July 25th, 2014

Scary Books

Trailer, Quotes and Stuff

‘Hannibal’ 2x13 promo

Best Lines:
“Will you do what needs to be done?”
“Oh yes.”

‘Super Gran’ opening credits
This 1980s TV show sees a Scottish granny turn into a superhero like Mr T. I think it was meant to be funny.

‘Super Ted’ opening credits
A teddy bear is brought to life by an alien’s magic dust and Mother Nature. WTF?

I am reading ‘Summoning The Night’.

‘Neighbours’ Quotes:
“You brought this toxic woman into our lives.”

“It’s your dysfunctional family not mine.”

“You managed to get my wife to leave town.”

“She’s been wrong for a very long time.”

“What sort of person hires a pretend stalker?!”

“She can’t go through life being so unaccountable.”

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
“She’s a fat lesbian whore.”

“A crazy crazy bitch.”

“Nine peace orders.”

“Have you called her slut, lesbian, whore, bitch, gold-digger, liar and alcoholic?”

“Bitch you are DIVORCED. They are not your in-laws.”

“You hang on with real desperation sometimes.”

“It’s totally inappropriate for you to interject.”

‘Summoning The Night’ Quotes:
“My parents turned out to be evil, power-hungry serial killers, so what did they know?”

“This looks like the kind of place where you get stabbed and left for dead.”

“No ominous old shed back there. No John Wayne Gacy crawlspace under the house.”

On ‘Hollyoaks’: Patrick exerts control over Maxine by forcing her to eat their entire wedding cake as punishment for breaking one of his arbitrary commandments. She pukes. Patrick’s belligerence only increases. No-one besides Blessing and Dennis seem to notice what is going on. Patrick controls Maxine with a pathological eye for detail and heaps misuse, cruelty and humiliation on her and tells her he finds her distasteful while presenting her to the public as a disordered foolish ignorant slapper and himself as aggrieved. Maxine is alone and dejected and desperate. Patrick’s oppressive curtailment will only grow if they marry. Why can no-one see her abject terror? Patrick will never stop getting angry at Maxine and calling her stupid and quarrelsome. Where is Mitzeee? Why does no-one notice that the once bubbly and loud mouth Maxine now never leaves the flat and is a shadow of her former self? Also Sam plans to take Peri away as Leela and Cameron want to be parents. Ste tries to regain Tony’s respect.

Book Review: A Pocket Full Of Rye

A Pocket Full Of Rye by Agatha Christie
In this 1953 novel financier Rex Fortescue is poisoned and the trail leads to his mooching family. There are more murders, a connection to a nursery rhyme and a twisted murderer who reached too high and was foiled by Miss Marple assessing the situation. This was one of Christie’s lesser efforts compounded by the fact that the more you think about it the less sense the murderer’s grand plan and motives make. Rank this down there with ‘A Caribbean Mystery’, ‘Death in the Clouds’, ‘Dumb Witness’, ‘4:50 From Paddington’, ‘The Hound of Death’, ‘The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side’, ‘The Pale Horse’, ‘Peril At End House’, ‘Sparkling Cyanide’ and ‘They Do It With Mirrors’.

Best Lines:
“Besotted about that awful creature.”

“Your father got himself murdered yesterday, the house is full of police poking everywhere, grubbing in the dustbins even.”

“Godless doings,”

“A sunk orchid-pink porcelain bath.”

“If you know liars are liars, it comes to the same thing.”

“She hasn’t been messing about with marmalade pots or putting cyanide in the drawing-room afternoon tea.”

“He doesn’t really want us here, does he?”

“Freddy wasn’t - well, wasn’t always straight.”

“General Paralysis of the Insane.”

“Lance advanced towards his brother who retreated rapidly, around the end of the desk.”

“I do so often seem to get mixed up in the things that are really no concern of mine. Crimes I mean, and peculiar happenings.”
To Light The Way To Bed

Person Of Interest 2x12 - 2x15 + The Honourable Woman 1x04 Reviewed

Prisoner’s Dilemma
Reese and three other men are held as unlawful combatants. Carter interrogates them as Donnelly continues his inadvertent and unconscious sublimation by insanity. Also Fusco protects an underwear model. Flashbacks to 2007, 2009 and 2010 show Reese and Stanton’s ill fated CIA partnership as they shoot people a lot.

The other three men arrested with Reese are mercenaries. Reese runs into people he put in Rikers including the inevitable Elias the rubbish gangster. Reese calls Finch “a good man”. Finch and Carter’s plan to free Reese keeps going wrong. Reese talks a lot. There is a prison yard fight. Finch picks up an assault rifle. There is stupidity and Donnelly gets fait accompli. This was okay and with a cliff-hanger.

