June 26th, 2020


Book Review: Our Little Cruelties

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

From the author 'Unravelling Oliver' comes this tale of a deeply darkly dysfunctional family. An abusive narcisstic mother favours her eldest son who is a vile sexist named Will. She does not engage with her neglected mentally ill youngest son named Luke, in fact she actively harms him. The middle son Brian is a selfish, mean, resentful jerk. Years pass, Luke is ever more abused in ever more heartless ways by his family and others who make assumptions about his personality. Will is proud and resolute in his crapulence. Brian is useless and things come to a dark, sad end. This was good but causes ongoing frustrations.

Best Lines:

“I don't know why or who made up the name. The others thought it made us dound edgy and dangerous. I thought it made us sound illiterate.”

“Fan mail from little girls who hadn't learned how to do joined-up writing yet.”

“Hillbilly is not the look that Sony wants for you.”

“Drab and forlorn characters with their cockney vowels and garish lipstick. Inevitably, a fight broke out.”

“You're doing nothing day in, day out.”

“She didn't appear to have a career.”

“Couldn't find my car, presumed it was stolen again.”

“Swiped bread out of the hands of children who were feeding ducks.”

“Why do you may everything so much worse?”

“Hung out with 'friends' until they told me to leave, or wash, or to contrbute towards their bills,”

“Mum wouldn't let me into her house since the time I'd set fire to her dressing room.”

“My family were all talking to me, which was a good sign.”

“Fitted perfectly into her role for me as a failure.”

“Gave away fourteen bottles of wine to some homeless guys who used to hang out in the lake behind my house.”

“Felt good and virtuous.”


“Enjoyed being the one who hadn't disgraced himself.”

“Encounters with the guards and psychiatric institutions were well documented.”

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Movie Reviews: Scandalous! + A Fantastic Woman + Story Of Fire Saga + From A House On Willow Street

Scandalous! (2019)

A documentary about how a sports rag became a gore paper and rose out of the gutter to become a celebrity/true crime tabloid known as the National Enquirer. The history of this supermarket staple is told by people who worked there. The tabloid won an award for its OJ coverage but the death of Diana and 9/11 and a new owner caused its downfall. This was good. Mainstream media annoyingly sneers at the tabloid. There is talk of war and Arnie and Bezos and an appearance by Ronan Farrow. People claim the tabloid became partisan propaganda clawing at the dregs of its earlier success.

Best Lines:

“Gore rag.”

“Elizabeth Taylor got fat again and can't find love.”

“How to tell if a child is a potential hippie and what you can do about it.”

“When the child begins showing the 'hippie' signs. Discipline at that point might make him more hostile.”

“Furiously on the phone.”

“Stick it up your junta.”

“Slicing rival reporters tires.”

“Envy was a very key factor.”

“Betray you for money.”

“Gone after Donald Trump and got him and she was Mrs Trump.”

“Disliked me greatly.”

“Murder shoes.”

“Who's defining mainstream?”

“Have affairs with interns.”

“Be a little grander than he was.”

“Being a friend of powerful people.”

“Making people fear you.”

“Make them more New York.”

“Changed everything pretty drastically.”

“War effort that was coming.”

“Any relevancy in today's world?”

“Very shameful aspect to it.”

“Bad stench to this thing.”

“Fact based debate.”

A Fantastic Woman (2017)


Eurovision Song Contest: Story Of Fire Saga (2020)

This offically sanctioned movie focuses on a singing duo who want to win Eurovision at any cost. People are publicly hostile to the wannabe Icelandic singing duo who call themselves Fire Saga. Eurovision's hold on the popular imagination has faded.

There is lots of singing and the duo's declaration that one day they will win Eurovision is widely disbelieved as lunatic ravings. Lars has an odious, monstrous, controlling father (Pierce Brosnan). Lars faces extreme hostility and is pathetic, whiny and friendless. His bandmate is his ideological ally and his dad mocks them with his silly accent.

There is a chaotic, trauma filled situation and people have discourteous disregard. Past winners lurk and there is an increasingly sympathetic public attiude to the duo. There is stress and distress and Fire Saga lack key skills. Iceland plans to throw Eurovision and so send them. A boat blowing up helps too.

Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) carry ruin and act performatively and they're subjected to ridicule. There are no calm reassurances. This not emotionally textured and is a bit inadequate. The Eurovision is being held in Scotland?!?! There is no public outpouring of respect and admiration. Dan Stevens plays a cartoonishly sinster Russian entrant. He also never wears a shirt.

