June 14th, 2018

Scary Books

Shadowman 2 Reviewed

There is voodoo, magic, bad people, plotting, dreadfully destructive choices, uncompromising stances, grandiosity and strange unease. I’m not entirely sure what is going on but it is bleakly hopeless as people are negatively affected by magic. This was interesting.

Best Lines:
“He’s waitin’ for you in the grave.”

“And your loyalty will be rewarded...”
“That’s gratifying to hear. When?”
“When Nicodemo Darque returns. As he always has, and will again.”

“You people can go through the door or the wall.”

“You wanna serve the Lord Of The Dead? Go tell him yourself!”
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Trailers, Quotes and Stuff

‘Supergirl’ 2x22 promo
Does Mon-El die? Yay!

Best Line:
“I don’t kill, not even her.”

‘GLOW’ season 2 trailer
Women with 8s hair and 80s clothes wrestle and swear and get fans and face adversity. Looks good.

Best Lines:
“My costume still smells like beer and racism.”
“Was I supposed to wash these?”

“Your weird friendship stuff.”

“Everyone’s offensive.”

‘Solo’ clip
How is Darth Maul alive and in once piece? How does he have his light sabre back?

Westworld‘’ 2x09 promo
Staring, water, walking, a gun, a kid and this looks FFS.

‘Marrowbone’ trailer
A house, teenagers, staring, oddness, broken glass and a kid with a gun. No.

‘The Exorcist’ season 2 teaser
John Cho v satan!

‘Elvira’s Movie Macabre’ clip ‘Don’t Look In The Basement’
“I’ve seen more competent health care behind a Tijuana poultry factory.”

‘Counterpart’ promo
Things go awry and versions of a life you don’t own.

Raspberry & Lime spritz - lovely.

An ‘Arachnophobia’ remake?

RIP Skye.

The ‘Watchmen’ TV show now interests me.

I am doing more work on LJ.

Alcoholic candyfloss is a thing?

I’ll read ‘Dead Asleep’.

The death of my PC (again, screw you Microsoft) took my ‘Urban Legend’ fanfic and my ‘The Sentinel’ fanfic which was better than the show. And a beloved ‘The Man In The Iron Mask(1998)’ music video. Thankfully I've relocated some of my beloved 'The Man In The Iron Mask(1998)' fanfic and one 'The Sentinel' fanfic.

Naff ‘VOY’ ep: ‘Parallax’.

I won’t read ‘The Iron Ship’.

Who saw the ‘Sliders’ ep ‘Prince Of Wails’?

‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004) was okay as Doc Ock ruled. ‘Serenity’ (2005) was poo. ‘Galaxy Quest’ (2008) was okay.

The Sea Of Galilee is shrinking?

Who saw ‘Wall-E’ (2008) or ‘Spirited Away’ or ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ (2008) or ‘Sunshine’ or ‘The Devils’ or ‘Powder’ (1995) or ‘Jumper’ or ‘The Haunted Mansion’ (2003) or ‘The Golden Child’ (1986) or ‘Don’t Mess With The Zohan’ (2008) or ‘The Longest Yard’ (2005) or ‘Airheads’ (1994) or ‘Last Holiday’ (2006) or ‘Bull Durham‘?

‘Jezebel’ Quote:
“Someone who didn’t need to be listened to.”

‘Sky News’ Quotes:
“The word is no.”

“With that he was gone.”

‘The Times’ Quote:
“This wretched country.”

“Always exporting its moral, ethical problems.”

“Louse-borne diseases.”

“Consequences likely to be disastrous.”

“Louse distribution.”

“Very much doubt that entire lives have been blighted by one bad biology exam at the age of 18.”

“A lot more to a person than their faults.”

“People destroy the good in their lives for a fantasy.”

“Affair partner.”

“Undermines and competes with the primary relationship.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Moral charter.”

“Bonkers beliefs.”

“Thinks of himself as embodying the majesty of the British state.”

“Feel personally safe.”

“Decades of hostility.”

“Shame and blame.”

“Its own fatal laws.”

“Media criticism of her motivation.”

“Failing to avail of opportunities to negotiate an exit strategy.”

“These acts of liberation are often their last,”

“Leaked impertinences.”

“Intimacy co-ordinator.”

“Beyond criticism, at least in public.”

‘SFX’ Quotes:
“Jared Leto’s Joker looks rubbish.”

“I don’t like this ship design. It looks like a technologically advanced hotel toilet.”

“Put her in charge down there.”

‘RTE News’ Quotes:
“Falls asunder.”

“Feel that they’re wanted.”

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
“Latest arrest drama.”

“Stabbed someone in the face.”

“Hard child from the womb.”

“That’s good thinking.”

“People with no morals.”

“Makes everything so much better.”

“Crawling up on my loft.”

“People don’t trust me.”

“Creates the drama.”

"Entices men.”

‘The Guardian’ Quotes:
“Today he is a lot less reverenced than she.”

“Unscrupulous but idolised fathers.”

“Risk-adverse gesture.”

“Potentially recoverable.”

“Crap-education boxes.”

“Improbable and unpleasant assertions.”

“Left to their grief.”

“Campaign of persecution.”

“Sticking union jacks into godforsaken corners of the globe for Queen and country.”

