This page contains my favorite items in categories like Movies, Music, Restaurants, etc (work in progress).

Quotes:

  • "There are two ways to argue with women… neither one helps"
  • "The most dangerous word in Atomic Physics is: Oops…"
  • Somebody was complaining about how hard Perl was to learn. Response: "If you have trouble coding in Perl, just let your cat walk on the keyboard for a while. Then you just have to debug it." (non-Perl coders won't get it)

Movies:

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  • Show the reviewHide the review"Likvidatsiya" (2007) 5/5

    2009-04-01 12:56
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    If you can understand Russian, you have to see this 14 episode TV mini-series is absolute brilliance, and the more you can relate to Jewish life in Odessa, the better the humor. The music, the acting, the plot - everything is just 10/10.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewGhost Town (2008) 5/5

    2008-12-13 17:11
    * * * * *

    My most favorite movie of this year so far! Brilliant and incredibly funny.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewFight Club (1999) 5/5

    2008-04-05 13:57
    * * * * *

    Unique and brilliant. Norton Pitt = killer combination. Classic.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewP.S. I Love You (2007) 5/5

    2008-01-07 00:45
    * * * * *

    Having no expectations going to see this movie, I was absolutely blown away by Hilary Swank (I usually don't like her) and Gerard Butler. The story and plot are great and the whole movie is very well put together. I guarantee, it will have you sobbing at least several times throughout the movie. Another must-see this year.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewCharlie Wilson's War (2007) 5/5

    2008-01-06 01:19
    * * * * *

    Brilliant freaking movie, showing the truth about CIA, the Soviets, and the war in Afghanistan in the 80s. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tom Hanks are superb, as is Julia Roberts (I can't believe I'm saying it). I absolutely loved the dialog and the plot. Highly recommended.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the review3:10 to Yuma (2007) 5/5

    2007-12-28 01:47
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    Absolutely amazing. I don't even like westerns, but this movie is a 10/10. Performances by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are out of this world. A must-see.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewOcean's Eleven (2001) 5/5

    2007-11-04 20:36
    * * * * *

    Very entertaining. Classic.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 5/5

    2007-08-04 17:10
    * * * * *

    Loved it. Matt Damon is one of my favorites since this series came out. This is the perfect finale for the Bourne series. Go and watch it.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) 5/5

    2007-06-30 16:29
    * * * * *

    One of the funniest and my most favorite movies of all time. Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen is the most hilarious crew in town. Love it and can watch every day.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Fountain (2006) 5/5

    2007-05-18 12:50
    * * * * *

    Absolutely phenomenal movie. Hugh Jackman's performance is stunning. One of my most favorite movies of all time.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBorat (2006) 5/5

    2007-02-05 11:40
    * * * * *

    This movie has absolutely the funniest scene I've ever seen. Hands down.

    0.3
  • Everything Is Illuminated (2005) 5/5

    2006-04-01 16:00
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSaw (2004) 5/5

    2005-09-19 12:42
    * * * * *

    Original, amazing thriller.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 4.5/5

    2010-03-02 11:57
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    I actually really liked it and thought it was too short (almost 3 hours). A strong 9.

    0.3
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 4.5/5

    2010-02-09 00:13
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewChangeling (2008) 4.5/5

    2009-04-16 13:24
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    Angelina Jolie's best role, without a doubt. Spectacular film with spectacular performances and plot. Loved it.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMilk (2008/I) 4.5/5

    2009-01-08 13:54
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    Sean Penn's best performance to date. A serious, funny, and important movie.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSeven Pounds (2008) 4.5/5

    2009-01-06 13:54
    * * * * +

    Excellent job, Smith - I was quite touched. Sad and amazing movie.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewGoodfellas (1990) 4.5/5

    2008-11-02 09:04
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    Classic! And I finally saw it. Scorsese - enough said.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewIron Man (2008) 4.5/5

    2008-05-03 22:43
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    Excellent movie, very well put together Marvel Comic. Great ending and a surprise scene past the end credits, be sure to stay and see them!

