August 10th, 2020


Movie Reviews: Australian Dream+A Mighty Wind+Killer Mermaid+Dark Mirror+Linda+Battle Of The Sexes

The Australian Dream (2020)

A good documentary about Australian Rules Football player Adam Goodes and the racism he faced.

Best Lines:

“Walked this land for thousands of generations.”

“Infamous in their own town and school.”

“You invite a response.”

“Feel happy about yourself.”

“Succeeded in spite of the Australian dream!”

“What it is to belong in this country.”

A Mighty Wind (2003)

A mockumentary about folk singers that isn't good.

Killer Mermaid (2014)

This is so male gazey. No.

The Dark Mirror (1946)

Olvia de Haviland plays twins, Terry and Ruth, in this terrible film. One of the twins is a murderer. There are patronising men who joke about police brutality. Grown women are referred to as girls.

Best Line:

“I have no words adequate to express my contempt.”

Linda (1973)

This was an okay tv movie about a wife, her lover, her husband and a murder. This was full of twists.

Battle Of The Sexes (2017)

Emma Stone and Steve Carrell star in this flop true story. Billie Jean King (Stone) wants equal pay and an ex champ named Bobby Riggs (Carrell) broods. The WTA is formed in 1973 and King faces a hail of condemnation for wanting equal pay. There is an onslaught of criticism and Riggs' wife does persistent and vicious attacks on him. He's a serious mistake and absolute disgrace and yet she stays with him.

King faces a torrent of abuse and how many sons does Riggs have? There is 70s fashion and hair. There are coin operated tvs in an airport and Riggs is a publicity hound. King faces sexism. Riggs was big in the 40s. There is vintage footage that includes Ricardo Montalban. Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elizabeth Shue, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham and Jamey Sheridan co star in this okay film.

Best Lines:

“Suprised in the lair.”

“Crazy old hustler.”

“We're both just sideshows.”

“The world isn't always a forgiving place.”

“The women's number 1 can't beat a 55 year old!”

“Tired and dispirited.”

“If you lose, I will never forgive you!”


Book Review: The Religion

The Religion by Nicholas Conde

This 38 year old book was published in 1982 and is set in New York. A decaying dangerous New York which is fertile hunting ground for religious cults. Cal the 'hero' denies the danger until denial is less and less viable. He learns there are religious cravings better suited to an ancient world loose in NY. Cal is a bad father and an inept anthropologist and he is bad at both with unflagging determination.

This has a hilariously BAD sex scene and Cal is a ignorant tool who knows nothing about religion despite being an anthropologist. The word primitive is used a lot and Cal trusts white people over people of colour. Various people have iron self will and the cold determination of zealots and the drive of fanatics and complete conviction of the ultimate truth.

Sinister influnces and dark looks surround Cal, his son and his galpal. Cal takes absolutely no interest in any advice given to him, he has plain stubbornness and still residual fear and sorrow take over as calamity sweeps through his life. People have pernicious spite and there is unspeakable imagery and Cal will not listen to warnings that a terrible event will happen.

Bit by bit the perception of threat intensifies and they provide a sobering reminder of Cal's own inadequacies. Cal's primary responses are driven by fear and anger. Evil is incited and there are a series of disconcerting cumulative disturbing events.There are simmering tensions and seemingly ordinary people promote such dark values and chilling terms are casually used and Cal's own chocies doom him.

Cal makes cultural assumptions and things without a natural explanation happen. Cal's perception of risk is affected and he can't behave with some restraint. Cal is pressured to behave dangerously as friends and allies turn out to be ideological bedfellows. Sense is torn apart by Cal's personality and strategy. Cal thinks inevitability is overrated and there is an ignored global narrative. The stakes are high and the odds seem even.

Cal does hugely damaging things and is without a shred of credibility. Cal is mostly unimpressive and things descend into uproar due to Cal's antipathy and disastrous chocies. This was a vivid if dated read and it was horrifically compelling. Cal is not a competent person and he has superficiality and a total lack of intellectual curiosity. His notions are gradually crushed as he becomes mentally unstable and glibly unethical. There is absurdity as Cal does disquisitions and says untruthful things. Momentous things happen and there is a cruel downer ending.

Cal castigates and doesn't show affection to his son. Cal's wife died in a hilariously bizarre household accent. Cal thinks magic isn't intellectually tenable and he is repellent. Cal loudly asserts his entitlements and rights and is incapable of facing his deficits, he maximises his self interest and he is self righteous and he can't do reasoned argument. Paths collide fatefully and remorselessly. Cal has moral superiority and is a know it all 'academic' who never does any work.

