The Bourne Identity: Movie vs Book vs TV Miniseries

I recently watched the Bourne Identity tv miniseries.  I then proceeded to watch the Matt Damon movie immediately after it and decided to write up my thoughts. When I remembered that I had read the book everything was based on, I figured why not do a 3way brawl and see which comes out on top?

 

The Movie:

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Bad Will Hunting. Haha

This was my first introduction to Jason Bourne and when I originally watched this, I had NO idea it was based on a book or had been made before, or anything. An amnesiac with super special forces training on the run across Europe, outwitting other assassins, governments and falling in love with a euro-chick. The deal clincher that pushed this into awesome territory for me was the closing credit song, Extreme Ways by Moby.  It was a techno-beat song that fit the movie, with its fast, furious and brutal fight scenes.

Speaking of fight scenes. The pen fight versus the first assassin in the apartment building in Paris, awesome. It was understated, limited and yet showed the utter ferociousness of trained killers.

Still like this movie and still love the ending song.

 

The Book:

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Should have been a hollowpoint!

Here’s my review from ’09:

The Bourne Identity

The long and short is that it was quite different from the movie in that it was set back in 70’s or 80’s, dealt with an international assassin (Carlos the Jackal) and Bourne was an undercover agent deliberately run amuck to attract his attention to bring Carlos to ground. Much more political, global and thriller than just an action fight book.

I was glad to have read it, but never had any desire to read it again. I read the next 2 books and the movies shared nothing with them besides the title and both books rather bored me.

This trilogy was the first, and last, Ludlum that I ever read.

 

The TV Miniseries:

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Jaclyn Smith. I miss the Big Hair days 😦

Here’s the wiki link:

1988 Bourne Miniseries

Richard Chamberlin stars as Jason Bourne and it’s easy to spot that this was made in a different era than the movie. It’s not just the clothes, but even the fighting style. Most of the fight scenes were more like bar brawls with lots of gut punches and gripping of throats and slamming of hands against door frames. It is painfully obvious that “fighting” wasn’t an art like it is today.  Their idea of “martial arts” was throwing an arm up to block a punch. Sigh. Also, he’s a rather thin, gentlemanly looking fellow, not what I picture as a special special special forces kind of guy. Of course, to be honest, Matt Damon didn’t look like it either in the movie, so call it a draw for that.

This was a 3hr special divided into 2 parts and that allows for a much more nuanced story. It follows the book a LOT more closely than the movie. But maybe because of that, it’s definitely a Cold War style movie and if that’s not your thing, this will definitely be a watch once and move on kind thing.

That’s what it is for me. Glad to have seen it, but not impressed nor does it tempt me to watch it again.

 

The Winner:

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Well, just in case you couldn’t tell from the descriptions, the Matt Damon movie wins hands down.  The ending song simply made any other choice impossible.

(Of course, you have to pretend that the latest Bourne franchise movie, Jason Bourne, doesn’t exist. Really, that’s one of those “they never made that movie” kind of movie, just like the supposed sequels to the Matrix.  They don’t EXIST!)

 

And just so I can stick this in the Food category as well, I was eating Gimbal’s Scottie Dogs Licorice. Getting to bite off little dogs’ heads, that’s just bonus, because nothing beats Black Licorice!

 

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Yes, I proudly bit off Toto’s head

 

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Survival Saturday – Mac n Cheese Attempt #1

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For all the Why’s and Wherefore’s of Survival Saturday, please visit the Intro Post. Thanks!

 

Tonight’s dish is an old reliable standby, that staple of our childhood, the perennial favorite, macaroni and cheese by Legacy Premium. It doesn’t get much more “staple” than that.

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Ingredients & Allergens:

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Nutritional Info:

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Things Needed:

6 Cups of water

1 package of Mac n Cheese

 

Directions:

Boil 6 cups of water. Whisk in entire package. Reduce heat to a MEDIUM BOIL. Cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 3-5minutes.

I once again used a bamboo spoon instead of a whisk.

 

Impressions:

So, this was our first real flop and sadly, it was all our own fault, I can’t blame the food in any way. I didn’t reduce the heat to a medium boil, I reduced it to medium heat. That didn’t fully cook the pasta and when we each took a bowlful, we ended up with half cooked pasta, some of which was truly crunchy and I mean full on granola crunchy! We poured our bowls of uneaten food back into the pot and I’ll be tossing the potful into the garbage later tonight.

Second, this really should have been whisked together. A bamboo spoon just didn’t do it. The cheese powder fell into the pot all at once and a spoon wasn’t enough to truly mix it up. So besides crunchy pasta we also had clumps of extra cheesy powder.  Gross.

