November 26th, 2021

Scary Books

Book Review: Blood Games (Re-read)

Blood Games by Richard Laymon

This 1992 novel sees 5 former college friends meet up for an adventure at a remote lodge, which was once the sight of a horrible mass murder. This was good. In the remote backwoods something lurks.

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Robins Issue 1 Review

A nut plots. Anarky is mentioned. This was good. Nightwing, Damian, Tim Drake, Jason and Spoiler hang out. Where were the others when Nightwing had a TBI? Robin was Dick's idea and not one of the others ever apologized for appropriating his creation. Stephanie was a shorttime Robin. Tim demanded to be Robin. Damian goes on about Robin and Batman being his mantles to inherit. He's awful. Jason whines. There are callbacks.


Best Lines:

“I love thee not a bit.”


“Guys running around thinking you're deciphering messages from a message board.”


“This rotting pit has his castoffs. We've got nothing to fear from sidekicks.”


“I'm not goin' down for this! They'll take me off unemployment!”


“If I wanna hear villainous ranting, I'll call my dad.”


“The daughter of a third-rate super-villain.”


“Placing my value in something I'll never be again.”


“All the bad I done to you 'n' everyone else.”


“When you were in the cape and fairyboots.”


“What's comin' for you is worse than anything I could ever do. Pure friggin' evil--”

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Movie Reviews: Hustlers + Shark Season + The First Wives Club + All The President's Men

Hustlers (2019)

Jlo steals the movie from its supposed star Constance Wu. Julia Stiles co stars in this tale of thieving strippers in 2007. Is this supposed to be sexy? People behave horribly. Strippers go outside in thongs and sit with their legs wide apart. They have excitment and jubilation at their dirtbag lifestyle.


The downturn hits. This was idiocy. There are irresponsible people with negative coping mechanisms. This has no great relevance. This was vacuous. There is no moral urgency. This was morally flaccid. This was murky looking and insufficient. This was very poor. The master narrative bores. There is a montage of 'baking'. The law gets involved. Mercedes Ruehl and Lili Reinhart of 'Riverdale' and Cardi B and Lizzo star. This was based on a magazine artcile. This causes malaise.


Best Lines:

“Followed the green brick road.”


“Never cross a certain line.”


“Run up his credit card as far as we can push it.”


“The one room without cameras.”


“I can't afford no lawyer.”


“Anyone can own one nice suit.”


“Always look for a wedding ring.”


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Shark Season (2020)

Michael Madsen, a shark and terrible VFX feature in this dreck.


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The First Wives Club (1996)

The tale of rejected women whose trashy men left them for bimbos. This was okay.


Best Lines:

“Bye bye love, hello pop tarts.”


“Don't get mad, get everything.”


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All The President's Men (1976)

Redford and Hoffman star in this true story which is Watergate: the movie. This was so wordy and worthy.


Best Line:

“Garage freak.”


Hawkeye

Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Hawkeye' clips

Clint's going deaf? The save the city song! Hawkeye LARPS.


'Batwoman' 3x08 promo

No.


'Riverdale' 6x03 promo

Oh hell no.


'The Last Matinee' trailer

No.


'Masters Of The Universe part 2' trailer

Mmmm. Skeletor is incredibly destructive to normal function.


The portentous spinoff showcase 'Green Arrow & The Canaries' would have worked better if Tommy Merlyn had been in it.


I'd try Basil & Lime dressing, Honey & Mustard dressing and Chilli & Lime dressing. I'd eat an Avoca Glazed Fruit & Nut Mont d'Or Cheese.


I want a rosa morganite pendant. I want a pink pepper, rose, amber and leather candle.


'The Irish Times It's Christmas' Quote:

“Bedroom antics.”


'Miriam And Alan Lost In Scotland' Quotes:

“My future life.”


“Bog myrtle.”


“Exposing myself as an incompetent.”


“Ruin thing.”


“Witch friends.”


“Evil or threatening.”


“Slum tart.”


'The Irish Times' Quotes:
“Extraordianry tirade.”


“Hostile intent.”


“Eminence.”


“Garbage insults.”


“Purported arch rival.”


“Sub-narrative.”


“Ongoing acrimony.”


“Intimidatory and aggressive behaviour.”


“Staggering magnitude of the crisis.”


“Emotional fraility.”


“Curiously under-discussed one.”


“Aberrant and fleeting.”


“Scarcely believable.”


“Presciently pessimistic.”


“Lucklessly.”


“Mispalced premise.”


“Jeering remarks.”


“Unsmiling.”


“Inextricably linked.”


“Staunch defence.”


“Terror he created in the home.”


“Shocking and damning.”


“Depopulated.”


'True Life Crime UK' Quotes:

“Themes of loss and distress.”


“Sarkest point of desperation.”


“Running with a dangerous crowd.”


“Evoke distrust.”


“Drug gangs.”


'The Times Literay Supplement' Quotes:

“Aims were less exalted.”


“Deliberate experiment in survival without the amenities of civilization.”


