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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Movie Review

I rented three movies this week and thought, what the hell! I will blog about them. Now, I'm notorious for watching and enjoying just about ANY movie. I mean, I can like a B movie that everybody else hates. I am also willing to watch anything. Just because it's not a big blockbuster doesn't mean it won't be good.

So, this week, I rented the following: Underworld 2, Cheaper By The Dozen 2, and An Unfinished Life.

Underworld Evolution: Starred Kate Beckinsale and gorgeous Canuck, Scott Speedman. It's not actually necessary to see the first one. They have enough 'flashbacks' to bring you up to speed. However, I would still highly recommend the first, as it's much better than the second. However, if you love vampire and werewolf movies, it's definitely worth watching. That being said, there are a lot of story threads that make no sense, go nowhere, or just unnecessary. As with ALL sequels, there is more violence and gore. And the movie felt choppy. Like they had filmed separate scenes of fighting and killing, then filmed a couple of scenes they thought would connect it all, and pasted it all together. The CGI was great as usual. And some of the takes on Vampires and Lycans were interesting. I would have given it a C-, but due to Speedman's love scenes - nude, I might add - I will give it a B- (he has a really sexy tush!).

Cheaper By The Dozen 2: It's all the same crew in the sequel, with the notable exception of Ashton Kutcher. I guess he's just too famous to reprise a role in the sequel of a not so stellar movie. Although, when you think of it, he's famous more for being Demi's boy-toy, than anything else. At any rate, it's by no means a work of art - the next cinematic gem. It's just a story about a family, all their squabbles, and ultimately, their bonds. It's a mushy-PDA-filled film. And it's funny! Lots of physical comedy and childish pranks make for lots of laughs. And, of course, there's nothing wrong with two hours of Tom Welling. So, I guess I would give this movie a B.

An Unfinished Life: Stars Jennifer Lopez (boooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!), Robert Redford, and Morgan Freeman. I shouldn't boo J-Lo. While I don't like most of her CD's, and I really don't like the type of person she is, I can't say the same about her acting. I actually really like her as an actress. And she's not afraid to take on some very odd roles. I would have to recommend this movie to EVERYONE! It's a little slow going. Not a lot of action, more dialogue than anything. But this movie is excellent. The cinematography is amazing! And, of course, the scenery is unbeatable - most of the movie was filmed in Bristish Columbia. This movie is all about forgiveness and acceptance. And the characters really struggle to achieve it, which is a credit to the acting talent of the actors in this movie. I have to give this movie an A.

And that's it for today...maybe more tomorrow...I'm going to get a couple more movies tonight. I've been eyeing a couple sci-fi's....

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Chocolatey Goodness

So, some of you might know that I am in love with chocolate. I love it in all it's many forms. I'm not a snob. For me, a peice of Hershey bar is as good as a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate. It can be dark, milky, or even semi-sweet. It can be a solid piece of chocolatey goodness or be stuffed full of gooey caramel. I'm not picky. I'm all for equal opportunity!

Now, some people can't or won't eat chocolate. To these people, I say, you poor, poor things. To live such deprived lives! You have my most heartfelt sympathy. Specially if they induce migraines!

Chocolate takes away everything - anxiety, panic, insecurity, frustration. Frustration. Definitely frustration. Specially all "different" kinds. All I can say is, thank God for chocolate! Or I would be in a sorry state right now.

But what many people don't know is that chocolate is actually very good for you.

Many people, especially parents, think that chocolate causes cavities. Absolute falsehood! A study in Rochester, NY, involving 3000 children, disproved the dental caries-chocolate myth.

I'm sure many of you have heard the hype about chocolate and heart health. And it's all true! Particularly dark chocolate. The oleic acid in the fat actually reduces the chance of cholesterol oxidation. Oxidation actually leads to plaque formation in the arteries. Also, the flavenoids have been shown to prod the body into creating nitric oxide, which relaxes the heart and blood vessels.