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMr. Brooks (2007) 4.5/5

    2008-03-07 20:42
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    As somebody put it on imdb: "This movie was not what I expected, but in a good way. I saw that Kevin Costner was in it, and figured it would be a light-hearted drama. Then I read that it was suspense, and figured he was a good-guy spy or something. Not so. I don't want to spoil exactly what Mr. Brooks is (even though it's revealed in the early part of the movie), but let's just say he's not a good guy. He is cold, brilliant, methodical, and heartless. Definitely not the traits we normally expect from Kevin Costner. And yet, it's fascinating to watch. I found myself rooting for him, and then had to kick myself because his character is so despicable. Top notch acting from him. Dane Cook seems an odd casting choice for a suspense thriller, and yet he is believable in his role as a cowardly average joe trying to get the better of Mr. Brooks. This movie is surprisingly graphic and brutal in some scenes. Yet it is so engrossing that you will be hooked on every twist and turn (and there are some good ones). Not for the faint of heart, not your normal Costner flick, but a very good movie."

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewCivic Duty (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-12-09 18:51
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    Civic Duty is excellent. I love the camera work, the controversy, the plot, and the ending. Brilliant!

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSuperbad (2007) 4.5/5

    2007-12-03 23:46
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    Instant classic! American Pie meets 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewEastern Promises (2007) 4.5/5

    2007-10-17 22:38
    * * * * +

    There's a new James Bond in town. This movie is massively entertaining, in a non-hollywood way. It's very sharp and brutal. Highly recommended.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewScoop (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-06-30 17:44
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    A great Woody Allen movie with an interesting plot, great acting, and humor. Plus it's got Scarlett Johansson!

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewKnocked Up (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-06-30 16:28
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    Genuinely funny and smart film from the crew that was in "The 40 Year Old Virgin". Great laughs.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Pursuit of Happyness (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-05-31 21:15
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    Loved this movie, it makes you realize how many things we take for granted every day. Will Smith gives a powerful performance. It's based in San Francisco too.

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  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-05-30 13:06
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewCasino Royale (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-04-05 11:42
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    Probably the best James Bond movie I've seen.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Notebook (2004) 4.5/5

    2007-01-28 01:48
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    Great movie, quite touching and deep.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewKisses and Caroms (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-01-14 23:12
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    Funny as hell! It's Clerks but better.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Departed (2006) 4.5/5

    2007-01-05 11:48
    * * * * +

    Great cast and acting, good plot. Oscar winner.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBrick (2005) 4.5/5

    2006-08-22 19:32
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    Dude. Watch this. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is my new favorite actor.

    0.3
  • Crash (2004/I) 4.5/5

    2006-07-20 16:57
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  • House of Sand and Fog (2003) 4.5/5

    2006-07-20 16:56
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Big Lebowski (1998) 4.5/5

    2005-02-26 13:48
    * * * * +

    The Dude.

    0.3
  • 127 Hours (2010) - IMDb 4/5

    2011-03-06 00:18
    * * * *
    0.3
  • TRON: Legacy (2010) - IMDb 4/5

    2010-12-26 00:43
    * * * *
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  • Inception (2010) 4/5

    2010-07-23 01:42
    * * * *
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  • The Ghost Writer (2010) 4/5

    2010-06-10 01:54
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAvatar (2009) 4/5

    2009-12-23 11:13
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    Absolutely stunning and mind blowing visual effects. The level of detail is unheard of. I can't imagine how much work was put into this movie - it seems impossible to create. The story, on the other hand, is a lot more mediocre and the movie is way too long - almost 3 hours. The end result, therefore, is definitely not a 10.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Hangover (2009) 4/5

    2009-11-20 22:35
    * * * *

    That was freaking hilarious. Seriously.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewStar Trek (2009) 4/5

    2009-10-24 22:13
    * * * *

    Really great sci-fi movie and I don't even watch the Star Trek TV show.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewYou Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) 4/5

    2009-09-28 21:51
    * * * *

    Freaking hilarious.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewKnowing (2009) 4/5

    2009-05-09 12:51
    * * * *

    Very, very entertaining, with moments of gayness (no offense to all gay people!) that are immediately wiped by the awesomeness of destruction in the new scenes. Even the fucked up final scene was awesome'd by total annihilation.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewDefiance (2008) 4/5

    2009-05-07 13:10
    * * * *

    Very entertaining. Daniel Craig fights Nazis, can it get any better?

