That's Beat Place to share pics and things that are beat http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat <![CDATA[Hooters Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]>
Hooters is an okay place to dine out, though while Titled Kilt is a little more expensive, you get much better food and hotter ladies serving you.]]>
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<![CDATA[Rush Limbaugh Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]>
If I want to listen to a media personality with a conservative slant, I'll go listen to Nick DiPaolo's stand-up material or his appearances on various radio shows (mainly Opie & Anthony).  Nick DiPaolo is hilarious and loaded with razor-sharp wit, Rush Limbaugh is neither.]]>
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<![CDATA[April Fools' Day Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> This movie is the GREATEST vampire epic EVER! It has everything--a great looking female lead, romance, action and even drama. People should go out and buy the movies since they are now either $4 or $ 5 in BBuy! I mean, movies like this come once in a lifetime. This is better than Star Wars, anything Tarantino has made, Lord of the Rings, anything Ridley Scott has made or Spielberg for that matter, I mean they don't make movies like this anymore! Twilight is the greatest movie franchise ever!

That said--



what you think I would really name the Twilight saga the greatest film saga of all time?! Sorry!

Take care everyone!

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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> http://www.lunch.com/theremote/reviews/tv_show/UserReview-Jersey_Shore-638-1432028-215331.html http://www.lunch.com/theremote/reviews/tv_show/UserReview-Jersey_Shore-638-1432028-215331.html Sat, 12 Nov 2011 21:31:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Banning of Ben and Jerry's New Ice Cream Flavor at stores Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
              

                         

see full story here.  and here. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irene (2011) Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/whatcanisay/reviews/d/UserReview-Hurricane_Irene_2011_-232-1759878-212858.html http://www.lunch.com/whatcanisay/reviews/d/UserReview-Hurricane_Irene_2011_-232-1759878-212858.html Thu, 1 Sep 2011 17:38:38 +0000 <![CDATA[ The experience with Hurricane Irene is set forth.]]> East Coast through New Jersey, New York City , Connecticut, other parts
of New England and Canada. The storm was a Category 1 hurricane with
winds approaching 90 MPH. The most dangerous portions of the storm
were the many flood surges of rising water which leveled small communities
and towns in its path. In addition, hurricanes generate tremendous shear
forces which tear apart infrastructure along the critical path of the storm.

The hurricane passed over NYC in mid-morning on Sunday. Despite extensive
preparations including the closure of the NYC Subway , water still rose above
barriers to flood parts of the downtown Manhattan. Thousands had been
evacuated previously to higher ground in anticipation of the rising tidewaters.
Homeowners boarded up small homes and stocked water, flashlights, food
and other emergency kit items.

This was the first time that NYC officials took the unusual step of recommending
evacuation and closing the public transportation system to protect public property
from the rising waters. Some train yards were on low land. The advanced
planning allowed transportation officials to re-route trains to higher ground so
that property could be preserved.

In New York and New Jersey, thousands of National Guard
personnel were called to serve. Numerous public service announcements
informed the public of evacuation deadlines and milestones. Once these exact
times were reached, the public was instructed to stay in their homes.

Given the enormity of the task, the operation was executed flawlessly.
The federal, state and municipal governmental agencies acted in concert
to preserve life and property. Much can be learned from this experience.

For instance, the Civil Engineering infrastructure along the coastline requires
an upgrade to contain flood waters and protect local property, livelihoods
and life itself. Dams may be reinforced, as well as harbor facilities and beaches.
Nuclear Power Plant shutdowns should be anticipated for higher category storms.

The aftermath of a big storm is a good time to update or improve upon existing
contingency plans and disaster recovery planning documents in both the
public and private sector. These planning documents should reflect the
most up-to-date experience with the storm, as well as organizational/ staff changes,
new vendors and other important contacts.

The FEMA website has detailed instructions on how to prepare for a hurricane.

http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html]]>
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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irene (2011) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Irene. 3 airports in NYC & Philadelphia & Boston airports are closed until the tropical storm (downgraded from hurricane) is over. So, if you are in the Eastern coast of U.S., you are not going anywhere for the next 2 days or so!]]> http://www.lunch.com/airtravel/reviews/d/UserReview-Hurricane_Irene_2011_-129-1759878-212202.html http://www.lunch.com/airtravel/reviews/d/UserReview-Hurricane_Irene_2011_-129-1759878-212202.html Sun, 28 Aug 2011 13:37:19 +0000 <![CDATA[Hurricane Irene (2011) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Stay safe, Americans!]]>
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<![CDATA[ My 5-Day Experience With No Sugar-Are Artificial Sweeteners Hazardous To Your Health?]]>
Day 1 -- I think to myself "Thank goodness for Propel Zero - no sugar and it actually tastes really good!"  I am not having too much problem sticking to just drinking flavored water, but at the end of the day I have a terrible headache and figure it's just sugar withdrawal.  I'm also having mild tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) which I am not liking since I have tachycardia anyhow and have been taking medication for that for years. 

