|11 August 2007
|American Film Class
|So, as I mentioned a bit back, I'm getting to teach an American film class this year. It is, alas, only a semester long, so I won't get to do as much as I'd hoped, but nevertheless, I've got time for some great films, and I pretty much have free-range over the choices. And yet, choosing from the vast collection of incredible films out there was no easy chore. Especially since I decided early on to avoid some of the more common choices of such films--like Citizen Kane and 2001 (a film which in recent years I've found somewhat unwatchable since almost nothing happens in the interminable movie).
Though I'll not get to every one of the film I'm listing on my syllabus, I think I've come up with a good range of examples for various genres, themes, and techniques.
The list is as follows:
Modern Times (1936) – clips
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Manchurian Candidate(1962)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Godfather (1972) – clips
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Noises Off! (1992)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Sudden Manhattan (1997)
Iron Giant (1999)
Serenity (2005) – clips
|Jelly Pinched Wolf 4:31 PM
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|Went to see Stardust earlier today. Excellently done, and by far one of the most happifying movies I've seen in a longtime. According to kashi, it differs from Neil Gaiman's book on a fair bit (it's been too long since I've read it, and I'm afraid the details have rather faded), but nonetheless it's exciting, charming, often beautiful, and terribly fun. The actors are particularly splendid, as well, with Charlie Cox's Tristan being perfectly dorky, yet charming, and Robert DeNiro nigh stealing the whole show as Captain Shakespeare. And did I mention the airship? Très wicked.
Definitely worth seeing. I honestly cannot think of a single complaint against it.
|Jelly Pinched Wolf 4:13 PM
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|Thai Chicken Pizza Recipe
|This past week, I came up with the following recipe (partially compiled from other existing recipes which I've adjusted, partially made up by me), and thought I'd share with those who're interested. kashi and I really enjoyed it, so it seems like a successful recipe ought be shared with all.
Thai Chicken Pizza
• 5 tablespoons peanut butter
• 4 tablespoons hot water
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like it really spicy, add more to taste)
• 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
In a small bowl combine peanut butter and water; mix until a smooth paste forms. Stir in soy sauce, then brown sugar, cayenne and lemon juice. Mix by hand until well combined and smooth. If too thin, add more peanut butter (heated slightly in microwave) as needed.
(Can use pre-made, or any other recipe you prefer. This recipe is for a simple, flat-crust style.)
• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 pkg. quick-rising dry yeast
• 1 tsp. sugar
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ cup very warm water (125º - 130º F)
• 1 T vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 400º. Slightly grease pizza pan (I use a touch of olive oil); set aside. Combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in medium bowl. Add water and oil; stir until mixture forms a ball.
2. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 3-4 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
3. Roll out and/or toss to desired circumference. Stretch onto greased pan.
• bean sprouts
• mozzarella or jack cheese
• mushrooms (if desired)
Putting it all together:
1. Grill up the chicken separately, either on an actual grill if available, in a pan with olive oil and butter, or under a broiler. (I marinated mine with a couple teaspoons of the peanut sauce first, then pan grilled it.) Then, cut the grilled chicken into small, bite-sized pieces.
2. Spread the sauce over the dough.
3. Top with bean sprouts, chicken, any other veggies or toppings you may prefer. Top off with shredded cheese.
4. Bake until dough is a good golden brown and cheese is just beginning to brown.
Note: About halfway through baking, I brushed the crust edge lightly with olive oil.
|Jelly Pinched Wolf 11:01 AM
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