Cal does nothing to address the social problems on his doorstep which leads to awful consequences. There is forceful assertion of power and ill fated terrible events are to come for Cal, but he is dangerously irresponsible and has selfish isolationsim and pious interventionism and is uninterested in events that 'don't concern him'. That's his normal cultural belief. One feels exasperation at Cal and he has an emotional reckoning coming.

Cal does nothing but standby and he is stifling and toxic as he helps inflict violence and harm and is unsympathetic. There is foggy plotting and antagonistic people and Cal faces a forlorn fate and makes inauspicious mistakes and brings down more misfortunes on him and others. This book is full of universally dislikeable characters who make lousy decisions and do fatal harm. Cal does consequential and unforgivable harm.

People have bad and inexplicable impulses and the lurching plot provokes disbelief rather than terror. Cal develops an all out obsession. Cal is not prepared to address problems and he perpetuates issues and creates more. Cal causes upset in the family unit and creates narrative, plot and meaning out of otherwise random insignificant events.

There are increasing complex flights of fancy that seep insidiously into the real world and Cal struggles to seperate fact from fiction, coincidence from clue. There is no future of certainty for Cal and the future he gets, is not the future one wants. Dark, devious acts and troubled psychology bother Cal. What Cal ultimately does shows him as someone cold, capricious who thrives on conflict and schemes and bullies.

People have inherent untrustworthiness and there are disastrous encounters and distorted aims. There is no wistful yeanring and this was adapted into a Martin Sheen movie that was not faithful. Cal is a wastrel who is all mediocrity. There is slow narrative drive and Cal has an attacking nature and Cal is surrounded by relentless and constricting belief. There is resonance and formulaic exposition and an atmosphere of terror and mounting dread.

Cal has no contrition and finally reaches breaking point and he is strident in his awfulness. His 'friends' are cunning, self-centred, amoral, habitual lairs. Cal is not endearing and he is predictably terrible and lousy. He has no parental feelings and no work ethic. A screaming villainess lurks and people are on demonic form. People of colour lurk, menacingly.

Cal goes on a grim downward spiral and is surrounded by a wreckage of broken dreams. Cal faces dark disturbing thoughts and is sullen and stubborn. Cal is exclusionary and has a fixed truth belief system. This was mundane yet satisfying and there is an eerie past. The erratic Cal does not learn. This novel is now obscure and the Martin Sheen movie is also obsucre. This book has dubious cover art and the slip cover summary gives away the entire plot. Cal's life becomes hellish as he pokes around at voodoo.

Torey is Cal's personality free love interest. Chris is Cal's ignored son. Does Chris ever go to school? Does Cal care? Cal is profoundly impacted by his own moronic actions and his actions have no provable benefit. Cal invests everything with significance. People see sacrifice as somehow necessary and important. There is no happy conclusion and Cal unnecessarily escalates the situation. Evil is intentional and Cal is deeply frustratingly oblivious and puts himself and others at risk by his choices.

Things are grim and disheartening. There is a dark mantra and Cal is horrendous and via truly surreal events – be begins to believe. People have opaque and confusing motives. Believers are legion and loyal and some followers are unremittingly evil. Cal's wilful ill informed blunders are glaringly exposed. Cal has muscular pride in himself and causes heightened melodrama. Cal is a noxious unlovable character. NY is a grim backdrop to Cal being in need of salvation in his darkest hour. Cal lives a darker reality and whenever he tries to explain himself he just churns out endless psychotic ramblings.

Believers have fierce loyalty and Cal has ill informed concerns. There is a predatory belief system and believers have vicious collective joy and they cause strange happenings that are not natural. Things turn out to have darker implications and there are challenging emotional times. Cal is an entitled man with few redeeming qualities and takes an enormously combative approach. This was good with a cruel twist downer ending. There is no hope or solace just apocalyptic doom and this was engaging,

Best Lines:

“He looked ludicrous. No one laughed.”

“Approaching confrontation.”

“No-top job.”

“Unsure of what had befallen her, yet knowing it was terrible.”

“Bombs they weren't supposed to be capable of making.”

“Assumption of friendship.”

“Eighty years ago, yes, it must have been an idyllic rural setting. Now the cemetery faced across six lanes of cracked asphalt to a MacDonald's and a drive-through car wash.”

“We've got to do it. Because when it's done, we can stop being afraid.”