“True-believing follower.”


“Gloomy phrase,”


“Fancifully compared.”


“Intolerable burden.”


“Interlocking narratives.”


“Joyful wonder.”


“Prophetically wrote.”


“Vehemently disdained.”


“So antagonized the authorities.”


“Schism that resulted.”


“Overpowering sorrows.”


“Ruthless competitiveness.”


“The unequivocal triumph of evil over good, and rejoicing in it.”


“Degenerate into recrimination and unhappiness.”


“Pariah figures.”


“Largely adversarial relationship.”


“Folksy founding myths:”


“Something approaching coherence.”


“Ruling the local Dungeons & Dragons fraternity with an iron fist.”


“Banal reminisces.”


“Views paper money as nefarious government control-”


“Dramatic upheaval of entrenched power structures.”


“Striking discordance.”


“Over-spiteful.”


“Rationally unjustifiable.”


“French immorality, American indecency,”


“Lifelong frustrations.”


“Aggressive criticism.”


“Needed to persuade herself it was acceptable.”


“Disinter sensational court cases.”


“Men of law.”


“Determined to change their fate.”


“Grim hallmark.”


“Ideological contortions.”


“Ill-concealed ambition.”


“Irrationalism.”


“Magisterial account.”


“Psychologically traumatic.”


“Catalyst for her discontent.”


“Personal deception.”


“Inevitable misfortune.”


“Has he selectively chosen what he wants to see and grown accustomed to that choice?”


“Tech-refusenik.”


“Endangered privilege.”


“Secretive cruelty.”


“Bookless.”


“Formidable threat.”


“Disinclined.”


“Horror vacui.”


“Readiness to surround himself with some unsavoury acquaintances,”


“Neglected and misrepresented by biographers and historians.”


“Serial flirtations.”


“Moralistic relevance.”


“Penitential.”


“Moral oversimplification.”


“Social dysfucntion.”


“Blame women for their unhappiness and have antagonistic relationships with their fathers and brothers.”


“Live a religious life of their chooisng.”


“Societal constructs.”


“Public disorder.”


“A poor housekeeper and a “scatterbrained pathetic hypochondirac”, who was a hinderance to her brilliant husband.”


''allo allo'' Quotes:

“Must dash chaps, Jerry on horizon.”


“Frozen drink on a stick.”


“Nobody likes you.”


“Go to your cupboard.”


“Bang for short periods.”


“Take off your clothes and join me behind the henhouse.”


'Dr Phil' Quotes:

“I don't remember how I cut my finger off.”


“Passes out in bars.”


“Withdrawn your emotions from her.”


'Arrow' Quotes:

“Fixture of the Starling City club scene.”


“This is not going to finish well.”


“Hood guy.”


“Be the person you always told me I could be.”


“Find your way home.”


“Felt closer to you when you were dead.”

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Sergio Balleseros

American Crime Story Impeachment 1x06+Grimm 3x19-4x02+Evil 2x12+Departure 2x04+ 2 more

Man Handled

1998: Linda sets Monica up. Ken Starr and co plot against Monica. The FBI are gross and Colin Hanks sneers. Linda is gross. The FBI keeps Monica in a hotel room for 12 hours and threaten her with over 20 years in jail. She is denied her lawyer. Creepy men circle her. The FBI keep on denying Monica her right to a lawyer. The FBI try to order Monica around.


They meance her with recordings and photos. The FBI kept on denying Monica her lawyer. An FBI agent ripped a phone off a wall. Linda's vile. Nobody reassures Monica, she is intercepted and shouted at. The FBI threaten Monica's mom. Why didn't Monica run?


Monica's idiot mother shows up. Linda's horrible and Monica's dad finally shows up. The FBI keep on keeping Monica from her lawyer. They watched 'NYPD Blue'? Nobody helped the distressed Monica. Ann is foul. Linda rants. Monica's mother wears a tiny skirt. FBI agents lurk and yell. The dad's lawyer calls out the FBI for their crap. Monica leaves. This was not good. Mira Sorvino is playing Monica's mom. What is Boston lettuce? Jemima Khan produced. Is that the Jemima Khan?!?


Best Lines:

“Print in 48 hours.”


“Under investigation for your conduct.”


“Really intimidating people.”


“The Feds have Monica.”


“Federal prison for lying about an affair in a civil case?”


“Make her cry again.”


“Seems weird.”


“I know my malls.”


“Pilgrim burger.”


“No-one's ever gonna marry me.”


“The Tripp tapes.”


“We're listening staight through.”


“We've living a page in a US history book.”


“We're the coup.”


“They cannot stop you.”


“Walk out the door.”


“Too bad, so sad.”


“Communal fax.”


“To show he cared.”


“She loves to shop.”


“The most honourable few.”


“1st vulnerable girl he saw in a hallway.”


“This ends right now.”


“What she says in horrifying detail.”


“Having sex with an office girl.


“Monitered calls.”


“Unlawful detention.”


“Get for it.”


“Transactional immunity.”


