July 17th, 2020

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Book Reviews: Little Disasters

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Liz is on duty in A&E when her best friend Jess shows up with her injured baby daughter. Jess's story makes no sense and does not add up and Liz is suspicious. Questions are rasied and suspicions grow and police and social workers get involved. This is the tale of a mother's worse nightmare. This is compelling and absorbing and tense. Thought the end is a bit too neat, this is a good story of the dark deceptions of domesticity and the pressure of motherhood and the weight of the past.


Best Lines:

“Feel that things might get better at some point.”


“Make constant demands on her time.”


“Isn't the mother she thought she would be.”


“Acting on sabotaging thoughts-”


“He will always think the worst of her, and this will only confirm his suspicions,”

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Hawkeye

DCeased Unkillables Issue 3 Reviewed

There is no emotional and reality shifting climax. Things go very very wrong as the world's biggest dirtbags have to be heroes and save people. The virus has turned heroes into powerful enemies who will come back to haunt people. Zombie Wonder Woman attacks.


Who is Mary Marvel? People get a chance at life. But the sun will go out! There is utter bleakness and a crisis point. Zatana and Constatine show up in a safe zone. This was good and baddies became amenable. Things have unravelled completely, the ending is depressing but inevitable.


Best Lines:

“Has trained to strangle a pompus princess with her own golden lasso.”


“Planning a killbox? I like this side of you.”


“A corridor full of bodies is only an effective barrier for so long. Believe me, I speak from experience.”


“Unliving armageddon.”


“Blighted ones.”


“Batman would never install a good alarm.”


“Kick her princess ass.”


“An undead goddess.”


“Anti-living.”


“Build something out of this mess.”

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Kylo Ren

Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Star Girl' 1x10 promo

No.


'Audible' ad

“Blessed be the fruit and veg.”


'Trending Fear' promo

Maybe.


'Possessor' trailer

Yawn.


'Hollywood Boulevard' promo

WTF?


'Jackson Country Jail' promo

Tommy Lee Jones!


'The Hot Box' promo

Nurses with uzis.


'Rock N' Roll High School' promo

No.


'The Good Times Are Killing Me' = crap.


My ex changed the trajectory of my life. He has now done something so crappy that words fail me to describe it. He is a liar and a sneak and he's not appreciative. My ex ended things very abruptly. My ex commited a fundamental breach of trust. I feel disappointed, overlooked, slighted and terminally disaffected by my ex. My ex won't voice the stories left unsaid. I'm abandoned and alone. He was so very nearly mine. My ex forgot me overnight and I feel blinding anger at the unfair whims of a man who has no regard for the consequences. My ex's inexplicable decision hurts. My ex is entirely uninterested in me. Things started off happily enough before going badly wrong. He doesn't care what he's ruined. He has his selfish interests.


'Dr Phil' Quote:

“Oh how times have changed.”


“Purse bandit.”


“Marine dog.”


“The mother they once knew.”


“Stealing wallets from people gathered for a little girl's birthday party.”


'When Kids TV Goes Horribly Wrong' Quote:

“Beautifully BBC.”


'The Fugitive' Quotes:

“I'll make it.”

“You must want him bad.”


“My job to go in first.”


“Somebody washed up.”

“It's not unknown. Even here.”


'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Memorandum of understanding.”


“Constructive purposes.”


“Petty criticism.”


“Oblivious to the sounds of chaos outside.”


“Tribal malice.”


“Socratic truth-seeking.”


“The 20th centruy's most unwittingly important man,”


“Malign activity.”


“A lot of things are going wrong at once.”


“Self-isolation and masking.”


“The apocalypse is upon him.”


“Rather than seeking community, as is the norm in every movie.”


“Pond-bint.”


“Ruin land and health.”


“Social function.”


“Refusing to make a statement.”


“Grave public controversy.”


“Reasonable quesitons arise.”


“Disturbingly quiet.”


“Supposed plans for world dominaiton.”