Day 2 -- I wake up feeling a little "lighter" - oh my!!  I am feeling good that I am pretty energetic and am quite proud of myself for surviving no sugar for a whole day!  Now if this awful headache would go away, that would be great.  

Day 3 -- Waking up I feel a little groggy and tired even though I slept fine.  2 days with no sugar is making my confidence soar, and my belly does not feel as pouffy and mildly bloated as it usually does.  The bad thing is I am having some mild muscle aches in my legs (did I work out too hard at the gym yesterday?), my headache is still with me, and now I am feeling a very mild yeast infection coming on.  Not to be gross in the least, but we females are very aware that when our good bacteria is out of whack, this type of infection is inevitable.  I like to eat yogurt not only because it's healthy, but it also keeps the good bacteria in check, but alas, since I'm watching carbs it is forbidden for a couple of weeks.  I'm trying to figure this out since I have not had this type of infection for many years -- oh no! my good bacteria is off balance!!

Day 4 -- Last night the headache was pretty intense, I still had mild tachycardia, and I am so groggy and tired I can hardly stand it.  Not only that, but I did not go to the gym because my legs are hurting worse.  I figure that I am lacking in some vitamin or mineral, even though I take supplements, and so I eat a banana (though it's forbidden for now) just in case my potassium is low (low potassium can cause muscle aches). It doesn't help and I feel like crap, but hey, no sugar intake for 4 whole days -- yeah!!

Day 5 -- I went to the gym despite my muscle aches and cramps, my now-intense headache, and the fact I feel like I could fall asleep on my feet.  I managed a good workout on the treadmill but my legs feel horrible.  Now I'm starting to feel worried and even though I can't think clearly, I figure maybe all the Splenda I have consumed is having an effect.  My diet alone would not make me feel this bad; I am eating plenty of good things like veggies and protein, I am not being deprived of healthy food, so it's off to the internet to see if my symptoms are consistent with side effects of Sucralose. Are they?  Here is what I found out....

According to www.steviacafe.net, artificial sweeteners can have bad side effects. Aspartame can be especially harmful after long use; mild to severe symptoms including seizures and intense ab and stomach pain are just 2 of the many bad side effects.  What about Sucralose?   I found out that the symptoms I have been experiencing are common with the "more than occasional" use of this stuff.  I learned that Splenda is made with chlorine atoms, that it is not completely absorbed by the body (only about 15% is absorbed) hence making it calorie free, it is made with some sugar but is not a "natural" product, that in a short term study on rats, they developed enlarged livers and kidneys, and that NO long term study has EVER been made, even by the FDA -- but the FDA approved it.  I know, you can not always believe what a rat tells you, but I figure if the government is going to approve anything, a long term study should be made, especially if a short term study doesn't go so well!  



How about the mild infection I have been experiencing?  After reading that chlorine atoms are added to make Splenda, I can not help but wonder if my good bacteria is totally out of whack since chlorine kills all bacteria, good and bad. Yes, chlorine is added to some water supplies, but it is a safe amount.  I don't know how much is added to Splenda, but keep in mind that this additive is the reason Splenda tastes so sweet and is not absorbed completely.  The muscle cramps and headaches are consistent with too much Sucralose, as well as being overly tired. There are other symptoms, such as severe stomach pain and dizziness, associated with Sucralose that I did NOT experience thank goodness.

All in all, I believe that this sweetener can be beneficial if used occasionally and not consistently as I have been using it. I am sure it is a God-send to diabetics especially since Splenda can withstand heat and is usable in baking and other recipes, not to mention it is now available in packets that have added vitamins, antioxidants and/or fiber.  I won't say I will never touch it again -- I just will limit my use of it. 

I am sure not everyone has had any type of reaction, mild or severe, to
Splenda, but personally, I am going to limit my consumption of sugar, but not totally cut it out.  It is not because of what I read about this product, but because of the way it has made me feel.  This will no doubt make losing a few pounds harder, but I would rather deal with that, eat healthy and avoid the bad carbs, then have a constant headache, a racing heart and muscle aches that limit my activity.  

