February 15th, 2021

Scary Books

Dirty Money: Drug Short + Dirty Money: Payday +It's A Sin 1x04 + Zen (2011) 1x01 Reviewed

Dirty Money (2016-?): Drug Short

Wall Street is a place of extremes. A commotion started over the drug company Valeant which was a house of cards. Valeant caused fear, anxiety and deep sadness by predatory drug pricing which is still going on. Things get absolutely worse. Sick people have trepidation and the Valeant elite have no fear they would ever be caught or face repercussions.

Customers were alarmed and concerned. Valeant increased drug prices. People wonder how wealth is generated and how is it shared. Valeant did negative acts that were efficient, organised and relentless. There was a sytematic undoing. A woman had to pay $200 per tablet. Vital drugs go up and up in price due to greed and avarice. Drugs that used to be $1 a tablet are now costing thousands. There was catastrophic mismanagement and deep denialism and existential implications.

There was concerted, endless, heedless consupmption. The Valeant lot glamourised a model of capitalism and a culture of infinite disposability. Unpleasant truths are revealed. Effete elites wreck the livelihoods and health of honest to god American workers. The elite are impervious to reality. Elites had open contmept or mockery for their own customers. There was doom and panic and a desperate battle. A big scene was made about it. There was stress and frustration.

There was a world full of madness and fraud. This ep maintains engagrment and names were taken from a Stephen King novel. Martin Shkreli an argumentitive and surly git became the poster boy for this case. His morals were disengaged. There was no enthusiasm from anyone to do anything. Martin Shkreli had ebullience and energy in his own crapulence and contentment in himself. There was no responsibility by anyone. Hilary Clinton got involved and ranted about a case where a drug went up 5000% from $13:50 a pill.

The company was compared to Enron and the company imploded. Insufferably perky US tv hosts are seen. Drugs were wantonly expensive. People were and are miserable. Nothing changed and nobody has terrible shame. This was okay and people deserved more harsh judgment.

Best Lines:

“Most hated man in America.”

“No rules to stop him.”

“Smirk fest.”

“Lived up to his bad reputation.”

“Wasn't answering well.”

“A lot of people who don't like me.”

“Getting all of Wall Street's admiraiton.”

“Next level intelligent person.”

“Corporate jet that's in flight non stop from New York to China.”

“Failed to do basic research.”

“Insulated from the cost.”

“They want $20,000!”

“Targeted for layoff.”

“Talking heads that came on scene.”

“Power lunch on drugs.”

“Very hard living lifestyle.”

“Band of skeptics.”

“Predatory pricing.”

“Cultural comparisons.”

“Doing god's work.”

“Only one who could save them.”

“Market was dismissing the sceptics concern.”

“Foot fungus cream.”

“War of public perception.”

“Whole thing was ugly.”

“Dirty drunk attack.”

“Only built to accquire.”

“$80,000 worth of it in our refrigerator.”

Dirty Money: Payday

An okay tale of a scammer. There are forseeable consequences to predatory lending and a scammer is unmasked for what he was.

Best Lines:

“Not going to tolerate.”

“Tactical shotguns.”

“Destruction of somebody's life”

“That was unexplained to me.”

“On their last dollar.”

“A federal life sentence is a death sentence.”

“I wasn't involved in any of these things.”

It's A Sin 1x04

The famous HIV ad featuring John Hurt intoning: “Don't die of ignorance” airs. Ritchie's parents prefer to watch Michael Barrymore. It is 1988 and Ritchie is recklessly dangerous and did malicious damage to others. Ritchie's psychotically selfish, which is not called out by anyone. Roscoe grins and Princess Diana is mentioned. People make scenes at a funeral. There is a prevailing gloomy narrative. Ritchie finds it absolutely imperative to be a selfish jerk.

