Monday, August 31, 2015

Food, Fashion and Fun: This Week's Recommendations


Avocado and Egg Sandwich with Whole Wheat Bread

Spread mashed avocado onto two pieces of whole wheat bread; add all-natural swiss cheese and two cage-free fried eggs; and combine to form a sandwich. It's filling, mouthwatering and protein-rich. Enjoy as breakfast, lunch or dinner.


Dark Accessories

Jewel-toned accessories best-embellish fall wardrobe. I like purple. How about you?


Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation

Don't watch it for Tom Cruise. Watch it for the girl.

What parents, in their right minds, would name their child "Pussy Galore?" 

Being a smart, capable female yourself, don't you feel that James Bond movies objectify women to an obscene degree? Though the franchise has recently incorporated stronger female characters; none of them--not even the cheeky late M--match Ilsa Faust of Rogue Nation.

The Mission Impossible series--now that we're on-topic--has integrated powerful female characters all along: the cunning Mrs. Phelps of MI-1, that charming thief on 2, and all of Ethan Hunt's kick-ass counterparts there on. Even the meek suburban wife in MI-3, whom Hunt married to attempt a life of normalcy, became the heroine that saved the day.

But you argue,"they've all used their sexualities, just like the Bond Girls."

So what they look smoking hot in stilettos? Society--and Hollywood--objectify women no matter what. Might as well give them a brain that can hack into CIA's central server and legs that kick ass. Women of MI, with their bomb-diffusing, techy-brainiac ways, trump Bond Girls any day.

Faust is the baddest. 

Her intro says it all: pant suit, black trench, and fights with her bare hands. She saves Hunt; then, instead of running away with him, she runs back into danger. I fell for her right there. Later we learn that she'd gone rogue. A woman who holds her own. I am now head over heels.

In the fifth installment of Mission Impossible, Hunt meets his match. She saves him over and over again throughout the film. Like him, she is agile, witty, ferocious and constantly two-steps-ahead. But she is vulnerable--a good person who does bad things. It's very hard to not like her.

Can the next opinion be completely self-indulgent please?

SHE IS SO-MY-TYPE!!!!!!!! Girl-next-door with unconventional beauty. Oh, and, don't be surprised if she outperforms a Marine at the pull up bar.

Hmm. What else?

The storyline, as well as an all-star cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin, delivered as well. But hey, you'd have to see it for yourself. Here's a trailer:

Oh yeah. The motorcycle scene that everyone's talking about:

"Ugh! I don't like Tom Cruise!" Responded a mom-friend, after I recommended MI-5 to her.

"Don't watch it for Tom Cruise," I smiled, "watch it for the girl."

Hope you do too!

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