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My world in a nutshell:  Born in the humble beach town of Ventura, CA I went to UCLA with ambitions to pursue journalism and film.  I studied literature and picked up Italian on the side, which led to a life-changing 10-month study abroad experience in Trento and Padua, Italy.  Graduating in Dec '07, I took my journalims … more

reviewed Polo Shirt. May 31, 2009
Polo Shirt
         Piven working the Polo.  There was a time when I thought polo shirts were only for people who dressed like they were about to golf.  I was …
reviewed Geox. May 24, 2009
                          I bought a pair of Geox "Raptor" shoes not too …
reviewed Bruschetta. May 16, 2009
Ingredients for 4 servings    2 Roma Tomatoes  1 Small loaf of sour dough bread  4 Basil leaves  1 Garlic clove  Extra virgin olive oil  Salt …
reviewed Chris Brown. March 13, 2009
Chris Brown
Of all the top hip-hop songs of 2008, one will live on my "Dance"  iTunes playlist for a long time:  Chris Brown's "Forever."      Released in May 2008, the best part …
reviewed Father's Office. March 12, 2009
Father's office
Father's Office is home to the greatest burger and a vast selection of beers and wines.  Originating in Santa Monica and with a second restaurant three times as big in Culver City, the "gastropub" …
reviewed Tito's Tacos. March 12, 2009
Tito's Tacos
The reason Tito's always has a sizable line at any hour of the day are for three reasons: tacos, salsa and prices.  If you're looking for an authentic Mexican taco of meat, onion and cilantro on …
reviewed Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. March 09, 2009
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
When it comes to finding a "third place" outside of work or home to meet a friend, read a book, write fiction or just chill with a cappucino, I go for Coffee Bean.  In particular, two Los Angeles …
reviewed W. (2008 movie). March 09, 2009
W. (Full Screen) (2008)
I never thought I would say this, but I was genuinely charmed and touched by the George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's poignant "W."  Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser have crafted a funny, illuminating …
reviewed The Met HD Opera Screenings. March 08, 2009
The world famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York allows anyone in the world to catch a live opera performance in the comfort of their local movie theater, and the experience is well worth it.  …
reviewed Watchmen (2009 film). March 05, 2009
Fanboys rejoice!  Director Zack Snyder, of "300" fame, has faithfully adapted Alan Moore's acclaimed graphic novel "Watchmen" with intensity, style and passion.    The film has a few …
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October 01, 2009
Glad I found your profile!! I'm siked to check out your Italian food reviews. We must share recipes. Marone a mi!!
September 10, 2009
Dude, where have you been?
May 26, 2009
I'm hoping we'll see a "Terminator Salvation" review from you soon! :)
May 28, 2009
Honestly, Lunch users beat me to the punch to the bunch b/c, like @jbeswick, I was disappointed with the film!  A hyper mess with a dull story.  However, it did yield good laughs as my friends and I attacked every sci-fi cliche on screen.  Christian Bale: "oh no!  terminator is attacking, I better shoot the giant container of lava above it ...whooops...didn't work...how about that pipe spewing liquid nitrogen?  Whoops...didn't work..." etc. 
May 28, 2009
Well, that was direct recall of the second film in which young John Connor saw the "good" Terminator use the same tactics to slow down the "bad" Terminator, so that cliche as you refer to it was actually an intentional reference to T2.
May 30, 2009
Reference or not, it didn't fit in with the new Terminator film that tried to be a serious sci-fi flick, rather than the more entertaining and over-the-top days of T1 and T2. There's a distinct tone change in this new one that doesn't pay homage to the glory of Arnold and the kid.
May 30, 2009
Well, there I agree, but that's been common in films of recent years. Notice the change of tone in the new Bond films and the new Star Trek. Apparently, we've entered the age of taking everything too seriously whereas in the '80s and '90s nothing was sacred. Too bad, especially for a guy like me with an irreverent sense of humor. Oh, well. the more serious people take things the sharper the satirical edge in my reviews I guess. :)
May 31, 2009
I see that in some movies, but Star Trek was quite funny, and we're mainly referring to summer blockbusters.  Fortunately, there's still Woody Allen's Whatever Works to keep everyone playfully cynical and amused.
June 02, 2009
Yeah, I don't know... I sort of got off the Woody Allen bandwagon when he started having sex with his own adopted daughter. When's he going to realize that he's an unattractive and only marginally talented filmmaker who continually casts himself as a neurotic sex symbol?
June 02, 2009
What an artist does in his personal life should not have an effect on how you judge his work.  If that was the case, nobody would listen to Wagner because he was a Nazi...who made beautiful music.  I think Allen's lack of sex appeal is one of his great attributes because he's an average looking guy with hilarious, self-deprecating commentary on the world of dating, living in New York and even philosophy (see Hanna and Her Sisters).  I love how he toys with the audience in creative ways, like in Annie Hall when he breaks the 4th wall or images life as a cartoon character.
June 02, 2009
To a certain extent I agree. I too love Wagner's music as well as Orff's, and as you point out you can love a work of art while loathing the artist (Hitler himself was a talented painter despite being a human monster). Still, I think i'm biased against Woody these days. Somehow I feel he's lost his edge and tried to regain it by being as sexist as possible. Even his recent dramas all have the same themes and include men who take advantage of women who are unwilling to see through their shallow exteriors. He is, however, great at getting actors to give their best efforts (evident in "Vicky Christina Barcelona" most recently).
May 19, 2009
no new reviews yet, bud? I'll be back...any chance for a review for "Angels and Demons"?
May 26, 2009
It was mediocre at best... okay I'm being generous. It pretty much sucked. 2 stars out of 5. The book was great though.
May 31, 2009
aw no....I guess I made the right decision in skipping it.
May 10, 2009
I see you've changed your screenname--formerly known as "Movie Man eh?
May 12, 2009
"What's in name? That which we call a cinephile By any other name would be just as movie obsessed."
May 12, 2009
he heh.
May 12, 2009
Yeah, only now I'm thinking that you go to the theatres just for the popcorn and not the films. :)
May 13, 2009
I have been known to grab a cocktail at the Arclight in Hollywood, steal their amazing popcorn and run out before my parking expires.
May 15, 2009
:) Smart man.
May 18, 2009
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