IMDB – A Useful Site for Movie Lovers

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One of the most useful sites on the internet for people who love to watch movies and TV is the Internet Movie Database, a.k.a. the IMDB. There are a number of reasons why this site is more useful than others.

First, the site is interactive, meaning that by becoming a user you can actually participate in rating and reviewing movies. In fact, according to the Wikipedia, there are over 100 million users on the site each month – that’s insane! With all of those people rating and reviewing movies, you are bound to get some really good quality information. There are even some pretty serious users out there who have contributed a great deal of their own thoughts and ideas for our own benefit.

Second, you can use the IMDB to weed through all the dull movies and hone in on all the really good ones. For example, you can jump straight to the IMDB Top 250, which is the list of the top 250 highest rating movies of all time, according to IMDB users. The Blog of Big Ideas has certainly been using this feature recently.

IMDB Entry ImageAnother good thing you can do with the IMDB is sort by genre and rank by user rating. So for example, if it’s late at night and you are in the mood for a good horror flick, just click on the horror genre link and take a look at all the best horror movies. You can do the same by decade, gender, etc.

Not sure you want to watch the movie that looks interesting? Well no worries! You can read a synopsis (like Lynn and ladyvader99 sometimes do), look at all the positive and negative reviews, and even watch a few clips or view the trailer, all right there on the site.

Johnny Depp at IMDBFinally, we all have our favorite actors, actresses, and movie directors, so why not learn more about them and see the the entire chronological list of all the movies they have ever made. Take a famous actor like Johnny Depp, for instance. Did you know that he dropped out of school at the age of 15, has acted in 55 different movies and TV series, has won 3 Oscars, and has even produced and directed three movies of his own?

Nothing beats the IMDB for good movie information. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about movies and TV.


Japanese Superfoods

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the importance of eating good, healthy foods. And then I saw a post by Kyle Quandel about superfoods. He writes:

Recent dietary research has uncovered 14 different nutrient-dense foods that time and again promote good overall health. Coined “superfoods,” they tend to have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and many disease-fighting antioxidants.

Beans (legumes), berries (especially blueberries), broccoli, green tea, nuts (especially walnuts), oranges, pumpkin, salmon. soy, spinach, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and oats, and yogurt can all help stop and even reverse diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and some forms of cancer.

Delicious stuff! Living here in Japan, however, I realized that some of those foods, like berries, turkey, and walnuts are expensive and hard to come by. Actually, Japan has a few of its own superfoods that are worth mentioning.


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The first is natto (made with fermented soy beans or black beans), which are loaded with probiotic enzymes and vitamin K, which Mercola claims can prevent cancer and heart disease. It has a strong smell and a really gooey, sticky texture, which some people don’t like, but once you get used to it, you can learn to like it.

Another superfood in Japan is miso, which is also a fermented concoction of generally soy beans, rice, salt, and a special fungus called kojikin (which is also used in brewing sake). Most people know miso from its most common form: a soup served with meals. But raw miso is also great as a dip for vegetables, especially cucumbers.

A third superfood in Japan is wakame, a type of seaweed. Often served as part of soups or salads, wakame is loaded with vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. It is even said to help protect against radiation.

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Finally, there is one of my favorites: green tea. It is an excellent way to prevent colds and common illness, while getting a good dose of vitamins. Even better, is matcha, which is a ground up, concentrated form. While bitter, it can be best described a powerful way to get a big dose of all the goodness green tea has to offer. In that sense, it is a medicine.

Momo in Japan

While I was surfing tags for Nepal, I came across this wonderful photo of delicious Momo in Nepal. For those of you who don’t know what Momo are, this is what it said:

If there is one food you will learn about in Nepal, its the Nepali Momo! It is often eaten as an appetizer or a snack and found in almost all restaurants or sold by vendors in street corners.

I was wondering how much a plate of Momo costs in Nepal. Here in Japan, you can get momo at a Nepalese Restaurant, but it costs at lot more. For example, this restaurant in Tokyo charges 680 yen ($8.50) for 4 momo!

So how much would a plate cost in Nepal?

By the way, here in Japan, the most popular type of dumpling is a Chinese style dumpling called Gyoza.

Japanese Gyoza

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