Sunday, November 21, 2010

A fun question for movie nerds

Got this question in an email from Nathan Lerner:

John Wayne won his only Oscar for portraying Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Now, Jeff Bridges, who won an Oscar for Crazy Heart, is scheduled to play the same character in the Coen Brothers' remake of the film. Can you name another screen character who has been portrayed by two different Oscar winners?

Here's who we could come up with (help from Drew, Lou and Michelle):

- Bob Dylan, portrayed by both Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger in I'm Not There

- The Joker, portrayed by Jack Nicholson (Batman) and Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

- Queen Elizabeth, portrayed by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) and Helen Mirren (The Queen) (Oops, they are different Elizabeths, my bad)

- The Devil/Satan, portrayed by Al Pacino (Devil's Advocate) and Robert De Niro (Angel Heart)

- Vito Corleone, portrayed by Marlon Brando (The Godfather) and Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II)

- Danny Ocean, portrayed by Frank Sinatra (Ocean's 11, 1960) and George Clooney (Ocean's 11, 2001)

- Robin Hood, portrayed by Russell Crowe (Robin Hood, 2010) and Kevin Costner (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)

- God, portrayed by Morgan Freeman (Bruce Almighty) and George Burns (Oh, God!)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 review

Magic! Angst! Sweaters!

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Geometry of Pasta review

Caz Hildebrand (a British graphic designer) and Jacob Kenedy (a British chef) collaborated on this cookbook, which is not like the other cookbooks. Hildebrand's black-and-white illustrations, accompanying Kenedy's recipes, celebrate pasta as shape and function.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

Philly Mag piece on food blogging

I'm quoted in John Marchese's recent Philadelphia magazine piece about the food blogging scene in the city. Yes, I apologized to my mother for using the F-word.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Coveside Crab Shack, Dundalk MD

Great crabs.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Waiting for Good Dough

Here's my City Paper cover story on the state of Philadelphia pizza.

Full credit to Michelle for dreaming up that headline.

Photo is the San Daniele at Pizzeria Stella.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Outside Sycamore in Lansdowne

Freedom over both fear AND litter! AND sans-serif fonts!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Free Spammer Darko

Darko Milicic seems to be moonlighting as a spammer. He clearly sent this to my work account before the T-Wolves signed the big man to a four-year contract worth $20 million (?!). 


My name is Darko, i am from Serbia, and i would like to ask you for donation for me to go in Montenegro. My girlfriend working there and i want to spend rest of this summer with her because i love her so much and i miss her and i can't be without her two months. I came back yesterday from Montenegro because i couldn't find job there but i don't know how to back again. Thank you anyway (if you help me or if you not) for your time spent reading this.

Best regards,

My official scouting report on Spammer Darko: A true 70wpm typist who thrives in a transparent offensive system. Doesn't get bogged down in syntax and possesses the instincts to cut to the chase, often in an opening sentence. Needs to work on improving grammar, though some European observers have suggested this is a strength masquerading as a flaw (the thinking here is it bolsters believability). Post-greeting moves are raw but intermittently brilliant. Some reports indicate he will be able to extend his range with hands-on coaching. Has been compared to a young Milorad Pavic; tremendous upside.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Late Pass: The A-Team review

I hate it when a plan doesn't come together.

Sharlto Copley as Murdock reminded me of another performance but I couldn't food the life of put my finger on it. Later realized it was Spike Jonze in Three Kings. The difference is that Three Kings is actually a pretty dope movie.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Crystal Castles' new album cover

That really is terrifying.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Somewhere in Jersey. Of course.

New York plates, but still! (Photo: Allie Rossignol)

This is what Locke saw when he looked into the eye of The Island

This is also the glowing yellow cave light. And Walt's real father.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Philly’s Barcade is a go, but they ain’t rushing

We're experiencing some slight technical difficulties with today, so I decided to throw this post — originally meant for Meal Ticket — up here for the time being.

Pete Langway, one of five owners of Brooklyn's Barcade, just called Meal Ticket with a few preliminary details on the Philly location the partners have planned.