To read the complete article and see a short video (no embed code) you can go HERE

Also for an informative article on studies (or lack of) conducted and the results,
click HERE]]>
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<![CDATA[DC Super Friends: Potty Time Power Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> This looks like a job for..."
It looks like a job for Elmo, not Superman.

Okay, I realize that it is essential to teach children potty training and bathroom etiquette, but still this is just the kind of ridiculous commercialization of comic book characters that makes me flaming mad! Not only does it render classic characters as silly cartoony stereotypes, which will only further add to the stigma that comics are a children's medium, but it also degrades the very essence of heroism to the level of teaching kiddies where to pee and poo.

Obviously it can be difficult to establish a method of potty training that works for each individual child and often the best way to do it is to make it seem fun and an important part of growing up into a "big boy" or "big girl", bit is it really necessary to drag beloved superheroes literally into the crapper while doing it? I don't think so. There have been plenty of books on potty training before now and many of which have proven to be an effective way of approaching the subject in a manner that is interesting to young kids, however this is just an insult to comic book writers, artists, and most importantly the fans.

In addition, superheroes aren't really something I think children should be exposed to at such a young age.
First of all, they are violent and are about enforcing authority over the world. This doesn't mean that they encourage such ideas, but rather that they expose the dangers of people who possess power over others.
Secondly, superheroes have powers which children don't. For example, many of them can fly and I've yet to meet a child who could fly... cape or no cape. I can just see it now: hundreds of children jumping from the edges of urinals, toilets, and bathroom sinks whilst laboring under the misapprehension that if they can go potty like Superman then they can fly like him too.
Thirdly, I just don't think teaching kids to trust adults in weird costumes while using the restroom is a safe thing. it doesn't help that one of the superheroes' name is The Flash either. Seriously. Did this not occur to anyone?
And finally, this book comes with superhero stickers as a reward for successful potty usage. Isn't giving stickers for going to the bathroom going to result in stickers being placed randomly all over the surfaces of toilets, sinks, bathtubs, etc.? Does the author of this book have any idea how frustrating it will be for parents to have to scrub the sticker's adhesive residue off of porcelain? No, this is just a bad concept all around.

What's that? Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's the collective sound of our superheroes' legacy going down the toilet!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Back to the assembly line Botoxic Avenger, we need a model that keeps her stupid mouth shut.]]>
Shes as vapid as the next Hollywood bombshell like Jessica Alba, except Jessica has some genuine beauty to her.

She had sporadic acting work before being given a breakout role in Hollywood in Transformers and after starting to get steady work, including the sequel to Transformers she compared Michael Bay to Hitler and got drummed out of the series.  I recently heard that it might have been Steven Spielberg who canned her and not Bay afterall.  When Steven wants you gone, something tells me your gone, and to save face she told us all shes retiring from acting to try and raise a family.  If no one read between the lines on that, it's she can't draw a dime in Hollywood except with the people she insulted.  If Pamela Anderson and her Barb Wire movie wasn't proof that it takes more then looks to bring in bank, then Megan Fox certainly did.

She can't keep her stupid mouth shut either.  Before her remarks about Michael Bay, it was saying that if it was up to her in the Transformers movie, she would let Megatron destroy the Midwest as a compromise so we kill all the anti gay, wife beating, hillbilly's.  Yep, Megan Fox thinks EVERYONE in the Midwest is that way.  Way to pigeonhole an entire third of the US Megan.  Don't you know that Hollywood isn't supposed to stereotype honey?  Not only that, you're going to take the smug out of George Clooney's acceptance speech from a few years ago.  Even further is that when asked if she would want to be the lead in a Wonder Woman movie, she insulted the character making the fans mad and don't forget that a good number of those comic fans are probably also oh, I don't know TRANSFORMERS FANS.

