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Monday, June 24th, 2024

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/DC ]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_Prey_(2020_film)

Wikipedia

Four years after defeating Enchantress, Joker breaks up with Harley Quinn. Without his protection, all the people she has wronged in the past want to kill her. At a night club owned by crime lord Roman Sionis, Harley meets Dinah, a singer who becomes Sionis' driver, the latter being impressed by her fighting skills when preventing a drunk Harley from being kidnapped. Sionis is also investigated by Gotham City PD Detective Renee Montoya, who also investigates a series of mob killing carried out by a crossbow-wielding vigilante. Sionis sends his sadistic henchman Szasz and Dinah to retrieve a diamond containing the account numbers to the fortune of the Bertinelli crime family, who were massacred years ago, but Cassandra Cain, a child pickpocket steals the diamond and swallows it as she is soon after arrested by the police. Harley is captured by Sionis' men and convinces him to release her under the promise she can retrieve the diamond from Cassandra. Harley breaks into GCPD, frees Cass and takes her to her apartment, but they have to flee when attacked by criminals, Sionis having also placed a bounty on Cass' head. Harley agrees to meet with Sionis in an abandoned amusment park to exchange Cass for his protection. Dinah, who had agreed to become an informant for Montoya, tells her about the meeting, but Szasz notices it and tells Sionis, who assembles an army of thugs to attack the meeting place. At the amusement park, Harley and Cass are joined by Montoya and soon by Szasz who forced Dinah to come with him. Szasz is killed by the crossbow killer who appears suddenly and who reveals herself as Helena, the sole survivor of the Bertinelli family and who wants to avenge their deaths. Together they fight Sionis' thugs, but Cass is captured and chased by Dinah and Harley. Sionis is finally killed by Cass. In the end, Montoya (who has left the police), Dinah and Helena form the Birds of Prey team of vigilantes thanks to the Bertinelli fortune, while Cass and Harley sell the diamond and go their own way.

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2024

North Brewing Ultra Phase

Categories: [ Beer/North Brewing ]

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“USA and Australia hops… honeydew melon, green grape and pink grapefruit flavour… citrus finish”

Just another ale. Contains barley, wheat and oats.

North Brewing Co, Leeds, England. 8.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on June 23rd, 2024 at 00:03 | no comment | ]

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Aliens

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/Alien ]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliens_(film)

Wikipedia

After having drifted in space for 57 years, Ripley is rescued. Her employer accuses her of destroying the Nostromo and does not believe her story about the alien, since the planet is now being colonized and terraformed and no alien ship has been found. When contact is lost with the colony, she is asked to accompany Burke, a representative of the company, and group of colonial marines to investigate. They find the colony destroyed, two alive face-huggers in vats in a laboratory and one little girl called Newt. They locate the other colonists under the fusion-powered atmospheric processor, cocooned in a sort of nest with many eggs, where some of them are still alive and waiting to be taken by face-huggers. They are attacked by several adult aliens when trying to kill a juvenile that just hatched, and some of the marines get killed. They decide to evacuate with the dropship that took them to the surface, but an alien who had climbed aboard causes it to crash; in doing so it damages the fusion reactor which will explode and destroy the colony after a few hours. The survivors barricade themselves in the colony and wait until Bishop, an artificial man and technician with the marines, is able to got outside, reach and hack the colony's transmitter to remotely pilot the second dropship from the spaceship waiting in orbit. Ripley discovers that Burke asked the colony to investigate the alien ship on in the hope to profit from turning the aliens into a biological weapon. Before she can expose him, he attempts to get her and Newt impregnated by the two face-huggers from the lab, that would allow him to smuggle the alien back to Earth. Having failed, Burke flees and is taken by the aliens that attack and kill most of the remaining marines. Ripley, corporal Hicks and Newt try to reach the dropship that is on its way, but Newt is taken by the aliens and Hicks is severely wounded. Ripley arms herself and enters the nest under the fusion reactor where she angers the alien queen laying eggs. She manages to save Newt and escape as the reactor explodes, destroying the aliens' nest, but the queen stows away on the dropship. Ripley manages to push her into an airlock by using an exosuit cargo loader. Then they all go into stasis for their return trip to Earth.

