Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’ In 4DX

Jurassic World, a sequel film to the original Jurassic Park that was released 22 years ago this week, opens nationally today but last night I was able to attend an early screening of the movie with a couple of my dearest friends. Eileen, Darion and I met up at the Regal Cinemas Theater in LA Live in DTLA last night to see a showing of Jurassic World in 4DX (which, if you are unfamiliar, is a movie-going experience where the seats move, light, water, air and odor effects are choreographed to match the action in the movie). I can say very confidently that Jurassic World is an excellent action-packed summer movie that will thrill audiences around the world. In 4DX, I can honestly say that it was one of the greatest movie-going experiences of my life. I know, it sounds like an insane exaggeration but it is the truth. More »

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Into Everyone’s Life A Little Sprinkles Must Fall

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately so Eileen helped get me out of the house last night with the promise of cheese fries, donuts and cupcakes. I know, it’s terrible … TERRIBLE … but I can never resist and we did have a nice night out. Eileen came over and we made our way to Burbank and then ended up in Glendale at the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM for a late night sugar fix and, well that was my night. Haha. Hanging out with Eileen did cheer me up a lot so it was all well worth the effort … and massive empty calories. More »

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‘Code’ Read

After taking care of a few errands, I decided to settle in to watch some TV and was horrified to find that my DVR was totally devoid of anything new and exciting. I take great pains to ensure that I have integral classic TV shows and movies saved on my DVR (The Golden Girls, Jem and the Holograms, movies like Chasing Mavericks, The Joy Luck Club, Empire Records) but sadly, I had watched all my new TV things. Then, I found that the 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code was on cable so I watched it … and was reminded what a fun, but really silly movie it is. More »

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AY’s B-Day

I’ve been very fortunate to celebrate the birthdays of an amazing group of friends over the past week or so … starting with Darion, then Eileen, then Ollie. Yesterday was my dear friend (and fellow Michigander) Adriana’s birthday so I got to celebrate with her last night. She wanted to something really simple, really small … so we grabbed dinner at Little Dom’s in Los Feliz. We were joined by her longtime roommate and had a wonderful dinner together celebrating Adriana’s amazingness and generally getting caught up with one another. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Dope’

Last night I was invited to an early screening of the new film Dope which was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and was produced by Forrest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams. Before I saw the movie yesterday, I had a vague understanding of what the movie is about. I knew that the movie was heavily influenced by ’90s hip-hop music so that alone made it a must see for me. What I wasn’t expecting, tho, was how incredibly entertaining and powerful the film truly is. Dope is one of those rare movies where everything works … from the writing to the acting, the humor and the seriousness. It felt to me like a marriage of Do the Right Thing and Friday, if you can believe that. This is a movie that most of you will enjoy, I think. I went in hoping to be charmed by the ’90sness of this movie and what I got is a whole lot more. More »

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All Aboard

Last night was fun night on the town at a new bar in West Hollywood called Now Boarding. A bunch of friends got together to celebrate Eileen’s birthday and we packed the place with mirth and merriment. My friends Jessika and Jesse were in the neighborhood so I mentioned to them that I would be at Now Boarding so they came out to partake in the fun as well. Eileen was surrounded by a really great group of friends and she looked blissfully happy and totally blitzed all night long so … yeah, we had a blast. More »

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Happy Ollie Day

Today is my friend Ollie’s birthday (you may know her as the amazing musician Hustle Roses) and I hope you will join me in sending her all the BIRTHDAY LURVE in the world today! I won’t be able to celebrate with Ollie in person today because her man Caleb whisked her off for a weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth. The pair got themselves a room at Disney and spent their Friday and will spend their Saturday playing in the park together … which, honestly, is the BEST way to celebrate one’s birthday. More »

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Joyeaux Anniversaire, Eileen

Yesterday was my dear friend Eileen’s birthday and altho we won’t be really whooping it up until Saturday night, there was a bit of celebration to be had last night to mark the occasion. Eileen invited her friend Vanessa and me to join her for a small dinner at Terrine and we had the best night together. Eileen always has the skinny on the hot new places and she really wanted to try out this French restaurant (which was a far cry from her birthday dinner last year at Medieval Times). The food was amaze but the company was even better. It was a great way to celebrate Eileen’s birth. More »

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A Night In The Park

Last night I made my way down to Anaheim to meet up with my friend Jamie who is in town this week visiting from Las Vegas. She and I actually met at Disneyland a few years ago and managed to stay in touch. When she told me she would be at Disney for a few days this week, well, I had to get down there to spend some time with her. I managed to get my friends Elena, Jessie, Alex and Eddy to meet up with us so we could make a night of it. I don’t get to get down to the park midweek very often but now that summer is nearly here, I might have to get back into the habit … because last night was so much fun. More »

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Movie Review: ‘San Andreas’ In 4DX

Last night I made my way out to the Regal Cinemas Theater at LA Live to see the new disaster movie San Andreas in 4DX and let me tell you … I had an utterly amazingly fun time at the movies. Flicks like San Andreas are what the 4DX movie-going experience was made for. I had previously seen a couple movies in 4DX and my experience was hit and miss (loved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hated Interstellar) … but last night, the 4DX experience not only made San Andreas a decent movie, it made it one of my fave movies of the year. I am not kidding when I tell you that this movie is really effing cool when experienced in 4DX. More »

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