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Is HBO's Silicon Valley Any Good?

HBO's new show Silicon Valley opens with has-been Kid Rock playing for a badly attended corporate gala where nobody is listening to him. He finally...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Apr. 13, 2014
Last comment by member, 1 hour ago | 23 comments | 2165 Views

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Is Frozen the First Feminist Disney Movie?

In the last few months dealing with multiple bouts of the worst flu ever, we've been watching a lot of family-friendly animated movies on the Disney...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jan. 3, 2014
Last comment by Suzie, on Feb 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm | 22 comments | 20561 Views

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Why "The Desolation of Smaug" is So Disappointing

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn't terrible, but it's not great either, at least not for those fans that preferred the well-paced...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Dec. 14, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Feb 1, 2014 at 11:45 am | 30 comments | 8669 Views

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Cijjo - Outstanding New Tapas Restaurant

One of my New Year's resolutions this year was to eat out less and cook more. But when I got an email from Mountain View's treasured restaurant expert Max Hauser...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jan. 24, 2014
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Jan 30, 2014 at 8:50 am | 6 comments | 2791 Views

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Is "American Hustle" the Best Movie of the Year?

"Abscam" was a sting operation of 1978-1980, which resulted in the conviction of six corrupt members of the U.S House of Representatives, a U.S. senator,...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Dec. 21, 2013
Last comment by roubert coumpoung, on Jan 27, 2014 at 7:42 am | 6 comments | 5041 Views

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The Academy's Snub of "Inside Llewyn Davis"

The Oscar nominations were recently announced, and who got snubbed seems to be a bigger deal than who was nominated. In particular, I noticed much disappointment...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jan. 18, 2014
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm | 28 comments | 3823 Views

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Is "Her" a Response to "Lost in Translation"?

Note: In more straightforward reviews, I avoid spoiling potential viewers. However, this particular post contains spoilers. It is intended for people who either...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jan. 10, 2014
Last comment by Movie lover, on Jan 11, 2014 at 8:51 am | 3 comments | 8857 Views

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Favorite Fiction and Television Storytelling of 2013

UNESCO reported that there were 292,037 books published in the United States in 2011. With the rise of self-publishing and an increasing number of small presses,...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Dec. 27, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Dec 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm | 2 comments | 2295 Views

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It's About Time Hollywood Made a Good Romance

Five or six years ago, I lived with a roommate who loved and owned a DVD copy of "Love, Actually," which was written and directed by Richard Curtis (also the writer...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Nov. 9, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Dec 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm | 38 comments | 13279 Views

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The Visual Magic of "The Great Beauty"

Director Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty opens with a quote from Louis Celine's novel Journey to the End of Night that includes the line:...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Dec. 7, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Dec 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | 8 comments | 3528 Views

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Blue Line Pizza—yay or nay?

Blue Line is a train that runs 19.5 miles between O'Hare Airport and downtown Chicago. It is also the name of a great deep-dish pizza place on Castro Street in Mountain...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Sep. 14, 2013
Last comment by CW, on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:44 am | 14 comments | 3075 Views

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Q & A with Zach Gospe, 17-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter

Unlike involvement in Habitat for Humanity or student government or sports, independent artistic pursuits aren't an automatic plus for college applications,...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Nov. 29, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Dec 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm | 5 comments | 4641 Views

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Why Catching Fire is So Much Better Than the First Hunger Games Movie

As most people know, Catching Fire is the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, but while the second novel sometimes feels phoned-in...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Nov. 22, 2013
Last comment by Connie, on Dec 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm | 32 comments | 9221 Views

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Early Impressions of Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas is an upscale restaurant or izakaya located at 1036 Castro Street, the second location of a very popular establishment in Cupertino of...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Nov. 16, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Nov 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm | 4 comments | 11477 Views

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Where to Get the Best Samosas During Diwali

While eating at one of several high-end local Indian restaurants last month, I had a craving for samosas. I ordered the "cocktail" samosas, but was totally disappointed....

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Nov. 2, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:09 am | 22 comments | 3505 Views

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Should You Read Dave Eggers' "The Circle"?

In Dave Eggers' latest novel "The Circle," Mae Holland is a 24-year-old college graduate working at a dead-end job in a small town near Fresno when her college roommate...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Oct. 26, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Nov 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm | 10 comments | 5008 Views

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Honeycreek: Chinese Tearoom and Lounge

Honeycreek is a relatively new and decadent Chinese tearoom and lounge located at 124 Castro Street that serves Taiwanese bubble tea, hot tea, desserts, snack food...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Oct. 19, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm | 4 comments | 4925 Views

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Why See "Warrior Class"?

TheaterWorks opened its season with "Warrior Class," a riveting play by Kenneth Lin. In the play, Julius Lee (played by Pun Bandhu) is a Chinese-American junior...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Oct. 10, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Oct 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm | 2 comments | 2200 Views

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The Most Delicious Thai Food is in a Strip Mall

It's always a bit tricky explaining to visitors from out-of-town that strip mall restaurants are among the best restaurants in Mountain View. Shana Thai Restaurant,...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Oct. 5, 2013
Last comment by Max Hauser, on Oct 11, 2013 at 10:35 am | 13 comments | 3418 Views

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Meet Eric Schlosser at Books, Inc. on 10/3 at 7:00 pm

On September 18, 1980, the United States economy was in a recession. "The Waltons" was facing cancellation and radio stations were playing "Do That To Me One More...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Sep. 29, 2013
Last comment by David Wyznewski, on Oct 1, 2013 at 7:22 am | 8 comments | 2070 Views
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Veggie Grill coming soon to Mountain View's San Antonio Center
By Elena Kadvany | 20 comments | 3,311 views

Is HBO's Silicon Valley Any Good?
By Anita Felicelli | 23 comments | 2,165 views

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By Janet Lafleur | 8 comments | 1,883 views

Finding mentors in would-be bosses
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Analyze data yourself with R - a fast growing language for statistics, forecasting and graphs
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