March 1st, 2019

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Book Review: Forsaking All Others

Forsaking All Others: The Real Betty Broderick Story by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel

This 1993 novel is the second of three true crime books based on the trials of Betty Broderick. This is an extremely engaging narrative that is entertaining and immersive as the author explores the turbulent divorce that destroyed Betty's self and personality. This book shows how an abusive man covered up his abuse and even after his death people erase the wreckage he caused.


Betty married Dan with hope and love and promise but he was a vile, abusive man who she inexplicably loved with all her heart and soul. Dan had an infallible expectation that he could destroy his unwanted first wife so he could marry his shameless mistress Linda. Dan and Linda were full of hate and resentment toward Betty and called her crazy and seemed set on driving her crazy.


Dan abused Betty via the legal system with impunity, he and Linda were immensely hostile to the hopelessly riven Betty. But Betty had steadfast devotion to her ex even as he taunted her relentlessly and subjected her to unending pressure without regard. Dan making Betty his emotional punching bag defined the future course of her life and his and Linda's.


Dan thought he was seeing to Betty's downfall but he also lead himself and Linda into a life of ruin. Dan's callousness led to he and his new wife of six months being murdered by his desperately unhappy ex wife in 1989. The events that triggered life changing decisions and lead to angry denunications of Betty through two trials are laid out. As of 2019, Betty has been denied parole and is still in jail.


We see how Betty went from new bride with an unassailable determination to be the best wife and mother to a desperately anxious irrelevance seething with resentment as Dan, the man to whom she had she devoted her entire life to tending to his every whim, was pitiless as he hooked up with the ill-chosen dubious charms of Linda. This lead to chaos and division as Betty couldn't cope emotionally with Dan's malignity.


This is good, it makes you throughly uncomfortable to see Dan's obdurate refusal to stop treating his ex with appalling brutality. Dan and Linda were absolute horrors and this is a damning indictment of how their emotional punching-bag lost all calm and rationality.


Best Lines:

“Absolute unsupport,”


“The structure she had built her life on crumbled.”


“That's what love is to me. It is total commitment.”


“With expressed malice.”


“The most publicly damning and least forgiving.”

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Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Detective Pikachu' trailer

He's so cute! Pokemon.


'Riverdale' 3x14 promo

A cult in town.


'Dark Shadows' (1991) promo

Cheese.


'Dark Phoenix' trailer

Jean's accent is terirble. Raven seems to die. Red beam eye guy wears silly stupid glasses. There is no relation to the comic storyline.


'Three Identical Strangers' promo

WTF?


I did work on LJ tags.


David Caruso has aged badly.


I may review 'State Of Affairs'.


'Star Trek Discovery' renewed!


'Dr Phil' Quotes:

“Drug addict behaviour.”


“Ugly situation.”


“Look at me like I'm a joke.”


“Dropped out of life.”


“Become like a school shooter.”


“Outcome determminative.”


“Got into a physical fight with your father in the yard?”


“Aggressed against the dog.”


“Feel judged.”


“Poor behavioural choices.”


“Refuse to forgive her.”


“Fixed belief.”


“Steal her car, again.”


“Half-assed apology.”


“Shoved me through the drywall.”


“Management by intimidation.”


“Drug court.”


“Buy synthetic urine from a smoke shop.”


'Daily Mail' Quotes:

“Knickerless, naturally-”


“Bits of shubbery and vomit on the outside of the car,”


“Car-crash existence.”


“Self-debasement.”


'Channel 4 News' Quotes:

“Die in a ditch brigade.”


“Not sympathetic.”


“Why should he be given a chance?”


“Pretty stupid decisions.”


“Deserve some fault.”


“Refuse to believe.”


'Daughters Of The White Queen' Quotes:

“Sinister precedent.”


“Take offense at the slightest provocation,”


“Did not consider a mother to be a necessary or even particularly helpful component in child rearing.”


“Darnely was conveniently murdered.”


“Presbyterians did not much approve of fun-”


“Turn his Majesty to ruin.”


“Hiding in a tower or behind a locked door.”


“The pride and promise of the realm.”


“The sort of eccentric personality not commonly associated with functioning well-adjusted adults.”


