Good evening Lj readers,
how are things? Hopefully well. Happy holidays!
Each year, originally inspired by my friend QKellie
, I make a list of some of the interesting foods and drinks I had an opportunity to try throughout it. In a generalized sense, makers of food often experiment the most with sweeter items, as they know there is (for better or worse) a large market for those sorts of things. But of course the occasional dessert is nice.
In 2015 I tried...( Read more...Collapse )
... and some orange creamsicle-flavored cream cheese, for a total of 173 items (42 more, than last year!). Of those items I tried, I recommend the citrus mint tea latte', vegetarian lamb and fruity crisp Oreos
A 'tall' (12 oz) citrus jade drink, a springtime seasonal release from Starbucks
, has beautiful yellow and green colors in the cup but is also 28 grams of sugar. Of course, one may ask for a 'light' version of it to be healthier.
Some trivia : Up until now, I had never met an apple I didn't like, as it were. However this year I tried the Envy apple, a new varietal I found @ Trader Joe's
, but actually didn't care for it. How about that!
Over the course of 2016 I was able to watch 24 movies + 7 seasons of various TV shows + 1 'stand-alone' miniseries :
Movies : 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Adventures of Haji Baba, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Anomalisa, Carol, The Conjuring 2, The Danish Girl, Doppelganger
(Asian movie), The Fits, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Forbidden Room, Gay Sex in the 70's
(documentary), The Girl on the Train, Hail Ceaser!, Henry Gamble's Birthday Party, The Lobster, Midnight Special, Miss Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Take me to the River, Upstream Color, The VVitch, Zip & Zip & the Marble Gang
Seasons : Please Like Me
(seasons 1 and 2), Portlandia
(seasons 1-3), Stranger Things
(season 1) and The Returned
(French series) (season 2).
Miniseries : 11.29. 63
Of those media I saw, I recommend : Henry Gamble's Birthday Party, Portlandia
(season 1) and Upstream Color
. Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
-movie-ish from the premise : a young teen slowly coming out of the closet to his religious family. However unalike many other overwrought scenes, his friends and family are not one-dimensional but rather undergoing transformations of their own. Equal parts funny, touching and sad, this is a great movie likely to get lost in a sea of many without others championing it. Portlandia
, an IFC series I had all but forgotten until my friend John pulled an episode up on Netflix
, is the heir apparent to old Canadian show Kids in the Hall
(or, perhaps, MTV's The State
), where a small group of people play basically every role. Carrie Brownstein (she of 90's rock band Slater-Kinney) and Fred "SNL" Armisen use the (real) city of Portland as their template, each playing both male and female characters in a funny-but-appreciative look at "hipster" culture. The first season, where Carrie and Fred wrote skits with others (instead of just themselves, during the "optional to watch" season 2) is a good intro to the series and reoccurring characters.
What can one say of Upstream Color
? The follow-up movie from the people who did sci-fi time-travel film Primer
(but indeed, not a sequel to that movie). Multi-talented Shane Curruth wrote, co-stars, edited, scored -and- produced this slow-to-unfurl tale of a thief who robs people of their free will, and how this problem might be 'fixed'. With quick edits, the opening slides into nightmarish territory before taking us to a whole new third place. A trailer is here
Although technically not a theatrical movie, Mike Posner's video for his song Be as you Are
is recommended! Short, but powerful and liberating.
* * One-click charities
As I pass along each year, there are a number of website one can visit, to donate - for free! - to various charities. By simply visiting a website and seeing the ads on it (and clicking a button), a few cents are donated to a variety of causes. There is a small list of links in the column on the left-hand side of my own blog, and just recently I was able to discover even more : caretoclick.com
is a simple, no-fuss site with 10 causes to support. Easy and helpful for others!
Okay. Thanks for reading, and have a good 2017!