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Krampus

I just got my ass kicked by a bunch of Christmas cookies!”

Blurb: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home (IMDB).Krampus (2015)

Starring: Emjay Anthony (Rake, Grey’s Anatomy), Adam Scott (Big Little Lies, Veep), Toni Collette (Wanderlust, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men, The Ranch), Krista Stadler (The Strauss Dynasty, Cinderella).

Review: Let’s get this out of the way. All through watching Krampus, I couldn’t help feeling like I do every year on valentine’s day – that this was another thing created to force society to conform to the norms. It was weirdly preachy for something that should be fiction and that alone tend to make me seriously dislike things like that.  I believe we all can believe in whatever/whomever we believe in without shoving it down other people’s throat. This movie has a little bit of that feeling to it.

But let’s see what else I can say about this flick.

I’ve always shad a strange fascination with Toni Collette. Her acting chops is beyond amazing. She was really good in this role as the worrisome mom, trying to make everything perfect for Christmas while her family seem to fall apart around her. Hell, they can’t eve sit still for a second to get a dang Christmas picture done with Santa!

The acting was very good in this movie; especially from Emjay Anthony who plays Max. I wasn’t sure why the grandmother (played by Krista Stadler) only spoke English to tell the story of Krampus and her then switches back to what I’m assuming is Russian – I wasn’t sure what language it is. She is really good in this as well.

Conchatta (Two and a half men) broke up the screams with humor. I adore the actress so I might be a little biased.

The creatures in in the flick, from what I could see of them because they are always in the dark, the lighting was always gloomy and not clear so you don’t see much of them. The actual creature was there but more of a glimpse from time to time. I really wish I could see the actual thing.

Over-all, it’s an okay movie. I won’t be watching the others in this franchise. I feel preached to with it. But it’s a well made movie nonetheless.

Hugs,

Kato

 

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[Foodie Friday] Slow cooker Ground Beef Stew

Ingredients:Image may contain: food

  1. 2 lbs ground beef
  2. Ground pepper
  3. Paprika
  4. Salt
  5. All purpose seasoning
  6. Jerk sauce
  7. soy sauce
  8. browning
  9. Potatoes
  10. Flour
  11. 2 large onions – diced
  12. 2 bell peppers – diced
  13. 3 cloves of garlic
  14. Pepper (cayenne, scotch bonnet etc)

Cooking

  1. In the slow cooker, add ground beef, ground pepper, paprika, salt, soy sauce and cook for an hour.
  2. Add jerk sauce, bell peppers, scotch bonnet, garlic, onion (I add ketchup and a little bbq sauce when I make it)
  3. Peel and cut potatoes up and mix into meat.
  4. Allow to cook for another 2 hours so potatoes become soft.

Serving:

This should serve three – add or subtract pepper for your taste. After finish cooking, allow to sit for at 3 – 5 minutes before eating. Potatoes and ground beef are extremely hot.

Caution – jerk sauce is spicy. Adjust/omit peppers to fit your taste.

Enjoy!

Hugs,

Kato

Kanika – A Review

Starring: Sharad Ponkshe, Smita Shewale, Chaitrali Gupte, Kamlakar Saatpute, Aananda Karekar, alguni Rajni, Vandana Marathe and Nilesh BehereImage result

Blurb: A doctor and his colleagues, who conducted unethical testing on patients, face retribution from a supernatural victim. (IMDB)

Review: Before I dip into the movie, a little history. I learned this in a law class I took in high school *cough* years ago. In the  not so distance past, in 1994, India outlawed prenatal sex discernment. No, this has nothing to do with gay/straight. It has everything to do with male/female. Why? Well, girls are expensive for an Indian family. They prized boys. After all, boys does not require a groom price. Fathers of females must pay the parents of the male to marry their daughter. It’s a dowry system. Due to this fact, families would use use prenatal sex discernment to know the sex of the child. If it was male, they kept it. Females would get aborted.

You don’t have to be a genius to see the future repercussions of this. So after 1994, it became illegal in Indian to find out your baby’s sex. Anyway, this movie digs into that.

Now for the review. I thought it would be a bit preachy but it wasn’t. It terrified the hell out of me without being bloody. This is one of these horror movies that messed with your mind. The acting was good- Then again I am used to Indian movies. I saw my first Indian movie in Grade 8 and will never look back.

I also dig the fact that the women in this movie aren’t the perfect size zero as you usually see in these types of movies. There is no singing and dancing which would have made this whole thing a little weird. So, I appreciate that as well.

