September 7th, 2017

Scary Books

Book Review: They All Fall Down

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
From the author of ‘The War Of The Wives’, ‘The Broken’ and ‘When She Was Bad’ comes this tale of odd goings on in a psychiatric clinic. Hannah had a normal life, a husband and a job but she did something shocking and now she is locked away. Fellow patients have died and Hannah tries to get people to realise they were murdered. But her solemn warnings are ignored as the staff has a defiant insistence on patronising her and her selfish husband could care less.

Only her mother seems to listen. This is an okay tale of fantasies of the future and how some people can have a perpetrator friendly approach and how anything can be rationalised. There is a double twist ending which works as long as you don’t think about it too hard.
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Coup de Grace
Henri causes issues for questionable motivations. Gideon sulks - he never existed! Where is Dudley? Elizabeth acts in a shameful way. This was neither energetic nor engaging. Mary whines. Narcisse and Catherine bore. Gideon is a dim bulb. Knox and Darnley plot to have Mary judged as immoral and unfit. Which she would be eventually. David tries to save Mary and is murdered. Mary is ineffective. Her downfall is more or less inevitable. Charles lurks. Mary shouts and tries to manipulate her moron husband. Henri seduces Charles’ mistress. People don’t talk or act like they live in the Renaissance. Charles is sick of Henri. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“Her exhausting affections.”

“He feared for his life. Rightly so.”

“Carry within me an heir.”

“Carnal lusting.”

“Women are capable of ungodly things.”

“I’m married.”
“Even so.”

“Desiring what we’re told we should not.”

“The discreet companionship of other men.”

Plan B
Quentin is bothered by niffin Alice. Does he ever study anymore? Quentin has acute misery. Julia is an ideologue. There is yelling and Julia needs gold. She and Kady end up back at Brakebills. Julia ends up in Alice’s room with no apologies. Julia should never ever be forgiven. This was not astoundingly inventive.

Best Lines:
“Our garbage fire of a relationship that ended with Eliot’s dick in your mouth.”

“Paper money’s for drug dealers and idiots.”

“That movie was stupidly unrealistic.”

Word As Bond
Julia lost her soul and wants to find Reynard’s son. Julia burns sentient trees. Julia is all contempt, ignorance and arrogance. She’s blatantly hostile and offers reckless provocations. Reynard annoys. Penny and Kady fail to notice Quentin’s issues. Margo’s military hysteria goes on. Quentin cracks up and ends up in ‘Ireland’. This was okay. Kady needs a slap. Quentin gets punched out. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“A ton of kid bones in this sand box.”

“Bit annoying though, all that cooing.”

“Incept him.”

“An excessive dislike.”

“Look vaguely indifferent or whatever.”

“Sleep better with him dead.”
Sergio Balleseros

Trailers, Quotes and Stuff

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ promo

‘Liar’ promo
A new ITV drama with Ioan Gruffudd. No.

‘American Assassin’ TV spot
Looks taste free.

Lavender Lady cocktail - yum.
Striploin steak - yum.
Oysters with lemon - yum.
Sea salted caramels - chewy.

They are making ‘Jeepers Creepers 3&4’ - WHY?

I won’t review ‘Colony’ 2x10 ‘The Garden Of Beasts’.

‘Blackadder II’ Quotes:
“Your breath comes straight from satan’s bottom.”

“Been in your family since 1532.”
“So has syphilis.”

“Cutting his toenails with a scythe.”

“Aggressive drunken lout.”

“A fearful oik.”

“Chairs are an invention of satan!”

“Two spikes would be an extravagance.”

“Suffer comfort.”

“Mashing is also the work of Beelzebub!”

“People to fornicate with.”

“Cold is god’s way of telling us to burn more Catholics!”

“Evidence of sex.”

“Drink is urine from the last leper in hell!”

“Satan and all his little wizards.”

“Naughty parchments.”

“Evil plots.”

“Nursie milk or cow milk.”

“Evil Prince Ludwig.”

“Face. Sodding. Your. Shut.”

“Gloating is a sign of insecurity.”

“Ranting and raving about power.”

“Englander scum.”

“Die and be buried.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Living off the earnings of prostitution.”

“Had his passport seized by court order.”

“His apparent lack of discernment.”
Pretty Smart

Movie Reviews: The Farthest + C.H.U.D 2

The Farthest (2017)
Two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977. Voyager 1 carries a golden record with messages from earth. It is now in interstellar space. It is proof of humanity’s existence and an attempt to communicate with any space faring races out there.

This documentary tells of the Voyager project and its discoveries and its limitations. There were no geologists in the Voyager project which succeeded the Pioneer mission. The scientists make odd pronunciations of Uranus and go on about gravity assist, orbital speed and an alignment of planets that occurs every 176 years that make the Voyager project possible.

Everyone talks about the golden record, there are old clips of Carl Sagan and the golden record is a message in a bottle. People talk about how it was constrained by weight and space. There is no mention of why Voyager did not go to Pluto. There are 2 hours of sounds on the golden record and the location of earth is given in terms of its distance from pulsars. People talk about the wisdom of giving out earth’s location.

Are there aliens? People discuss the unfathomable distance of space. The Jet Propulsion Lab, with its logo of Dare Mighty Things, built Voyager. The golden record was made in 6 weeks. Voyager and its dated camera and power source is the size of a bus. The Beatles wouldn’t licence their music for outer space. The press conference was treated as a joke. Voyager was launched on a Titan rocket aka a former ICBM. Footage of the launch is shown.

This was grandiose. All the images sent back from Voyager were black and white. Tinfoil was used to insulate it. A mission navigator saw the first evidence of a volcano on a world beyond earth. A Neptune moon, Miranda, has fault locks. The footage from Neptune came back just as Challenger blew up distracting attention away from Voyager.

They saw geysers on a moon of Neptune. Carl Sagan’s son talks. In 2012, Voyager 1 entered interstellar space. It is in the cold dark regions and will any space faring civilisations find it? This was okay. The alien contact element gets all the attention and Voyager and its golden record will never return home.

Best Lines:
“The only evidence we ever existed.”

“Exploration was wooden sailing ships.”

“Pick a target point.”

“Make the study the study of extra-terrestrial life credible.”

“Old style LP recording.”

“If they even have heads.”

“Advanced intelligence beyond us.”

“The universe we know about.”

“The what if people.”

“Fuzzy blobs.”

“You have to launch in that window.”

“Useless from a scientific standpoint.”

“Parking orbit.”

“Tricks for fish.”

“NASA was sending smut to space.”

“What’s that good for?”

C.H.U.D 2: Bud The C.H.U.D’ (1989)