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Archive for January, 2014

Labor Day (Movie)

LaborDayMain Cast: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, James Van Der Beek

Review: 6.5 out of 10 stars.

Whoever has said it’s like a Nicholas Sparks novel, no it is not. Because this is like a mystery romance paperback on the newsstand at a local supermarket. Yeah it’s that (more…)

That Awkward Moment (Movie)

ThatAwkwardMomentMain Cast: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Review: 6.3 out of 10 stars.

Lighthearted comedy about 3 post college looking guys who are in their mid to late 20s, with 2 do not want relationships and use “So” as the cue to get rid of hookups, and 1 who’s married but wife leaving him.

If you think it’s a guy movie like The Hangover, Don Jon (more…)

Victory Hall & Parlor (Eat/Drink)

VictoryHallParlorVictoryHallParlorRating: Solid Good
Where: SOMA, San Francisco, CA (330 Ritch Street cross Townsend Street)

Review: The wait for having a table to eat Little Skillet in an alley is over. Same owner Deanna Sison Foster also has Farmer Brown (live music on Sundays and weekend brunch are buffet style on Saturdays and Sundays.)

The signature dishes of (more…)

Boba Guys (Eat/Drink)

Rating: So so
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (3491 19th St cross Valencia Street)

Review: $4 for the horchata boba was still too (more…)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Movie)

JackRyanShadowRecruitMain Cast: Chris Pine, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley

Review: 7.2 out of 10 stars.

This is a tribute to Tom Clancy and the movie is not based on any of his books and is only loosely based on how his character Jack Ryan, Sr. first became a CIA agent.

Obviously due to the limited amount of time of a movie (this one only 1:45) it had to be shorter, direct and filled with actions.

Don’t be fooled by those (more…)

Cross My Heart (Book)

CrossMyHeartAuthor: James Patterson
Genre: crime, thriller, suspense, detective
Year Published: 2013
Rating: Decent read

http://www.amazon.com/Cross-My-Heart-Alex/dp/0316210919

Alex Cross series as a detective.

This book is a sicko, per say. 2 people who seem to have a grudge (more…)

The Nut Job (Movie)

TheNutJobMain Cast: Liam Nesson, Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser

Review: 7.5 out of 10 stars.

This could be a bit too complex of a story for younger kids since there is a double cross of a double cross, and it happens to 2 groups, 1 for human and 1 for animals.

The story surrounds when Surly (Will Arnett) was much less a team player and more like an outcast in the park but was always fairly smart to find food, was booted off the park and had to live in the city and only followed by (more…)

The Legend Of Hercules (Movie)

TheLegendOfHerculesMain Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan

Review: 5.5 out of 10 stars.

The story surrounds how Hercules was born as half God of Zeus and how the father, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), was suspicious if the queen (Roxanne McKee) had been unfaithful. Eventually the mortal half brother (Liam Garrigan) and the father made Hercules exile to Egypt but Hercules fought to come back for his love Hebe (Gaia Weiss.)

It was a (more…)

David And Goliath (Book)

DavidAndGoliathAuthor: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre: psychology, self-help
Year Published: 2013
Rating: Decent read

www.amazon.com/David-Goliath-Underdogs-Misfits-Battling/dp/0316204366

Review: Gladwell frequently takes on a specific focus / point, illustrates with numerous examples to make sure readers understand a conceptual idea. His books are easy reading and once you get the point, all the examples from different angles will become apparent.

This book is written (more…)

Sycamore Row (Book)

SycamoreRowAuthor: John Grisham
Genre: crime, thriller, law, court
Year Published: 2013
Rating: Decent read

http://www.amazon.com/Sycamore-Row-John-Grisham/dp/0385537131

Review: With the same lawyer and team characters from A Time To Kill, after 24 years, here comes Brigance had to defend again in another high profile race related case. But this time it has more twists than arguments in court.

The story lies when a white billionaire hung himself who also did a new will and signed only by himself and no witnesses (holographic will) and was said to give (more…)

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