Thursday, March 29, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
One place I can always count on to overserve is ArcLight. At the end of the movie the other night, there was so much excess butter, it had congealed. But that’s not all the goodness.
Always dreamed of an oil painting of the movie poster from Step Brothers? One is hanging on the wall upstairs, and it’s for sale.
Monday, March 26, 2018
I at least have a love for a great new movie called Isle of Dogs.
I make it a habit to avoid all animated films, but this is unlike anything ever made. (And technically, it’s not animation – it’s stop-motion.) It’s as detailed and eccentric as every Wes Anderson film. (Even the title. “Isle of Dogs” can be quickly read as “I Love Dogs”.) The set pieces are always my favorite. Wait until you see the intricate preparation of sushi from the POV of the chef.
I give away no more. This movie is so smart and funny, I was astounded. It shouldn’t be nominated for an Oscar for best animated film – it should be nominated for best film, period. See it so we can discuss.
Friday, March 23, 2018
If you want to skip the mosque, check the tide chart. I took this shot of Haji Ali Dargah when I was in Mumbai a couple years ago. It’s a mosque that becomes inaccessible during high tide, because the causeway to walk out to it becomes submerged.
So if you want to hit the service and find Vishnu’s love, time it right, or you might get friendzoned.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
My friend Devin Alexander has written nine actual cookbooks – really good ones – including my favorite, Fast Food Fix, in which she recreated popular fast-food meals using only healthy ingredients.
Her latest is called You Can Have It!, featuring diabetes-friendly recipes. My dad had diabetes, so this one is especially meaningful for me.
To launch the book, Devin threw a fancy party in a nice venue by the beach, featuring a bar, a band, and servers walking around with prepared items from her book.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
I’m still teaching myself how to do this, and I still love it. In my sixth attempt at cooking, I made arancini – Italian rice/cheese balls. There’s a place in the Los Feliz section of LA called Little Dom’s that is well-known for its rice balls, and I went there for the first time last year and fell in love.
The final result: scrumdiddlyumptious. Crunchy on the outside, savory on the inside. So good dipped in marinara sauce. My partially-Italian ancestors would approve.
Monday, March 19, 2018
I’m still up for a party, though. Even when my friend Mike invited me to join him for his friend Kristi’s birthday Saturday night. My initial response was, “Out in Hollywood on St. Patrick’s Day?” To which Mike said, “Hey, this isn’t Boston.”
Good point. Those cities back east can really turn St. Pat’s into a war zone. But out here, we handle our liquor, and Kristi, a successful TV writer, spared no expense for her party, renting out the upstairs of the fun Sycamore Tavern, and keeping the fancy pizza and donuts flowing. There were celebrities milling about, too.
Happy birthday, Kristi. And St. Patrick, I think.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Tomorrow night, a party at a bar in Hollywood. Then a fight. Then vomiting in the back of an Uber. In honor of my people.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
I would too, unless I got a request from Bo Burnham. He’s so brilliant, he’s not of this planet. I see lots of celebrities attending movies at ArcLight Theater, and it’s cool, but when I sat behind Bo while he was there to see Ex Machina, I almost shit.
Five years ago, he posted his first comedy special at the age of 23 on YouTube. I’d never seen anything like it. Check it out:
Now, Bo has written and directed a movie called Eigth Grade that will be released in July. There have been a few great coming-of-age films made in the last few years: The Spectacular Now, Edge of 17, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Films that John Hughes would have made if he were still alive. I think Bo has shot the next one.
Here’s the trailer. You’ll see what I mean:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
I'm always hungry for more Chinese, so in my sixth attempt at cooking I made one of my favorite starters: crab and cream cheese wontons.
Also, once again, I made the wrappers from scratch. It's the most tedious process of all, but I'm a monster that can't be stopped. Speaking of which, I fried my middle finger during the whole process:
Friday, March 9, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
The other day, during a storm, a big tree fell onto my mom's house. It smashed through the roof, leaving a big hole just in time for yesterday's Nor'easter. By the way, that's my bedroom on the upper left.
A few other houses in my hometown had the same issue, and shameful tree-service guys were gouging people when they needed them most. My mom was quoted $6000 to have it removed.
Hang in there, Mom.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
I finally found one for myself, and it arrived just in time, as I was fighting a wicked cold. Even with my head throbbing and my nose running, I got to hang out like a Jedi all day.
It's truly like wearing a hug. Even the color is perfect: cocoa. And I've discovered some other benefits: if somebody stops by my place unexpectedly, I can be "just about to hop in the shower". And whenever I get the mail, my neighbors wonder if I'm a mental patient.
Get one, and join me.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
So I suppose it was inevitable that I'd wind up teaching myself to cook, which I started doing last month. And in my fifth attempt, I made a woven chocolate cinnamon bread.
Because my friend Jenn knows I'm a maniac who has to do things the hard way, she sent me the recipe, knowing full well I would embrace the five-and-a-half hours it took to make.
Monday, March 5, 2018
I'll watch the shows anyway. And over the weekend, here in LA, there were two award shows. The Independent Spirit Awards wisely piggybacks on the Oscars, taking advantage of having all the nominees in town. They set up a big tent on the beach by the Santa Monica Pier, and for the second year in a row, had John Mulaney and Nick Kroll host.
I like Nick because we're from the same hometown, and he was super cool when I bumped into him out here. Plus he and John Mulaney are fearless and hilarious. Check out their mono/dialogue opening:
That's the way it's done.
The Oscars were very good as well. And I thought this was super cool:
Rita Moreno is 86 years old. Damn cool.Rita Moreno is wearing the same dress she wore in 1962 when she took home the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in "West Side Story" https://t.co/SDtV8oDuLJ pic.twitter.com/UVNOVUvgjm— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 5, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Now the latest insult is here, three days before this year's Oscars. SAG has notified us that The Weinstein Company's checks aren't going to clear. Turns out that Harvey's kind of a bad guy.