Dinner at Eight (1933)

Dinner at Eight is an outstanding film that finds the balance between drama and comedy in a way you rarely see. And the amazing cast contribute their fair share to this masterpiece. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Black Wedding (2015)

This black comedy from Germany is a film with sound, but without any dialogue. In a family whose members are no longer talking to another, the (predominantly negative) emotions are only communicated through looks, gestures and actions. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Some Like It Hot (1959)

The legendary Billy Wilder classic fulfils all your expectations, with great performances and funny dialogue. While I personally enjoyed One, Two, Three more, Some Like it Hot is definitely an ageless, first-rate comedy that deservedly ranks highly on almost any “Top XYZ” list out there. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Jack (1964)

An inept navy captain, a dim-witted press-gang victim, a woman who stole a naval officer’s identity, and the man she stole it from – these four are our central characters who go through all sorts of nautical shenanigans, harassed by mutineers and pirates, but uncumbered by any real plot. This second colour film of the Carry On franchise manages to get a lot of production value out of its modest budget. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (1941)

The third and final film in the Hornleigh series might also be its weakest. Like a number of similar British films from the era, it tries to mix its previous core elements with a plot about German spies; which could potentially be done successfully, but in this case does not really work. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Les Aventures d’Arsène Lupin (1957)

Notorious gentleman thief Arsène Lupin not only gets to steal from France’s high society in this film, he also tangles with the German emperor, Wilhelm II. This film trots along at a nice pace, but without having a proper arc or structure. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Cabby (1963)

Peggy Hawkins wants her husband to settle down a bit, adopt a hands-off approach to his successful little cab empire, and maybe buy a cottage in the countryside, etc. But he is a bit of a workaholic and a bit of a control-freak and he simply loves driving cabs. When driven to the end of her patience, Peggy is going to adopt a scheme that will cause her husband a fair amount of problems. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)

The second film in the Inspector Hornleigh franchise sees our hero enjoying a miserable rainy holiday in Brighton, which luckily is interrupted by a mysterious death. This film feels slightly more entertaining than the first one, but again it is the two main actors, Gordon Harker and Alastair Sim, who have to carry this film. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Admirable Crichton (1957)

This renowned British comedy does not quite know what it want to be: a topsy-turvy satire of the class system or a Romantic Comedy. It suffers in the process, as it loses the wit of the first act early on and runs out of steam in the overly long second act. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Le coup du parapluie (1980)

A carefree, philandering actor, who is also a bit of a hapless fool, wants to get cast in the role of a hitman, but instead is accidentally hired as a real hitman for an actual assassination plot. And now everyone is out to get him. This film is entertaining, but not great. In fact, it barely qualifies as “good”. Gert Fröbe elevates the film somewhat by his sheer screen presence and the larger-than-life persona of the racist arms-dealer he plays. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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