Jill plans to buy the Pink Palace for £42,000. Ritchie lies and ignores the worrying truth. Stephen Fry orates. Ritchie is dismissive of AIDS. Roscoe becomes Fry's kept man. Ritchie drinks his own piss and battery acid and ignores pleas to take a test. He ignores the awful truth that he has HIV. Ritchie whines about missing out on decadence. Ritchie leaves Jill to do the dishes. Clause 28 is whined about. Ash and co whine about profound implicaitons. Ritchie thinks he's self assured. Ritchie could spread HIV, not that he cares.

Ritchie is a selfish monster. Despite what TPTB and reviewers claim, Ritchie is not charming. Ritchie sppears in 'Doctor Who' and Daleks are fought. Ritchie has HIV and ignores his sister. Ritchie is selfish beyond words and he acts creepy and weird toward an old school crush and is ungrateful, unthankful and detestable. There is fake crying and Jill and co go on a protest march. Roscoe is thankless and Fry is closeted. Bisexuals don't exist according to TPTB. Roscoe is gross. The protestors hold up taffic and shout about a big pharma conspiracy theory 😯😕☹😖😟😲😦😧🤯😠😷.

Jill's dad lurks. Chords blare because Ritchie showed up to the protest march. The fact Jill got punched in the face dosen't matter. Ritchie attacks someone. Ritchie despite bleeding still lies about his HIV status. Oh piss off. And the protestors being beaten up never happened.

Best Lines:

“My mother's watching this!”

“End up as this problem.”

“Leave him out like he doens't exist.”

“You banned him.”

“Can't you leave us alone?”

“Dirty people!”

“No legal standing whatsoever.”

“I'm the one doing everything wrong.”

“Don't get yourself in trouble.”

“You could be nanny tonight.”

“Just there to be visible.”

“Rough as hell.”

“Not according to the schoolbooks they don't.”

“That's her law.”

“What have you done now?”

“I'll never be anything.”

“All his life, all he ever did was behave!”

“It's going to be all about you now.”


English people play Italians. A detective has scrupulous integrity, allegedly. Rufus Sewell stars alongside Stanley Townsend and Ben Miles. This was cancelled because the BBC said there were enough male detectives on tv, yes really. A man avenges his wrongful conviction for murder by murdering multiple people. There are ghastly traps. There is mumbling and Zen harassing an abuse victim. An 'Italian' has an Irish accent. This was hokey.

Best Line:

“Heading for career oblivion.”


Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Batwoman' 2x05 promo

“Can't keep working for your approval.”

'The Equalizer' 1x03 promo


'Zack Snyder's Justice League' trailer

WTF is with Jared Leto's face????

'Dirty Money' season 2 trailer

“Above all laws.”

'Dirty Money' season 1 trailer

“Much darker and more vast.”

'News Of The World' promo

“Difficult times, bad times.”

Gluten free chocolate cherry brownie – moist.

I'll review 'Blood & Money'.

I'd try Himalayan salt soap.

WTF is sound healing?

What's a marquise cake? What are potatoes with fenugreek? Or beef dhansak?

It's 12 years since 'Dollhouse' ended.

My ex has an ever-diminishing absence and he's not inadverently dismissive. He's doing it on purpose. My ex has intransigence and he had empty reassurances. My ex had hidden malice. I've been given no apology and I'm largely forgotten. My ex = belligerent contarian. My ex = unashamed. I always thought my ex incredibly pleased to see me.

I'll watch 'Elizabeth R'.

RIP The Happy Pear.

What are smoked almonds?

'Elizabeth & Mary' Quote:

“Emblematically aggressive embroidery.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Potential threats on the street.”

“Neither abject nor servile.”

“Given up trying to be liked.”

“Trained vocally and physically for Shakespeare.”

“Mistakenly aligned.”

“Rioted against.”

“Hic and click.”

“We already live in a country we fear.”

“In whose little couch-bound life only a tyrannical father and an ardent poet-lover contribute drama...as hindering the real writer, her husband."

“One irreversible decision.”

“Wildly unpopular.”

“Objectives were subject to constant media questioning and investigation.”

“Power on a level without precedent in human history.”

