February 22nd, 2018

Scary Books

Movie Review: Black Death aka Quiet Killer (1992)

A doctor (Kate Jackson) faces a epidemic sweeping across NY as well as political inaction and administrative incompetence. This was okay and has Howard Hesseman as a typhoid mary.

Best Line:
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Trailers, Quotes and a 2005 Tape Tale

Game Night’ TV spot

‘Star’ promo

‘I, Tonya’ TV spot

‘Flush Force’ ad

‘I, Tonya’ TV spot

‘Divorce’ promo

‘Save Me’ promo

Gluten & wheat free milk chocolate digestive biscuits - okay.
Dark chocolate Velvet Edition Raspberry & Hazelnut - odd.

Who saw the 1988 ‘Goddess Of Love’ or the 1995 ‘Fair Game’ or the 2010 ‘Fair Game’ or ‘A Life Less Ordinary’?

Anyone read the ‘Batman Forever’ fanfic ‘Waning Gray’? Or ‘The Sentinel’ fanfic ‘Blackout’? Neither were very good. Then there was the ‘Smallville’ fanfic ‘A Handful Of Dust’ which was very over-rated.

Never ate in Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa steakhouse.

‘DenOfGeek’ Quote:
“Visions no one will believe.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Arouse public anxiety.”

“Luminous range.”

“Threw off their own language and took another.”

“I’ll see you damned first.”

“Never satisfactorily explained.”

“Counting my enemies.”

“I’ve done a lot of waiting on stairs.”

‘The Guardian’ Quotes:
“Mad Max dystopia.”

“Sordid little offering.”

“Shoved the man’s hand off his body.”

“Tackled him to the ground.”

“Ruling establishment turned its back on me.”

“Morally vital distinction.”

“Their terrible responsibility.”

“Shift the balance of anxiety.”


“Repellent hinterland.”

“When the inevitable “mentally disturbed” man arrives.”

“Controllers of women.”

“Cater to the male gaze.”

“Diverse notions.”

“Their authority would be questioned by virtue of their gender, stature and clothing choices.”

“Colonial connotations.”


“Haunted by the idealised versions of themselves,”

“Progress arrested indefinitely.”

“Demolition of the entire romantic myth erected around them;”

“One of them says, almost convincingly.”

‘Totally Dublin’ Quotes:
“Failed upwards.”

“Deliberately set out to annoy.”

“In an aspic of its own creation.”

“Don’t actually want the future.”

‘RTE News’ Quotes:
“Error rates.”

“Difficult to predict consequences.”

“Listening session.”

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
“I wish I could just stop shoplifting.”

“Years in prison.”

“Morally wrong.”

“Target rich environment.”

“$20,000 on legal fees and bail.”

“Retail theft.”

‘Overboard’ Quote:
“My children are the spawn of hell and you are the devil!”

‘Sky News’ Quote:
“Expelled themselves.”

‘Deadly Lessons’ Quotes:
“It sure isn’t too safe around here anymore.”

“Who’d kill Tember and Althea and Shama and then try and kill you? Who’s going to be next?”

Cleared out a tape from 2005. It began with an episode of the long ignored BBC1 show ‘New Street Law’ in ep 2x05 a barrister covers up his BFF’s domestic violence murder of his partner. There is no constant intellectual engagement. Al did murder his partner and it’s shrugged off. Meanwhile there is a rape trial with a very dodgy plotline. No.

There came a ‘Battlestar Galactica’ ep ‘A Day In The Life’ which makes one feel gleeful relief when the boring mess ends.

Then came an ‘X Files’ ep ‘Firewalker’ in which there is outdated tech, Scully is back to work, Mulder yells and this cultivates apathy. There is a porntache and bad acting. Scully has such distain. Leland Orser and Shawnee Smith guest star. Mulder rants about silicon based life. There is another untrustworthy social group. There is no fragile pathos or ambitious scope.

Best Lines:
“Nothing can live in a volcanic interior.”

“Descent team.”

“Too disturbing even for him to understand.”

Then there was another ‘Battlestar Galactica’ ep ‘Dirty Hands’ in which people rant about a union. Nobody behaves impeccably and people have contemptuous attitudes. No.
Sergio Balleseros

Batman: White Knight 4 Reviewed

I missed issue 3 and as of yet have not found 5. What is the Batman Devastation Fund? Napier runs for Councilman. Some people have sneering hostility to Napier as the moral war goes on, while others follow him. Batman is predictably furious and full of stern disapproval. He is all sexless, heroic, stoic masculinity.

Harleen lurks. There are soap opera dramatics. Napier wants to remake the GCPD. New Harley becomes the neo-Joker. This is not deeper or darker or full of frank and well-meant observations. People are morally confused. Napier rants about social inclusion and Batman’s destructive legacy. This is not focused or impeccably crafted or lean and endearing.

Didn’t the Batsignal get smashed early on in this issue? How then is it working again a few pages later? Nightwing and Batgirl are recruited by Napier. New Harley reveals her backstory. Thomas and Martha Wayne are revealed to have had deep dark secrets. This was a tale of personal ethics, simmering hatred and a complex value system. How long has Batman been in his historical stasis? Shouldn’t he, Nightwing and Batgirl be old or dead by now? Wasn’t Batgirl in a wheelchair? People rant about social responsibility and unrealised potential and bitter pain. I felt weariness at this, it wasn’t as good as issues 1&2.

Best Lines:
“I want Napier arrested.”
“For what?”

“They’re always telling is how bad he is.”

