May 29th, 2012

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Stuff of the Day

I am reading ‘The Third Day, The Frost’.

I’ll give ‘Breaking Bad’ season 2 a chance.

GI: Joe 2’ delayed until 2013 and they’re going to convert it into 3D? Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
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Book Reviews: Dead Reckoning + Doubletake

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

The latest ‘Southern Vampire’ novel starts out promisingly enough but soon turns pedantic. Sookie has yet another arch enemy. Sookie has a fairy artefact. Bill loves his Sookie. Eric and Sookie have sex. Sookie gets into bar fights. This is all so boring.

I have been reading this series since book 1 ‘Dead Until Dark’ (subtitled A Southern Vampire Mystery’) came out in 2001 and I think it is time to call it a day on Sookie and her baby talk.

Doubletake by Rob Thurman

The 7th ‘Cal Leandrosnovel. This series is trundling on with diminishing returns. Thurman’s other works the ‘Trickster’ and ‘Korsak Brothers’ novels are utter utter crap so it is not a new thing.

Cal and Niko have double trouble. Niko’s father shows up and things get a bit ‘Dr Phil’. Niko’s paternity was addressed in an earlier book and the two accounts don’t tally. Meanwhile Cal learns he isn’t as unique and super-special as he thought he was. He has a rival out there who is making terrible plans. This is good but Cal’s voice isn’t cute and tough but rather rude and annoying.
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Movie Reviews: Death In Brunswick + Thor

Death In Brunswick (1991)

Carl (Sam Neill) is a loser who has a perpetually disappointed mother. To get away from her he gets a job as a cook in the filthy kitchen of a nightclub run by bogans. Carl hates the job but falls for a barmaid named Sophie.

The sullen, awkward Carl is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. This leads to him accidentally killing a co-worker with a fork, being blamed when the club is firebombed and getting into a fight with his vile boss. Somehow he manages to blunder into a happy ever after by accident. This is mediocre with some funny moments.

Best Lines:
“I know you think it’s Bohemian, all this filth.”

“You really are like a chook in a thunderstorm sometimes.”

Thor (2011)

In Asgard, the bad parenting of Odin (a bored looking Anthony Hopkins) leads to him banishing his bratty son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to Earth while being oblivious to his other son Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) raging jealously and bubbling insanity.

Thor is a jackass and wants his mighty hammer back while Earth woman Jane (Natalie Portman) finds herself falling for the “crazy homeless person”. Meanwhile back on Asgard, Loki has issues with the Frost Giants and declares himself king.

Jane and her pals Darcy and Erik figure out Thor is an alien. Thor deals with the smug annoying worm Coulson. Hawkeye has a cameo. Thor realises self-actualisation is called for in his life and becomes a better person.

Loki lies and has issues due to paternity revelations. There is sibling rivalry, fights and more terrible terrible parenting from Odin. This was very good. The Thor/Loki relationship is the best part of it. Bring on ‘Thor 2’.

Best Lines:
The Casket wasn’t the only thing you took from Jotunheim that day.”

“I am no more than another stolen relic, locked up here until you might have use of me.”

“This drink I like it…another!”

“Are you sending in more guys for him to beat up?”

“I’m talking about science not magic.”

“If there is an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, then there’s something on the other side. And advanced beings could have crossed it.”

“The burden of the throne has fallen to me now.”

“To protect the realm from his idiotic rule for a while longer.”

“I would have words with my brother.”

“I will be true heir to the throne.”

“Why have you done this?”
“To prove to father that I am the worthy son.”

“I’m not your brother, I never was.”
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Revenge 1x01 (2011 - 2015) Review

Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp of ‘Carriers’) arrives in the Hamptons seeking moral vindication. Via flashbacks and narration we learn her real name is Amanda Clarke, her late beloved father David was framed for treason by his friends and co-workers and that she is a billionaire with vigilante justice in mind.

The Hamptons are ruled by the Grayson clan led by Victoria and her cheating husband Conrad. Victoria’s BFF Lydia is banging Conrad and she was also David’s secretary and testified against him at his trial when he was convicted of complicity in the downing of a passenger jet. Emily does a cold stare and plots revenge on Lydia.

Loads and loads of characters are introduced. The rich ones and the working class townies. Emily sees her childhood friend Jack and her old dog Sammy and looks sad. But nothing and nobody will stop her. So Conrad and Lydia’s latest tryst goes horribly wrong.

Lydia gets her’s. Emily plots and the surly Nolan knows stuff. This was good, a wonderful mash up of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, ‘The OC’, ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Hidden Palms’ and ‘Profit’.

So much soapy goodness to be revealed. Why did Victoria and Conrad destroy David? Why were Victoria and co outside David’s house when he was arrested? Why was Amanda in jail? Victoria had an affair?

Best Lines:
“The mean girls table.”

“Tragically privileged spawn.”

“If your friends could see you now.”
“I’d probably get jumped.”

“No one wants this imperious cadre of toxic phonies to eat it more than yours truly.”
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