January 28th, 2019

Sergio Balleseros

Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Traitors' promo


'The Exorcist' season 2 promo


'The Aftermath' trailer

Oscar bair.

'On The Basis Of Sex' trailer

Oscar bait.

'Downton Abbey' trailer


'Ride Upon The Storm' promo


'Star Trek Discovery' 2x03 promo


'Batman' (1966) clips

Batman explains why you should always put money in a parking meter and Robin's life is saved by good dental care. Ha!

Lightly Sea Salted hand cooked potato crisps – good.

Who's been on the C-Train?

RIP Windsor Davies.

I will review 'Two Can Keep A Secret'.

What is cowboy coffee?

What is freestyle disco?

The new 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' comic is sold out!

Who saw 'Rambling Rose', 'Monkey Shines, 'Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead' or 'Straight Time'?

What's chawanmushi or bread salad?

I want a Jacquard chair.

I'd try whiskey-spiced milk and pickled lime and BBQ pizza and plum ketchup and bitter chocolate tart with poached clementines.

'Sky News' Quotes:

“Problems upon himself.”

“Last time that he was ever seen.”

“Nobody respects the weak.”

“A fugitive in his own capital.”

'Great Canadian Railway Journeys' Quotes:

Our great oil cities.”

“Range cattle.”

'Channel 4 News' Quotes:

“De-risk the situation.”

“Consumed with regrets.”

“Poorly kept speedboat.”

“At risk from him, his power.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Difficult to reverse.”

“Become obsessed with obtaining them.”

“There's not a glimpse of a whim.”

“Shaped by their families and social backgrounds.”

“Visualise a future and helping them map out a path to that future.”

“People who spend too much time on Twitter.”

“Primed for outrage.”

“One-upping the distain.”

“Public intellectuals,”

“No one need ever forgive him.”

“Generational roots.”

“Job security now rests on the whims of the terminally irate.”

“Reputation economy.”

“No idea what they're talking about.”

“Near-extinct bovien breed.”

“Never been accepted or welcomed.”

“Much honoured.”

“Fearful residents.”

“Churchill Acting.”

“Uncomfortable social presence.”

“Makes splutttering noises when washing buckets of veal down the throat with vats of brandy.”

“Held up a taxi driver with a knife to his throat – as you do – over the cab fare,”

“Their screen identity.”

“Talismanic role.”

“Improbably photogenic cohort of wild pigs.”

“Dinosaur medium.”


“Endowed with whatever the opposite of charisma might be.”

“Fierce unstinting support.”

“Nothing is going to end well.”

“Pay for the glory days.”

“Cultural map.”

'FTWeekend' Quotes:

“Teenagers so disturbed that restaurants empty when fellow diners overhear their ramblings about death cults or facism.”

“Impacting their life choices.”

“Exercise science.”

“History is not merely what happended but how we remember it.”

“Vulnerable to fable.”

“Myths of Euro-tyranny.”

“Fate unknown.”

'The Clinton Affair' Quotes:

“Perhaps past his moment.”

“Not cautious enough.”

“President friendly.”

'Cuckoo' Quote:

“Fur-vert. That can't be normal. Not even in ye olde England.”

'RTE News' Quote:

“Coastal overtopping.”

'Two Can Keep A Secret' Quotes:

“Suspected and disgraced.”

“Post-high school descent.”

“It's like Children Of The Corn around here,”

'The Sunday Times' Quotes:

“Got kicked out of Yale. Twice.”

“Thought pop music disgraceful.”

“Married a much younger man only to pay him to go to Australia.”

“Nebulous enemies.”

“Violently vegan.”

“Had complete access to, and control of, the Queen's money, property and personal space.”

“Rarely produced healthy male heirs.”

“Useless ruler.”

“Aggressively resending an email.”

'Batman' (1966) Quotes:

“No policeman's going to give the Batmobile a ticket!”

“Good grammer is essential Robin.”

“Thank you Batman.”

“Caped crime fighter.”

Scary Books

Star Trek Discovery 2x02 + The Exorcist 2x01&2x02 + Slasher Guilty Party 2x02 Reviewed

New Eden

I don't care about Tilly or her emotional strain. Pike has changed MULorca's ready room. Spock's in a nut ward. How did Michael and Spock fall out? Michael calls Spock her brother, he is NOT. Michael lies. Pike orders the spore drive turned back on and the ship travels to the Beta Quadrant. Tilly has Leia hair. Tilly is desperate for excitement. There are no Klingons, thankfully. The blonde dude is unaggressive.

