Can you do me a favor?

About two years ago, a film professor sent me a list of 100 films I needed to see before I died. Some, I’d already seen. Many, I hadn’t, so I loaded the films onto my Netflix queue, and I’ve been diligently watching them since.

Since then, I have watched Polish films and South African films, and Swedish and British and Irish and Pakistani and obsure American films and I’ve enjoyed nearly all of them. If nothing else, I could go in to work the next morning and brag about films like “Kolya,” a wonderful ’96 Czech film that broke my heart last night.

It’s O.K. I’m nearly over it.

And I am nearly at the end of my list, and I don’t know any more film professors to guide my way. Could you recommend a movie? If I get to the end of my list with no more to add, I will surely die.

And thank you.

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150 responses to “Can you do me a favor?

  1. It’s hard to think of one you haven’t seen.
    How about Heartland from 1979 with Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell? (One of my favorites.)
    Or speaking of Rip Torn, Where the Rivers Flow North from 1993 with Tantoo Cardinal. A little closer to your neighborhood. (Yeah….I’m a Rip fan.)

  2. How about Sir Anthony and Emma Thompson in The Remains of the Day? You’ve probably seen that one.

  3. “And hey!
    Don’t forget the Tarantino classic (?)…..
    Kill Bill
    …I haven’t seen it, I just like the name”

    My wife hates that movie. Not that she’s ever seen it–but she has a small Senegal parrot named Bill.

    Originally it was named Belle, but then she had DNA testing done. (Apparently that’s the only way to find out).

  4. Here’s a list of movies I liked from 2000 on. I know there are others, but I can’t remember them. (I used a published list and picked out the ones I liked.) The one I did remember and added on was Trouble the Water. Have you already seen all of these?

    Brokeback Mountain -(2005, Ang Lee) (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams)
    Slumdog Millionaire – (2008, Danny Boyle) (Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor)
    Letters From Iwo Jima – (2006, Clint Eastwood) (Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya)
    A Beautiful Mind – (2001, Ron Howard) (Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly)
    Million Dollar Baby – (2004, Clint Eastwood) (Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank)
    Crash – (2005, Paul Haggis) (Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon)
    Babel – (2006, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam)
    Walk the Line – (2005, James Mangold) (Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon)
    Little Miss Sunshine – (2006, Jonathan Dayton) (Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin)
    Frost/Nixon – (2008, Ron Howard) (Frank Langella, Michael Sheen)
    Cast Away – (2000, Robert Zemeckis) (Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt)
    Finding Nemo – (2003, Andrew Stanton) (Albert Brooks, Alexander Gould)
    Erin Brockovich – (2000, Steven Soderbergh) (Julia Roberts, Albert Finney)
    Mystic River – (2003, Clint Eastwood) (Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon)
    Minority Report – (2002, Steven Spielberg) (Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell)
    Blood Diamond – (2006, Edward Zwick) (Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly)
    Juno – (2007, Jason Reitman) (Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner)
    Catch Me If You Can – (2002, Steven Spielberg) (Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio)
    Garden State – (2004, Zach Braff) (Zach Braff, Natalie Portman)
    The Bourne Identity & sequels – (2002, Doug Liman) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
    Across the Universe – (2007, Julie Taymor) (Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Dana Fuchs)
    Trouble the Water – (2008 Documentary: An aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival is all about when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.)

  5. I just remembered a few more…
    The Fog of War (2003 – EXCELLENT documentary)
    Paris je t’aime (2006)
    I am Sam
    Sideways
    Music & Lyrics (sweet story but especially enjoyed the ’80’s music video at the end)

  6. DJ,

    Was Steven King’s “Shawshank Redemption” on that list?

    Jac, what an awesome list…I loved “Sideways” and became a Pinot Noir fan after seeing the movie! Another movie I loved was “Chocolat” the Johnny Depp movie…I ate a pound of chocolate after that movie! DJ, please don’t tell any of my Republican friends that I enjoyed the chick-flick “Chocolat”, my girlfriend want to see it, so I caved. ( I even gave Sunday afternoon football…I think I was in the doghouse at the time)

    • Love all those movies, especially “Shawshank Redemption.” Thankee, Todd.

