July 15th, 2020

Scary Books

Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Something Wicked Issue 2 Reviewed

I've no idea what is going on. There is evil in Greendale or something. Salem broods. A mean girl whines and there is no dispute resolution. There is narrative uncertainty. Sabrina is notoriously recalcitrant and her aunts have nefarious secrets. This trades on past glories.

The plot takes one too many melodramatic turns and there is a secret witches council chamber. This was an abject failure. Sabrina does not engage constructively. Sabrina likes a bad boy and relentlessly searches for menaing and or villainous types. There are grim events that are bitter and tumultuous. Trust is long eroded and a real and immediate threat is ignored.

Best Lines:

“You never realize how vulnerable you are until things you always counted on are taken from you.”

“Feeling grim as hell.”

“Here you ever, like, trusted someone so much and then...”

“We are masters of destiny. Both our own and others.”

“Slid into the boyfriend slot.”


Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'The Fugitive' promo

The 60s tv show. Actors with bad teeth. Gerard.

'Signs' promo

A Polish tv show and candles look newly lit. WTF?

Thai sweet chilli crinkled potato crisps – nice.

Gluten free Belgian milk chocolate chunk cookies – nice.

My ex did not act like he wasn't commited and I thought I'd met the man I had been waiting for all my life. I liked him immediately and felt we were meant to be together – he was kind, considerate, generous and thoughtful. I thought we had a deep connection. We discussed our future together. I thought he was fully committed to us and supportive. But now he's done something that just proves what a cold, cruel, liar he was and is. He won't re-engage, he'll never re-engage. I'm plagued with uncertainty. People never bother to contact me and I feel excluded. My ex casually wrecked us and clearly doesn't care at all, he unleashed all of this.

Who saw 'The Experts', 'Mischief' or 'Secret Admirer'?

Saw a 'Murder She Wrote' ep with VR, Phil Morris and Kevin Sorbo = no.

'Bump' was dubious.

Best Lines:

“The back of the taxi's not a f**king toilet!”

“Chocolate's plant based.”

'Louis Theroux Extreme Love: Autism' Quotes:

“Behave in a way that is profoundly challenging for the people who care for them.”

“Tough choices they have to make.”

“You need nice hands!”

“As you understand it.”

“God forgive me. But I don't get a lot of enjoyment from them.”

“Give them comfort.”

“How disruptive their behaviour.”

“Miss me to death.”

“What's anxiety?”

“Bother the crap out of me.”

“Work we ask of you?”

“Aggressive tantrums.”

“That's what we do.”

“Had a behaviour today.”

“Why does he do it?”

“I don't care anymore.”

“Stopped doing everything.”

“Talking like that!”

“That's trouble!”

“That's a threat!”

“Behaviour specialist.”

“Have violent behaviours.”

“Still stuck in toddler stage.”

“Threat of stabbing another student.”

“Cursing me off.”

“Stakes are higher now.”

“Burnt down the family home aged 8.”

“To be afraid of your child is a terrible thing.”

“Get used to life in the outside world.”

“Can't get angry and hit walls!”

“Respect bordering on awe.”

'Tvnow' Quote:

“You know it's bad when a Dingle is the voice of reason.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Competing to his potential.”

“Nobody was compelled to come forward and speak.”

“Fattened on his own self importance.”

“Gleefully opined.”

“Demand his ousting.”

“I think of the word loyalty, sadly that is lacking tonight,”

“An accusation strongly rejected.”

“Could not at a later stage deny any knowledge.”

“Seen by his own sport as a meance.”

“Basic right to his good name and reputation...”

“Infamous judgment.”

“Metaphor for malfeasance.”

“Dwelling house exemption.”

“Safety planning meetings.”

“My hero, Ilya Kuryakin from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a man so cool he could carry off a white polo neck without looking like a dork.”

“Unwelcome in shops, viewed with suspicion out walking.”

“Only group possibly more vilified.”

“Consideration for everyone else all but gone.”

“Represented mostly by their excess.”

“Make monsters of thsoe outsiders.”

“Civil society is posisble here.”

“Deep social, cultural and geographical faultlines.”

“Civilisational election,”

“Acting based on retaliation for all this abuse I shouldn't be getting.”

“People make mistakes and it should not he held against them for the rest of their lives.”

“Wanted to get away from being blamed and accused.”

“Asked to account for his movement.”

“Revolution in the story of human civilisation.”

“Recede in their influence.”

“Worrying trend.”

“Worried about how it would look in the community.”

'Home Game' Quotes:

“A man throwing a tree.”

“Unsurpassed pride.”

'BBC News' Quote:

“2 people laughing at me in public.”

'Dr Phil' Quotes:

“Normal things are going on.”

“I don't know that man.”

“Serial killer kid club.”

“Unspeakable incident.”

“Evil he visited on people.”

“No bad man here.”

“Don't have the right to be a vicitm.”

“Trauma thearpy.”

“Pawns in his game.”

“Reality never lives up to fantasy.”

“Everything he's doing is wrong.”

