Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Doctor Who is Back

It's the classic time travel dilemma, what would you do if you had a time machine. The standard response is "Well, I'd kill Hitler." Well, the autumn premiere of Doctor Who tackles just that in Let's Kill Hitler. This season Doctor Who took some time off, ending on a very good cliffhanger. Many American shows like Burn Notice and Battlestar Galactic split their seasons in half, for production reasons, but it also made for some anticipation for the next new episode. The episode already premiered in the UK last Saturday, it's already on the web; and it is amazing. The Doctor, Hitler, and a regeneration... not a bad way to come back from a break. Check out the lead-up video to the premiere on youtube. Doctor Who Let's Kill Hitler premieres on BBC America this Saturday.

What would you do if you had a time machine? I'd stand in the background of classic movies, like The Observer on Fringe.

Lunch Special: Chili Cheese Etouffee w/ Crawfish

If I had a death row last meal, other I than an all you can eat continental buffet, it would definitely be some Yats. That's the place I take friends from out of town, buddies from school or work, and when I'm penny pinching, it definitely works in a pinch. Yats is cajun creole cooking, with a menu that changes daily depending on the location.
The portions go from a half plate to a whole plate (these are huge portions), you can also order pints and quarts worth of food if you're treating more than one person. You really get your money's worth when you go there, no matter what size you get. You can even mixmatch with their 1/2 and 1/2 deal.
Today I got the Chili Cheese Etouffee with crawfish. Quite possibly my favorite Yats dish, and a fan favorite. I got a full plate, a drink and extra bread for $7.50. Not bad if I do say so.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Community's Season 3 Casting Spectacular

So I am incredibly excited for the new fall season's television shows. I'm most excited for Community which is starting it's third season September 22nd. I never expected Community to last as long as it has and I think a lot of that has to do with creator Dan Harmon and the stellar cast he's put together. I got even more excited when I saw who's been added to the cast.

Michael K. Williams from Boardwalk Empire and The Wire is joining the cast as the study group's new Biology teacher. I'm really excited to see what he can do in a comedic role, normally he plays the thug or the street hood. His character in Boardwalk Empire, Chalky White, plays a very interesting role in the 1920's booze trade. I'm pretty sure he's going to knock it out the park.

I think the best bit of casting news so far is John Goodman is joining the cast as the new Vice Dean, and adversary for Dean Pelton. John Goodman joins the ranks of big name guest stars who've appeared on the show, like Betty White, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Lee Majors, Anthony Michael Hall, and Josh Holloway from Lost. Take a look at the first look NBC has released for the new season.

Lunch Special: Wet Burrito

Here's something new, I'm testing out Blogger's mobile app, so I can do some blogging on the fly. I decided, since I'm on lunch I'll give you a taste (wink wink) of some of the great deals you can get for lunch.
Today I'm at Cancun Mexican Restaurant on 82nd and Craig st near the Castleton Mall trying out their lunch specials. I've decided on the Wet Burrito, a tortilla filled with rice, shrimp, and chicken. They call it a Wet Burrito because it's smothered in queso. It's amazing, and on Mondays it's only $7.15.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hallway to Hell

I love me a good movie compilation video. I have a lot of respect for someone with the free time to cut and paste movies together into a cohesive countdown or compilation. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Are Americans as Stupid as Hollywood Thinks We Are?

I had the opportunity to see Attack the Block in theaters this weekend. The movie was an import from the UK, only showing in one theater in town. The premise of the movie was pretty simple: Some youths in hoodies mug a woman and have to then band together to save their apartment complex from ravenous pitch black alien creatures with glow in the dark teeth. You add some pot jokes, some drug dealers and Nick Frost as comedy relief and you've got the makes of an entertaining survival-horror action-comedy.

Now here's the thing that really bothers me, this movie was a midnight selection at the SXSW Movie Festival, and is currently at an 89% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com, but for a while it looked like this movie would not get an American distributor. The reason why it was having difficulty finding an American backer was because the kids were speaking in thick South London accents, which if you've haven't had the opportunity to ever hear it before, it can be damn near unintelligible. The boys are speaking slang and jive, and people were suggesting the addition of subtitles to the movie so American audiences could understand them. Why is it that Hollywood thinks we need to have things dumbed down for us? We dub English audio over every movie coming out of China or Japan; actually any movie out of any country that doesn't speak some form of English. Those movies lose the tone, rhythm, and inflection of the people speaking; or they completely change the dialogue to better suit the American audience. Are we really that stupid?

I love foreign movies, Hero with Jet Li is one of my all-time favorites, and I have no problems watching them with the subtitles on. You get used to them after a while. But why put them in when the situation doesn't apply for them. Sure the accents take a little adjusting to, and sure you may not understand some of the slang, but that doesn't mean you need Hooked on Phonics to watch a good British movie.

While I'm on the subject of Hollywood and their need to be unnecessary, check out the trailer for the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or watch the original Swedish trilogy instantly on Netflix.

Did You Miss Me?

So it's been a couple months, but I'm back. I've been working wacky hours for the last few months so I have been shirking other activities. I've left a few things incomplete, like my March Movie Badass Bracket (which I promise I'll finish soon.) Also I bought L.A. Noire the day it was released, and I still haven't beaten it; the same goes for my copies of Pokemon White, Fable 3 and Dragon Age 2. I did do a lot of movie watching. Here's a list of some of the movies I saw in the theaters while I was away:

  • Captain America (no subtitle included) (twice)
  • Thor (twice)
  • Fast Five
  • Super 8 (twice)
  • Green Lantern
  • Transformers 3
  • X-Men The First Class
  • Hangover 2
  • Harry Potter 8
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Fright Night
  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • Attack the Block
Hopefully this will be the first of many posts in the next few months.