3 Things I Wish I knew about Food, Movies, and TV

1. When I first started to cook things, I  was just randomly putting things together and hoping they tasted good. This will teach you about what is tasty and what isn’t, it will just take forever until you figure these things out. I wish I knew that using a cookbook to cook was MUCH more useful than just experimentation. After you’ve cooked a recipe for awhile, you start to think, “This is good, but it might be better with a little of this or a little of that.

2. A long time ago, I used to watch live TV. Live TV was cool to me, it had all my shows, I just had to figure it out when they were on. Then, my parents revealed to me that we had a DVR, and we didn’t have to plan ahead to watch a show. We could just  record it and watch it later with no commercials. I had wasted a a couple of years of my young life watching commercials with my Spongebob. I wish I knew about recording shows.

3. I started watching movies frequently a few years ago. I was just catching some movies on TV. I didn’t know that older people know best about new AND old movies. I started listening to my father’s advice on what movies to watch (I couldn’t get into most older, black and white movies that he suggested) and he suggested movies that I thought, “Its from the 60’s, its not relevant in these days.” I was totally wrong. I watched these movies unwillingly at first, but soon I was watching them on my own time, enjoying these great movies. I would recommend asking a parent or older friend what movies are good. It is a great way to not waste your time with bad movies that MIGHT be good.

Hurricane Sandy

I know this is not my cup o’ tea, but I want to talk about Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy has torn apart parts of the east coast and flooded many parts. A couple million Americans are without power still. Two days after the hurricane’s peak of destructive force. There are millions of Americans that are in need of power, medical attention, and housing. They need some help in getting these things. So in order to help them, here is a list of charities that you can donate to. Thanks for your help.

Raising the Bar

I just read a couple of blog posts about two movies that are being compared to their literal sequel, and their actor-director “sequel”. These two movies (The Dark Knight Rises and Promised Land) were and will be compared to their preceding movies. This kind of thing irks me. Why can’t people look at the movie as an individual? Factor in the story and the character, but don’t compare them side by side. With sequels, it’s hard, I know. But, the fact is, if you look at movies as individuals, you’ll enjoy them more. You wouldn’t compare your children side by side. THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS. It’s the same with movies. I’m done ranting.

Be sure to check the movieblog.com’s post about Promised Land and the filmmakingblog.com’s post about the Dark Knight Rises.

How to make an easy, healthy, delicious lunch.

I was experimenting a couple of days ago with my panini press and some random leftover ingredients in my fridge. This panino took me about 15 minutes to make. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices of black forest ham
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • Fresh bell peppers
  • One handful of fresh baby spinach
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2-1 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil

Once you have all of these ingredients measured out, you’re ready to start. You will also need a panini press, or a skillet, or anything that can sautee vegetables and cook a panini. Here is a step by step of how to make it:

  1. Chop the cloves of garlic into small, thin bits. I would start by cutting off both of the ends of each clove. Then peel the skins off of it. If you have cut the ends off, the skins should come off easily. Slice the garlic very thin. Don’t cut your fingers off doing it, though! It isn’t vital that they be cut thin, it just makes it easier to cook.
  2. Cut your bell peppers into inch long segments. Cut the peppers width-wise once or twice. Make these rings about a centimeter thick. Then, cut the rings into segments that are around an inch long. The amount of peppers depends on your personal taste.
  3. Heat the panini press/skillet/whatever you’re using to sautee your vegetables.
  4. Sautee your vegetables. Put olive oil on the panini press once it is heated.Once there are bubbles forming in it. Put the garlic and the pepper on the press. After awhile, when the garlic is starting to get yellow, put the spinach on the panini press with the peppers and garlic. Once the garlic becomes golden brown, and the spinach becomes dark green and shriveled, take the vegetables and garlic off the press. Lastly, wipe off the remaining moisture from the press if it is what you will be cooking your panino in order to prevent your bread from getting soggy.
  5. Create your sandwich. Put 2 slices of ham on top of the bread. Next, put pepperjack cheese on top of the ham. Put the vegetables and garlic onto the cheese. Try to balance it as evenly as possible. Finally, cook your panino. Wait until both sides are golden brown, and the cheese is fully melted. And enjoy your legendary lunch.

Now you know how to make an easy, healthy, delicious lunch. You can put toppings and other things on it after it is cooked. For example, I like to put Cholula hot sauce and pesto on the panino afterwards. But that’s just me. Try toppings that you think will be good and don’t try them if they aren’t going to be good. Experimentation, that is how you learn to cook.

3 horror and thriller movies

When Halloween comes around, everybody is trying to be scared, so, in order to comply with your needs, here is a list of good horror/thriller movies that will get you in the Halloween mood. Here are some:

  1. 28 Days Later- This is, in my opinion, the best thriller I have ever seen. It has got a fantastic director (Danny Boyle) and a good cast, headed by Cillian Murphy. Not to mention a great plot. Cillian Murphy wakes up in an empty hospital. He gets up and walks around London to find it all abandoned. He soon finds out that a virus has spread to millions of people. He teams up with a man, his daughter, and a young woman, in order to find refuge somewhere.
  2. The Shining- The Shining is a great movie for Halloween because it creeps you out so much that you can’t take it. Jack Nicholson plays a husband, father, and a failed writer going to take care of a hotel and live in it. The movie’s lack of noise sets a deep undertone of creepiness. Paranormal things occur throughout. A great Halloween movie.
  3. Psycho- A lot of you have probably already seen this, but it is the classic horror movie. It revolves around the Bates Motel, a killer, his mother, and an investigation. I saw this when I was about 7, bad decision on my and my parents part. 9 years later and it is still as scary as it was when I first saw it. A must see for Halloween.

Netflix in the app store

A couple of days ago, I discovered that netflix has an app on the app store for your smart phone. For some reason, this flew right past me for a couple of months at least. I do not know how I didn’t see it before. Netflix is a great way to watch as many movies as you want. And now with the smartphone app, you can watch it wherever you have wi-fi. I have already finished watching season 1 of Archer, and I have just started to watch Homeland. I think Netflix is the best app for watching movies and TV shows while you are out and about. I strongly recommend  getting Netflix, and if you are already a subscriber, get the smartphone app. Here is a link to the app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/netflix/id363590051?mt=8

Why Lost started to suck

When I first saw the premiere of Lost, I knew it would be a popular show. It had a good premise. There weren’t many dramatic shows about being lost on an abandoned island. Lost kept getting good for two seasons, besides the polar bear, it all made sense. Then the third season came, somehow time travel got involved, weird magnetic pull came into play, corporations were living on the island. It’s story rapidly changed from simple “lost on a desert island” to “what the hell is going on!”. I kept watching, I don’t know why, I guess I just wanted to see how the writers would justify how time travel got involved. It traded sense for random philosophy. The fourth and fifth season was where the title finally came into play, because I was completely lost, watching Lost. For those of you who never saw Lost, here is the final scene in Lost.