Mrs Bookstooge thought the sauce was a little thin for her taste, as she wanted a more full bodied bowl of food. I was ok with it, as I was thinking of it as almost Mac-n-Cheese soup.

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Neither of us finished our bowl, well, because of crunchy pasta! But the bowl pictured has 1 1/2cups worth and from the little I did eat, that would have fully filled me up. So the serving suggestion and total servings once again were spot on. This would serve 4 very hungry people easily. Unless one of them is a teenager. Then just pour the entire package down their throats with some hot water!

We’re going to try this again next month, as “mac-n-cheese”  was the one that had the highest number of packages in the bulk box I bought years ago.  However, we’ll be making some changes.

 

Lessons Learned:

READ the directions more carefully! Seriously, I laughed afterwards when I realized what I’d done. But if we were in a real Survival Situation, we’d have had to eat that crunchy pasta and life would be even worse 😦

Use a whisk. I really need to find some sort of plastic or bamboo utensil that I can whisk within my Pampered Chef pots without worrying about scratching them up. If any of you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

I’m also thinking of cubing up some block cheddar and adding that to our individual bowls. Some nice extra sharp yellow cheddar wouldn’t go amiss at all.

 

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Survival Sunday – The Breakfast Edition

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This past week was tough. I went to the doctors and was diagnosed with bronchitis and told to stay home. So I’ve been home since Wednesday. Mainly reading and lying on the couch. Even going to church yesterday completely tired me out, hence the lack of a Survival Saturday post. Today I’m feeling a bit more energetic so I’m doing a Food post.

Today’s entry will be Efoods Direct Granola and Whey Milk:

 

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Just Like Mama used to make!

 

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Granola

 

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Whey Milk

 

 

Things Needed:

8 cups water

1 Package whey milk

1 Package granola

2 1/4gallon pitchers or 1 1/2gallon pitcher [I went for the 2 smaller ones, as that was what I had on hand]

 

Ingredients:

Whey Milk

Why solids, maltrodextrin, coconut oil, calcium blend (calcium carbonate and tricalcium phosphate), fructose, sodium caseinate, food starch, mono and dyclycerides, salt, dipotassium phosphate, soy lecithin, silicon dioxide, natural flavors

Granola

Rolled oats, rolled wheat, brown sugar, canola oil, coconut, whey, oat flour, almonds, honey, vitamin E*

*mixed tocopherols added to preserve freshness

 

Directions:

In pitcher or blender, combine contents of whey milk and 2 cups hot water until well blended. Add 6 cups cold water and mix well.

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From the Mixed Up Files of Mr Book B Stooge

 

Impressions:

I used 2 containers and mixed the whey milk up by shaking it.

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4.5 cups apiece

It seemed pretty well mixed. It smelled like MetRX because of the whey. I drank that stuff a lot in Bibleschool because I was trying to gain muscle mass and so I am used to the smell. It actually has good memories of working out with friends and having girls laugh at us for drinking such stuff. If this is your first time, the smell might be off putting.

I normally use skim milk and this seemed a lot thicker than skim. I put it into the fridge immediately after mixing and let it sit for an hour before pouring on my granola.

The package for the granola calls a serving 55grams.  Since that is completely meaningless, I poured the whole package into a 4cup container and it filled it up. Each serving is about 1/2cup.

I used 1 cup granola and 1 cup whey milk in a large cereal bowl. That comes to about 88carbs. That’s important if you’re a diabetic. It’s also a LOT of carbs to be eating at once.  The milk wasn’t nearly so thick once refrigerated and poured out like regular milk.

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The granola was crunchy and sweet. The whey milk wasn’t overpoweringly “whey”, but I suspect that was more due to the sweetness of the granola.  Granola is a slow eating cereal. You really need to chew it so your stomach can digest it. I also wouldn’t want to eat it for breakfast every day. That much fiber and oats can do a job on your digestive tract if you’re not used to it.

 

Later Impressions:

I plan on using the whey milk this week in regular cereal and for other purposes, ie, maybe some hamburger helper. That’ll be the real test of just how well it compares to regular milk.

 

 

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Survival Saturday – Pasta Alfredo

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This Survival Saturday’s Selection, for the discriminating gourmand amongst my readers, is Pasta Alfredo by Legacy Premium.  It might be tough to tell from my pix, but this stuff is REALLY vacuumed sealed. It has a little thingamajigger inside to boot! Just so you know it’s legit vacuum. Once again, all pictures should be clickable for ease of viewing.

