Saturday Morning Brain Drain [30/10/21]

A place to let it all out.

What I watched:  Locke and Key season two, a show inspired by the graphic novels of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It is a deeply layered show with a ton of “significant events” that appear innocuous at the time. Short version: magic keys, lurking evil, fantastic key-controlled powers, kids have magic, adults don’t, demons, etc. In other words, it is like my favorite book genre. Season one viewing is a must for season two to make any sense.

Here are a few trailers/clips:

What I read:

A Familiar Sight (Dr. Gretchen White Book 1) by Brianna Labuskes. This is book with a psychopathic heroine, who makes no bones about her lack of empathy. From her website, “Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White is a specialist in antisocial personality disorders and violent crimes. She’s helped solve enough prominent cases for detective Patrick Shaughnessy that her own history is often overlooked: Gretchen is an admitted sociopath once suspected of killing her aunt. Shaughnessy still thinks Gretchen got away with murder. It’s not going to happen again.” Twisty, turny, and addictive reading, a tad more violent that my usual stuff.

What I listened to this week: New music from Dekker – Do It All Again; Andrew Younker – Together Ball; and Dino Brandão – Bouncy Castle

So, dearest ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of  DeadSplinter, how are you? What have you watched, read, or listened to? Have you done anything fun, hmmm? What is going on in your world? Please check in, tell us how you are, and share what you are up to!

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  1. Watched Riders of Justice starring my favorite Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Don’t be fooled by the action and revenge plot. This movie is all heart and had us laughing the whole way through. The unlikely team of grief-stricken misfits is the most endearing ensemble that I’ve seen in a while. I recommend it to those who like action and violence with a side of heartwarming humanity but in a dark and funny way.


  2. My family masked up and went to Dune, which I liked. I never read the books so I went in knowing nothing, and it didn’t make total sense but it never seemed to get too hung up on going down obscure rabbit holes. It felt like it was very much setting the table for later movies, to be sure.

    As pure spectacle it’s great, as a movie it’s pretty good but probably will be better as a whole.

    • I remember the Dune from a million years ago. Have you seen that one? It was tremendously long but perfect for watching with a bit of the wacky tabacky.

      • I never saw any of the previous versions, and all I knew about the books was remembering the cool picture of the worm on the cover, then flipping it open and seeing the tiny type and how many pages it was and putting it back on the shelf….

  3. I stumbled across a long-forgotten Norman Lear comedy, “All’s Fair.” It bombed I guess because it only ran for one season. A 49-year-old conservative Washington columnist (Richard Crenna) falls hopelessly in love with an ultra-liberal 23-year-old photojournalist (Bernadette Peters.) It has its funny moments, but the best part for me was a return to 1976. There’s a “Bicentennial Minutes” joke–anyone else remember them? The Lockheed scandal. Carter wins the White House so there are peanut jokes galore and excitement is in the air! The episodes are all on YouTube; you have to find the one post that plays them all in a series.

      • What do you think? Although, it being a Norman Lear production, there’s a really heartbreaking episode. But no spoilers. In general, the Richard Crenna character (named Richard for convenience sake) moves left toward the Bernadette Peters positions (she’s called “Charly” [short for Charlotte] for Women’s Lib and laffs’ sake).

        Another nice little time capsule is that Richard, by virtue of being a newspaper columnist, is pretty wealthy and powerful and lives in a condo spread in Georgetown. He has his own assistant (who’s Black, more Lear-ish topicality possibilities) and his own literary agent, who books him on book tours and all kinds of speaking engagements. I suppose Maureen Dowd could pull this off today but few others could. Charly, at 23, is this incredibly talented and sought-after photographer who’s always rushing off to take portraits of, for example, the Senate Finance Committee. I thought that was a Norman Lear joke and laughed but the live studio audience didn’t…

  4. …so…I never got around to watching “army of dead” but I believe that’s a zombie movie spliced with a heist movie…anyway…I noticed there was an “army of thieves” film & it seems to be intended to be tenuously connected to the other one

    …anyway…it was sort of endearingly nonsensical…if you like that sort of thing

    …& on a different note that also tracks to a film I haven’t watched…the book (which I have read) on which the film motherless brooklyn is based on I liked a good bit & also has a main character who is a dysfunctional detective…sort of…he has tourette’s syndrome

    • I really liked most of Motherless Brooklyn. The stuff about the lowlife criminal world was great. I thought the movie’s decision


      to change the source of the mystery was smart, because that’s the part of the book I didn’t like. I thought the weaker point of themovie was that it


      didn’t really capture just how huge Robert Moses was, how plugged in, how much bigger than life he was. Alec Baldwin came off as a fairly generic developer. I realize it’s awfully hard to convey in movie terms someone like that, though.

  5. @SplinterRIP Motherless Brooklyn sounds like my cup of tea. Dysfunction and, as per your link, seediness work for me. I can relate to dysfunctional living. I also love the opportunity to spell dysfunction with a “y”. I have my Kindle set to UK English as I think that the words look prettier.

    • @Elliecoo I don’t think “dysfunction” with a y has anything to do with British or American English variants. “Dysfunction” is generally preferred in clinical and diagnostic contexts, while “disfunction” is actually the less common of the two variants.

