Scanners (David Cronenberg – 1981) B+

Solid classic B movie entry from one of the masters of modern body horror. There is a community of people with psychic abilities, corporations would like to harness those abilities,…a story as old as time (or the mid 20th century, I don’t really know). The film is more focused than that generic plot though. CameronContinue reading “Scanners (David Cronenberg – 1981) B+”

The Pianist (Roman Polanski – 2002) A

Never seen Polanski’s highly-acclaimed WWII pic before. It is not what I expected. It is not a story of fighting the Nazis or a tale about resistance. It’s a story about survival told from the perspective of Wladyslaw Szpilman played by Adrian Brody. He was a Jewish pianist in Poland when the Nazis gradually startedContinue reading “The Pianist (Roman Polanski – 2002) A”

What Happened Was…(Tom Noonan – 1994) A

It’s movies like this that make the annual Criterion Channel fee so worth it. I am not sure I ever would’ve heard of or seen this one anywhere else and it is a gem of a little film. Sure, it is just two people on a date, their first date, at the woman’s Manhattan apartment.Continue reading “What Happened Was…(Tom Noonan – 1994) A”

The Guest (Adam Wingard – 2014) B+

He shows up saying he was a friend of the family’s son, who was killed in Afghanistan. He’s not really lying about that but he he has a bit more baggage than your average soldier. Dan Stevens plays this soldier called David and he does an excellent job as a dry, robotic killing machine. There’sContinue reading “The Guest (Adam Wingard – 2014) B+”

Grilled Sous-Vide Tri-tip, Kale Salad, Double Baked Potatoes

Combining grilling over charcoal with sous-vide precision cooking is the ultimate best-of-both-worlds approach. This is especially true for cuts of beef that are a little tricky to get right like the tri-tip. It has an uneven shape and thickness, it can also come out tough or dry if not cooked and sliced right. In thisContinue reading “Grilled Sous-Vide Tri-tip, Kale Salad, Double Baked Potatoes”