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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Campy Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in the UK and US on August 14, 2015.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie used exposition to set up the plot where two no-name agents from the US and Russian band together to defeat somewhat Nazi allied villains who want to rule the world with the threat of atomic weapons.

Fans of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show know the agents as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, but younger audiences attending this movie will have to wait a while to figure out the character’s names, especially when Napoleon Solo keeps calling Ilya, Pasha. At least that’s what I heard.

Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin had great chemistry. When I saw Jared Harris, I thought, hey, that’s the English guy from Mad Men!

One upsetting part of the movie for me was when they used a photo album to show the atrocities that the former Nazi doctor did to Jewish concentration camp victims. That part went on way too long. We get it. The doctor was a bad man.

After the movie was over, I tried to describe it as a less serious Mission Impossible, or Matt Damon Movie, but then narrowed in on calling it campy.

It lived in between being serious and humorous.

At the end, there was a set up to make more. Let’s see if audiences want it.

Watch the original TV series here:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bordeaux: Chateau Reverdi Wine Tasting and Blending Experience

Audrey Thomas, owner of Ch√Ęteau Reverdi, gave us a great tour and then sat us down for a tasting and blending session.

Chateau Reverdi

We learned that all Bordeaux wines are blended. We then tasted the three wines that go into Chateau Reverdi's wine, and had the opportunity to blend out own.

Chateau Reverdi

With notes on how they bend, we got a graduated beaker and proceeded to blend out own.

Chateau Reverdi

Chateau Reverdi

Everyone on our tour took this seriously and had a lot of fun with it.

Chateau Reverdi

Here's my blend:

Chateau Reverdi

Chateau Reverdi

Needed more Merlot!

Chateau Reverdi

Tour: bordeaux-360