Patrick R

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  1. Idle Cook Club 2 - Neither for here, nor to go

    This is not the topic but I just made two different amazing egg sandwiches using these Eggslut recipes and if I could do it anyone can because I am bad at cooking. I made the Spam one of this, the first time I've cooked with Spam and it turns out Spam is dope? Best tasting breakfast sandwich I've ever had. Even though I am bad at egg handling (can't make omelettes!) the marbleized egg was easy to make with a single chopstick. This one I made for my partner (since they don't eat pork) and they said it was really great. I used a brioche roll instead of the one used in the video, but it's still real good. I would have taken sexy pics of the sandwiches but I have a flip phone and low resolution makes all food look gross. Suffice to say, they really worked out. EDIT: IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT 15 MINUTES AFTER EATING MY SANDWICH I ALMOST WENT INTO A COMA SO MAYBE SPAM HAS TEN TIMES THE AMOUNT OF TRYPTOPHAN AS NORMAL HAM OR SOMETHING BUT DAMN I NEED TO NAP.
  2. Marvel movies

    It seems like a lot of people on these forums see every one of these when they come out so I am curious, does anyone find the action in them exciting? I think most of my problems with superhero movies would be moot if I thought these character-driven action films had good action scenes or characters with a maturity level beyond 15-year olds, but I've been radically underwhelmed by pretty much all of them. The only action scene in a Marvel movie I thought had any invention to it was the foot-chase in Captain America: The First Avenger.
  3. The Weekly X Files Rewatch Thread

    I didn't make any more posts but I did end up going through the whole series and I thought season 9 left me prepared for X-Files at it's low point but holy cow Season 10 is just nonsense. I literally cannot fathom how anyone could get six episodes of X-Files greenlit and use their time so poorly. Chris Carter is a massive hack and he is lucky he stumbled into Wong and the Morgans. Speaking of using time poorly, I Want To Believe is the first time audiences got to see Mulder and Scully together in action in nearly a decade and Carter decides to spend most of the movie with them split up, mad at each other, in service of a homophobic super depressing monster of the week episode. Still gonna watch Season 11 because I'm dumb.
  4. HOWL O'WEEN (Halloween)

    Me and my partner are considering being Chris Gethard and Shannon O'Neill from The Chris Gethard Show. It's the ultimate no-budget no-effort costume but one advantage it has over other obscure costumes is that people won't ask us what our costume is because they'll assume we just aren't wearing one. The one downside is that it'd require me to cut my hair I've been growing out for the past 18 months and I'm not sure I'm ready to do that.
  5. Star Wars Episode 8

    I have faith in Rian Johnson to break through the corporate sameness, as he's definitely the most interesting director to get a hold of any of these Disney acquisitions*. Star Wars and Marvel movies all have about the same problem of focus tested mediocrity, but Johnson tends to do excellent work with subversive and personal takes on genre tropes. I can't think of a contemporary writer/director who's more equipped to do great work within the crushing guidelines of current Disney blockbusters. I don't watch trailers to movies I know I'll see, so I haven't seen any for Ep. 8, but just existing on the planet Earth means I've seen the incredibly cynical way Disney tries to cram Star Wars nostalgia down people's throats with their marketing and I am extremely skeptical that any trailer would be too indicative of the final product. I just can't see Johnson pouring the kind of nostalgia bath Abrams clearly lives for. But even if I like Episode 8 I can't imagine it would turn me around on this world/story/characters enough to make me excited about Episode 9. They'd really have to change Rey and Kylo Ren's characters for me to get invested in an ongoing story. *Who stuck through and finished a movie. Pour one out for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.
  6. Movie/TV recommendations

    Especially considering most the stuff the creators had done before were College Humor shorts.
  7. Guess you Steam top 10 most played

    1. Team Fortress 2 2. Spelunky 3. AdVenture Capitalist 4. Skyrim 5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 6. Zombidle something or other some dumb zombie idle game 7. Civilization 4 8. Downwell 9. The Walking Dead 10. Hotline Miami? I am bad at this. Hotline Miami was actually #23.
  8. mother!

    I don't think it's solely a religious allegory but I think the Biblical imagery is undeniable. Also if you're into artist's intent, here is Aronofsky literally explaining how he structured his movie and what he intended it to be a metaphor for. I think we are meant to see the writer as a shithead but I think the fact that this film unambiguously presents the work that comes from the chaos he presents as not just great but Great and Perfect is a self-justification. Black Swan also does this, with someone destroying themselves in the name of perfection and the important thing is that there too they succeed. A lot of Aronofsky's work is about the tremendous cost of Greatness, but the fact that his characters do in fact achieve that greatness heavily implies that he just thinks that's how things are, that's what it takes to create on that level. And I think that is false and a self-justification, especially when you factor in his alleged tendency to put his actors through the wringer.
  9. mother!

    A gross of audience members left in disgust.
  10. mother!

