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    #23: Dead Alive



    Theatrical Release: August 13, 1992



    Appetizer: US Billboards Top Song At The Time

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    "End of the Road" By Boyz II Men (August 9, 1992 - November 13, 1992)



    Dead Alive (or Braindead) is a New Zealand dark comedy/zombie horror movie written and directed by Peter Jackson. Considered by many critics to be "the goriest fright film of all time", this flick bombed at the box office but managed to develop a cult following after Jackson became successful with the Lord of The Rings movies. This movie was suggested by Jeff Deliverer of Mail.

    As far as technical aspects including special effects goes...yeah. This movie goes above and beyond the $3 Million budget it was given - to put this in perspective, The Room had a $6 Million budget (adjusted for inflation, Dead Alive still doesn't top it). So with what little Jackson had, he did wonders. The gory scenes are indeed cringe-inducing and I can't even describe how over the top it is. I grew up on Evil Dead and Troma films and this movie manages to give them a run for their money. Just slapstick shlock all around - lighting, environment, acting, makeup/prosthesis, you name it. And when we get to the house party...oh man. A delightful hellscape cometh.

    This film is a uhhh love story? A matricidal fantasy? Pure gonzo filmmaking? I have no idea. I'm just a kid who tries to make sense of the things he sees on television, but sometimes that fails me. Dead Alive isn't like anything I have seen before, and I've seen some crazy stuff. I can't tell if this movie has a deeper meaning. It sure feels like it sometimes. But the nihilistic comedy offsets that to a degree that it confuses me (but it doesn't annoy). Don't get me wrong - this is not a movie I see myself watching a few more times to get a better picture. It most definitely is the sort of film I would suggest to friends to watch them squirm though. For that it gets points.

    Grab some rope and tie yourself in for a left turn into absurdity. Don't forget to leave a tip and kick some ass for The Lord.

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    Tonight's Special: Simple Custard

    When the WLWL are invited over for a meal, this dessert really gets the blood going.



    INGREDIENTS (Serves 8)

    4 cups of milk
    4 eggs
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon butter
    1/2 cup white sugar


    1. Cook and stir milk, vanilla extract, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove mixture from heat before it comes to a boil.

    2. Whisk eggs, sugar, and cornstarch together in a bowl until sugar dissolves.

    3. Set saucepan back over low heat. Pour in egg mixture slowly, whisking constantly, until custard thickens enough to coat the bottom of a spoon, 5 to 10 minutes.

    -not to be confused for #7's Egg Custard-


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    Bought it, watched it twice, saw no deeper meaning past, Peter Jackson writes a cannon King Kong universe zombie story where a guy kills zombies with a lawnmower.

    This is cannon in that universe by the way.

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    hint

    For real? Huh. I wonder if that island of rat monkeys harbored one with Gigantism.


    It's time I reinvented an old recipe here at The Diner. I've whipped up quite a batch of Horror lately with the occasional romp in drama and dystopic, and I'll tell you what - I need a change of pace. Time for me to kick my multiple legs up and take it less serious around here. Time for me to pull something out of the ol' icebox here up front and tickle my sweet tooth. Time for me to relax my spoopy mind and think back on the good old days of white Broncos evading the police at 40 mph. The days of Michael Jordan returning to the NBA toa hero's welcome. Back before there was such a thing as a Pokemon.

    Back when moviegoers thought Alicia Silverstone was the future...but that's, like, whatever...


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    #24: Clueless

    #24: Clueless


    Theatrical Release: July 19, 1995


    Appetizer: US Billboards Top Song At The Time

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    "Waterfalls" by TLC (July 8 - August 19, 1995)




    Clueless is the retelling of the fantastic Jane Austen novel Emma but now set in Southern California. It's a coming of age RomCom about a young socialite in search of a boyfriend. This film is a cult classic, mostly receiving positive reviews. Famous for popularizing the phrase "As if!" (you know you've heard people say this), and for also placing Alicia Silverstone in the Who's Who of Hollywood at the time. Clueless also starred Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy. It made 56 Million at the Box Office - more than triple its budget. There was also a TV series, a musical, and various books based on the movie. Obviously a nostalgic time capsule of a flick, but does it hold up?

    Well, duh. Excellent casting across the board. Alicia is remarkably likeable playing a spoiled rich highschooler on top of the social ladder. Rudd is always charming, and Brittany was in her element as the ditz-turned-social monster. It's strength lies in its dialogue, and I couldn't help but chuckle throughout. Amazing how dumb acting characters can smartly turn a phrase here.

    Though this movie isn't without problems. Major issue I had was all the voice narration. Most of the time it added nothing but an attempt at a joke here and there. Baaad Diary of a Mad Black Woman vibes there. If I can follow what is going on if I muted the scene, then I don't really need the character telling me how they feel or what they're about to do. Also the lingo felt forced at times. I know it was going for that blurred line of funny because they're making fun of the stereotypes, but still that can be a little grating. Cher also falls in love with someone that I feel is a tad too close to home and I can't press on that very much without spoilers, but to be clear the Austen novel was different in that regard.

    Still, it doesn't take itself seriously and I enjoy that. This is not Mean Girls but it holds up well with the amount of great quotes it has. May wanna wash this one down with a glass of milk.

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    Tonight's Special: Chocolate Chip Cookies

    "Whenever a boy comes you should always have something baking."



    INGREDIENTS (48 Servings)

    3/4 cup granulated sugar

    3/4 cup packed brown sugar

    1 cup butter, softened

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 egg

    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

    1 cup coarsely chopped nuts, if desired


    1. Heat oven to 375 F.

    2. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed or mix with spoon until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

    3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

    4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.


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    Legit question here. I do like Clueless, but how can you say it holds up with the forced lingo? The lingo was a big part of why this film is remembered, but no one (well almost no one) still uses those phrases. The film is still solid, I can still turn it on and get a kick out of it, but the dialogue and lingo here is just a tier above Mallrats for me in regards to how horribly it has aged.

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    I don't mean the lingo held up. It was a bit cringey when characters made the W finger sign while exclaiming "Whatever!" and don't get me started on Dionne's boyfriend. But other bits of dialogue were fantastic. Cher correcting Josh's girlfriend on Shakespeare for instance. Or Cher's vanity played for laughs. "Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as finding meaning in a Pauly Shore movie" was golden. I thought the conversations the characters had were loaded with cleverness I didn't expect from characters that could be described in a few words. I can see why you wouldn't like it, it is a time capsule and to compare it to RomComs today it hasn't at all aged well (though there were bits about homosexuality that wasn't made into a joke and it should get brownie points for that).

    I wouldn't say the quotes outside of "As if!" are memorable or anything, but they were decent stuff for a high school flick. Then again my experience with these kinds of films range from psycho killers to Mean Girls and that's about it.


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