“The hoarding of questionable art.”


“Hated by everybody.”


“Resolved its differences by throwing the opposition out the window.”


“Had enough of his subjects giving away his thrones,”


“Most detested man in the realm.”


“Knew to hand over piles of silver to make him go away.”


“National prominence.”


“A man who seemingly could be cowed by a strong breeze.”


“Did the only thing he felt he could do under the cirumstances – he sent his mother and wife out to negotiate with Gustavus while he hid inside.”


'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Wholly unacceptable response.”


Criticised and insulted at length.”


“Told she was unreasonable.”


“Implied she had no concept of accountability or responsibility.”


“Once lost, trust is very hard to earn back.”


“We're not usually listened to-”


“Want to continue to live on it in the manner to which we've become accustomed,”


“Did not willingly take part.”


“National cohesion.”


'The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On' Quote:

“I was in the National Front. We didn't read books.”


'Teen Titans Go!' Quotes:

“That didn't work at all.”


“There are 3 other Robins?”


“Our chum Batman does go through a sidekick or two.”


'Bound' Quotes:

“I'm going to have to worry about you.”


“We make our own choices. We pay our own prices.”


“Put on a cassette or something.”


“That's what he tells himself.”


“You have to ask?”


'RTE News' Quote:

“His name is destroyed.”

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SantaClaritaDiet 1x05+Batman 1x05-1x08&1x15&1x16+Flash 5x10+Murder She Wrote (1984-1996)6x07+3 more

Man Eat Man

The cop is on to them. The cop wants the husband to kill someone. This show is improving.


Best Lines:

“What reaction are you hoping for right now?”


“Will you be my friend?”

“No.”


“How ever will it resolve?”


“Robin is important!”


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The Joker Is Wild

This show was inexplicably discontinued after 3 years. A sign in Gotham State Penitentiary says: Law Books for Hack Saw. A softball game sees the Joker literally spring himself from the pen. Joker wears his clown makeup in jail. Dick wears a vile orange pullover. Cesar Romero prances and cackles as the Joker. The GCPD continue on their lamentable, memorably disastrous way. Robin has fans and is heartbait.


Adam West gazes meaningfully into the distance. Joker's stunt double is momentarily visible and his hair is brown in one scene not green. This was okay. Joker has utility belt envy. People in bars watch opera. Dick Curtis has a cameo as a hilarious inebriate.


Best Line:

“Playful pilfering pals.”


Batman Is Riled

Joxer's teeth are yellow and his hair is brown. Robin is shorter than Alfred. Burt Ward's stunt double is seen. This was dull.


Best Lines:

“We only have so much to give.”


“Grinning devil.”


“Peril and need.”


Instant Freeze

Mr Freeze shows up (his name is not Victor Fries) and he can only live in temperatures below 50 degrees. Mr Freeze is chilly mcfreeze and played by George Sanders. Mr Freeze is German. He's not doing what Arnie or Nathan Darrow did. Alfred is as orange as George Hamilton. There is a giant lighted lucite map of Gotham city in the batcave. The duo get frozen in an adverse incident. This struggles for purpose and is imaginatively barren.


Best Line:

“No wonder his mind is warped.”


Rats Like Cheese

Batman and Robin are thawed. What about the other frozen people? A baseball player is in peril. This boxset came loaded with expectation. I can recall watching this as a kid and loving it. Batman is indomitable and he inspires hostility in Mr Freeze. Robin is resolutely determined. The uncivil Mr Freeze has dubious hospitality and does malicious actions and he has stony indifference and is portentous.


Batman preaches the wonder of super thermal long underwear. Batman and Robin give Mr Freeze fight. Robin meances a guy with a
stuffed polar bear. There is no depth or meaning or abundant possibilities. Mr Freeze does not pose a terrible threat. Aunt Harriet offers Dick and Bruce Baked Alaska (shaped like boobs) which they look amusing disgusted by.


It's bizarre how Robin has absolute loyalty to someone who puts him in life-threatening situations with troubling regularity.


Best Lines:

“Do with me what you will.”


“Protector of our city.”


“Impressionable young lads!”