      • I think the reason why I enjoyed “Shawshank Redemption” and “Million Dollar Baby” so much was because Morgan Freeman was a character in both movies, plus he’s the narrator in each as well. Whenever “Shawshank” is on, I always stop what I am doing and catch a few minutes of it.

        Was “To Kill a Mockingbird” on the list?

        • Yes, it was. I went ahead and watched it again. And I love Morgan Freeman, too.

          • Jac,

            This is getting scary…I too love Whoppers, and who it their right mind would ever say no to a chunk of Hershey’s?

            OK Jac…since we are only seven days from Thanksgiving…Pumpkin pie or Apple?

            Mashed potatoes or stuffing?

            And here’s the true biggie: White meat or Dark?

            • A little sliver of each (but if I have to pick one – Apple).

              Both.
              (How can you just choose one at Thanksgiving? I just can’t. And I want gravy on both, too.)

              White.
              I don’t even bother cooking a whole turkey anymore and just get a turkey breast. However, I might do it differently next time. While at physical therapy today, the lady next to me (gently) scolded me for not cooking the whole bird. She gave me her recipe for “cooking the entire leftover carcass” afterwards and turning it into great soup.

              I think you picked trick questions this time.

              • Jac,

                You nailed the pumpkin/apple pie question…go for a slice of each, after all ,most of us have Friday off so we can workout extra hard on that day.

                You hit the potato/stuffing question out of the park.

                The white meat/dark meat was a trick question…it must be the teacher in me…that one is simple…Both!

                Because I have two sons, I make two turkeys (small ones) I make the regular one for my eighth-grade son, and a BBQ bird for my college freshman son. You can always throw the carcass in a pot, add water, onions, celery, carrots, and a cup of brandy and have a great turkey soup.

                • Todd, you’re not so bad afterall….for a conservative. :-)

                  • Jac,

                    I have always enjoyed your thoughtful, fair, and interesting posts. You are not so bad yourself!

                    My brother, from Texas , came to CT a few years ago and made a fried turkey…it was awesome. You can use the fryer for buffalo wings, and even eggplant!

            • We are frying two turkeys this year. My husband and I took over food prep this year to give his parents a break and to see if we can get everybody hooked on the fried version. Easier, faster, better!

              • We’ve been frying our bird for a few years, but I usually go ahead and throw one in the oven, as well. I love me my leftover (no offense, Leftover) turkey samich ona white bread.

                • GOOD white bread of course, and a little lettuce and mayo and whole-berry cranberry sauce, stick in in the microwave for a few seconds, YUMMMMM.

                  • I’ll eat crap white bread if it has turkey meat on it. I also like stuffing sandwiches, which is precisely what it sounds like, served cold. Bread on bread. Coals to Newcastle.

                    • See, good white bread in my house means Wonder bread. And turkey on wonder bread? Mmmmmmm

                    • There used to be a bread in my hometown called Bunny Bread. We rarely could afford it, and that, to me, remains the pinnacle.

                    • Every school day for — I dunno — weeks? years? my lunch was bologna and lettuce and mayo on Wonder Bread. I can still feel that air-filled bread collapse into wafer-thin slices as I bit into it. Good though. But not something I’d choose now.

                    • Back to movies: recently I’ve seen “Changeling,” “Iron Man,” “American Violet,” “Easy Virtue,” “Blood Diamonds,” and “Every Little Step.” Enjoyed most of each of those, for various reasons. I’ve also seen “Rage,” “Lyme Life,” “The Class,” and “40 Year Old Virgin.” Wasn’t nuts about those, also for various reasons.

                    • Changeling was more than I expected it to be, I liked it.
                      This may be revealing something about myself that I shouldn’t but my favorite movies are

                      Blade
                      Zoolander
                      Underworld
                      Where the Heart Is
                      The Hangover
                      Empire of the Sun
                      Stand By Me
                      American History X
                      Dogma
                      Pecker

                      there are probably others…

                    • I’ve only seen one of those (Stand By Me). Maybe I’ll see The Hangover next.