[ Posted on June 20th, 2024 at 09:21 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Welcome to Marwen

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Marwen

Wikipedia

Five years earlier, Mark Hogancamp was beaten up and left for dead by a group of white supremacist because he admitted, while drunk, to sometimes enjoying wearing women's shoes. He has physically recovered but has lost all memory of his life before the attack. Formerly an illustrator specialized in World War 2, he cannot draw anymore and has turned to photography. Mark has constructed a model village named Marwen, set in Belgium during the war and built up a story about an American pilot, Hogie, who is rescued and later protected by the women of the village. Characters are represented by fashion dolls and each of the women of the village is imagined after a real woman whom Mark has met. The village is regularly attacked by Nazi soldiers who, despite being killed by the villagers come back to life thanks to Dejah Thoris, the village's witch. Mark photographs his fantasies to help him cope with memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. After a lot of hesitation, Mark agrees to appear in court to deliver a victim impact statement but upon seeing his attackers he imagines the court room is attacked by Nazi soldiers and he flees in terror; the judge postpones the hearing. When Nicol moves in the house next door and is nice to him, Mark adds a new doll named after her to the village. Hogie falls in love with doll Nicol and they get married. In real life however, Nicol turns his proposal down. In Mark's fantasies, doll Nicol is killed by a Nazi which is in turn killed by Hogie. Dejah Thoris revives the Nazi and demands that Hogie comes with her to the far future in the time machine Mark built for her, but during a struggle Hogie discovers that the witch is actually a Nazi spy and Mark learns that she is the personification of his addiction to pills that he thinks are helping him. He throws the pills away, attends the court hearing and delivers his statement. He also agrees to attend the exhibition of his work and makes a date with his friend Roberta, who is a sales clerk at the hobby store where he gets his supplies.

[ Posted on June 18th, 2024 at 19:30 | no comment | ]

Monday, June 17th, 2024

The Real Story

Categories: [ Books/The Gap Cycle ]

ISBN: 9781473225527

© Amazon.fr

Angus Thermopyle is an evil an unsuccessful space pirate. When he enters a bar on a mining space station accompanied with a beautiful young woman, Morn Hyland, the patrons wonder how that happened. Another, better looking pirate, Nick Succorso, confronts Angus and somehow rescues Morn. It sounds like a classical drama of captor, victim and rescuer. The real story however is that Angus was chased by a United Mining Company Police vessel aboard which Morn was serving. Suffering from undiagnosed gap-sickness, she lost control and provoked the vessel to self-destruct. Angus rescued her, installed a zone implant in her brain (for which he could be executed if caught) to control her actions and prevent her from destroy his beloved ship, and used the implant to torture Morn into submission to him. He however unexpectedly grew emotionally attached to her. When Nick leaves suddenly the station to raid a ship in distress just before it is locked down, Angus, who has been monitoring his communications, follows him. Th ship however does not exist, it is all a trap set by Nick with the complicity of someone in station security. Nick cripples Angus' ship, and flies slowly back to the station. There Nick makes secretely contact with Morn who helps him frame Angus for stealing stations supplies. She negotiates the zone implant's remote control from Angus in exchange for her silence about the illegal installation of the device. Morn leaves in Nick's ship and Angus is arrested but his life is spared, making Morn his rescuer.

[ Posted on June 17th, 2024 at 18:06 | 1 comment | ]

Thornbridge Jamestown

Categories: [ Beer/Thornbridge ]

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“stone fruit and citrus… papaya and pineapples”

Just another ale. Contains malted barley and wheat.

Thornbridge brewery, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England. 5.9% alcohol.

[ Posted on June 17th, 2024 at 17:46 | no comment | ]

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Alien

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/Alien ]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(film)

