November 14th, 2017

Dollanganger

The Family 1x08 + Supergirl 3x05 Reviewed

Sweet Jane
The mom sleeping drunk on a park bench incident leads to blackmail. Grant Show shows up. The vile reporter is played by Maggie from ’Supergirl’! The perv’s wife isn't his wife because in 16 years - he still hasn't put a ring on it. The creeper’s mother was dumb. The creeper taunts the mother and says it was her fault Adam was taken. Willa and the vile reporter are a couple now? Ben acts weird and nobody notices his weirdness. Until they do. John has a sex offender friend? Ben faces being thrown out of the house. TPTB condemn people who worry about those on the sex offender register. WTF is wrong with them? Danny is useless. The perv aka Doug has been Jane’s boyfriend since high school. Did Jane just kill someone to protect Doug? Looks like it. Jane knows what a pervert Doug is and has covered for him before! Oh gross! John and Nina are publicly shamed. Doug and Hank the creeper know each other. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“We didn’t get to choose what we got.”

“How are you this person?”

“He was safer out in the rain.”

“Where did I go wrong with you?”

“Church it up.”

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Damage
This was okay as Maggie and Alex break up in boring fashion and Morgan Edge frames Lena for causing lead poisoning in children. The opening narration has changed. Alex has drama, Reign bodes ill and bloody Chris Wood is still in the cast list. Where is Max Lord? Edge naturally caused the fake lead poisoning outbreak by tainting a pool. Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar) preens and this was directed by Kevin Smith.

Morgan Edge is oppositional and Lena is all wan and sacrificial. Nobody has an endearing personality. There are moral arguments and sustained duplicity. The accusation is status threatening for Lena. The characters utter liberal writer tracts. This was not madly entertaining. Shameless cad Edge has no moral framework. Lena does not enjoy criticism. James is shot. Is he still a vigilante? James is a jerk and he has misblamed Lena before.

Lena is put upon. Winn is a useless idiot. People are caught in the quicksand of their own decisions. The Maggie and Alex break-up isn’t devastatingly sad. Edge has outrageous bombast. Lena is woebegone and has a moral conscience. TPTB are copying the early clex dynamic from ‘Smallville’. Kara needs to renew Lena’s spirit. Kara and Reign find a pattern of contact that fingers Edge as the baddie but he still gets away with it. Lena exhorts how she wants to be scrupulously moral yet she still menaces Edge.

Lena is caught in a death trap but escapes as Edge tries to poison a reservoir for no apparent reason. Edge has no moral purpose. Lena has made a very bad person very angry. There is bad VFX and ill will. Edge sneers and sisterhood is declared. But Reign is belatedly realising that she isn’t human.

Best Lines:
“Is there a question coming?”

“Lock her up! Lock her up!”
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Kylo Ren

Book Review: Beneath

Beneath by Kristi DeMeester
This novel promises a tale of a reporter investigating an apocalyptic cult. This novel lies. Cora, an interminably annoying reporter, heads off to bother some uneducated hicks about their religion. Cora has what she thinks is a gritty, courageous and robust refusal to be beaten but it is just shouty anxiety. Cora causes deep frustration with her moral seriousness and disastrous decisions; she nurses resentment about sins of the past and wishes to lower the reputation of the local hellfire preacher.

Nothing horrifically shocking, ghoulishly creative or brilliantly daft happens. Cora is comically earnest as a fraught situation gets worse. This is not a downbeat tale of creeping unease. It’s just a decidedly sleazy tale of a loud-mouthed reporter and a fairly useless lying preacher who ignores all muttered disquiet as gross insinuations fly. There is no sense of grimness or slow terrifying realisation.

Cora nastily assesses everyone and hates the preacher and everything he stands for. People are desperately irresponsible as a staunch adversary lurks. Said adversary should be incredibly menacing but isn’t. Nothing genuinely horrifying happens. Nothing sinister simmers. There is just a campy mock-solemn pervading evil. Narrative is optional in this laughable ‘horror’.

Cora is indignant and aggrieved and creates a toxic dynamic by being tense and judgemental. Local religious nutter Ruth and her ill-fated daughter Leah are the equivalent of Carrie White’s mother and Carrie from ‘Carrie’. You care about none of these people or their tearful anguish or a lurking Lovecraftian horror from time immemorial. Their travails and this book bore. It’s life-sapping to read.

Best Lines:
“Don’t stop for anything. Not even if it looks human.”

“The sad realities of their pitiful lives.”

“That group of Children of the Corn wannabes.”
Meechum

Trailers, Quotes and Stuff

‘Arrow’ 6x06 promo
Slade looks chubby, Slade’s son is a brat and Oliver annoys. There are moral questions.

‘Scandal’ promo
How is that bimbo the POTUS?

‘Chicago’ (2002) promo
No.

‘300’ (2006) promo
Mmmmmm.

‘The Famous Five’ opening credits
No.

‘Ride Upon The Storm’ promo
No.

‘Babylon 5’ promo
So naff looking.

‘Madame Secretary’ promo
No.

Sicilian lemon & garden mint presse - okay.

‘Ordeal By Innocence’ pulled by the BBC.

Recall ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark?’?

Anyone see ‘The Philadelphia Experiment’ or its sequel? Or ‘The Cement Garden’ (1993)? Or ‘Half Light’ (2006)? Or ‘Bugsy’? Or ‘Practical Magic’? Or ‘The Incredibles’ (2004)? Or ‘The Juror’ (1996)?

I may review ‘Badlands’.

Anyone see the 2006-2007 TV show ‘Brotherhood’?

Recall chocolate fingers?

A café I ate in long ago has closed.

I want to try Godiva masterpieces.

Havin’ It Hair is a thing?

Does anyone ever eat pastel-coloured sugared almonds?

Read about ‘The Flash’ show runner - am not surprised.

‘Terminator Genisys’ Quote:
“Come a very long way to stop you.”

‘Sunday Independent’ Quotes:
“Genuinely thought everyone liked him,”

“To be accused is now enough to be deemed guilty.”

“Distributive award.”

“Takes solace in resentment and white wine.”

“Sees no good in anything.”

“Met quietly so as not to draw attention to themselves.”

‘The Sunday Times’ Quotes:
“I hope he ends badly.”

“The whiff of decadence.”

“Knicker revolution.”

“Daughters of country squires.”

“Disinvented.”

“The nasty stuff needs to be buried, at a very great depth, for hundreds of years.”

“Sword-boy.”

“His survival baffled the medics.”

“Women throw their underwear at him.”

“The first time he took LSD he freaked out and hid in a laundry basket.”

“His background rendered him trustworthy.”

“Used-knicker vending machine.”

“Everything looks better sprayed gold.”

“Wet counter.”

‘Sky News’ Quote:
“Braidable adverbs.”

‘The Cenotaph’ Quote:
“Cloud Observers Association.”

‘The Master Of Glenreagh’ Quote:
“Disappeared mysteriously.”

'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII' Quotes:
‘The tyrants’ sepulchre.”

“Continual serpentine enemy about the King, the night crow.”

“Studied and continually imagined his utter destruction.”

“And not once, during the years that were left to him, would the King he heard to utter her name again.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“A profusion of symbols of comfort and quality, at least to a certain connoisseur mindset.”

“Got very little love for them.”

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
International phone.”

“Sending her a phone?”

‘Dead & Buried’ Quote:
“I sent my boy off to college and all he came back knowing was how to grow his hair long and shout dirty words.”

‘RTE News’ Quote:
“No further truck with this wretched woman.”