                    • I feel that way about a lot of food books. I’ve got The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien here but I’m afraid to open it.
                      The Hangover was so hilarious but I’m sure it’s a particular type of humor so I hope you don’t hate it! Empire of the Sun has been my favorite since I was a kid. My big sister got me the soundtrack (on cassette!) one Christmas.
                      DJ, I will email you my recipe. I noticed it is called corn casserole and when I bake it comes out a little closed to pudding because I take it out sooner than my husband does.

                    • Thank you for that! I’m going to buy the stuff today and try it out. And I forgot to add “The Hangover” on my list. If it don’t love it, there’s no harm done.

                    • I just added Pecker and Where the Heart Is. I’ve seen the others. I was so drawn to Empire of the Sun, in particular.

                    • If you were a few (maybe 4) decades younger, I’d recommend “Moondance Alexander”. It’s a sweet story about a girl and it involves a loveable Pinto. Oh yeah, and I was slightly involved in the movie: preread the script, went to the Premiere, walked down the Red Carpet, and hung out with some of the actors, directors and band people that were involved in the soundtrack. It was a fun thingy.

                    • Wow! Do I need to be a kid, you mean? Because I have my immature moments and I could try to time one with watching this movie. And Jac’s a Hollywood type!

                    • Was this @me? Because it may be an issue of maturity. I went with my friend who is only 19 and we laughed so hard our bellies were sore.

                    • Oh, goodie. I’m loading it onto my queue, then.

                    • God, I can’t follow these conversations. I need Mapquest for WordPress.

                    • It’s a mess, isn’t it?

                    • I’m losing track, which movie?

                    • The one you pre-read.

                    • I’m thinking The Hangover but I could be wrong.

                    • That’s right. Sorry. I’m easily confused.

                    • I was just prending to be one for a few days. It was waving to “the fans”. HA! They had no idea I was a nobody.
                      So, Babe, have your people call my people and we’ll go get botoxed – K?

                    • I saw “Lyme Life” listed as a recommended movie on my Netflix account. What didn’t you like about it? I’m not sure I want to bother with it.

                    • Yeah, that’s where I got it. Teen-age angst about sex and acceptance / parents fighting / early McMansion building — and not very well written or done. The McKulkin who played the kid was totally unappealing — blah blah blah.

                    • And mine was bologna (with the cool red tape around the edges that you had to peel off and NOT EAT, SUSAN!) and white bread and mayo, no lettuce. The thought of that still makes me happy.

                    • What is Bunny Bread?

                    • I think that was just the name of the bakery — Bunny Bakery. It didn’t have rabbits in it or anything. At least, I don’t think it had rabbits in it.

                • My favorite turkey leftover consists of pulled turkey meat with the gravy added, then you buy a pint of steamed rice from a good Chinese restaurant and pour the turkey/gravy mixture over the rice. The secret is the restaurant rice, don’t try to do with Uncle Ben’s or Minute Rice…trust me they can make the rice better, so use it.

                  • Excellent idea. No matter how much I stuff my face on Thanksgiving (and I do stuff my face on Thanksgiving), we always have turkey left over. And my husband does a great turkey soup, but even then…

                  • My sister in law always serves white rice at Thanksgiving and eats it with gravy & turkey. She prefers it over mashed potatoes.

              • What do you fry it in? A lobster pot?

    • Ooo, yes, I loved “Chocolat”, too. I forgot about that one. Todd, do we have the same taste in movies? I’m scared. Can people with completely opposite political views actually have something else in common? If you had to choose one, Pepsi or Coke, which would it be?

      P.S. I also forgot to mention “Good Will Hunting”, but you probably already saw that one, DJ.

      • Jac,

        There’s only one cola worth drinking, and in my way of thinking…it’s got to be Coca-Cola!

        OK Jac, Big Mac or Whopper?

        Hershey’s or Nestle’s?

      • GET OUT!
        Coke for sure – Pepsi doesn’t even come close.

        I don’t frequent those places any more, but when I did, I preferred the Whopper for it’s flame-broiled taste. (but McD’s had better fries).

        Hershey’s.

    • OMG, I love Chocolat. It appeals to everyone with those two leads I think. Such a sexy movie.

  7. Like Gleason?
    Gigot and The Hustler (with a young Paul Newman) are two his best.
    I’m sure you’ve seen Rear Window.