“Sense of a ghost never exorcised.”

“Boredom has become the defining factor in our lives.”

“Looking at the outside of houses filled with other bored people.”

“Bored and irritated.”

“Guy just sitting there, not doing a whole lot.”

“Everything is on you.”

“Ongoing ambition for the area.”

“Fantasies of rescue and transformation.”

“Unable to find husbands, bristling with anger and resentment.”

“Walked into a bar like that, he would instantly know what bar he was in.”

“Only the exceptional endures.”

“Bawling and screaming.”

“Crisis meeting.”

“Discourse has altered.”

“No hint of aggression.”

“The medium's possibilities.”

“Responded in this emotional way.”

“Riot-inducing masterpiece.”

“Collapsing of the distinction between noble and ignoble.”

“Withdraw and cut off contacts with others in their community.”

“Threatened with physical harm.”

“Intensity of the intimidation.”

“Exacerbating the sense of isolation.”

“That amount of tragedy.”

“Dignity of an income.”

“Fought without mercy.”

“Exercise his malice.”

“Civil participation.”

“Shrouded in suspicion and myth.”


“Serious affront.”

“Persistent non-engagement.”

“Stating plaintively.”

“Venous access.”

'The Sunday Business Post' Quotes:

“Had to share a pair of shoes with his sister until the age of seven.”

“Some works will no doubt disappear from the repertorie.”

“Pay wars.”

“Civilisation had taken root and failed,”

'Girls' Quotes:


“Not pleasant to be around.”

'Unsolved Mysteries' Quote:

“Who he was chasing out.”

'South Park' Quotes:

“I am disgusted!”

“I have been forsaken!”

'The Simpsons' Quotes:

“Bourbon. Neat. In a dirty glass.”

“There are songs about drinking?”

“Elminate all sorrow.”

“Hello nature! Time to meet your death.”

“We should exchange insurance information. I have none.”

'The Lake Erie Murders' Quote:

“An unforgettable year, just for all the wrong reasons.”

'Fatal Vows' Quotes:

“Awfully non-compassionate.”

“Squandered away.”

'Mary, Queen Of Scots And The Murder Of Lord Darnley' Quotes:


“Horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.”


'Sex, Lies And Murder' Quote:

“All that time later.”

'BBC News' Quotes:

“Political vengeance.”

“Ecstasy fulled threesome. Really.”

“Tells no-one.”

“That really is the plot.”

“What's the achievement here?”

“Lets the beard and sunglasses do the talking.”

“Suddenly start waving axes.”

“If you want to watch Nic Cage attack a giant gorilla with a toilet plunger and then beat it to death on the side of a urinal.”

'An Irish Woman In Czarist Russia' Quotes:

“Harboured a lifelong resentment.”

“No fortune or the propsect of one.”

“Aristocrats living off of the land, supported by an impoverished, uneducated peasantry.”

“The revolutions they were about to live through.”

“Used to making demands and having them met.”

“Done nothing in line with the wishes and advice of your husband.”

“This behaviour provoked mockery in the town. This relationship has attracted enemies.”

“Social drug.”

“Do something mad and provocative.”

“The torment of my life.”

“A father should always be respected in the family, and that his role should create respect and obedience.”

“Who after spending her dowry would throw her out of the door.”

“Shelter the children of emigres of the deposed European royal families.”

“Anger, like hatred, makes you lose reason.”

'Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated' Quotes:

“Going 60 miles an hour covered in 4 year old's chilli cheese fries.”

“You know how I got over it?”

“You cut the brakelines on his car?”

'Red Dwarf' Quotes:

“I try to be liked, god knows I try.”

“A boy and his bush kanagroo.”

'The Sunday Times' Quotes:

“Two more goes at guessing his password before his hard drive self-combusts.”

“Much shorter, much bloodier film.”

“In 1983, when life was simple,”

“Life rich in leisure.”


“Would have been the sovereign of a vast Chinese empire had it not been overthrown in the 13th century.”