“Opens or closes the way to opportunity.”

“Tried not to sound deranged.”

“Such a betrayal, such an evil.”

“The world cared not, knew not what rites unfolded in secret havens.”

“It could not be expected of him,...There had to be a limit.”

“The only way he could live with what he had done already was to believe there had been a purpose.”

“Nearly succumbed to the impulse to shake his fist toward heaven.”

“Said a man who looked dangerous was on the way up.”

“They? Who were they?”

“No answer for her, and no forgiveness.”

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TNG 6x14+ Evil 1x09 + Batwoman 1x09 + Veronica Mars 4x03 Reviewed

Face Of The Enemy

The universe is a cold, silent, unintelligent place much like this ep which is badly acted unself-conscious absurdism. Romulans sleep in thier uniforms? Troi wakes up on a Romulan warbird and she has been surgically altered to look Romulan. She's pretending to be a Tal Shair agent.

Carolyn Seymour of 'Survivors' plays the commander of the Romulan warbird. The Romulan uniforms look like quilts. Troi can't act and has negative capability. Is Troi speaking Romulan? How is she speaking Romulan? Troi always had the weight of people's low expectations. This was unexciting and Troi violently contests sense.

Bad actors growl, scowl and spout exposition. Troi has comical anguish. A Romulan appears well intentioned. Women do vituperative haranguing. This was fairly average and horrifyingly banal. There is no collective sense of empathy, resilence, kindness or social cohesion. A defector returns to the UFP and he has wilful non-conformity. Riker has annoyance regarding perceptions of incompetence.

There is no prosocial behaviour. Picard gets a message from Spock. There is groupthink, shame and fear. The pensioner Picard accuses someone of colluding in an oppressive culture. There is a lack of urgency and Troi is shrill. This didn't appeal and this was a hell to endure. There are more defectors and talk of the dissident movment. This was a terrible disaster. There is absurd sterotyping and how does Troi know Romulan food or table manners? Oh wait, she doesn't. Why didn't she ASK?!? Romulus has an Intelligence Academy and an Imperial War College. This looks cheap and low budget. The UFP/Romulan detente in this ep came to nothing.

Best Lines:

“Protection from what?”

“They're terrified of me.”

“The purpose of the Tal Shiar is to ensure loyalty.”

“40 years too late.”

“Clarity of purpose.”

“Expect deception.”

“Establish an escape route.”

“She was killed so that you could take her place.”

Exorcism Part 2

The returned hubby is annoying. This was not timelessly fascinating. David is sued over an exorcism. Kristen is a bitch with po-faced gusto. This show is all artifice. The daughters have an increasingly desperate plight due to their useless parents. Leland is merciless in his appraisal. I want to enjoy this but I'm not.

Leland is a persistent threat and there is legal character bashing. There is breathless melodrama and manic, corny, hopeless, muddled plotting. Leland has cackling connivance. The plot leads nowhere of consequence. This was greviously lacking breathless melodrama. David's past is dragged up. The hubby is a tool. The incel has no concept of gun safety. Nobody is scared of their future. What happened to the cat? There are deeper and rather troubling trends.

Best Lines:

“Drawn the attention of the Holy Father, that is not necessarily a good thing.”

“Has to have the last word even from the grave.”

“Pulling a Clinton.”

“Did anyone do anything?”

“Making reckless decisions.”

Crisis In Infinite Earths: Hour 2

Kate, Sara and Kara hang out. People wail over Oliver. The heroes learn that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Lex is back. Kara whines and wears unflattering pink lipstick. Oh shut up. This guest stars: Jon Cryer, Matt Ryan, Tom Welling and Kevin Conroy. Barry and Iris bore. Kate and Kara go to Earth99 and meet Bruce. Some annoying man annoys and Bruce needs an exo suit to walk around. Bruce looks like an accountant. There is an Earth75 where Lex killed Superman. Earth 167 is the 'Smallville' Earth. That Clark is still a big dumb alien. That Lex is POTUS.

Welling still can't act. His Clark gave up his powers for Lois. The mountain of Clex future fanfic that had Clark and Lex together and being heroes is rendered non-canon. Clark and Lois have 2 daughters. Clark mocks his and Lex's chats. Oh FU Clark, he doesn't care about the multiverse being in peril. Lois is still stupid.

Earth99 Bruce is a loony murderer who can't act, Earth99 Kate got herself killed. There is an Earth96 where Joker killed all Clark's friends and family. Earth99 killed Superman but not before he ended up in the exoskeleton. Is Earth96 meant to be the Christopher Reeves Superman?

