The Distance Of The Moon ★★★☆☆

The Distance Of The Moon ★★★☆☆
Italo Calvino


Genre(s) | Short Stories, Fiction, Space
Goodreads Rating | 3.96
Humpo Show Rating | 3.00
Published: 2018
Publisher: Penguin Modern 

‘Time is a catastrophe, perpetual and irreversible.’

Science and fiction interweave delightfully in these playful Cosmicomic short stories. Continue reading

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Short Film Ratings (British Films)

Short Film Ratings (British Films)

In this edition of Short Film Ratings, the emphasis is very much on British films, including the biographical fiction drama Miss Potter, the heart-touching story of Goodbye My. Chips, the brilliantly cute Paddington, and a film fun of laughs, Death at a FuneralContinue reading

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
IMDb Rating | 8.2
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward
Director: John Krasinski
Plot Summary: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. (IMDb)

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John Krasinski (The Office USA) has directed and starred in a fantastic and much-hyped horror that has received widespread acclaim from everyone, including master storyteller Stephen King, who knows a thing or two about creating incredible horror stories. Starring alongside his wife (Emily Blunt), the pair of them portray a married couple in an unspecified town in America where they have to live in silence due to the presence of monsters that hunt by sound. It is a tense and suspenseful ride.  Continue reading

The Book Thief ★★★★★

The Book Thief ★★★★★
Markus Zusak


Genre(s) | Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating | 4.36
Humpo Show Rating | 
Published: 2007
Publisher: Transworld

Nazi Germany in the years 1939-43 provide the backdrop to this heart-breakingly beautiful story of a young German girl called Liesel, whose book-stealing exploits and story-telling talents help to comfort her foster family during this famously tragic and turbulent time. Her life and story catches the eye of our unique narrator, Death, who witnesses humanity’s kindness, beauty and love, but he also intersects her story with a haunting commentary on the horrors of war.  Continue reading

Tomb Raider (2018) ★★★☆☆

Tomb Raider (2018) ★★★☆☆
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
IMDb Rating | 6.9
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu
Director: Roar Uthaug
Plot Summary: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. (IMDb)

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Her adventurer father has been missing-presumed-dead since she was a teenager, but English heiress Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), still struggles to accept that and continues to be unwilling to accept her inheritance or get involved in her family’s business. But one day, the opportunity to discover whether her father is still in fact alive comes about, and she embarks upon a venture to a remote Far East island in the hopes of finding him. But she soon discovers that a shadowy organisation called Trinity is searching for the same thing her father was – an ancient Japanese Queen by the name of Himiko, who, if unearthed, would be capable of apocalyptic levels of destruction. Continue reading

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