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VeganMoFo Essentials

Oh look, it’s that time of year again when I pretend to be a dedicated blogger. So exciting! My theme hasn’t changed, but the location has. I decided to make a dedicated site for me to prattle on about movies and i’m now adding in tv shows. More exciting!


(graphic by Amanda Chronister)

I don’t have all of the little touches finished yet, but all of the content from previous MoFos is there and there will be new stuff starting tomorrow. But in the meantime, I thought I would share with you some important VeganMoFo essentials for getting through a month of blogging without burning out. AKA, I am procrastinating doing other things so I did this.

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1.  Remotes handy so you can watch reruns of Always Sunny, The Office, or whatever you kids are into while you blog.  Or if you’re me, it’s ‘research’.
2.  Caffeinated beverage of your choice.
3.  Vegan snacks that can stay on your desk without refrigeration, sorry hummus.
4.  A large supply of Amy’s burritos and wraps.  Trust me.  (and yes they immediately went back in the freezer, what kind of weirdo keeps frozen burritos on their desk)

 

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5.  If you are so inclined, a variety of nail polish because waiting for your nails to dry is one of the few things you can do with your hands while also blogging.
6.  Hippie deodorant, because you will get ‘too much time in front of the computer’ funk.
7.  B-12, because you always need to take it!
8. Papaya enzymes, because they help alleviate heartburn and stress is a major factor in heartburn.
9. Hand cream because I have really dry hands, okay.
10.  Dry shampoo, because reading other people’s blogs is more important than washing your hair.

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11.  Any source materials you may need, be it cookbooks or a semi-random stack of movies that you grabbed that may or may not actually get used.
12.  Tissues because the tears.
13.  Your phone.  I’m just kidding, you don’t need this, you don’t have time to talk to anyone!
14.  Post-its and writing instruments because you refuse to use your smart phone to actually keep track of anything but how bad you are at Sudoku.

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15.  You need twitter open at all times.
16.  You should probably keep WordPress (or whatever you’re using) open to remind you to actually do the blogging part.  I guess that’s important.
17.  You need a nice, healthy distraction like Hearthstone.  I actually got 90% of my pre-MoFo prep done while playing!

posted: August 31, 2014
under: elsewhere on the internet, lists, pictures, veganmofo

VeganMoFo: Radio Days

Hey look, i’m doing a good movie for once! Radio Days has a teeny Seth Green in it, and if you’re thinking i’m cheating by doing three movies in a row with Seth Green in them, I say you’re not the boss of me!

Radio Days is a story about a young boy (Joe) and his Jewish-American family living in Rockaway Beach in the late 1930′s, and the radio programs they love. The story is narrated by adult Joe (aka Woody Allen) and intermingles stories about famous radio stars at the time.

I’m really not sure how I first saw this movie, I know I was very young and I don’t think it was on tv so maybe we rented it because we ran out of new horror movies to watch. To me, the scene I immediately think of when I think of this movie is Ruthie dancing to Carmen Miranda. I’m also pretty fond of the part where Sally, the cigarette/coat check girl who’s trying to break into the biz, witnesses a mob hit and the hit man takes her to his mom’s house so he can get more bullets to kill her with, and they talk about where he’s going to dump her body while his mom feeds Sally.

Starring Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby, The Great Gatsby), Julie Kavner (Rhoda, Marge and her family on The Simpsons), Michael Tucker (LA Law, Tracey Takes On), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride, Clueless), and Dianne Wiest (Law & Order, Parenthood). Dianne was also in Footloose with Kevin Bacon, thus our chain is complete.

It’s depression menu time! Luckily, depression-era food is pretty easy to veganize as meat and dairy were the expensive things that people were going without.

Entree: You’ve heard of Great Depression Cooking with Clara, right? Well, the first thing I thought of when putting together this menu was her recipe for pasta and peas (video). She does add parmesan cheese at the very end, but other than that the recipe is totally vegan. I normally don’t want to link to anything that isn’t 100% vegan, but I love Clara’s videos and you can make your own vegan parmesan.
Side: Hot water cornbread!
Dessert: I’m sure you’re thinking of wacky cake, but that’s obvious so let’s go with mock apple pie. I’ve never made one, but Ritz crackers are accidentally vegan (and if you still don’t want to eat them, many health food companies make the same kind of cracker, like Tree of Life).

posted: September 28, 2013
under: veganmofo

VeganMoFo: Can’t Hardly Wait

Today is a special case because we are following all of DuJour over to Can’t Hardly Wait!  Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison are in the band at the party, Seth Green plays the best character EVER, and Alex Martin plays the foreign exchange student who is a sex machine.  Them all being in both movies isn’t a coincidence, both movies were written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont.

It’s the last party of their high school career and Preston just found out that his dream girl, Amanda, is newly single.  As you can see above, he is dorkily excited about it.  He decides he’s going to give her a letter about how he feels at said party, and obviously that doesn’t go smoothly.  Also he drags along his best friend who hates everyone and no one even knows her name.  But who cares about that crap when we can talk about Kenny Fisher?

This movie is full of high school stereotypes, and Kenny is the rich (look at that SUV) white kid who drops so much street slang that almost everything he says could be a catchphrase.  Why is he wearing goggles?  Was that ever cool?  Anyway, Kenny desperately wants to get laid, and he has a backpack full of sexy things to help, like a Fragrance of Love scented candle, bitch.  It’s so ridiculous that it’s cute and i’m not sure if anyone but Seth Green could’ve pulled this role off without looking like a total jackass.  Keeping this all in mind is the only thing that got me through the pilot of Dads.

There are other sub-plots, like a group of nerds plotting to embarrass the jerky jock/Amanda’s ex, said jock trying to get his friends to all dump their girlfriends because he’s convinced that girls will be lining up for them at college, Barry Manilow, and a whole lot of stuff that was edited out to get a PG-13 rating/for time.

Mostly starring Ethan Embry (Empire Records, Sweet Home Alabama) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five, The Ghost Whisperer).  Also a whole bunch of Buffy alum appear!  And does anyone else remember that show that ran for one season, Byrds of Paradise, where J-Love and Seth Green played siblings?

This movie came out my senior year, so it’s only natural that I would try to pick out my ‘character’ in the movie.  I would’ve been Amber Benson, obviously.

Entree:  Anyone order a Loveburger?  No?  I’m not entirely sure what would be on a Loveburger (no jizz jokes), so just pick any ol’ burger you want to make, Joni has quite a few recipes.

Side: We are gonna get rippppppppppppppppped on watermelon!  And by we I mean people who actually drink, us sober assholes could I guess just used raspberry juice.

Dessert:  I bet you’re thinking the pot brownies, right?  Wrong, those brownies sucked, remember!  We are gonna make our own strawberry poptarts/hand pies.

 

 

 

posted: September 26, 2013
under: veganmofo

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