Sushi and a Movie Volume 4 – The Man With the Iron Fists

I really had high hopes for this movie. Kung fu! Quentin Tarantino! An interesting premise…but alas it was not to be. The movie was poorly written, acted, and executed on all levels. Had me and Bill been on a better wavelength, I think we would have both left about 25 minutes in. It was that bad. I’ve been trying to think of a worse movie over the past two days and I can’t. It’s not that I haven’t seen any bad movies; it’s just that it has been an extremely long time since I felt justified in walking out of one.

I don’t want to bash the movie too bad, but I will point out one thing that Bill brought up as we were leaving: the movie spends about 80% of the time in a brothel. You’d think they would at least show a boob or two. NOPE. Nothing. Not that it would have made it better, and I already saw plenty of gratuitous nudity when I watched Flight on Friday night. It just didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Of course, due to the asinine ratings we have in this country, they would have had to cut out some of the blood or fighting in order to include nudity as well. But still…

Avoid this movie in theaters. Wait until it is playing for free on cable or something. It is that bad, at least in my humble opinion. If you are a die hard kung fu movie fan, I suppose you might enjoy it. I went in expecting something much better and was severely disappointed. At least Lincoln will look super extra awesome in comparison to this crap.

Until next time…

Sushi and a Movie Volume 3 – Argo

After trying to convince the bro to see Argo last week, I managed to rope him into it this week, partly by shaming him based on a recommendation by his sister posted as a comment on the last blog. However, I am still trying to figure out if he didn’t just come along for the excellent sushi we had at Bonzai, but that’s besides the point.

As stated, the sushi at Bonzai Tepanyaki was excellent, making me question why we tried to expand beyond the closest sushi restaurant to our house. The right mix of ingredients with great preparation always makes for better sushi, regardless of where you might actually go. After the Ichiban experience of last week, however, it was reinforced that it may actually matter where you go. While price and other considerations are important, it is also important to know ahead of time that what you are ordering will be good. With Bonzai, and the numerous times that we’ve been there, they don’t disappoint. I even tried a roll that I hadn’t tried before, and it matched the quality of everything else that they make. A pleasant experience for sure, one that will probably be repeated often over the next few months…unless Bill and I get super serious about the gym, and eating better all the time, going forward. Continue reading “Sushi and a Movie Volume 3 – Argo”

Sushi and a Movie Volume 2 – Seven Psychopaths

This planned series hasn’t really got off the ground, but I thought it would be a prime time to resume it, especially after the movie that I saw on Saturday. Unfortunately, the sushi part of the equation was less than stellar, so the bro and I have decided to forgo our idea of trying various sushi restaurants and instead sticking to what we know and the wonderful sushi at Banzai Tepanyaki. In the meantime, I would like to tell you about one of my favorite movies this year, but first a little background how we decided on the movie we were to watch.

I was out to lunch after the Home Show with the two most important ladies in my life, and Bill sent me a text inquiring about a movie and sushi. since I was currently eating, I couldn’t do sushi before the movie per our usual custom, but I was more than willing to watch a movie. I want to see Argo, partially because of the great reviews, but also because Ben Affleck has yet to let me down as a director. Granted, his directorial career is now only three films long, but the previous two — Gone Baby Gone and The Town — were surprisingly good given the ups and downs of Affleck’s acting career. Unfortunately, my less astute film fan of a brother wanted to watch Here Comes the Boom, the Kevin James movie about MMA. While I would probably watch this movie if someone forced me to, I could think of numerous other movies that I wanted to see first. Continue reading “Sushi and a Movie Volume 2 – Seven Psychopaths”

Sushi and a Movie Volume 1 – The Expendables 2

I had a wonderful idea last weekend when my brother Billy and I went out for sushi and a movie: we should make this a regular thing! With the abundance of sushi places offering 50% off of the rolls which they sell, I figured there would be plenty of opportunity for us to find a new sushi place each week, try it out, and give a critique. Throw in a movie each week and it’s a total bro date every week, making up for all that lost time from when I lived in Connecticut.

I haven’t developed a formal criteria for judging both the sushi and the movie, so it will be developed gradually for as long as I keep doing this. After debating where to go and what to see on Saturday, we decided on our sushi destination and our film of choice, so I present to you Banzai Expendables! Continue reading “Sushi and a Movie Volume 1 – The Expendables 2”