1917 ★★★★½

IMDb Rating | 8.6
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough 
Director: Sam Mendes 
Plot Summary: Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. (IMDb)

1917 film

1917 is an epic, biographical tale of Lance Corporals Will Schofield (MacKay) and Tom Blake (Chapman), who traversed several miles of enemy territory to deliver an urgent message that would prevent British troops from walking into a trap set by Nazi Germany. Continue reading

The Gentlemen ★★★★½

The Gentlemen
IMDb Rating | 8.2
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Jeremy Strong, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, Eddie Marsan, 
Director: Guy Ritchie
Plot Summary: American expat has built a profitable marijuana empire in London and plans to sell his business and retire. This sparks a remarkable chain of events as various parties try and take over.

The Gentlemen film review

American businessman Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) has created a highly profitable marijuana empire in London, and he is looking to cash out his business. When word gets out, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. Continue reading

Frozen II ★★★★☆

Frozen II
IMDb Rating | 7.3
Humpo Show Rating | 8.3
Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K Brown, Alfred Molina (voices)
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Plot Summary: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. (IMDb)

Frozen II

Set three years after the events of the first film, the story follows Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven who embark on a journey beyond their kingdom of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom after a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa. Continue reading

Le Mans ’66 ★★★★½

Le Mans ’66 (also known as Ford v Ferrari)
IMDb Rating | 8.3
Humpo Show Rating | 8.5
Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Caitriona Balfe
Director: James Mangold
Plot Summary: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. (IMDb)

Le Mans '66

Le Mans ’66 follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Continue reading

Ad Astra ★★★☆☆

Ad Astra
IMDb Rating | 7.1
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, 
Director: James Gray
Plot Summary: Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. (IMDb)

Ad Astra

Thirty years ago, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) led a voyage into deep space, but the ship and crew were never heard from again. Now his son (Brad Pitt) must embark on a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the stability of the universe. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ★★★½

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
IMDb Rating | 8.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.0
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, 
Director: Quentin Tarantino 
Plot Summary: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (IMDb)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino cleverly blends fact and fiction into his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing for TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Continue reading

The Lion King ★★★★☆

The Lion King
IMDb Rating | 7.2
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
Starring: Donald Glover, JD McCrary, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Eliofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, 
Director: Jon Favreau
Plot Summary: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. (IMDb)

The Lion King 2019

A live-action reboot of the 1994 original film, which follows the life of a young lion called Simba. Continue reading

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★½

Spider-Man: Far From Home
IMDb Rating | 8.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.2
Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, and others
Director: Jon Watts
Plot Summary: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. (IMDb)

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Peter Parker and some of his classmates go on a school trip to Venice, but for Peter – who wants nothing more than a normal life – there is a new threat to Earth that requires Peter to reprise the role of Spider-Man once again. Continue reading

Toy Story 4 ★★★★½

Toy Story 4
IMDb Rating | 8.4
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Tim Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and others
Director: Josh Cooley
Plot Summary: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. (IMDb)

Toy Story 4

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. After losing Forky at a carnival, Woody tries his best to get the lost Forky back to Bonnie, before the RV leaves them all behind to become lost toys. Continue reading

Short Film Ratings (2014-17 films)

Short Film Ratings (2014-17 Films)

It’s been quite a while since my last Short Film Ratings, so I thought I’d watch some films that I have missed watching over the last few years for one reason or another. There’ll probably be another edition of this kind of post, or two, to come in the coming months. This edition contains The Big Short, Get Out, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Arrival.

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Avengers: Endgame ★★★★☆

Avengers: Endgame
IMDb Rating | 8.5
Humpo Show Rating | 8.8
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many many others!
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo 
Plot Summary: After the devastating events of Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. (IMDb)

Avengers: Endgame

Following ‘the snap’, which wiped out half of life in the universe, the remaining Avengers and other heroes find Thanos on an uninhabited planet. He reveals he has already destroyed the infinity stones to prevent further use. Endgame concerns the events that follow, and the attempts they make at trying to undo the damage that Thanos caused when he completed his mission in Infinity War. Continue reading

Johnny English Strikes Again ★★★½

Johnny English Strikes Again
IMDb Rating | 6.2
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson, Adam James, Jake Lacy 
Director: David Kerr
Plot Summary: After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. (IMDb)

