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A Hot Dog Program (1999)
an absolutely fun program
An absolutely entertaining program about the hot dog, and some of the most popular places in the US to get hot dogs. Written and produced by Rick Sebak for PBS, the same man that brought you An Ice Cream Program and Sandwiches That You Will Like, this is a fun program for all to watch, unless you're a vegetarian.
Watching this program makes me want to someday take a cross country trip to visit all of these establishments, especially my favorite, the place in New Jersey that serves deep-fried hot dogs. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go get a hot dog.
Definitely gets a 10/10.
Ice cream, hot dogs, and now sandwiches.
Mr. Sebak certainly knows what subjects to write about, and Sandwiches That You Will Like is yet another fun program that talks about one of the favorite foods of the US and the world. The sandwiches they profile will make even the most civilized person in the world crave and slobber uncontrollably and want to take a cross country trip to check out all the fine establishments and to try these tasty treats. And how brave it is to dive into the world of the Philly Cheesesteak where one dares to ask: Pat's or Geno's?
Well done! As an encore, maybe Mr. Sebak will someday do a program about hamburgers. A 10/10.
Ryôri no tetsujin (1993)
What a show! I'm addicted to it!!
I love Iron Chef. What an idea for a show!! I love the premise of bringing renowned chefs from all over Japan and the world to challenge Chairman Kaga's Iron Chefs, and to have them create dishes on the spot using the theme ingredient announced at the beginning. It's also fun to listen to the play-by-play announcing; you'd think this was a sports events.
The fact that these chefs can prepare 4-6 dishes on the spot in one hour attests to their amazing skills and imagination, especially when an Iron Chef of one cooking style is confronted with a theme ingredient they normally don't use. I wish I was there to taste some of their amazing creations.
What astounds me about the show is how seriously some challengers take this, like the Italian expatriate chefs and their battles against Iron Chef Italian Masahiko Kobe, and the Ohta Factions' (a society of Japanese chefs who are staunchly traditional in their cooking techniques) war against Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto.
I can't wait for IC3 next month. My local cable company just recently added the Food Network, so I didn't see the original Bobby Flay/Morimoto contest. After watching what Morimoto has done in previous episodes, I really can't see Flay winning. I've also thought about whether Emeril would someday appear on Iron Chef, but I think he's a bit too laidback for something as tense and fast-paced as this.
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Ugh, what a travesty.
I want to preface this first by saying I was a big fan of the Transformers back in the 80's, and even though I was much older than most kids who liked the Transformers and I wasn't interested in the toys themselves, it was the concept of robots who can change from humanoid to vehicle form that appealed to the sci-fi part of me. I had also collected the Transformers comic books that Marvel had put out at the time.
Recently I found this movie in the cheap bin at the store, so my curiosity got the best of me so I decided to buy it and check it out as I didn't get to see it when it first came out. After watching it however, I came to the conclusion that I didn't miss much.
The film is a poorly made pile of scenes, and not even the use of well-known actors to be the voices of the characters could save this travesty of a movie. Very disorganized with barely any kind of story other than the Autobots were trying to reclaim Cybertron and that there was a changing of the guard as some of the old Transformers many had grown to love were killed off which of course is the marketing ploy to bring in new characters so they can get kids to buy more toys.
What especially turned me off to the movie was the constant use of annoying 80's pop music. This wasn't a movie, this was a long MTV music video (interesting choices like Weird Al's "Dare to be Stupid"). I actually fast forwarded many parts of the movie just so I could stop listening to the lame music. At least in the animated TV series, they put in the effort to compose and use incidental music that was more appropriate.
I'm sure hardcore fans will still want to see it, but for everyone else my advice is don't even waste your time with this.
Rabbit of Seville (1950)
One of the best of the Warner Brothers cartoons. The scenes of Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny during the opera are so brilliantly done with the music. The chase scene with the bigger and bigger weapons is one of the all-time classics.
Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
Yikes and awaaaaaay....WHAM!!
One of my all-time favorites. One hysterical gag after another, especially when Daffy tries to swing on a vine and smashes into one tree after another. Daffy is so funny as the failed Robin Hood Daffy, and Porky Pig is hillarious as Friar Tuck laughing at everything Daffy is doing. I can never stop laughing when I watch this one.
The Sight (2000)
Decent made-for-TV movie
I saw the premiere of this movie last night on F/X since the trailer looked interesting enough. Cashing in on the popularity of The Sixth Sense, the movie stars Andrew McCarthy as an American architect who travels to London to work on a restoration project and in the process discovers he has "The Sight" - the ability to see and speak to the spirits of the dead, and uses this power to try to solve a rash of serial killings that have plagued London in recent days.
It's not Oscar material, but it was watchable and decent enough that I taped the encore presentation. I liked the movie's surreal atmosphere which sometimes made you feel like the line between real life and the afterlife blurred and you couldn't tell which was which. It was strange to see Mr. McCarthy in a role other than a Brat Pack movie or Weekend at Bernie's, but he pulled it off.
From Russia with Love (1963)
the best bond film of them all...
Ok, so it doesn't have a lot of the neat gadgets and devices that have become a signature of the 007 franchise, and it may be a little slow moving than many Bond fans are used to, and it's a bit dated because of the Cold War setting, but this is a classic spy tale and in my opinion the best of the Bond films. Sean Connery is cool and suave as 007. Robert Shaw is absolutely brilliant as the sinister assassin Red Grant. Lotte Lenya is terrific as the other villain employed by SPECTRE. This film also marks the debut of SPECTRE and Desmond Llewelyn. A must for anyone's Bond collection.
Dr. No (1962)
the movie that started it all
This is the movie that started everything and laid down the foundation. Not the best Bond film, but still very good especially as an introduction to the world of 007. Joseph Wiseman is terrific as the title villain, civilized yet very devious. Ursula Andress may not be a great actress, but who cares? The first of many beautiful Bond women who had that classic scene of coming out of the sea. Jack Lord is very good as the CIA man Felix Leiter, but I have to admit as a self-professed Hawaii Five-O junkie, he might as well of been Steve McGarrett.
To the new generation of short-attention span Bond fans who think Bond films are nothing but non-stop action, excitement and gadgets, put away your pre-conceived notions. Dr. No is the closest thing to the original Ian Fleming 007 and the reason that the more recent Bond films are just pale imitations.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
my favorite Roger Moore 007 film
After the making of the absolutely ludicrous Moonraker, they followed that up with what I feel is the best of the Roger Moore Bond films, and one that in my opinion is the most underrated. For Your Eyes Only reminds me of From Russia With Love: a solid no-nonsense and believable spy tale about a race against time to recover an encryption device from a sunken British spy-vessal before the Russians get to it. Carole Bouquet is one of my favorite Bond women because of her beauty, smarts, and the fact that you don't want to mess with her and her crossbow.
Despite some silly moments like the end where they had the Prime Minister Thatcher impersonator, I can watch this film over and over again.