J-Fur and I barely, and I mean barely, squeezed into a packed screening of This is the End last night. It is one of like 837 apocalypse movies that are due out this summer. This particular version features six friends (all dudes, all actors playing themselves) who are trapped in James Franco’s house as catastrophic events begin happening outside. As the food dwindles and fever of the enclosed kind sets in, these guys are faced with the fact that they haven’t been good people and don’t know the meaning of friendship.
Despite being written from a completely male perspective (and really what comedies aren’t) there were some moments in the movie that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud about. We aren’t talking about snicker or giggle, these were full blown guffaws. Ok, maybe half blown but that is only because it was a prop gun going off in my chest. I mean James Franco and Danny McBride arguing about cum was pretty funny stuff. It wasn’t all humerous (but rare is the comedy that doesn’t strike out at least a few times). I could’ve definitely done without the devil’s shrapnel he kept swinging around and sticking places and the cum episode lost its steam as it tried to go about 30 seconds longer than it needed to. All in all, I left pleased (and slightly disgusted that I didn’t have more objections).
One of the scenes the foodster in me enjoyed the most was right near the beginning. Seth Rogen had just picked Jay Baruchel up at the airport and begin driving him to his apartment in LA. Jay asked that they stop at a Carl’s Jr. Seth told him that he couldn’t do that because he was on a “cleanse.” He proceeded to suggest to Jay that everything in his life, everything that went wrong, was because of gluten. Jay called him out on it by asking if he actually knew what gluten was of if he had just heard someone else say the word in a negative way and picked up on it. Seth’s response? Something along the lines of gluten is made up of all the negative things that eating has to offer. Calories? Those can be bad so they are a type of gluten. The next scene finds the two of them at Carl’s Jr. with Rogen screaming out orgasmically after each bite “Oh, oh, this bite was better than the last.”
In honor of Seth’s “gluten” free character I cooked up another batch of these Sweet Potato and Corn Fritters (which have a playlist named after them). With a few quick turns of the wrist, they were made gluten free.
-1/4 cup lime juice
-1 Tbs. gluten free soy sauce
-1/2 tsp. minced garlic
-red chili flakes
-2 cups grated sweet potatoes, squeezed dry
-1 cup fresh corn kernels (cut from the cob)
-1 hot chili, minced
-1 bunch scallions, chopped
-1 flax egg
-1/3 cup gluten free flour (I used rice flour)
-salt and pepper (to taste)
-canola oil for frying
1. In a large bowl, stir together the sweet potato, corn, chile, scallions, flax egg and flour. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for a few hours.
2. Put a bit of canola oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Drop in spoonfuls of sweet potato mixture and spread them out into patties. Flip once and continuing cooking until golden on each side.
3. Combine the spices, lime juice and soy sauce with one tablespoon of water. Dip the fritters in like there is no tomorrow.
This is the End told sexual jokes like there was…well, no tomorrow. It was like the movie version of Greta Bert (our high school nymphomaniac). Since we are talking nymphos and all, check out Moscow’s Xuman who have just released a new EP called 49 Nymphomaniacs. It is the touching story of 49 sex addicts that…sorry, wrong blurb. It is actually a sequel to the story being told in their previous video “Play.” It is a fairy tale, told in music form. Opener “Nymphomaniaca”:
We are/she is does not deliver “chick rock.” You need to look elsewhere for things of that nature. Instead they stand at that moment where the 80’s pop party is invaded by enthusiastic riot grrrl’s who want nothing more than to bring their tattooed and mohawked boyfriends in for a quick jaunt on the dance floor. In present day music terms think a Matt and Kim, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Ting Tings melee and you’ve got something close to where we want you to be. The LA duo has been making music since 2011, when they released their debut EP. This spring saw the release of their second EP, funded through kickstarter. The band’s newest single is “And the World” which you can hear below:
Or “En Espanol” if you prefer. It is part of a collection by The Memories called Love is the Law. The overarching theme is one of stoned love, sex and romance in modern America. It is the sweet weed, late nights, chill days, sweat, beer, tears, whiskey, women and wine that This is the End is all about (minus maybe the chill days, hard to be chill when the world is ending and Hermoine is trying to kill you with an axe).