Johnny English Strikes Again

MI7 is being targeted by a massive cyber attack, exposing the identities of all its current field agents. As a result, MI7 is forced to reinstate older inactive agents in order to track down the culprits behind the attack. Among the reinstated agents is Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson). Continue reading

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ★★★½

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
IMDb Rating | 6.8
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
Starring: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Hugh Skinner, Stellan Skarsgard, Josh Dylan, Meryl Streep, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Andy Garcia 
Director: Ol Parker
Plot Summary: Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past. (IMDb)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Lily James

Here We Go Again is both a prequel and a sequel, with the plot set after the events of the first film, and also featuring flashbacks to 1979, where the story of Donna Sheridan’s arrival on the island of Kalokairi and her first meetings with her daughter Sophie’s three possible fathers is told. Continue reading

Captain Marvel ★★★★☆

Captain Marvel
IMDb Rating | 7.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Plot Summary: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. (IMDb)

Captain Marvel

A Kree warrior (Brie Larson) finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. She keeps having recurring memories of another life as US Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), she tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls. Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon | Suspicion (1941)

Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon | Suspicion (1941)

Thank you to Maddy for organising this blogathon, give her blog a look if you love classic films. I am a big fan of the Alfred Hitchcock films I have watched so far, so I thought I would use this blogathon as a chance to watch one that I haven’t watched yet, Suspicion.

Suspicion ★★★½
Humpo Show Rating | 7.2
IMDb Rating | 7.4
Starring: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Nigel Bruce, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Dame May Whitty
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Plot Summary: A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (IMDb)

Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) is a smart and solitary lady who unexpectedly falls for the charms of Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant), a eligible bachelor with a penchant for losing money. Quite quickly the pair up end up married, but equally as quickly Lina is subjected to Johnnie’s addiction to lying, gambling and rising debts. Despite his flaws, she is unable to resist his charms, until she starts to suspect he may be plotting to murder her. Continue reading

Mary Queen of Scots ★★★½

Mary Queen of Scots
IMDb Rating | 6.5
Humpo Show Rating | 7.0

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, 
Director: Josie Rourke
Plot Summary: Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. (IMDb)

Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) were monarchs of Scotland and England during the sixteenth century. The film showcases the struggle for power, the importance of succession, the religious conflicts and the maneuvering by men in an effort to wrestle power from the female monarchs.  Continue reading

Ocean’s Eight ★★★☆☆

Ocean’s Eight ★★★☆☆
IMDb Rating | 6.2
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
Released: 2018
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Poulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, Rihanna and James Corden
Director: Gary Ross
Plot Summary: Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. (IMDb)

Upon her recent release from prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) enlists the help of several other criminals to steal a necklace worth over 150 million dollars from the neck of a famous actress at the Met Gala in New York City.

I love heist films – anything from The Sting and The Italian Job to Entrapment and Ocean’s Eleven- the act of watching a group of people  pull off something that is seemingly impossible makes for extremely entertaining viewing. Ocean’s Eight is the latest in a long line to hit the big screen, and with the weight of the previous trilogy on its shoulders, it was set a high bar.

Unfortunately, the film fails to live up to the hype or any of its Ocean’s predecessors. The script and plot is not worthy of the acting talents of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Poulson and Anne Hathaway. There is a severe lack of thrills, wit and laughs that is characteristic of the Ocean’s films or any other heist. It doesn’t end there I’m afraid to say, there is also a lack of character chemistry, the pacing is sluggish and the cinematography is miles behind where it should be.

Debbie assembles a team to pull off a necklace heist at the famed Met Gala and while that sounds interesting enough, the film doesn’t seem to have a pulse until the actual heist kicks into action. However, even at that point there are too many eyebrow raising conveniences in the film for it to feel as if they’re pulling off something extraordinary.

Ocean’s Eight is a TV-quality film that can be watched and somewhat enjoyed in the comfort of the home with no real expectations attached to it. Despite operating under the Ocean’s banner, try your best to not draw comparisons with the Clooney-Pitt-Damon trilogy as it pales in comparison.

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch ★★★½

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch ★★★½
IMDb Rating | 7.7
Humpo Show Rating | 6.8
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry, Will Poulter and Tallulah Haddon 
Director: David Slade
Plot Summary: In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he works to adapt a fantasy novel into a video game. (IMDb)

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is an interactive film written by Charlie Brooker revolving around choice and control. Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) is working on a computer game, which is due to hit the shelves for Christmas – but he begins to suspect that he isn’t fully in control of his actions. Continue reading