April 1st, 2020

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Trailer, Quotes & Stuff

'The Blacklist' promo

Liz's mom. Didn't 'Alias' do this plot nearly 20 years ago?


My ex does not want to reform a relationship and is not sorry.


'Morbius' and 'Ghostbusters 3' delayed!


I'm done with 'Dare Me'.


The new Max Brooks book is delayed. FFS.


'The Windsors' Quote:

“Made you sleep in the woodshed.”


'RTE News' Quote:

“Urgent and immediate need.”


'Channel 4 News' Quotes:

“Cursed the whole world.”


“Astonished onlookers.”


“Don't get to leave alive.”


'Dr Phil' Quotes:

“You want to be a whore?”


“Sell your ass for drugs.”


'Virgin Media News' Quote:

“The president has closed the borders.”


'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Hold on to his right to be angry.”


“Acting in a manner that creates a reasonable concern for the safety of others.”


“Social behaviours.”


“Tented field hospital in New York's deserted Central Park.”


“Brink of ruin.”


“Sanitisation practices.”


'Sky News' Quotes:

“God help us all.”


“Will be remembered for generations.”


'Sins And Secrets' Quotes:

“Wasn't beloved by everyone.”


“Psycho arsonist serial killer.”


'Teen Titans Go!' Quotes:

“About justice and whatever!”


“Extinguished the bloodlines of their enemies.”


“See the candy guts.”


“The no!”

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Movie Reviews: Extra Ordinary + Tully

Extra Ordinary (2019)

An inept Irish film. A gork claims to have The Talents. This was irreparably bad and foolish. This was ill received. Idiots live in a mean unpredictable world. There is bad acting, ghosts and no fascination or unease. This was horrible and descends into an abyss. People have a veneer of functionality and constant low level unhappiness.


This is worse much worse than you think it is. To say one is disappointed is an understatement. I cannot dispraise this enough. A bad singer worships satan. This was absurd and patently ridiculous. It was also inept. Even the haunted green bin wasn't funny.


Best Lines:

”Even the weakest ghost can possess cheese.”


“Psychic driving instructor.”


“Crazy fella.”


“Some sort of homeless sex maniac.”


“Snorting hash.”


“Please exit my vehicle.”


“Usually more vomiting and funny voices.”


“A gloating.”


“Tragic magic.”


“Driving the dog mental.”


“Put on a cool voice.”


“I'm so sorry.”

“I'm not.”


~
Tully (2018)

Charlize Theron stars in this film written by Diablo Cody. Marlo (Theron) is pregnant with her third child. Ron Lingston is her useless husband. They have a daughter who is ignored as their son is 'special' and tantrums. The baby is born and Marlo has PND that nobody notices. Marlo completely disconnects. The son is kicked out of his school due to his brat behaviour. The husband is useless and games as his wife cracks up. He hectors and does nothing. A 'night nanny' named Tully shows up. Why isn't the husband helping? Marlo watches trashy tv. The hubby is unreassuring. Cupcakes are baked, the son gets attention and Marlo and Tully have trust and connectedness. The son screams about the toilet flushing and there is a twist and this was okay.


Best Lines:

“Show us his G Wagon.”


“That's like a Lifetime movie where the nanny tries to kill the family.”


“She's judging our choices now.”


“You hate my kid! You hate us!”


“Frozen pizza. Awesome.”


“What's wrong with your body?”


“I had 3 stepmothers.”


“Why's the house so clean?”


“We can't afford the therapist.”


“They bake cupcakes that look like 'Minions'.”


“My English Lit degree really paid off.”


“Hang out and be trees for a bit.”


“They make sangria in prison toilets.”

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Batwoman (2019-?) 1x01 + Supergirl 5x09 + The Flash 6x09 + Continuum 3x07 Reviewed 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Pilot

Kate Kane went ice swimming in training. Kate, her twin sister Beth and mother were in an accident caused by the Joker years ago. Only Kate lived. Batman is seen at a distance and only briefly. Kate comes to Gotham. Batman vanished 3 years ago. Why? How? What became of Robin? Crows security is a private security team in Gotham. Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten ('Birds Of Prey' and 'Reign') and Dougray Scott star.