The Joker Goes To School

Dick attends Woodrow Roosevelt High School. Dick lifts weights in sweat pants. The cheerleaders wear very short skirts. There is a milk machine in the gym. Isn't milk mucus forming? The milk machine gives out silver dollars. The GCPD are neither competent nor reliable, nor particulalry innovative.


People want Bruce to run for Mayor. Bruce wears a HIDEOUS jacket. Joker's out of jail. WTF? Batman has enmity for Joker, who as usual has the worst intentions. Dick is president of the student council and wears the hideous orange pullover again. Chief cheerleader Susie stirs the pot. Bruce breaks out the bat loudhailer.


Batman rants upon the graver moral problem of high school dropouts and gives a slideshow. This was excellent. The Joker lurks on school property like a dirty old man. There are ugly suspicions and an awful situation. Batman ramps up his level of vitriol. How does Dick travel to and from school? He's 15! Susie fancies herself a badass. Dick goes on about pre-college exams. Robin does more leaping over car doors. Where does Robin keep a batarang in that outfit? There is a deathtrap.


Best Lines:

“Normal healthy activity in the school gymnasium.”


“That most pestilent of predators.”


“You're the ward of that rich millionaire.”


“Another machine has gone mad.”


“Student morale is cracking up.”


“Secret true identiy.”


“You lowlife, get away from me!”


“Malevolent malefactors.”


“Skulking around here.”


“You jailhouse lawyer!”


“What an odd parting remark.”


“Malevolent machinations.”


He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul

Robin is sad over Susie who he still fanices despite the fact she helped the Joker try to horribly murder him. Bad kids hang out at a candy store. Dick pretends to be 'bad' which he shows by wearing proto flares, a leather jacket, black leather gloves and a shirt with TWO buttons undone. Susie does a hilarious shocked face at the sight of him, she's wearing her tacky fox stole and rhinestone braclet.


Dick is hilariously inept at being 'bad'. The school has only 3 cheerleaders. Joker's hair is brown. Dick has questionable abilities as a bad boy. Joker plots to ruin the basketball team with devastating allegations of cheating. The batshield debuts. Where does Batman keep it? He invented kevlar!?! Joker's whole scam is based around a basketball game wager. The duo won't go into the women's locker room. Susie is poisoned and discarded by the Joker. Susie's off to reform school. Dick extolls the joy of a school for deliquent girls and carries her bags to the chauffeur driven limo taking her there. She tried to murder him! This was okay.


Best Lines:

“Goodnik.”


“Holy cow juice!”


“Never had a weed in his hand in his life!”


“Discard you without mercy.”


“Painfully evident.”

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The Flash And The Furious

Star Labs satellite created new metas and meta tech? In 2049 – Reverse Flash (wearing Wells' face) is in jail and is allied with Nora. Cisco looks bored, Snow is made up like a hooker and the latest Wells' has a silly accent and Iris wears a very short skirt. Wells looks into Nora and her lies. The city tries metacrime. Barry does something stupid and selfish, again. Nora is thick.


Cisco discovers a metahuman cure. Weather Witch is asked by Silver Ghost to rob ARGUS. Barry babbles about chrono-linguistics. There is a car chase and this was boring.


Best Lines:

“Changed the course of destiny.”


“Stop with the sorry act.”


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Night Of The Tarantula

There is voodoo in Jamacia. John Rhys-Davies runs a plantation until the heir Adam (Patrick Masset – who only seems to have ever had 3 acting jobs) comes of age. Davies is racist and plans an arranged marriage between Adam and the daughter of another plantation owner. Adam's brother Mark has an Irish accent for unclear reasons. There is reggae music which people are amazed at. Adam marries the daughter of a voodoo priest.


There is bad acting. Davies is strangled by a snake. Or is he? There is more bad acting in this magnificently ridiclious ep. People fake Adam's death and his apperance as a zombie to make the obvious baddie reveal himself. This was so very 80s.


Best Line:

“The grave cannot have him.”


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Charmed 1x08


Big A Boo

A demon dad and his demon sons go on about a serum. One of the sons is Hunter and he's a full demon and the other is half-demon and is Parker. Who is Parker's mother? This seems icky. The demon dad runs Morningstar Biotech. Demon dad is named Kaine. The demon clan barely have any personality.


