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Common? Anything But

August 28, 2010 2 comments

I paid a quick visit to the new tapas lounge/restaurant Common last night, in the Austin St. mall, and, while we did not stick around to have anything to eat or drink, we were quite impressed with the upscale look of the venue that they have created. We were especially surprised to discover that they have actually created a garden in the back (who knew the Austin mall even had an open air space back there? I certainly didn’t!) where you can dine and where they will soon have a full bar. The staff, all of whom were very friendly and welcoming, said they will be rolling out their full menu in the coming week. Until then, you can feast your eyes on these pictures:

Hollywood Hills, Continued

August 28, 2010 1 comment
Mildred Pierce (film)

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Here’s a good article detailing all of the movies about to open that were recently filmed in Queens, including here in Forest Hills, where a remake of of the Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce was shot several months ago.

By the way, I mentioned this in a post when I first started this blog, but my goodness, was this not the worst summer in memory for movies? What crap! I can’t ever recall a summer where I spent less time in the darkened, air conditioned coziness of a movie theater!

A lot of really good stuff has been written about the quality, or lack thereof, of today’s movies, but all I can say is, what a tragedy! To not have one decent summer blockbuster all season long that appeals to adults as well as kids? That’s amazing. I wonder how long they can keep that up before the studio execs that brought us this summer’s crap lose their jobs. I mean, how many more billion-dollar grossing Titanic’s or Avatars will it take to get the point across that there is an audience out there of middle aged adults who love going to the movies–as long as there is an actual story and the movie isn’t loaded with special effects just for the sake of special effects?!

Along these lines, did you hear that they are actually making a movie based on the game Battleship? You remember that game – the “You sunk my battleship!” one. Well, if you’re thinking, “I don’t remember there being much of a plot to that game,” well, you’re absolutely right. Just my point. Did they really have to spend tons of money for the movie rights to the game Battleship? I mean, they might as well make a movie called Submarine and not have to pay the money to Milton Bradley, or whoever they forked it over to.

Well, on the bright side, at least we now have high-def TV’s and can now watch some quality stuff in our own homes! Watching Rubicon and Mad Men at home doesn’t quite make up for the excitement of going to the movies, especially on a hot summer day, but it’s better than nothing.

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