“Nefarious involvement.”


“To general confusion, as condemnation implies it is responsible while apology implies the reverse.”


“Abolish the suburbs.”


“High-touch areas.”


'BBC News' Quotes:

“Moral strength of the country.”


“Bio-secure.”


'Murder Comes To Town' Quotes:

“Fading rural whistlestop succumbing to vice.”


“Chruch ladies are revered as royalty.”


“Unholy sight.”


'RTE News' Quote:

“Death surge.”


'Midsomer Murders' Quotes:

“Keep a eye on the riff raff.”


“Yokels and nutters.”


“Only opens his mouth to moan.”


“Smells like a badger's armpit.”


“Not trusted in the village.”

Raffles&Bunny

The Boys 1x07&1x08+Mrs America 1x03&1x04+Reality Z 1x07&1x08+Dempsey & Makepeace 1x03&Evil1x02

The Self-Preservation Society

Homelander has a thou mayest attiude to life and a chilling ability to be bad. 8 years ago Butcher and his wife were happy until Homelander was a career damaging situation for him. The 'experts' mythologise nutters. Homelander utters insidious invitations. Superheroes are not good for all and Butcher wants to decisively push back against them.


Heroes are supposed to keep people safe, we don't see any of the Seven doing that. Butcher has utter despair and Starlight bores. Homelander is an intimidating presence. Some are worshipful of Homelander. There are no moral imperatives just a dawning realisation that this was all for nothing. Homelander is on to Butcher and co. The Deep has been banished to Ohio.


This show is an affront. Starlight is in denial mode. A-Train is a jerk. Even the rest of the Seven are scared of Homelander. Simon Pegg shows up, piss off Simon Pegg. A-Train gets what he's had coming. This does not resonate. Hughie does not avoid a confrontation; people reiterate opposition to Butcher. Homelander is a frightful influence and a terrible force who has horrifying effects on people.


This show is a moral cataclysm and heroes are not beneficial. There are no plaudits for this. The Deep faces the dissolution of his life. Hughie decides to stop being passive, uptight, controlling, fearful and a worrier. The Deep has gills and is a jerk. Who was the woman who put Butcher on his dark path? The Deep talks to a lobster. The Deep has lost his favoured position. This goes worse than I envisaged. Homelander's name is John?!?


Butcher's wife got pregnant with Homelander's child. A unique thing that. It has powers. Homelander has issues and can't rise above his raising. Hughie is moronic and there are resprisals. Nothing is alleviated. Nothing drives Homelander to be better. There is silencing. Homelander has a dark legacy: super baddies.


Supes are inextricable. Homelander cares about eternal glory. Butcher has internal rage and Homelander has a preferred image and is irremovable. Butcher shoots Starlight. Haley Joel Osment and Jennifer Esposito guest star.


Best Lines:

“There is a but coming.”


“Pump out a few flying babies.”


“That was not smart.”


“2016 Comic Con edition!”


“That accident had a name.”


“Swore to me and Jesus Christ.”


“Went missing and remained so ever since.”


“What you can now do to everyone else.”


“Chosen by god.”


“Jamming illegal drugs into babies arms.”


“Running around in your capes.”


“They have a super terrorist?”


“I don't know you. I never did.”


You Found Me

Homelander's in Syria and massacres 'bad people'. Butcher and co are wanted. Starlight shrieks at her stage mom. Isn't The Deep cold in Ohio with no sleeves? The Deep doesn't want to open waterparks in Ohio. Starlight is not proud to have got into the Seven at all. Butcher can't extricate himself from his mess. Things go badly.


Who was Lamplighter? Why did he kill Grace's family? Grace trained Butcher? How did Lamplighter die? A-Train has a public meltdown and Hughie is a tool. The Deep does a Britney whilst he's naked. Starlight recovered from being shot.


