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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 | 31680 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 | 30121 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 | 16590 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 | 16492 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 | 10422 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 | 10087 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
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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 | 7041 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 | 6117 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 | 5894 Views

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The Spectacular Now-- Does it Live up to the Hype?

I was late to watching the film "The Spectacular Now." On Twitter, two young adult authors I admire praised the film: Stephen Chbosky ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower")...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Sep. 7, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Sep 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm | 4 comments | 5487 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 | 5356 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 | 5266 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 | 5066 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 | 5035 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 | 4579 Views

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Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's San Francisco

Just a few minutes away from Google headquarters and the Computer History Museum, my husband and I were watching a blank screen at Century 16. We were waiting for...

Original post made by Anita Felicelli on Aug. 13, 2013
Last comment by Dianna, on Aug 18, 2013 at 2:42 am | 8 comments | 4295 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 | 4150 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 | 4006 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 | 3714 Views
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Handmade truffle shop now open in downtown Palo Alto
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