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Re: “Is Interstellar better when you're stoned?

Just when I thought Ben Sachs had gone and possibly finally written something of redeemable value, he writes an article on watching Interstellar while baked without even bothering to get off the couch to watch Interstellar while baked. Pflllthththththttt...

6 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 11/10/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Jon Favreau serves up a turkey with Chef

Weirdly off base review. I'm not sure if Mr. Sachs was hoping for some Ingmar Bergman-like meditation on life, death and foie gras, or if he's just being a persnickety bitch for no discernible reason. Either way, the bit about Favreau being "terminally naive about what it means to be an independent artist" seems very much like the words of a writer with either an axe to grind or too little experience to understand the difference between a lightweight comedy and a self-importance piece of cinematic drivel. If you like to cook and dig food truck culture, and don't come in expecting an Academy Award winning drama, you'll probably enjoy this funny and sympathetic portrayal of a dysfunctional modern chef who loves what he does for a living. It's no Tampopo, or even Big Night, but "so thin and bland it doesn't even inspire contempt?" Damn dude, who pissed in your Post Toasties?

119 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 05/27/2014 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Spritz Burger: Last seat on the burger bandwagon

Wild guess: Thomas K is not in the ideal Spritz Burger target demographic.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 04/30/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Key Ingredient: bamboo fungus

Naw. You're still cool, Key Ingredient.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 03/28/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “The folk-song army's attack on Inside Llewyn Davis

I agree with your synopsis that this film is "about someone realizing he's reached the limits of his talent and it hasn't taken him nearly as far as he'd hoped to go. It's pretty much what happens to most of us." It's exceedingly rare to hear stories about working musicians or artists of any sort who grind their way through a scene for years and years never achieving beyond a moderate level of success. The thing is, being able to do something like that professionally IS the definition of success to a lot of people, and being able to say "I opened for Dylan at the Gaslight" is a lifetime achievement very few musicians would ever be so lucky to have as a part of their legacy. I agree that there wasn't much in the way of joy in the film, and the fact that Llewyn never seemed to love any music except for his own most probably contributed to his lack of success. The character of Antoine Batiste in HBO's Tremé (RIP) is sort of the antithesis of Llewyn - his passion and joy is palpable, and he is able to scrape by with help from his community because he is actually beloved and willing to help others beyond himself.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 01/20/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Blackfinn Ameripub: A restaurant for the antifoodie

Why bother?

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 11/01/2013 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Chicago man launches crusade to demote Tom Skilling from meteorologist to "weather guesser"

Yes, this guy has too much time on his hands, and yes he is awesome. Funny stuff.

10 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by adifficultbusiness on 05/03/2013 at 12:31 PM

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