Look Out, Jamie Lee! He’s Back!

Forty years after the release of John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Myers is heading home. A new Halloween, which will be the 11th film in the franchise, retcons away all but the first two films in the series and takes place four decades after the events in those two movies.

Carpenter is the executive producer of the new episode.  Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, now a grandmother. And, for the first time since the original movie. Nick Castle will reprise his role as Michael Myers.

It’s scheduled for release on 19 October 2018, just in time for…oh, you know.


2018 Cookery Project — Parsnip Gratin with Gruyère and Thyme


Parsnip Gratin with Gruyère and Thyme

Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme

Lately I’ve been sampling James Peterson’s book, Vegetables, reading up on all the things I don’t know about turnips and rutabagas and bok choy. Somebody must use them, because even the sadly understocked Safeway near my condo, which routinely runs out of exotic products like milk and ground beef, always seems to have them in stock. But they’ve never been part of my repertoire.

Same with parsnips. I’m sure I’ve had parsnip purée, but I’ve never cooked with them myself, until now. I wanted to try something new, and I found a recipe for Parsnip Gratin with Gruyère and Thyme at Atelier Christine

Peterson describes the taste of a parsnip as being somewhere between a carrot and a potato, and I think that’s right on the money. My Parsnip Gratin, which required a lot of peeling and chopping and grating, tasted very much like good old scalloped potatoes. It was fine, but considering how much effort went into it, I was hoping for something more exciting.


★ Disaster. Inedible. Poisoned the cat.
★★ OK, but once is enough.
★★★ Mixed results. Something went wrong, but might try this again.
★★★★ Good, but lacks that special something.
★★★★★ Excellent. Goes into my “This is a winner” file.

David Bowie is Almost Over

After a phenomenally successful five-year, five-continent, 11-city  tour, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s David Bowie is exhibition is coming to an end. The show, now at the Brooklyn Museum, closes on Sunday, 15 July 2018. There are still tickets available, but the remaining weekends are heavily booked.

Unless you already have a ticket, you won’t be able to get in tomorrow, 20 June 2018, because it’s a very special day.

Here’s a little background to explain why:

According to Billboard, “…when the exhibit first premiered at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in March 2013, expectations were low. ‘No other museum had booked it for the tour,’ co-creator Victoria Broackes confessed, ‘and we’d published 10,000 copies of the catalog. There wasn’t a lot of optimism that it was going to be a rip-roaring success.'”

“Rip-roaring success” is an understatement, as David Bowie Is became the V&A’s fastest selling show. More than a year ago, it became the most visited exhibition in the V&A’s 166-year history.

And tomorrow, it will welcome its two-millionth visitor.

To celebrate, someone will be designated as Visitor #2,000,000 and will receive a signed lithograph of a Bowie self-portrait, a limited edition of the David Bowie Is book, a pair of Sennheiser headphones, and a premium subscription to Spotify.

With more than 180,000 visitors,  David Bowie is is the best-selling exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum’s history,

Look. This is a flat-out amazing exhibition. If you have a chance to see it, GO. You won’t regret it. If you skip it, on the other hand, you’ll never forgive yourself. Those 2,000,000 people are going to be talking about this show for the rest of their lives, and when they find out you didn’t see it, they’ll be relentless in their ridicule and scorn.

This is one party you shouldn’t miss.

If you’re unfamiliar with New York, it might be helpful to know that the Brooklyn Museum is a 45-minute subway ride from Times Square. It’s a straight shot, no transfers trip on the 2 and 3 lines, and the Brooklyn exit is at the Museum’s entrance.

Here’s a “Know Before You Go” video from the Museum.

All photographs in this posting came from the New York Times online.

The Little Stranger — First Trailer

Charlotte Rampling and British People Who Dress For Dinner and an Old Dark House?

I am so in for this!

Even lines like “There’s something evil in this house” can’t keep me away.

The Little Stranger is based on Sarah Waters’ well-received 2009 gothic novel of the same name. The film version is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, whose last movie was the equally well-received Room.

In addition to the always superb Charlotte Rampling, the film stars Domhnall Gleeson, best known for playing Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, as Dr Faraday, a country doctor called to a attend a patient at the fading estate where his mother once worked as a housemaid. Also on board is Ruth Wilson, who won a “Best Actress” Golden Globe for her performance in the Showtime’s The Affair.

The release date is 31 August 2018. Can’t wait for it to arrive so I can tell the ticket-taker that “There’s something evil in this theatre.”

2018 Cookery Project — Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes

Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes

Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes

Another kitchen success story! I am really on a roll these days.

I got this recipe from Eatwell 101, where it’s called “Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes Skillet”, because you cook the entire meal in a single skillet. A big single skillet. The lighting in my kitchen makes for lousy photographs, so here’s an image I grabbed from the website.

Like so many good things in life, it all begins with a marinade. This one was made with soy sauce, olive oil, Sriracha, and cracked pepper. Gonna be hot stuff. I cut flank steak into strips and marinated them overnight.

The next day, I heated olive oil and butter in the skillet and cooked quartered baby yellow potatoes for about five minutes on each side. When they were golden, I shifted them to a platter and made a quick run to my building’s roof deck, where I clipped some thyme, rosemary, and oregano from our little communal herb garden. Can’t get much more fresh, seasonal, and local than that.

The herbs went into the skillet, along with more butter, some crushed garlic, and red chili pepper flakes. I added strips of flank steak, and, after they had browned, I poured the reserved marinade into the pan. The only thing left to do was return the potatoes to the skillet for reheating, and sprinkling more of those very fresh herbs over the pan.

The meal looked and tasted great, and clean-up was in cinch.


★ Disaster. Inedible. Poisoned the cat.
★★ OK, but once is enough.
★★★ Mixed results. Something went wrong, but might try this again.
★★★★ Good, but lacks that special something.
★★★★★ Excellent. Goes into my “This is a winner” file.

Every Christopher Nolan Movie Ever

There are certain actors and directors who do something so original, so stunning that they and their collaborators earn one of my personal Get Out of Jail Free cards. Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and everyone else associated with Breaking Bad have cards. So does everyone who worked on Buffy or Utopia or Let the Right One In. This year, I added The Good Place and Killing Eve to my list. The card indicates that I trust the creators to continue to amaze me, and if they make a slip or two, it’s no biggie.

Ever since I was awed by Memento in 2000, Christopher Nolan has been one of my favourite directors. That film was so mind-blowingly good that he gets a lifetime pass.

Back in March, I posted a Screen Junkies video of “Every Wes Anderson Movie”, which took a humourous look at the oeuvre of a director of whom I am not fond. To balance things, here’s their examination of the works an insanely talented director:

Here’s the trailer for Memento. Still gives me shivers.