What about emotional health? If you've ever eaten a chocolate bar, you know you feel better afterwards. And for good reason. A chocolate bar contains four chemicals that alter our moods. Caffeine and theobromine are stimulants. Phenylethylamine works on the dopamine receptors in the brain to create a mild anti-depressant effect. And anandamide creates a feeling of calm.

So the next time someone poopoo's your choice of chocolate, you can bore them to death with these facts! And maybe they will see the wisdom in not trying to come between you and your chocolate.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Tasty Tuesday

Ok, I have to admit that I sometimes have a hard time coming up with something to blog.

So, I have decided to blend my blog with one of my great loves - cooking. Every Tuesday, I am going to post a recipe. It could be something as inconsequential as a drink or as elaborate as a souffle. Just what I'm feeling like sharing. Today's recipe is one I got in grade 7 home economics. It was a hit with my family back then, and I still make it! So today's recipe is:

Pizza Quiche

2-9" pie shells
1 med. onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp. butter
3 large eggs
1 cup whipping cream
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4-1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4-1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 small can tomato paste
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small package pepperoni, divided in half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pie shells for 10-15 mins. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add onions and green pepper. Sprinkle with a bit of salt (helps them wilt). Sautee veggies, until onions begin to become transluscent. Add mushrooms and continue to sautee for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until slightly fluffy. Add whipping cream and milk and continue to whisk. Add seasonings and veggies. Set aside.

Divide tomato paste between the two pie shells and spread evenly. Arrange the first half of the pepperoni in each quiche. Sprinkle quiches with one cup mozzarella cheese each. Top with egg and milk mixture. Arrange the second half of the pepperoni on top of the egg mixture.

Place quiches in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check at 30 minutes. If it's not completely baked, check every few minutes after that. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes before cutting into it.

It's an excellent meal if served with a salad.


Monday, June 19, 2006

Word Google

Ok, so my aunt recommended a blog to me and I discovered that once a week a word is looked up on the web to see what results can be found. I am going to adopt this. Every Monday, I am going to google a word.

And todays word is asshole. Ok, I have to admit, that this one was just an experiment. But it came up with some interesting hits, so I had to use it.

So, the top 10 hits are:

1. A short film on the US government....a tag line reads "If the word 'asshole' offends, substitute the word 'fascist.'". Alrighty then.

2. Wikipedia! You say: You've gotta be kidding! No, no I am not. Yes, Wikipedia actually has a whole section on the word asshole, it's meaning, it's derivatives...something about an asshat. Not going to say what that can look it up yourself.

3. Ahhhh....rules for the classic card game, Asshole. Now who doesn't love this game? I know I do....and I usually end up being the asshole.

4. A bondage magazine. Huh? Yup. It's bondage.

5. I have to chuckle at this one... fualidotcom. Break it down, people. This one is actually worth a trip to the site. There's actually a test to determine if you're an asshole or bitch. Hmmmm.....I'm going to pause and take the test.

Oooohhh.....#11 made me think of kimmartha - it's a car thing.

Ok, my results are: 53% Asshole/Bitch! It says I'm sorta assholy/bitchy: "You are abrasive, some people really hate you, but there may be a group of other tight knit assholes and bitches that you hang out with and get you. Everybody else? Fuck ‘em."

6. Samurai Asshole? Oh, it's just about boys and their toys. Yawn!

7. Ok, #7 is worth looking at just to have another chuckle. It's actually a music video called "Idiot Son of an Asshole" It's chuckle-worthy. Then goes on to a Bush-bashing site. Ok, I'm bored. NEXT!

8. HA! This one's funny! It's a site, called glarkware, that sells cards. That tell people they are assholes! HA! And some of the resons are pretty humourous.

9. "How to be a Drunk Asshole" - kinda funny. Love the top 5 rules on how to be a drunk asshole.

AND ....

10. Well, isn't that special? This page cannot be displayed. Nice. All I can say about the person who maintained that site...what an asshole!

And that's it for today's word. I hope you got at least one chuckle out of it.