Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Details: Released in 2017. Directed by Taika Waititi. Stars Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonCate Blanchett. Over two hours long.

Among Marvel’s movie properties, I think Thor is the franchise that they’ve had the hardest time figuring out how to approach. The last two films weren’t great, at least not as good or character redefining as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thor: Ragnarok takes the franchise in a different direction and does it mostly successfully. This new direction feels like they took Guardians of the Galaxy and mashed it with that comedic short clip where Thor moves in with Darryl the office worker. I’ll provide the clip below.

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Musical Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2017, among others. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/dear-evan-hansen-music-box-theatre-2016-2017. The official site is https://dearevanhansen.com/

In the last few years, Book of Mormon established itself as the best show on Broadway. Then Hamilton came around and did the same. Now comes Dear Evan Hansen and, though I wouldn’t say that it’s definitively better than Hamilton, it is the successor to Hamilton as the next best show on Broadway.

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Musical Review: Waitress

Details: Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2016. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/waitress-brooks-atkinson-theatre-vault-0000014142. The official site is http://waitressthemusical.com/index.php

The above clip is the first time I’d ever heard of the musical Waitress. It was at the 2016 Tony Awards and after that, I was desperate to see more of this show. Waitress is an adorable, funny romantic comedy with music written by Sara Bareilles.

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Musical Review: School of Rock

Details: Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2016. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/school-of-rock-the-musical-winter-garden-theatre-vault-0000014098. The official site is https://schoolofrockthemusical.com/

School of Rock is a musical based on the movie of the same name. Like Sister Act and Legally Blonde, this is a fairly shallow musical that isn’t great for adults looking for something better than your average musical. This is a good show to bring your family to though.

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Musical Review: Hamilton

 

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2016, among others. Playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/hamilton-richard-rodgers-theatre-vault-0000014104. The official site is http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com/

I’ve read a lot about Hamilton that refer to it as not just one of the most successful Broadway shows of all time, but as a phenomena. I don’t know about that, but Hamilton has accomplished something that few shows have ever done. Hamilton has shown me something new. In fact, Hamilton has shown me something that I could not ever have conceived of. Hamilton is a ridiculously entertaining musical that combines numerous musical styles along with a civics lesson about Alexander Hamilton and American history. The result is a show that is so original and contemporary that I doubt anyone other than Lin Manuel Miranda could have come up with it, much less executed it so successfully.

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Food Stall Review: Joe’s Steam Rice Rolls

Details: Located at 136-21 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find an official web page, but I did find a claimed Yelp page here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/joes-steam-rice-rolls-flushing

Joe’s Steam Rice Rolls is a fairly large food stall in a small strip mall off Main Street in Flushing. If you aren’t familiar, rice rolls are a common dim sum food item where they roll up fragile, soft, steamed rolls of rice flour filled usually with meat or some kind.

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Bar Review: Juniper

Details: Located at 237 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001. The official site is http://www.juniperbarnyc.com/

Juniper is a bar located near Penn Station. They’ve got bar and table service in the back. This place is usually pretty packed so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a seat.

Had the Vietnamese chicken wings for twelve dollars. They’re good to share, not so good to eat for a single person as the taste becomes overwhelming after a while. Someone else had the Mahi burger and said it was pretty good.

Service was okay. The music was deafening.

Overall, it’s an okay place to get a drink and some food.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Tuck Room

Details: Located at 11 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038. The official site is http://www.thetuckroom.com/

Tuck Room is a really comfortable place to get a drink and a bite to eat. It isn’t all that cheap though.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is just how nice it is inside. It’s a big space. The seats are comfortable, the waiters/waitresses are all really nice, and there was a live DJ and a lady playing an electronic violin. Not something I often see for a bar and restaurant.

I had the Tuck Room Marrow Burger. It was fine. Just a slightly above average burger that came with a side of fries for twenty-four dollars… which is kind of steep for a slightly above average burger.

The cocktails here were pretty good and they even gave us a complimentary drink to try.

Overall, if you feel like paying extra for a comfortable place to eat and drink in the financial district, this isn’t a bad choice. It is a little pricey though. If I come back here again, I will definitely try their ribs. Those looked good.

Score: 6.5/10

Musical Review: Once

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2012. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/once-bernard-b-jacobs-theatre-vault-0000013862. The official site is http://oncemusical.com/

Many shows are mostly dramas or comedies with romance thrown in on the side. Once is not one of them. Once is undoubtedly a romance first and foremost. It’s a beautiful, bittersweet, simple, yet stylistic story about love found, love lost, and how music can weave those feelings together.

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