Shes hopefully gone from Hollywood and there will be no shortage of her assembly line qualities.  Tara Reid and Jaime Priesley came before her, and there will be more after her.]]>
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<![CDATA[2011 Judgment Day Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
Ok, now this is disturbing, some people are actually taking this prophecy seriously.]]>
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<![CDATA[2011 Judgment Day Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/event/UserReview-2011_Judgment_Day-77-1730368-207584.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/event/UserReview-2011_Judgment_Day-77-1730368-207584.html Fri, 20 May 2011 04:38:45 +0000 <![CDATA[Donald Trump Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Trying to shift the America's workers dissatisfaction by pointing fingers at your trade partner is not going to get you anywhere even if you're lucky enough to be elected!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[North End Caffe Quick Tip by rjweber21]]> http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-North_End_Caffe-53-1393623-204172.html http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-North_End_Caffe-53-1393623-204172.html Fri, 18 Mar 2011 23:53:24 +0000 <![CDATA[North End Caffe Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-North_End_Caffe-53-1393623-204149.html http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-North_End_Caffe-53-1393623-204149.html Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:42:53 +0000 <![CDATA[ I'd Rather not Know this film]]> It was my first time using Redbox as well, which experience was smoother and more professional than the movie presentation, but this being a blog about science fiction and not about automated retail merchandising, suffice it to say that Redbox was easy to use, simple to use, completely inexpensive (if it took real money instead of plastic, most kids could scrounge up the rental fee off the street in about an hour - which presents occupation possibilities for parents who are being bothered by their kids) and about the only drawback was the lack of selection.  I can envision a row of RedBoxes somewhere that addresses that:  one for classics, one for SF, one for indie films...

Anyway.

Another draw back for Redbox is that it does only cost a dollar (as long as you return the DVD in time), so after watching a bomb I have little to really complain about.  It's like spending a penny on a piece of bubblegum that turns out to be stale.  Yes, stale bubblegum sucks, but the upset and expense is absolutely not worth the few calories you'd burn hopping up and down over it.

I'll only be giving you all a dollars worth of review as well.

Cage's acting was pretty good.  Some of the special effects were effectively creepy.  Music was a bit overblown but mostly appropriate.

SPOILER ALERT.  Macabre horror flick morphs briefly into science fiction - slash- mega-disaster flick turns unconvincingly into angels-are-really-space-aliens-here-to-save-us-from-childhood's end.

I couldn't run screaming - I was sitting in my own living room, helpless to avoid the Von Daniken express as it morphed into a rip off of Arthur C Clarke's wonderful novel.

The ending aptly demonstrated that the filmmakers have no balls - they turned Clarke's devils into angels, betting that the audience would be emotionally incapable of dealing with that concept.

Knowing - a total waste, unless you only spend a dollar.  And even then - Childhood's End is available at ABE for a dollar plus shipping and that's a MUCH better deal.

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<![CDATA[ She is demonstrably ignorant and quit halfway through her term]]>  Her political star will fall quickly as the Republican Party prepares to select a presidential candidate for the 2012 election.  The established political machinery that knows the party must appeal to independents will gently and then more forcefully marginalize her and hit her down when she makes yet another absurd statement.  The Republicans learned their lesson in the 2010 midterms with the ignorant female senate candidates in Delware and Nevada. Those were two seats that the Republicans would have won if they had picked more established and intelligent candidates and they know it.  
 Commentators on the left and right have all said that her only hope to be a political star again was to take time off, study the issues and history so that she can engage in an intelligent conversation. She has not done that, her negatives remain high and a strong majority believes that she is not qualified to be president. My only regret about the 2008 election was that Hillary Clinton was not named the vice presidential candidate on the Democratic side. She would have de-whatevered Palin had there been a debate between them.
 Finally, Sarah Palin is an insult to all of the professional women that have worked their way upward by studying and thinking hard. That demographic will never accept her.  ]]>
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<![CDATA[ She gives conservatives a bad name]]>
The bad news is that while she is involved in American politics, she will exert a very ugly influence over it. When she speaks half the time she gets basic facts wrong ("We've gotta stand with our North Korean allies") or her rhetoric is horribly mismatched (blood libel?) to the point where one thinks that her only appeal is her incompetence.

Now, some may point to her and say "well, it worked for George W Bush" but Bush's slip-ups were closely choreographed in order to insert double meanings into his speeches. After all, who wouldn't be opposed to "moolahs" in Iran trying to obtain "new killer" weapons? Bush's speechwriters were brilliant, scoring propaganda points while appearing to portray the President as something other than intellectually elite. Palin lacks these skills or the awareness to seek them out and utilize them. Yet Bush will likely be no more remembered for his ideas than Lyndon Johnson is for his.

Let's hope that Palin finds her calling soon, and that this moves her away from national politics.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Hidden Gem of the South Bay]]> North End Caffe is the best spot in Manhattan Beach to get a killer breakfast! North End is a privately owned, 'real food' type joint. When I mean they serve real food..it means they skimp on nothing about the grub. Huge portions, homemade, well-thought, super high quality ingredient combinations and first come, first serve seating. This place is packed all the time (especially during brunch on weekends) so come prepared to fight for a table.
 