Dark things popping out of dark places, guilt and all the mind bending hallucinations you can think of. This movie shows you the lengths people will go to for profit and or family honour. It shows you what happens when you push a woman to the edge with nothing to hold onto or to bring her back. Revenge was sweet.

What I didn’t like about the movie – Well the scary thing’s make-up could have used a little work. I supposed for the culture they were trying to tone it down a little. She’s a pG version of the chick from RINGU (The Ring) movies. I figured from the way she died, she’d be maybe soaking wet, leaving wet footprints everywhere–that time of spooky.

I wasn’t a fan of the ending either. It builds you up with amazing acting, great story, great premise, amazing scenery and then kind of just leaves you there. It’s like you’re about to have an orgasm but dude decide he wants to go out with his friends and just kind of leave you on that brink.

I’m not a fan of that.

Kanika is streaming on Netflix at the moment with English subtitles.

Hugs,

Kato

Music Monday – Matt Cardle

Name: Matt CardleImage result

Language: English (British)

Claim to Fame: X Factor (UK)

Note: I found this singer by complete accident. I fell down the YouTube blackhole and kept clicking on one video after another, trying to find some good new music to stack my iTunes with (like I need more music lol) and I found his song Loving You featuring Mel C – yes, Sporty Spice herself. Of course I clicked on it and I instantly fell in love with his voice. I don’t know what it is about the way he sings that gets me from the very first damn note.

Favorite songs: Desire, Loving You (Featuring Mel C).

 

 

Hugs,

Kato

[Foodie Friday] Talapia

Serves: 1Image may contain: food

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Tilapia filet
  2. Ground pepper
  3. Salt
  4. Paprika
  5. butter or margarine

Cooking:

  1. Season tilapia with a pinch of ground pepper, salt and paprika (be light handed with this fish. It is a very delicate meat and over seasoning could ruin the taste)
  2. In a NON STICK skillet, on low to medium heat, add butter and allow to melt.
  3. Add fillet and allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes before turning. Allow to cook on the other side 3-5 minutes again or until meat is cooked all the way through. Suggest using a large spatula to turn the meat so it doesn’t break apart.
  4. Once cooking is complete, remove from heat.

Macaroni Salad:  The one in this picture was premade but you can make your very own.  This one made up of arugula, onions, macaroni (type is up to you), balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese crumble.

Alternate

  1. In the salad, you can substitute arugula with spinach
  2. You can use cheddar instead of feta cheese

Enjoy!

hugs,

Kato

 

The Crazies – A Review

Starring: Radha Mitchell (London Has Fallen, Pitch Black), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Crazies ver2.jpgClarita Diet, Hitman, Justified), Danielle Panabaker (Read it and Weep, The Flash).

Blurb: About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply (IMDB)

I was entirely unprepared for how good this movie was. I know, when you click on a little known movie these days you have no clue what you will get. I mean, you often time take your chances. The Crazies hit me with such greatness, I had to smile when it was over. I have to admit the title didn’t give me much hope. But from the very moment the movie began, I was left sitting on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t wait for the next thing. Sure, the formula is typical but I was very happy with the way this played out.

The acting was amazing. Timothy Olyphant was in his element as the sheriff. I’ve always liked him as an actor. Radha Mitchel, I’ve seen in a couple of other things, but I couldn’t put my finger on the character she played. But in this movie she shines which was nice to see. Overall, everyone held their own, working with what I believe to be some awesome writing. I never once felt like they were copying or trying to be something they weren’t.

The Crazies is a movie that works.

The ending gave way to a part 2 and I sincerely hope they follow through.

Hugs,

Kato

Music Monday – G Dragon aka GD

Birth Name: Kwon Ji-YongImage result for kwon ji yong

Name: G Dragon aka GD – Also a member of BIG BANG

Language: Korean

Military Status: Active – Currently enlisted

Note: G Dragon is so dope, he’s worked with Missy Elliot. Every year on his birthday, he donates millions to a charity. He believes in taking care of the world and doing good. He is currently a few weeks into his mandatory military training but this Oppa is mightier than he looks. His concerts are super sick! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him twice, once with his band Big Bang and once solo on his Kwon-Ji Yong tour.

Favorite songs: Untitled 2014, One of a Kind.

 

Good luck on enlistment Oppa! See you soon!

Hugs,

Kato

Allergies – Here we go again

A while back, I wrote a post about people and their allergies. And it seems once again, it’s come around.  A little boy in England is now fighting for his life, because he ate pizza that contained dairy after his father, apparently, asked that there be no dairy in the child’s food because of his allergy to dairy. You can read it here.