“Very important that you do not let us down,”

“That was my job, that is the one thing they asked of me, that was my value.”

“Bore his shame.”

“Seemingly vacuous lives and eye-popping consumption.”

“Cultural intrigue.”

“Therapised, liberal life in LA.”

“Couture queen.”

“Shops for diamonds as though they are sweets, throws dinner parties as through they are tests of allegiance and sounds lonely-”

“She trusts few people.”

“Build his own legacy.”

“Huge amount of distrust.”

“Bais-cut red dress they put female soap characters in to make them seem a bit whorey.”

“An arcade claw machine that picked out Gucci presents.”

“Coercion and mistreatment.”

“Mistaken a dead end for an escape route.”

“Stirs hostility.”

“Destined to draw popular derison.”

“Forced fun.”

“Justly reverenced.”

“Byword for catastrophe.”

“Everything she did was interpreted as evidence of madness,”

“Communal conformist thinking.”

“Unrealistic expectations.”

“Fearful and tense compliance.”

“Feverish enthusiasm.”

“The poo apocalypse.”

“Dosen't want to go anywhere near anybody,”

“Would always come back, but only when she felt like it.”

“Gesture eating.”

“Grazing pigs.”

“Disregard their own faeces,”

“Browned cow.”

“A new person to hate.”

“Dwindling fame.”

'Business Post Irish Tatler' Quotes:

“Highly compliant behaviour.”

“Everything had changed.”

“Remain suspicious of him.”

“Sexual hinderance.”

“Inability to cope with things.”

“Orthodoxy of opinion.”

“So isolated and alone.”

“Dark and extreme.”

“Hijacked the language of collective hope and aspiration.”

“Reflect what was most degraded and abject about our time,”

“Attempted to win hearts and minds.”

“Had to imagine anything more stupid or crass than launching a red sports car into perpetual solar orbit, sullying the vast inhuman emptiness of the cosmos with the shimmering trash of consumerism.”

“Seriously analysing the motives and methods of those behind establishing a presence on Mars.”

“Strange and revealing choice of terminology,”

“The prospect of building a human civilisation on Mars had a deeper motivation than that of ensuring the survival of the species. It was a fantasy of retrieving the idea of the future from the past,”


“Socially enforced celibacy and perpetual solitude.”

'Killer In Question' Quotes:

“Psycho as hell.”

“Trust for nobody.”

“Quit talking to me.”

“Happiness was taken.”

“Degenerate liar.”

On 'Hollyoaks': who's the creepy beardy guy lurking like a sex offender? Selfish Mandy whines when her deliberate decision to lie has consequences. Cindy wears a tiny tartan mini. TPTB are completely incompetent. There is meaningless blather and this is numbing drudgery. Mandy has cravenness. This is shocking banality. Why is Mercedes in a cantakerous rage? Why are the pub and eatery open in a global pandemic? Sylver wears no sleeves in feb! Why is Sylver fawning over Mercedes like a dog in fox crap? Tony asks Diane to marry him again, again only for Diane to reveal that Tony's mad dad is the father of her unborn bastard child.

Best Lines:

“She threw his leg in the river!”

“I do not do short and curlys from the urinals!”

Sergio Balleseros

Movie Reviews: The Conversation+Lady Macbeth+The Deer Hunter+The Program+Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The Conversation (1974)

Gene Hackman stars in this film that predates Watergate. It was written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Harrison Ford co-stars. People spy on others. There are brutal, ruthless and deeply unpleasant men and Jacobean theatrical relish. This was okay if a bit dreary, interminable, mordant and boring.

Why does Harry (Hackman) have a plastic wrap on his lampshade? Why does he wear a raincoat he never takes off? There are dated tech and clothes. Harry takes his trousers off and is supposed to be 44?!?!? He plays the sax, loudly. His poor neighbours. He visits his girlfriend and breaks up with her – he also keeps his raincoat on while trying to have sex. Harry rides the bus and obsolete tech is used. Something pernicious is going on in this captivating yearn. There is a huge sense of despair and this was grim.