Bruce's batcave is a dusty mess with the batmobile covered in a dust sheet. Bruce decides to kill Kate and Kara and dies from falling over. Kate is called the bat of the future – oh how wrong that was. This was not good.

Best Lines:

“Entire universe wiped from existence.”

“Second time I've gone nuts and fought myself.”

“Let it all end.”

Keep Calm And Party On

Lily Kane has been forgotten in Neptune 15 years after her murder. There is talk of political corruption. How can Logan get a job as a lackey to some people? He's in Naval intelligence! Veronica is racist and Mac's away. Logan can speak Arabic?!? Veronica does E with Logan, wouldn't Logan doing drugs have consequences to his naval career? Veronica gets a protege. One of the bombing victims was the nephew of a drug cartel boss. Murder is planned and this wasn't good. There is another bombing and Veronica gloats about being right.

Best Lines:

“Laundry quarters.”

“Scary PCHer.”

“Hires only ex cons.”

“Killed by an owl.”

"Featured agenda point."

"Deliverance twins."


Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'I Hate Suzie' promo

“Slightly above average actress.”

'Two Weeks To Live' promo


'The Third Day' trailer

Jude Law gurns.

'Reborn' promo


'Crash Landing On You' promo

A woman ends up in North Kora and finds romance. This looks DUMB.

Gluten free zesty lemon cake slice – dry.

Ben & Jerry's Poppin' Popcorn ice cream – mmmm.

I cannot believe these 1970s cartoons really existed: 'Funky Phantom', 'Jabberjaw' and 'Speed Buggy'.

There are fruity nachos?

I'd try watermelon gazpacho and kulfia and hrous and pomegranate and maple water kefir.

My ex was feckless and I feel miserable and lonely. My ex wasn't grateful. My ex's unreasonable silence goes on. My ex = unreliable and soul-numbing. I feel so betrayed by my ex – how unbearable this situation is for me. I still can't find a logical explanation for his behaviour. It doesn't match up to who I thought he was: someone thoughtful and kind and committed to me. My ex had disintergrating decency, he made a series of decisions and a truly unforgivable betrayal. Don't dare feel sorry for yourself ex, you chose this. He's unempathetic, inconsiderate and cowardly. My ex was unbearably disappointing. My ex has an absence of kindness and he's seriously lacking. I have caring responibilities. My ex professed to be devoted to me. My ex disappeared from our lives. My ex had connivance. My cheerless ex treated me with distain and sapped joy from my life.


'Channel 4 News' Quotes:

“Strategic reserve.”

“Finger blaming.”

“Small boat crossings.”

“Only theatre in Europe banned by the government.”

'The Twilight Zone' Quote:

“Ominious send off.”

'RTE News' Quote:

“Super spreader events.”

'Evil Twins' Quote:

“With sunlight, comes shadows.”

'Sky News' Quotes:

“Deep and urgent threat.”

“Didn't know what they were heading towards.”

'Virgin Media News' Quotes:

“Essential family visits.”

“Hull cracked.”

“Prison stint.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Skilled positions.”

“Reputational giving.”

“Dread word.”

“Range anxiety.”

“Facing great uncertainty.”

“In distress.”

“Hopeful for the future.”

“Creeping complacency.”

“Regretted their decision to move home, how they were treated.”

“Shared connection.”

“Wellbeing hit.”

“Tendency to overblame.”

“Lasting legacies.”

“Constant source of immediate anxiety.”

“Obliterates the future.”

“Inserting meaning into things and situations that don't have any. We see patterns when they don't exist. We say: things happen for a reason, even though they don't. They just happen.”

“Bring our date selves.”

“Changing my life plans.”

“Why is he ignoring me.”

“Structured social experences.”

“Finding it hard to re-engage.”

“Will not correct his behaviour as he argues with anyone telling him he is out of order.”

“Cannot cope with any interference in our lives.”

“Stuck at home with my family, whom I know want me to leave.”

“Behaving like this is completely normal.”

“Amplified its own mystique.”

“Long line of people whose jobs have become obsolete.”

“Unheralded and rejected in their own land.”

“Rage generation.”

“Fetishised isolation.”

“Americans were always going on erotic journeys.”

“Went silent to the grave, doomed to be soon forgotten.”

“Cultural trust.”

“Infamous as the focus of a recent TV docu-series.”