“No one is going to run against Napier! They’re too afraid of him!”

“You’re more responsible for his existence than I am.”

“Go easy on me! I’ve only ever been a sidekick!”

“Lady Joker!”

“I’m done defending you.”

“Trusting the safety of an entire city to a stranger wearing a cape?”

“The kind of things you expect criminals to do.”

“I was free to leave at any time. But I never found a good reason to go.”
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Book Reviews: Istanbul + The Enterprise Of Death

Istanbul: A Tale Of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes
This is a long sadly floridly overwritten account of the creative myth, history and dark compelling tale of the city known as Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. This covers epochs and features such people as Alexander, Prince Phillip’s father, Artemisia, Barbarossa, Constantine, Dareios, Edward VII, Helena, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Justinian and Theodora, Catherine The Great, Mehmed II and Florence Nightingale.

This is a tale of the rise of civilization, the birth of new religions, the rise and fall of empires, war, people with vile personalities and wanton disregard for others and the Plague Of Justinian. Somehow instead of being undeniably arresting, this was a banal and near incoherent book packed full of purple prose. Even ‘Jerusalem’ wasn’t this over-written.

Best Lines:
“Gullible Dark Ages hysterics,”


“Look out and hope that they inspired awe.”

“Corpses were piled on to ships and then sent to drift out to sea.”

“Whose Wrath I fear not.”

“Strapping nightlights to the backs of tortoises.”

The Enterprise Of Death by Jesse Bullington
I did not finish this foul book. It is full of swearing, violence, sexual violence and gloatingly awful people. This unreadable muck was the darkest and dreariest. It was woeful, offensive and jarring.

Best Line:
“She looked more sardine than woman.”
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The Blacklist 5x08 + Z Nation 4x04&4x05 Reviewed

No. 13 Ian Garvey
WTF is Tom up to now? People yap about a suitcase. Why is Red still so powerful? Lance Henriksen appears in flashbacks. People are aghast and Red has smarmy overtones. There is frantic deception, indefensible acts, deliberately orchestrated acts, sinister intent, scant gratitude, sheer malice and plot bulletins.

Who do the bones belong to? Liz is somehow still an FBI agent and is still married to Tom? Where is their much ignored child? Liz has a hugely inflated sense of her own cleverness. People have ill-will. Didn’t Ressler have a pill addiction and an actual personality at one time? There are malign desires and designs. Tom faces dire circumstances. Decidedly nasty things happen.

This show went into a precipitous decline years ago. This is utter ludicrousness. Spader looks bored. Red sees himself as the arbiter of objectivity. This was not emotionally affecting. Liz is intensely annoying in this lurid narrative. This was okay if not splendidly dramatic. There are flashbacks to Tom being assigned to watch Liz. Red has a diabolic nature.

There is no intellectual purpose. This is rendered hollow by Liz’s wretched acting. Liz is maddening and seems to be in a befuddled stupor. Red isn’t reliably menacing or forceful. He’s wrong and evil. Tom is rueful. Red hisses threats and there are mutual recriminations. Red’s contempt for Tom appears to be all pervasive. How does Liz have any reputation or credibility after all the fatal calamities she’s been involved in? Why is the FBI still cosseting her?

There are vast levels of violence. Red is Liz’s dad, but of course. There is a flashback to Liz and Tom’s wedding. Red is a contrarian and thinks himself an incorrigible roué. Liz can’t act. Who’s in the suitcase? Thanks to Red, people with purposeful menace kill Tom in a recreation of scenes from 1x01. There is vicious intensity and why does Liz end up in a coma?

There is mumbling and Liz spends 10 months in a coma and wakes up with no side effects or thoughts of her child. Tom’s dead. Poor Tom or whatever his real name was. This was overblown and now they’ve stupidly killed Tom, there is no longer any reason to watch this show.

Best Lines:
“He was never coming.”

“Spare me your regret.”

“Absolutely certain that you must die.”

A New Mission: Keep Moving
This was excessively violent. People have negative character traits. The gang wander around a huge lot of ruined cars that are parked very neatly. Zombie rats appear to attack but they don’t. This was okay if not wondrous. Lilley gets too much attention. 10k is impeccably resentful of Murphy seeing as how he spent season 3 with ugly impersonality.

Murphy knows no limiting principle. People shrug off that 10k spent all of season 3 being told what to think and how to think by Murphy. Warren has unjustified certainty. Who booby-trapped all the zombies? Where is Citizen Z? Lucy tantrums. Murphy eats himself. Warren shows more compassion for Lucy than she did for 10k all last season.

Best Lines:
“I’m just working on my inner monologue.”

“Crazy cult lady.”

“Words of concern.”

The Unknowns
What are they doing for food or water? A truck is found, naturally it is a trap. An evil truck trap. The gang wake up in crates and are in peril. Warren is in peril and her teeth glow in the dark. They have teeth bleaching 8 years into the apocalypse?!?

Lilley spent 9 days in the trunk of a car. Do TPTB style 10k to look like Adam Driver? A weird noise blares. Who is behind this? Is there a new enemy out there? The gang are tormented like they’re in ‘Saw’. Doc and 10k discuss their love of dog food. There is strobe lighting and Murphy is bitten by a zombie. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“Kidnapped and enslaved for evil purposes, again!”

“Thanks for asking.”
“I wasn’t.”

“Nobody else is so needlessly diabolical.”

“Them creepy sounds.”

“Zombie funhouse of death.”

“I love dogfood!”

“Something bad is coming.”