There is a sense of urgency and Harry is always suspicious and paranoid. Hideous shoes are worn. Ford plays a office drone. Or does he? Harry plays an alleged survelliance expert. Dirty raincoat man Harry spies on 2 people. A mime lurks. Who is Harry and who are his lackeys? Some Patrick Wilson looking man and a woman are followed and spied on. Harry is Catholic.

Harry is a private operator. Harry's well known and there is CCTV and paranoia. Ford lurks. A slide show is seen as are 1970s clothes. A security conference booth babe is not to be trusted. Early technology techniques are described. Harry grows ever more obsessive and paranoid. There is ADR and Ford stares. Nobody wears seat belts. There is a sudden inexplicable car chase and talk of events in NY. There is a weird drinks party and Harry is ever more uptight.

Women are fluff and there is a mention of the Teamsters. Harry exposed a fraud in NY that resulted in 3 murders. There is a bugged pen and Harry gets angrier and increasingly belligerent. The plot is unclear. Harry is oddly disapproving of everything. There is no conscientiousness. Why do women want to shag Harry? You can see gooseflesh. Harry has chest fur. There is a dream sequnce. Is a conincidence that Harry's ex Amy and booth babe Meredith look alike? There is a phone in a drawer and a rando dog. Harry's name is Harry Caul. There is a random bowl of walnuts with a nutcracker.

Robert Duvall makes a cameo appearance. There is possible marital infidelity and unwise choices and Harry wedges himself in next to a loo and spies. There is yelling and he does nothing. There are orange bedspreads and one has no idea what has happened or why or if anything did. Harry stares at an ominious toilet. What's in the toilet?!??

This all took place in San Francisco. The ending changes everything. There is a lot of car exhaust. The innocent weren't so innocent. There is sneering and the conversation takes on an all new meaning. Harry goes nuts as a phone rings and he rips apart his flat.

Best Lines:

“Oh look that's terrible.”

“He's not hurting anyone.”

“Neither are we.”

“Not so good.”

“Big thing at the time.”

“I don't have a home telephone.”

“I don't have any secrets.”

“Oh did we hear.”


“Infernal revenue.”

“You're really very nice.”

“Discontinuing its fins.”

“Someone may get hurt.”

“Tired of mostly everything.”

“What a stupid conversation!”

“He's kill us if he got the chance.”

“Taking pleasure in impure thoughts.”

“I won't let him even smell my equipment.”

“We know that you know. For your own sake, don't get involved.”

“Think we can do this?”

“I'm afraid you'll have to leave now.”

“Enemy within the company.”

“I don't know what it's about, but I don't like it.”

“Best tailman in the country.”

“Lonely and annoymous.”

“The best bar none.”

“Best bugger on the west coast.”

“Don't you get papers in Chicago?”

“Probably out on strike.”

“Hire a lip-reader with binoculars.”

“I don't need anyone.”

“Disappointed I survived.”

“I am afraid of murder.”

“Can't let it happen again.”

“I'm not following you, I'm looking for you.”

Lady Macbeth (2016)

A loveless marriage and no moral content. This stars Florence Pugh and I just do not care.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

This was lowering, depressing, cruel, amoral and incoherent and so very slow. It's an hour into the movie before they get to Vietnam. There is no sufficient effort in this Oscar bait. The sense of permanence and community are destroyed.There is shrieking hysteria.

The Program (2013)

More Lance Armstrong bashing in this miserably dull movie that tries to heroise a weird and obsessed journalist.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe play showgirls on the make. TPTB said about this film: replace Monroe, get a new director, make it shorter and rewrite the script. All true. An Olympic team sail on the ship. Monroe is dumb and Russell is hard. You can see how much thick makeup the women are wearing. Shirtless men work out. There is so much singing. Monroe's dress in the Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend scene looks purple not pink. This was dull.

Best Line:

“Not about to let you commit matrimony with his son. I think he'd rather shove him down an elevator shaft.”

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