Ultimate 90s Blogathon: Total Recall (1990) by Plain, Simple Tom Reviews

Next entry in our Ultimate 90’s Blogathon is a fantastic review of Total Recall by Tom of Plain Simple Tom Reviews! How can we have this decade without some Arnold Schwarzenegger, right?

Head over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to check it out! 🙂
Remember to check back here for the next entry tomorrow!

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We’re just about done with week one of the Ultimate 90s Blogathon but we’re not quite there yet.  Today, Tom from Plain, Simple Tom Reviews drops by to give us his review of Total Recall, the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic.  Tom reviews a variety of movies, as well as television shows, so be sure to check out his blog for all of his goodies. Without further delay, let’s get onto his review!

My first blogathon of the year! And its dedicated to the most awesome decade ever: the 90s; back when chocolate bars were bigger, you couldn’t use the house phone and the internet at the same time and videotapes were still a thing. And of course, there were loads of great films and this blogathon, hosted by Tranquil Dreams and Drew’s Movie Reviews, is all about 90s films – an infinitely exciting subject, to be sure!

At first, choosing “Total…

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Ultimate 90s Blogathon Kickoff: Encino Man

Kicking off the Ultimate 90’s Blogathon is my co-host Drew at Drew’s Movie Reviews with his review of Encino Man with a fun 90’s twist. Be sure to head over and check it out.

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Welcome! Welcome, one and all to the Ultimate 90s Blogathon! For the next several weeks my co-host Kim, the mastermind behind Tranquil Dreams, and I will celebrate films of the rad 90s with our fellow bloggers.  There is quite a mix of movies reviewed so I’m excited for you to see what is in store.  Kim kicked off the blogathon on her site as well with reviews of several of her favorite Robin Williams movies. She is also keeping a page of all the blogathon entries, which you can see here, that way you can get them all at one easy-to-find location.  Now let’s get this party started!

Encino Man movie poster Synopsis
Dave (Sean Astin) just wants him and his best friend Stoney (Pauly Shore) to be one of the cool kids at high school. When they find a frozen caveman (Brendan Fraser) in Dave’s backyard, Dave tries to use…

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TV Binge: Chef’s Table (Season 2, 2016)

If you  missed Season 1 TV Binge of Chef’s Table, you can find it HERE.

I’m not much of a documentary girl, very much less a documentary series girl but Chef’s Table is about chefs and creativity and food. To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about the world renowned chefs despite being a food lover. There’s something so charming in learning about how someone pursues what they love. In this case, its being a chef but there’s a lot to learn when looking at someone’s story that can apply even if you aren’t particularly pursuing a chef dream but rather a creative goal. I love listening to someone’s stories and their experience and that is what made me love watching the first season of Chef’s Table. It took a little while to get onto Season 2 but I’m excited! However, keep in mind that I did watch this a little while back and never had the time to write up the review so maybe some details might be fuzzy but it was a memorable series.

Chef’s Table (Season 2, 2016)


Chef’s Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world’s most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven. – IMDB

Chef’s Table is a documentary that truly takes a nice look at chefs. I like the stories and the lessons that they offer as well as the eye-opening creativity. This time, there’s Grant Alinea who decides to create a meal on a table. Alex Atala that takes Brazilian cuisine and Amazonian ingredients and incorporates it into his dishes. There’s Dominique Crenn who serves a menu which is a beautiful poem. Enrique Olvera who takes on the challenge of making known Mexican street food into fine cuisine to show that his culture can have more. Then, there’s self-taught chef, Ana Ros in Slovenia who cooks out of her house and has her husband as the sommelier to make a great team. Last, there’s Anand Gaggan who lives in Indonesia but has an Indian restaurant who took quite the journey to get to where he is now.

I can’t highlight everything and I think their stories are best felt when you watch the series which I highly recommend but these are a few of my favorite episodes. There’s only six so its a little hard to narrow down but I felt the most inspired by these ones.

Episode 1: Grant Achatz, Alinea – “Turning a meal into an emotional experience”

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Usually, the showstopper of the Chef’s Table season is the story of the first chef they highlight. In this case its Grant Achatz who owns Alinea in Chicago. Every chef has their unique approach and his story is one where he turned what he grew up with into something more creative that would break the norms. His history tells us that even the most successful people grow through different people they meet (which is a similarity between a lot of the chefs in this series). They also have doubted their career but found enlightenment through another way. The dining experience at his restaurant is not only for the guests but for the ones cooking it in the kitchen also.