Photo by Radu – Unsplash

 

The other day I was on a crowded streetcar heading to work. This streetcar was super full, so full, that I had some woman flush against my back. I smelled peanuts and I was thinking, perhaps someone had forgotten to brush after breakfast. But when I turned my head, a woman was seated at one of the window seats, eating a peanut butter sandwich.

Of all the things she should be eating in a crowded bus, she chose peanut butter?

A while back,  I listened to a comedian talk about how people should keep their kids at home if a sandwich could kill them. This is the kind of close-minded bullshit that is causing so many people, especially children to die. I’ve also heard people in the streets talking about people living in a bubbly if they’re allergic to things.

We need to stop thinking like this.

People are dying.

Some allergies aren’t bad. For some, if you eat something your body is sensitive to, all you get is a headache, or a rash or something small. For others, hospitalization, having stomach pumped, death.

The point of this post – just because you don’t have an allergy doesn’t mean you don’t have to respect others. It is time we start showing some respect for human life and do what we can to preserve lives. We have to start taking these things seriously. Yeah, you can eat peanut butter but could we please be descent human beings at least once in our lives and not consume this mess in public?

Your life may go on but you’re taking someone’s loved one away and you feel zero guilt about that? What is it going to take for us to take other people’s lives into consideration before we do things we all take for granted?

Do the right thing.

Kato

[Foodie Friday] Jamaican Oxtail with Rice

Country: Jamaican

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Photo by A.M Cosgrove

Heat: Spicy (but can be adjusted)
Mode of preparation: Slow Cooker

 

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients for Oxtail

  1. 4 lbs of Oxtail
  2. Ground pepper
  3. Salt
  4. Lima Beans
  5. Onion (diced)
  6. Tomato (diced)
  7. Soy sauce
  8. Browning
  9. Lime Juice
  10. Ginger (crushed)
  11. 1/4 cup flour
  12. 4 cloves of garlic (Crushed)

Cooking

  1. Mix lemon juice with water and wash oxtail in it.
  2. Drain oxtail of water
  3. Season oxtail with salt, pepper, garlic, ginger – Try doing this over night to give the spices time to soak into the meat.
  4. Put oxtail in slow cooker add soy sauce and cover. Set the slow cooker for five hours. You want the meat to cook so well, that the mean basically falls off the bone when you eat it.
  5. Around the two hour mark, mix browning with a little water (I usually add some bbq sauce to this mixture) – add it to the meat along with onion, tomato.
  6. Mixed and let cook for the two hours.
  7. Mix flower in COLD water and add to meet.
  8. Add Lima beans
  9. Let meat cook for the rest of the time.

Alternative

  1. Instead of flour, you can use corn starch or grate one or two large potatoes into the meat and mix. This will thicken your gravy.
  2. If you wish to have your oxtail to be on the spicier side, add scotch bonnet peppers or cayenne or chili flakes for ultimate spice.
  3. Salt – sea salt can be used. I didn’t put an amount on the salt because you would have to salt it to your taste.

Eats best on a bed of plain white rice.

Enjoy!

Hugs,

Kato

Pandorum

Starring: Ben Foster (The Mechanic, Hell or High Water), Dennis Quaid (Field of Dreams,Image result for pandorum The Parent Trap), Antje Truae (Man of Steel, Seventh Son), Norma Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondocks Saints), Cam Gigandet (Never Back Down, Burlesque), Cung Le (Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Hawaii Five-O).

Blurb: A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities (IMDB).

Review: I am super stunned by this movie. I didn’t think I would enjoy it but I adore Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster is pretty dope. I clicked on it because of those two and Cung Le. The movie is another one of those “we’ve screwed earth so now we have to find a new planet” deals. I’ve watched so many of those in the last little while. This one has an added twist of the memory gap and creepies that go BANG in the vents.

It had me on the edge of my seat from the second it started. I really enjoyed the graphics and the fight scenes. It is a lot more than I thought it would be and for that I am super happy.

Cung Le held his own. Sure, being an MMA fighter helped with the action and yes, his acting is a little stiff but I’m assuming that’s because English isn’t his first language. But, he wasn’t as bad as Lil Miz as The Marine – don’t get me started on that mess.

Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid did and amazing job and Cam Gigandet was pretty good as well. I haven’t really seen him in anything since Burlesque so it was nice to see him again, older and in a different type of role.

The movie itself should be considered a thriller because as much as they are trying to find a new planet for human life, there are secrets, betrayals, parts that grab your mind and twist it. I love a great premise and though this is an old troupe being redone, they managed to make it their own and build their very own mythology that is believable and vivid.

All around, I truly enjoyed this movie and now I’m hoping they make a second part to this.

PANDORUM now streaming on Netflix.

Hugs,

Kato