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Coffee Cultures (Eat/Drink)

CoffeeCulturesRating: Okay
Where: Financial District, San Francisco, CA (25 Bush Street cross Sansome Street)

Review: So the coffee was pretty good, and the super dim light place is artistic at best, but you must know that the coffee was somewhat steep pricey and the pastries were not cheap either. A quick stop will cost you 8 bucks with $3.25 for a cap and rest for a pastry and tax.

Keywords: Financial District, San Francisco, okay, cafe, coffee

San Francisco Magic Palor (Attraction/Travel)

SanFranciscoMagicParlorRating: Decent good
Where: Inside Chancellor Hotel, Union Square, San Francisco, CA (Powell Street between Geary Street and Post Street)

Review: For a magic show that includes fun facts and rumors of San Francisco in an intimate and chillaxing setting, this is a great (more…)

Tu Lan (Eat/Drink)

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Rating: Solid sodium good

Where: SOMA, close to Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA (8 6th Street cross Market Street)

Review: Everything you might have read about the good old Tu Lan on the food is still true after the major overhaul renovation. They gutted out the floor, wall, and ripped out and replaced with stainless steel equipment and counter.

So no worries on the (more…)

The Ophelia Cut (Book)

TheOpheliaCutAuthor: John Lescroart
Genre: detective, crime, thriller, law, court
Year Published: 2013
Rating: Alright

http://www.amazon.com/The-Ophelia-Cut-A-Novel/dp/1476709157

Review:

The book is filled with San Francisco colors, the street names, the Tenderloin neighborhood, and people. You would feel like you were in SF at this easy reading story.

The story surrounded a father defending himself in court after his daughter, who liked to date and ditch guys, found out her latest ex was killed, all after she was being drugged and raped.

It jumped around (more…)

A Christmas Story (Movie)

AChristmasStoryMain Cast: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

Review: 7.2 out of 10 stars.

A mature mind living in a child’s body and wanted to have a BB gun for Christmas, along the way, showing his wit and growing up. If it’s shown in more recent years, it would have gotten negative criticism for its promoting guns. But in the early 80s it’s just a kid who’s trying to get what he wants.

Child star, who fast forwards 20 years and starred in Elf, to more recent years as a director, was definitely playing a great part with all the adult gestures.

The famous (more…)

Elf (Movie)

ElfMain Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Peter Dinklage

Review: 7.5 out of 10 stars.

A good 2003 Christmas cheer by Ferrell before his Anchorman saga, and while it is still a wild character, it was not ridiculous.

The story surrounded Buddy (Ferrell) being adopted and lived with elves, Santa Claus and the family, finally flew to NYC to find his biological dad.

Ferrell actually has done a (more…)

American Hustle (Movie)

AmericanHustleMain Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner

Review: 7.3 out of 10 stars.

Good acting but the style and storyline looked like The Usual Suspect. All about con artists with a dumb cop. A cop who thought he could do it all, except this time the cop got duped with money too.

Jennifer Lawrence was actually (more…)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie)

TheWolfOfWallStreetMain Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Spike Jonze, Rob Reiner

Review: 7.6 out of 10 stars.

If you like The Great Gatsby, you will like this as Dicaprio is again portraying in a movie based on a glamorous character and his fall. And it focuses and glorifies the happy and shiny side for the most part.

DiCaprio again is the poster boy of the movie, and the Hollywood boy for many extravagant scenes.

Note that while the movie and the 2 (more…)

August: Osage County (Movie)

AugustOsageCountyMain Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney

Review: 6 out of 10 stars.

Argh what a messy dramedy. Based on the play by Tracy Letts that was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This is not your Dec 25 holiday cheer comedy. In fact, how could it be so mis-categorized as a movie?! It’s so cynical that it’s not funny. Of course unless you find (more…)

Her (Movie)

HerMain Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Olivia Wilde, Kristen Wiig

Review: 8.8 out of 10 stars.

First you will say, weird. weird. weird. And then you chuckle a few by your own embarrassment as you probably had fantasized what Theo is experiencing.

And then you start liking the OS, and you think, oh I am weird. But in the meantime, you find comfort in it.

First you think, hasn’t this type of AI been done before and failed miserably? But this is such a pleasant surprise.

The movie surrounded about how people find more connection with a computer than (more…)

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