June 15th, 2020


Movie Reviews: Goodbye Christopher Robin + Village Of The Damned (1995) 👎👎👎👎👎👎

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star in this boring biopic which you need grim determination to get through. This was a useless endeavour. There is shellshock and a screaming birth. This movie was measured for adequacy and found wanting. The couple have a son nicknamed Christopher Robin who is raised by the nanny. The burk boring father takes ages to write Winnie The Pooh. The mother is treated as useless and expendable.

The Great Depression sorta happens. The whiny brat son gets his toys: a bear, a roo, a piglet, a tigger and a tiger. They are the toys that inspired the books. This was singularly terrible. An illustrator shows up. The son does not go to school. Deranged fans show up. There is a big fandom. The family are revered. Even if the mother is still disposable. These are ludicrous people. The fans will let no book pass unread. This was cursory.

This was particularly abysmal and farcical and unrelentingly boring. This was not fantastical. The family are weird and insular and they have clannishness. The son whines that his name isn't Christopher Robin – that he is called Billy Moon. FFS. The father is called Blue for some weird and never explained reason. The boy tantrums and does not grow up. The nanny gets above herself. The boy is a brat and gets her fired.

The father is a moron. The useless son is sent to school and bullies shove him down the stairs. Time passes and the son grows up into an even bigger whiner. WW2 breaks out. Why did the son fail the army medical? The father pulls strings to get him into the army. Did they not learn from what happened to Kipling's son? The father willingly traumatized himself. One doesn't care about his PTSD. The son goes MIA and then just shows up.

The ex-nanny married her man. The mother does not age. There is bad acting and no blackout. The kid deserves to be subjected to pure, unrestrained violence. Hollywood is obsessed with fathers and sons. The son had a boring life, apart from marrying his cousin and becoming estranged from his parents and refusing all the Winnie The Pooh royalties. Why was the nanny called Nou? The mother was irrelevant. The son's toys are on display in NY. 'Fleabag' was in this.

Best Lines:

“It's all in Plato.”

“Unaware of the mechanics of the thing.”

“I just fought in the war to end all wars.”

“I was at the Somme.”

“Ordinary decent folk.”

“Find something to be happy about.”

“Elegant means over 30.”

“Going somewhere quiet and decent.”

“Perfectly horrid idea.”

“Don't plead.”

“Terrible fellow...killing people....making the common people stand up for his rants.”

“A little world...a 100 acre paradise.”

“Nanny's real too?”

“Lots of cricket.”

“Strip, cough, over there.”

“Do stop talking about that blasted bear!”

“Best loved men in the country.”

Village Of The Damned (1995)


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Book Review: The Deck Of Omens

The Deck Of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

The sequel to 'The Devouring Gray' in which the haunted town of Four Points, evil has an unstoppable momentum that is focused relentlessly on the 4 Founder families. They are under extreme duress, there are cruel doings and a relentlessly violent showdown looms. People are vehemently opionated and there is dastardly behaviour.

One can see 'Riverdale' influences in this book. Justin is Archie, Isaac is Jughead, Harper is Betty and Violet is Veronica.Justin has a propensity for playing the hero and his jealous sister May wants to 'hold him accountable for his decisions'. But she's just jealous and making a terrible mistake for selfish motivations. She does unacknowleged harm and does not care to know the truth. There are desperate days and May whines about being overlooked and the least important.

May is mortally offended she isn't the centre of attention. The four teens (and May) quesion the duties and powers carefully inherited from generation to generation. They are accustomed to adversity and have growing concern about goings on. Things are formidably difficult and there is lingering trauma. There is morally reprehensible universally hated baddie, jealous confusion, upheavals, grim portents, growing unease and grim sights. There will be a revocation and apocalyptic prophecy.

People are increasingly fearful. Something very bad has been done. There is unacknowledged harm and a cruel monster hiding in plain sight. There is deep hatred, a bimbo oblivious to reality and a scary sicko. This was compelling.

There is inevitability and an undercurrent of despair in this thoughtful and solemn tale. The view of the local theological movement/local history turns out to have been wholly inaccurate. A dimwit makes a terrible mistake. Secrets that are horrifying on many levels negatively impact characters. Someone actively deliberately tries to do ill. There is horrifying insight and deeds beyond the boundaries of acceptability.

This was very good. What's a merit aid package? There are dubious nocturnal activities. This was wonderful madness and duty was the all abiding rule in town: the future will look very different.

