Sunday, April 25, 2010

go pho yourself.

Posted on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM

See, if you spoke Vietnamese, you'd know that I just said something rude. (Of course, many of you assume that I'm being rude no matter what I say, which, OK, fair enough.) But see, phở is pronounced "fuh," not "foe," so ... yeah, you get it. Since Orlando is so...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Show and sell

A visual and gastronomic feast are cause for Celebration

Posted on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Celebration outpost of the world-renowned Columbia restaurant is practically embryonic when compared to the grande dame in Ybor City, the chain's flagship locale widely considered to be Florida's oldest restaurant. But founder Casimiro Hernandez's century-old recipes live on in the hamlet that Disney built (as well as at five...

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Mother superior

Bong Joon-ho does it again with a twisty mystery

Posted on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

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Mother Studio: Magnolia Pictures Rated: R Cast: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin, Jin Gu, Yun Je-mun Director: Bong Joon-Ho WorkNameSort: Mother Our Rating: 4.00 South Korean murder mystery Mother opens with the titular matron, played with grace and simmering tones by Kim Hye-ja, in an open field, alone and dancing gently...

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In the company of the Corsican

French prison movie presents a meaty course

Posted on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

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A Prophet Studio: Sony Pictures Classics Rated: R Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, , , Hichem Yacoubi Director: Jacques Audiard WorkNameSort: Prophet, A Our Rating: 4.00 Attempting to find a starting point to discuss last year's Best Foreign Film Academy Award nominee A Prophet reminds me of its protagonist, freshman...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Corporate tools

A terrific new film about capitalismâ??s tipping point

Posted on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

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The Joneses Studio: Roadside Attractions Rated: R Cast: David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Gary Cole, Ben Hollingsworth Director: Derrick Borte WorkNameSort: Joneses, The Our Rating: 4.00 He may work for the Fox Business Network, but financial guru Dave Ramsey is usually right, and never more so than his mantra,...

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Snark, the conquering hero

Superhero send-up is just lazy enough to work

Posted on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

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Kick-Ass Studio: Lionsgate Rated: R Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage Director: Matthew Vaughn WorkNameSort: Kick-Ass Our Rating: 3.00 Dave Lizewski is an archetypal teenage nerd: He can barely talk to girls, he can hardly stop masturbating and he can't stop wondering what would...

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Coal pizza

Posted on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

'Our pizza is well done,â?� state the numerous 'warning signsâ?� at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, an upscale chain in the Whole Foods plaza specializing in Brooklyn-style thin-crust pie. The 'well doneâ?� here amounts to a slightly blackened undercrust with a flavor akin to charred toast. Now, I like the taste...

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Working on the chain gang

Traditional Thai eatery offers alternative SoDo dining

Posted on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The SoDo complex may not have led an architectural revival on South Orange Avenue, but the recent community development (opened in October 2008) has sparked a bit of a culinary renaissance in this once blighted strip of the city. OK, 'renaissanceâ?� may be too strong a term; 'rekindlingâ?� may be...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

A world of P.U.R.E. imagination

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

You know that sinking feeling you get when a good friend hands/sends you a manuscript and they utter those dreaded words, "Will you read my first book?" You know how it's always accompanied by a half-smile and the age-old condescending convo about how "so few people ever finish a...

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KFC double down: the iPad of fast food.

Posted on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:24 PM

The KFC Double Down sandwich â?? either the long-awaited messiah of crunchygreasy tastebud gratification or a diabetes-and-strokeâ??layered harbinger of the end of the world, depending on the politics of your particular plate â?? dropped today. (In fact, many of them are on the way to their second drop already, based...

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