“Women’s obligation to understand this need.”
Illya K

Gotham 4x10 + Supernatural 13x09 + Counterpart 1x09 Reviewed

Things That Go Boom
A cannibal has sinister intentions in this misery drenched show. Gordon is Captain and Bullock is not seen or mentioned. Nobody is elegant in their speech or restrained in their conduct. Lee runs crime now? Riddler lurks, whining. This is not a glorious spectacle. Sofia’s ambitions go far beyond what is safe or wise. Penguin has a history of bad judgement but gets more vicious by the day.

Nobody is morally unimpeachable. The openly hostile Riddler is innately violent, stupid and a waste of space. Sofia lives in moral squalor. Ruinous decisions are made. Nobody acts thoughtfully. This ep was less than competent. Gordon is unimpressed by the unrelentingly dour roaring psychopath cannibal. There is no emotional intimacy or emotional vulnerability. The acting is less than totally convincing. Nothing incendiary happens. This is utterly dreadful and miserably uneventful. Sofia is bothered by the Gotham sirens. Barbara and her stupid haircut thinks she’s bad.

There are absurd impasses. People are ungracious. This is almost deliberately banal. This is not unremitting brilliance. There is bad VFX and philistinism. There are exaggerated feelings of anger and irritability. Penguin obsesses over a kid. People babble about promises, inducements and entitlements as they lambaste each other.

Gordon claims a patina of respectability. Why is Lee hanging out with Riddler? Sofia grew up with no boundaries. This show has never been sustained brilliance but at least Alfred and Bruce aren’t in this ep. So yay?

Best Lines:
“This is Gotham; you’re a second class psychopath compared to what we’ve got.”

“I remain a moron.”

The Bad Place
Who are all these people and what is going on? Castiel is not in this ep thankfully. People babble about dreamwalkers and some guy named Jack who is Lucifer’s son. Dean badmouths Jack. Dean is not pleasant. Characters fight for dignity. Jack is difficult and disruptive for vague motivation. There is bad acting and calculated violence and pain and anguish. There are no mysterious resonances.

Mary is alive and in an apocalypse world. How? Dean has total disregard or sense. People reckon with their past choices or something. This show’s fans celebrate mediocrity. The show pulls mythical constructs out of its ass. Dean is a toxic burden on this show; he is hostile to the very idea of sense. Dean wants co-dependent bliss with the boring Sam. The show’s early makeshift charm is gone.

Dean has ingrained hostility to sense. This ep was an unmitigated failure. People are ill-disposed. There is no moral storm. People have ill-defined expectations. Angels prance. TPTB continue making Dean look purposefully unflattering. People are quite prepared to believe the worst of Jack. Dean tries for curt steeliness but comes across as constipated. He kidnaps someone, violating a clear moral line.

Sam always thought he was the socially responsible brother, here he stands idly bye. Angels drive cars and engage in car chases and stalk Jack for no clear reason. They do unclear things for unclear reasons. This was not emotionally compelling. All Dean does is express irritation and suspicion and fail to arouse much sympathy. Where is Benny? Sam and Dan end up in a bad place, standing in a giant footstep. Why is there only 1 giant footstep?

Best Lines:
“Trying to make it in Trump’s America.”

“That door was triple-locked.”
“Was it?”

“Angel radio.”

“Cocaine boy.”

“I’m not the kind of girl folks come for.”

“Of course you don’t matter but they think you do.”

“Heaven’s running out of angels.”

“Something bad’s coming.”

No Man’s Land, Part One
There is a useless flashback and unpleasant feelings and the cultural chasm between worlds grows. Pope walks his fluffy dog and Ian Shaw tries to menace him and fails. Nobody has complete sincerity. The boring assassin bores. People are disconnected emotionally and reason is trumped. This is unrealistic to the point of being meaningless.

The assassin has avoidant attachment. This is not a compelling portrayal. I don’t care about the ambiguities of these character’s personal relationships or Howard 2’s abrasive self-assertion or Ian Shaw’s sense of exclusion. This is not dryly witty or winsomely imaginative. The characters are not consequential figures. Emily 2 is a hardass bitch. A dude is stabbed. Peter Quayle wallows in regret and does poorly judged things. There is a crisis of trust and discursive rambles. Nobody is nice, charitable or self-sacrificing. Howard 2 is exacting. This ep does not charm or interest.

Howard 2 is not brilliantly threatening. This ep isn’t gratifying. There is the sense of something amiss. Howard 1 learns what happened to Emily 1 was Pope’s doing. There are secrets and morality loosening goings on. How did Peter Quayle have handcuffs to restrain Clare 2? Peter Quayle and Clare 2 have tetchy relations. Does Clare care about her child? Howard 2 ropes in Emily 1’s lover. Clare 1’s dad orders his unloved son in law around. One of The School graduates is the father-in-law’s PA!

Clare 2 didn’t think much of Clare 1. If the crossing point is a tunnel. Then how do the interface rooms work? What are the interface rooms for? People loiter menacingly. This was incoherent, tedious, meandering and a waste of time. Peter Quayle decides to kill himself and Clare 2 in a car wreck. Has he succeeded? No one helps them. The 3 crossers from The School shoot up the place. Clare 1’s dad is not shot. Dimension 1 seems to use old computer tech.

The attack doesn’t go to plan. Or does it? One of the men and the PA are killed. The surviving injured man makes it to the border and is in a diplomatically neutral space. What is the plan? There is no fierce intellectual determination just unspeakably dreary collective misfortune. There is volatile masculinity and this isn’t decisively compelling. There is no sensationalist clarity or emotional revelations. What is the singular purpose of The School and its graduates?

Best Lines:
“Your wretched little life.”

“That’s how far his reach goes!”