People have complete indifference to logic and sense and taste. There are stagy flourishes and the duo are comically unsophisticated. There is credulity in this satisfactory dramedy. There is singing, Graham Norton and Demi Lovato. There is absurdity and obliviousness. The duo are routinely jeered.

One grimly attends to this. Lars dad hates such trangressions as merriment. This was mid level. People are largely disdainful and this was a ruthless parody full of whining idiocy, jeering and emotional challenges.

Best Lines:

“I'd rather be dead!”

“Club dancing.”

“I love stupid things.”

“Set a new low bar for Eurovision failure.”

“Draw attention to my groin area.”

“Sex nuts.”

“They're our awful!”

“These guys are awful!”

“Played music at your 1st wedding.”

“Anger cannot churn the butter.”

“Why they're here is anyone's guess.”

“Childish dreams.”

“Your father is ashamed of you!!!”

“You have wasted your life...your life is a joke!”

“Ask the elves to help us.”

“Emergency signal.”

“My older brother went to school with you and he told me that you were weird.”

“They're not dead!”

“The elves must hate us!”

From A House On Willow Street (2016)

Thieves plan to abduct an heiress in this South African horror. They're cold and wannabe hardcases but their brilliant plan goes awry. The house is full of horrors. There is talk of a book written by God and an exorcism. This was dumb and full of bad acting.

Best Lines:

“Walk or crawl out of hell.”

“No going back from this.”

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Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'The Handmaid's Tale' season 4 promo


'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga' trailer

Silly accents, scenery, Iceland and cameos. Find the superstar within.

Best Line:

“Stop laughing! I'm trying to fight you!”

'The Boys' season 2 clip

“Piss in a ditch.”

My ex still doesn't care and will yet regret his actions.

You can do scrambled eggs in the microwave?

I want a turquoise sugar cube bowl.

'RTE News' Quotes:

“Issues with pain.”

“Greviously damaged.”

“What might have been.”

“24 hour task.”

“Breath taking negligence.”

“About as isolated as you can get.”

“Operation fortitude.”

“Asset profilers.”

“Operational reserve.”

'Art Of Persia' Quotes:

“Unimaginable beauty.”

“Foreign interference.”

“Complex history and culture.”

“Clash between 2 powerful civilizations.”

“Revelations from god.”

“Rose to change the world.”

“Unforgiving landscape.”

“Fire temple.”

“The religion of Persia before Islam.”

“Tragic fate.”

“End of the Persian Empire and its religion.”

“Used in anger.”

“Religion that Islam replaced.”

“Been burning for 1500 years.”

“Burning for eternity.”

“Since the earliest of times.”

“Did not want to pollute the Earh by burying their death.”

“Their lost civilization.”

“Receving the diadem of kingship from god himself.”

“Mysterious symbols and cryptic runes.”

“Crumble and fall.”

“Be as nought.”

“Prophecy proved eerily correct.”

“House of strenght.”

“Hero of their local communities.”

“Anything but evil.”

“Died a bitterly disappointed man.”

“Looks like 'Hamlet' in Act 5 Scene 5, nothing but corpses on the stage.”

“Fighting for the survival of their culture.”

“With momentous consequences for the world.”

'Harley Quinn' Quotes:

“I'm your daughter!”

“I know! That's why people spit at us at the grocery store.”

“Got no one left.”

“Something suspiciously labeled dolphin encounter.”

“Passively aggressively not responding.”

“111 Creepy Ass Street.”

“Goon review.”

“Irish are a menace.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Preventing undue triumphalism.”

“Education is not seen as a priority by parents,”

“Patronising the 99.99 per cent of the population that had never been president of Harvard Law Review.”

“Toothless grotesques wrestle in the mud only stopping to have suprisingly well-lit sex.”

“Slither through letterboxes, swim up into toilet bowls, gnaw through brick with teeth tougher than iron, urinate on beer crates – and bite.”

“Sterotypically misrepresented.”

“No one was there to listen.”

“Enforcement and removal operations officer.”

“Reckless infliction of emotional distress.”

“Behave in a way that is not normal.”


“Brought a lot of attention on himself internationally; the wrong kind of attention.”

'Dr Phil' Quotes:

“Allowed your daughter to date felons.”

“They weren't felons at the time.”

“All the hurt you've given her.”

“No more sympathy for you.”

“Not so great people.”

“Not making the choices you wish she was making.”

“Beats some girl down.”

“She's a possible drug dealer.”