Restaurants: favorite menu item?
My favorite items on the menu for breakfast are:
The Laird - Huge plate of egg whites (seasoned perfectly and cooked to be light and fluffy), corn and flour tortillas (steaming hot) and spicy guacamole (guac covered in salsa rojo and cilantro). I make little egg white and guac burritos that are DELISH.
Exceptional Fruit Bowl - Get to North End before they run out of this amazing item (typically around 11am on weekends). Chalk full of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, papaya, mango, pineapple, kiwi and other (expensive) seasonal fruit...you won't find a cantaloupe or melon anywhere in site! It will run you $10 bucks but its worth it!

Restaurant: best value on menu or wine list?
Everything on the menu is a 'value'. The portions are HUGE, so remember to ask for a to-go box.

Restaraunt: best day/time? food/deal specials?
My favorite time to go to North End is during brunch on the weekend but the best time to go is during dinner during the week. Every evening they have hearty, comfort food specials (think spaghetti bolognese, short ribs and polenta, etc) that will rock your world for dinner.
 

General: if you moved would you miss this and why?
North End is like cheers. The owners are always there working behind the counter and in the kitchen, if you're a manhattan local, you will always run into someone you know and the food is ALWAYS hot, fresh and oh so good. North End represents everything that is great about a small local restaurant that everyone loves.
 

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<![CDATA[ So many national problems epitomized in one character]]> Urban Dictionary to describe her. Maybe to go "Palin" as a verb would be better:

Boss: "I went Palin on my staff and now none of them trust each other."
Supervisor: "Divide and conquer - those years of Latin must be paid off."
Boss: "Someone just set fire to the copier machine."

The Problem With Palin© is that I'm not convinced she's as stupid as people are led to believe, and is actually smart enough to fully exploit:
  • The sigh-inducing lack of education and A.D.D that boils everything down to good and evil, friends and enemies, and winners and losers.
  • The shocking effectiveness of confrontational sound-bites.
The devastating one-two punch of this approach enables Palin to inject herself in any major story in the most cynical manner ("blood libel" - are you kidding me?), while cementing an increasingly polarized base of supporters and detractors. Meanwhile, while many are claiming that a village in Alaska is missing an idiot, she's quite happily coining it in and taking advantage of the entire situation.

I would honestly like to see an end to this kind of politician but I fear it's only going to get worse. As a nation, we deserve much more given our uniquely open style of government which is fundamentally insulted by the moronic level of dialog increasingly filling the media. Problems with our debt, the corruptive alliance between Wall Street and DC, the massive and unending unemployment situation, and failing health and education infrastructure aren't going to be addressed with ridiculous sound-bites about momma grisly bears.

It's actually scary how close Palin came to becoming Number Two, and no doubt she'll give it her best shot again in 2012. I just hope Republicans start to coalesce around strong leaders and principles, and leave people like Palin behind to report nonsense on breakfast news shows. While they're at it, ditching their corporate masters might actually do a service to this country too.]]>
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<![CDATA[North End Caffe Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-North_End_Caffe-53-1393623-198150.html http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-North_End_Caffe-53-1393623-198150.html Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:33:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Knowing Quick Tip by Savvygirl]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/website/UserReview-Knowing-138-1381388-197787.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/website/UserReview-Knowing-138-1381388-197787.html Sat, 25 Dec 2010 23:41:44 +0000 <![CDATA[ Tchaikovsky is Turning in His Grave]]>  
With this version of the story, the villainous Rat King and his army are transformed into a fascist regime that closely parallels the Nazis. In what way does this sound appropriate for children? How do you think they will react when they hear about the rats tossing toys into furnaces, producing enough smoke to blot out the sun and keep the city in perpetual darkness? Will they know what to make of the propaganda flyers that constantly rain from above, littering the streets? Will they understand the sudden shifts in tone, as when the Rat King (played by an unrecognizable John Turturro) bursts into a song set to a 1920s swing beat before dancing over to a massive fish tank and electrocuting his pet shark? This is more than cinematic boo-boo. It’s a sign that Konchalovsky is in serious need of a therapist.
 
But wait a minute. Did I just say 1920s swing? What is that doing in a story musically driven by Tchaikovsky? Questioning this is a moot point; the remaining bits of his score are buried by lyrics, penned by Tim Rice. He’s a gifted lyricist, and if you don’t believe me, listen to the cast recordings of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Evita.” Still, I’m shocked he didn’t realize that certain compositions simply don’t require the assistance of words. There’s only one point at which the music is properly utilized, and not surprisingly, it also happens to be the film’s only good scene; a girl named Mary, having ascended an impossibly behemoth Christmas tree, is magically carried through the air and across a piano keyboard in a flurry of dancing snowflakes. Naturally, this moment is musically enhanced by the beautiful “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” which, in the ballet version, marks the end of the first act.
 
