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Cuban Fury (Movie)

CubanFuryMain Cast: Nick Frost, Rasihda Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Kayvan Novak

Review: 7.2 out of 10 stars.

This movie will make you want to move with the music, just as salsa always does.

Simple story about a boy who was excellent and passionate about salsa dancing but was teased and assaulted and gave it all up. Growing up he (Frost) became a big boy (obese man really) and falls for his new boss (Jones.) He wants to go back to salsa dance to her heart but his obvious sex-thought-protruding-out-of-his-head (more…)

Trou Normand (Eat/Drink)

TrouNormandRating: Excellent Where: SOMA, San Francisco, CA (140 Montgomery Street between Mission Street and Howard Street, part of the renovated AT & T Building) Review: From the same crew of Bar Agricole, here comes another excellent Trou Normand. Their cocktails are rich with a good refreshing sense. You could still order your typical Old Fashioned, but go with their signature drinks from Bar Agricole, or much better yet, get the (more…)

Sabotage (Movie)

SabotagearnoldschwarzeneggerMain Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Olivia Williams, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Kevin Vance, Mark Schlegel

Review: 7 out of 10 stars.

Terminator and producer Bill Block decided to show up and introduced the movie. He and his famous line, “I’d be back!” were present and cheered up the crowd while most people were too busy taping and taking pictures of him. He looked energized with a face looking shiny.


The movie plot was a bit silly about a bunch of DEA agents who were party animals, drug addicts, and alcoholics as part of their stint so they can infiltrate the drug lords and other gangster groups, mainly from Mexico. The plot sounds familiar with the exception (more…)

Winter’s Tale (Book)

WintersTaleAuthor: Mark Helprin
Genre: fantasy, romance, mythical, adventure
Year Published: 2005
Rating: Good

Adapted to the same name movie by Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay:

The movie only took on a few (more…)

Linea Coffee (Eat/Drink)

LineaCaffeRating: Solid Good
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (3417 18th Street between Mission Street and Valencia  Street)

Review: Linea redefines coffee and waffles. Their beans have (more…)

The Wind Rises (Movie)

TheWindRisesMain Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinki, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Grey, Wiliam H. Macy

Review: 8.5 out of 10 stars.

Review is for the English dubbed version.

The Wind Rises is a refreshing anime without Hollywood chaotic CGI or flashy 3D. You can’t even tell the dubbed voices were from some well known actors/actresses. It’s most (more…)

Muppets Most Wanted (Movie)

MuppetsMostWantedMain Cast: Steve Whitmire, Eric Jocabson, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ray Liotta, Ty Burrell, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Sean Combs (Diddy)

Review: 6.5 out of 10 stars.

The whole Kermit series has always been a bit dry. And if not enough, the movie doubled (more…)

Need For Speed (Movie)

NeedForSpeedMain Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez

Review: 7.2 out of 10 stars.

Many people did not like the movie and heavily compared it with Fast & Furious series. But there are differences.

This movie uses a weaker plot but heavily uses the driver’s (more…)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie)

TheGrandBudapestHotel.jpgMain Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda, Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Billy Murray, Mathieu Amalric, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

Review: 8 out of 10 stars.

Very Anderson movie with the colorful, imaginative dream like stop-motion scenes about Gustave’s life as the concierge of the Budapest Hotel and all the people surrounding and relating to him. His life with Madame D., while close, as many of his “concierge” services to many of his other clients, men and women, was even more personal.

This ultimately changes his (more…)

Divergent (Movie)

DivergentMain Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn

Review: 8.3 out of 10 stars.

Based on the book by Veronica Roth.

Many compared this with The Hunger Games for its women empowering style and most men (except 1 good guy and 1 villain) were weak in character / strength, the scifi fantasy into the future, the segregation of human kinds based on new criteria. Shailene Woodley even looks similar to Jennifer Lawrence with a round, fresh face.

Divergent is about the new (more…)

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