November 23rd, 2017

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Book Review: Fearful Symmetries, part 3

Fearful Symmetries edited by Ellen Datlow, part 3

Suffer Little Children
A governess faces jobs that go awry and this was not grim storytelling. Nobody has reasonable apprehension and this is about the kind of love that damages its recipient as well as being a story of how flimsy the veneer of civility is and how easily discarded it is.

Power
An obnoxious man loves dominating a situation and ruining others. And then he creates a machine in his own image. Cue the end of the man’s unfettered narrative of hate. This was okay.

Bridge Of Sighs
This isn’t about anything but itself.

the worms crawl in
By Laird Barron. I’ve read this before. This is a rated M for Manly tale that is not invigoratingly transgressive.

The Attic
An excellent tale of a woman who discovers the secret of her new family and home a little too late.

Best Lines:
“Lot lizard.”

“He’s never thought of me as an outsider. But sitting there in the dark, I realised he’d been the only thing protecting me from those who did.”

“Exit bag.”

“I had a feeling that certain questions wouldn’t be well-tolerated.”

Wendigo Nights
At a remote outpost, something is loose, something that hungers. Good.

Episode Three: On The Great Plains, In The Snow
Is he a ghost? Is he a figment of a child’s imagination? A man has a quest in what may be inexistence. This was okay.

Catching Flies
A young girl faces a family legacy. This is a good tale about deep rivers of desperation.

Shay Corsham Worsted
I’ve read this before. It’s a 1980s set tale of a monster. This is excellent as past dangers are forgotten and an old man rings alarms that go unheeded until it is too late.
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Trailers, Quotes and Stuff

Population Zero’ (2017) trailer
A murderer walks free in this documentary. There is a pig and a Bison. Am interested in this un-kiltering movie.

Best Lines:
“A population screaming for justice.”

“Gone so wrong.”

‘Crisis On Earth-X’ trailer
The annual crossover sees Barry and Iris prepare to marry. WHY? Oliver and Joe bore. Felicity takes up space. There is sap, Nazis and dress ripping. How is Supergirl at the wedding? Iris wears a strapless dress. Wells shows up as does a Nazi Supergirl and Killer Frost. Groan. I am interested.

Best Line:
“A 53rd Earth.

‘The Star’ TV spot
No.

‘Cutie Stix’ ad
Eh?

Pepsi - no.
White Chocolate Flake Truffles - ew.

Recall ‘The Flying Doctors’?

Anybody see ‘Ebbie’ (1995)?

Ghostbusters II’ (1989) was on, I didn’t bother.

I don’t like the proposed new LJ posting method, also LJ acted up.

I want to read ‘Blood Sisters’ and ‘Conqueror Fantastic’.

‘Arachnophobia’ (1991) was okay. As were ‘Children of Men’ (2006) and ‘Miss Congeniality’ (2000).

Anyone see ‘Bowfinger’ (1999) or ‘Freaky Friday’ (1977)?

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
“Worthy of parental reaction.”

“You can’t find Prince Charming on Ashley Madison.”

“Rendered yourself dangerous.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Competed over by her parents.”

“No one asked me what I wanted.”

“Wilfully departed.”

“Avoided, shunned and isolated.”

“Financial engineering.”

“Really notable utterance.”

“Traducing the reputation.”

“Breaching all standards of decency.”

“Refused to communicate in a courteous, professional and respectful manner.”

“Socially inappropriate behaviour.”

“Usually in a highly public fashion.”

‘RTE News’ Quotes:
“Called a halt to her ambitions.”

“Shone a light in dark places.”

“Wronged by the state.”

“High-value cars.”

‘Into The Drowning Deep’ Quotes:
“You’re making the scary face again.”

“Haunted by the ghosts of the lost.”

“You cannot frighten me by playing on the idea you might commit violence.”

“Gender-essentialist bathrooms.”
Scary Books

A View From A Hill + The Flash 4x06 + Mr Avila (2013-?) 1x01 + Inhumans 1x05 Reviewed

A Ghost Story For Christmas (2005): A View From A Hill
This BBC4 tale tells of an archaeologist who has a disturbing experience after borrowing a pair of binoculars belonging to an outcast local historian and venturing up to a notorious landmark. David Burke the original Watson to Jeremy Brett is in this. This was not totemic TV and is boring and not scary. Dudes with mood disorders yap. This was not oddly compelling and is full of bad acting. Things don’t turn menacing in this unimpressive tale. There is no incessant threat. People who have social invisibility have low status and are bothered. Nobody cares.

