Peter Fenzel and Matthew Wrather join forces to overthink The Man From Uncle and great sandwiches in popular culture.[audio:http://www.overthinkingit.com/media/otip375.mp3]
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Jack Burton’s sub sandwich in the opening of Big Trouble in Little China. Every time I see that film I want a sub so bad I can smell it. Maybe I was eating one when I first saw it or something but it probably is because of the attitude with which he eats it. “Have you paid your dues, Jack? Yes, sir. The Check is in the mail.” *CHOMP*
An interesting discussion on how Pop Culture treats or ignores the topic of trauma. I feel obliged to point out that James Bond was hospitalized after enduring torture in Casino Royale. A rare nod to realism in that particular franchise.
I loved the sidebar about “powerlifting.” I’ve spent my forties working my way back from “overweight former skinny runner” to someone who familiar with, if not excellent at, various forms of exercise, including what I will call the “CrossFit Home Game”. I’ve learned the basic Olympic-style lifts from a book and videos, and I think Pete’s description was perfect. I used to think they “pick things up and put them down” but there is really a lot of coordination and explosive movement involved.
I think my favorite pop culture sandwich is the ten foot sandwich that almost killed Homer Simpson.
One of the many things I loved about Chef, the Jon Favreau movie from last year, is that at heart it’s about the art and craft of making really awesome sandwiches, whether it’s Cubans or grilled cheese.