The project, first noted by Brownstoner Philly yesterday, will bring the Barcade concept to a space at 1114 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. "Philly was a no-brainer for us," says Langway, whose first experience with the 'hood was taking in a show at Johnny Brenda's. "A lot of people come into Barcade in Brooklyn [and say], "It would be great to have a Barcade in my town,' including people from Philadelphia. He cites Fishtown and Williamsburg's comparable DNA and Philly's burly craft beer scene as the main factors influencing his team's decision to come to the city.

A handful of folks in the neighborhood zoning meeting held earlier this week had heard of the concept, which brings together all-American craft beer list (all draft, no bottles) and '80s video games. (Numbers-wise, Langway ballparks that they'll pour 25 beers — 24 on tap, one cask — and stock about 30 games.) This Frankford Avenue space is slightly larger than Barcade's OG digs, and there's an adjacent lot that's included in the property that Langway says will be used as a small beer garden-type seating area.

Philadelphians excited about this project should note that this is a ways off — when asked to guesstimate an opening month for Barcade Philly, Langway didn't have an answer. "It's literally so early in the process that we don't know," he says. "I couldn't even give you a date. However long it takes."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Meal Ticket Spring 2010 supplement: weird pizzas and homemade bitters

The unstoppable Felicia D'Ambrosio and I teamed up to put together this print supplement — which you can also read online, whaaaaat?! — for our food blog Meal Ticket. In it we talk about the various pizza styles one can get in and around Philly and the growing trend of bartenders producing their own bitters.

Photos by my brother-from-another-Filipino-mother Neal Santos.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebrity white girl rap videos are the new sex tapes

Michelle Trachtenberg doing Nicki Minaj (also while chillin with Dawson) got me thinking that getting recorded drunkenly spitting verses by female MCs (take or leave Van Der Beek) should become de rigueur for all noted caucasian starlets. Leighton Meester does Foxy. Emily Blunt does Bahamadia. Kristen Stewart does MC Lyte. EVERYONE WINS. Celebrities, they're just like us!

(via Complex)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Eeeeee, Ong Bak 3 trailer!

He was full of fury in Ong Bak 1. In Ong Bak 2, he developed additional fury. Now in Ong Bak 3, HE HAS THE MOST FURY TO DATE!


Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Even Craig Ehlo is shaking his white-ass head

Dave Chappelle has this bit about things that are so incredibly racist that they don't even make him mad — just shocked about how racist they are.

Presenting: the All-American Basketball Alliance, aka the ALL-WHITE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE. (h/t Doron)

"Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement said.


Don "Moose" Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league's roster restrictions is not racism.

"There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," he said. "I don't hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here's a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."

Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of "street-ball" played by "people of color." He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas' indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans' dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run.

"Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" he said. "That's the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction."

Wow, that's racist.

I could spend all day rattling off 1) names of white players with "street ball" game and 2) names of players of color who play capital-F Fundamental ball, but what's the point? Commissioner David Duke is probably already planning 2010 All-Star Weekend at Auschwitz.

I will point out, though, that Arenas' suspension has nothing to do with his skin color. Anyone who follows basketball knows he's one of the most interesting and intelligent players in the game. He just also happens to be bat-shit insane.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

If Avatar causes you to have suicidal thoughts, please act on them


James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle "Avatar" may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.


A user named Mike wrote on the fan Web site "Naviblue" that he contemplated suicide after seeing the movie.

"Ever since I went to see 'Avatar' I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar.' "

Do it, Mike. James Cameron wants you to do it. DO IT.

(h/t Marc)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Silent Meow

My cat does this weird silent meow sometimes, so I Googled "silent meow" just out of curiosity.

From the first paragraph of the first search result:

When referencing her cats, a good friend of mine says, "My cats are just little people in fur coats who walk on all fours and speak a different language. I don't understand a word they are saying to me!"

The next paragraph begins: "When I was a child, one of my favorite books was 'Alice through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carroll." Stopped reading after that.

Another search result describes a silent meow thusly:

Your cat will look up at you and tilt his head ever so slightly, open his mouth, and a slight almost hiccup like noise will come out. This is the highest form of "please" a cat can offer.

Why is all cat journalism written by insane cat ladies? Where are all the cat scientists at? Get at me.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

New Year's Resolution

Write more crap here!