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewGran Torino (2008) 4/5

    2009-01-10 13:53
    * * * *

    I liked Clint Eastwood? Impossible... but true. Very good movie.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAn American Crime (2007) 4/5

    2008-11-28 22:08
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    Sad and very touching depiction of a horrible true story. Great acting.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMisma luna, La (2007) 4/5

    2008-08-27 23:36
    * * * *

    Great, touching movie about a Mexican woman who traveled to the US for work and her son who followed her there.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewFelon (2008) 4/5

    2008-08-11 23:43
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    Great movie, had me shivering at points, especially towards the end. I love Val Kilmer's character and performance. And Marisol Nichols is beautiful as always.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Dark Knight (2008) 4/5

    2008-08-03 22:57
    * * * *

    Really great performance by Keith Ledger, the storyline is strong, the execution is excellent but no way in hell is this the best movie of all time (come on, imdb)

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Mist (2007) 4/5

    2008-06-25 23:37
    * * * *

    Overcome the cheesiness of the first alient scene, and the movie actually gets quite good. Love the ending!

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBreaking Vegas (2004) (TV) 4/5

    2008-06-20 00:12
    * * * *

    Excellent. '21' compared to this is total crap.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewUnited 93 (2006) 4/5

    2008-05-19 01:44
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    No comments.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Trap (Klopka) (2007) 4/5

    2008-04-12 13:52
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    Great foreign movie about an ordinary man who is forced to choose between life and death of his own child.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewFeast of Love (2007) 4/5

    2008-02-17 19:34
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    Great, insightful, sad movie. Well put together, it puts life in perspective.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Namesake (2006) 4/5

    2007-12-13 21:48
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    Great movie that shows life lessons on so many levels. Even though it has a lot of Bengali references, traditions, and language, The Namesake is a pleasure to watch. I didn't want it to end.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Ultimate Gift (2006) 4/5

    2007-12-12 00:25
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    Great, touching movie. Little Abigail Breslin is what makes this movie so special and touching. I love her performance and I think she's got a LOT ahead of her.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewShopgirl (2005) 4/5

    2007-12-03 23:54
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    I don't know why but this is a great movie to watch on a lonely (insert day of the week here) night.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewFreedom Writers (2007) 4/5

    2007-12-03 23:52
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    Surprisingly good movie about tough high school years in certain neighborhoods, racism, and persistence.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBreach (2007) 4/5

    2007-12-03 23:50
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    Great movie, brilliant performance by the Chris Cooper. Extra points for being based on a true story.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewHot Fuzz (2007) 4/5

    2007-12-03 23:49
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    Hilarious movie. Very fun to watch, especially towards the end.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBeowulf (2007) 4/5

    2007-12-03 23:40
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    Amazing animation. Average story.

    0.3
  • American Gangster (2007) 4/5

    2007-11-04 20:21
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    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMan of the Year (2006) 4/5

    2007-05-07 23:56
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    Not having great expectations, I actually liked this movie quite a lot. A comedian running for president? Very entertaining and politically thirst-quenching.

    0.3
  • 300 (2006) 4/5

    2007-04-05 11:39
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewEuroTrip (2004) 4/5

    2006-07-20 16:58
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    Mi Scusi!

    0.3
  • The Cooler (2003) 4/5

    2006-07-20 16:55
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    0.3
  • The Tourist (2010) - IMDb 3.5/5

    2011-03-30 22:33
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    0.3
  • The Fighter (2010) - IMDb 3.5/5

    2011-03-26 23:44
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    0.3
  • The Trotsky (2009) - IMDb 3.5/5

    2011-02-21 01:57
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    0.3
  • Law Abiding Citizen (2009) 3.5/5

    2010-02-19 23:13
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    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewYes Man (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-11-20 23:40
    * * * +

    Great movie. Kind of reminds me of Liar Liar by concept. Jim Carey is great as always.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBoiler Room (2000) 3.5/5

    2009-10-31 23:32
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    Pretty good movie, but the ending is horrible. I expected a lot better.