Best Lines:
“He doesn’t hear it and I don’t answer it.”

“Good steak and ale pie.”

“Worse than usual. I’d fire him if I was paying him anything.”

“Keep the old shack together.”

“Standing in a field. Grubbing about in the past.”

“His scribblings.”

“Certainly wasn’t liked.”

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When Harry Met Harry
Barry has an apprentice; an awful sexist burk named Ralph. There is idiot comedy and Ralph is a dull annoyance. Who are the South African The Thinker and his annoying shrieking South African wife? Harry is angry Team Flash are stupid and feel they have moral superiority to him. Why is Harry here and not on Earth2? Ralph annoys, Iris is superfluous and Ralph is a gross man-child.

Where is Julian? Black Bison lurks. Harry has a conference of Wells’. From Earth12 there is a German Wells who dresses like Steve Jobs and who has a bad wig and really bad old age makeup. From Earth47 there is a Wells who looks like Hugh Hefner and who has a bad accent. From Earth22 there is a ‘Mad Max’ Wells who eats a rat on a stick.

There is no foreboding for the future. This was not of untold import. Why is Snow showing off her cleavage? Ralph should cause moral indignation but he gets away with his crap. Harry remains largely unappreciated. There is bad acting and where is Wally? There is no rugged masculinity. Ralph earns frank disgust and he has no moral framework and is not daringly blank. Cisco annoys.

The bad guy is named DeVoe. Iris wears a spaghetti strap top in November. Black Bison’s credibility and motives are attacked. A T-Rex skeleton attacks. There is sap. Barry and co plan to get DeVoe who is The Thinker yet who hasn’t actually done anything bad. The team show up en masse to DeVoe’s home. They plan a SWAT style assault on DeVoe’s house. DeVoe’s wife Marlize lurks and Clifford DeVoe is in a wheelchair. Cliffhanger! This was okay.

Best Lines:
“They shot my ass!”

“Un-chill.”

“That movie is filled with lies!”

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Mr Avila (2013-?) 1x01
This Mexican HBO drama has nice opening credits. It is full of sex, nudity and violence. A dude, Avila, has a wife and a mistress and sells insurance. There is a strip club and a hitman with bad eyesight and bad aim. Who are all these people? Meanwhile a boy, Ismael, is sick of his violent stepfather while his doormat mother is ungrateful. I am sure Ismael is a young Avila but I could be wrong.

Avila’s wife Maria whines, faints and drama queens. I’m sure she has secrets. Ismael who was battered by his stepfather, gruesomely kills his abuser in an outburst of adrenaline and fear. He wants a job with insidious people. Avila works as a hitman by night and his family don’t know. There is a bizarre scene in a confessional and bad people hang out at a bar. Avila has to kill a friend. Cliffhanger! This was okay.

Best Line:
“I’ll show up at your place unannounced.”

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Something Inhuman This Way Comes...
Silly dialogue is uttered and people randomly turn against Maximus. Black Bolt and Medusa are useless and are incurious about Earth. Louise aka the orange bleach blonde stick is useless. Black Bolt and Medusa mumble and take shameful glee in their crapulence. Black Bolt plans to kill Maximus not fix his errors.

The royals are not morally pervasive. Black Bolt doesn’t care about the emotional distance with his brother. Crystal babbles. Is Lockjaw a dog or an Inhuman? Henry Ian Cusick lurks. The Inhumans are stupid and entitled. This show is visibly ailing. How does the Inhuman city have oxygen, light and gravity? Black Bolt maintains resolute silence. There is death.

Scary Inhuman Mortis has all his scare factor taken away by TPTB turning him into a quip machine. There is an insurmountable barrier between Black Bolt and Maximus. 2 boring people face boring culminate challenges. Maximus makes alarmist comments and rants and is too good an actor for this crap. Maximus does not take well to criticism. Where is SHIELD? There is idiot comedy, random martial arts, silly music and bad acting. People plot against Maximus. Is this bad on purpose? Seriously TPTB?

Best Lines:
“Moon people reunion.”

“I’ve been looking for you.”
“Clearly I didn’t hide well enough.”

“Load up the green.”
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