  6. I watched Fever Pitch!: The Rise of the Premier League. It is a four part docuseries. I think it would be interesting even to sports heathens. It starts with the state of soccer in England in the 80’s then gets into how teams branched off to create their own league and how Rupert Murdoch used the new league to save (and make a killing on) his new “Sky” satellite stations. It ends with how the fans, with the help of the drummer from Queen, prevented Murdoch from purchasing Manchester United. I recommend…it even has closed captioning for the times the English is a little too English and when Scottish people are interviewed.

    • @Myopicprophet we watch everything with closed captioning, in part because of the amount of UK and Australian television we watch. I am fascinated by the breadth of accents in the relatively small British Isles. I understand the breadth in the US, except for some very colloquial southern accents. But, my goodness, northern UK, Welsh, Scottish, Shetland accents…I do not understand a word.

  7. I’ve had a busy week, didn’t watch much other than news. But I did read The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, the short story the movie Antlers is based on. Very good, I’m looking forward to the movie although I know it’s different from the story.

  8. And speaking of the bake off, I adore the Italian dude, loathe the lady with the partial orange hair, and am disgruntled by the German fellow’s constant perfection.  Do you, DeadSlinterites, have a current bake off favorite?

    • I am disgruntled by the German fellow’s constant perfection.

      Hey now, they’re clearly casting for stereotypes. I bet he also has no sense of humour.


  9. Our new AT+T phone plan includes a subscription to HBO Max.  I’ve been watching Boardwalk Empire, which I really like.  It’s bootlegger and gangster shit, with Steve Buscemi as the primary lead.  Michael K. Williams is just as good playing Chalky White as he was playing Omar.

    I find myself having to take breaks from Oz, because this “hyper-realistic” show gets so much egregiously wrong.  But when I’m able to suspend disbelief, the storylines are still pretty good.

  10. i failed to watch or read much of anything this week

    all consuming musical journey ate my time

    i mean…how can anyone possibly find time to watch stuff when theres things like idiot flesh hiding on youtube?

    • and suddenly..apropos of nothing…a song i havent heard in at least 20 years popped into my head

      im not going to post it… just going to write out the lyrics and put it in all your heads too


      i’d love to be an oscar mayer wiener

      that is what i truly like to be

      for if i were an oscar mayer wiener

      everyone would be in love with me

      you’re welcome

  11. My media diet has been non-existent for the last few months, but I finally got back into my books. I finished reading The Humorless Ladies of Border Control, which I would highly recommend to anyone 1 – interested in punk music and/or 2 – interested in Eastern European travel, especially on the cheap. I know the author as the keyboardist for The Hold Steady, and now need to look up his solo stuff as well as material that he has done with other groups.

    I’m now about 2/3 the way through Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. I was basically turned onto this book by the Defector Reads a Book series. While I’m not blown away by it, I am impressed that it was first published in 1939. So it’s pre-WWII, but it’s not as dated as it could be. The jargon used by cops and crooks is fun to decipher; the casual misogyny, homophobia, and racism, not so much.

    • …I’m biased because I like chandler’s stuff…but I think you can’t really say for sure what you think until you get to the very end?

      …& tangentially…also a fan of the film brick…it’s basically a chandler story transposed onto a high school movie…but the style of slang/dialogue is mostly from the chandler lexicon

      • @SplinterRIP Brick has been on my radar thanks to an appreciation of all things Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I will check it out.

        You are right that I should reserve judgement until I’ve read the entire thing, but lines like “Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday night” or “all this in the daytime had a stealthy nastiness, like a fag party” are a little hard for me to be OK with. I am doing my best to remember the times in which it was written, but that can’t excuse everything.

        • …sorry @memeweaver …I missed this over the weekend…but I feel like I maybe should have tried to make myself a little clearer…the part about reserving judgement was largely me trying not to get into spoiler territory specifically because I tend to think of the chandler novels as a great example of the other shoe dropping right at the end…having “a twist” at the end of something has become something of a cliché but my recollection of those books is that marlowe pretty much always concludes a case only to then present the reader with an epilogue of sorts in which the version presented to the authorities is shown to fall short of the full story…but where this stuff is concerned

          You are right that I should reserve judgement until I’ve read the entire thing, but lines like “Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday night” or “all this in the daytime had a stealthy nastiness, like a fag party” are a little hard for me to be OK with. I am doing my best to remember the times in which it was written, but that can’t excuse everything.

          …I think you’re pretty much on the money…& I think the only way I find I can “roll with it” when that kind of thing comes up is to think of it along the lines of somewhat accurately portraying a necessarily flawed character (even if that “character” is the narrator & therefore very possibly the author themselves) that is the product of, as you say, “the times in which it was written”…which may be distasteful but which I’d argue is perhaps better left intact than edited to make those times seem retrospectively more enlightened than they were…could be I’m way off but I guess I hew towards a belief that we risk failing to learn from the mistakes of the past if we sanitize them out of our recollections?

          …either way I intended no criticism of you or your reading of the text…nor particularly a defense of the bits of it that gave you pause…& I feel like maybe that part didn’t come across too clearly?

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