the best). I’m looking forward to seeing Villeneuve’s version.

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    • DV’s version is perfect for the big screen. It’s a marvel to look at and the sound is awesome.
      I think the general backlash on the Lynch Dune is what kept me going back again. Remember enjoying it as a teenager but never went back. So glad I did as I loved it. I did a little research first and lots said stay away from the longer version as it’s all nonsense filler. It’s weird that even Lynch himself seems to be embarrassed by it and sounds like he doesn’t even like talking about it. He’s being way too hard on himself. It’s really only the rushed end that lets it down. Apart from that is great.
      Hope you get to see the new one soon buddy.

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  2. I too love those Rutherford films as Miss Marple. Remind me of the old series of mystery films that studios would release in the 30’s and 40’s with Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan. Wish there had of been more of them. Dune a must see on the big screen if one intends to see it. Thanks for tip on The Guilty, never seen either of them. Public Enemy 90 years old, isn’t it crazy? I realized we’re at the 100 year mark on some silents I’ve been watching. Nosferatu turns 100 next year. Keep’em coming.

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    • Now that is insane!!!!! “Nosferatu turns 100 next year!!!”
      The Guilty is an intense hour and 20. Well worth strapping yourself in. Go Danish if you can but if not it doesn’t matter, they travel the same path just the orig is more level grounded.
      I adore Dame Rutherford. Yes you are so right, those four films do fit in well with the style of those great Sherlock and Chan movies.
      I watched her again last night, for Halloween, “Blithe Spirit” (1945) with Rex Harrison. Oh my! she steals the whole film, she’s absolutely barmy a real delight. Wonderful film too.

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  3. Hey Mikey, sorry for the disappearing act…I’m now officially getting back into reading and commenting on posts again…but I’ll still be checking out all of yours I’ve missed the past several months, and adding a ‘Like’ to each.

    So 14 films for you this month…you beat me by three! I’ve seen a few of your watches…’The Public Enemy’ and ‘Dillinger’…but good lord, was ‘Eagle Eye’ ever ridiculous! I tried to write a review of it once, and couldn’t do it…it was just a mess! And I just watched the marbles episode of ‘Squid Game’ yesterday…what an episode! I think the segment and story with the two girls got to me the most.

    But most importantly…you went to two record stores on Friday! Which two, and what did you buy? I went to Zia’s a few weeks back and picked up Kenny Loggins ‘Alive’…a double live LP for $2.99! Also picked up one from Ellen Foley (she opened for the ELO concert I saw in ’81) and one from Robert Palmer.

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    • Todd bro, no worries at all. I’m the same, I’ve been off for months and finding it very difficult to come back, however much I love it and wish too. It’s like? How on earth did I find any time to write posts before? It’s not like I’m doing anything that much different. Maybe listening to more music, if that’s possible!

      Oh my yes the two girls story!!!! Plus the Ali guy broke me too. That whole episode put your heart through the wringer. Still a laugh fest compared to Eagle Eye!!! Am I right LOL..
      “I tried to write a review of it once, and couldn’t do it…” LOLOLOLO

      The two records shops aren’t much to be honest. One was HMV and served as a look how much they charging for this, laugh out loud, browse through with lots of smiles. The second is called The Boiler Room down on the old quay side of Poole Town. I’d been shopping through the original owners records for 35 plus years. He used to have a market stall in Wimboure and then a set up in Poole at an indoor market before moving to where it is now. Had so many great finds over those years. He’d always do a little discount. Unfortunately, for me, he sold up the year before covid. Luckily a new owner bought the shop and name so it lives on. It’s been totally renovated, which takes a little charm away but it had to be done for the new owner to survive. It’s a bit expensive now but I enjoy looking and great to be flicking through stuff with my daughter. We didn’t buy anything this time.

      Good to hear you got some bargain Loggin’s. The 80s film song smasher. Footloose, Top Gun, Rocky IV, Over The Top! A machine.
      I had the other Kenny on the deck at the weekend. Kenny Rankin and his mellow “Groovin” fitted my Sunday mood.
      I don’t know Ellen Foley but it’s so cool to pick something up that has a good memory connection. Sounds like you had a great time getting those fingers flicking away back in those dusty boxes. 🙂

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      • I checked out the two record stores…HMV=His Master’s Voice! And The Boiler Room looks cool…too bad the original owners had to give it up.

