November 26th, 2017


Arrow 6x06 + Westworld 1x08 Reviewed

Promises Kept
Slade’s son, Joe, has negative feelings for his father. Slade overacts. Joe is not searingly candid. There are flashbacks to Slade’s somewhat inept parenting of Joe. Diggle and his gang of idiots bore. Felicity wears a sleeveless dress in November. Dinah poses. It is their moral duty to annoy.

Where is Quentin? Where is Roy? Where is Huntress? Does anyone wonder if Merlyn is alive? I’m sure love is dying between Diggle and his woman so he can hook up with Dinah. Diggle’s run out of drugs. Oliver is a babbling tool. Kirk Acevedo of ‘Fringe’ and ‘12 Monkeys’ pops up as a boring bad guy. The fraying of friendship between Oliver and Slade has been shrugged off as has Slade’s dogged pursuit of Oliver. Joe joined A.S.I.S like his father. He’s not an implied threat like his father. Shado’s annoying ghost lingered.

Dragon aka Ricardo Diaz is a non-event as he lurks and slurs and betokens issues. Oliver has a transcendent yearning to annoy.
Are the Glades still a thing? Diggle has no moral knowledge. The forced encounter between Slade and his son drags on. Nobody in A.S.I.S noticed Slade was a nut job until he cracked after Oliver’s faked rescue? Will Oliver shut his dirty whore mouth? Oliver is characteristically blasé. Diggle lies. The editing is bad. People fight, fight, fight, fight, fight.

Joe reveals he has a brother named Grant. So the dark future Grant Wilson creates in Star City in 2040 could still come to pass. Joe tantrums like Kylo Ren. Oliver is an ass. Felicity wears a tiny top in November. Slade heads off to find Joe and Grant. Oh I do not care.

Best Lines:
“Stain of a country.”


“We don’t leave witnesses.”

“He followed in my path.”

Trace Decay
Lowe and Ford mumble at each other in supposedly terrifying fashion. A new Clementine shows up. This is all meaningless spectacle and it is inevitably unsatisfactory. There is no sinister aura. Maeve makes ominous threats and is un-releasable and the 2 idiots try to defy, deny and hinder her. This is unimaginably absurd and Maeve acts impermissibly.

Westworld would only attract short-term attention surely? Maeve is tired of constraint and coercion. Nothing is incentivising me to care. There is swearing and this lacks in ingenuity and imagination to lunatic levels. Angela shows up and Teddy punches out the MIB. Maeve gets god mode powers. Things bode ill and it is no doubt that sinister developments are to follow.

Logan (Ben Barnes of ‘The Punisher’) shows up. Did Lowe kill Elsie? Ford’s intentions are notoriously difficult to read. What is his overarching aim? Oh who cares?

Best Lines:
“Some end-all villain.”

“When are we?”
Scary Books

Movie Reviews: Ex Machina + 4 others

Ex Machina (2013)
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in this tale of AI. Caleb (future ‘Star Wars’ star Gleeson) visits his tech boss Nathan at his remote high-tech lair and meets android Ava (Vikander). Nathan (future ‘Star Wars’ annoyance Isaac) annoys. A female assistant lurks and is ill-treated. Nathan is mannerless. Caleb is uneasy. I don’t find any of them an engaging personality. A social evil is at work and there is ongoing danger. There is endless talk and provocative assertions and unsavoury implications. It leads to inevitable distress and bleak prophecy.

Best Lines:
“We’ve been flying over his estate for the past 2 hours.”

“What building?”
“Follow the river.”

“You may now enter the residence.”

“The ability to attach words and structure.”

“Synaptic tree structure.”

“An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools. All set for extinction.”

Unstable (2009)

The Wiz (1978)

The Warriors (1979)

Requiem For A Dream (2000)
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Trailers, Quotes and Stuff

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ first look
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt and life finds a way. Yawn.

‘Z Nation’ 4x09 promo
A newsroom and zombie reporters. Mmmm.

‘Crisis On Earth-X’ crossover trailer
Nazi steampunk and a Nazi Supergirl. Bad fights, White Canary, Alex and power walks. There is a Nazi Green Arrow and a Reverse Flash and guttural growling. Mmmm.