“A town's complicity in the tragedy.”

“Can't say how long temporary is.”

'Murderers And Their Mothers' Quote:

“Cannot do change.”

'Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated' Quotes:

“Desperate need for teenage mystery solvers.”

“Who to follow: dog or foopish ghost?”

“How should I know? I'm just a shark from the future.”

“Get it right sidekick!”

“Modern ink symbols mock Captain Caveman!”

“Just blow woman! Blow!”

“Pathetic mackerel!”

“The sidekicks have solved the mystery!”

“Sick of being a sidekick. Resentful, even.”

“Clock I could squat in.”

'American Housewife' Quotes:

“Never any consequences.”

“I don't believe you.”

“Clever girl.”

“I'm staying 3 weeks and I'm wearing the shortie robe!”

“Move on from your sad life.”

“Revenge inviting.”

“Spite invite.”

“We're making memories.”

“Not good ones.”

“Your half brother from your father's secret family.”

“The internet is not good for you.”

“That platter survived 2 world wars and Lee Majors.”

“Never approved of anything I did.”

'BBC News' Quotes:

“Rage against the elite.”

“Misrule was ruining the country.”

'FTWeekend' Quotes:

“Life in lawn country.”

“Noir cliches.”

“To the consternation of some purists.”

“Enjoy this stuff straight out of the box, watching Netflix.”

“Technology had evolved beyond recogition, pets and hairstyles had come and gone, and loved ones grown frail.”

“Time they hadn't even noticed passing.”

“We never talk about the past because I don't want to ruin my relationships with anyone.”

“Multiple narratives, multiple sides, multiple truths.”

“What the neighbours heard and saw.”

“Pervasive climate of denial.”

“Rightwing media outlets dance on the grave of the American city.”

“His forecast seems unsettling,”

“Drain cities of their appeal,”

“Try and find a memorial commemorating its heroes or vicitms.”

“Loss aversion.”

“That feat failed to impress his father,”

“Shunned and mocked by his family,”


“Didn't love me, or acknowledge me, or respect me.”

“Too grim to think.”

“How they treated him over time-”

“Ruthless, unkind and purge all trace of empathy,”

“The amiable manner of enemies too lazy to make a true go at violence and harm.”

'Contact' Quotes:

“Is our planet safe?”

“Any presently known culture on Earrh.”

“Revealed no explanation for these objects.”

“Conflict analysis.”

'Unreported World' Quotes:

“Only film those fans who are willing to be filmed and that's not many of them.”

“Gratifying desires.”

“Not that innocent.”

“Satisfy the emotional needs of lonely men.”

“Virtual love.”

'The Sunday Times' Quotes:


“Officers battled for five hours to break up a party in a 3,700 sq ft rented Airbnb mansion.”

“Future life.”

“Orbits realign.”

“Faced judgment.”

“Immediate belonging.”

“That sense of belonging was clear manipulation of course.”

“Ultimate decision maker.”

“Dark and looming presence.”

“Allegedly receiving prophecies.”

“Wrong and unpleasant.”

“Conditioned to follow the rules and know no other way.”

“Had not chosen this way of life and had no way out. We were controlled by fear of all outside systems,”

“Distrust in the outside world.”

“No sense of having a future or striving for something better.”

“Did not have the freedom to express my thoughts, feelings and opinions."

“Never be silenced again.”

“Make the decisions about what your narrative was going to be.”

“Bug-eyed beardies ranting and raving in excessively Frenchified accents that render much of the dialogue impenetrable.”

“Wronged voices.”

“Stories have no reflective to real life.”

“Dubious reputations.”

“Ever more extreme stories to gain attention.”

“Limited realism.”

“They had a talent for violence that entertained other men who also had a taste for it.”

“Not worm-eaten.”

“Someone else's definition of who they are and who they should be.”

“Unexpected revalations.”

“What impels them?”

“Spoke glowingly of his gun collection.”

'The Sunday Business Post' Quote:

“Worse it could be.”

'Dr Phil' Quotes:

“Go to school all his life looking homeless.”

“Excuse for years.”

“Didn't fulfil promises.”

“Household dysfunction.”

“Latest gun incident.”

“Loved heroin more than me.”

'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Quotes:

“Hidey closet.”

“Ever been trapped in a sentient cave?!?”

“Had to fight a yeti for my own shoes!”

“Nobody's authorised to pass out!”

“Admiral stuff.”

“Bug alien!”

“Sarcastic Vulcan salute!”

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