There is exposition and the bat signal. Baddie Alice (Skarsten) shows up. Gotham tastes despair and Kate (Rose) has a stepmother and stepsister she isn't too fond of. Her dad (Scott) ignores her. Could Batman not cope with his responsbilities? Did he run off with Catwoman or Talia? Kate is illserved by her family. Her stepsister Mary lurks. Kate has an ex named Sophie. Kate wants to join the Crows which Jacob runs. Kate expresses her displeasure at Jacob.


It is obvious that Alice is Beth. Neither Jacob nor Kate recognise her. This was pretty good and pretty good is just fine. There is mumbling and Jacob treats Kate as an imposture. Who runs Wayne Tech? The Wayne Tech building is vacant. Luke Fox who is annoying lurks. Where is Alfred? Where is the batmobile?


Flashbacks reveal how Sophie was a liar who betrayed and abandoned Kate. As for Kate? She still cares for Sophie. Was Kate expelled from military school on DADT? Kate faced up to a distressing and desolate and uncomfortable truth. Jacob treats Sophie better than Kate. Sophie is abducted and who cares? Sophie is trash.


Kate wants to rescue the imperilled Sophie. Alice dresses like a hipster junkie. Kate's treated as an inconvenience. A secret clinic is run. Kate finds the batcave. It's under Wayne tech not stately Wayne manor. What became of stately Wayne manor? Bats flap around. The Joker is mentioned again. I wish Luke would go away.


The really ugly batsuit is seen. Sophie is useless. Kate poses. Jacob is the worst father. Sophie is a THOT and married to a guy named Tyler. Sophie has no shame. There is a headline: we batlieve. Kate realises Alice is Beth. What happened to Beth that made her evil? A reporter named Vesper Fairchild (Rachel Maddow) is heard.


Best Lines:

“Covered the damn hole!”


“The people that the Dark Knight left behind.”


“You don't want me.”


“You have guys?”


“Trying to convince him to love you.”


“Dump you at Arkham myself.”


“Usually dies in some spectacular fashion.”


“But they don't want you.”


~
Crisis On Infinite Earths: Hour One

The multiverse is in peril. Earth 89 (the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney Batmanverse), Earth 9 (the 'Titans' verse), Earth X and Earth 66 (the 'Batman' 1966 tv show verse) are wiped out. Burt Ward the 1966 Robin gets a one line cameo. Ward is fat and his Dick Grayson is still a bad dresser.


Supergirl shows off her streetwalker lipstick and Vegas showgirl style new costume. It's so fugly! There is bad VFX and Brainy annoys. Erica Durance and Tyler Hoechlin guest star. Argo city is wiped out. Clark and Lois have a baby. I abhor this show's foolery. Clark is determindely idle. There is social bedlam and no mounting tensions. Clark and Lois send baby Jonathan into space. No comment.


This is all done so seriously, so gravely. Argo blows up. This was lousy, lousy. Oliver is witless and a catastrophic crisis has no obvious detrimental effects. Oliver ignores that William exists, again. The boring Lyla lurks. The Flash babbles. Lyla is Harbinger and I should care why? Batwoman shows up. The Legends lurk.


Alex the useless twit needs to shut up. Lois and Clark live. Boo. Batwoman's wig is very nicely styled. Mia babbles. Earth 2 was wiped from existence. There is babble about quantum towers and mumbling and Lyla dresses like a flight attendant. Star City 2046 is a parallel earth. Arrow whispers and Sara Lance's face is so shiny and botoxed. Brainy is annoying.


Alex plan an evacuation of the planet and people treat it like a trip to the shops. Alex has to ask Lena for help and Alex doesn't trust Lena. Get off my tv Alex! Oliver gives Mia a green arrow suit not his gay son. Where was the suit kept prior to the reveal? Stored up Oliver's backside? Alex bothers Lena. Where is Max Lord?


The depth of Lena's humilation is hard to describe. Oliver has a hobo beard. Earth 16 = Star City 2046 world. Oliver 16 is different. Sara doesn't mention the dead Laurel and says Oliver is a good man on every earth. NO HE ISN'T: Earth X!!!!There is talk of shadow demons and earth being evacuated should be a civilizational epoch. Oliver dies as sappy music plays. This was BS. Pariah shows up. Who comes up with these names?!?