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ TV spot

Dark chocolate with ginger & lemon - no.
Hot Port - yum.
Milk choc with orange, green apple & honey - yum.

I’d like a unicorn hobby horse.

Recall West Coast Cooler?

Anyone read ‘Flesh’ or ‘Dark Mountain’ or ‘Allhallow’s Eve’ or ‘The Stake’ or ‘To Wake The Dead’ or ‘Midnight’s Lair’ or 'One Rainy Night’ or ‘Island’ by Richard Laymon? Or ‘Chasm’ by Stephen Laws?

I will read ‘Bonfire’.

I won’t read anything by Shaun Huston.

I’d try sheep’s yogurt.

There is carrot jam?

Who watched ‘Bonanza’?

I’m curious about Australian red sparkling wine.

Anyone see ‘Venus’ (2006) or ‘Daddy Long Legs’ (1955)?

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Inclusive writing.”

“No interest in revealing.”


“Always available to say the wrong thing.”


“Too damn reasonable.”

“Clearly reviewer-bait.”

“Imagine saying those words? Intellectually, it does make sense. If you diagram the sentence first.”

“A more rigorous approach to estate management.”

“Grieving for all that would die with her.”

“Only accountable for his own portion.”

‘The Irish Times: It’s Christmas’ Quotes:
“Notiony crisps.”

“If your garage doesn’t look like an off-licence on Christmas morning, are you even Irish?”

“He hasn’t shot his mouth off (all that much).”

“Forcing everyone to like sprouts.”

“The era of food shame.”

‘Sky News’ Quote:
“Non-nuclear event.”

‘Neighbours’ Quote:
“Brought my distrust upon yourself.”

‘House Of Cards’ Quote:
“Keep being valuable.”

Trump: An American Dream’ Quotes:
“Never once publicly expressed regret.”

“An irrevocable deal.”

‘FTWeekend’ Quotes:
“Three increasingly expensive divorces.”

“A root ball could be several metres in diameter.”

“Cohort effects.”

“Cultural perceptions.”

“He was, to put it mildly, loathsome.”




“KFC has managed to make itself the official Christmas dinner of Japan - a ritual now so vigorously observed that many regional branches recommend reserving your family bucket in advance.

‘A League Of Their Own’ Quote:
“All The Way Mae.”

‘RTE News’ Quote:
“Groundbreaking rural drama.”

‘The Simpsons’ Quote:
“Crudely drawn filler material.”

‘Poirot’ Quotes:
“Who’s he?”
“A friend.”

“Did this awful thing.”

“The kitchen staff didn’t see any homicidal maniacs.”
Kylo Ren

Book Reviews: Into The Drowning Deep + 12 others

Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
From the author of ‘Feed’, ‘Feedback’, ‘Rise’, ‘Parasite’ and ‘Chimera’ comes this tale of a scientific expedition to find mermaids. This is a follow up to Grant’s novella ‘Rolling In The Deep’ which I haven’t read, but this is an excellent, grimly plausible account of an encounter with merfolk. The mermaids aren't like the Disney cartoon, not at all.

This is full of Grant’s usual SJW characters who go on platitudinous polemical rants and there is a dismissive attitude towards the 2 stereotypical hunters who nobody has a good word for. This was dark, creepy and could there be a sequel? I hope so.

Best Lines:
“Her unrelenting anger at a world that refused to be exactly, enduringly the way she wanted it to be.”

“Cultural illiteracy.”

“He was going to make history. If he had to do it with a mermaid’s head lice, that was fine by him.”

“Stubborn cretin.”

Fatal Attraction by H.B. Gilmour
This movie novelisation is okay.

Jaws 2 by Hank Searls
This movie novelisation is crap.

Outbreak by Robert Tine
An incredibly over-written movie novelisation.

Supernatural by Robert Muller
A novelisation of the wholly unremarkable BBC TV show. This is better than the TV show.

V by A.C. Crispin
This is an okay novelisation of the 1980s miniseries.

Bag Of Bones by Stephen King

Children Of The Night edited by Martin H. Greenberg
Not even deliciously terrible.

Historical Hauntings edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg

The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Gerald’s Game by Stephan King

The Dark Half by Stephen King
Hell no.

Darkness, Tell Us by Richard Laymon