Best Lines:

“Responsibilities he would never bear.”

“That nobody seemed to beleive she could be that important.”

“Fond of making dramatic entrances.”

“For trapping his descendants in a town where people died in awful ways and leaving them to stop it.”

“A family that had always asked for far too much.”

“This town lived in fear of a very different kind of god.”

“Risking his life over and over again for their reputation, their safety, their comfort.”

“I was told that if I came back, I wouldn't be wanted.”

“Isaac was used to the town acting hostile toward him.”

“He knew how people reacted to his friend: a mixture of awe and friendship that he'd managed to earn for himself.”

“That look was respect.”

“There was no world in which she forgave him for that.”

“They all knew how to be watched.”

“Pretend the town hadn't turned on him.”

“Drew attention like a beacon.”

“Wanted to do something thrilling and dangerous.”

“His reputation had gone from bad to worse.”

“Treated him with far more affection than usual.”

“Sad-boy music.”

“Gone from Four Path's de facto choice for future prom king to a total pariah because of a secret he had chosen to tell the whole town.”

“Deep, unbridled fury.”

“It's great to hear about how traumatized you are from that time you tried to murder me in cold blood.”

“They never liked me very much,”

“Thought too little.”

“Horrible cult town...”

“Deep, unending fury.”

“Town's perpetual disdain,”

“Emotionally hesitant.”

“A world he could not access. Powers he could not reach.”

“I wanted to matter, for once.”

“Deserved no mercy whatsoever.”

“Attack them without mercy.”

“He didn't sound particularly intimidated.”

“Accursed energy.”

“Guarding herself from happiness.”

“Braced herself for infamy again.”

“Be an actual part of their lives.”

“College decisions happened,”

“Willing to bear it.”

“We might damn an entire town because our ancestors made some disastrously bad chocies.”

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Trailer, Quotes & Stuff

'The Boys' season 2 teaser

Blood, guns, violence and a horrendously cruel Homelander.

Spearmints – yum.

Milk chocolate with rose & pistachio – yum.

70% dark choc gin and tonic – mmm.

'Billy Madison' was unwatchable aimless idiocy and there is no reason why you should care.

'The Wedding Singer' was uninspired joy sapping.

I won't read 'The Mothers'.

'Agents Of SHIELD' was fanciful, fermented animosity and riled viewers.

My ex completely disengaged and stubbornly rejected me. I feel sadness and rejection. It's hard to get over. I mean nothing to him. My hope for an apology from my ex is gone. He was an inevitable disappointment. The wrongs and outrages done to me by the ex I once trusted. He has wilful disregard. There is an awful silence from him. I'm abandoned and forgotten. There is no possibility for reconciliation.

I want a ruby and platinum plaque ring and a diamond and fire opal dress ring. I want Valentino Born In Roma Donna perfume.

Loaf flour signatures are a thing?

TPTB yanked and unyanked 'The Germans' ep of 'Fawlty Towers'.

I'd try baked nectatines and choc mousse with sour cherry.

Feral chickens are wreaking havoc in Auckland?

Buffet breakfasts are a thing of the past.

'Dateline' Quotes:

“In a ditch somewhere.”

“Came with trouble.”

“Some of those impressions were not flattering.”

'Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich' Quote:

“Where the private jets are.”

'Channel 4 News' Quotes:
“Dropped with no apology.”

“How could he afford the things in his house?”

“You don't know what I do.”

“Financial restraint order.”

“Explained by assets.”

“Tainted items.”

“Enormous allegations.”

“This is what my son has amounted to.”


'Sky News' Quotes:

“Watching with concern.”

“Badly let down.”

'Talladega Nights: The Legend Of Ricky Bobby' Quotes:

“Tell us life lessons and stories about your childhood.”

“Help me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise use your witchcraft on me!”

“Invisible fire.”

“Going downhill fast.”

“Help me Oprah Winfrey!”

“Tell us life lessons and stories about your childhood.”

“Someone didn't love you enough when you were little.”

“Acting like shiftless wild hobos.”

'What We Do In The Shadows' Quote:

“That thing needs to be gone.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Regional inaction.”

“Ideological crusade.”

“Irreversible decline.”

“Place no value whatsoever.”

“State conspiracy.”

“Reasonable rules.”

“Lives became unimaginably difficult.”

“Total and relentless exhaustion.”

“So little made sense anymore.”

“Imminent disaster.”

“Isolation and loneliness left me feeling totally alone in the world, abandoned and afraid of what the future would bring.”

