Brief Hiatus!

Brief Hiatus!

I won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks as I have some family issues that come first and I don’t think I will be able to find the time to blog about books, films, television, etc. I hope everyone is in good health and good spirits! 🙂 If any of you have posts that you think I might enjoy, feel free to link them in the comments and I’ll give them a read once I am back blogging.

I’ve nearly finished The Kite Runner, so that will be my next book review. And I’ve watched a few films lately, so expect a Short Films Ratings post when I return.

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House of Cards Season 5 (2017) ★★★★☆

House of Cards Season 5 (2017) ★★★★☆
Channel: Netflix
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Campbell Scott, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Cecil, Neve Campbell, Paul Sparks, Joel Kinnaman, Dominique McElligott, Boris McGiver, Korey Jackson.
Humpo Show Rating | 8.0

Claire is centre stage.

The President of the United States of America is at the centre of a scandal that potentially could end his presidency. His single-mindedness and power-drunk personality seem capable of bursting the Oval Office at its seams, he is a hated figure among his opponents, his own Party, and the public, yet he is an elected individual that holds the most powerful office on Earth. Sound familiar? Continue reading

Wonder Woman (2017) ★★★★★

Wonder Woman (2017) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
IMDb Rating | 8.2
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Robin Wright.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Plot Summary: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (IMDb)

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TV Review | The Blacklist (Season 4)

The Blacklist (Season 4)
Channel: NBC
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marno, Hisham Tawfiq, Susan Blommaert, Ulrich Thomsen, Enrique Murciano.

Humpo Show Rating | 4.25 / 5

Truth will out.

Red is under attack. First by long-time adversary Alexander Kirk, and then later in the season, by a trusted friend and key part of his organisation who knows every aspect of his life intimately. Elizabeth and the Task-Force continue doing what they do best again this season, tracking down blacklisters, while also furthering Reddington’s personal and criminal agenda. Criminals aplenty, incredibly high-stakes, and fierce confrontations are the order of the day for Season 4 of The Blacklist. Fascinating viewing.   Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary Edition 
J. K. Rowling
House Colour | Gryffindor 

5 / 5

20 years since the biggest franchise phenomenon began. 7 books. 1 play. 1 screenplay. 1 Studio Tour. 2 theme parks. 9 films. The Wizarding World is something that has touched the lives of millions, probably billions, whether through reading the books themselves, watching the films with their children, or going to the theme park as a family. Harry Potter is something that is the definition of a modern classic. And now, Bloomsbury are releasing House Colour Editions of the beloved Philosopher’s Stone to mark the book’s 20th Anniversary.

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Film Review | Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge
3.25 / 5
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Starring: Johnny Depp, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom.
Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg.
Plot Summary: Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

An enjoyable yet flawed return for the swashbuckling Captain Jack in a new adventure that sees pirates aplenty, un-dead sailors led by a vengeful captain, ferocious sea monsters, treasure maps in the stars, and a legendary mythical item that can control the seas. In a similar vein to Stranger Tides, this good-natured romp is a fun summer blockbuster, but it does not reach the heights of the first three films.  Continue reading

Poem For Manchester

Poem For Manchester

Following the Manchester attack on Monday, the city of Manchester has had quite a week. The city has come together, Manchester United won the UEFA Europa League while donning black armbands and holding a minutes silence for the victims, and as I write this post I am watching the Manchester City Run. We have seen the value of human spirit this week, from the heroes on the fateful night, to the generous donors, and the amazing rendition of Don’t Look Back in Anger at the Manchester Vigil. But I now have a new moment to add to those, it is a powerful poem by poet Tony Walsh. He delivered this passionate rendition of his poem This is the Place earlier in the week, but then I heard it again with Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky playing the background and it was magical. Here is Tony reading his poem in Manchester.  

This Is The Place
Tony Walsh
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