Episode 3: Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn

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Possibly one of my favorite episodes in the entire Chef’s Table seasons is this one with Dominic Crenn, the owner and chef of Atelie Crenn in San Francisco. She cooks with the focus on the importance of memory and telling a story. Her menu is a poem and she serves it with the intention of making the dining experience a feeling. There isn’t much more to say but the episode itself and her story is one that I just fell in love with, especially her food as well.



Episode 6: Gaggan Anand, Gaggan

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Everyone has a hard story of how they became successful in in Anand Gaggan’s case, it was being the best restaurant in Asia. He talks about Indian food being a religion. He takes the ingredients and makes it into something more to emphasize its importance. Other than great dishes, I think his story is one of the most heartfelt as he talks about his support system and his brother. The failures and decisions he had to make to get to where he is now.

Overall, the second season of Chef’s Table seems to have a common theme of not only passion and creativity but also that these chef’s look not only for recognition but to be proud of their culture, their upbringing and to share their story in their food and create an unforgettable dining experience that isn’t just in their taste buds but a complete experience. These are inspirational stories.

Opinion Battles Round 26 – Favourite Christmas Movie

Round 26 of Opinion Battles is featuring favorite Christmas Movies! While not exactly a full on Christmas movie, my favorite is The Holiday. However, there are some other fantastic choice. I have to say that I’m a little shocked one title isn’t there.

Remember to head over and check out the other choices and drop a vote! And if you want to join in also for 2017, drop an email at Movie Reviews 101. All the details are there.

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Opinion Battles Round 26

Favourite Christmas Movie

It is Christmas and Merry Christmas to you all, we have seen plenty of Christmas movies over the year and it is fair to say we have had good and bad ones, but which is your favourite.

We will be back for Opinion Battles next year with the new rounds which have been announced with our first round be Favourite Nicolas Cage Role, email you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.ukby 7th January 2017.

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Gremlins is one of my favourite Christmas movies because we have a perfect mix of horror, comedy and Christmas spirit. Just remember the rules and you will have a good simple Christmas but if you break them you will be paying for them for the rest of the holiday. Gizmo could easily have been the biggest selling present at the time too because he…

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Game Warp: Interview with Cardboard Utopia

It’s time for the next podcast! We have quite a treat as we sit down with Cardboard Utopia, a Montreal-based game development company working on their first project which had an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year called Children of Zodiarcs. Children of Zodiarcs is a JRPG with dice crafting and deck building mechanics. Its like the game that has both video games and tabletop games meshed up together. It is expected for an early 2017 release.

Game Warp sat down with their creative director, Jason Kim, to talk about their studio, how the name came to be, the game and its mechanics and also dive into the gaming industry and its revolution along with the Kickstarter experience among many topics.

Hope you enjoyed it!
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Opinion Battles Round 25 – Favourite Star Wars Character

Round 25 of Opinion Battles is here! We’re looking at our favorite Star Wars character. I might as well get it over with that I really don’t know Star Wars well so my choice was the extremely obvious BB-8.
Head over to Movie Reviews 101 and check out the other choices and drop a vote for the one you agree with!

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Opinion Battles Round 25

Favourite Star Wars Character

Star Wars is back with a bang and Rogue One will be hitting the cinemas within the next few weeks. We have three generations of series of films one loved, one hated and the newest getting it’s own love for now.

If you want to take part in the last round of Opinion Battles we will be picking our favourite Christmas Film and you will need to send you entries to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.ukby 25th December 2016.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Han Solohan-solo

Han Solo is the easy answer but that is because he defined coolness in what could easily be a film that surrounded by geek like status. Han stands outs head and shoulders above the rest and will always be one of the most iconic character to ever come into the world cinema. We can also have our own…

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Opinion Battles Round 19 – Favourite Romantic Comedy

Its time for the next round of Opinion Battles! This time is one of my absolutely fave genres: Favorite Romantic Comedies! The issue here is that I love tons of them. This round had tons of great choices! I went with one that I could watch over and over again and it was While You Were Sleeping! Sandra Bullock is just fantastic…Its a holiday movie and romantic comedy, so tons of reasons to watch it over and over again in the year (not that I really need one).

Head over to Movie Reviews 101 and check out everyone’s choices and vote for who you agree with most! 🙂

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Opinion Battles Round 19

Favourite Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedies have become the go to date movie where we get to see how people go about getting into relationships. We have had some of the most iconic storylines in recent years and decades with people being able to relate to certain characters involved in the films and this is why they are so popular. Today we are going to be picking our favourites out there, so let’s see what we got.

If you want to take part in the next round of Opinion Battles the subject will be Favourite Clive Owen role which I know is a very small selection but we could get some strange choices. The deadline for this choice is 1st October 2016 and email your choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

500 Days of Summersummer

500 Days of Summer is not a love story…

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