        Yeah, back in the ’80s it seemed like ol’ Kenny was cranking out movie soundtrack songs every month! Besides the fact it only cost me $2.99, I bought that Alive album because it really gave me a sense of being back in 1980 again, without even listening to it yet. (Which I guess makes sense, since it came out in 1980, but you get the idea).

        Like you said, always fun to flick away at those record bins…keep me posted on your record store visits if you can. And since we should probably keep these comments at least somewhat movie-related, I’ll let you know my Criterion Blu-ray of ‘3:10 to Yuma’ arrived in the mail today.

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  4. Nobody has time to do anything, including me, lol !!!
    I wanna keep this short, but have to touch on a couple of things here !!!
    Squid Game: we binged it too. I don’t think many people know about Battle Royale, but I think all shows/movies based on this topic were “inspired” by Battle Royale, which was first– and that includes Hunger Games.
    Zombieland–agree! 2 was a weak return, wilting in the shadow of 1.
    Dune–funny story. Hubby read the book when he was 15 and freaked out and loved it. I started reading it between 17 and 19 and halfway through, threw it across the room. I was never one for made-up worlds and names. I just don’t get into it! Regardless of the gigantic, universal, monumental messages I may be missing, lol.
    So when he bought tickets for Dune a week ago I was like…uh….okay. *sigh*
    But, man! Was I blown away! Love, love, loved it. Due to the visuals and music. Dune’s core story has always seemed to me just the story of South Africa, a similar colonization/oppression tale, then surrounded by loads of intrigue and stilted language. The core story has been done over and over. Like Avatar. Like Apocalypse Now. Westerners where they should not be doing great harm.
    But watching it onscreen was pure pleasure and delight. I was literally floored !!!
    Hubby agrees that Lynch’s version, although it had its problems (Sting in diapers) stuck closer to the story and mentioned VERY important elements that this director did not.
    Lastly–Dave Chappelle. Yeah, it did seem like he was just venting, but we had to see it because of the uproar and walk-out from Netflix. Like, omg, what did he say, what happened, did Dave go too far?
    Upon viewing, however, we looked at each other, baffled. Where, exactly, was the insult? What was the problem?! Yeah, he had a few tacky comments here and there, but nothing horrendous. And he made very good points: how did the LGBTQ community, whose issues and concerns are JUST as important as anyone else’s, granted, but how did they jump into the forefront like they did and garner so much attention/power so fast? They’ve been fighting for decades? But what about Black people who have been fighting for hundreds of years and are still getting murdered? Do you know how long the Black population has been at 13%?! It never grows!!!!
    In our opinion he was saying we’re all in the same boat, but the LBGTQ community doesn’t seem to have the same empathy toward others that they demand for themselves.
    And he predicted the backlash accurately: DaBaby murders someone in Walmat but his career’s fine? No uproar, no one walking out on him, etc.? But they walk out on Dave? Maybe if the guy DaBaby had killed had been white….? Would it have been different? Because when we say Black Lives Matter, it’s because we have to keep reminding people that they matter!
    And yeah, the poignant twist ending in Dave’s show……. wow. If THAT didn’t stop any complaints or boycotting of his show from the LGBTQ community, I don’t think anything will.

    So sorry for all that! So, so, sorry!! I should NOT be sitting here writing all this! I don’t have time to write it and you don’t have time to read it, lol !!!!

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    • So true Battle Royale was groundbreaking and devastating. It really inspired so many things and showed us, sickos, lol, will watch brutal stuff like that at the drop of a hat…
      LOL On reading Dune “halfway through, threw it across the room”. TBH I wouldn’t have the patience either however much I love this sci-fi mumbo-jumbo.
      Fantastic to hear you loved the new film. It looks so beautiful and visually perfection for the cinema. A feast for the eyes and the ears. Great call on the South Africa and Avatar and even Apocalypse Now connections and thoughts. Deep.
      HAHAHA yes Sting in diapers strutting around! Are you still watching Foundation? Reminded me of “Empire” doing the long walk. Goodness me is Lee Pace hamming it up to a full on delicatessen of miscellaneous pork products! The way he minced about in his diaper was hysterical. (I’m struggling with the show tbh and I so want to love it)
      Exactly on point with the Dave words. Totally agree. And yep DaBaby!!! WTF!!
      I did in fact have time to read it and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of it so very much. Thank you 🙂

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