Monday, April 24, 2006

Movie Review

Matchstick Men… Nicholas Cage stars in this one. And although the reviews ran about 75% in favor of it, I was (we were) 100% in favor. The film did exactly what a good film should do and that’s to entertain. Great twisted ending(s). Some profanity but wasn’t overdone.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Rice Bowl - on the Esplanade

We went back to the Rice Bowl restaurant last night and I can report that it was a pretty good meal...but first a few comments. It was partly our fault, we really need to speak up when we are seated next to another party when the restaurant is only 20% filled as it was when we arrived last night. And sure enough...we were seated next to a chatty crowd, making our own conversation difficult. OK, so why does this happen? Wouldn't it be a nice gesture to seat everyone with a buffer of at least one table between them? But, as I said...we should have spoken up. And we will.

The service was good and there were no delays. And this restaurant has both a Chinese and a Japanese menu...feel free to order from either one. I went for the Japanese menu, ordering the Miso soup, a Salmon Skin salad and a Volcano roll with Spicy Tuna. The miso was slightly salty and missing the rich taste I am so fond of. It was sort of watery? But the Salmon Skin Salad was a winner! Lightly fried strips of salmon skin with a fancy selection of greenery. The Volcano roll was also a good choice. Spicy tuna sushi with a fancy orange cap of ground salmon. The rest of our party had Chinese and reported that it was quite good as well.

I guess we'll be back. I would give it 3.75 stars...I would have given them 4 stars, but they serve no non-alcoholic beer. That's a must for any restaurant that wants my business on a regular basis.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

And Another review...

Hmmm? I can't even remember the title? That tells you a lot about the quality of the movie. OK, it was the movie about Tom Hanks playing an Eastern European traveler who gets stuck in the airport terminal in New York. was mostly a movie about Tom Hanks trying to sound as if he were an Eastern European. By the way, he isn't. The whole "accent" thing put me off. The script? Poor. Plausible? Not even. Give it 2 stars.

Cold Mountain - A review

We watched this movie last night and once again I came away convinced that reading the book is a far more entertaining experience than watching the movie. Not that it wasn't a riveting was, and we were held captive to it for the entire 150+ minutes.

But in a movie, the violence is, well, it's violent. In a book, your imagination is sufficient. You don't need to be slapped in the face with it to know it...

The book was rich with language and this movie was short on riches. It relied on star power to make it a box office hit. I might have enjoyed it more if the actors had been "unknowns". I would give it 3 stars.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


We watched a most provocative movie last night…The Magdalene Sisters. (2003) Sad and startling. Sad because it was true. Startling because it happened just a short time ago. Read the reviews. I couldn’t expand on any of the reviews. I can only say that I was outraged by it…5 stars.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Kalyn's Kitchen
My news aggregator brought me this might like it. I certainly did.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Great Performances
Great gotta see it if it shows again.
But tonight, Frontline has a special on Meth that should be seen.