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Anthony Bourdain falls in love with Vietnam's street food

Sarzy says...

I'm seriously so bummed out right now. Celebrity deaths don't normally affect me so much, but as someone who loves to eat and to travel, Bourdain was an inspiration in so many ways. The world is definitely a worse place without him in it.

Childish Gambino - This Is America

Sarzy says...

Seriously. Atlanta (which he stars in, and frequently writes and directs) is one of the best shows on TV right now, and he's right on the verge of becoming a full-out movie star later this month. There's definitely an EGOT in his future.


Ducks in Germany wait for the green signal at a crossing

Sarzy says...

Fake to the max, but I did find it funny on my recent trip through Europe that in some countries, people would wait politely at crosswalks and refuse to jaywalk (like Austria and Germany), and in other countries they'd just cross whenever they wanted, lights be damned (like Portugal and especially Italy).

Anatomy of a Scene -- A Quiet Place

Sarzy says...

Pure speculation (I don't think the movie gives any hints as to their origin, though I'll have to look out for that when I watch it again), but my theory is that they were brought to Earth by a race of intelligent aliens who want to wipe out humanity, but without the destruction of a bunch of bombs.

entr0py said:

Since we're in spoiler town, any guess what the creatures were meant to be? They seem too dumb to be Aliens. Maybe subterranean bat monsters from the center of the earth?

Anatomy of a Scene -- A Quiet Place

Anatomy of a Scene -- A Quiet Place

Sarzy says...

Yeah, the whiteboard wasn't the most elegant way to convey that information, but it's quick and efficient, and it's still better than having one of the characters flat-out say that stuff even though they'd all know it already.

As for the second issue, as greatgooglymoogly mentioned, they're only able to shoot the creature because of the dumb luck of the frequency of the hearing aid weakening it and causing its armour to pop off. Deus ex machina, maybe, but the film spends enough time planting that seed that it doesn't feel too blatant.

mentality said:

I didn't really like the movie. Certain parts of it was well done, but there are some glaring issues that ruined my suspension of disbelief.

For example, early in the movie we got a shot of John's character's workshop, and there's this whiteboard with the most basic information about the monsters written on it in large bold letters. Your character has masterfully survived for over a year under constant threat from these monsters, and you have to write down that the creatures are blind? Who is this even for other than the audience? It's such a lazy way of conveying information and disrepectful of your viewer's intelligence.

Also, the ending was pretty ridiculous.

*spoiler warning*

The fact that these monsters are susceptible to small firearms (even if they have ARMOR as the whiteboard reminds us) makes the premise that they overran all the world's militaries in a few months pretty unbelievable.

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Backstreet Boys police line-up (Brooklyn Nine Nine)

Supercut of Will Forte Screaming for Dear Life

Close call for Korean traffic cop

Sarzy says...

Are you sure this is Korea? The guy on the radio doesn't sound like he's speaking in Korean to me (though I don't speak it, or any other language other than English, so I could certainly be wrong).

Samaritans assist driver out of a burning vehicle

Sarzy says...

I was waiting for the car to blow up seconds after they got the guy out. Clearly, movies have lied to me.

A Burger Scholar Breaks Down Classic Regional Burger Styles

Sarzy says...

A few things:

A) You should read this article about American cheese:

It's not gourmet, but it gets a bad rap -- it's easily the best type of cheese for a certain type of cheeseburger.

B) Louis Lunch broils their burgers in a custom upright broiler they've been using since day one. Their burgers definitely aren't steamed.

C) Pressing burgers during cooking is a no-no, but pressing the beef onto the griddle before it starts cooking creates a magical layer of crust on the beef that you can't get through any other method.

artician said:

I grew up with grilled burgers. A tiny bit of BBQ sauce, mixed with a small amount of diced onions, and lots of black pepper, is gourmet to me.

This deep fried shit seems like just that, though interesting.

American Cheese, isn't. (Cheese, that is).

Pressing your burgers while cooking seems like amateur bullshit that only came about to produce hamburgers faster.

He says that "jacks lunch" in Middletown CT originated the steamed burger, but today "Louis Lunch" at 261 Crown St. in New Haven CT claims to have "Invented the Hamburger" altogether, (and they steam their burgers) so YMMV.

I also prefer to eat my burgers without condiments, because when they're actually cooked well it has the best method for bringing out the flavor of the meat. I couldn't imagine the flavor of a steamed burger being such, but I still hope to try it some day.

In recent memory, perhaps ever, Yarde Tavern in South Hadley MA makes the best burger I've had, to date.

Reference = My family owns a ranch, and I grew up with cattle, so red meat was the diet throughout my youth, and have a lot to say on the subject.

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