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Dark Shadows: A Shadow of Its Former Self
October 29, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I recently rented Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie at RedBox. Having tanked at the box office, it was only a matter of time before it was released on DVD. I remember hearing that there was to be a Dark Shadows movie and was temporarily excited…until I heard that it was yet another Burton/Depp project. *sigh* Odd how those two things would have been a draw for me 15 years ago.

I was never an AVID watcher of the original Dark Shadows, but I own a few of the DVDs and briefly enjoyed the 90’s reincarnation of it, starring Ben Cross, and ironically a young Joseph Gordon Levitt…whose appeal still continues to mystify me. Put a guy in a suit and the chicks go wild, I guess that’s the *magic* of Levitt? You can have my slice. I’ll also throw in, at no extra cost: Russell Brand, Reese Witherspoon and Shia LaBeouf. Knock yourself out. Continue reading

Watching. Vol.24
August 23, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I rented 3 movies from RedBox lately. I’ll keep my reviews brief:

Intruders– I LOVE me some Clive Owen. I do…although I can’t say I’ve seen anything he’s been in since 2009’s The International, which I enjoyed. However, I do have Killer Elite in my NetFlix queue. Hard to believe he’s 47; he hasn’t aged a day IMO.

Premise: Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. Continue reading

July 9, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Food, Reviews

As I may or may not have mentioned, our beloved Fabulous 50’s restaurant (fast food joint) left us a little over a year or so ago. It was sad for me, not so much because it was like ‘stepping back into a time machine’ (hardly), but because they had GREAT burgers and I, personally, enjoyed the atmosphere. The typical clientele weren’t a bunch of retards being awesome, but mostly older people and/or people who know how to act in public; kind of a family place, which flies in the face of Kirk’s Logic (i.e. the fact that I ENJOYED that type of environment), but those are the facts.

Well, for some reason (insanity?) the people who owned it sold it. Why, I have no earthly idea. They were ALWAYS packed and the food was always delicious…though towards the end, it was tending to be prepared haphazardly, but I digress. So I walk in one day, after it’d been sold, remodeled, yet retained the same name… and it wasn’t the Fabulous 50’s I once knew. They’d removed the fixin’s bar (perpetually fresh toppings for your burger/dog), the self-serve drink machine and a large chunk of stool-style seating (mainly where people sat and drank their milkshakes). AND the entire staff was… Asian. Of course when I think of “fabulous 50’s” I think WWII. NOT! Needless to say, they’d changed the menu, removing all the food item’s names (i.e. The Lucy Burger, The Betty Boop, etc.). I was so disenchanted that I just walked in, did a u-turn and walked out, never to return. Continue reading

Think Pink
June 27, 2012, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Food, Reviews

Okay, I did it. I made the Pillsbury Pink Lemonade cake I bought a week ago! First off, the batter smells friggin’ DELICIOUS; just like pink lemonade. However, when I tasted it, to check for tartness, it just wasn’t there. Sweet, yes, tart, no. I’ve read several online reviews saying that the cake was the perfect combination of the two. I don’t know what cake they were eating, but it wasn’t this one. Then I thought ‘Oh, I bet the tartness is in the icing!’ Uh, no. No it wasn’t. Again, it smells delectable, but tart it was not. However, this was easily remedied.

I made a quick trip to the grocery store and picked up a few lemons. I added the juice of half a large lemon to the frosting (any more and I think it would have made the icing too thin to spread). And you know what? It totally worked. NOW it’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart! And since it’s summertime and hot-as-hell outside, I opted to refrigerate this cake (I normally don’t refrigerate my cakes). Personally, I think it’s even more delicious chilled.

I used an 8×8 square cake pan and still had enough batter left to make 4-5 cupcakes. Looking at the back of the box, it shows two 8×8 ROUND cake pans, so I suppose I could have done TWO (however thin) layers of cake, but this made more sense to me.

All in all, I’d definitely recommend this cake. Heck, you may even wanna try squeezing some lemon into the mix (I’m gonna try this next time)!

Black Don’t Crack
February 17, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I went to see the new Harry Potter, er, I mean Daniel Radcliffe movie, The Woman In Black, on Wednesday. I remember seeing the trailer for it and thinking it looked like a fun ride. It was!

First off, a synopsis for those unfamiliar with the premise: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Now I knew that Dark Castle has been remaking William Castle films (in the beginning, but have since done other non Castle films), like The House On Haunted Hill, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, etc. WELL, what I didn’t know was that Hammer Films had had a revival and that this film (The Woman In Black) was one of those productions. Interesting! I always enjoyed Hammer films of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Continue reading

Watching Vol.23
February 9, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane– I remember seeing the trailer for this movie YEARS ago, on a trailer reel at work…then it never was released theatrically (at least not that I know of), THEN it never was released to Region 1 DVD. So, I figured I would never get to see it. Thank goodness for YouTube. Someone on YouTube uploaded the movie in its entirety, widescreen, in 6 parts. Since I can view YouTube via AppleTV, I FINALLY got to see it! It was worth the wait.

Synopsis: A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously. Continue reading

Watching Vol.22
January 24, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Abduction– Okay, before I get too far along with this brief review, you already know, that I only rented this because me likee the Taylor Lautner. It sure wasn’t because the movie looked good. And although I like the package he comes wrapped in, I must admit that I too got wrapped up in the Twilight hype when he returned with a rockin’ bod…then I saw said film he returned for and my interest quickly waned. It was cringeworthy. I assumed it was the material…now I’m thinking it’s the messenger (shoot him already). Don’t get me wrong, Lautner is still pretty, but that’s about it. There are lots of pretty packages out there. Too bad most of them are empty when you shake ’em.

Synopsis: A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Now before I do MY review, here is a link to a hilariously accurate one that I read online. It’s considerably more brutal, but nonetheless honest. My review will be nowhere near this entertaining, so I’ll leave it up to you if you want to read it now or later.
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Watching Vol.21
January 17, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Our Idiot Brother– I rented this because of my love for Paul Rudd.

Synopsis: A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

First off, if you saw the trailer, it was pretty misleading, in my opinion. The trailer makes the film seem as if the film is going to be about this wacky misfit brother and his inability to navigate within the real world. Well, it’s partly right. Less wacky and more story…lots of story. This movie is about family dynamics. Continue reading

Watching Vol.20
January 10, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark– First off, for those who don’t know, this is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie. I remember seeing the original one late afternoon and it creeped me OUT. It was definitely suspenseful, but not so much that I understand the cult status it’s received ever since its airing. I think the fact that it wasn’t available on VHS or DVD for decades added to its mystique. All in all though, it was scary and good. I wish I could say the same for the remake.

Synopsis: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. Continue reading

Anything But Elementary, My Dear Watson
January 3, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I recently had the fortune of having a day off AND having the funds to go to the movies (what?! That’s crazy talk!). Yes! It’s true! So, I finally got to see the new Sherlock Holmes film, which I’ve been looking forward to ever since I saw the trailer months ago.

Having LOVED the first film (I own the DVD, digital copy and score) and watched it several times, I was surprised that I was less than enthusiastic about the new film’s trailer. I mean, I LOVE Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, but (1) I wasn’t wild that someone from the “Girl” movies (…Dragon Tattoo, …Played With Fire, …Hornet’s Nest ad nauseam) was going to be in it (it seemed a little too mainstream/Oprah Book Club for my tastes) and (2) the villain seemed “meh”; a ginger madman just doesn’t carry the same punch as malevolent mancandy, Lord Blackwood in the original. Continue reading