Wikipedia

The crew of the Nostromo ore transporter wakes up, believing they are arriving close to the solar system. Instead, they were woken up to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planet. A team crash-lands near a large alien spaceship. As part of the team repairs the shuttle, others go out and discover the long-dead body of a creature with a hole in its torso. Analyzing the signal, Ripley concludes it's a warning to stay away, not a distress signal. One member, Kane, discovers a chamber containing hundreds of eggs and as one of them opens, a spider-like creature jumps out and attaches to his face, through his helmet. When the shuttle flies back to Nostromo, Ripley insists Kane's body remains in quarantine, but science officer Ash decides to let him in the infirmary, where he tries to remove the creature from Kane's face by cutting one of its legs. The creature's blood is very corrosive and manages to drip through several floors. The creature eventually detaches itself and Kane regains conciousness, but a few hours later he dies as another creature jumps out of his chest. The crew starts hunting the creature, but, having quickly become full-grown, it kills first Brett, and then Captain Dallas who was following it in an air duct. Having to assume command, Ripley learns from Mother, the board computer, that Ash has secretly been ordered by the Company to bring alien creatures back to Earth and that the crew is expendable. She confronts Ash, who tries to kill her, but with the help of Parker they manage to kill him out and discover he's an android. Upon reactivating its head, Ash indicates the alien cannot be killed. The remaining crew decides to self-destruct the Nostromo and to escape in the shuttle. Parker and Lambert are ambushed and killed by the creature, so Ripley initiates self-destruct, and despite the alien initially blocking her way to the shuttle and a failed attempt to cancel the self-destruct, she manages to escape just in time. As she prepares for stasis, she notices the alien is hiding in the shuttle; she puts on a space suit and flushes it out of the airlock. She then prepares for the trip back to Earth.

[ Posted on June 15th, 2024 at 16:55 | 1 comment | ]

Monday, June 10th, 2024

The Great Gatsby

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]

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Nick Carraway tells his psychiatrist about his meeting of Jay Gatsby in 1922 in New York. Carraway's cousin, Tom Buchanan is a domineering man whose wife Daisy introduces her friend Jordan Baker to Carraway. Tom also has a mistress, Myrtle, wife of a garage owner in a disreputable part of the city, whom Nick meets at a party. Carraway has bought a house next to Gatsby's mansion and wonders about the mysterious man. One day, Nick is invited to one of the extravagant parties held by Gatsby, and is apparently the only person with an invitation. Gatsby asks Nick to invite his cousin Daisy for tea at his cottage one day, when Gatsby would just happen to visit his neighbour. Nick learns bit by bit that Gatsby had met Daisy five years earlier when he was in the army and had fallen in love with her. But since he was poor, he could not marry her and she then married Tom and started to throw parties in the hope she would attend. Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair, but when she ask him to run away with her he refuses, saying she must divorce Tom. Gatsby pressures Daisy to tell Tom she is leaving him, and during a dinner at the Buchanan Tom becomes suspicious of Gatsby and his wife, but Daisy changes the subject, suggesting they all go into town, at the Plaza Hotel. There Gatsby tells Tom that his wife never loved him (which is not quite true) and Tom reciprocates exposing Gatsby as a nobody who made his fortune through bootlegging with mobsters. Gatsby and Daisy leave and on the way back home they pass by Myrtle's garage and accidentally kill her but do not stop. Nick eventually deduces that Daisy was driving that night but Gatsby protects her by letting people believe is is responsible. He then waits for Daisy's phone call where she would tell him she has finally left Tom, but he is instead killed by Myrtle's husband. Nobody attends Gatsby's funeral except Nick, as now that his past is know and he is still thought to be Myrtle's killer, he has become an outcast from the society of the wealthy. In the end, Nick reflects on Gatsby's ability to hope.

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Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Marble Extra & Special

Categories: [ Beer/Marble ]

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“toffee, caramel, biscuits and toasted nuts… tangerine marmelade and citrus… grapefruit zest bitterness”

Just another ale. Contains malted barley and malted wheat.

Marble Beers Ltd, Manchester, England. 5.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on June 9th, 2024 at 15:05 | no comment | ]

Friday, June 7th, 2024

Vivre et laisser mourir

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Books/James Bond ]