“Chilling reality.”

“Suffered inordinately.”

“Desires to be protected against it.”

“Conditions exacerbated or created by all that we have been through.”

“Reconnecting our communities.”

“Tensions simmered.”

“Becoming more aggressive in their search for food.”

“Utter fatigue.”


“Rancid display.”

“Celebrated curmudgeon.”

“Aggrieved wannabe. And he's taking it out on the world.”

“Can find no word in my vocabulary to describe a creature as base as he.”

“Personal vendetta.”

“Explicit attempts to sabotage their work,”

“Shunned by a majority of people.”

“Muse openly.”

“Absolute terms.”

“Some time, possibly years, away.”

“Suggested a response as inadequate as the one that we've seen.”

“It wasn't a matter of if this was going to happen, it was a matter of when.”

“Nobody was paying any attention.”

“Intellectual devastation.”

“Once a premier organisation. It is not a prewar organisation any more.”

“Responsibility we have to wach other.”

“Nobody has robbed our hand-sanitiser from beside the door yet. I was expecting to lose it on the first hour of opening.”

“I'm good at taking compliments, in fairness to me.”

“Just a film. It never actually happened.”

“Would have the capability of doing it.”

“Did not want the stress of this scenario possibly playing out.”

“Seeking vengeance.”

“Not unaware of your judgment of it.”

“Made it abundantly clear that your comments are hurting, please stop making them.”

“Start changing your media intake.”

“Affecting the aesthetics of the future.”

“Performance of that emotion isn't deemed to be actually correct.”

“Anything you could conceivably react to.”

“Talks/shouts their subscribers.”

“Wealth-strewn lives;”

“Perform obnoxious pranks.”

“Prepared to put their lives at risk for the nation.”

“Annihilate all culture.”

“A DVD (how 2011!).”

“Highly disruptive of old ways and old elites.”

“Outsider's revenge.”

“Fixated with the unsavoury.”

“Sites of memory.”

“War flag.”

“Crotchety element.”

“Any divide is not necessarily generational.”

'Agents Of SHIELD' Quotes:

“Such an ugly person.”

“Escaping this horrible place.”

'Expedition X' Quotes:

“Screaming about conspiracy theories.”

“Made a provocative claim.”

“Look at this cool thing.”

“Night noise.”

'The Other One' Quotes:

“Why is she dressed like she works in a cattery?”

“I'm pissing wine!”

“I'm anti fresh air.”

'The Queen And The Coup' Quotes:

“Wise to British scheming.”

“Would not come free.”

“Scheme against me.”

'Strange World' Quotes:

“Mysterious mountain men living in their lands.”

“Walk the same terrain as the missing.”

“What might exist amongst us.”

'FTWeekend' Quotes:

“Wait lifetimes to see such manuscripts,”

“Earliest cities on Earth,”

“Something must have suggested talent.”

“Go and work in a shop like everybody else.”

“The myth of difference.”

“World thinks evilly of them.”

“Grubby episode, with tragic consequences.”

“Bleakness of his vision.”

“Losing confidence in their own cultural narrative.”

“Self-confident view.”

“Amoral pessimist.”

“Irresponsibility of its own people.”


“Refuses every opportunity to save himself until it is too late.”


“Clouting an abbot on the nose.”

“Venomous mass booing.”

“Trying to turn her life around before it's too late. That we know it is too late.”

“Vanished entirely from history.”

“The exceptional human who determines the course of events,”

“Deter them before they act.”

“Violence infects over generations.”



“Continue to hold him accountable.”

“Performing sincerity.”

“Held rather a negative view.”

“Sensed from her tone that this was not a good thing.”

'Tormented' Quote:

“Crotch Eating Bears.”

'RTE News' Quotes:

“Hospital level sanitisation.”

“Decontaminate the air.”

'The Wedding Singer' Quotes:

“You suck!”

“Licking the microphone like David Lee Roth.”

“I want them to be miserable.”

“Town nutjob.”

'Evil Online' Quote:

“Dirty talking to each other.”

'The Sunday Times' Quotes:

“People viewed you very differently, very quickly.”

“A screen for people's projections.”

“Struggles to have her career taken seriously.”

“Eliminated nostalgia.”

“Whose classic status looks to be assured the longer it has been off air.”

“Sinless soul.”

“Consoling morally certainty.”

“Sumptuously bleak.”

“Staunchest defenders.”

“Defiant supporter.”

