Eagle Eye (2008)

Wait a second, I've seen this movie before! Except with Will Smith! It's called I, Robot.

So the plot is not the most original, and the chemistry between the two main characters isn't the best (even if the girl is a cougar, and I'm all about that really ;)...but I was still entertained. Worth seeing once when you're in the mood for some suspense and there's nothing else on.

One of Ours by Willa Cather

"Ruin and new birth; the shudder of ugly things in the past, the trembling image of beautiful ones on the horizon; finding and losing; that was life..."

This novel is comprised of five books. The first three I couldn't read fast enough; I felt like I was reading about myself. The last two didn't keep my interest as much...but still, from beginning to end, it was full of the sentiment above...and since I could completely relate to that feeling, it kept me pushing on. Overall, I loved it. I recommend this book for pragmatic-idealists. :)

Easy Cheesy Chicken Chowder

1 cup broccoli flowerets,
1 cup corn
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 t. dried thyme

Combine in a pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until veggies are tender. Don't drain. Add:

2 c milk
1 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped
1 can cream of potato soup
1 cup shredded cheddar

Stir over medium heat until cheese is melted.

Love this recipe. It's quick and tasty, even when you don't have onions and thyme on hand.

Shoyu Chicken & Tofu

1 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Firm tofu
Some raw poultry, cut in pieces

This time I cooked tofu and turkey (and also cabbage, but that was a bad idea). I don't know, like at 350 until it was cooked? Thirty to forty minutes maybe? Serve with rice. I've made it before with chicken, which is probably what I'll usually use. It is TASTY. The tofu is the best part. But no matter which kind of meat and tofu you use, it's always best the day after (when the soy sauce has soaked in a little more).

It would probably be better with some grated fresh ginger and long strips of onion cooked in the sauce, but I never seem to have these things on hand when I want to make it.

Slumdog Millionaire

I'm going to be honest: I really, really enjoyed this movie!

For what it's worth, or for those of you who do want to see it or who might consider watching an edited version down the road...I thought it was good story-telling. The portrayal of Jamal (main character) was sweet and endearing and won my sympathies early on. The cultural exposure, though dramatized and tending to caricature, of course, was still delicious and thought-provoking to me.

There is violence, and I closed my eyes more than once. But it certainly didn't seem any more violent to me than standard PG-13 action fare!! I read a review this morning that stated the film also has strong sexual language. Seriously? That surprised me, because usually that's something I'd be more sensitive to. I'm a girl who can't tolerate much of prime time tv for vulgarity and innuendo. All I can think is that I must have missed most of that because of foreign accents or terminology...or somehow the context was less offensive to me.

I'll definitely watch it again, and will possibly acquire it for my own collection.