TV Series Review: Fear the Walking Dead

fearthewalkingdeadThis week I’m finally providing my opinion of Fear the Walking Dead. In case you haven’t heard, here’s what it’s about:

“What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead”? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.”

It’s been months since I watched the first season, twice. I needed to digest the series and decide if my opinion would change. Now I’ll confess, I didn’t like it. I wanted to, I had such high hopes, but watching the series twice didn’t help like I’d hoped. Frankly, the show bored me. There was so much they could have shown about the start of an apocalypse, instead they followed the most boring family in the world. Plus, the characters made stupid decisions that dragged the story line and really irritated me.

Shortly after viewing the season for the first time, I read 5 Big Problems with ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ in Forbes. This article hits all the problems right on the zombie’s head and caves in its skull with one whack. Still, I worried it swayed my opinion, so I gave Fear the Walking Dead another chance.

My main issue with this show is all the chaos they left out. I wanted to see the fear of what was happening spread across Los Angeles. I wanted to see the characters make horrific decisions based on their fears. I wanted to see fear as contagious as the zombie virus. Instead, this show was like watching a zombie apocalypse through rose colored glasses.

I will watch season 2, but this show has a lot of work to do to keep me as a viewer.

My Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Paleo Vanilla Cake for One

vanillacakeBefore you read any further, this is an almost autoimmune paleo recipe for people on a VERY limited diet like mine. It makes a small serving, which is great for those of us who are the only ones with autoimmune issue in the house. I consider my cake in the picture to be 4 servings because it is VERY filling due to the coconut flour.

I’m learning to substitute bizarre foods and in this case have learned that acorn squash is a GREAT substitute for pumpkin or applesauce, which are both foods on my no-no list. Acorn squash is just flavorless and sweet enough to work well in baked goods. I was surprised when I originally tried using it to make cookies that turned out amazing. I’ll share that recipe another week.

Also, before you read the ingredients, this has an egg in it. The verdict is out on me and eggs, other than I sneak 1 or 2 in during the month and seem to tolerate them.

You’ll want to use a decent mixer on the ingredients below. I find the one in the picture to be the easiest way to ensure the acorn squash is well pulverized during the mixing process.

3 TBS coconut flour
3 TBS acorn squash
2 TBS coconut oil
2 TBS honey
1 egg
1/2 TSP gluten free vanilla
1/2 TSP gluten free baking powder (optional)

1. Mix all ingredients well with a mixer. If you leave out the baking soda the cake will be denser, obviously, but still edible.

2. Place ingredients in a coconut oil greased coffee mug or 4×4 baking dish like the one in the picture.

3. Place in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes at normal heat.

4. Let cool, then frost with your favorite paleo frosting, or just eat it.

Movie Review: The Revenant

The RevenantThis week I’m reviewing The Revenant, the new release directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Considering what the main character, Hugh Glass, goes through, it is an undead movie of sorts. In case you haven’t heard, here’s what it’s about:

“A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.”

Hugh Glass’s story of being left for dead after a bear attack is a favorite of mine, so I couldn’t miss this one in the theater. Richard Harris also stared in the version, Man in the Wilderness, back in 1971, and as much as I love Richard Harris, this is a much better movie.

I read that this film had the most challenging film shoots in the history of cinema. While you watch you get that feeling. This film takes you back to the early 1800s and keeps you in the moments of a much rougher existence. The movie was filmed in only natural light, and the darkness of most scenes plays with your emotions. You’ll have a hard time sitting still in your seat at times, especially during the famous bear attack that was most excellent.

I personally think that Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald was better in his performance than DiCaprio. Hardy, in character shows the worst side of man’s self-centeredness. I do have to give DiCaprio kudos for having so few lines, yet he provokes so much emotion throughout the movie. I’m so glad Hardy, as well as DiCaprio have been nominated for Oscars for their performances. They deserve awards!

Since I like to keep my reviews short and I’m nearing a page, go read ‘The Revenant’: Film review on CNN’s website if you want to know more. It’s a fascinating article on the history of Hugh Glass and the making of the movie.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this movie!! It is one of the darkest HORROR movies I’ve seen in a long time. Yes, as far as I’m concerned and based on the horrible things the characters do, this movie qualifies for the horror genre. See The Reverant in the theater and bring lots of Kleenex too!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Movie Review: Summer of Blood

SummerOfBloodThis week’s review is Summer of Blood, and this review won’t be pretty. Here’s what it’s about:

“Erik Sparrow is one of the lucky ones. He’s got a good job. He’s in a stable relationship. He lives in one of the greatest cities in the world. Does he deserve it? Probably not. He’s not too bright. He’s not very attractive. He’s not at all ambitious. He’s chubby and he’s always complaining. And when his girlfriend Jody proposes to him, he doesn’t even have the good sense to accept her offer. He’ll never find a woman like this again. Instead, Erik bumbles his way around the issue, offering one excuse after another for not getting married. When Jody dumps him and starts seeing an old flame from college, Erik tries to win her back. When he fails, he attempts to date other women, but the results are disastrous. Erik’s starts falling apart. His job grows more unfulfilling. He becomes obsessed with a kinky co-worker who has no interest in him. He becomes riddled with despair. One night, Erik meets an enigmatic stranger named Gavin who asks him, “Do you want to die?” Erik shrugs and says, …”

If you managed to read through that description, you might understand why I hated this film so much. The main character is even more annoying than the description leads on. And where the heck is the vampire reference, ’cause this was a vampire movie in case you didn’t get it.

Taking a breath.

It may just be me that was so disgusted by the movie. Probably because the character was a cross between George Costanza and Woody Allen, which made my skin crawl just thinking about that cross again. I’m even a fan of both, but these two should NEVER have been merged into any character let alone a vampire. The main character even gets turned into a vampire and becomes a Don Juan, but he’s still not happy.

There seems to be a move toward making schlubs main characters and I sure hope this is a short fad. I for one will be avoiding these character in the future.

Only watch this movie if you’re wanting a little, I mean A LOT of misery.

My Rating: 1 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Kiwi Lime Sorbet

kiwislimesLife seriously sucks these days. I went off my autoimmune paleo diet a bit during the holidays and I’m still hurting. No desserts after all the cheating has been the hardest thing to eliminate from my diet again. Kiwi Lime Sorbet is one thing I can eat about 1/2 a cup of and be really satisfied. I think it’s the sourness I like best, so be careful when you make this. This is also very easy to make, put in small containers, and take out of the freezer when the cravings hit.

8 well-rippened kiwis
6 TBS honey
1 or 2 limes, juiced (You will pucker with 2.)

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.

2. Pour into prepared ice cream maker.

3. Process until thick, about 40 minutes.

4. Place in one or more containers and freeze.