Best Lines:

“HOLY CRIMSON SKIES OF DEATH!”


“What exactly is this?”


“No more anything.”


“The armada of ships.”


“Sentenced to bear witness to his actions.


~
Crisis On Infinite Earths: Hour Three

I haven't seen 'Hour Two' and won't until E4 air it in may. Earth 203 (the 'Birds Of Prey' tv show verse) is wiped out as Huntress (Ashley Scott and her terrible cosmetic surgery) wails to Oracle (Dina Meyer). People babble about paragons. WTF? There's another Superman played by Brandon Routh. Is he playing his 'Superman Returns' character?


Jon Cryer, Matt Ryan of 'Constantine', Tyler Hoechlin, Cress Williams of 'Black Lightning' and John Wesley Shipp guest star. People babble and Diggle screams. Oliver is resurrected, sorta. Lyla's missing. WHO CARES? There are no profound implications just quipping, nagging objections, no incentivisation to care and people overact with unrestrained abanon and Cisco is made Vibe again.


Iris bores and the levels of damage done is meet with indifference. What people went through should still impact their daily existence. Who is Nash? Pariah whispers. This was idiotic and offensively predictable and it causes little excitment.


The Flash (of the 1990 tv show) shows up. Lex hangs out with Kara and Kate. Wasn't he dead? Now he knows who Kate is. This is a painful nadir. A book is read. On Earth 666 we meet Lucifer (Tom Ellis) from the show of the same name that I've never watched. This is all aggravating and faded excitment.


This was all missed opportunities and the seriousness of the position they are in is shrugged off. Oliver never bothered to tell anyone that Earth 2 was destroyed taking Harry and Jesse Quick with it. Lois is selfish. Black Lighning shows up and dies. This was sap. We get a clip of the 1990 'The Flash' as John Wesley Shipp's character dies. What became of his Tina McGee (Amanda Pays)? Spectre shows up, played by a different actor. People go to the vanishing point and Lex rewrites destiny. Why is everyone so shouty shouty?


Best Lines:

“Serve your higher purpose.”


“All very biblical John.”


“Annoyed by me.”


“End the age of heroes.”


~
Waning Minute

There is incoherence and violence. Most of the action takes place in the future and features future Alec and Liber8 babbling and some hippy weirdoes. We see how Liber8 recruits. This was boring with no good personal choices.


Best Lines:

“Fascist gunship.”


“Put the crossbow down.”

Sergio Balleseros

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular Reviewed

All the Robins are celebrated in this.


A Little Nudge

Dick Grayson fights crime bare legged and in his underpants. Bruce is verbally and emotionally abusive to Dick for his own good. Robin kicks baddies in the head. A child gets shot. Bruce talks to Dick like a creepy sex offender. Dick pushes his own agenda regardless of the displeasant Bruce and his darkness, obsession and violence. Bruce is self serious, abhorrent and has a comically limited perspective. Batman and Robin beat baddies up in a church. Dick steps down as Robin. Dick is a protector. Bruce manipulates. This was okay. Batman yells at Robin in public and no one wonders if he beats Robin into submission or chides him about his maniacally controlling behaviour. This was okay.


Best Lines:

“Batman and a kid flunky.”


“If I say come now, Robin doesn't get to say no.”


“I never grew up wanting revenge.”


Aftershocks

Dick Grayson is now Nightwing. It is the aftermath of the earthquake. Nightwing saves people. Okay.


Team Building

Nightwing and the Teen Titans hang out in this tale written by the infamous Devin Grayson. Damien Dahrk plots and berates. Nightwing snarks at Damien about team building and morale boosting.


Best Lines:

“This is the kind of rank incompetence that gets lackeys executed.”


“Smug heroes, backstabbing colleagues, overly ambitious partners and, of course ----astonishingly incompetent lackeys.”


“Are any of you idiots going to even try to stop him?”


The Lesson Plan

Dick Grayson works for Spyral as Agent 37. If Batman wanted Robin to become the night: why did he give him a yellow cape? Atlantis is mentioned. A gorilla lurks and Dick wears a loincloth. Ok.