A-Train's brother gives up on him. Black Noir plays piano. Things are dark, dangerous and desperate. Starlight's slutty outfit has massive heels. Homelander has made himself irreplacable. He's a formidable enemy. There are grim fates and the inevitable conclusion takes place. Homelander is warped and there are lies and secrets. Stillwell faces consequences.


Is A-Train dead? Butcher's wife Becca is not dead, she's living in the burbs with her and Homelander's son. Homelander and Butcher have a standoff. 2 kiwis putting on fake accents. Homelander kills Stillwell and Butcher blows up her baby son. Becca abandoned Butcher, lord she is a cheating slut and a bitch. Giancarlo Esposito and Ann Cusack and Jim Beaver guest star.


Best Lines:

“Bottomless causal cruelty.”


“Did want to make a difference.”


“Give anything to be what you are.”


“Not exactly a hotbed of scientific expertise.”


“Your smug tennis toned ass.”


“Whole new world now.”


“Run for your lives.”


“Walked out on us.”


“I never got a chance to choose my own dream!”


“Psycho killer friends.”


“Taught me a thing or 2 about broken promises.”


“Nothing else to say.”


“Weren't even teeth left.”


“Vengeance isn't a path to glory.”


“Blood and awfulness.”


“More awful secrets.”


“Almost arrested for knowing you.”


“Villains all over the globe that only we can fight. Sequel after sequel after sequel.”


“I came to save you! Yay!”


“They searched me. Very, very throughly.”


“Spit that bitch out.”


“Open that mouth.”


“Get up in there.”


“He'll never stop coming for you.”


“Rapey santa.”


“What's your endgame?”


~
Shirley

This is all second wave energy. Phyllis continues being the anti-feminist villain and is meticulous in her awfulness. Phyllis and co have abject dependency on their husbands who they must placate. Politics divides and there is racism and Phyllis obsesses over a suprise nuclear attack. Shirely goes unheard. McGovern a POTUS wannabe betrays the feminists because of course he does. Gloria fence sits to her detriment. Phyllis' daughters rarely speak. Phyllis is a prepper. This was medicore.


Best Lines:

“I am the movement!”

“You wrote a book 10 years ago!”


“Big college words.”


Betty

It's 1973 and people obsess over Roe V Wade. Betty has volcanic jealously of Gloria. Phyllis has the sheer force of her piety. There is legislative action and public expectation. Things are inequitable. Betty knows the ERA is in danger but nobody listens. Gloria has apparent disinterest. Nobody listens. Betty's not overburdened with charm.


Betty hates the norms she was trapped in whilst Phyllis cherishes them. Fred and Phyllis are dreadful as they discuss the lavender menace. Phyllis lies about women being drafted. Phyllis ignores what happened with her parents and bullies one of her daughters. Gloria is told to say thank you to Betty. Gloria is oblivious to sense. Betty messes up a debate. Yawn.


Best Lines:

“Spending money on his new wife.”


“You going out in that blouse?”


“Blonde beehive.”


“Got some white sheets in her closet.”


“That's your right and I think maybe you should just keep that to yourself.”


“We know about the bread.”


~
The Calling

It's 4 days since the outbreak and there is bad news. There are areas of mutual concern and a fundamental risk. There is inadvertent bonding in this irksome ep. Gondor calls for aid so to speak. There is a heap of venom and frothy mouthed yelling. What depopulated the earth? People promulgate misguided views and there is toxic fallout. There are reprehensible twits and people are lambasted and there is a societal problem. People assert authority and things are untenable. People are aggrieved. The old biddy is infected. I get confused which character is called Leo and which is called Levi. There is a new arrival.


Clearly desperate people show up. Jerks are resolved not to oblige. There is trouble and complaint. There is gormlessness and this was badly wrong. There is widespread condemnation and people create animosity. People draw attention and ire and there is a bitter response and threats. There are malicious lunatics and this was unjustifably dumb. There are no unifying moments and this was meandering.


Best Lines:

“Crappy show with people locked in a house.”


“Stench of rotten flesh.”


“It's worldwide.”