The plot is preposterous and baffling – a mishmash of awkward dialogue, odd character development, and magical events that I suspect were intended to be whimsical. We’re never told when or where it takes place, although the name Dr. Freud is mentioned. So is Albert Einstein, portrayed as a laughable caricature by none other than Nathan Lane, who eventually sings about the Theory of Relativity to the tune of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy.” In this story, Einstein is uncle to little Mary (Elle Fanning) and her brother, Max (Aaron Michael Drozin), a toy-destroying monster who shows all the signs of being a sociopath. On Christmas Eve, Mary is given a wooden nutcracker as a gift, one she’s able to bring to life simply by believing such a thing is possible. The talking nutcracker, nicknamed N.C. (voiced by Shirley Henderson), tells her that he’s actually a prince and was placed under a spell by the Rat Queen (Frances de la Tour) so that her son, the Rat King, could take over his kingdom. Wouldn’t that make him the Rat Prince? Never mind.
 
Mary’s efforts to help N.C. regain control over his kingdom involve the recruitment of three toys that act so strangely, it’s as if we’ve suddenly stepped into the realm of Lewis Carroll. One is a fat clown with a very pronounced lisp. One is an erudite chimpanzee with a stuffy British accent. One is a Jamaican little drummer boy, who I suspect some will find offensive. We also eventually meet N.C. in his human form (Charlie Rowe), a boy of considerable charm. Why couldn’t the filmmakers follow his lead and make the rest of the story the same way?
 
Other character, like Mary and Max’s parents (Richard E. Grant and Yuliya Vysotskaya), add even more oddness to the film – the mother especially, a woman so disconnected from every situation it’s a wonder she isn’t a regular on Dr. Freud’s sofa. De la Tour doubles as the children’s nanny, Frau Eva, drunk one moment and just plain eccentric the next. What is Konchalovsky trying to tell us here, given that this has been his pet project for the last twenty years? That Mary is a normal girl trapped in a world of loonies? Surely it isn’t that dreams are better than reality, since, according to what we’re shown, both are pretty much the same. “The Nutcracker in 3D” is a horrendous miscalculation, one of the least enjoyable holiday films ever aimed at children or any other audience. The only saving grace is that Tchaikovsky isn’t alive to see what became of his enchanting ballet.]]>
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<![CDATA[The Nutcracker in 3D Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Ed Wood, wouldn't have made this mess!

First off, you've got Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein, who oddly enough celebrates Christmas despite being Jewish, and gives Elle Fanning a Nutcracker named NC (who is really a child prince). Secondly, you've got a story updated to take place in a post-apocalyptic future where fascist Nazi-rats immolate toys. Thirdly, you've got motorcycles with machine guns, a monkey-man, flying robotic rat soldiers, and a Sugarplum Fairy dressed in a metallic dress.
Then add in the greed-factor of 3D and you've got a guaranteed flop sure to offend everybody. There's little left resembling either E.T.A. Hoffman's classic story or Pyotr Ilyich Tchikovsky's genius ballet.]]>
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<![CDATA[Jon & Kate Plus 8 Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/theremote/reviews/tv_show/UserReview-Jon_Kate_Plus_8-638-1334250-194175.html http://www.lunch.com/theremote/reviews/tv_show/UserReview-Jon_Kate_Plus_8-638-1334250-194175.html Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:55:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ It's time to clear the iPad for take-off and landing]]>
All was going well until the passenger seated at the window asked to pass by us to use the restroom.  As I closed up the iPad to let the man go through, my daughter let out a scream the put the entire plane on notice that she was not happy to have her entertainment disrupted.  I quickly set her back up with the iPad once the man passed by, but at that point a chill ran through my spine.  I thought "what was going to happen when we needed to shut off all electronics for landing??"

Regardless of how you feel about my parenting techniques and using electronics to entertain a toddler, I didn't feel that cruising at 30,000 feet surrounded by strangers was the best time or place to try to instill a life lesson about hours of play time.  Most people would be reluctant to constructive criticism at the tail end of a cross-country flight, let alone a jet-lagged two year old who just finished off her last Goldfish crackers.