 

Things Needed:

6 Cups Water

2 tablespoons butter

1 Package Pasta Alfredo

 

Ingredients:

Pasta (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate (iron), thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid), Coconut Oil, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch, Cheddar Cheese (pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes), Whey, Sea Salt, Garlic, Onion, Sodium Caseinate, Maltodextrin, Butter (cream, water, salt), Parsley, Non Fat Milk, Yeast Extract, Butter Milk, Spice, Dried Cane Syrup, Silicon Dioxide, Natural Parmesan Cheese Flavor, Mono & Diglycerides, High Oleic Acid Sunflower Oil, Disodium Phosphate, Carrot, Natural Flavor, Tocopherols, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

 

Allergens/Additional Info:

ALLERGENS
Wheat, Milk. This product is produced on equipment that also processes products containing Egg, Soy, Milk, Tree Nuts and Peanut.
ADDITIONAL INFO
  • Pouch Makes 6 Prepared Cups
  • Net Weights 4 serv. = 13.6 ounces
  • 386 grams
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegetarian
  • Uses Sea Salt
  • No Trans Fats
  • Low Cholesterol

 

Directions:

4 servings/1 Pouch – Bring 6 cups water to boil. Slowly whisk in entire package. Reduce heat to a medium boil. Cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons of butter. Let sit 3-5 minutes prior to serving.

Once again, I used a bamboo spoon instead of a whisk and it seemed to be ok.

 

Impressions:

This package of Pasta Alfredo had a LOT more in it than the Tortilla Soup. It’s a big selling point on the Legacy page about how much you get. It also made a difference that this was a pasta based dish and not just a thick soup.

It had a pull tab to open it, so I didn’t need scissors like I did with the Tortilla soup package.  Little things like that might not make a huge difference, but if things are so bad that you’re eating this stuff involuntarily, then something little like that just might make your day that much easier.

Once we brought the water to boiling and stirred in the package, we stirred it every 5 minutes and left the cover off. The package said to simmer for 15 minutes and the online directions [which I included] said for a medium boil. We simmered for 15 minutes and then upped the temp and boiled for another 5. It was pretty soupy at the 15min mark. With the additional time and temp it was a bit thicker. Next time I’d definitely do the boil for the whole time.

There was a lot. Definitely more than the 2 of us could eat in one meal. The 4 servings was for real this time.

 

Mrs B enjoyed her bowl’s worth. I think it helped that today was only in the high 30’s and a nice hot bowl of noodles is exactly what she calls for. She said it was better than some of the frozen dinner varieties of alfredo she’s had in the past. She really enjoyed it and claimed the leftovers. Did I mention how big the portions were?

Me, on the other hand …. I found it rather bland. There was a hint of “alfredo” but reminded me more of a campbells cream of mushroom soup with noodles. I was satisfied after one bowl and had no desire to eat more. She got no fight from me about the leftovers. I think some salt and pepper sprinkled on a bowlful might have helped.  This was exactly what I expected from “Survival Food”; serviceable and something to wolf down to fill your daily caloric need.

Once again, we both took a flintstones multi, as it appears that ALL survival food is more caloric than anything.

With this being non-spicy and cheesey noodley,  neither of us foresee any problems or need for a Later Impressions. If something really bad comes about, I’ll make a comment 🙂

 

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Survival Saturday – Tortilla Soup

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This month’s selection is Tortilla Soup by Efoods Gold, also known as Efoodsdirect.com. This is dehydrated, vacuum sealed so it should last about 20 years in the packet before becoming dust. Yum!

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Things Needed:

4 cups water [calls for 4 1/2, but that seemed a bit much]

2 tablespoons butter – optional and we used it -recommended

1 Package Tortilla Soup

 

Ingredients:

Black bean, red bean, potato, textured soy flour, cheddar cheese [long string of ingredients for that], whey, buttermilk, onion, carrot, green chili, garlic, yellow sweet corn, sea salt, red bell pepper, oat fiber, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors, corn starch, sun flower oil, hydrolyzed corn protein, thiamine hydrochloride, dextrose, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, disodium phosphate, spices.

 

Directions:

Boil water

Stir in packet. Says to whisk, but since I use Pampered Chef pots, no metal is touching the insides of my pots! I stirred it up with a bamboo spoon. Seemed to do just fine. Stir thoroughly, then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

I stirred it once at the 10minute mark then let it cool for 5minutes afterwards before pouring it out into 3 bowls. One is for Mrs B so she can add sour cream, chips, etc, one is a plain bowl for me so I can taste just the soup and the 3rd bowl is another for me with all the fixings.

