August 7th, 2009

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Film Review: Blanche Fury (1948)

This is one of those alleged classic movies. I confess I found ‘All About Eve’ boring and this film was a bit dull too. Anyway Blanche Fuller is poor and bitter, you can tell she’s evil as she wears too much makeup and has ideas above her station.

So in true gothic melodrama style, she’s taken in by rich relatives to be a governess. Her uncle Mr Fury is imposing and her cousin Lawrence makes eyes at her. But Blanche is making eyes at the surly servant Thorn, who is the illegitimate son of the previous estate owner. Torn between her two cousins, what is a gold-digger to do? Why marry her boring cousin while sneaking around with her hot cousin who was born on the wrong side of the blanket.

But reaching too high always has consequences. So an estate populated by unpleasant horse shooting tantrum throwing rich people, a servant with a grudge, barn burning gypsies and an over made up drama junkie gold digger is bound to explode into murder, swooning and death by stupidity.

This was both OTT and slightly dull at the same time.
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Veronica Mars Season 1 Eps 15, 16&17 Reviewed

Ruskie Business

Veronica investigates why one of Lynn’s credit cards is being used, only to find out that it is being used by Logan’s vile sister Trina (Alyson Hannigan of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’). Trina takes great delight in mocking Logan’s stories of Aaron’s abuse. Meanwhile Meg (Alona Tal of ‘Supernatural’) and her lank hair is the subject of a mystery admirer. Also no-one seems to notice that Miss Dent has vanished from the show and a fake mail order bride nearly gets the Mars family to help her kill someone.

At the school 80’s dance to the warbling of Cyndi Lauper, Duncan hooks up with Meg, who is dressed in hideously unflattering outfit out of ‘Pretty in Pink’. Veronica flutters her eyelashes at Leo while Logan gets drunk and embarrasses himself.

There are some logic flaws in this episode. Like the ludicrously stereotyped villains and the fact that someone in the witness protection programme is looking for acting jobs. This was dull even the faux cliff-hanger ending didn’t enliven matters.

Best Lines:
“That guy would flirt with a trash can.”

“If you’re coming home, who’ll play dead hooker two on ‘CSI’ this week?”

“End up alone at the spring dance strapped into uncomfortable underwear.”

Betty and Veronica

Veronica reunites with her mother. Clarence was dramatically staring at them at the end of ep 15, now he’s just sauntered off. Veronica learns Clarence planted a bug in her bedroom. Anyway Veronica forgets about her mission to find out who sent Lilly to deadland, when the Neptune High mascot is stolen.

Veronica dons pastels to go undercover to Pan High as perky, popular Betty. Then someone steals Pan’s mascot. Somehow nobody challenges Veronica for running around Pan High, breaking into lockers and not attending class. Leo inexplicably helps Veronica. Lianne is reavled to be a drunk and a bit of a skank so Veronica uses her college money to send Lianne to rehab. This was okay.

Best Lines:
They travel in packs of the biggest, the shiniest and the prettiest.”

“Please tell me that’s not filled with Polish hookers.”

“Bad kidnapped goat.”

Kane and Abel's

Someone is harassing a fellow Neptune student but more importantly to Veronica, she has found Abel's daughter Amelia. Keith's PI rival, the much married and sleazy Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino of 'Reaper') debuts and he has a hideous gratuitous musical number. Logan learns about Veronica's snopping and tells her about how Duncan had a rage blackout. Clarence shows up to lurk ominously. Keith and Veronica finally have a sit down discussion about the Lilly Kane murder complete with discussion about Lilly's body temperature.

All in all, Veronica ends up ruining a fellow student's chance to go to Oxford and Amelia decides to take the Kane money and run. Clarence is smug and Veronica now suspects Duncan killed his sister. This was just awful. Veronica comes across as smug and a user.

Best Line: "What do you think Lilly would make of you investigating all the people who loved her?"
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Kings Episode 6 Review

Judgment Day

It's Judgment Day on which King Silas picks 10 legal cases to give his personal judgment on. Meanwhile David's idiot brother Ethan is facing the death penalty for his treason in ep 5. In between David being shunned by his family of morons, he is manipulated by Jack. Michelle sees through Jack like he's bathing in Windex and challenges him. Jack reveals he is scared that she and David will marry and usurp his and inheirt in his place.

Also the King's nephew Andrew (Macaulay Culkin, yes the Macaulay Culkin) returns from exile and acts stoned. David manages to get mercy for Ethan, Jack is informed by the city gold digger that he's too low even for her and Michelle is dewy eyed. Silas has to scorn his loving mistress Helen again and the only person he can talk to is his predecessor as King who he keeps imprisoned in a cellar. It's heard being King. Still all is well, for now.

This was okay, with some lovely imagery like the floors of the palace covered in envelopes containing rejected legal cases.

Best Lines:
"We made law where there was none."

"I trust it was given without expectation of barter?"

