Well, today’s the day of our big group zoom chat.  Because all four participants are in four different time zones, looks like we’ll be kicking things off at 9:00 p.m. my time.  Yes, we’ll be eating into my bedtime, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

This morning, Akemi was incensed to learn that despite the fact that it IS, technically, “cold” “slaw” it is actually pronounced “cole slaw”.

It’s like that time she found it wasn’t “Happy Delayted Birthday” but “Happy Belated Birthday”.  She argued that “delayted” was superior because you were delayed in your well-wishes.

Today’s Culinary Yes/No…

And our film-themed question…

Some great answers for on twitter – and a lot of love for the great Robin Williams.

Okay, convening our Crime Club.  What did you all think of our third movie: Reservoir Dogs?

Quentin Tarantino’s first and, arguably, best film is atypical of the heist genre, totally skipping over the heist itself in favor of a focus on its aftermath. It almost unfurls like a stage play, jumping backwards and forwards in time to fill in the backstory gaps. A tight script, inspired direction, and stand-out performances establish it as a seminal work, but it’s Tarantino’s pop-infused dialogue that really breaks the mold.

This movie stands the test of time, proving just as great today as it was eighteen years ago when I first saw it on the big screen.  Another Highly Recommended entry.

Tomorrow, we’ll check out something a little different – a 2012 Hindi movie called Kahaani…

6 thoughts on “August 7, 2020: Fruit Loop doughnuts, great comedians who are no longer with us, and the Crime Club reconvenes to discuss Reservoir Dogs.

  1. Reservoir Dogs introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino. His independent foray into filmmaking sets the hallmarks of his style of storytelling. Violence, pop culture references, profanity laden dialog, paying homage to his film influences in his own films, and non linear story portrayals all rear their heads in every Tarantino film.

    Shot with the financial and production assistance of Harvey Kitel the once video store clerk bursts onto the film world with a bang. Destined to be a cult classic Reservoir Dogs still holds the same enjoyment for me I found when watching it almost 28 years ago.

    One of the most interesting parts of this crime movie is that it largely does not show the heist in question. Originally not shot due to budget concerns Tarantino has said he actually grew to like the idea of not showing it while filming.

    As long as you don’t mind a little violence give this movie a watch. I was entertained and at the time, some 28 years ago, impressed with its unique style. Providing a summary in my mind would not do the movie justice. I much prefer to just sit down, watch, and enjoy it. So in the words of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel save us the aisle seat… the balcony is closed!! Enjoy.

  2. Hi Joe, I was sorry to see Brent Carver’s passing. Everyone who knew him seemed to like him. Did you ever cross paths?

  3. The term “coleslaw” arose in the 18th century as an anglicisation of the Dutch term “koolsla” (“kool” in Dutch sounds like “cole”) meaning “cabbage salad”. The “cole” part of the word comes from the Latin colis, meaning “cabbage”.’

    Main ingredients: Fine shredded raw cabbage; …
    Place of origin: Netherlands

    Belated, adjective – Not arriving, occurring, or settled at the due, usual, or proper time.
    Usage example: a belated birthday card

    Delayed, adjective – Not as far along as normal in development.

    I love the way Akemi thinks. She is so interesting. Reminds me of my daily talks with my mom. I have things I want to ask her. I have things I want to tell her. I miss her so much.

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