This week’s episode was all about Southern cooking. The guest judges were Paula Deen and Josh Besh. They actually carried the theme from the quickfire, where they had to fry up something for Paula, to the elimination challenge, where they had to cook using Southern seafood that benefited the fishermen affected by the oil spill. Even though Tiffany and Carla claimed to be the queens of Southern cooking, they both sucked during both challenges and Mike stole from Richard. Tacky! The overall theme of the episode was honoring the fish, which is what the losers of the elimination challenge didn’t do. Tiny tear for them.
Feb 21 2011
Amazing Race is back and for once we don’t have to be confused by all the new teams because we all know them! Except for possibly Amanda and Kris who are still not very memorable. The first leg started out crazier than normal. They were told there would be an express pass given to the first team that got to the pit stop at the end of the leg. Been told that before, so got it. Then, they were told that there wasn’t a clue on their backpack since they had to solve a puzzle first before Phil gave it to them. The first eight teams would be on the first plane and the last three teams would be on the second one leaving 90 minutes later. That has happened before with the license plate task at the beginning of a season that also eliminated someone right off the bat. This wasn’t as harsh, but had happened before. The final twist was a new one. The last team to get the clue, would be U-Turned so they had to do both sides of the first detour they ran into. Got all that? Hope so, since you haven’t heard the clue yet!
Feb 20 2011
There is other new television debuting this week, like another boring round of America’s Next Top Model, but the most important thing that is debuting is the next round of Amazing Race. The show had done an all-star cast previously after season 10, but that was ruined by Boston Rob from Survivor. This time, I think they did a better job getting some fan favorites in the cast.
Check out the cast. Do you think they deserve to be there? Do you remember who they are? Who do you want to win? Who do you wish was in the cast that isn’t here, like anyone from Season 13 that isn’t represented at all? And why is most of the cast of season 14 present?
After Ron berated his daughter for most of the season, he actually had a turn around in behavior. Then they came in second place during the finale. Has he actually changed for good or will his old behavior come back when the stress kicks in?
Feb 20 2011
The muppets were on Top Chef! They were on just for the Quickfire, but I really hoped they would have been part of the elimination challenge too. I love Cookie Monster and it was just over way too quickly. Even though I did not grow up on Elmo, I actually found him not annoying during this part so that just goes to show that muppets are always awesome. It would have only been better if Super Grover had been a part of it.
Feb 18 2011
Liam Neeson makes some super crappy thrillers that can still be enjoyable to watch. I believe Unknown is one of those so I’ll be checking it out. I Am Number Four seems to be wasted potential. Why do people keep letting Martin Lawrence make movies? Out of the limited releases, only Even the Rain looks like a thriller wrapped up in some political drama of the country.
Synopsis: After a car crash, a guy wakes up with no identification but no one believes who he says he is including his wife.
My Take: It sounds like a psychological thriller, but looks like it is poorly done so the outcome probably wouldn’t have as satisfying as it could be.
Feb 14 2011
I was reminded right when the movie began that the screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. In the first scene, Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend talked very quickly while also having multiple conversations with one another at the same time. I felt like I was watching the early years of The West Wing where I had to pay full attention to make sure I caught what was going on. I have been guilty, in this day and age of multiple ways of entertainment available to me, of not fully paying attention to a television show or movie at home since I’m reading something off my smart phone, but I had to put it all down and just pay attention while watching this.
Feb 12 2011
It was all about the beef tongue on the last episode of Top Chef. It didn’t win, but it was in the final three. What made it memorable, besides that it is apparently one of Jimmy Fallon’s favorite dishes, is that the chefs created a little song for it the night before the elimination challenge and sang it to the judges at Judges’ Table. Yes, the chefs do get a little loopy in between challenges in their apartment/house/whatever where they have no connection to the outside world.
Click below to listen to the fabulous song:
Feb 11 2011
This week, 12-year-old girls will rule the movie theater screens. I’m not sure why Justin Bieber needs more promotion, but here’s a movie all about him. The rest of the big screen releases did not get good reviews. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston quit making good movies a while ago, but this one actually looks halfway decent or maybe my expectations are just that low for both of them. I can ignore the kiddie flick about gnomes, but I like gnomes so I’m still disappointed it looks so lame. I will also ignore another boring Channing Tatum movie. Can people quit giving him roles? He’s so bland.
Synopsis: Concert documentary about Justin Bieber.
My Take: I remember when band documentaries were just released on video and they didn’t need to be released as movies, but teenage girls will buy anything.
Feb 04 2011
I was watching the trailer for Cold Weather and thought I saw what looked like North Portland, but I wasn’t sure. Then I saw someone on the bridge at Multnomah Falls. Finally, I saw them driving down NE Glisan Street and confirmed it was filmed in Portland. I seem to miss when movies are filmed here, even though my bus route goes down Glisan. I guess I’m clueless.
Synopsis: People go into a super deep cave and then get trapped there.
My Take: I think I’d rather watch another movie spent in a cave that is filled with actual tension — Descent.