Asher’s Book Reviews (One Every Month)

Quotes and information from The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Hello fellow book lovers! It’s time to start a new post! Each month, I will be reviewing a different book. I will give a detailed summary of the book, as well as some spoilers. Now, grab your favorite novel, and let’s begin!

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell Genre: Non-Fiction 288 pgs.

The Disaster Artist is a biography of Greg Sestero, an actor who starred in one of the biggest messterpieces of all time. The book starts with Greg as a kid, and then gradually moves throughout his life. For those not in the know, The Room is considered by many to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. The film was created by the extremely bizarre Tommy Wiseau. Greg meets Tommy in Jean Shelton’s acting class, where he horribly butchers Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116”. Greg immediately wants to do a scene with him, and the rest is history! We learn of his strange mannerisms early within the book. He would always order a glass of hot water at every restaurant, and seems to have a unhinged grasp on English. His origin and accent remain a mystery even today, as well as his seemingly endless supply of money. Greg describes him as “short and muscular with a lumpy, white, face, a snow -shovel jaw, and impossibly black hair”. The book is a treat to read, because you never know what kind of crazy ideas emerge from Tommy’s head. It’s also quite fascinating to learn about Greg’s personal life, and time as an actor in The Room. There are many incredibly funny scenes in the book, and I don’t want to spoil all of them. My personal favorite is Tommy’s first day of filming. Greg goes to pick him up, and he ends up being 5 hours late to his first production day. His excuse? He had to re-dye his hair! The movie cost Tommy $6 Million, and he purchased all of his equipment instead of renting it! The final product started as a complete flop, but due to Tommy’s shady guerrilla marketing, it became a massive cult hit. I learned about it from the Nostalgia Critic’s review, and then I kept going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. Having seen it, I can definitely see why this move is so well loved by fans. The film is still shown every month at the Landmark Theatre in LA. People throw plastic spoons at the screen and quote lines from the film. In conclusion, The Disaster Artist is a giant joyride with hilarious twists and turns around every corner. I give the book a 5 out of 5. I highly recommend the book, and the audiobook is even better, with Greg’s amazing Tommy impression. I’m also really looking forward to James Franco’s film version of The Disaster Artist, so be sure to look out for a review in December!

 

Below is the link to the trailer for the Disaster Artist

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiv2fmAwO7VAhUnjFQKHezxB5IQyCkIKjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4qab3TMg42k&usg=AFQjCNGSnLUQFD7D0mnF7NIcjmROdJFGpg

Strange Animals From Around The World (Every Other Tuesday)

Info about animals found on various websites

Hello fellow animal lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome animals. Now, let’s begin!

  • Honeypot Ant (Myrmecocystis) Size: Up to 15 mm Habitat: Arid to semiarid places like Mexico and Australia

The Honeypot ant is a strange type of worker ant with an extremely swelled abdomen. Their diet mainly consists of honey, and they can drain the abdomen to feed their entire colony. The ants are considered to be a delicacy in parts of Australia.

hp ant  

  • Antlion (Euroleon nostras) Size: Up to 30 mm Habitat: Europe Diet: Ants and small insects

The Antlion is a very unique insect that has an incredibly fascinating way to capture prey. The fully developed adult has large wings and a thin body. The larvae, on the other hand, has large jaws and a broader abdomen. They build sand traps that capture prey, and will suck out the body fluids.

anti 

Hall Of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel encyclopedias and comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more bizarre characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Arm-Fall-Off Boy Real Name: Floyd Belkin Status: “Hero” Creator: DC First Appeared: Secret Origins #46 (1989) Power: Limb Detachment

One of the most useless superheroes ever to grace comics, Floyd’s “power” is to remove his arms at will. He was denied membership to the Legion, and is considered to be one of DC’s most ridiculous creations. His seemingly worthless ability has caused the “hero” to be easily forgotten, and he only appeared in 5 issues.

arm “Plorp” indeed!

 

  • Condiment King Real Name: Mitchell Mayo (Yes really, Mayo!) Status: Villain Creator: DC First Appeared: Birds of Prey #37 (2002) Powers/Weapons: Various condiment gadgets, can cause anaphylactic shock, and cringe-worthy puns

Mayo is a ridiculous, yet highly popular villain from the DC universe. He easily lost to Batgirl, and was sent to Arkham Asylum. During his stay, Mayo became friends with Poison Ivy, and was taught about dangerous spices. Using this knowledge, he surprisingly caused three heroes to fall into anaphylactic shock. Mayo is also known for Mr. Freeze-like puns, and this has caused him to become a guilty pleasure for many comic book fans. I can only hope that he appears in the upcoming DC films.

condimetn 

More Tasty Foods From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Grass Jelly is a unique dessert that comes from China. It’s a gelatinous cube that can be added to drinks or eaten with organic maple syrup. It has a herbal taste, and according to a Bunny, it’s best from Taiwanese brands.

grass

  • Jumbles are pastries that come from Italy. They’re made from flour, eggs, caraway, anise, and vanilla. 

jumbles

Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Drinks found on drinksmixer.com and thedrunkenmoogle.com

Hello fellow Mixologists! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some cool drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Dark Eyes Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/4 oz blackberry brandy
  • 2 tsp lime juice

Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass.

dark

  • The Grand Oak (Dragon Age: Origins Cocktail) (Drink created by Scott Becker)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum
  • 3/4 oz Frangelico
  • 1 1/2 oz Milk

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

the grand oakk

More Fascinating Food From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more delicious foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  •  Hachee is a savory dish that comes from the Netherlands. It’s a stew that’s made from vinegar, onions, and beef. It’s served with a side of rice or potatoes.

hachee

 

  • Mofongo is a hearty dish that comes from Puerto Rico. It consists of fried plantains, garlic, salt, chicken, octopus, or shrimp. The plantains are masted into a giant ball to absorb the other flavors.

mofongo

Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Drinks found on drinksmixer.com and thedrunkenmoogle.com

Hello fellow Mixologists! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Slayer’s Blood (Buffy The Vampire shot) (Drink created by Critical Hit Cocktails)

Ingredients

  • 1 oz White Whiskey
  • .5 oz Peach Schnapps 
  • 1 dash Grenadine

Directions: Mix whiskey and schnapps into a shot glass. Pour in grenadine slowly and watch it sink to the bottom.

slay

  • Gamble Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz apricot brandy
  • 3/4 oz Mandarine Napoleon® orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz sweet sherry
  • 1 oz mango juice
  • 3 tbsp vanilla ice cream

Directions: Blend briefly with half a glassful of crushed ice. Serve in a wine goblet. 

gamble