Tuesday night we opted to try the grains of paradise on a steak to make a sort-of steak au poivre. We used a Laura’s Lean Beef sirloin, which was very good, and never uses growth hormones or antibiotics in their cattle.
Directed by Greg Mottola, Superbad is a super funny look back at your teenage summer before college when it was all about booze and getting laid. Enter three misfit lads, geeky Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), joker Seth (Jonah Hill) and nice-boy-next-door Evan (the always great Michael Cera, most recently of Juno fame). When the threesome get an invite to a party where all three hope to hookup with the girls of their dreams (ideally, drunk) the fun begins, with Fogell’s fake Hawaiian ID starting the adventure. More than an coming of age story, Superbad weaves a great story of friends and the nature of friendship when guys are teens and won’t dare admit just how much they ‘love’ (in a nonsexual way) their best friends. Ripe with racy dialogue, a great performance (which he’ll likely never top) by Fogell, and an embarrassing (if true?) portrayal of cops, Superbad is a rare teen sexploitation movie that is simultaneously funny and truly heartwarming. My rating a solid 9 out of 10.
Irreverent best describes this classic kung fu meets soccer meets the Matrix film, directed by (and starring) Stephen Chow. Shaolin Soccer won a slew of top honours at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2001, and deservedly so. The story is a way-over-the-top one of silliness involving a young shaolin kung fu student (Chow) looking to spread the kung fu philosophy. When he runs into a former soccer star (and his five buddies), a plot is set to reunite the now retired team and bring it to greatest against “Team Evil” and thus spread shaolin kung fu philosophy to people everywhere. While that sounds ridiculous – and it is – you’ll just smile and laugh your way through all 2 hours. It’s truly a kick. My rating 8 out of 10.