Archive for July 2007

Slash & Burn: Japanese Movie Reviews

July 26, 2007

Slash & Burn

I have been getting into more Asian cinema due to the horrible crap that has been coming out in America. Granted Transformers was as good as being rubbed all over with jelly donuts, the bulk of film here leaves me hungry. A site called Slash & Burn has come to my attention as a great place to get reviews on Asian film. Granted there are others like Rotten Tomatoes, the problem is that you have no idea what exists so you can’t look them up.

On Slash & Burn, they only cover Japanese films. So when you browse the well written reviews there, you get only the movies that you are looking for. After reading a few, I feel good about recommending this site as the reviews are well written and the writer has a good grasp on Japanese culture.

Burn it all.


Japanese Train Melodies

July 25, 2007

Osaka Hikari Railstar

In America, the train system is not friendly. They are poorly labeled and nothing is on time. I have been to Boston and NYC and both were dirty messes that reeked of hobo piss. One thing that bothered me was that the only way to really know when the train was coming was to listen for the screeching sound of metal on metal as the cars careened through the tubes of concrete below the ground. There was no signal, just the sound that mimics what could only be the sound that will usher in the end of days and the rapture.

In Japan, especially when it comes to the Shinkansen (bullet train), the train not only runs on time but there are audio queues that it will be arriving. In Kyoto on the Hankyu line, there was a friendly male voice that announced the arrival of the train. On the Osaka Hikari Railstar, there was the musical melodies that played to let you know what was going on. You could hear it through out the station and so when the little chime played, you knew that it was time to run your ass off to the platform.


Protester Becomes Human Foie Gras

July 25, 2007

Foie Gras

Thanks to a cultured upbringing, I love all manner of food (except shellfish). One of my favorites is foie gras. What is that you ask? Well it is the liver of a duck or goose that is one of the most popular delicacies in French cuisine and its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of a regular duck or goose liver. Foie gras can be sold whole, or prepared into mousse, parfait, or pâté, and is typically served as an accompaniment to toast or steak.

The big deal comes from the fact that in order to fatten a goose, you have to force feed it or fatten the bird by gavage. Gavage is where you stick a hose into the goose and shove food into the birds crop. This has garnered attention as animal cruelty and this one TV show host in foreign land undergoes a force feeding to show how horrible it is. But let me tell you, some grilled foie gras and toast points with truffle oil is quite the delectable little dish.

Fava Beans and Chianti.

It is a Reamer But What Are You Supposed to Ream?

July 25, 2007

Vegetable Ass Reamer

I like the strange, unconventional, even the perverse. But when it comes to food, I like it straight up, clean cut. But you gotta ask yourself when you see the above in someone’s hand, “where is that going?” For some reason someone at Art & Cook thought it would be a good idea to truly sully the sanctity of the kitchen with this pseudo-asstoy/citrus reamer.

Now you might still be asking yourself exactly what is a citrus reamer? Well when you have to juice some fruit by hand, say a lemon, you ream it. Ream it good. I mean you take it and slide it in, then start the reaming till the juices start flowing. Once your hand is dripping with nectar then that means it is time to go into overdrive. I am talking a full on assault till it can’t stand it and it is turned into a quivering puddle of pulp. Then you slide it out and hear that “plop” sound. I am talking about fruit here you sick freaks.

Food is sexy.

Asian Breakers Have No Bones

July 24, 2007

There is no doubt about it that when break dancing went to Asia, the first guy to learn was actually a human-squid hybrid. These guys do some moves that make American breakers look like they are doing the Lindy at their Grandma’s 50th b-day party. The above clip is from a show called スーパーチャンプル (Super Chample), that is like a weekly serial of You Got Served hosted by JPop group DA PUMP and actress Sarina Suzuki 鈴木紗理奈.

Features dance crews doing hip-hop, freestyle, reggae, be-bop or other styles of modern dance, these guys go team on team to see who got skills. Currently into its third season, the show is popular with its variety show format and outlandish dancers. The above video is of a Japanese crew taking on a Korean crew in battle of who has the coolest moves and hairstyles.

Catch some more dance fever in HD.

Man Vs. Wild Might Not Be So Tough

July 24, 2007

Man Vs Wild

Rumors are flying that Bear Grylls, the host and maniac on Man Vs. Wild might not be the superman he seems to be. Reports have it that Bear spends nights in hotels, is given food, and even at one point cheated. How did he cheat? Well a survivalist consultant claims that he came in and built a raft out of nothing but then the show took it, disassembled it, and had Bear put it together on the show as if he did it all alone.

The dude might be cheating in the eyes of some people but he is still crazy fucking tough. He is an ex-SAS, the youngest Briton to climb Everest and live at the age of 23, and he drank water from elephant dung. Dung. I could climb Everest if I wanted, and I eat SAS guys for breakfast, but washing down said breakfast with elephant dung water is pretty damn hardcore to me. I say no to poop water in my mouth. Check out the show’s top 10 most badass moments.

I am man.

Watch in Horror at Stupidity in Motion

July 24, 2007

They say that innovation is a good thing, that without these pioneers we do not make progress.

Now watch this and try to truthfully argue that point again, you will loose every time. Even funnier with the mute on.

Original Article, but this is too goofy to writeup.