Fortunately, over the next 30 minutes, I was able to ween my daughter away from the iPad with some $10 crackers and raisins and I avoided the catastrophic melt-down during the landing which I had envisioned.

My experience caused me to consider the rules currently in place during take-off and landing that require all electronics to be completely shut off.  Sure, it may not seem like such a long time, but when you're trying to entertain a toddler, it feels like an eternity.  How old is this rule and do we still need to have it in place?  Are the communications electronics on the airplane so susceptible to electronic interference that a few games of Angry Birds could take down the aircraft?  And if so... should we even be flying at all??  Don't get me wrong, if using electronics does cause measurable interference with the avionics, then I'd much rather put up with some crying kids (and adults) than land in the middle of Lake Erie.  But let's at least collect some new data on this and see if we can rewrite some of the rules.  There's a very good chance that even today, a number of electronics stored in suitcases and purses are NOT shut off during take-off, yet no crashes have been attributed to "rogue electronics interference".  

Let's ask congress to take a break on investigating steroid use in the MLB and global warming, and put them to task on something that can have an immediate impact on millions of travelers!]]>
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<![CDATA[2012 (movie) Quick Tip by cyclone_march]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-2012_movie_-13-1430331-191760.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-2012_movie_-13-1430331-191760.html Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:57:37 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by 1MZJohansen]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-166791.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-166791.html Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:20:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Sesame Street Cuts Katy Perry's Appearance Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Katy Perry, but I love Sesame Street dearly and I just don't think that the outfit is all that bad. Here in America we've exploited and denigrated the human body to such an extent that people seem to be okay with media provocateurs and pornographers smutting up popular culture and yet a classical painting of a nude woman may be deemed inappropriate. There is a big difference here.
First off this outfit isn't going to display any part of the body that children wouldn't be seeing anywhere else on TV, in films, or on the cover of books and magazines. Most of their own mothers and friends' mothers probably would wear similarly cut dresses and tops.
And secondly, why are people taking offense to this when Nickelodeon and other channels that produce "family friendly" programming get away with sexual innuendo, bathroom humor, and provide no educational basis? Sesame Street has avoided all of these pitfalls and their intention has always been to educate and entertain children, but if they cease to be relevant because of outdated modes of thinking then they will lose their audience and future generations will be robbed of an important series.]]>
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<![CDATA[ If they put Karo syrup inside, it would be even better.]]>
A McGriddle was McDonald's newest addition to the breakfast menu.  A pancake like bun with maple syrup injected inside with the normal egg, cheese and meat item inside.  You get a pancake for the bun and the regular fix'ins?  Right on.

If theres anything I don't like about the McGriddle it's that the McGriddle replaced the Bagel Sandwiches on the breakfast menu and while some McDonalds still carry them, not many do.

Sometimes you just want pancakes and others you want the regular breakfast sandwich?  Why not both.  To my knowledge McDonalds is the only fast food resturant that offers something like this and is a reason to go.  If only they would sell them all day long.  McDonalds, you pray Sonic and Jack in the Box don't make something like this.]]>
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<![CDATA[McGriddles (McDonald's) Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-McGriddles_McDonald_s_-138-1443931-165891.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-McGriddles_McDonald_s_-138-1443931-165891.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 06:28:16 +0000 <![CDATA[ Huh, I wonder what her hobby is?]]>
AVOID

BRN2YEL

SINGLE

DIVRS4U

SPNSTR

C'mon you know I'm not the first.  Okay in fairness, heres one for me in this regard

SXSTPIG

Yeah I know but when you see a license plate like that, it are the things that come to mind.]]>
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<![CDATA[Luv2Nag License Plate Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Luv2Nag_License_Plate-138-1442359-165888.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Luv2Nag_License_Plate-138-1442359-165888.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 05:47:09 +0000 <![CDATA[ More bacon? Yes please! More fat?! Ehhhhh.....OKAY just this once!]]> lunch.com I DO know that fastfood is bad for you and we as a nation do eat too much of it.

But if it is bad for us, why is it so damn tasty?!  The common conundrum.

The triple baconator could be on a flag to promote one's fatness.  All that fried beef, bacon and melted cheese on a bun there is nothing yummier, whether it's at Wendy's or else where.

The unhealthy content, well this is a TRIPLE burger with a TRIPLE order of bacon AND cheese.  1360 calories, 91 grams of FAT and 40 grams of saturated fat. 


BEAT that Burger King!!

