reviewed La Bête
Amiable, knowledgeable service. Super-cute décor. Did the prix fixe the first time and the salmon special the second. Everything has been exceptional and more than reasonably priced.
Only out of town idiots would fault the restaurant for not having adequate parking. The same type of people who order the hamburger, ask for it medium well, and ask for different condiments than listed on the menu.
commented on Can We Just Talk About Breaking Bad for a Minute?
Yeah, I think there's lots to be critical of, as well. Besides the fact that Jesse is still in it and Aaron Paul still can't act his way out of a paper bag . . .I'm just SO tired of "wouldn't it be cool if. . . " leading the storytelling and characters following the plot rather than the plot following the characters. Still, one of the better shows on tv. And Veronica Mars still kicks Hank's ass as far as TV detectives go.
Nov 9, 2012
commented on What Do You Think of the World War Z Trailer?
The book's biggest flaw was it's oral history idea. There is no peril because you knew the storytellers lived. I was hoping the movie would eliminate that by showing things as they happened. I liked some of the idea in the book--like the samurai sword stuff and how the plague spread, but who really cares about a horror story told after the fact from the survivor's POV?
Jul 23, 2012
commented on End Game
Feels like Paul wrote this before he saw it. Wish The Stranger would have had someone else review it.
"Batman Begins" is Nolan's best Batman, hands down. The Saw-esque "Dark Knight" and way-over-infalted "Rises" had little character development (apparently most of the development between "Knight" and "Rises" happened off screen), and all also have the thinnest of plots. As Jim Emerson has stated "Good vs. Evil" is not a theme.
I hate these movies where the ending is decided first and they write backwards to make the first 2 acts lead to (a ridiculous) climax. It's like the opposite of JJ Abrams who writes a good setup but doesn't know how to pay off.
And don't even get me started on the janky-ass setups and poor editing. What's the point of $3mil set piece that isn't filmed so you know what's going on.
Gimme Whedon's brainless yet cohesive Avengers over Nolan's disjointed, overblown, proseltyzing mess.
May 7, 2012
commented on It's Too Soon to Discuss Last Night's Mad Men..
The Megan character is awful and I side w/ Michael Ausiello that Weiner's obsession w/ Pare will be the main reason "Mad Men" doesn't win best drama this year. This whole season is pretty bad, actually. Pete and the chick from Gilmore Girls, the new Long Island pitch kid, Peggy's relationship. There was promise the first couple eps. w/ the subtle racism themes and Joan and the bad guy from Fringe, but this season doesn't have it, as far as I'm concerned.