video review : The Worm Eaters

video review : The Worm Eaters

Herman Umgar, an old clubfooted man who lives a life of seclusion but for his collection of pet worms, is a “strange one”. He’s also the most endearing character in this movie; a horror comedy you’ll have to embrace the low-budget campiness of in order to enjoy. It’s not a good movie in the traditional sense, quite the contrary, but its flaws; the outrageous acting being the most obvious one; are greatly exceeded by its charm.

The plot has the villainous mayor launching a campaign to rezone Umgar’s land (lake) in order to build estates for profit, which provides just enough suspense to keep things crawling along. The title scenes, featuring close-ups of people eating what looks like real worms, are gross. The ones of Umgar bonding with his beloved pets are engaging, along with the (diegetic/non-diegetic) music, which include his own home ditties.

my rating : 4 of 5

1977

video review : Swallow

video review : Swallow

You’d think a flick about a cute girl who likes to swallow would be a thrill. Hunter, a New York housewife with a compulsive disorder that makes her eat inedible objects like marbles and needles, brings about a few moments of suspense near the end, but most everything before it is a case study in oddball storytelling.

It’s not just crazy Hunter. Other people also say and do weird things, which give their world a Tim Burton kind of feel. An angry outburst from her otherwise amiable husband, for example, seems totally out of character. The movie is ultimately okay enough, but if there’s a point or underlining message, it’s lost on me.

my rating : 3 of 5

2019

McDonald’s Big Breakfast With Hotcakes

McDonald's Big Breakfast With Hotcakes

Aside from their legendary Filet-O-Fish, the best-tasting food you can get from McDonald’s is their Hotcakes with butter and syrup. The most delicious eating method is to use the syrup sparingly by not pouring it onto the cakes but dipping the cakes into it; the sweetness can become overbearing otherwise; after covering them in the whipped butter.

This Big Breakfast, which for me is a normal-sized breakfast, adds not only a sausage patty; the best side; but scrambled eggs, hash browns and a biscuit. That last bit comes across as a random add-on; pancakes are already a kind of bread; and hash browns aren’t a part of my ideal breakfast, but they help get you full, which is the ultimate goal here.

my rating : 4 of 5