'Law & Order' Quote:

“That's a cheery thought.”

'The Fugitive' Quotes:

“Be ready for the questions and hope there won't be too many.”

“He'll never stop.”

“Beware the eyes of strangers.”

'Little Disasters' Quotes:

“Something that drove her to choose this profession, and enable her to stand up to parents.”

“Parenting was largely contracted to boarding school.”

“Drunk and disorderly? In Tesco?”

“Appearing rational and compassionate.”

“Becomes a problem Ed wants to be rid of.”

“No longer gave it its name or thought or it lovingly in the least-”

“A poor person. In Liz's garden!”

“He had no idea what goes on at home when he's not there,”

'What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael' Quotes:

“Swaggering small town hot shots.”

“Convention of village idiots.”

“A country that didn't yet hate itself.”

“Sickeningly noble.”

“Not in sync with mainstream taste.”

“Muck up the past.”

“Christ complex spectacle films.”

“Feeling of loyalty to country.”

“Think of himself as a mythmaker.”

“Makes every interior look like a cold latrine.”

'Virgin Media News' Quote:

“I'm the victim in all this.”

'RTE News' Quote:

Rumours of discord.”

Saw the 'Unsolved Mysteries' (2020) ep 'Mystery On The Roof Top': did a dead man turn over a big rock he shouldn't have turned over? How did he die? Was it suicide or murder? His friend Porter may not have been such a friend. There is talk of a houseguest. The best friend has impentrability and this seems irreversible. The wife has abject sadness. Rey vanished May 16 and was found near a hotel. There is a tiny hole his body may have fallen through. His body was found may 24. He was missing 8 days.

Questions are raised. Why was he in flipflops? Rey was scared of heights – so could he have got up on a roof to jump off? He had intense injuries. His phone and glasses were undamaged. Was it staged? His engraved antique money clip is missing. Where is it?

Nobody saw or heard anything. How did he navigate the hotel? There is no footage of him at the hotel. Why did his friend get him to move to Baltimore? The death was determined to be a suicide. There is talk about the way Rey's shins broke. There is talk of how the death was ruled undetermined. A note was found taped to the back of Rey's computer.

The note is weird. There is utmost seriousness. There is talk of Freemasons. The last call to Rey came from his friend's workplace. It was never explained. The friend had put up a $1000 reward for info on Rey. The friend's company put a gag order on employees and lawyered up and the friend won't talk and his friend won't be interviewed for this show.

The friend wouldn't return calls or give answers. He seemed to lack sufficient rigour. Why did the friend have such a protective response? Apparently the friend has views and tried to get a cease and desist on this show being shown. The friend had faced fraud charges and there had been break in attempts at Rey's house.

Did Rey have a psychotic break? Was he murdered? The investigating cop was transferred. This raises additional issues requiring further explanation and clarification and why won't his friend make a statement or answer any questions? There are legitimate doubts and additional quesitons are rasied.

Best Lines:

“Time to jumo off a big roof!”

“Something that wasn't right.”

“New temporary friends.”

“He wasn't anywhere.”

“That hole is still a mystery.”

“Severe and fatal.”

“Cash pull out.”

“Ritzy, high class place.”

“Not a great memory at all.”

“Pretty extreme at that point.”

“Brutal reading.”

“Came vertical through that thing.”

“How did he get through that hole?”

“Very far down.”

“It's a ledge.”

“Never afraid of anything.”

“Said it was a squirrel.”

“Move out here for him.”

“Something foul happened.”

“Interest in it faded.”

“Sour at life.”

“Much darker stuff.”

“Safe streets taskforce.”

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Dempsey And Makepeace (1985 – 1986) 1x01&1x02+Trouble With Maggie Cole 1x06+Prodigal Son 1x09&1x10

Armed And Extremely Dangerous

This cop show was once the hot new show. An angry shouting NYPD cop named Dempsey is sent to the UK on an 'exchange' for his own protection. He teams up with Makepeace a blonde posh UK cop. The stars Michael Brandon and the South African Glynis Barber who got married after the show and are still married today.

There is crimped hair and 80s plot tropes and people remarkably unconcerned with violence. Dempsey inveigles and Makepeace has reproach. There is no incalculable complexity just ugly cars and baddies with malicious intent and a silly plot. There are fake accents and a fear of vicious reprisals.

What is the plot? Dempsey is angry, volatile and impatient. There are pathetic pretences at undercover work and people act without thinking of the consequences. This drags on and on and on. There is no uniform praise for this. There are brazen lies and distortions and this was better than the equally 80s 'Robin Of Sherwood', which was up itself pretentious trash.

I really disliked this, yet saw promise. This was exhausting and Dempsey tries to charm and impress and this was hopelessly inadequate. Baddies are warped with hatred and this is how it is with them. Dempsey is capable of calm, decisive thinking and quick action. The baddies are morally and ethically corrupt.