Rogue witches run around. One of them is a half witch/half whitelighter. The Elders are jerks. Will the actors stop mumbling!?! Hunter feels Parker up in a lavatory. Their dad is 3000 years old. This was generally awful and beyond a terrible failure. I have all the enthusiasm you could expect – absolutely none. There is a bug and an undercover plot.


Best Lines:

“Hell's prison.”


“Feelings are for people.”


“Unsanctioned magic."


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Babylon 5 4x08


The Illusion Of Truth

The Shadow war is over, talk about a non-event. Zack heads security now. ISN shows up on B5 to do a story. The B5 staff are aggressive and violent and dumb – ISN doesn't have to work hard to make them look bad. The telepaths are still in cyro tubes. Where's Lorien? The reporter (Jeff Griggs) looks like Morden. What's hypertext?


Garibaldi annoys. Sheridan is AWFUL to Garibaldi. Londo whines, why wasn't he arrested as a war criminal? How is there sushi on the station? You can download a transcript of the ISN show but not the show itself. What's a trivid? There are unsubtle references to McCarthy. In 2018 – the foundation for the Luna Colony was laid in the Sea Of Tranquility. Ha! Garibaldi speaks freely about Sheridan's god-complex to ISN. This was okay.


Best Lines:

“Would you like to talk about it?”

“Not especially.”


“One day return to society.”


“Under mysterious conditions.”


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Sliders 3x15


Paradise Lost

Rob Youngblood of 'Space Precinct' guest stars in this contrived narrative. There is bad VFX and giant worms and bad acting and vapidity and people wrapped in clingfilm in this mess. There are no tragic secrets awaiting discovery. A small town fearfully worships a worm. There is a town full of people with recalcitrant behaviour. There was a US/Canada border dispute. There is social failure in this town.


The locals do stuff without fear of repercussions. Why is Wade a redhead? There is exposition about a fountain of youth. There are no moral principles just derangement. Youngblood looks bored not redolent with evil. Quinn looks bored. This was vexatious emotional emptiness.


Best Lines:

“Unpleasant to the point of nausea.”


“Destroy this horror.”


“Confound you.”


“I heard you, I'm just not listening.”


“He wants a new wife. Someone to replace me.”


“Stranger is frightened.”

Scary Books

Movie Reviews: Unabomber +Tipping Point +The Neon Demon +A Death In Canaan + Bound

Unabomber: The True Story (1996)

Dean Stockwell, Tobin Bell and Robert Hays star in this true crime tv movie. Fake awful people overact. Hays figures out his brother (Bell and his bad wig) is the unabomber and so Bell is arrested by Stockwell. There is bad hair and skeezer goblins and sheer shamelessness. This was mmmm.


Best Lines:

“Loaded and pretentious language.”


“Carefully! Very carefully!”


“He doesn't like other people.”


“Sure you've got a big enough lock?”


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Tipping Point (2007)

This was neither emotionally subtle nor hugely original.


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The Neon Demon (2016)

A model is in LA. Desmond Harrington plays a creepy photographer who paints her gold. This was so damn extra and has no effective function.


Best Lines:

“You're a dangeorus girl.”


“You're so irrelevant.”


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A Death In Canaan (1978)

A true story tv movie about a murder that remains unsolved to this day. A white trash woman dies and her son is suspected but the community rallies to defend him. The police see the son acting oddly yet people say him being charged is a miscarriage of justice?!? FFS! The dead woman said her son was fathered by someone who assaulted her, people mock this claim. People whine about civil liberties and ignore the obvious fact that Peter brutally murdered his mother. There is racism and the gruesome details of the murder are toned down. Peter is convicted. There is exposition. Peter is released and stares with dispassion. He did it. This was medicore, he DID it.


Best Lines:

“What's the Miranda decision?”


“Hippy bum.”


“Morally wrong.”


“What did all that mean?”


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Bound (1996)

Noir thriller starring Jennifer Tilly as a gangster's moll who hooks up with ex-con Gina Gershon to steal $2 million dollars from her thicko gangster boyfriend. Things get violent and bloody fast. This was okay.

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