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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Not even Harold or Kumar could grok this ill-advised brand extension: A White Castle-scented candle.

The candle’s “steam grilled on a bed of onions” scent was created by Nest Fragrances, and the limited-edition candle comes in a ceramic holder designed to mimic White Castle’s hamburger packaging, the fast food chain said this week.

I’d think the smell of those greasy belly-bombs would be the last thing to emphasize. If anything, it should discourage potential runs to the royal burger-barn.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/05/2021 11:55pm
Category: Food, Pop Culture
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Somehow, it’s taken some two years for the restored full-length, two-and-a-half hour version of Fritz Lang’s signature silent film Metropolis to hit theaters.

And what will hit the screen will be, apparently, a wholly different movie:

For example, the “Thin Man,” who in the standard version appears to be a glorified butler to the city’s all-powerful founder, turns out instead to be a much more sinister figure, a combination of spy and detective. The founder’s personal assistant, who is fired in an early scene, also plays a greater role, helping the founder’s idealistic son navigate his way through the proletarian underworld.

The cumulative result is a version of “Metropolis” whose tone and focus have been changed. “It’s no longer a science-fiction film,” said Martin Koerber, a German film archivist and historian who supervised the latest restoration and the earlier one in 2001. “The balance of the story has been given back. It’s now a film that encompasses many genres, an epic about conflicts that are ages old. The science-fiction disguise is now very, very thin.”

I don’t know if the de-emphasis of the scientifictional theme is a plus, especially for such an iconic production. But Metropolis‘ chief influence has always been more in the broad strokes, especially visual, than the detailed narrative. Partly that’s because it’s been fairly inaccessible to modern audiences. But mainly, it’s because the central theme of man versus machine, self versus society, is timelessly relateable; so the details hardly matter.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/05/2021 11:20pm
Category: History, Movies
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The fourth edition of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr is something of a downer, simply because it sounds like a business-motivational screed:

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

Feh. I’ve got nothing against setting goals, but why disparage dreaming just for dreaming’s sake? Not every thought that passes through your mind needs to be an actionable item, to be structured to the nth degree. Besides, I’m not about to consult a cookie for career advice.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/05/2021 10:19pm
Category: Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune, Photography
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