ISBN: 9782221049242

© Amazon.fr

Des pièces d'or anciennes entrent en contrebande aux États-Unis et financent l'organisation de Mr. Big. Ce dernier, à la tête d'un réseau criminel, est un agent de l'URSS, originaire de Haïti et possède une grande influence sur la communauté noire américaine qui le considère comme le Baron Samedi du Vaudou. Le yacht de Big va régulièrement de la Floride à la Jamaïque pour y chercher des poissons exotiques et des coquillages, vendus par un grossiste local. Comme l'or semble provenir de la Jamaïque, Bond est envoyé à New York pour enquêter avec Felix Leiter, agent de la CIA. Dans une boite de nuit de Harlem, Bond est enlevé et interrogé par Big qui fait appel à une jeune femme, Solitaire, capable de détecter le mensonge. Bond s'échappe et part ensuite en train en compagnie de Solitaire qui veut échapper à Big. Ils échappent de peu à un attentat et arrivent en Floride mais sont rapidement repérés par un agent de Big. Solitaire est enlevée par Big, tandis que Leiter, allé enquêter seul chez le grossiste, finit à l'hôpital, mutilé. Bond y enquête à son tour, découvre que l'or est caché dans le sable au fond des aquariums de poissons venimeux. Il est attaqué par le propriétaire du magasin qui finit à travers une trappe dans le bassin à requins dont Leiter a été victime. Bond part alors pour la Jamaïque et se prépare pour une expédition sur l'île, privée, où mouille le yacht de Big. Il parvient à l'île en scaphandre autonome et place une mine sur la coque du navire, mais est ensuite repéré et arrêté, tenant compagnie à Solitaire. Les hommes de Big sont en train de vider la caverne contenant le trésor du pirate Henry Morgan. Leur départ est prévu le lendemain matin, juste au moment où la mine doit exploser et Big prévoit de tuer Bond et Solitaire en les trainant derrière le yacht à travers le récif de corail pour attirer les requins et barracudas qui les achèveront. La mine explose heureusement juste à temps et Bond et Solitaire sont sauvés par Quarrel.

[ Posted on June 7th, 2024 at 17:18 | no comment | ]

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Casino Royal

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Books/James Bond ]

ISBN: 9782221049242

© Amazon.fr

Le Chiffre est un agent de SMERSH en France. Il a perdu de l'argent de ses commanditaires dans de mauvais investissements et tente de gagner de l'argent en jouant au casino de Royal-les-Eaux. James Bond, sous la couverture d'un riche fils de planteur de la Jamaïque, est chargé de lui faire perdre son argent au Baccara afin de le discréditer auprès de ses supérieurs. L'opération est un succès, mais sa collègue Vesper Lynd avec qui il dinait est enlevé par Le Chiffre. Bond les poursuit en voiture mais est enlevé à son tour quand sa voiture est forcée à sorti de la route. Le Chiffre torture Bond pour lui faire révéler l'endroit où il a caché le chèque que lui a remis le casino. Il doit son salut à un assassin de SMERSH qui exécute Le Chiffre mais qui n'a pas d'instructions à son sujet. Bond se réveille à l'hôpital quelques jours plus tard et songe sérieusement à changer de carrière. Il passe sa convalescence avec Vesper, mais leur relation se détériore au bout de quelque jours, cette dernière devenant mélancolique et distante; elle est effrayée et voit des ennemis partout. Bond décide de la demande en mariage, mais il la retrouve morte le lendemain. Dans un lettre expliquant son suicide, elle révèle être une agente double. En colère de s'être fait manipuler, Bond décide de poursuivre sa carrière d'agent secret.

[ Posted on June 1st, 2024 at 20:00 | no comment | ]

Shikasta

Categories: [ Books/Canopus in Argos ]

The civilization of Canopus colonizes the planet Shikasta and expects to keep it under its positive influence, but a cosmic event reduces that influence to almost nothing. Johor, emissary of Shikasta reports that the Giants, installed there to guide the evolution of the Natives disappear slowly under the ambiguous influence of agents of Sirius and under the negative influence of the emissaries of Shammat, the moral opposite of Canopus. The Natives themselves are less and less benevolents towards each other. Johor reports the typically miserable lives of a few individuals between World Wars 1 and 2, and History books cite the diary of a young woman telling the story of her brother George in the time leading to World War 3. Very charismatic, George organizes Youth groups that turn into Youth Armies in various parts of the world, who take care of providing refuge to children orphaned by the various conflicts that erupt everywhere. Reports by Chinese agrens indicate that at some point George is chosen to represent non-white people in a mock trial of the white people regrding the colonization of Africa and the Americas. This event seems to mark the beginning of the third World War.

[ Posted on June 1st, 2024 at 15:43 | no comment | ]