  8. My two favorite Canadian movies that most people haven’t seen are:
    –Last Night, a film with Sandra Oh about the end of the world. It’s incredible.
    –Jesus of Montreal, which stars nobody you’ve probably ever heard of and has a lot of God/blasphemy stuff in it. Totally up your alley, although it’s more about Catholicism.

    Did you see The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Highly recommend both book and film. They’re both devastating and funny.

    Tanpopo is my favorite Japanese noodle western. It’s the funniest food movie ever.

    I reviewed Maria, Full of Grace a while back. I’d link to the review but the website is defunct.

    And one geek recommendation: Serenity. I’m a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, but I became an even huger fan of Buffy creator Joss Whedon after this movie. It’s an ensemble, renegade, sci-fi western. Not enough people saw it, which bums me out because I was hoping for a series of movies as impressive as Star Trek.

  9. Thumbs up for “Serenity,” and we always go back and re-watch the all-too-short-lived “Firefly” series on DVD.

    Favorite movies of ALL all-time: The Great Escape, The Guns of Navarone, GalaxyQuest, Local Hero, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Desk Set, Lord of the Rings, Never On Sunday, Zorba the Greek, Dances With Wolves, Bull Durham. There are more, but those were off the top of head.

    • Sharon,

      Great call on “Bull Durham” perhaps the best baseball movie ever made. If you enjoyed that movie you should rent “The Natural” it has Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Wilfred Brimley. If you enjoy period pieces it’s great. As much as I enjoyed Bull Durham…my favorite sports movie of all time has to be Chariots of Fire.

    • Seen those, and pretty much loved most of them. Bull Durhan rocks, and so does The Natural.

  10. “We are frying two turkeys this year. My husband and I took over food prep this year to give his parents a break and to see if we can get everybody hooked on the fried version. Easier, faster, better!”

    And very dangerous. So sayeth Emeril and Alton Brown.

    I hope that proper precautions are being taken.

    • You know, I’ve heard this, too, but Mr. DJ is a firefighter and thus far we’ve destroyed precisely no houses from frying our bird. We haven’t even caught the porch on fire.

    • We always take the proper precautions which is why we’ve never had an issue in the many years my parents have been frying the turkey. They are going to walk us through it this weekend at my family’s Thanksgiving before we do it ourselves in North Carolina with his family!

  11. Home-made bread is best, particularly a James Beard recipe.

  12. Surprised that some of you folks will by frying turkeys. I thought it’s a Southern thang.

    • Don’t tell that to Mr. DJ, Lifelong Yankee. And it was his idea. But yeah. If you fry it, I will eat it.

    • Something new this year, my husband and I will be serving corn pudding. One of the turkeys will be seasoned with cajun spices and I thought corn pudding would go well.
      My mom’s serving greens with her dinner!

      • Phew. I may have to drive by for one of those meals. I haven’t thought very far ahead. Turkey. Taters with garlic. A salad of some kind. My sister-in-law’s wonderful turnips (I know! Who looks forward to turnips besides me?). Homemade bread (no Bunny bread). Pecan pie. Baked apples. Pumpkin pie. Most all the second generation is off to their in-laws’, so we’re small this year.

      • Mmm, yummy brussel sprouts.
        All year I think about my mother’s Christmas meal. Prime rib, yorkshire pudding, rutabagas, gravy over the top of all of it.

        • Oh my word. Prime rib. Has any one read the Jonathan Safran Foer book about eating animals? I can’t bring myself to do it because I’d miss me my cheeseburgers.

      • My mother-in-law makes corn casserole every year and it’s a cross between corn pudding and corn bread. It’s great! Does your recipe have jiffy corn bread mix in it?

      • I bet it’s the same thing. You can adjust the consistency (more pudding-like vs more cornbread-like) by adjusting the cooking time. We love it. I hope you enjoy it, too.

      • One and the same, I believe. We love it, I bump up the sugar content just a little.

  13. I love turnips. Also brussel sprouts. But I realize they’re an acquired taste, like gin & tonic.

    • Can hack G&Ts, but I immediately — upon first bite — loved turnips and brussel sprouts. And broccoli. But not sardines.

