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Nothing to see here.
I’m not ゴジラ (aka Godzilla) stomping on buildings and chomping on the chewy denizens fleeing underfoot through the streets of Tokyo.
But I am one to feast on all culinary offerings plucked down in the scant space between my bowl of rice and Yebisu lager. When in Tokyo, feast. I did.
Let’s join hands and skip hungrily among the blurry, uninspired food pornesque photos I display for your indulgence.
Okonomiyaki: a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. Okonomi, meaning ‘what you like’, and yaki meaning ‘grilled’ or ‘cooked’.
Okajoki – Izakaya seafood restaurant: a series of small plates served as courses, the last was a delectable fish.
Sukiyaki: soup you cook at your table and eat directly from the hot pot.
Choco Cro: a chocolate bar cooked inside a croissant!
The thing about flying to far off lands, it takes time. Lots and lots of time before you can start the steep slide towards jet lag.
I could read a book or do some work. I could listen to music or try to sleep.
None of that will last 14 hours between Washington, D.C. and Tokyo. Nor six hours between Tokyo and Bangkok.
So I need some other way to pass the time on the plane. Movies.
I watched 10 movies on my recent round-trip flight between D.C. and Bangkok. 30% of those featured Scarlett Johansson. They were also the best movies of the lot.
300: Rise of an Empire – Muscular. I was digging the first half of this movie, then something happened. Maybe I overdosed on too many six packs and beefy warriors. I kept calm, and focused on Eva Green. (Grade: C+)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Marvel(ous). One of the better Marvel superhero movies thus far. Funny. Tense. And lots of Scarlett Johansson. (Grade: B)
Jodorworsky’s Dune – Creepy. I’m glad this guy didn’t make Dune. It would have been wierd in the worst way. But it probably would have been better than David Lynch’s terrible version. This is a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky trying to turn Dune into an epic movie in the 70’s. His way. The most interesting part was how the artwork influenced later movies and comics. (Grade: C-)
Muppets Most Wanted – Unwanted. Not good. Sorry Kermit, but please try again. (Grade: C)
Her – Sultry. Nothing strange about falling for Scarlett Johansson’ s voice. I did. (Grade: B+)
Robocop – Robust. Not sure why they needed to remake this (money, of course), but still a good effort. I wasn’t bored. (Grade: B-)
Return Flights: BKK-NRT-IAD
The Amazing Spider-man 2 – Pointless. The worst super villains ever (sorry Jamie Foxx, Electro sucks). The guy playing the Green Goblin flat-out steals the Overacting Performance of the Year Award. The motivations for why they became villains? Stupid. Witty onscreen repertoire between real life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone? Bah. The whole thing was crap from start to finish. (Grade: C-)
Chef – Tasty. I enjoyed this. And now want to eat a Cuban sandwich in the worst way. (Grade: B+)
Noah – Creaky. Noah’s Ark that is. And the movie. It tried to be epic. Casting Russel Crowe will do that. Instead it was boring. Even Emma Watson seemed confused why she was in this movie. (Grade: C)
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Hmmm. I don’t really get Wes Anderson. His perfectly framed sets that actors have to interact with. Instead of following the action and the actors, he stages his quirky little dioramas. This was better than his previous effort, Moonrise Kingdom, but I can’t do it. (Grade: C+)
Overall, not a great playlist. I can redeem myself next month as I hop to Kuala Lumpur and wile away the hours. I hope Scarlett Johansson’s current movie, Lucy, is available.
I’m taking a short break from watching scripted TV shows!*
August Goal: Watch zero TV shows
After a spring and summer of binge watching such shows as House of Cards, Orphan Black, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Cosmos, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, True Detective, Portlandia, Louie and Broadchurch (I watched all eight episodes on one 13 hour flight) and just starting in on True Blood and Mad Men (and eyeballing the new 24 and Orange is the New Black), I’m calling time out.**
Granted, I don’t watch them live on actual TV. I download them and watch when convenient on my laptop.
Maybe I’ll read a book or three. Maybe I’ll work on my goal to watch all the AFI Top 100 movies and Oscar Best Picture winners. Maybe I’ll pretend like I have a chance of running the Army 10-miler and train.
The new Fall season of TV starts again in September and October, so let me cleanse my palette before The Walking Dead shuffles back on my screen.
* I rarely watch reality TV shows.
** In case you are freaking out about how many shows that is (for the record: 11), it’s only 104 episodes total. Or less than one episode a day (.87) for four months. It’s not that hard to do since most episodes are 42 minutes (drama) or 21 minutes (sitcom) each. And let’s get real, once you start bingeing, you can’t stop…