Veep 1.07

Veep 1.07 – Full Disclosure

With the Veep and her staff taking flack over a pregnancy rumor and the firing of the Smiling Secret Service Agent, Selina, who had a miscarriage, orders a ‘partial’ full disclosure of all office correspondence. Selina dispatches Dan to make sure the Macauley Amendment (i.e. the toxic Clean Jobs bill) cannot be traced back to her.

And with the perception growing that her office is increasingly nonfunctioning, Selina threatens to fire a key staffer. Also Ted and Selina break up via Gary.

 


The miscarriage was a surprise. But it seemed inevitable that eventually Amy would be the one to ‘fake’ a pregnancy.

Okay. Thank you. All right, obviously it is not gonna be full disclosure. Okay? It’s gonna be partial disclosure light. We don’t want to have a paper trail on clean jobs. Nothing about Sidney Purcell having access to clean jobs, all right? We have to check Sue’s calendar, make sure there are no meetings there that I did-didn’t have.

It’s the secret service, for Christ’s sake.  Secret as in shut the fuck up. And service as in you work for me, okay? So why don’t you shut the fuck up? We have an enemy and I want a name and a severed head that answers to that name, or would if it could still talk.

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Witches

The Witches is a 1990 British/American dark fantasy horror film based on the children’s novel of the same title by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by The Jim Henson Company for Lorimar Film Entertainment and Warner Bros., starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson, and Jasen Fisher. It is the last theatrical film to be produced by Lorimar before the company shut down 3 years later in 1993.

As in the novel, the story fantasises witches who masquerade as ordinary women and kill children, but are foiled and exterminated by a boy and his grandmother after the boy is turned into a mouse. The film was very well received by critics but performed poorly at the box office.


A simple story about a boy who becomes a mouse and takes on a gaggle of witches. It’s fun and entertaining. As expected from Roald Dahl, things get dark and slightly scary. The ending is a disappointment as it’s not the same as the book and provides an unnecessary “happy” ending.

 

Veep 1.06

Veep 1.06 – Baseball

Selina hosts a conference to promote healthy eating at Baltimore’s Camden Yards baseball park, but her pitch is balked at by some foul-tempered fast-food executives, where she also confides a secret to Amy concerning Ted.

Meanwhile, Mike holds a press briefing for local reporters; and Amy and Dan do their best to entertain students at an elementary school before the vice president arrives. Selina discovers she is pregnant.

Patrick Fischler, who plays Ken the photographer, is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s brother-in-law, being married to Lauren Bowles, her half-sister. So Selina is pregnant. My bet is that Gary stuffed something up and it’s not true. But it did bring the best moment, Selina listening to children and processing this information.

 

Veep 1.05

Veep 1.05 – Nicknames

Bloggers’ nicknames for Selina become her next obsession; Dan goes on a fact-finding mission after his boss is snubbed by the president that includes spending time with Jonah; it’s make-or-break time for the clean-jobs bill.


Selona gets to shout, swear and be even more obnoxious in this episode. And it makes things funnier. Julia Louis-Dreyfus just makes these things more of a character flaw than something off-putting.

That’s like trying to use a croissant as a fucking dildo! It doesn’t do the job, and it makes a fucking mess!

 

 

Dead Guy

Space Team: Return of the Dead Guy
(Space Team #6)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)

They may have recently averted a full-scale galactic war, but Cal Carver and Space Team just can’t stay out of trouble.

When a ‘Weird Space Thing™’ threatens to destroy planet Earth, Cal is determined to stop it. But when they get there, they find the place is still swarming with parasitic extra-terrestrial bugs, and that there isn’t a whole lot left to save.


Cal takes on the multi-verse…… and wins.
How, I don’t know. Little of this book makes and sense. Sure, it’s comedy Sci-Fi, but the author could have at least tried some science. This makes it the least successful of the series. (so far).

Veep 1.04

Veep 1.04 – Chung

Following an interview on Meet the Press, a slip of the tongue by Selina is misconstrued as a racist dig at one of her political rivals. The VP and her team go into recovery mode, trying to take the spotlight off Selina by visiting the sick and injured at a local hospital. Gary and Amy make a startling discovery about Selina’s romantic life.

This was aired just a week after Joe Biden endorsed gay marriage.
Probably the most famous was Reagan’s quip about bombing Russia.

And another great rant. (On your Knees, Kneeling)

 

 

Veep 1.03

Veep 1.03 – Catherine

Sarah Sutherland, daughter of Kiefer Sutherland and granddaughter  to Donald Sutherland plays Selins’a daughter Catherine. This was her first role.

Kate Burton, daughter of Richard Burton and Sybil Burton plays Barbara Hallowes.

The VP and her team discover that her appointee for the Clean Jobs Commission is unacceptable. Selina celebrates 20 years in Washington, D.C., but tries to keep a low profile after a newspaper article paints her as a diva and rumors float about her feud with the First Lady. Meanwhile, Selina’s college-age daughter arrives for a visit, and is surprised that her mother is looking for a dog but appalled by her reaction to “Selina” being on the list of names for hurricanes.

 

Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures.1 It is the third installment of the Madagascar series and the sequel to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). It is also the first in the series to be released in 3D. The film is directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon.

In this film, Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are still struggling to get home to New York. This time, their journey takes them to Europe, where they are relentlessly pursued by the murderous Monaco-based French Animal Control officer Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand).

As a means of getting passage to North America, the animals join a circus, where they become close friends with the animal performers, including the new characters of Gia (Jessica Chastain), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston), and Stefano (Martin Short). Together, they spectacularly revitalize the business and along the way find themselves reconsidering where their true home really is.


They say that a good villain is important to a heroic story. Here we have one of the best. Capt Dubois is relentless and funny, despite not making any jokes. She drives the story forward and forces the characters to change. Also great are the penguins, they come up with the most amazing hair-brained schemes that work on first try.

Zippy, funny and ultimately rewarding everyone should enjoy this.

Valerian

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a 2017 English-language French science fiction action-adventure epic film, written and directed by Luc Besson, and co-produced by Besson and his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.

It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer in supporting roles.

Besson independently crowd-sourced and personally funded Valerian and, with a production budget between $177–210 million, it is both the most expensive European and independent film ever made.


It’s a big bright film overflowing with visual ideas. However they don’t extend to the characters and story. Dane DeHaan is Valerain, and has a voice that does not match this youthful looks, it’s a problem throughout the film. Cara Delevinge is Valerian’s partner and a better match to her character.

The film changes from exploratory Sci-Fi to urban Blade Runner cityscape to Military Sci-Fi and finally (oh, we have to put this in) a science fiction idea.

The best parts were just watching the visual roll over the screen. Unfortunately, when it came to telling a story, not that compelling, adventurous or thrilling. It ends up being very average.

 

Star Plunderer

The Star Plunderer
by Poul Anderson (1952)

A Novelette From Planet Stories September 1952
#2 in the Technic History

Another story that gallops along with planet changing consequences.

Told in first person, the protagonist is caught up in a war, gets captured, escapes and begins an empire. All in 10,000 words! Impressive.