Best Lines:
“The incomplete footprint of a man who doesn’t exist.”

“We are killers John. That is our job.”

“There’s another player at the table.”

“I don’t trust anyone any more.”

“You choose this life remember?”

“A highly trained murderer.”

Dead Reckoning
Stanton shows up to continue her bitter dispute with the CIA. Donnelly is dead and Stanton has Reese and Snow to be her minions. She has a ridiculous plan to do something nefarious. My repeated complaint about this show is the padding and nuisance characters. Carter is long suffering, Fusco wears too much corduroy and why is the machine so highly restrictive? Why only NY numbers? Donnelly’s murder isn’t investigated with prompt, through and effective policing.

Stanton isn’t a big bad more of a dull roar. Flashbacks to 2010 show how she survived the missile in China and got a new boss. The flashbacks are so blue tinged it annoys. Stanton, Snow and Reese sneer at each other. Carter makes logic jumps. Stanton is wretched and this episode is a vituperative indictment of her uselessness. This show had the potential to achieve great things; it has yet to do that as TPTB stifle all promise.

Snow and Reese storm a DOD site where weaponized malware and cyber warfare is made. Stanton continues to be a vile, cowardly, hypocritical, tryannic, mean, selfish, jealous, revengeful twit without a single countervailing quality. This ep was not fulfilling and was inexplicably dull and forfeited my regard. Stanton wants to know who sold the laptop to China. Snow is odious and detestable. Stanton has an aversion to sense and does something. Reese can’t do ‘petrified’ or ‘distant’. Snow does everyone a favour and gets Stanton. So those two blights exit the show.

Best Lines:
“Dead? I wasn’t very good at it.”

“I’m sure they’ll object to that.”

“You work for the old gods, Kara, and they betrayed you.”

One Percent
A self made billionaire, Logan Pierce, has a genius IQ and created a social network site. All his friends hate him. Does this remind you of anything? Logan Pierce is a recidivist ass and likes to torment people and is truculent, difficult, awkward and has vulgar habits and a notorious contempt for rules. Flashbacks to 2001 show Finch and Nathan (Brett Cullen) doing something. Pierce treats everyone with the greatest indignity possible and is obstinate and sorely tries the duo as they try to save his life. Pierce just acts with more contempt and callousness and is a tremendous unrelenting ass. Fusco will never regain Carter’s respect. I was discontented with this ep as it was tedious and pernicious. Pierce repays the duo by trying to locate them.

Best Lines:
“Changes phones twice a day to avoid corporate espionage.”

“You’re both looking rich.”

“Remedy faster, Sherlock.”

Booked Solid
Finch and Reese go undercover at a hotel and their boss is a sneering, rude and aggressive bully. Finch the bellhop spies and Reese is a concierge. Zoë shows up for no reason. The bully boss runs hos on the side. The heavy gets out of Rikers and lumbers after Reese. A maid is in peril. This ep had a deleterious effect and induced only insolent contempt as it was wretched. Carter exculpates herself in an FBI polygraph and learns something about her boyfriend. Reese has to fend off a hit squad. Reese stabs someone and shows mercy. Root resurfaces in an unexpected place.

Best Lines:
“Could you try not to get fired?”

“Who would send a hit squad with military training to kill a hotel maid?”

The Ribbon Cutter
This entire episode is a flashback to eight years ago. Oh the timing of this show’s airing. Ephra is the front for the Stein Industry change that Nessa came up with. The security services mumble and are the shriekers at the gates. Nessa goes to the West Bank and meets Atika the translator. They bond over Nessa trying to game the system. Nessa is still a dislikeable flake. Nessa stumbles over a case of missing money and unwittingly reveals Ephra’s involvement in secret dark matters. The sneering and superior Nessa is sneaked into Gaza via a tunnel by Atika. Their good intentions get them abducted. The USA, UK and Israeli governments won’t help. Ephra tries to play the heavy and fails. Julia a snotty security services agent sneers. Ephra is a slovenly idiot and how Nessa came to replace him as the face of the Stein Foundation is revealed. Nessa is subjected to sexual violence, Atika burns the attacker and Nessa is forced to have the child as the price for her freedom. So Nessa is Kasim’s mother. The whole thing turns out to be part of a complicated plot laid by the man who ordered her father’s assassination. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“We lost a lot of friends.”

“He has lost all credibility. Every bloody ounce of it.”

“You read spreadsheets?”

“We cannot be compromised Ephra! Ever!”

“From here we can leave.”

“It’s a message. Run along and give it.”

“No matter how it was created.”

“We will find out where she is and we will bomb it.”

“You are the one who put her there.”