Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

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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Gladiator In A Suit

After my whirlwind week of powering thru the entire 5 season series Breaking Bad last week, I found myself ravenous for a new show to devour. For some time now, I’ve been hearing about this show on ABC called Scandal, maybe you’ve heard of it? On the advice of my good friend Shannon, I decided to watch a few episodes to see if Scandal might become my new obsession. Yeah, 2 eps in and I was HOOKED! Season was was short, with only 7 eps, so I breezed thru those first eps really quickly. I just finished the entirety of season 2 this morning — all 22 eps of season 2, watched! OMG, I feel drunk from all the craziness that comes from watching so many Scandal episodes so quickly. More »

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Skinny Puppy Invades LA

Yesterday evening I got to hang out with Tamar for a showing of The LEGO Movie even tho I had already seen it with my friend Courtney a few weeks ago. Tam had yet to see it and I wanted to spend time with Tam so it was win/win for both of us. I loved the movie just as much as I did when I originally saw it so I can attest that the movie is worth multiple viewings. After the movie, I made my way to The Mayan Theater in downtown LA to see the industrial band Skinny Puppy live in concert. I’ve been a fan of SP for many, many years and it’s been quite a few years since I last saw them in concert so … yeah, I was really excited to see them live again. More »

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Fat Tuesday At Disneyland

My friend Eileen and I made our way down to Anaheim, CA to spend the evening at Disneyland together and altho our visit was short, we had a great time together nonetheless. I registered for an Annual Pass event where I would be able to meet and get a photo with Captain America but honestly, that wasn’t even the highlight of the trip. Eileen and I decided that we were going to eat as much fun stuff as we could in honor of Fat Tuesday and we managed to nosh on many of our faves. Because both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure closed at 8PM last night, we didn’t have as much time as we would’ve liked to play in the parks … but we ate, rode some rides and had a much fun as we could anyways. More »

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‘Breaking Bad’ Ass

Early last week I decided that it was time for me to catch up with the rest of the world and watch the award winning AMC series Breaking Bad, which is available in full for viewing on Netflix. Breaking Bad was one of those shows that I didn’t get into when it first debuted and then as the seasons progressed, I fell too far behind to catch up. When the final season was airing, I saw that everyone was freaking out about the show and I decided to wait until the series was over and people stopped talking about it to watch the show spoiler free. I am very happy to relay that I managed to watch all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad in just about a week’s time and did so without having anything spoiled for me. I am also very happy to relay that I loved this series entirely! I’m so glad I finally made the time to watch it. More »

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Me And My Oscar Date

My Oscar Sunday was a really nice, really relaxing one. My friend Tamar let me crash out on her couch so that we could watch the Academy Awards together but that was only part of the reason why I wanted to hang out with her. You see, I’ve started a new relationship and the only way that I would be able to spend my Oscar night with the date of my choosing was to met up with her, yes her, at Tam’s place. You see, me and Tam’s dog Lola have got a thing going on and, well … I think it might be turning serious. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Wind Rises’

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’

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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The ‘Remains’ Of The Day

Last night I braved the rain to make my way out to The Sayers Club in Hollywood to see a live performance by the London band Roman Remains. The show was extra special because Roman Remains featured my girl Hustle Roses on one of their songs. It has been some time since I’ve gotten to see Hustle Roses perform live so there was no way I was going to miss last night’s show. Before the live performance, I got to meet the members of Roman Remains which was really fun for me. I snapped some photos, have a look below. More »

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Fortune’s Favor

Yesterday was a pretty nice day for me here in LA, despite the fact that the normally sunny weather was replaced by clouds and rain. LA has been dealing with a bit of a drought for the past few months so I think everyone is really happy to have that wet stuff fall from the air. On rainy days, I usually like to stay inside, veg on the couch and watch TV. Yesterday, I actually ventured out into the world to spend some time with my BFF Tamar. I usually take any chance I can get to hang out with Tam so it was really a no-brainer. More »

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