Monday, May 20, 2013

Movie Review: "Hachi: A Dog's Tale"

I had occasion to re-watch, Hachi: A Dog's Tale starring Richard Gere. This was not the healthiest thing I could have chosen to do, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. You can find the DVD on Amazon for the low price of $5 as of the time of this writing. Click the picture to go to Amazon:
I was familiar with the story of Hachi from my studies of Japanese culture. If you're not, I won't spoil it for you, but you can read about the original Hachi here (I recommend waiting until after you've seen the film).

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor and Series 7, Review and More

(Note: Attempts at a spoiler-free review refers to not giving away any major reveals of the episode, and usually not more than what is found in the teaser given the week before. May contain spoilers of past weeks. Please avoid reading the retrospective and comments for spoilers. Last week's review of "Nightmare in Silver" is here.)

Series 7 is finally over and it leaves behind both good and bad, but it definitely has left us with one of the largest cliffhangers I've ever had to deal with. I won't spoil it for you (at least not until after the review), but know that I wholeheartedly recommend Series 7 part 2. You can watch the series finale here:


and you can purchase the DVD for Series 7 Part 2 here:


On to the review!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Adventures in Cooking: Bacon Reuben

"Have you ever heard of a bacon Reuben?" The innocuous question struck like lightning, a brilliant flash leaving you disoriented and confused, unsure of what had just happened. Struggling to recover, my gray matter leapt to the logical Reuben-with-bacon alternative.

"Of course I've made a Reuben with bacon," I replied haughtily. After all, what fellow hadn't considered adding bacon to every appetizer, entree and dessert in their repertoire. No red-blooded American carnivore could open their fridge for ingredients in a culinary delight, see bacon, and pass up the opportunity to supplement the known with the savory.

"Not that, you moron. A Reuben where they use bacon instead of corned beef. I saw it on TV." The thunder rolled in and only then did my brain realize the traumatic event that had occurred. The lightning left me disoriented, but the thunder provided focus. My condescension was smashed. A Reuben sans corned beef with bacon. A bacon Reuben.A bac-en.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Doctor Who Series 7: Episode 13: Nightmare in Silver Review

(Note: Attempts at a spoiler-free review refers to not giving away any major reveals of the episode, and usually not more than what is found in the teaser given the week before. May contain spoilers of past weeks. Please avoid reading the reflection and comments for spoilers. Last week's review of "The Crimson Horror" is here.)


It's Saturday! So it's time for another foray into the adventures of Doctor Who. This week's episode was again penned by Neil Gaiman, who had previously wrote, "The Doctor's Wife". To those that geekasturbate over Mr. Gaiman and his works, this week's episode was probably a let-down, but for those of us whose nerd-juices don't flow at the mention of Neil Gaiman, it was another solid episode.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7: Episode 12: The Crimson Horror — Review and Reflection

(Note: Attempts at a spoiler-free review refers to not giving away any major reveals of the episode, and usually not more than what is found in the teaser given the week before. May contain spoilers of past weeks. Please avoid reading the reflection and comments for spoilers. Last week's review of "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" is here.)

Time for another episode of the smash hit, Doctor Who. This week we have the eponymous ancient poison of mysterious (and ancient) origins with a supposedly Stepford-esque utopia (at least that's the connotation granted from the teaser). You can stream Doctor Who episodes from Amazon via the picture below:
and new (to me at least), there is the option to pre-order the second half of series 7 in DVD and blu-ray:
I'm sure that it's worth it to purchase half-seasons of Doctor Who, and maybe it's just the American in me (or the non-rich me in me) speaking, but I find it hard to swallow a half-season of less than 10 episodes.

In fact, I'd say Doctor Who would have avoided any of the horrible taste Series 7 Part 1 left with us by producing more than a paltry 5 episodes of varying quality. From A ranking with "Asylum of the Daleks", B with "A Town Called Mercy" and whatever the heck the rest of the episodes were (a nostalgic C, which is pretty much a D or F from any non-nostalgia-induced reviewer).