Oooch, not I'm NOT hungry, but it'll pass.  Maybe I'll stick with the double instead.]]>
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<![CDATA[Triple Baconator (Wendy's) Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Triple_Baconator_Wendy_s_-138-1444342-165886.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Triple_Baconator_Wendy_s_-138-1444342-165886.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 05:34:47 +0000 <![CDATA[ You seriously can't throw away your garbage?]]>
Thats one side to littering.  Heres the other side and the more common and damning one is littering outdoors.  Picnics on the beech or the park, people can be pretty careless in leaving they're junk lying around afterword.  If your going to use the land, then you should take care of it.  It's not a hotel where you leave a mess and someone cleans up after you.

One day, and it will be sooner then we think, we won't be here but someone or something else will be or at least here still.  If they don't have hands then I don't see them picking up our mess.  If they don't have brains, I don't see them making a creation to pick up our mess.  I guess the moral of this review is, don't make a mess.  This started off me complaining about lazy customers who leave junk lying around and it got me to talk about a bigger picture.

Awesome.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Work hard for your art]]>
First of all, no I do not like it when we are not aloud to express ourselves.  That is what makes this country great.  I always remember hearing about people like Terry Rakolta trying to get Married With Children pulled because she didn't like the show and what it had on for kids to see or one of millions of people who wanted Howard Stern's radio show pulled for one reason or another.  I grew up seeing this all the time and all I could think of was "if you don't like it, change the channel."  Don't bring attention to something you don't like.

Years later I heard the term "Art from Adversity" and around the same time I learned just what had made the aforementioned Stern popular.  It's cause he WAS censored.  Yes, he gets to cuss and swear up a storm now with even more descriptive terms for sex then before in his jokes and routines, but what made his show better in the years before was that he had to WORK for his creativity.  His jokes were crafted better and were actually funnier before when he couldn't say the Seven Dirty Words, when he had to try and make jokes about something other then sex.  He worked harder to be funny and was rather then having everything out on a blank slate and just, well not being as funny.

It ties into what TVTropes.com calls the "Precision F Strike" where you have the one character in a movie say that ONE profanity in the movie to get the reaction that it does, rather then in movies like Casino or Mallrats where the movie is NOTHING BUT F bombs and the word loses it's meaning.  YEah your uncensored but lets be real, less is more sometimes, and just because you CAN say something does it mean you should?  Is there a better way.

This was an odd review but one where it was a nice way of getting an idea out there.  Maybe a censorship topic wasn't the best place to put this idea out there but lets wrap it up like this.  Here on lunch.com, a guideline is in place to try and keep your reviews clean for all to read (last I heard anyway) and there have been a number of reviews I've written where I would LOVE to cuss out the topic in regards to something that I hated.  Realizing that I can't do that, it forced me down another avenue to get my thoughts out and they turned out better for it and I as a result had a better piece that I wrote.  Yes censorship is bad, but it can make you a more creative person by working harder for that you love.]]>
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<![CDATA[April Fools' Day Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-April_Fools_Day-138-1441889-165863.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-April_Fools_Day-138-1441889-165863.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:19:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Censorship Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Censorship-138-1433793-165862.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Censorship-138-1433793-165862.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:17:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Splenda Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Splenda-138-1380982-165861.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Splenda-138-1380982-165861.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:15:39 +0000 <![CDATA[Rush Limbaugh Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Rush_Limbaugh-138-1396025-165860.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Rush_Limbaugh-138-1396025-165860.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:14:53 +0000 <![CDATA[Kanye-gate/Kanye Interrupts Meme Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Kanye_gate_Kanye_Interrupts_Meme-138-1419092-165858.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Kanye_gate_Kanye_Interrupts_Meme-138-1419092-165858.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:13:39 +0000 <![CDATA[Littering Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Littering-138-1419286-165857.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Littering-138-1419286-165857.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:12:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Crocs Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Crocs-138-1334231-165856.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Crocs-138-1334231-165856.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:09:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Ronald Reagan Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/actor/UserReview-Ronald_Reagan-138-1066007-165855.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/actor/UserReview-Ronald_Reagan-138-1066007-165855.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:08:16 +0000 <![CDATA[George H. W. Bush Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-George_H_W_Bush-138-1334126-165854.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-George_H_W_Bush-138-1334126-165854.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:07:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Richard Nixon Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/politician/UserReview-Richard_Nixon-138-1010833-165853.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/politician/UserReview-Richard_Nixon-138-1010833-165853.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:06:15 +0000 <![CDATA[George W. Bush Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/politician/UserReview-George_W_Bush-138-1010458-165852.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/politician/UserReview-George_W_Bush-138-1010458-165852.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:05:12 +0000