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First Impression of Chennai Kings

Chennai Kings is a small restaurant just finishing its soft run over at 856 El Camino Real in Mountain View—its hard opening is next week. The restaurant is...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jul. 30, 2014
There are no comments yet. 155 Views

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Richard Linklater's Masterpiece "Boyhood"

Believe the hype. Richard Linklater's Boyhood is an unparalleled look at a family over the passage of time. It was filmed over 12 years, starting...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Jul 25, 2014 at 11:53 am | 5 comments | 1425 Views

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It's the End of the World as We Know It: "Snowpiercer"

Back in the day, direct to video meant a movie was bad, but some excellent movies have been released for streaming VOD while still in the theaters over...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jul. 16, 2014
Last comment by Howard S., on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:49 am | 1 comment | 1707 Views

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Life Itself - Documentary about Roger Ebert

Life Itself is an honest portrait—by turns deeply moving and funny—of America's most beloved film critic Roger Ebert, named after his memoir of the same title...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jul. 9, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jul 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm | 13 comments | 1282 Views

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Maleficent's Backstory

The power of folktales lies in their retelling. They migrate across cultures, taking on the contemporary anxieties of whatever society does the retelling,...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jun. 4, 2014
Last comment by Rebecca Grimm, on Jul 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm | 3 comments | 1548 Views

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World Cup Madness

Apologies - I haven't had a chance to go to the movies or do anything I would write about in-depth here. Why? World Cup! My husband and I are both fanatical World...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jun. 23, 2014
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Jul 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm | 2 comments | 1006 Views

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Can a Song Save Your Life?

Can a Song Save Your Life? was the original title of Begin Again, a fun indie quasi-romance written and directed by John Carney, who also...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jul. 3, 2014
Last comment by The Answer, on Jul 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm | 1 comment | 1632 Views

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Fascinating Short Film: Interviews with Kids Whose Parents Work in Silicon Valley

I watched an interesting short film by Mike Mills yesterday: A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone. Previously at the SF MOMA, the...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jun. 15, 2014
There are no comments yet. 2281 Views

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Does the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars Get it Right?

The most problematic thing about the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars is in its opening lines. The lines are a voiceover by Hazel Grace...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Jun. 7, 2014
Last comment by randy albin, on Jun 13, 2014 at 11:18 am | 3 comments | 2015 Views

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Starting Summer with Jon Favreau's Independent Comedy "Chef"

Jon Favreau's Chef is a charming comedy about a chef whose inexperience with the Internet causes him to lose his job. The effortless chattiness...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on May. 26, 2014
Last comment by Victor, on May 31, 2014 at 11:51 am | 1 comment | 1750 Views

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Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" v. James Franco's "Palo Alto"

A year ago I was browsing Goodreads reviews, and noticed one by a co-founder of Goodreads (who I went to Gunn High School with) criticizing James Franco's...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on May. 18, 2014
Last comment by Resident, on May 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm | 11 comments | 3791 Views

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Mother's Day

If you follow this blog, its most consistent critique is that our cultural products should place greater value on art, originality, empathy and diversity. These...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on May. 10, 2014
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on May 13, 2014 at 7:33 am | 10 comments | 2770 Views

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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 20+ year tech resident, on May 11, 2014 at 7:09 am | 25 comments | 7308 Views

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"The Railway Man" Falls Flat

Playing at CinéArts Palo Alto Square, The Railway Man adapts war veteran Eric Lomax's 1995 memoir. The story tells of how Lomax was tortured by...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on May. 5, 2014
Last comment by Dave Glassman, on May 9, 2014 at 10:27 am | 8 comments | 2944 Views

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Q & A with Local Author Jaya Padmanabhan

Jaya Padmanabhan's debut short story collection Transactions of Belonging was published by Leadstart Publishing yesterday. I met Jaya when we...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Apr. 26, 2014
Last comment by P.Mahadevan, on May 9, 2014 at 9:20 am | 1 comment | 3321 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 Angel, on Apr 27, 2014 at 8:36 pm | 31 comments | 16882 Views

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"The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden"

Who has never dreamed of absolute freedom? For some of us, that dream involves an island and a reclusive existence. Talented local filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Apr. 19, 2014
There are no comments yet. 11433 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 | 31993 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 | 3579 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 | 6176 Views
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