Makepeace has a torrent of unbrindled anger and she is increasingly dismissive and baddies are motivated by malice. Choices are justified and how can Dempsey carry a gun in the UK? Makepeace sours the atmosphere and Dempsey sees violence as the way to impose authority. There is an unrepentant tone.

There are sugar coated lies and no clear mind. There are verbal inadequacies and this was gloriously redundant and artifical, false and calculated. There is no great thought and this is not trying to say something.

There is talk of caviar. There is bad VFX and a lorry chase. There is self righteous indignation and no ramifications for their behaviour. There is sheer dour recklessness. This was absolutely horrific and they have no ability to forsee consequences. Tony Jay was in this.

Best Lines:

“You think the limeys can handle him?”

“They handled Argentia.”

“Are you offering me a bloody yank?”

“Think I'll go and powder something.”

The Squeeze

There is a daring and bizarre security van robbery. Dempsey is suddenly a sexist and walks around in a small towel. Dempsey is made to give up his gun. They combat major crime. Dempsey steals his gun back. Someone was in on the robbery to his ill fortune. Makepeace is married! Dempsey has the gun taken off him again. This was okay.

Best Lines:

“Ex Vietnam soldiers touting bazookas.”

“It's been known.”

“They've killed Terry!”

“Take shooters.”

“Is he dead?”

“Just a bit.”

“He's gone to the morgue in lots of little plastic bags.”

The Trouble With Maggie Cole 1x06

Maggie whines, she brought all this on herself with her incorrect assumptions. Why is Peter saying sorry to her? This was banal. The characters don't seem to have any future. Maggie is an ignominious and deserved opprobrium. Maggie is grimly indefensible and moronic. Why didn't Roxy call the police over Alex? Why is it just shrugged off?

There is no beautifully choreographed piece of violence just ham acting and capers and dull histrionics in this irrelevant twittery. Maggie is vile, horrendous and selfish and plays the victim. Maggie's son is personality free. Maggie needs to be held responsible for her words and actions. Maggie brought all this on herself. Alex acts out.

This was dreadful and perplexing. The malignant underbelly of the village is on full display. Maggie has a near permanent inability not to be a narcissistic gossip. There is no moral intruction. There is no terrible plight just an undertone of negativity. Maggie is annoyed and shouty.

This was a flailing miscalculation. Nasty things happen. Maggie bitches and gets Jill hit by a car. It's all Maggie's fault and she has self-justification. This was dismal. There are cultural circumstances and no melancholy truth. There are no laws of morality and social order. Alex gets away with his crap and meancing.

Maggie tries to make it all about her. People have grievances and there is palpable anger. This was disappointing and wrong. The AWOL landlord legs it, again. The reporter from 1x01 shows up. There is clumsiness and this was disheartening. Maggie keeps on gossiping.

Best Lines:

“Your place! Is at the sink!”

“Poisonous little messages.”


I'm sick of Malcolm's mental issues. He tries to be normal and asks Eve out. There is a mystery murder victim and a sex club. The guy who had his hand chopped off in 1x01 shows up again. Jessica is so un-self aware it is scary. This was dumb. Where is the FBI?

Best Lines:


“We don't do normal.”

Silent Night

Ainsley is an annoying joke. This isn't the show I wanted it to be. Jessica annoys. It's christmas and the FBI bitches. Sean Pertwee and his bad US accent plays a jerkass former cop. Why was Pertwee allowed to scream accusations at 10 year old Malcolm? There is a creepy photo album. There is an evil old biddy and this was trash. Malcolm is in peril: yawn.

Best Line:

“6 beers in at 11am.”

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Movie Reviews: Remains + Elvis & Nixon + Dream Demon

Remains (2011)

This is a bad zombie movie set in Reno. This was aggravating as TPTB mistake ennui for depth. Logic and quality come too low in TPTB's priorities. People are not too bright and there is no fondness. There are stock moments in this hilariously dated movie. This is ponderous and it has vapidness and petulance and it was limp and disheartening.

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

Kevin Spacey puts on a weird accent to play Nixon. Michael Shannon is Elvis and dislikes hippies. Elvis has delusions. This was inspired by the real meeting of Nixon and Elvis – what did they talk about? This tries to show the real Elvis beneath the ugly suits, bad hair and garish jewellery. Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxsville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters and Tate Donovan co star. Nixon is told to meet Elvis to improve his image problem with the youth vote. Elvis whines about being a commodity. Nixon rants about being ruined by a nasty man telling stories – oh the irony of Spacey uttering that line. This was very good.

Best Lines:

“The king of what?”

“Wasn't born looking like a Kennedy.”

“You swear this isn't a joke?”

“Take that Woodstock for example, what the heck was that?”

“Crazy rumour started by nasty journalists.”

Dream Demon (1988)

This is a very obscure UK horror co starring the guy was who was 'Brat Farrar'. Coming up to her weddingb to a Falklands war hero, a woman has bad dreams. Reporters bother her and the virginal bride to be makes an American friend. There is bad acting and a demon. This was okay and Jimmy Nail and Timothy Spall are in it!

Best Line:
"This astral body sh*t's for hippies!"