King Eddy

Saturday night we offed to Le Meridien King Edward Hotel on King for a night away. We are always treated very nicely at the King Eddy, this time with complementary access to the Royal Club Lounge, a suite upgrade and a little tray of strawberries and personal note from Oscar, the hotel’s Senior Guest Services Manager. Thanks guys; another wonderful stay.

1 & 2) our suite at the King Eddy

3) a little welcome from the team; 4) G poses down the by the long hall to the bedroom

Last night G made a marvelous beef bourguignon with butter roasted potatoes and mushrooms, served on egg noddles. It was SO damn yummy!

5) G’s beef bourguignon

If you can utterly suspend reality for two hours and try not to get all hung up in the gaping plot holes, the stereotypical cardboard characters, the lack of any interest whatsoever in what happens to these characters, and just sit back and enjoy poor Liam Neeson (as Bryan Mills) try to earn a few more dollars so he can avoid having to ‘act’ in movies of this ilk again, you’re going to like this film. If you can’t do that, avoid this film; you’re not going to like it. Directed by Pierre Morel and full of action, action, action, Taken follows former CIA-er Mills as he tries to rescue his dimwitted daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace) from the clutches of the evil Albanian gangs that seem to own much of the seedier parts of Paris. Bottomline on this film is that anyone seeing it, or renting it, has indeed been taken. For the fact Liam manages to sustain it all, and for being filmed in Paris, my rating 3 out of 10.


My Dinner with Andre

The great Louie Malle directed this 2 hour conversation of two New York artists eating dinner. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, two real life New York playwrights play versions of themselves. When the wildly successful Andre returns from years in the wilderness finding himself in all sorts of experimental art projects overseas, he invites his struggling-to-make-ends-meat friend, Wallace to dinner. The result is a philosophical journey on the meaning of life as Andre shares his story of living in the moment with his more conservative and cynical friend. My Dinner with Andre takes the commonplace activity of a dinner with a friend to new heights with a dialogue which is, if nothing else, engaging. The film is an art house piece through and through and while decidedly not for everyone, this reviewer – long a fan of Joseph Campbell and existentialism philosophy – was riveted to his core.
My rating 8 out of 10.

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Fool’s Gold
Surprisingly, I preferred this silly film to Matthew McConaughey’s previous film of the same genre, Sahara. Interestingly, it suffers from the same problem inherent in that film too – a frustrating lack of identity, a film unsure of what it’s trying to be: comedy, adventure, historical thriller, romance. McConaughey stars as Benjamin Finnegan (Finn), a dumbass treasure seeker in hawk to a corrupt Caribbean rapper, Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) on the hunt for the secret treasure known as the Queen’s Dowry with his very smart ex-wife Tess (the always good Kate Hudson). Toss in Canada’s own Donald Sutherland as a rich publisher, Nigel Honeycutt, trying to bemuse his Valley-girl-esque daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) and you’ve quite a mess of a story. Director Andy Tennant manages to keep the pace going despite the silly script mind you. While the personae McConaughery has adopted of late is thoroughly aggravating, there’s enough lighthearted dumbness here to warrant a view on a cold winter’s night. My rating 5 out of 10.


This film is a testament to the dire need of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to have the ability to revoke an Academy Award. Case in point, Halle Berry (who ‘stars’ as Catwoman) and who once again proves she cannot act. She’s just dreadful in this dreadful movie directed by Pitof. Catwoman is one of those stupid, dumb films that is so bad it’s actually fun to watch. It’s helped by great production value and cartoony CGI. Sharon Stone (as the evil Laurel Hedare) steals every frame she’s in and looks fabulous and the supporting cast of Benjamin Bratt (as detective Tom Lone), an over-the-top Lambert Wilson (as the misogynous George Hedare) and Six Feet Under’s Frances Conroy (as Ophelia) help temper Berry’s disgraceful excuse for acting. This is certainly no perrrrrrfect Catwoman but gets my rating of a 3 out of 10.


The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow directs Mark Boal’s great script (he spent time embedded with a team in Iraq) that follows the lives of three soldiers who work in Iraq defusing bombs. Starring, briefly, Guy Pearce (till he meets his maker in the first few minutes of the film); Jeremy Renner (as SFC William James); Anthony Mackie (as Sgt. Sanborn) and Brian Geraghty (as Private Owen Eldridge), Bigelow films the movie with shaky-camera syndrome (the current cinematographic shtick) in an attempt to approximate what it may feel like being there in the moment. But there is too much handheld action and the true visceral nature of what she’s communicating would do better with more stillness and slowness on screen. Bigelow hints at this – in particular the long scene when the Americans meet guerillas out in the desert and begin a game of sharpshooting. The Hurt Locker takes us deep into the damage war wreaks in a man’s mind; a very good film that could have been great. And kudos to Bigelow for showing us the conflict between Iraqis and Americans fairly without the need for blatant messaging. My rating 7 out of 10.


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6 Responses to King Eddy

  1. ElusiveWords says:

    That bed looks incredibly comfortable and the beef looks yummy.

  2. christao408 says:

    “My Dinner with Andre” remains one of my favorite films.  Also, one of the earliest art films I saw.”…make-ends-meat…” – seems that you have food on the mind.

  3. CurryPuffy says:

    Looks like I’d love to stay at this fancy hotel too! “Catwoman”….I remembered I slept through part of the movie!

  4. Made2Order says:

    hooowddy brenntt! guess whoo’s back!!=D

  5. kunhuo42 says:

    the beef bourguignon looks amazing, as do those strawberries! yum!

  6. Fatcat723 says:

    The Hotel looks great. I have not seen any of the movies you reviewed. Maybe I need to get out once in awhile!

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