There is a planet with humans where there should be no humans. They are descendants of World War 3 survivors who were moved across space by forces unknown. The planet has no electricity but they know who they are and where they are from despite being pre-warp. Pike mentions General Order One. Michael does everything and declares her infuriating views with confidence. There are Luddite Collectives on Earth? One crewmember grew up in one.

The social reject Tilly annoys. One feels dersion for her. Why is Discovery upside down? The planet is ringed. Pike, Michael and the former Luddite, Joanne, are the away team. How did the planet people make stained glass? Michael has no religion. The people on the planet talk about the First Saved from 2053, the White Church and they did not discard links from their past life. There are bants and this was okay if not utterly utterly glorious.

One feels intellectual pity for Michael and her smug superiority. Michael finds faith psychologically frightening. Pike is religious. A girl with a silly accent lurks. Tilly has ineptitude. A new doctor is seen. Saru learnt 90 UFP languages. The crew have to save the planet's inhabitants. What became of New Eden after this? Will Michael SHUT UP? A man, Jacob, wants to be saved from New Eden. There is turmoil.

There is no limitless opportunity just unorganisation. Why is Discovery's shuttle bay always open? TPTB love gratuitously humilating Tilly. Pike lies to Jacob. Tilly wants to throw the dark matter asteroid out the shuttle bay door. Do they get it back? Why is Michael like this? Why do they not help Jacob leave like Saru was helped leave his pre-warp world? Pike gets a phaser blast to the chest. There is an ethical knot. This was not genuinely moving.

The pre-warp civilization see Pike and co transport, so that's that contaminated. Is Discovery's tech still on the planet? Jacob has wistful longing to go home. MULorca had a hunger for violence and Pike has an absolute certainty in himself. Tilly went to Musk Junior High – named after Elon? Tilly can't pronounce the name Ahern properly. Why isn't Michael back in jail? It was MULorca who got her out not the real Lorca.

Pike wants to leave Jacob in a state of unknowing. Pike decides to stop being obstructive and unreasonable and shows himself to Jacob in his Starfleet uniform. Jacob is content to learn Earth survived WW3 and now travels among the stars. Pike gives Jacob a powercell. Jacob turns the church lights on. How do they weave their cloth? Pike sees old WW3 footage and the red angel saving the people in the church centuries ago.

Best Lines:

“Where it must lead me.”

“Out of the Terran Universe.”

“Black alert.”

“Said no. Emphatically.”

“No humans have settled this far out in the Beta Quadrant.”

“Before warp was ever invented.”

“Someone want to tell me how they got here”

“This glass is 2 centuries old.”

“Those who live the old way burn.”

“Teach the gospel to those who couldn't read.”

“The faith they cling to is a lie.”


“Kin to us.”

“No one needs rescuing.”

“Pledge gratitude.”

“The First Saved.”

“Bad. Really bad.”

“Before nuclear winter becomes irreversible.”

“For our true salvation.”

“Doing a doughnut in a starship.”

“Except no.”

“The first Earth.”

“I was raised on Vulcan. We don't do funny.”

“Galactic Federation.”

“Fly among the stars.”

“Carry with it certain implications.”

“We choose to lie to him.”

“We cannot intervene.”

“We're not lost anymore.”


It has awakened. Marcus is still excommunicated and still an ass. What about Tomas? He has a beard and looks unwashed. Tomas and Marcus try an open road exorcism. John Cho is in this as a foster dad on a creepy island. He hasn't met Marcus and Tomas, yet. What about the demon conspiracy from season 1?

It's 6 months since season 1 ended. Brianna Hildebrand of 'Tragedy Girls' and 'Deadpool' plays a bratty foster kid. What talents does Tomas have? The demon wants him. This was good and there are backwoods noises, handprints and the demon wins. For now.

Best Lines:

“Make him see reason.”

“God boy.”

“Noodly appendage.”

Safe As Houses

This is ultra bleak. Tomas has drawn unwanted attention from humans and demons alike. The Vatican are told about the demon conspiracy. There is demoralisation as nobody listens. There are terrible suspicions. Where's the Pope? Marcus is billy-no-mates. There is gratuitous misery and Marcus is so convinced of his own moral rectitude. The social worker hanging out with John Cho is tediously bland and utterly infuriating.

Marcus is a wretched embodiment of masculinity. Good old boys are uncommonly furious. The demons are shutting down exorcists. A lamb birth goes wrong. What is with Tomas' creepy eyes? Is Marcus afraid of Tomas? The duo defeat the demon from 2x01 but don't get a word of thanks. A cardinal is in peril. Another cardinal is possessed. Is Tomas complacent? What's with the creepy Grace? This serves its purpose.

