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Archive for August, 2013

You’re Next (Movie)

You'reNextMain Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Gleen, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg

Review: 5.5 out of 10 stars.

It started off as a family reunion celebrating the parents’ 35th anniversary. Then torture and killing start.

This movie got some reviewers liking it, well, if you are sadistic, love (more…)

Izanami (Eat/Drink)







Rating: Solid good

Where: South San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (257 Grand Ave)

Review: A fairly new establishment in recent months serving richer (sweeter and spiky taste) of izakaya and ramen. They are also known for omakase. The visit many of the smaller dishes are sampled including such as spicy garlic crab, spicy wings, albacore shishito, stuffed mushroom and the special sashimi that included toro, aji (spanish mackeral) and renko dai (red seabream) of the evening.

The sashimi was fairly good, fresh and were chilled properly. The izakaya dishes were all very enticing on the eyes and good on the palate.Iaanami1

Ramen is also fairly popular here. Mala tonkotsu had spicy pork broth with chasiu, fried chicken, and 1/2 egg. The broth was thick and juicy with good grease to it.

Keywords: ramen, dinner, sushi, southsanfrancisco, solidgood

Bourbon Steak (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Rocking Good

Where: Union Square, San Francisco, CA (335Powell Street, between Geary Street and Post Street)

Review: This is a good spot for the happy hour and bar menu, especially the fries with 3 different sauces and beignets with MacCallan caramel custard. If you can’t find them just ask the server.

A recent visit for a full blown dinner was an impromptu after a movie on a weeknight. The decision was interesting, from the usual communal table to a sit down table. And that’s how it changed the mindset. Smart layout of the restaurant.

The experience was (more…)

Jobs (Movie)

JobsMain Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney

Review: 4.5 out of 10 stars.

An attempt to showcase Jobs’ temper and persistence, perfectionist trait and almost unemotional like character from his college years up until 2001.

A quasi-bio flick was more about portraying how relentless Jobs was (no wonder there’s no endorsement from Apple’s camp), leaving his girlfriend and ultimately (more…)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Movie)

LeeDanielsTheButlerMain Cast: Forester Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Liev Schreiber, Jane Fonda, Terence Howard, Mariah Carey

Review: 8.5 out of 10 stars.

This movie has an impressive cast, even with those who don’t usually act. And most likely because it’s based on some true events (see further for fact checking link) and not just an article, acting was much more touching and real.

The film is inspired by an article about Eugene Allen (Cecil Gaines in the movie) as a poor man who found his way to work and ultimately became one of the most prestigious butlers at the White House. ( The story was then expanded with research, added dramatization, and romanticized former presidents who would appear to have (more…)

Elysium (Movie)

ElysiumMain Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

Review: 7 out of 10 stars.

Another segregation movie, this time is between poor and rich. Elysium, based on the Greek mythology, is supposed to be for the mortals related to the religious and heroes and righteous who will have an eternal happy life. The premise is that there’s no gray area, people were either ultra rich or extremely poor. The rich has cures for all diseases, while the poor (more…)

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