    Yeah, mother! broke through the running conversation problem most American audiences have just by being intense and instead there was a lot of shock, laughter, and people getting audibly pissed off at what they're watching. The climactic transgressive moment I mentioned in my spoiler tag made two different sets of couples get up and leave.
  11. Movie/TV recommendations

    So I finished the last 3 episodes of American Vandal and it's the best show I've seen in a while. The arc from parody to sincerity is really strong. Figures the first great teen movie of a generation would end up being a Netflix mockumentary/found footage TV series. It's everything 13 Reasons could never be.
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    If you have ever been sucked into a true crime series like The Jinx or Making A Murderer, then the new Netflix comedy series American Vandal is definitely worth watching. Simultaneously a really sharp parody of the true crime genre, true crime culture, and high school culture and it passes the mockumentary sniff test of "Do I believe what I'm watching is a real artifact from the world it's depicting?" with flying colors. Very smart low-brow humor with some really good performances.
  13. mother!

    I thought mother!'s "great artist" narrative was childish and distasteful, the way it was tied into the ludicrous biblical structure eye-rolling, and Aronofsky's claims that the whole thing is supposed to be an environmental allegory laughable. Aronofsky seems to have an obsession with "perfect" art, characters reaching "perfection" and the idea that everything that happens in the wake of that quest (including, here, emotionally abusive relationships) is justified because it has to be that way for Great Art to emerge is gross. On the other hand, I think mother! is an absolute blast. You never know what's going to happen next, or what the shape or structure or reality of the film you're watching is going to end up being. I love being surprised in films and I thought I had a pretty good handle on it as a psychological thriller, but from the moment the wake slid into absolute irrationality I had a big dumb grin on my face all the way to the end, even at the end when things get violent because at that point suspension of disbelief goes right out the window. I seriously had to bite my lip to stop from laughing when If it had a script that wasn't dumb as dirt and all the same formal choices I would be over the moon about this, but as is it was just a really good time at the theater. It's basically a version of Son of Saul that I feel less guilty about enjoying because instead of turning the Holocaust into a roller coaster ride*, this turns the Bible into a roller coaster ride. This is like one of those Bible theme parks where they try to teach kids that humans walked with dinosaurs and one of those Bible haunted houses where they try to teach kids how scary Hell is all rolled into one. But what remains is definitely the childishness. Any way you slice it, seeing this in a packed multiplex is a real trip. It's this year's Antichrist. A movie that is fun to see with an audience reaction, a movie that is laudable for it's divisiveness and willingness to push the limits of good taste AND cinematic language, but one that I probably will never see again. *This is reductive and there is a depth to Son of Saul that mother! can't touch, but at the same time I definitely felt ambivalent about how "exciting" I found Son of Saul. Either way, they totally operate on the same cinematic principle of "sustained close-ups of character's faces as they run through perilous situations = intense and exciting experience.
  14. Mario Bava - Godfather of Italian Horror

    Then this thread was worth it! I'd also say Planet of the Vampires and Danger Diabolik are must-sees, the former being a very moody sci-fi horror that inspired Alien and that latter being a completely nuts pop-art comic book spy movie. Bay of Blood (AKA Twitch of the Death Nerve) is one of my all-time favorites but mostly because I love slasher films. It doesn't have the atmosphere or striking high-contrast shadows or gel-lighting of some of Bava's best work, but it is a very bleak black comedy with a bunch of fun slasher movie kills that were almost all ripped off in different Friday the 13th sequels. If you feel prepared to dive into a Bava hole forever, Tim Lucas wrote an irresponsibly large 1128 page book about his life and work called All The Colors of the Dark. The hardcover is hundreds of dollars, 12 pounds and almost impossibly unwieldly, but there is a digital version of the book that is only 30 dollars and is multimedia with trailers and videos.
  15. Filmmaking

    What do you want to learn?
  16. I threw on an episode of The Katering Show out of curiosity and oh my God it is so amazing I immediately watched 4 more.
  17. Strike

    Same! (Warning, scene of real animal slaughter)
  18. Jurassic World Evolution - Nick's 2018

    Already played it. Great music!
  19. Movie/TV recommendations

    Crazy! My partner just saw that last night. They loved it!
  20. Mario Bava - Godfather of Italian Horror

    My words fail me with Kill Baby Kill! It's a mindblowing rainbow nightmare that legitimately freaked me way out in a way I wasn't expecting. Creepy kid movie meets gothic witch movie meets hallucinatory color. I don't know where to begin but everyone should see it. The unfortunate thing about Kill Baby Kill is that a hate rock group has taken the title as it's name so now whenever I search it on the internet a bunch of nazi fuckheads pop up. Oh well. The movie is still amazing.
  21. Movie/TV recommendations

    Well this is the only one that comes to mind but if you are in the mood for cheesy action, it's a classic.
  22. Yeah, the problem is that I find he's had less and less enthusiasm over the course of this year, and there's been more and more Jason who makes every game he's ever played sound like the same thing.
  23. Yeah, it's definitely not what I'm looking for. Also, I have listened to AN episode of it and the hosts kinda put me off, though that's not a judgment on their thing as much as a sign of how fickle I am when it comes to podcasts.
  24. I actually have listened to and wasn't that into Besties, but I had forgotten all about Polygon Show, which I listened to the first 2-3 episodes of and really did like a lot. It's not really what I'm looking for, I don't think (as you said, it doesn't have the breadth of coverage) but I'll probably give that another shot anyway. Thanks for reminding me!