#nightwing from Of Bats And Birds

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Reality Z (2020) 1x01-1x03 + Star Trek 3x10 + Legends Of Tomorrow 5x13 Reviewed


This 'Dead Set' remake is set in Rio and has bad dubbing. Zombies are a very meancing threat but nobody notices, at first. An overblown reality show takes place. This had bad opening credits and one is less than impressed as zombies and annihilation are coming.

In the reality show, Olympus, there is no communal bonding and no desperate impossible choices or tragedy, chaos or destruction. This is not an unflinching vision of cataclysm. Various chraracters show up. There is malignant social pathology and the host of the show is named Davina. Yeah right sure.

People do invalidation, banishment, infantilisation, objectification and disempowerment leading to a betrayal of the social contract and solidarity. There is no strong moral force just sneery words, gestures and bodily expressions. There is no sombre reflection.

Zombies run around unnoticed. There is a floundering response to exceptional circumstance.s There is no moral thinking or ethical theory. They repeat plot points and beats from 'Dead Set' like the evil producer throwing a wheelchair bound man to a zombie to save himself whilst yelling: “Eat him!”

This is a lose-lose scenario. What is natural and normal changes. People respond poorly. The producer is an ungenerous sort. Civilisation collapses and things change substantially. There are major disruptions as change is abrupt and intense. People can't resist or recover.

There is terrible, total evil. In the sealed habitat of Olympus – nobody notices the attrition. There are no huge repercussions, yet. There is gore. Zombies are a truth they can't refute. Small is the work TPTB have done here. Things are apocalyptic. There is no unity and characters are even styled to look like the 'Dead Set' ones. There is no way to deal urgently with the wide ranging impacts. To whom to attribute blame? This has weakness and the characters stupidity provokes fury.

Best Lines:

“There she goes, she's crying again.”

“Rioting in the city.”

“Sacrifice some sheep.”

“Take this show and shove it.”

“Done being good.”

“Egg thief!”

The Show Is Over

The contestants are very bad people who treat each other horribly. Things are contentious and zombies are pervasive. Is tv static still a thing anymore? Was the bimbo sitting there all night reading a magazine? People ignore dangers and fumble their response.

Why is Rio a focal point? There is a combustible blend of dumbness and illogic. They are on the precipice of ruin. Olympus is still on air. The contestants rail against sense. There is mass social unrest and an incredibly grave situation and open disregard of sense.

There is dull suprise acting. A depressed former host of Olympus lurks. The Olympus set is a fortress. There is indolence and liziness and a contestant is injured. There is unacceptable behaviour. And a plan to raid a pharmacy is hatched. Zombies are an intolerable intrusion and a violation of their sense of security. Things are increasingly bitter.

People excoriate each other in this innocuous ep. TPTB are tone deaf to nuance and reason. There are insults and the situation escalates and people have to run and there is no wistful contemplation.

Best Lines:

“Out there is worse.”

“Sprayed some crazy gas.”

“Crazy gas?”

“Yeah, like in Batman.”

“Stupid bimbo.”

Grocery Store

A nutter nuts. This show's version of Angel and Grayson get attention. People are absurdly, flat out, unbelievably stupid. The camera run is ignored. Davina was played by Brazil tv star Sabrina Sato. This show's version of Joplin is useless. This was utterly incompetent. I hope the Olympus stars enjoyed their privileges when they could – there is but a short time left. There are ominious signs that the inept buffons ignore. There are inattentive nutters and the Joplin expy has a 0% approval rating. People wander about in the ruins and go mad and live without hope.

Best Lines:

“If you see anything: honk. Or is that too much for you to handle?”

“Why are you so disgusting?”

“The favourite of all Brazil.”

“Why do you snore so loud?”

Plato's Stepchildren

This ep was once banned on BBC. The power trio beam down to a planet of nutters with psychic powers. Kirk is made to slap himself in the face, a lot. There is an angry dwarf and the 1st inter-racial kiss on US tv. The psychos do BDSM on the crew. This was BAD.

Best Lines:

“Very gratifying to leave here.”

“Whose harmony?”

“You're the most contemptible things that ever lived in this universe.”

The One Where We're Trapped On TV

Things are not how they should be. The world is wrong. There is a 'Friends' knockoff and then a 'Downton Abby' knockoff, this was utterly, utterly intolerable. People abandon all pretence of dignity in this mind-bogglingly awful ep. This is incredibly horrible and Constantine is a butler. There is a 'Star Trek' knockoff. Sara mocks William Shatner's diction. Who are these people???????

Best Lines:

“Most people call me crazy guy.”

“Do you have amnesia again?”