 

Impressions:

With 4cups of water, it is a little thick, reminds me of the Campbells Chunky Soup brand. Mrs B says she’s glad she put sourcream in hers, as it was a bit spicy for her taste.  I was ok with it but certainly wouldn’t want it any spicier. That being said, both of us have a pretty low tolerance for that kind of thing, so it might be bland for some of you gourmands of chili peppers and the such*coughmanuelcough*

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The vegetables and soy protein are little tiny chunks and add texture more than any flavor.

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Overall flavor is what I’d call American Mex, ie, what you’d get from an El Paso brand taco seasoning mix. When I had the bowl with chips and cheese, it was definitely more mild and felt more like a meal than just a bowl of soup.

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Mrs B says she’d like to make it with less water next time, probably 3cups, and use it as a gravy/base for tortillas or something.  Thinking on it, I’d be tempted to add the packet to a crockpot of chili just to add a little bit of a different flavoring to my usual chili.

I was actually impressed with how good it tasted. I was expecting something bland, lumpy and watery, but this tasted like a good bowl of stew. While I wouldn’t want to have to eat this every day, once or twice a month on a Saturday night seems like a good thing and if things were bad and I was starving, I bet this would taste like heaven. Of course, like I mentioned in the Intro Post, take a multivitamin with this stuff. It is NOT nutrient heavy.

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I’m sitting down now and letting things settle. Reading the final Gundam: Origins book. Been a while since I read one of those.

 

Later Impressions:

Ok, nothing. Which is good. Never can tell how things might affect the tummy and the gurgly insides.

Thank you all for being subjected to this experiment. While I’m not Emeril or Cedric the Entertainer, I do hope you enjoy these food posts. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, please, leave a comment!

 

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Survival Saturday – The Intro Post

In my September Roundup, I talked about starting a “Survival Saturday” series of posts where I make a survival meal each month and let you all know how it turned out and any do’s or don’t’s that I learn along the way. I figured I’d do this Intro Post where I write out all the Why’s and Wherefore’s so I don’t have to add that to each Survival Saturday post.

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First off, Mrs Bookstooge and I are NOT DOOMSDAY PREPPERS. We both have conditions that need daily or monthly medication that only a fully functioning First World Country can provide. We are healthy but we got the short end of the genepool stick. So if the world goes to pot tomorrow, we’ll probably both be dead in 60-90’s day. However, as good responsible citizens of the United States, it is our right and duty to Vote AND to take care of ourselves. Taking care of one’s self includes being prepared for a 30 day emergency.

The current climate of hurricanes hitting super hard doesn’t directly affect us here in the North East, but it does affect us and things can just happen. So I’ve wanted to be prepared, just in case. That is the WHY of why I have 2 pantries worth of Survival Food.

ssThat is approximately 60 days worth of survival food for 2 people

 

I’ve got 2 different company’s food and will take a picture of each package, front and back, which will give you all the details that I have. I’ll be including calorie count, etc. Each packet is supposed to be 4 servings, but that is one thing I’ll be looking at when we eat these. Are those serving realistic or not? Also, all foods are vegetarian, so even when something has”chicken” or “beef” in its title, it is not actually meat.

I am not being paid, in any shape, way or form to do this. I bought all of this with my own money and so will be pretty hard on the stuff. I’ll also be providing links to the companies as appropriate.

That being said, this stuff IS survival food, not gourmet 3 course dinners. I already know that while it provides calories, almost none of these foods will provide you the vitamins and minerals we all take for granted in our foods nowadays. To survive 2 months on these rations, you’ll need to take a multivitamin with every meal. So start hoarding those Flintstone’s vitamins!

I think that sums up everything for an intro post. If you have other questions or I forgot something glaringly obvious, please leave a comment.

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The Food of the Gods…

No, I am not referring to H.G. Wells’ novel of the Same Name. However, should you wish to peruse this lesser known gem of Mr. Wells, you can read it online or download it Here.

What I am referring to, is THIS!

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Does not your mouth salivate at the mere thought of jalapeno cheesy Smartfood Popcorn? On one of my explorations of a local grocery store, as I waded through the throngs of natives, looking for a particular item for Mrs Bookstooge, this uncut gem caught my eye. Having tasted the White Cheddar Smartfood and being a fan of jalapeno cheese, I knew, with the instinct of the True Hunter, that this was the food I needed.

With the power of Jalapeno Popcorn, I could RULE the world. The Masses would bow down at my feet in adoration; their tiny little brains overcome at my boldness of having seized such a treasure for myself. Bookstooge, the Demon Monk of New England would be feared and revered the world over!

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Of course, then I tasted the stuff. My dreams died, my hopes were dashed, my plans destroyed. It was TERRIBLE! So much for my True Hunter’s Instincts.

I hope all your weekends start out better than mine!

 

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