Best Line:

“Mind erosion?”


More Time

A tween Jason Todd gives Bruce a gift and later on broods. Jason Todd was forever mired in drama and tragedy and grew up to be a tosswit. Why does Batman get to hang out with young boys with impunity and tacit acceptance? This was okay.


Extra Credit

Tim Drake has a smart watch and goes to fight crime. Good.


Boy Wonders

Tim Drake is Red Robin and asks Nightwing for advice, then Red Hood and then Damian. Tim goes on about the Gotham Knights and Batwoman is briefly seen. This was okay.


Best Lines:

“He was the first. He's the best,”


“Batman is nuts. We all know it.”


“This horrible grmlin.”


“You aren't the golden child, or the black sheep. You're not the blood heir. You're just...the other one.”

“I'm awash in brotherly love.”


Fitting Brown

Stephanie Brown aka Spoiler aka Tim Drake's girlfriend is Robin. Batman never considered that she'd need a Robin suit designed for a woman?


Best Lines:

“Some cosplay girl.”


“I liked the other Robin better.”


My Best Friend

Jon Kent talks about Damian Wayne. They're in school together. Robin wears a ridic cape with a hood. Jon seems dumb. This was okay.


Bat And Mouse

Alfred's dead. Bruce and Damian head toward an unanticipated reckoning. Damian and the Teen Titans are acting like fascists. Bruce never listens to his Robins. This was not tense or potent. The Robins are sometimes afraid of the response they might evoke from Bruce. TPTB hint Tim was the best Robin. Tim and Jason both walked off dying.


This was enjoyable. Batman wants a Robin who submits without complaint and everything is their fault and their responsibility and he ensures absolute obedience by being notoriously unforgiving. Bruce's enemies outnumber his friends. Robin enjoys the trust of Batman but it doesn't lead to contentment.


What are they protecting and from whom? When they argue with Batman, they seem terrified of his reaction. This was gloomily magnificent but emotionally desolate. Robins want to be more than what they are. Bruce is dreariness and utter desolation and the Robins pay a consistently high personal price. There is a grim inevitability to their high turnover and Bruce's near permanent rage. One is fascinated and appalled by this in equal measure.


Best Line:

“He's been cold. Distant. More than usual, anyway.”

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Book Review: The Mirror & The Light

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel

The Thomas Cromwell trilogy ends. There are evil consequences to ambition as Cromwell reaches too high. This was very good. Cromwell's rise has caused bewildered resentment in the nobles and the king has begun to despise his need of Cromwell. A final reckoning is looming in a world of cruel pride and casual brutality. This was a grim but gripping tale as Cromwell fails to see he has been targeted as the one true enemy. A man who gained power by coercion and fear is the agent of his own undoing.


Best Lines:

“Women are cloistered. Husbands kill you on suspicion.”


“All the world in league against us.”


“Bodes her no good.”


“Belligerent gestures.”


“A fate he must walk towards.”


“It's always the wrong bits of the past people want back.”


“Forswear your company.”


“Dug a deep well of resentment.”


“Live and make no stir.”


“Kitchen boys' gossip.”


“I will make sure waht we have done can never be undone, not by any power on earth.”


“She will never walk free again,”


“You rustic dolt.”


“His parts are ulcerated in a fashion that would repulse the lowest whore.”


“Good livers.”


“If he saw me on my deathbed he would tip me out of it, so I should die on the floor.”


“Since he was seven years old the eel boy has been his enemy.”


“Raging about as usual and kicking the servants.”


“Some of them will come out and spew in the street.”


“Plotting their downfall.”


“Generally thieving, lying and cheating.”


“I think you like being low-born.”


“Sedate to the point of tedium.”


“She'll be grateful to you, for taking her out of that place.”


“They go where their husbands take them,”


“I was handed over, my future gone.”


“He picked Boleyn. She was his choice entirely. His unholy mistake, which we had to clear up.”


“Boundless malice.”


“Done other.”


“I did not think it was necessary or seemly.”


“An hour of peril:”


“As the Edwards and the Henrys reign and die and go down to dust.”


“Anne Boleyn, she would have sung in the street, if she thought it might get her some attention."

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