“LINDA, WHAT DID YOU DO?!?”


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Nobody Knows The Trubel I've Seen/My Fair Wesen

Adalind is plotting. I'm don't care about her or the Grimmette. Renard lurks. This was not utterly riveting.


Best Line:

“Street girls.”


The Inheritance/Blond Ambition

Adalind plots. The Grimmette gets screentime. Adalind is insatiable. There is inertia. Renard gets his clothes off. This is an inevitbale failure. There is gimmickry and clowning. Renard is disdainful. Grimms have jeering and high regard.


Nick is a cretinous dupe. Adalind's revenge is near-inescapable. It is hard for TPTB to make anything nuanced happen. Nick is so clankingly credulous that he strains even satirical credibility. There is no soul-cleansing honesty just Faustian goings on. Renard is wise and wordly. Sense is giddily ignored. Nick has Orwellian zeal in being dumb. This was not tantalizing. Adalind's malignant reign goes on. There is no ratcheting sense of horror or likeability.


Adalind has an actual skeleton key. Adalind and Nick have relentless hubris. This is a creativity vacuum. Renard overlooks something ludicrously obvious. This is wearisome and it is all sterility and outright dullness.


There is a limit to viewer's tolerance. This is bereft of quality. This was much derided and regrettably pedestrian. Nick is a particularly grim figure. Adalind transforms into Juliette. More Grimms show up. Renard's strangely incurious about Adalind's plotting. Nick has sanctimony and is polemicist and wears sunglasses indoors.


There is ethical murk and moral discomfort. There is a weaponization of sex. There is no comfort or safety. There is the grotesqueness of seemingly good intentions. The ending is an inevitability. This was not meaning making. There are mini dramas and this was a mad gaggle of futility.


There are different formations of bloodlusting people. There is no pathos or moral guidance. This show is declining. Renard's dual heritage gets no attention. There is implausibility. This was not fantastical. There are cheerless grins and this was not impressive or infinitely serious.


Juliette's thick. There is a growing sense of wrongness. There is disquiet and desolation and trouble. Adalind slept with Nick while disguised as Juliette. There is bad acting and Juliette is stupid. This does not revivfy. Renard is shot. Juliette is mystifingly dumb. This causes brain fatigue and apathy with its humdrumery. Wesen are aggressive and should be got rid of. This wasn't pithy. Juliette is an emotional extortionist. There is no endless fascination with this disjointed mess.


Best Line:

“Speaking of lost things.


Thanks For The Memories/Octopus Head

Some cthulhu looking man attacks. Wu knows Nick is a liar. Renard is in hospital. Juliette is a miserable bitch acting like she is the victim here. Adalind learns she has made a bad bargain. Renard's mommy shows up. The FBI want a Grimm. The Grimmette is grabbed. Nick is bound to Adalind. Oh FFS.


Best Lines:

“Don't you regret that decision.”


“You can huff and puff all you want, you're not going to blow this house down.”


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D Is For Doll

Leland plots and want a job with the church working with the possessed. A man says he is haunted. I don't care about Sheryl. A loony house cleaner loons. David ponders choices. I've no idea what is going on, nor do I care.


Best Lines:

“The war is beginning.”


“Youth fellowship.”


“I just want a normal life.”

“Too bad, you can't.”


“God is here and the devil is too.”


“They pretend they need you.”


“Panic disorder.”


“The moral standing of this family.”


“That was odd.”


“Scouring evil.”


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Wrecking Ball

The karen karens. The investigation goes on. This was not compulsive, mesmerising or tense. This was dull and not epoch making. This was full of negative energy. What lead to such a notoriously disastrous result?


Best Line:

“Always the source of her pain.”


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Dig Deeper The Disapperance Of Brigit Meier (2021) 1x01&1x04

This is a German true crime limited series. This was dubbed. In 1989 a wife and mother vanished. It led to toxic debates. This was a badly thought through investigation. People are utterly dismayed. There is talk of a murderer. People are united in grief. A growing conversation is underway. There is total disregard. Men in responsible positions have no objectivity. There is moral disintegration. Police deliberately shied away. Intemperate and belligerent types lurk. There is moral ambivalance. There is no self dignity. This was banality. There is no emotional epiphany.


There is a fetid atmosphere. This was inelegant, plodding and pointless. This was undeserving of your time. The missing woman's husband is unpleasant. This was a grim enterprise. There is no narrative thrust. This was dull and fatiguing and largely irrelevant. This grinds on inexorably. There is no resolution. This was misconceived and entirely without merit. There is a lack of engagement. There is bellicose rhetoric. The woman's tragic end was overshadowed.


Best Lines:

“How strange this cause is.”


“Do I need to?”


“Criminal logic.”


“Bitter truth.”


“Speculation is rife.”


“Not people who were down and out.”


“Don't want people to know where they've fone.”


“Who is roaming the forest.”


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The Lost Symbol 1x02


The Araf
Rubbish.

Best Line:
"No one knows, no one living at least."

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