  14. Shifting to the >big screen,
    I think I’d like to see Precious. Anyone see that yet?

    • I so so so so so so want to see that movie. Watching the trailers I’m just floored by the actors and what different roles they are playing. Sherri Shepherd and Mo’Nique look crazy and I hate to say it but I’m impressed with Mariah Carey.
      I’d also like to see Men Who Stare at Goats and Food, Inc.

      • I thought the same thing about Mariah Carey and was surprised by her performance from what I saw.
        Men Who Stare at Goats and Food, Inc look good, too. I’d also like to see New York, I love you. (Suppose to be similar to Paris Je T’aime)

      • Mariah Carey is supposed to be quite good in that. I like movies that bring out unexpected acting talent. I mean, I knew she could sing.

    • I haven’t. I was supposed to go the week it came out, but my movie-partner couldn’t make it and the more I think about it, the more I think I’ll wait for the musical.

  15. It looks complicated, but it’s probably not. I bet it really seals in the juices.

  16. Around here in Bama, Wonder Bread and its relatives are the only kind recognized, outside of cornbread.

    Once I made a rye bread and brought it to a picnic. An elderly gentleman eyed it suspiciously.

    “It’s rye bread. I made it myself yesterday.”

    His eyes widened as he shied away from it and moved down the picnic table.

    I am not making this up.

    • I grew up in Texas, and I believe you. These days the Dallas area has so many transients from up north that it has greatly influenced the diversity of available foodstuffs, but any decent barbecue joint that sells brisket and ribs by the pound will still serve white bread, and only white bread, to mop up with.

      • My Grandfather used to say:

        “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead.”

        I don’t know where that came from, but he LOVED rye bread and back in those days I only ate white bread. Now, my favorite bread in this country is “Seeduction” from Whole Foods and my favorite bread in the world came from a little pâtisserie in Paris. They had the freshest, best baguette. The french know bread and it’s cheap and only sold fresh. If you go to Paris for no other reason, it’s worthwhile just for the bread!

    • Did they at least let you stay at the picnic?

  17. Maybe I’ll see if someone will lend one to me sometime. We like turkey any time of the year. I just checked Amazon and noticed they also had an oil-less turkey fryer. I wonder if it would be the same without the oil.

    My brother, who lives in warmer North Carolina, always cooks their turkey on the grill. I haven’t tried it that way yet, but he swears by that method.

    The one good thing about using the oven is that it makes the kitchen cozy and warm and that’s a big advantage for us who live in north-country.

  18. My favorite snack/lunch as a kid was bologna and cheese (American cheese, that it) on Wonder bread with mustard on the cheese side and mayo on the bologna side. I guess there were other white breads, but I didn’t know about them. Wonder Bread builds strong bodies 12 different ways. Look for the red, yellow, and blue balloons.

    I read “Fast Food Nation, ” but I still have the occasional burger. I haven’t read “Eating Animals” yet because I know it will be the end of my life as a carnivore.

    • And I’m wondering why I’m hanging onto my life as a carnivore, against all scientific reasoning. And that’s precisely why I haven’t read it, either.

      • I’m just not organized enough (and probably never will be) to be a healthy vegetarian. I don’t eat a lot of so-called bad stuff (fried foods, junk food), but I do count on dairy and the occasional flesh to provide protein etc. It’s so much easier to open a yogurt than it is to actually make a meal…

        • It really does take some planning. I have friends who are vegetarian, though, and they make it look easy. But then, they’ve been doing this for years and years.

    • Wonder Bread: here’s how old *I* am, I remember when it built strong bodies only SIX ways. Then it was eight, and finally twelve.

      Seeduction, especially still warm, IS wonderful. Whole Foods’ 12-grain (the round one) is wonderful too.

  19. “Did they at least let you stay at the picnic?”

    Yes, but I brought most of the bread back home. Their loss.

    • Wow. That stuff would get snatched up but quick among my own brand of hillbillies, mainly because the taste and texture is so interesting.