“Resolutely unchanged.”

“Call to be listened to.”

“Perceived loss of status,”

“Unsolicited critical opinion.”

“Unsavoury traits.”

“Calamitous response.”

“Astonishing irresponsibility.”

“Dubious friend.”

“Global reckoning.”

“Persistent harassment.”

“Uniquely demanding.”

“Reacted in despair.”

“Pandemic B-movie.”

“Could hear coughing and crying through the thin walls.”

“Driven under police escort.”


“Without the subtlety, focus or dedication.”

“Seems to end in comical failure and/or pandemonium and disaster.”

“Horribly serious.”

“Leaving can be lethal.”

“Trying to trigger a fight.”

“Situation was escalating.”

“Could not see a future.”

“Actively managed.”

“Current grimness.”

“Remove him from criminal influences.”

“Venomous dispute.”

“The threat that rose from the rubble.”

“Outcast perspective.”

“Seize on discord.”

“Falsely portray himself.”

“Generational awakening.”

“Ominious development.”

“Resignation watch.”

“Hippie crack.”

“Appetite stimulant.”

“Utterly relentless.”

'The Sunday Business Post' Quotes:

“Failed relationships with high-profile women.”

“Something very unpleasant happening in a toilet.”

“Strangely unconcerned.”

“Devil craft.”

'Lyric FM' Quotes:

“Threw a chair at Nora.”

“All spirit of creativity is completely banned.”

“Might have had a different fate.”

'The Queen's Big Night Out' Quotes:

“Destined for the throne.”

“Doomed to fail.”

“Ill advised love affair.”

“Country will never accept it.”

“War leader.”

“Piles of burnt deck chairs.”

“One chance to go wild.”

“Drunkness, fighting and pick pocketing.”

'RT' Quotes:

“Really have nothing better to do?”

“Dictatorial control.”

“Absurd theories.”

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Star Trek 3x02+TNG 5x08+Batwoman 1x13+Reef Break (2019) 1x01+Blood & Treasure 1x04 Reviewed 🖖

The Enterprise Incident

Kirk acts crazy. Spock asks as if the cloaking device is a new invention. Kirk is mean to McCoy again. The female Romulan commander sneers and featured in many books. Scotty utters threats and Kirk is declared dead after he does mouth breathing. McCoy rages. Kirk isn't in the morgue because he ain't dead. This was okay.

Unification Part 2

Picard has no respect. Picard never resists the temptation to feel smug and act smug. Spock has painfully lived experiences. Picard is never grateful and he is a pernicious contemptible man who was against all logic and reason. Picard has near pathological resistance to sense and is maddening. There is no narrative economy.

This ep is ill lit and Picard has habitual reluctance to listen. This was undistinguished. There is a 'Star Trek VI' reference and its epochal events are referenced. Kirk's name is uttered. The plot is implausible. The baleful Sela shows up. Neither she or Spock note that they are both half human hybrids. Sela does not look Romulan at all. Spock is vague and sombre and Picard acts as if some aspects of Spock's life are considered less worthy of commemoration. There is no wry respect.

Denise Crobsy and Daniel Roebuck are in this ep. There is a petty, resolvable dispute. Spock cultivates his legend. He's an eco-pacifist. Spock sees being on Romulus as a moral necessity. Picard makes bad life decisions and there is slack storytelling. Are Picard, Data and Spock speaking Romulan when they hang out on Romulus?

Spock knows something about bad guys. Sela is hostile and alienating. There are shifting alliances. Picard reacts hyperbolically. Sela makes shrill sounds and is always up to no good. Spock is understatedly profound. Picard has distressing dispassion. Picard has disdainful expressions and makes direct provocations. People like Sela do not listen to reason. Spock wants to normalise things between Vulcan and the Romulan Star Empire.

Riker has a propensity for playing the hero. This ep had an infamous blooper in which a crew member was reflected in a prop. They've fixed that blooper. Romulans love gray clothing and bad haircuts. Spock wanders around Romulus unnoticed. Or does he? What is it with Romulans and massive shoulder pads? Spock plans a global movement. TPTB want to rub in that Picard had a better relationship with Sarek than Spock. The Romulans think themselves the intrinsically superior centre of the galaxy and want to overpower Vulcan. Will Picard shut up? He lacks personal decency.

