Well, we’re back and it’s mighty hot out there these days, in many aspects…from weather to news and frankly, calming tensions in world events looks like something of a pipe dream at the moment…mmmm…pipe dream.
Whatever, whenever and wherever I was as a kid, I often had this look-alike with me. His name was and is Matthew, my twin brother. He has shared a lot of the stories and views expressed in this blog, and it was he who suffered the cinematic drought imposed upon parental sanctions against two longsuffering twins in the early/mid-80s until 1991.
One thing we’ve always loved is animated cinema. Cartoon Fridays from All-Star Video on VHS with us safely ensconced in the upstairs den and pizza on the long, faux wooden table…ahhh! That love of animation spread to my niece, now a young teenage upstart cartoonist in New York…she slays me that child. One of the last cinema memories I have with her and me solitos was when we went to see How To Train Your Dragon two or three years ago when she was 11. After, we went our for pizza and chatted about the film and life, and then we waltzed back home in the dark…spooked out on a cold Long Island evening.
If you love the genre or know or have children/young ones and haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and run to see How To Train Your Dragon II. The sheer grandeur of the world they again present to the audience is breathtaking. In the film, we find a now grown-up Hiccup renewing his fight for dragon recognition and protection, again much against his father’s wishes and again, aided by his pals and stalwart dragon, Toothless. But, in the twist that is film and life, a revelation changes the entire course of his current mission and destiny…and that of his father’s, as well. You will likely see this film nominated (and even win?) the Best Animated Feature Oscar. So nice! Please check it out. ####
Does anyone but me remember the Go-Bots? See if this jogs your memory… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsw0OnIcU1I …yes? no? maybe so? I remember that they made their splash just months before Transformers did in the mid-80s when I was a wee thing and I was hooked on the franchise. But by the time I could revel in it, Transformers and my mates’ purchases had transformed me into a lone Go-Bot ranger…even Matthew jumped on the Transformers bandwagon…I kid!
Well Michael Bay and all his penis envy glory has arrived with the fourth installment of his lights and fireworks display, known as The Transformers saga. At least, Marky Mark…uh, I mean Mr. Wahlberg is in it now. Seriously, the guy never ages. In the film, he has a sidekick named Lucas and the film occurs in Texas, so that was nice. But apart from that and the fact that Shia LeBURF isn’t in the film, there is little to enjoy about this wannabe slapstick comedy/action/sci-fi fusing X-Files oldies into something newbie and completely silly…ugh…Marky Mark cant save it and actress Sophia Miles is NO Megan Fox in the beauty scale…over it! Pass…next one please. #-1/2
Now then, I can almost assuredly promise you that just as Whole Foods and SXSW-type fests started in Austin, Texas, so did the mobile taco stands, somewhat chic/somewhat hippy/always tasty! Now this trend in gastronomic novelties is actually being portrayed in a film by famed director Jon Favreau. He of the infamous “You’re so money and you don’t even know it”-written shtick of the late 90s comedy Swinger, he of the box office phenomena Iron Man series, is now coming back to his roots, so to speak. In all honesty, Chef is a certain vanity piece. It has to be, with that lineup of stars from Scarlett to Downey, Jr. to Sofia Vergara (mmmmm!) and the big screen return of John Leguizamo. Do yourself a favor though. Before you go to the flicks, click this link and watch this first please: http://www.sockshare.com/file/096651C5E16E1896 .
What you have there is an Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episode that explains a bit of how the taco food truck culture has boomed in L.A. and actually spends much of the episode with this very film’s producer and gastro-wunderkind Roy Choi, Korean-American culinary and food truck king.
Yes, the film is a vanity piece. Perhaps in its filming sensibilities, it’s on par with an all-star cast/low budget Woody Allen-type production, but oh man does it make you hungry and ready for yum yums, love and family after the film.
It tells the story of a Miami chef, now living and working successfully in L.A. until the owner of the restaurant he chefs at intervenes and a bad food review causes all hell and seemingly his life to break loose. Returning to Miami to reunite with his ex-wife (la Vergara) for a spell and re-connect with his son in a stronger way, Carl Casper as portrayed by Favreau in truth returns to his roots to find his strength again…you know the adage, ‘going back to go forward’. His ex-wife’s ex-husband offers him a food truck, which he accepts and turns into a Cuban food dispenser on wheels. But, not stopping there, his food truck idea takes off and eventually lands in New Orleans…and then…of course, Austin, Texas! Full circle, full fun, a bit of a fantasy, but like most Latin American food…oh so good! ### ½
Well, my dears, serve hot and high and enjoy! See you next week!