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Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

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Last night I met up with a group of friends for a dinner and movie hang at The Grove and really had the best time hanging out with everyone. Because it was the only movie that none of us had seen, we decided to see Divergent … which, I now know, was a terrible mistake. Even tho the movie wasn’t very good (at all), I did have a really nice time at dinner with Darion, Omar and Charlie … and then at the movie with Darion, Omar and Sebastian (who tagged in for Charlie). The movie wasn’t great but the company was and that is all that mattered on my fun Friday night out. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Under The Skin’

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Last night was a pretty bizzy but very fun night for me. I met up with Darion and his mom Janai to have a celebratory birthday dinner with her in Hollywood (before they went off to see The Book of Mormon together) and then I met up with Eileen to see Under The Skin at the Arclight … and then I met up with Tamar, Ollie, Rob and Caleb for a night cap after they saw Captain America. I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Amoeba Music and ended up coming home with great new vinyl records to add to my collection. Fun, Fun, Fun. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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Last night I was invited to an early screening of Captain America: The Winter Solider at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood, CA so I brought along my BFF Adriana and we set off for a night of comic book movie fun. I have been LOVING all of the Marvel Comics movies that have been coming out over the past few years and really did enjoy the first Captain America film. But this time around, yeah, I think they really got it right in telling this story. Without all of the slowness of the necessary origin story that we got a lot of last movie, this time around The Winter Solider is packed with action from beginning to end — like a great comic book movie should. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Noah’

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Yesterday evening I met up with Emma and Josh at our their home in Manhattan Beach for a movie/dinner hang out so that we could enjoy cinematic entertainment together and then talk about their recent holiday over dinner. The movie that everyone went out to see this weekend was Noah so we decided to see it for ourselves. Despite criticism from others, I couldn’t help but be curious to see Noah myself, primarily because of how much I love Darren Aronofsky‘s work. To be honest, I felt that Noah wasn’t Aronofsky‘s strongest film (by a LONG shot) but I didn’t hate it, necessarily. There were things about it that I didn’t really like but I felt for the most part that it was fairly entertaining. Almost everyone knows the story of Noah and his ark but through the lens of Darren Aronofsky, the story turned out a bit different from the story we already know. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

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Last night my friends and I made our way to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA for a showing of Muppets Most Wanted. Because the Disney-owned El Capitan is THE only place to see Disney films in LA, we wanted to make sure that we got tix to see the movie on opening night … despite the crazed franticness of being on Hollywood Blvd. on a Friday night. Before every movie showing at the El Cap, the audience is treated to a live performance of music by the theater’s in house organist. Before the Muppets movie last night, there was an actual Muppets show on stage to kick off the fun. I am very happy to say that Muppets Most Wanted is an excellent film, one that surpassed the last Muppets movie. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

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Last night I met up with Tamar, Ollie and Caleb at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood for a showing in the Cineramadome of the new Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel. To be honest, it’s been many years since I’ve truly enjoyed a Wes Anderson film but with each new film that he releases, I hope to feel the same joy that I felt (and continue to feel) when I watch his earlier films, like The Royal Tenenbaums. Invariably, tho, I’ve come to learn that with each new film that Anderson puts out, there is less and less emotion and feeling and more and more technical smoke and mirrors. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a Wes Anderson film to the nth degree … and for me, that is not necessarily a plus. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Wind Rises’

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At last!! At long last I finally got to see the Miyazaki film The Wind Rises in the original Japanese in a movie theater after many months of unsuccessful attempts. Back in late Summer when Adriana and I decided to visit Tokyo, Japan over our Xmas holiday, I decided that I wanted to see The Wind Rises (which will stand as Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film due to retirement) before we made our way to Japan. The film was always scheduled for a February release here in the US in dubbed English version but I insist on seeing Miyazaki‘s films in the original Japanese. It turns out that the film did show here in LA for a week last Fall (for Oscar eligibility) but I somehow missed seeing it. I then hoped I would be able to see it in Japan but by the time we visited, it was already out of theaters. Just last Wednesday night, I was planning to see the film with Darion … but because of my ignorance, I missed that showing as well. Yesterday afternoon, at long last, I got my shizz together and met up with Emma and Josh for a showing of The Wind Rises — a film that I loved entirely. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Non-Stop’

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Yesterday was a pretty bizzy day for me … and with the added rain that got dumped all over LA, it proved to be a bit of a harrowing day … but I’m very happy to say that I managed to get accomplished all of the things I needed to get done AND I got to spend great quality time with a few very good friends. After work, I made my way back to the Mac repair shop ReAniMac (my LIFESAVERS from earlier this week) to pick up the data from my old, failing hard drive before I picked up Ollie in Hollywood. From there, we made our way to Santa Monica to hang out with Tamar, her brother Jeremy and her mom Jackie for a nice afternoon of tea (when it rains, a warm cup of tea is the ONLY thing that matters). From there, I had to go back to the ReAniMac to pick up my actual old hard drive (which I failed to do when I was there earlier, ugh) and then made my way to Century City to see a movie with my friend Courtney. We decided to see the action thriller Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson (and Lupita Nyong’o, but barely) and while I didn’t love the movie (by any means), I guess I enjoyed it enough to not hate it entirely. More »

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Movie Review: ‘RoboCop’

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Yesterday was a fun-filled day for me. I met up with Ollie for brunch before we made our way to the Cohen Gallery to see Shia LaBeouf‘s #IAMSORRY art installation. After we had our fill of “art”, we made our way downtown to hang out for a bit with Caleb before I met up with Adriana for a dinner and movie date. I don’t usually pack my Saturdays with so much running around but it couldn’t be helped … I have too many great people in my life that I have to get out and see, you know? I ended my bizzy Saturday with a late night showing of RoboCop and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the remake of the 1987 original very much. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Movie’

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As I mentioned a bit earlier, I met up with a group of friends last night to see the movie that absolutely EVERYONE is raving about — The Lego Movie. I had planned on seeing it Friday night with Emma and Josh but that plan didn’t work out so I figured I’d see it sometime soon. All weekend long, all I kept hearing from people is how good the movie really is. Darion invited a group of us to meet up with him to see the movie last night and I was able to make it. Based on what I heard, I knew the movie would be good … but I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The movie is so funny, so cute, so entertaining that I can see why everyone loves it so much. More »

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