This was innocuous. Picard does not cherish or care for his crew. Picard is crass and Sela has unrelenting hostility. This was contrived and there is no irrational reconciliation. A friend of 80 years betrays Spock. This has no mighty significance. Where's the bright implied future of 'TOS'? Sela plans a existential threat: the Romulans plan to invade Vulcan. This ep was not an acclaimed achievement. Does Spock miss the self-ironising Kirk? I'm deeply unimpressed by Picard. Sela and her malignity is seething. She relies for her self image on a certain amnesia.

Picard has righteous indignation and sombre pseudo intellectual piety. Troi is useless. This was not meaningful. Spock wants to be a unifying force. Romulans = disputatious. Things would end badly for them. Spock choses to stay on Romulus. This was not highly engaging. There is no moral accountability, no moral language or reasoning. This was deathly ponderousness. What does Picard contribute to the world? There is no apparent adoration of Spock's era. By the time of 'Star Trek: Picard': Spock and Romulus are a memory.

Best Lines:

“Another captain of the Enterprise I once knew.”

“History is aware of the role you played.”

“Generations of distrust.”

“Must eventually come.”

“Vulcan seperation.”

“Which husband?”

“I've tried to make it sound Vulcan: a lot of unnecessarily long words.”

“Very difficult to get us out.”

“Finally to be heard.”

“Speaking with another man's voice.”

“I will miss the arguments, they were finally all we had.”

“Respect in battle.”

“It was I who committed Captain Kirk to that peace mission. And I who had to bear the responsibility for the consequences to him and to his crew.”

Drink Me

It's a fraught moment. Jacob's out of jail. One feels deep hatred for Jacob and Sophie. Jacob will deny Beth her name even in death. One feels obvious disgust for Sophie and Jacob; who are never supportive and affectionate to Kate. Alice rages. Things are ill-omened. There are bad cirumstances which are made infintely worse by bad choices.

There are unresolved conflicts and there is a vampire in town. Sophie and Jacob made such terrible decisions. Nocturna vamps. Kate endures and endures. Jacob and Kate have a toxic pathology. The vampire is a malign presence. This was okay if not fateful. Sophie has no accountability. She's such a bitch. It's not possible to feel any pride in how Sophie has lived her life. Jacob is not overtly concerned. The vampire uses K. Jacob runs the Crows soley for his own benefit. He has insistence on his own rightness.

Kate has vulnerability. Jacob feels no responsibility to his daughters. He has no connotation of shame. There are no moral abstractions. Jacon never ever accepts responsibility. One loathes Sophie and Jacob.

Jacob has purifying zeal. Kate has a buried accumulation of anger. Jacob and Sophie are pernicious and vicious and are a moral problem. Sophie flirts with a woman in front in Kate. There do not have love across time. Kate has no harrowing sadness. Things are not painfully turbulent. Luke bores and Alice rages about Mouse. There is no moral purpose or purity. There is an uncertain future. Kate's idealised version of Beth is gone. There is no abundant charm. A stranger has come to town. Sophie and Jacob fail utterly. Jacob does not care to know Kate. Alice does cajoling. Why does Jacob stubbornly reject Kate?

Sophie is not worth holding dear nor is she a person of worth. I want Kate's cumulative rage to come out. Alice sets up Mary as a payback for being held accountable for her decisions. Jacob has obvious distain. There is lawlessness and Jacob cannot chose to do the moral thing. Jacob has nonchalance. Alice is fantastically boring. Jacob deserves punching and makes a tireless effort to be a fascist annoyance as he tosses Sophie out of the Crows. He's not emotionally complex just satanic. Mary knows Kate is Batwoman. Sophie and Kate make out. Jacob is grossly ineffective.

Best Lines:

“The wrong Beth lived.”

“Making an entire city your enemy.”

“No one wants to learn about zoning laws sober.”

“Checking out motel bedspreads.”

“Blood guzzling serial killer.”

“Two fanged meance.”

“Choose me for once.”

“I never will.”

“Kate's needy.”


A thief gone straight smugs and shags and surfs. An ocean resort is shady. She gets punched in the face. She's asked to help in a case. She has an ex who is an FBI agent. She mocks a fat guy and yells at POC. This was iffy with a twist. She steals a house, once murdered someone and gets a job as a fixer. This was so ew.

Best Lines:

“Cruising a hotel bar.”

“A few years without shanking anyone.”

“Camping out at that junk yard. “

“What's with the hostility?”

The Secret Of Macho Grande

There are more nazis. Enough with the nazis! This bored.

Best Lines:

“Looks appropriately ominious.”

“Crazy white people history.”

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