Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Movie Time

July 21, 2009


Latest flicks I checked out on Netflix:

Rachel Getting MarriedGood acting and one of the coolest fake weddings I’ve seen. Wish I was a guest!

ReligulousBill Maher lays the smackdown on faith with a healthy dose of skepticism.


Food, Inc.

July 5, 2009



On Friday, we checked out the film Food, Inc

It was an enlightening film along the lines of The Corporation and An Inconvenient Truth.

Food Inc. exposes the food industry, revealing among other things:

  • The use of corn as a cheap universal food and corn products seeping into candy, soft drinks and almost everything in one’s cupboard
  • The handful of powerful companies (and the politicians in bed with them) that dominate the industry
  • The poor treatment of farmers, workers and the cattle and chickens that eventually make their way to our plates (and how their illnesses can become ours)

So, how can we combat this? Here are 10 tips and even more suggestions are here.

Where I’ve Been

July 5, 2009

Sunday – Had a picnic in Prospect Park. Tried Franny’s pizza again that night and still don’t think it’s worth the hype. We liked Grimaldi’s much better.

Wednesday – Met up with my friend JY at Soda Bar in Prospect Heights. Gotta love that their happy hour goes from noon to 7pm. Afterwards, he grabbed a slice at Brooklyn Pizza Factory. Then we checked out Weather Up – a speakeasy type place with great decor and high-end cocktails. It has a nice vibe and a terrific outdoor patio. I tried the Sazerac (rye whiskey and bitters) and it went down easy.

Here’s a pic that I took of their drink menu:


Thursday – We ventured out to my friend LC’s condo in the Slope and have drinks on her balcony. It rained cats and dogs but we stayed dry and nice to see a rainbow appear afterwards…


Friday – We explored Fort Greene, Brooklyn and stumbled across 67 Burger. We got a cheeseburger with sauteed mushrooms and side order of fries. It was tasty and no wonder they’ve gotten good reviews. After, we headed to BAM to watch the film, Food Inc.

Movie Time

June 28, 2009

Recently watched these via Netflix…

Hotels for DogsI didn’t think this would be good and it wasn’t but like any sap with a soft spot for dogs, I did like the scenes with the pooches.

Bottle RocketIt was interesting to see the debut of the Wilson boys and Wes Anderson in this “oddball gem”.

Movie Time

June 20, 2009

HelveticaI watched this film about typography and graphic design the other day and really liked it. Apparently, it was designed back in 1957 by Max Miedinger to “create a neutral typeface that had great clarity, no intrinsic meaning, and could be used on a wide variety of signage.”

Helvetica is pretty ubiquitous with some of its uses including: the logos for American Airlines, American Apparel, AT&T, Microsoft, Apple, BMW and the NYC Transit Authority.

Before SunriseI didn’t like it as much as I used to. Have I just gotten unromantic and jaded?


June 7, 2009

New Flicks I’m Interested In

Whatever WorksWoody Allen. Larry David. New York City. ‘Nuff said.

Away We GoA quirky couple in John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Rudolph (SNL). Screenplay by Dave Eggers. Music by indie-rocker Alexi Murdoch. A recipe for success or a heart-breaking work of disappointment? We’ll find out.

BrunoPrepare to be offended AND to laugh out loud.

G.I. JoeLet’s get things straight – this is going to be an awful film. But my childhood nostalgia for the action figures, cartoon and comic book are too strong to be denied.

Objectified – A documentary about manufactured objects and the people who design them.

Old Flicks to Check Out for 1st Time

The Warriors1979 cult classic about gangs in NYC.

Bottle RocketWes Anderson’s directorial debut.

Glengarry Glen RossA.B.C. – Always Be Closing.

Where I’ve Been

May 24, 2009

Sunday – Dinner at Al di La with friends B & L. 

Monday – Office outing at Lombardi’s. Then headed home for dinner with my wife and in-laws who were in town for her grad school commencement.

Tuesday – We met up with my wife’s parents at their hotel and then made our way to Teresa’s for breakfast. Afterwards, we strolled down the promenade.


Next, we ventured up north for the ceremony and reception. Congrats to my wife for kicking butt in grad school and thanks to B & L for joining us at the commencement!

We finished the evening with drinks with my in-laws back at their hotel.

Wednesday – My wife and her folks stopped by my office and watched some of the Fleet Week festivities on the Hudson.


In the evening, I met up with them for dinner at Peperoncino.

Thursday – Time to say goodbye to the in-laws with dinner at Burrito Bar. It was nice seeing them.

Saturday – Saw the matinee showing of Terminator Salvation and it was pretty entertaining. Stopped by Trader Joe’s and picked up a few items before walking back home.

Monday – Picnic in Central Park with friends.

The Media Download

April 12, 2009

Film – I really enjoyed watching the documentary Man On Wire via Netflix.The film chronicles Philippe Petit‘s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center.

Music – I’m enjoying the new Metric album, Fantasies.

Things I’ve Watched, Read, Thought….

April 5, 2009

Branding – Sci Fi Channel is changing their name to ‘SyFy’. Really, SciFi? Because it was the spelling that was nerdy?

Word – The New Yorker – In “Author, Author?”, David Sedaris reflects on book tour culture

Film – Yesterday, I watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist on demand. It was entertaining enough but not that funny or original. 

TV – The other day I watched an old program on Current TV – Sigur Ros @ the MoMA. It was pretty good and I liked their song “Gobbledigook”.

Where I’ve Been

January 25, 2009

What’s with this crappy cold weather?

A brief rundown of events (or lack thereof) of the weekend…

Friday – Had dinner at Al di La. Definitely our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood and consistently delivers. Why bother going anywhere else? We started with the steamed mussels and my wife had the gnocchi with pork ragu while I chose the braised lamb shank.

Saturday – It’s errand day. Grocery shopping. Dog walking. Laundry. We throw in some geeky sci-fi viewing by watching latest episode of Battlestar Galactica (which is disappointing me by the way), new episode of Lost (which is exceeding my expectations), and conclude with X-Files: I Want to Believe on Netflix DVD, which was a colossal waste of time!