A Fish Called Wanda (1988) ★★★★☆

There are plenty of films that I haven’t seen, many of them were released before I was born, so I am using the anniversary of the film’s release as an opportunity to watch them. First up, is this British comedy classic, which is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary…

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 8.4
IMDb Rating | 7.6
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson
Director: Charles Critchton
Plot Summary: In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (IMDb)

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A Fish Called Wanda is fantastically British comedy film, that has an airtight plot, and the jokes are timed and delivered perfectly. This is perhaps in part to the great cast that is involved with the film: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Kevin Kline. The film centres around the four aforementioned actors who are involved in a bank robbery, and the conniving and backstabbing by each that takes place afterwards. The comedic material in this film comes from a variety of avenues; the clash of British and American cultures, Ken’s (Palin) mishaps, Archie’s (Cleese) British humour, Wanda’s (Lee Curtis) wit, and Otto’s (Kline) stupidity.   Continue reading


Create Dangerously ★★★☆☆

Create Dangerously ★★★☆☆
Albert Camus

Genre(s) | Nonfiction, Speeches, Art
Goodreads Rating | 3.81
Humpo Show Rating | 3.00 
Published: 2018
Publisher: Penguin Modern

To create today is to create dangerously’

Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others.  Continue reading

The Breakthrough ★★★★☆

The Breakthrough ★★★★☆
Daphne du Maurier

Genre(s) | Short Story, Literary
Goodreads Rating | 3.16
Humpo Show Rating | 3.80 
Published: 2018
Publisher: Penguin Modern

Dispatch the maimed, the old, the weak, destroy the very world itself, for what is the point of life if the promise of fulfilment lies elsewhere?

On the windswept coast of rural Suffolk, a deranged scientist attempts to extract the essence of life itself.   Continue reading

Ken Dodd Tribute

Ken Dodd Tribute

The word, legend, gets thrown around a lot, but that is a perfectly fitting word to describe Sir Ken Dodd. The legendary comedian passed away in the early hours of this morning at the grand old age of 90, and he was still performing nationwide tours every year- an incredible feat! Immediately identifiable by his messy hair, his protruding teeth, joyous personality, and his red, white and blue “tickling stick”. He has entertained audiences for over 50 years.

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Jack And Jill ★★★★☆

Jack And Jill ★★★★☆
James Patterson

Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Goodreads Rating | 3.95
Humpo Show Rating | 3.65
Published: 2003 (I’m reading the 2017 edition)
Publisher: Arrow Publishing

In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed, the killers have left a note signed “Jack and Jill” promising that this is just the beginning. Homicide Detective Alex Cross works on both cases, and the killers strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe – not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case-but will he discover the truth in time? Jack and Jill is a relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, Patterson has written a compelling thriller, and a nonstop nightmare for Cross. Related image Continue reading

Game Night (2018) ★★★★☆

Game Night (2018) ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 8.5 
IMDb Rating | 7.5
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, Danny Huston, Chelsea Peretti, Joshua Mikel, Camille Chen, Zerrick Williams, Michael Cyril Creighton, Jeffrey Wright
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein 
Plot Summary: A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. (IMDb)

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Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdam) are a game loving couple, and with the help of their friends, they find themselves trying to rescue Max’s successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) from a real-life hostage situation. A fast and funny comedy, filled with nonstop laughs, memorable characters, brilliant one-liners and running gags- one of the best Hollywood comedies in recent years.  Continue reading