The Murder on the Orient Express ★★★★½

The Murder on the Orient Express ★★★★½
Agatha Christie

Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller, Classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.16
Humpo Show Rating | 4.40
Published: First published in 1926. 2017 edition
Publisher: HarperCollins

A train. A murder. Multiple suspects. Everyone has an alibi. They all have a motive. How did this seemingly impossible murder occur? With only his observations, detective acumen and his imagination to call upon, Hercule Poirot has to sift through the lies to uncover who the murderer is.  Continue reading


Homeland Season Seven ★★★½

Homeland Season Seven (2018) ★★★½
Channel: Showtime
Starring: Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Maury Sterling, Linus Roache, Jake Weber, Morgan Spector, Mandy Patinkin  
Creator: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5

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“A paranoid President closing ranks while facing a Congressional investigation. A loudmouth media personality spreading wild conspiracy theories. Russian meddling. Homeland‘s brand of politically charged drama has always felt ripped from the headlines, but this season has been so bleeding-edge current, it almost stings. Saul’s tense standoff with fiercely anti-Keane talk show host Brett O’Keefe — which ended in a deadly shootout — was a chilling cautionary tale of how heated political rhetoric can too easily lead to real-life bloodshed, just months after the tragedy in Charlottesville. And as for the Russians peddling fake news, well… let’s just hope our own government can get to the bottom of it as efficiently as Saul Berenson is.” (David Nemetz, TVLine) Continue reading

Avengers: Infinity War ★★★★½

Avengers: Infinity War ★★★★½
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
IMDb Rating | 9.1
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo. Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elzabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Plot Summary: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (IMDb)

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The culmination of a decade’s worth of build up, spanning twenty films has led to this awesome and huge blockbuster that has blitzed all the records going! Avenger: Infinity War is the second most expensive film ever made, after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and plenty of the expense has been afforded to the colossal cast that comprises of a plethora of leading characters. When the hype dies down on Infinity War, it will still be one of, if not the best film in Marvel Cinematic Universe. Action-packed, funny, and with a villain that is worthy of every single superhero.  Continue reading

Black Panther ★★★★☆

Black Panther ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
IMDb Rating | 7.7
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Director: Ryan Coogler
Plot Summary: T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake. (IMDb)

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Following on from my Marvel Short Film Ratings (Films released in 2015-17) I have recently watched 2018’s Black Panther, which is the final film leading up to Infinity War

Black Panther’s timeline continues on from the events in Captain America: Civil War, where the King of Wakanda has been assassinated and it is up to his son, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), to become what he was born to be- the new King of Wakanda and the Black Panther.  Continue reading

Marvel Short Film Ratings

Short Film Ratings (Marvel)

With the upcoming release of Infinity War which is sure to the be the biggest film of the year, decade…ever? It is only right that I watch and review some of the most recent releases which lead up to the 2018 film. The list includes Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. There will also be a separate review for Black Panther coming up!

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Ordeal By Innocence ★★★★☆

Ordeal By Innocence ★★★★☆
Channel: BBC
Starring: Bill Nighy, Anthony Boyle, Anna Chancellor, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Christian Cooke, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, Ella Purnell, Eleanor Tomlinson, Luke Treadaway 
Creator: Sarah Phelps (Screenplay)
Humpo Show Rating | 8.0 

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Agatha Christie’s mysteries are proven to be timeless classics given the plethora of adaptations that have occurred in the decades since she wrote them. Recent adaptations include Kenneth Branagh’s big screen adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, and the BBC’s (Screenplay by Sarah Phelps) And There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution (reviews are to come). Continue reading