“So the Americans aren't coming to save us?”


“Out of food in 3 weeks.”


“Secure the outside all the way to the gate.”


“Map to the manhole.”


“Help us take back this place.”


“Soon there won't be anyone left to hear us.”


“I was very wrong.”


“Those 3 psychopaths.”


“Make it look like you're actually done something to help.”


“I'm who you should listen to.”


“Nobody ever listens.”


The Future

This started badly and quickly got worse. There are aggressive actions and rambling and unsubtle people and people make little effort to disguise their evil intent. This was wretched. The son is called Leo and the congressman is Levi. There is cleaning and no gloves. How did they start the fire? This people are morons and there is no assistance coming. This was frustrating but with consequences and complications and this was comparatively underwhelming. There are no high moral requirements. There is nothing worthwhile here in this farce. This gang are the awkward squad and people ramble nonchalantly in this terribly stupid ep.


~
Lucky Streak

This show had a good theme song. This was not terribly convincing. Somebody robbed a casino. Dempsey is a peeping tom. Makepeace has no desire for his affection. He's callow. This was mind numbing and causes irritation. There is earnestness. There is an OPEC mention and one of the baddies is Bunny from 'Raffles' aka Christopher Strauli! This was entirely uninteresting. The sight of Strauli in white trousers being chased through alleyways by Makepeace in an ugly 80s car is hilarious.


Best Lines:

“Let's him behave as he pleases.”


“Why are you dressed like a waiter?”


“You're raving.”


“Come in Dempsey.”


“A refugee from Batman and Robin.

~
177 Minutes
Leland yaps. A girl may have come back from the dead. There is wild overacting and screaming kids. This bored.

Best Line:
"Devil person!"

Sergio Balleseros

Movie Reviews: Molly's Game + Corman's World

Molly's Game (2017)

This Aaron Sorkin film is the true story of underground poker fixer Molly Bloom. This is bizarre and very good. Kevin Costner plays her hypocrite dad. Molly was arrested and charged for arranging illegal poker games. There is poker lingo I don't understand. Her players are rich jerk gambling addicts. She had her own chips that had infra red markings and a player tried to use a Monet as collateral. There is a horrible poker player named Player X. There is talk of rigged games, the mob, losers who stiff her and Molly having to act as the bank. Idris Elba plays her lawyer and Jessica Chastain plays Molly. Molly has to escape absurdly harsh charges and it is obvious that Player X is meant to be the actor who played OG Spider-Man.


Best Lines:

“Darkest desires.”


“Give them my money or they'll take it again.”


“You've won: never.”


“Low rent productions.”


“Trashy cardrooms.”


“Life rights.”


“I'd be the April treat.”


“Playboy playmates.”


“Is everything I heard true?”


“Chasing winter.”


“Irrationally anger at nothing in particular.”


“Bottle service.”


“Showed Dean what a spreadsheet was.”


“Trying to prove he wasn't going broke.”


“POOR PEOPLE BAGELS!”


“I don't have anything.”


“ATM in the hall bro.”


“You are unimportant.”


“Still making good decisions.”


“Laws are written down.”


“For your life to be turned into a very public hell.”


“Sarcastic dealing.”


“I like destroying lives.”


“Uniquely terrible.”


“Only way out you have.”


“Playing like a frat kid.”


“Never climb out of that.”


“I married dull.”


“It had to end sometime.”


“A defined place in a world that was inaccessible.”


“Play and pay.”


“Start the mythologising.”


“Defeat the time release.”


“Dark and friendless where I was.”


“Anti-wife.”


“Frat house I'd built for degenerates.”


~
Corman's World (2011)

A documentary about Roger Corman featuring many stars like David Carradine and Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern and Pam Grier and Ron Howard and Peter Fonda and William Shatner and Martin Scorsese. There is talk of outlaw movies and clips from terrible movies. This was okay.


Best Lines:

“No need for taste.”


“Genre notes.”


“They're eating the guests sir.”

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