Best Lines:

“His neophyte.”

“Bad news.”

“What other kind is there?”

“They walk among us.”

“The Vatican's been compromised.”

“There's something in the woods.”


Between Good And Evil

Dawn engages in reckless gun usage. There are split ends and someone comes to a deserved end. Susan really is a tool. A dead dude's been turned into a snowman. Ick. The gang are irrdeemably horrible. Susan was always a bitch and the malevolent force behind the murder. They're not the most wholesome of characters. They're all petulant egotism. This was not complex or dramatic. Judith gets a lot of screentime. This was not hugely satisfying.

Their murderous past impacted their life chances. Oh boo. The gang lie. Susan had silent contempt for the murder victim and has revolting unpleasantness and glowered warnings at her victim and has a confrontational attiude. The gang are ethically compromised and are devious and nefarious. This was a dull slog. The gang are explosively angry and deserve reprisal. Why was the victim the focus of vibes of resentment, verbal and physical abuse? Were the gang racist or just jerks? A lot of prior calculation went into this revenge plot. The seething hate pit Susan gets got.

Best Lines:

“Why would we kill our friend?”

“Wouldn't be the first time.”

“I'm done listening! And trusting!”

“I hope you're next!”

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Movie Reviews: Fatal Acquittal + The Innkeepers + Mary Queen Of Scots + Death To Smoochy

Fatal Acquittal (2014)

Denise Richards, Joely Fisher and Patrick Muldoon star in this crappy tv movie. A woman is acquitted of killing her husband. As she (Fisher) walks free her brother in law (Muldoon) lurks. A loud crass reporter (Richards) has no concept of balanced reporting or ethics. There is moral doubt about the wife's innocence.

There is deep and bitter antipathy toward the widow. She's harassed by her husband's mistress, a cop and the reporter. Her bratty teen daughter brats and feels morally justified in rejecting her mother. The widow is demonised. There is bad acting. This was depressingly predictable. This wasn't dark, challenging or complicated. The non- incendiary atmosphere comes to a cliched end.

The Innkeepers (2011)

This is a dull Ti West film. Kelly McGillis and Lena Dunham star. This was written, directed and edited by West. This was barely adequate and is much abhorred. This was crap and not scary or dread inducing. There is no haunted intensity and is insincere and studided trivality

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018)

A study in subtlety, this is not. This is a story of 2 Queens whose legacies have been warped by by media and myth. This was not intriguing, mesmerising or delicately drawn. The 2 Queens have faced personal challenges and Mary was ruined by scandals and vilified. Mary had the respectable lineage and made calculated unions of marriage but still lost 3 husbands and 3 kingdoms and finally her head.

This was unsentimental and un-nuanced. Elizabeth I attained and kept her position of pwer and influence. She ruled for 45 years and died in her bed. The Tudors and the Stuarts were duelling influential dynasties. Mary causes frustration with her sensationalised aggressive bad choices. Elizabeth I was motivated by power and social dominance. This was okay if not utterly fascianting and has no deep resonance.

The comlex context for the decisions Mary made is not shown fully. Elizabeth I yielded her influence and was a formidable ruler. Her ultimate success was to keep what was hers by right. Mary's end is inevitable and entirely satisfactory. This was not complex or dramatic. Characters are larger than life. There are dark characters with a propensity for emotional and physical violence. There is a web of bleeding, breeding, envy, pox, misunderstandings and lies. There are tensions, lies and Bess Of Hardwick. Betrayal is always on the cards and Mary was undermined from the start.

Death To Smoochy (2002)

Robin Williams plays a disgraced kids tv host who is replaced by Edward Norton, who dresses up as a pink rhino and sings about getting junkies off smack. Williams tries to sabotage Norton. A brain-damaged boxer gurns. The Irish mob lurk. Smoochy is framed as a neo-nazi and there are murders, gun violence and despair. This was okay.

Best Lines:

“Do you sense my complete lack of interest?”

“Degenerate scumbag.”

“Moral anchor.”

“Wake up in the morning and like myself.”

“Here to sell sugar and plastic.”

“Welcome to Fatty Arbuckle land!”

“Twat du jour.”

“I am still here.”

“I'm hoping to correct that.”

“Fetish for ethics.”

“Suing your Riverdance ass!”

“Bastard son of Barney!”

“Muppet from hell!”

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