"I will not sit by and be ploughed into obscurity by someone else's ambition!"
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Reaper Season 2 Episode 11 Reviewed

To Sprong With Love

Sam thinks his latest soul to capture is his evil old high school biology teacher. But he's wrong so the aforementioned evil teacher ends up tied to a chair in Sock's house as he hurls abuse at them. I guess TPTB saw 'Teaching Mrs Tingle' (even if no one else did). This was hilarious, even Sock was tolerable this ep as he had a short-lived run as the Work Bench mascot. Ben got a useless subplot with Nina and her horrible horrible hair but that's just par for the course by now.

Mr Sprong is actually right in his low opinion of the gang though they live in denial. Sock points out that Ben is shagging a hell beast, Andi got fired as Work Bench manager, he himself got into a mascot brawl and Sam is the antichrist: "Heir to the throne of the underworld" So Sprong's wrong they're not losers! This was good and very funny.

Best Lines:
"No living person could be that evil."

"Surprised to see me?"
"Surprised you're not incarcerated."

"A couple of technical college rejects."
"Didn't even apply."

"I can only imagine your parents profound disappointment in you."
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Book reviews: Staked + In The Hunt

Staked by J.F Lewis

This is the first in a new urban fantasy horror series. Eric is a vampire who runs a strip club and wants to be left alone to sleep with skanks, murder people, feud with werewolves and gorge on blood in peace. But his life doesn’t go according to plan mostly due to the fact that Eric’s a big jerk as well as really, really stupid.

Eric is utterly unsympathetic who treats people like trash and the baddie’s big evil plot depends on Eric being drain slime dumb. While Eric’s a vile person and dumb, his put upon girlfriend Tabitha is more interesting. Eric naturally doesn’t appreciate her.

This is a blood soaked meaty read which has a certain fascination. But Eric’s intelligence level needs to go up in the sequel ‘ReVamped’.

In The Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural edited by

From the publishing house that gave us ‘Neptune Noir’ and ‘Serenity Found’ comes this tome that gives us various essays on seasons one to three of ‘Supernatural’, sadly the advent of season four has badly dated and rendered incorrect a lot of the essays. Also ‘In the Hunt’ just isn’t as good as ‘Neptune Noir’ and ‘Serenity Found’, the writing isn’t as good and there is far too much repetition.

The essays in this book are:

We’re not Exactly the Bradys (by Tanya Huff)
This is the best essay in the collection as it focuses on John’s deficient parenting methods and motives.

The Burden of Being Sammy
This is a horrendously badly written essay which is also way too long and is mostly the author showing her obvious hatred of the Dean character.

What’s supernatural About Supernatural?
This author wonders why the brothers keep thinking of monsters as supernatural seeing as they encounter them all the time and wonders where the angels are. This essay is rendered obsolete by the advent of season 4.

Horror, Humanity and the Demon In The Mirror
Another essay wondering where the angels are, again this essay is rendered obsolete by season 4. Why is it placed next to another essay on angels? Why didn’t the editors do anything about the repetition?

Good and evil in the world of supernatural
More on the angel issue. See the above two essays for comments.

Sympathy for the devils
A badly written ‘essay’ which comes across more as bad fanfic about how demons view the brothers.

Dean Winchester: bad ass or soccer mom?
This essay ponders how Dean was left to raise Sam. Something the show has never addressed.

“We’ve got work to do”
This essay looks at Dean and his endless sacrifice and self esteem issues.

A Powerful Need
This essay looks at the theme of Sam and the family he once rejected, then embraced again.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jo the Monster Killer
This essay is a big sulk on how ‘Supernatural’ is not just like Buffy. It then suddenly ends as if the author forget to finish it. The whole argument is centred on the ill-convinced Jo character. Jo was a love interest who was badly handled, if the essay looked more at the even more badly handled Bela it might have been better.

Spreading Disaster
The author gets way too much into philosophy as he goes on about Smallville, Buffy and Supernatural and gender and gaze. It does have some okay ideas in it though.

Who Threw Momma On The Ceiling?
This essay is about Mary Winchester, the ill-fated mother. Of course this essay is now mostly irrelevant due to revelations about Mary in season 4.

Scary just got sexy
Supernatural fanfic is the subject of this essay. It doesn’t go deep enough into the subject.

Blue Collar Ghost Hunters
This is an interesting take on just how John and his offspring could have got started in hunting.

A Supernatural love story
This isn’t an essay, more of a bad fanfic.

Back in Black
This deals with Dean’s car.

Riding down the highway
This one also deals with Dean’s car, again with the repetition problem.

John Winchester and the magic bullet theory
This looks at John’s motives for making the deal to save Dean’s life and ponders the colt as well.

The evils of hating um, evil
This looks at the ill-fated Gordon.

Another Roadside Attraction
The Trickster gets an essay devoted to him.

Keepers of the Lore
A look at Supernatural’s use of urban legends, it’s a shame the show dropped this theme to focus on slutty demons and brooding angels in raincoats in season 4.

Ghouls in Cyberspace
A look at researching supernatural events online.

'In the Hunt' is okay, it could have been better. So much potential was overlooked. Why no essay on how the FBI thought John was a survivalist nutjob (they had a point there) and that the brothers were serial killers? Why no essay on the comedy aspect? Why no essay on Bobby or Meg? ‘Supernatural’ fans might want to check this out just don’t expect too much.