  20. CORN CASSEROLE

    1 – 16oz Can Whole Kernal Corn, undrained
    1 – 16oz Can Cream Style Corn, undrained
    2 Eggs, Beaten
    1 Cup Sour Cream
    1 Stick butter (or marg.)
    1 small pkg Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

    Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix together, pour into greased 12×8 baking dish. Bake about 1 hour. (Less for more pudding-like texture or maybe a little more if needed for cake like texture)

    This is my MIL’s recipe and she has an 8×12 pan. I don’t so I just try to adjust the baking time to suit my pan size. Actually, I only made it once because my MIL always makes it for familiy gatherings. Yes, it has about a million calories, but 1-2 times a year, it’s ok.

  21. I have made bread. There’s is nothing like it. And kneading by hand is a great way to work out a few aggressions.

    • I have a bread maker and when I use that I miss out on the working out a few aggressions part. I should forget the bread maker next time!

      • My bread maker made bread with a hole down the middle that for some reason really bothered me. I finally gave it away.

      • Bread makers are the invention of the devil. The hole in the center of the bread is sacreligious. They were a fad about 20 years ago but I don’t know of anyone who uses them now.

        Nothing like actually kneading the bread. I cheat by using a KitchenAid mixer given to me by my wife many years ago, but do finish it by hand.

        With the price of bread hovering around $3.00, it makes sense to make your own for about one-third of the cost.

      • “They were a fad about 20 years ago but I don’t know of anyone who uses them now.”

        I’d bet many are used by people who have various food issues and can’t eat most commercial breads, so they make their own. My sister has celiac disease and while there are more and more gluten-free foods in stores, it’s good to be able to whip up some acceptable bread when she needs it.

      • I know quite a few people with bread makers, although it did seem like a fad about 20 years ago. The people I know are concerned with eating less processed foods but don’t have a lot of time to make bread for the family.

        • It is an all-afternoon kind of undertaking. I really want to do it tomorrow, though. I’m blocking off time to punch, knead and babysit dough.

    • And as I am having One Of Those Weeks, I believe I need to go get some yeast and have at it.

  22. One more: Reign over me

  23. Thank you for the excellent Corn Casserole recipe, Jac. This is going to be great with my barbeque brisket!.

    • I believe if I brought a BBQ brisket to the table on Thanksgiving, people would just look at it funny. We are entirely too much in the turkey trough.

  24. Some movies I’ve really enjoyed…

    “Seven Samurai” (1954)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/

    “The Lion in Winter” (1968)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063227/

    “What’s Up Doc?” (1972)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069495/

    “Tommy” (1975)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073812/

    “Time Bandits” (1981)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081633/

    “Gandhi” (1982)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083987/

    “High Spirits” (1988)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095304/

    “Unforgiven” (1992)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/

    “Groundhog Day” (1993)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/

    “Troy” (2004)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332452/

    “Sin City” (2005)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401792/

    • Ohmigod. “Gandhi” is among my favorite movies EVER, right up there with “The Apostle,” which is — I’m told — an acquired taste. But I never saw “Sin City” or “High Spirits” and this makes me want to watch a couple of these again, Thank you, Bro. Mike!

  25. I second Time Bandits!

  26. “I believe if I brought a BBQ brisket to the table on Thanksgiving, people would just look at it funny. We are entirely too much in the turkey trough.”

    It’s just going to be me and him, so I think I can get away with it. I guarantee there won’t be any unfermented soy products, though.

    http://www.alternet.org/water/144074/the_war_on_soy:_why_the_'miracle_food'_may_be_a_health_risk_and_environmental_nightmare

  27. Last night I watched Casino Royale, the third–or is it the fourth?–remake of Ian Fleming’s book, and possibly the best. I was a Sean Connery purist, as I already mentioned, but Daniel Craig has changed my mind. I didn’t know this was a “reboot” of the character, similar to the Star Trek original series reboot. Works for me! Tonight’s feature is Quantum of Solace.

  28. Reporting on Quantum of Solace. It picks up immediately after Casino Royale leaves off. More chases, more incredible athletics by Daniel Craig and/or his stunt men, some very satisfying resolutions to a few loose ends left from the first film. Oh yes. Daniel Craig IS James Bond. May he have a long and happy Bond-life. But still have opportunities to do other films!

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