    0.3
  • Dan in Real Life (2007) 3.5/5

    2009-10-24 22:12
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Invention of Lying (2009) 3.5/5

    2009-10-04 12:07
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    Ecellent idea turned into a decent comedy. Loved the puns on religion. Gets pretty damn boring though, so only a 7/10.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewA Bronx Tale (1993) 3.5/5

    2009-09-05 20:01
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    A semi-decent gangster movie but it's lacking in plot and action. Only a 7 from me.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSunshine Cleaning (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-07-13 07:04
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    Cute.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Pink Panther 2 (2009) 3.5/5

    2009-06-29 01:15
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    Don't know why but the Pink Panther series always has me laughing hysterically. Steve Martin is a genius.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewTraitor (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-05-20 12:40
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    Decent, Don Cheadle is good, good old terrorist theme but in the end it's nothing too special.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAngels & Demons (2009) 3.5/5

    2009-05-19 12:45
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    Basically, this is National Treasure 3. Not bad at all though, I was entertained.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewValkyrie (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-05-16 12:46
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    Germans, Tom Cruise, Hitler, could have been a LOT better.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewNotorious (2009) 3.5/5

    2009-05-12 12:51
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    Life of Bigi, Notorious BIG. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't suck. Nice history lesson.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewTwilight (2008/I) 3.5/5

    2009-05-09 12:51
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    No comment. I liked it just a tiny bit.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSex Drive (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-04-26 13:23
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    Pretty decent for the subject of a high school movie. Road trip - check, Seth Green - check, Clark Duke (the obnoxious guy from GREEK) - surprisingly good and raunchy sometimes.

    0.3
  • The Secret Life of Bees (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-04-06 13:45
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  • Pride and Glory (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-03-05 13:47
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSlumdog Millionaire (2008) 3.5/5

    2009-02-06 13:51
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    Best movie evarrr? Don't think so.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewRole Models (2008) 3.5/5

    2008-11-16 01:00
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    This is a solid 7. I love the crew but this movie definitely doesn't pull off an 8 that imdb people think.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewTropic Thunder (2008) 3.5/5

    2008-09-20 14:27
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    Quite funny. I loved Jack Black and Tom Cruise the most, surprisingly. However, this is far from from becoming classic comedy.

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAmerican Psycho (2000) 3.5/5

    2008-09-01 14:37
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    Could have been a lot more. Bale is good but not great. Less ambiguity would have been better too.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Life Before Her Eyes (2007) 3.5/5

    2008-08-27 23:47
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    I thought it was quite good. Some people thought it was boring.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewDefinitely, Maybe (2008) 3.5/5

    2008-06-08 15:15
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    Not bad at all, a chick flick worth watching.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Darjeeling Limited (2007) 3.5/5

    2008-05-19 07:37
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    Original and humorous.

    0.3
  • Street Kings (2008) 3.5/5

    2008-05-11 23:49
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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) 3.5/5

    2008-05-10 20:24
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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Bucket List (2007) 3.5/5

    2008-04-08 21:38
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    Above mediocre but it still failed to capture me. Of course, the topic is tough and serious, but something is lacking.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewCloverfield (2008) 3.5/5

    2008-04-08 21:17
    * * * +

    Could be a lot better. Some things rubbed me the wrong way.

    0.3

TV Shows

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Rescue Me
  • The Unit
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • American Dad
  • Californication
  • 24
  • Prison Break
  • South Park
  • Journeyman

Music

  • Trance/Goa
  • Drum and Bass
  • House
  • Chillout/Ambient
  • Flamenco
  • Some rock
  • Some hip-hop

Restaurants:

  • Limon (Outstanding South American food.)
  • Bubba Gump (Cajun shrimp, mmmmmm!)
  • Cattlemen's (steak, cheese wedges, bread)
  • Chick'N'Coop SF (awesome chicken, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw dinner for $6! Serve it yourself)
  • Mikuni's (great sushi)
  • Palomino on Folsom and Embarcadero (great Paella, excellent shrimp and pasta)
  • Birley's Sandwiches in SF financial district (awesome sandwiches)
  • Ichiraku (2nd and Geary, great affordable sushi, fun chefs)
  • Bursa Kebab (West Portal, really good kebab and, really, everything on the menu)

Things I own and recommend:

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  • bag321

    I really want is the future superbad or Juno, but it is not