Archive for July, 2013
Yes, I did read all of the Sherlock Holmes’ stories when I was a kid. What was I supposed to do? We didn’t have cable and I was virtually an only child stranded in the boring suburbs.
British colonization definitely influenced our parents’ taste in literature and cinema. Besides Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we had Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, The Arabian Nights, and Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Roman Holiday, Hitchcock films, and Cary Grant films were suggested as choices for movies.
I find BBC’s rendition of Sherlock Holmes to be a tad prolonged (tighter editing to a 50-minute plotline would help), with stellar performances by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty). I’m looking forward to viewing Season 3 on Netflix.
Is it a cop-out to write about TV when I should be writing about food?
No… if the mind feeds the stomach, then I think what I watch on TV is equally as relevant to this blog as my choice of cooking oil, yes?
The first seasons of “Scrubs”, before it transferred to ABC, are so tightly-written and edited that they are a joy to watch. I never tire of Zach Braff’s goofiness (I saw him at the Union Square “Crunch” one afternoon…) or of the Janitor’s antics. I love Scott Foley’s quirky boyfriend role and Heather Graham’s yin-yang psychiatrist, Dr. Molly Clock (who, by the way, was modeled after the show’s medical consultant’s wife).
These days, I have been piecing out a trip to Southeast Asia and Singapore is the most expensive country on the itinerary. I’ve been tracing the popularity of certain posts, readers, and I know that you have been looking at “Hainanese Chicken Rice”, so there must be some Southeast Asians among you. Speak, please, do not hold your silence. I’m looking for a good budget hotel in Singapore on Orchard Road. Any suggestions?
I love Jenji Kohan — her intro credit reels for “Weeds” still looms large for its poignant satire on suburban American life. Her new creation, the made-for-Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black”, is just as insightfully rendered. I’d heard about Piper Kerman’s story on NPR before the Netflix series aired: Kerman is a white, upper middle-class woman who serves a 15-month sentence for trucking drug money. The writing and acting are superb: Taylor Schilling, Taryn Manning, Kate Mulgrew are standouts. Jenji Kohan’s pen is as sharp as ever. Piper Kerman’s shaping of her story and of the show’s dialogue must contribute to the tightness of the script. All in all, I can’t wait until Season 2 comes out.
Just curious, people. Whose food writing column or restaurant review do you regularly read, online or print?
How well do you trust that opinion?